HVAC Energy Savings & Efficiency

Plumbing Heating Paramedics

Being energy efficient not only translates into helping the environment, it can have a huge impact on your monthly budget. The best way to lower your utility bill begins at the source, which is your equipment.  The benefits of having energy efficiency include:

LOWER MONTHLY COSTS: A more energy efficient system will have lower running costs, and save you a significant money on energy.

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY: Since electricity-generation often creates considerable carbon dioxide emission and pollution, lower energy usage benefits the environment.

FEDERAL TAX CREDITS: The Federal Government offers a variety of tax credits for energy efficient equipment and installations. The Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits of 2009-2010 have been extended through 2011, with modifications. The most significant change to this law reduces the cap from $1500 to $500. This cap is the total amount of credits a homeowner may claim between 2006 and 2011, not just in 2011. Read the full tax deduction chart here. We realize that tax information can be a little confusing so contact Plumbing Heating Paramedics for a complete overview of your options. Also we can help you with local utility rebates as well.

Finally, to get the most out of your equipment, that you choose the most qualified technicians to install it.  The Paramedics at PHP are certified, licensed, and some of the most experienced in the business.  That’s just one reason why Plumbing Heating Paramedics, company, confidently offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every job we perform.

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Auto vs. On

Should your thermostat fan be set ‘On’ or ‘Auto’?

This is a great question and can vary depending on time of year and house layout.  But lets start with how both of these features function.

 

Auto setting for fan– “Auto” means that the fan on the furnace comes on when the thermostat calls for heating or cooling.  Once the thermostat reaches its set point the fan would shut off.

 

ON setting for fan– “ON” means that the fan on the furnace is on 24/7 and will remain on even after the set point is achieved.  This helps circulate the air in the home 24/7 which can help with indoor air quality and filtration.  It also can really help on two story homes to make a more balanced feel within the home.  Basically the thermostat typically is located on the first floor and has no idea the upstairs or another part of the home is hot or cold.  By running the thermostat on “ON” 24/7 it helps blend the air throughout the entire home to be more balanced.  Variable speed furnace blower motors are something to consider as they will ramp the RPM’s down on the blower motor saving electricity.  But even with a single or fixed speed blower motor its actually less wear and tear on the blower motor running 24/7.  Kind of like a car its not the 500 mile road trip that’s hard on a car it’s the starting and stopping and short distances that causes more issues.  Reports have shown that running your fan 24/7 is equivalent to a 30-40 watt lightbulb being on from an electricity usage standpoint.

 

With this being said at Plumbing Heating Paramedics /Heating + Air Paramedics we typically recommend the homeowner run their fan on “ON” 24/7.  But we would recommend trying both in your home and see which is better for you.

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