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Why We Love the Infinity Smart Thermostat (And You Should Too!)

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard other homeowners talking about the smart thermostat. And for good reason! Smart thermostats make it easy for you to stay comfortable no matter what the temperature or weather conditions may be outside. Not only that, but smart thermostats can help you become more energy efficient and save more money on energy costs each month.

But not all smart thermostats are created equal. We happen to love the Infinity Smart Thermostat from Carrier because it makes getting and staying comfortable simple while also helping homeowners save more money over time. Read on to find out why we love this smart thermostat (and you should too!)

Fall in Love with Carrier’s Infinity Smart Thermostat

Our love for Carrier’s Infinity Smart Thermostat is simple – it helps you save time and hassle by making home comfort a breeze.

As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Amber Air Conditioning is ready to help homeowners in Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Riverside, and beyond choose and install the very best HVAC products on the market. If you are ready to make the transition to a smart thermostat, give us a call today: (951) 579-4523.

Save Money this Holiday Season with These Tips for Home Comfort

The holiday season is upon us, and along with celebrating, many homeowners are also considering how their heating bill may rise during the colder months. As a holiday gift to our readers, we’re giving away some great tips that will help you save money on energy bills this season. These simple ideas are easy to implement and can go a long way in keeping your home energy costs down.

Tip Number 1:

Be sure that your home is free of any drafts or outdoor elements by caulking and weather stripping your doors and windows. If possible, also hang heavy drapes over extra drafty areas to keep the cold air out and the warm air from escaping.

Tip Number 2:

Even though fireplaces are a popular go-to for warming up a home, many experts agree that fireplaces can cause a house to actually lose more heat than it adds. So, enjoy your fireplace on special occasions, but save your energy (and your heat) if you are considering your fireplace to be a possible way to reduce your heating bills.

Tip Number 3:

Install a thermostat that’s programmable. By decreasing the temperature in your home while you are away at work or even sleeping, you can save big over the course of a year. Many people sleep with heavy blankets, so a couple degrees’ drop won’t be very noticeable to most people, but lowering your home’s temperature for 8 hours each night can save you up to 5% on your home’s heating costs. If you also set your thermostat to drop to a lower temperature while you’re working, you’ll be able to save even more. The investment in a programmable thermostat is well worth the small cost upfront. These types of thermostats can be purchased at home improvement stores in various models and usually fall within the range of $60 to $200 USD.

Tip Number 4:

Utilize those sunny days! If you have south facing windows in your home, be sure to open the windows wide to let the sun shine in. The natural heat from the sun can add a significant amount of warmth to rooms, which means your furnace won’t have to work as hard to keep your home toasty.

Tip Number 5:

If you’re big on holiday lights, simply switching to LED lights can save you money on your electric bill. These types of lights use about 75% more energy than traditional incandescent holiday bulbs, and they last approximately 25 years. Save even more energy (and money) by unplugging your lights when you go to sleep.

Tip Number 6:

Layer up! Sweaters, blankets, and slippers or thick socks are perfect for reducing your heating bills. It seems obvious, but simply wrapping up in a blanket or by layering on a heavy sweater can go a long way in making you more comfortable in your home during the wintertime. By making yourself warmer and keeping cold air off of your body, you’ll be less likely to crank up the thermostat during colder weather.

Looking for more ways to save money this holiday season? A new, energy efficient HVAC unit may be just what you need. Contact us today for more information about our quality line of HVAC systems and products.

What is a Smart Thermostat, and Why Should I Care?

When you hear the phrase “smart technology,” your mind may instantly think of your smartphone. But did you know that the same technology used to power our smart phones and tablets can also be used to help you keep your home comfortable? Smart thermostats are a newer HVAC technology that has changed the way that people heat and cool their homes. Not only does this device give you greater control over your home comfort levels, but it can also help you save money on electric bills by helping you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a device that can used with a home automation system to give the homeowner more control over their heating and air conditioning. Much like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat allows homeowners to control the temperature of their home throughout the day. A smart thermostat is connected to the internet, allowing users to adjust the heating and cooling settings remotely from Wi-Fi enable devices such as a smartphone.

Many smart thermostat devices also offer important information such as the outdoor temperature, how long the AC or heat has been running, and when it is time to change your air filter. Some smart devices also learn your schedule and lifestyle habits. By knowing when your home is most likely to be occupied, smart devices can work to adjust the temperatures before you arrive so that your home is always a comfortable temperature.

How Can a Smart Thermostat Improve Home Comfort?

Smart thermostats make it easy to keep your home at an optimal temperature year-round. Adjusting your thermostat and other home comfort settings from the convenience of your smart device gives you greater control over your home comfort. The Infinity Remote Access Touch Control series of smart thermostats from Carrier offer a variety of standard features including:

  • Ideal humidity system management capable
  • Hybrid heat system management capable
  • Monitors indoor air quality products
  • Ventilation management capable
  • Knows percentage of air flow to each zone
  • 7-day programming (wake, away, home, sleep)
  • Simple vacation programming controls for temperature and humidity
  • Dirty air filter detection or fixed-schedule based filter replacement reminders
  • System maintenance reminders

Not only do these features allow you to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, but the maintenance reminders help you ensure that you are getting the most out of your HVAC system.

How Smart Thermostats Can Save You Money

Smart thermostats can also help you save money on energy costs. The Carrier Infinity Remote Access Touch Control series offers real-time energy use tracking that can show you how much energy you are using each day so that you can make adjustments to become more efficient. This smart thermostat also includes advanced smart setback so that you can have the best energy savings during away and ramp up periods.

