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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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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:18

What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and clogged drains to a faucets that won't shut off and leaking water heaters. It's important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home's main shutoff valve.

Water Shutoff Valves

If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system.

The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance

If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.

Have a plumbing emergency? Call Maxwell Plumb. Our professional plumbers will be there in minutes to help fix the problem.
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:06

Warm Weather Thermostat Tips

The thermostat is the brains of your heating and cooling system. In order for the thermostat to provide the best balance of comfort and efficiency, it must be programmed for each climate and adjusted to a building's comfort needs. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your thermostat during the cooling season.

1. Program Your Thermostat

It's not uncommon to find people using their programmable thermostat as a simple on-off switch for their heating and cooling system, never realizing the potential for energy savings and increased comfort that the device is capable of providing.

Programmable thermostats work by shutting off systems when a space is empty, so you are not wasting money heating and cooling an empty building. They do this by running according to a schedule that you program based on the hours that you are home.

By scheduling the thermostat to heat and cool around your schedule you will see immediate savings on your energy bill

2. Optimize temperature Settings. To program a thermostat for the best mix of comfort and energy efficiency, we recommend setting your thermostat as follows:

Set the thermostat to 78 degrees and set it at 85 degrees when the building is unoccupied.

In the spring and fall these temperatures can be adjusted based on the greater degree of temperature changes from day to night.

3. Optimize Humidity Levels

Humidity plays a large role in indoor comfort. While it may be only 80 degrees outside, it can feel like 95 when the humidity levels are high.

Some thermostats offer humidity control, enabling more energy-efficient cooling and heating. Systems that operate at variable speeds can also help control humidity levels by drawing air across the coil slowly to remove more moisture when starting up.


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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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