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It's a fact that heating and cooling makes up the largest chunk of most of the average energy bill. The good news it with a small investment starting at as little as $99 you can save thousands on annual heating and cooling costs. Regardless of what kind of HVAC system you have, you can save money without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.

Increased Energy-Efficient

How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic programmable thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when the rooms are unoccupied will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.

Advanced Technology

If you’re a technology buff or just like the thought of a large, easy to use touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.

Precise Temperature Control

A digital thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature when rooms are empty, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when rooms are occupied.

The heating and air conditioning experts at Maxwell Plumb will install your new thermostat, show you how to program it correctly. So call Maxwell Plumb Today and start saving right away!
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Choosing the Right Furnace Filter For Healthier Indoor Air

When choosing the right furnace air filter, there is more to consider than just filter size. The design of the filter can make a difference in how effectively it cleans the air. Furnace filter efficiency is measured on the MERV scale, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, which rates efficiency on a scale of 1-20.

Less expensive filters have a MERV scale between 1-3 are are usually constructed of disposable fiberglass. Around 1-inch thick, these filters are designed to prevent larger particles of dust, lint, and other debris from damaging your furnace. They do little to keep the indoor air clean.

Disposable, pleated furnace filters are the most popular option found in stores. These filters are made from polyester or cotton paper and will remove smaller particles like mold spores and dust mites. Because of their higher filtration rate, pleated filters should be changed frequently to avoid clogging and reducing airflow through the furnace. Pleated filters have a MERV rating of at least 6 and are more expensive than fiberglass filters.

The most effective air filters are disposable or permanent electrostatic air filters. With a MERV rating of 10 or higher, they are highly effective and are recommended in indoor environments with persons suffering from allergies or upper respiratory conditions.

Have questions about furnace air filters and indoor air quality? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.
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1. Furnace Size

Choosing the right size furnace for your home is important for ensuring your comfort and the efficient operation of your heating system. If the furnace is not large enough, it will turn on more frequently and use more energy to heat the same space that a larger furnace would heat more efficiently.

2. Efficiency

The EnergyStar rating system is designed to help consumers make smart choices about how much energy a gas furnace will use during the heating season. While more efficient systems typically cost more initially, they will often pay for themselves in just a few years by using less energy to heat your home.

3. Noise

Todays furnace's are quieter than ever thanks to advanced engineering and features like two-stage fans, which allow the unit to distribute heat at lower fan speeds when less heat is needed.

4. Reliability

Being without heat during a cold Northeast winter is a real hassle. By choosing a furnace with a good record of reliabilty you will reduce the odds of a furnace breakdown and ensure your investment will provide reliable heat for years to come.

Have questions about buying a new furnace? The experts at Maxwell Plumb can answer all your home heating questions.

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If your building has rooms that are hotter or colder than other rooms, system zoning is an effective way to create a more comfortable environment and increase overall cooling and heating efficiently.

What is System Zoning?

System zoning is pretty straight forward. Multiple thermostats are connected to a central control panel, which operates dampers within the duct work of the building's forced-air system. Each thermostat constantly measures the temperature of its specific zone, then opens or closes the damper within the ventilation system according to the thermostat's temperature setting.

System zoning can also help  save money on your energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, system zoning can save up to 30 percent on a typical heating and cooling bill.

If you're considering installing a retrofitted zone-control system in your building, call Maxwell Plumb. Our NVAC Specialists can evaluate you current system and your unique needs to recommend the perfect zoning system for your building.
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The ABCs of Energy Efficiency In Heating and Cooling

For most building managers energy efficiency and lower utility bills are at the top of the list when deciding on a new furnace or air conditioner.

When researching heating and cooling systems you're likely to run across a lot of industry alphabet soup. While these acronyms can be bit confusing at first, they're meant to provide a simple scale to compare which systems that offer the highest efficiency and lowest energy costs.

Here are two of the most common measurements of energy efficiency.

SEER Ratings

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of efficiency for air conditioners. A high SEER number means more energy efficiency, and lower cost to operate. All new air conditioners have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. The most efficient systems can achieve SEER ratings over 20.

AFUE Ratings

For gas furnaces, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is a common measure of energy use and efficiency. The AFUE rating tells you how much of the fuel used by your furnace is used to actually heat your home and how much is wasted. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency. For example, a 90% furnace creates heat, 90% of which is used directly by the home with 10% lost, generally as a result of venting. Some newer gas furnaces have an AFUE rating that exceeds 98%.
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Air balancing is the testing and adjusting HVAC systems to deliver the right amount of air to each area of a building. To determine the performance of your air conditioning and heating system air balancing hoods are used to measure the amount of air at each air register. Manometers then measure system pressure. Hygrometers can be used to measure system temperature and humidity. The results of the tests are used to determine how well your HVAC system is working.

By understanding which sections of a building have positive and negative airflow, steps can be taken to ensure that the air delivery system is properly configured to ensure that the heating and cooling system is able to operate as efficiently as possible to ensure that the air is properly balanced throughout the building.
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:56

The Benefits of Smart Thermostats

The Benefits of Smart Thermostats

Mobile technology has connected virtually every aspect of our lives and put a world of information at our fingertips. As our homes are becoming more and more connected, the thermostat is also become more hi-tech and capable. But how do the new smart thermostats work, and are they a good investment that will save you money?

Traditional thermostats adjust the indoor air temperature by working as a simple control input for a home's heating and cooling system. You simply set the temperature and the device keeps your home within that range near the thermostat's physical location.