How smart is your thermostat? If you want more information about smart thermostats and how they can help you improve home comfort and save on cooling costs, contact us today. Amber Air Conditioning is ready to help you explore your options for smart HVAC technology.

Can I Close AC Vents in Unused Rooms to Save Money?

If you usually use only a few rooms in your home, you may think that closing off a few vents will save money. In reality, closing off vents will not reduce the amount of work your air conditioner needs to do. In fact, it may cause your AC unit to work harder.

The Role of Vents in Home Air Distribution

Supply vents allow cooled air from the air conditioner to circulate throughout the home. Many supply vents are registers with levered handles, allowing homeowners to open and close them as needed. When you close one of these registers, the amount of air flowing through your ductwork does not decrease. Instead, air will hit the slats of the register. Air may escape through the cracks in the register, redirect to other vents, or leak from the ductwork.

Closing Air Vents Increases Pressure on the System

When you close air vents and redirect air throughout the ventilation system, the amount of pressure in the system increases, forcing the blower (the part that moves cooled air through the system) to work harder and less efficiently. Increased pressure inside the ductwork/HVAC system can cause serious problems.

Problems That May Arise from Closing Air Vents

Consider some of the problems that may arise when the pressure increases in the HVAC system:

  1. Worsening air duct leakage. Increased pressure forcibly redistributes the air inside the duct system. Since most residential duct systems are not sealed, the air will escape through cracks and effectively air condition your attic.
  2. Decreased energy efficiency. Some blowers adjust according to airflow needs. Other systems use a basic opened/closed system. The first type of blower will work harder to maintain temperatures and airflow in the presence of increased pressure. The second type of blower does not have the ability to work harder. It may simply work less efficiently and deliver poor airflow through the open registers in the home.
  3. Frozen air conditioner coils. Many systems are considered fixed-capacity systems. The coil and heat exchanger can only absorb or distribute a certain amount of heat. During times of inefficient airflow, the coil may not absorb enough heat to keep it running smoothly. In the absence of heat, the coil may grow cold and develop frost in the same way a refrigerator coil may freeze over. Ice on the coil will further decrease the airflow efficiency.
  4. Damaged heat exchanger. Low airflow will cause the heat exchanger to get hot enough to crack. Cracked heat exchangers can leak harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, into your home.
  5. Mold buildup. When airflow decreases and condensation builds in any part of the HVAC system, vents, air ducts, and the central unit may start to develop mold.

Contrary to what you might think, cutting off the air supply to a few rooms will not help lower your energy bill. To save money, consider using other energy saving tips, such as lowering the thermostat settings during winter and raising them during summer.

If you’re looking for new ways to save money on your cooling and heating costs, contact the HVAC experts at Amber. We would love to discuss the money-saving HVAC upgrades that are available to homeowners.

 

Why Does the Temperature in Your Home Matter?

 

Consider how much time you spend inside your home. For most families, the home serves as a sanctuary away from work and other daily responsibilities. Your home should be a safe and comfortable space that allows you to get things done when you want to and relax when you need it. For these reasons and more, the temperature in your home matters as it can impact different areas of your life.

Why Indoor Air Temperature Matters

Here are a few reasons why the temperature of your home matters for you and your family:

Indoor air temperature keeps your home comfortable.

This is probably the most obvious answer to this question. The temperature inside of your home helps you create a comfortable environment for you and your family. Whether you are making a meal in the kitchen, enjoying time with your family in the living room, or laying down for a much needed rest in your bedroom, the temperature of your home affects your ability to relax and feel comfortable.

If it is too hot or too cold for your liking, it can be difficult to focus on tasks or enjoy the time you spend at home. Temperatures that are too high may cause you to feel irritable or have difficulty relaxing, while temperatures that are too low may make it hard for you to think or focus and also make completing simple tasks harder.

The temperature inside your home can affect your health.

There are a variety of ways that your home temperature can affect your health. For instance, hot and humid houses are a breeding ground for mold and dust mites, which can trigger allergies, asthma attacks, and other respiratory issues. Mayo Clinic suggests maintaining a temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (or 20-22 degrees Celsius) and keeping humidity no higher than 50 percent.

Home temperatures can also impact your sleep quality, which is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Sleep specialist, Dr. Christopher Winter suggests keeping your bedroom between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep as anything above 75 or below 54 degrees can disrupt your sleeping patterns. This is because your internal body temperature naturally cools off when you fall asleep, so lower room temperatures can help support a deeper sleep.

Temperature impacts your energy usage (and electricity costs).

The temperature in your home also significantly affects your rates of energy usage, which in turn impact your electricity costs. In fact, according to the California Energy Commission, you can save up to five percent in heating costs for every degree that you lower your thermostat between 60 and 70 degrees.

The harder that your HVAC system has to work to maintain indoor temperatures, the more energy that you use. There are measures that you can take to become more energy efficient and improve the temperature balance in your home. Installing better insulation helps you eliminate air loss and improve efficiency. Programmable thermostats can also help you better control temperatures when you are not at home, which helps cut down on wasted energy.

From servicing your HVAC unit to keep it running properly to installing a programmable thermostat, there are many ways that an HVAC professional can help you ensure that your home is just the right temperature. If you need help getting comfortable, don’t hesitate to contact us right away.