It's the first freezing cold night of the year in Colorado and you go to switch on the furnace... and nothing happens. What should you do? It could be an simple fix, so here's what to check:
If none of the above steps works and the furnace still won't turn on, call Grand Lake . We'll get the heat back on FAST.
The Mayo Clinic study was applied to a classroom full of children. It found that by increasing a classroom’s humidity, they could limit the flu’s ability to survive on surfaces and its ability to infect people, as compared to non-humidified rooms. The researches think that as humidity increases, the viral droplet size becomes larger, settling out of the air rapidly and reducing the likelihood of airborne transmission. The same theory applies to other contaminants in the air, such as dust mites, pet dander and bacteria, which will all linger longer in dry air.So what is the ideal humidity level? 30-50% relative humidity is a good target for most homes during Colorado's dry winter months. The best way to increase humidity in the home is to use a whole-home humidifier that is connected to the home's ventilation system. The humidity level can then be set at the thermostat to find the right balance of heat and relative humidity to maintain comfort and reduce the airborne contamination.
Did you know that nearly 40 percent of the conditioned air from your central heating and cooling system may not be making it to the rooms it is supposed to reach? The main culprit is leaking air ducts. It's often the reason some rooms never feel comfortable and the furnace or AC runs seems to run longer than it should, wasting energy and costing you money.
Your home's metal ductwork is full of joints, curves and creases that can allow air to leak out. A profesional HVAC technician can identify these leaks and offer solutions for providing tighter, improved airflow throughout the home. One option is professional duct sealing. Duct sealing involves measuring the rate of air entering and returning in through the HVAC system.
The first step to fixing air duct leaks is to have Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating inspect the efficiency of your HVAC system. We can identify any problem areas and recommend solutions to reduce air leaks. We offer advanced diagnostics and solutions to help your heating system operate at peak efficiency.
Smart thermostats offer many advantages over conventional thermostats. They provide increased comfort, significant energy savings and convenient remote access to temperature controls. However, there are a few differences between manufacturers that you should be aware of. Here are a few questions to ask when installing a new smart thermostat.
When installing the thermostat it's important to keep it away from vents and sources of heat that could affect the temperature readings. Place the thermostat in an area with minimal disturbance such as an interior wall.
A C-wire, or common wire, provides continuous power to your smart thermostat display and WiFi connectivity. If you don’t have one or aren’t sure, give us a call and we can help install one if needed.
If you plan to use it from your phone make sure that the app works on your device. If you're away from home, having access to temperature settings can be a bonus.
One of most convenient features of smart thermostats is their ability to interact with voice assistants like Google Home, Alexa® and Siri®. Check the manufacturer's website to see if your assistant is compatible with the thermostat models you are considering.
If you're primarily interested in improving efficiency and lowering energy costs, consider a model with data tracking and reporting. You'll be able to see hour-by-hour and day-by-day how often your heating and cooling system are operating.
Have questions about smart thermostats? Give Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating a call, we're happy to help.