iComfort Wi-Fi Flex Thermostat

IMG_1872Remote-control of any home system with the iComfort Wi-Fi Flex Thermostat.  The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex thermostat extends smart remote control capabilities to non-communicating equipment from virtually any manufacturer.  “Because it’s Wi-Fi enabled, the user can manage the temperature inside the home from anywhere using their smartphone,” says Anubhav Ranjan, product management director.  Homeowners can use the iComfort app to:

  • Activate energy-saving Away Mode if they’re gone for an extended period.
  • Adjust the temperature when they’re on their way home.
  • Make real-time temperature adjustments from inside the home.
  • Set up a seven-day schedule for automatic energy savings and comfort.

The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex also provides peace of mind through the system diagnostics.  It sends alerts to the homeowner – and the dealer, if the homeowner chooses – when an issue needs attention.  “The dealer can monitor the system remotely and catch issues before they become problems.  That can help the homeowner avoid being stuck without cooling in the summer.”

The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex introduces homeowners to the benefits of Lennox’ smart equipment and saves them money by extending the life and increasing the efficiency of their current equipment.  “It’s a good choice if their old system still has some life in it, and they can upgrade the other equipment later on.”

Article from “The Lennox News: The Official Newsletter from Lennox Residential” (Volume 72 Number 02 Summer 2016)

Is Your House Breeding Germs?

It most likely is, and where will you find the most germs in your household? They could be in the places you least expect. There are hotspots all over your house, including these areas:

•Commodes: Flushes of the commode can send germs airborne and onto the surrounding areas, settling on various surfaces in the bathroom. So close the lid before flushing.

•Toothbrush and Holder: Protect your toothbrush from commode flushes and other germ transfers. For example, if you use a toothbrush holder for several family members, don’t let the toothbrushes touch each other. Replace brushes every few months to limit the consumption of germs and have a healthier smile!

•Contact Lens Case: These can be breeding grounds for germs that cause both major and minor eye infections. Rinse your case in hot water after use and replace the case every three months.

•Laundry: A load of laundry can be loaded with germs and bacteria from undergarments and other clothing, as well as towels and linens. The hotter the water, the better chance to kill the germs. Add laundry disinfectant when loads at lower temps are necessary. Also, move clean clothes straight to the dryer because the dampness from the wash can breed bacterial growth.

•Beds: Dust mites are microscopic creatures that commonly take up residence in your bed. Wash linens and pillows regularly and in hot water to kill germs.

•Computer Keyboard: The computer keyboard sees quite a bit of our hand activity. Wash your hands before and after using your computer, and use alcohol or bleach wipes to keep it disinfected.

Start following the tips above and protect yourself and your family from germs.

16 Ways to Improve your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

In light of the cooler weather causing people to stay inside more it’s important to know how to get the best indoor air quality possible.  Below are a few tips to get you started.

1 Bring in some plants and shrubs (plants give off fresh oxygen)

2 Don’t smoke indoors

3 Take off your shoes when you enter your house or at least wipe them off

4 Replace/Clean your furnace and air filters

5 Use and clean ventilating fans

6 Use safe cleaning products (natural cleaning products that contain no volatile organic compounds or toxic chemicals)

7 Vacuum and dust regularly (keeping a clean house can be especially beneficial to those with asthma)

8 Store toxic compounds outside

9 If you have pets – brush them regularly, if you have a cat keep the litter box stored in an enclosed area

10 Encase your mattress and pillows to protect against dust mites (wash your bedding at least once a month; it really should be done once a week)

11 Take steps to ensure that your home remains mold free

12 Consider getting an Air Purification System

13 Consider getting a Germicidal Light

14 Consider getting Ventilators (you can get Heat Recovery Ventilators HRV and/or Energy Recovery Ventilators ERV)

15 Consider getting Electronic air cleanser EAC’s and high efficiency air filters and humidifiers

16 This one may not improve your air, but it is the most important on this list. Get a carbon monoxide detector.