With the arrival of programmable thermostats homeowners could tailor the temperature of their home by programming the thermostat to turn on and off based on the day and time when the house would be occupied. This meant the heating or cooling system could be off when you were away from home.

Today's "smart" thermostats take the programmable thermostats to the next level by learning a household's routine and allowing hoeowners to monitor and change the temperature remotely using mobile applications. They can also provide real time feedback on energy consumption, weather forecasts and even adapt the temperature based on conditions like humidity levels.

The Nest Thermostat

One of the first smart thermostats to market was The Nest thermostat. It combines sleek design with a bright full color display to provide homeowners with useful information, combined with convenient remote apps designed to help cut energy consumption. The Nest is a learning thermostat that senses if a home is occupied, whether the air is suddenly getting humid, and other factors that allow it to custom tailor the indoor environment.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Honeywell's Smart Thermostat offers convenience and style, letting you monitor your home's temperature and the weather. It features:
  • Simple set-up that adjusts temperatures to fit your daily life. Onscreen Help" button answers questions as you go
  • Know about extreme indoor temperatures. Stay up-to-date on local weather conditions.
  • Smart Response gives you the right temperature at the right time
  • Choose a color scheme that blends with your home's decor or adds contrast
  • Free app with no monthly fee
  • Simple set-up with one touch weather and smart alerts
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:15

The Advantages of Programmable Thermostats

The Advantages of Programmable Thermostats

As the brains of your HVAC system, your thermostat is only as good as the program it's running. In recent years, programmable thermostats have become very popular, and business owners have been making the switch from traditional to programmable programmable.

The main benefits of a programmable thermostat are:

Complete Control

Programmable thermostats offer the power to achieve the perfect temperature settings. For example, a digital thermostat can be programmed to increase the temperature while your building is unoccupied, and then automatically decreases the temperature so the building will be cool and comfortable when occupied. By enabling tenants to set the temperature however they wish, programmable thermostats are great for those who want to tweak their temperature settings as finely as possible.

Energy Savings

The upgrade to a programmable thermostat in an investment that will recoup its cost in a short period of time. When properly programmed, a digital thermostat will enable business owners to use significantly less energy. Whether the goal is to save money or to reduce the unit's impact on the environment, programmable thermostats can go a long way toward reducing energy consumption.

Convenience

Some models of programmable thermostats have controllers that allow them to be accessed from remote locations. By accessing the device via a smart phone you can save trips to the building to change heating or cooling settings. For commercial property managers, this convenience is one of the greatest advantages of programmable thermostats.

Even if your current thermostat is operating well, you may wish to make the switch to take advantage of all that programmable thermostats have to offer. For answers to all your heating and cooling questions, call Maxwell, we'll show you how easy it is to save energy with a programmable thermostat.


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Saturday, 17 August 2013 20:41

Is Your HVAC System Harboring Mold?

Mold is commonly found in varying amounts in building HVAC systems. When mold grows unattended it can decrease air quality and lead to health issues in the building. Therefore it's important to learn about typical sources of air conditioner mold and learn how to remove mold before it reaches harmful levels.

Air conditioning systems are especially prone to mold in area such as the drain pan, which holds standing water for long periods of time. Pipes with bends and curves may also hold water in suspension, leading to mold growth. Sometimes when  mold growing inside the unit you can also see it growing on the inside of the air ducts.

While mold may be visible around the air conditioner and ventilation system, removing the mold is not as simple as cleaning the surfaces where mold is visible, you need to find the source of the problem to prevent mold from recurring.

Sometimes the source of excessive moisture that causes mold is from water leaks and defects in the unit. Maxwell Plumb's HVAC technicians can locate the cause of the excess moisture and recommend solutions.

Preventing Mold In Your Air Conditioner

To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condenser drain regularly for clogs. If this drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which in turn can lead to mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the system, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t return by regularly maintaining the unit to keep the ducts clean.

Having your air ducts cleaned regularly can help to remove visible mold growing in the air ducts. If you can see mold in these places, there may be mold accumulating in other parts of the building. If the mold problem is severe enough, you’ll need to contact a mold specialist. Make sure that the professional who cleans your system uses a cleaning treatment that does not contain harmful chemicals that may adversely affect your indoor air quality.


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  • Maxwell Plumb Does Your Home Need a Dehumidifier? Written by Maxwell Plumb

    During a typical New York summer the air can be hot and muggy outside, which can mean excess moisture inside. Excessive indoor humidity is not just uncomfortable, it can lead to unhealthy mold, musty odors and condensation that can damage wood surfaces and paint.

    In today's tight, well insulated homes, excess moisture can make your air conditioner work harder to keep the air cool and dry. To help keep the air dryer, a dehumidifier can be an effective solution.

    How does a dehumidifier work?
    As warm, humid air is blown across a cold coil by a fan, moisture condenses into liquid, which can be removed through a drain pipe. The dry air then passes over a warm coil and is added back into the room. Dehumidifiers are controlled by an instrument called a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off depending on the amount of moisture detected in the air. The level of moisture is controlled by a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off. A dehumidifier's capacity is measured in pints of water removed every 24 hours.

    Carrier Whole Home Dehumidifers
    A whole house dehumidifier is designed to work in conjunction with your home's heating and air conditioning system by monitoring and controlling the level of humidity. It operates quietly and is easily maintained by cleaning a filter.

    Have questions about controlling excess humidity in your home? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.





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