Best Placement for Your Thermostat

One often overlooked but very important component of your HVAC system is your thermostat. It’s the brains of the operation and it calls the shots – your system won’t do anything without a direction from it.

Does the placement of the thermostat matter?

Yes! Where your thermostat is placed in your home can have a huge impact on comfort levels, system efficiency and heating and cooling bills.

Issues with thermostat placement

Direct sunlight

If the thermostat sits in a place where direct sunlight hits it all day or even part of the day, it may register a temperature that is much higher than the actual room temperature. This false reading may cause the system to turn on or off prematurely, wasting energy and money.

Drafty areas

Similarly, when a thermostat is placed close to doors or windows, it may register a cooler temperature than actual room temperature. This may cause the heat to come on when it doesn’t need to or the air to turn off when it’s not actually cool enough yet.

Not centralized

The goal is for the thermostat to register the average temperature for the whole home. A thermostat that is placed on one side of the house will only register the temperature of that side. This could result in uneven heating and cooling.

Too close to vents

If a thermostat is placed too close to vents, it get hits with incoming air (cold or hot) constantly. It will heat up or cool down faster than the rest of your home leading to false readings and higher energy bills.

By the kitchen

With the oven, stove, microwave and other appliances, the kitchen can easily be one of the warmest rooms in your home. Avoid placing the thermostat in the kitchen and especially next to any heat producing appliances.

So, where should the thermostat go?

Remember these things when deciding on your thermostat’s placement:

  • Inside wall
  • Away from windows, doors, the kitchen, vents and sunlight
  • Near the center of your home

 

HVAC Filter Guide: What You Need to Know

What is an HVAC filter?

An HVAC filter is an integral part of your system that protects the equipment from dust or particles that it can pull in. In conjunction, it also improves the quality of air in your home by preventing that buildup from circulating. Filters need to be changed regularly in order to avoid buildup of debris. Clogged filters can cause poor air quality, higher energy bills or a complete equipment breakdown.

How are HVAC filters rated?

Most filters have a 1-16 rating based on the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). The higher the number, the smaller and more particles it can filter. This rating system was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and because it’s universal, it can be used to compare across brands and types of filters. However, beware of a filter with too high of a MERV rating. Highly rated filters can restrict airflow and can cause your equipment to work harder than it needs to. Check with the equipment manufacturer to see if there is a maximum MERV rating your system can handle.

What are the different types of HVAC filters?

Disposable fiberglass

This type of filter is extremely inexpensive and will prevent only large particles of dust and debris from getting into your system. This filter won’t do much in terms of cleaning the air.

Disposable pleated

This is the most popular filter option and does a good job at filtering most of the common dust and debris found in your system. They can be a bit more expensive than the fiberglass option but they do a better job of keeping your system and your home free of toxins.

Washable

Washable filters are more costly to purchase but that’s because they can be cleaned off regularly and used for up to five years.

High efficiency

High efficiency filters have the highest MERV ratings and are good for those with special air quality needs. They are the most efficient but can be the most costly.

Tips for finding the right HVAC filter

Ask your trusted HVAC company

During your next HVAC maintenance appointment, ask your technician what type of filter they recommend. They will be able to give you a recommendation that will keep your equipment healthy while allowing it to run as efficiently as possible.

Read reviews

Once you have a recommendation or a couple, it doesn’t hurt to read some reviews online. While you can’t trust everything you find, you should be able to get a good feel for which filter would be best.

Make sure you have the correct size

There’s nothing worse than getting home with your new air filter only to find out that it’s too big or too small. Before you head to the store, simply check your existing filter to determine the length, height and thickness you need. Make sure to buy a filter that fits exactly.

 

How to Stay Warm While we Hurry to Fix Your Heat

At Crown Group Ohio, we pride ourselves on our 24/7 emergency service and repair. If you have a problem with your heat during the dead of winter, we’ll be there no matter the day or time. Unfortunately, as much as we wish we could teleport to you, we can’t. You may be without heat for a short period of time while we drive to your location or diagnose the problem. Use these tricks to stay warm during your downtime:

Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter When Your Heat Breaks

Bake

In the mood to whip up a batch of homemade cookies? Perfect! Using the oven can heat up your kitchen (and possibly your whole house) quickly. After your finished baking, keep the oven door open to let the warm air circulate. Just be careful if you have small children or pets.

Stay active

Go for a quick walk, do some cleaning or exercise. You’ll get your blood circulating and increase your core body temperature.

Drink something warm (and non-alcoholic)

…And bundle up while you’re sipping. Hot beverages cause you to sweat but if the sweat evaporates, you will actually feel colder. Though a broken furnace might make you want to drink, unfortunately, you should skip the alcohol. Alcohol is known to lower the core temperature of your body.

Open window curtains during the day

If it’s a sunny day, open your window curtains and blinds to let as much warm sunlight as possible into your home. It will help naturally heat the space.

Close window curtains during the day

When the temperature drops at night and the sunlight is gone, make sure your window curtains and blinds are closed. Use thick curtains (make some with a blanket or comforter if you need to) to prevent heat from escaping.

Cover the floors

Floors can cause a significant amount of heat loss if they aren’t insulated. Cover your floors with area rugs, blankets or comforters.

Shower with the door open

If you have to shower, now is the time to do it. Keep the door open and the warm, humid air will help heat your whole home.

Warm up a water bottle

A hot bottle of water will hold heat for a long time, even in a frigid house. Heat up some water in a bottle and put it under the covers when you go to bed. The rubber bottles made for this situation work the best but in a pinch, any bottle will get the job done.

Invite friends and family over

Seems like a weird time to entertain, right? Not necessarily. Not only will having people over distract you from your furnace problems, people produce body heat. Crowd everyone into a small space and feel the warmth!

If you have a broken furnace in Akron or Canton, Ohio, call Crown Group Ohio at 330.499.4988 for quick, emergency service!

 

HVAC Problems? When to Replace and When to Repair

Your HVAC system is one of the most important components in your home. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most expensive. Issues with your air conditioner or furnace are never fun and every situation is different. However, you will most likely get to the point where you have to decide if you should repair your current equipment or replace it altogether. Consider the following as you make your decision:

Repairing vs. Replacing Your HVAC System

Frequency of repair

Generally, repairs are going to be more affordable than replacements. If it’s a quick and simple fix, there should be a minimal cost. However, multiple repairs can add up – quickly. If you find that you have your local HVAC company on speed dial or if you have a large repair that will cost you a third of the replacement price or more, it’s time to start thinking about new equipment.

Efficiency

Oftentimes, people upgrade to a new system for efficiency purposes. A more efficient system has many benefits, often including financial ones. Not only can you be eligible for tax credits or local rebates, you will see huge savings in your energy bills if you are doing a major upgrade. The long-term savings can help you pay for the initial cost of the replacement.

Age of the equipment

How old is your HVAC equipment? Furnaces generally last about 15 years while air conditioners last about 10-15. If you are nearing that point with either system, it often makes sense to replace it. Not only will you save on energy bills but new equipment can increase the resale value of your home and improve indoor air quality.

Technician recommendation

If you believe you unit may be on its way out, always consult a certified HVAC technician that you know you can trust. A local professional with credible reviews and testimonials will be able to give you an honest assessment of your situation and work with you to come up with the best plan of action that makes the most sense for you and your family.

If you are in need of an HVAC repair or replacement in Akron or Canton, Ohio, call Crown Group Ohio at 330-499-4988 for a free quote!