Indoors is indoors and outdoors is outdoors, and homeowners are pretty clear about what belongs where. Yet pests and other tiny wildlife have little respect for which is which when they find their way through an entry point into our homes.
Ants marching in formation, buzzers caught in the miniblinds, stingers winging through your family room, crawlers setting up camp in the kitchen – this is nothing any of us want to see.
To help keep your home secure from unwelcome pests, start with this principle: Don’t give them what they want.
Pest infestations begin when pests find what they need to live and reproduce. Like the rest of us, this includes food, water, shelter. For example, pests see food in unsealed containers or in unsecured garbage cans as a welcome sight. Moisture from leaky plumbing and fixtures or stagnant water from drainage may be distasteful to us but delightful to them.
Simple solutions will help, including:
- Have a pest control technician check crawlspaces and the attic twice a year for signs of moisture, entry points and pest activity.
- Keep food tightly sealed (pet food too).
- Seal entryways such as windows, crawlspace openings, electrical wiring structures or other holes and cracks.
It’s hard to argue with a simple principle: If you take care of something, it lasts longer. That’s true whether you’re exercising to tone your body, driving your car to a service appointment or updating the exterior paint on your house. And it’s certainly true for taking care of your home’s air conditioning system.
Any piece of equipment can show signs of deterioration as it ages year after year. Yet routine maintenance can substantially slow the aging process – while neglect can lead to a system a failure long before its time.
To turn back the hands of time, schedule a routine tune-up every year on your air conditioner. With this check by a professional tech, you’ll get a clear picture of how your system is holding up as it performs its duties of keeping you cool and comfortable.
By tightening connections, lubricating parts, cleaning coils and blower components, checking drains, clearing debris, adjusting settings, checking refrigerant levels and checking controls, your system can be restored to its top condition, and you’ve got a much better chance of avoiding inconvenient repairs.
It’s always a good idea to take care of your large investments, and your air conditioning system plays heavily into your home’s value. Plus, reliable, energy-efficient operation is well worth the time it takes for a friendly visit from a technician.
To keep your cooling comfort at peak performance, call us to request a tune-up on your air conditioning system. We’re here to keep things running smoothly all season long.
NOTE: Act fast to save! Lennox rebates expire June 9th, 2017.
If you’re considering home renovations and improvements this spring, pay attention to how newer, more advanced “green” appliances can reduce your energy use. You’ll not only enjoy greater comfort, convenience and reliability from technologically-enhanced features, but you’ll also shell out less “green” from your wallet in energy costs.
Replacing aging refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers with more energy-efficient models is part of a sound strategy for controlling energy costs. But, of course, your air conditioning and heating takes the biggest bite out of your energy funds – as much as half or more in some cases.
According to the Department of Energy, switching to high-efficiency air conditioners as part of your energy conservation efforts can help you reduce your energy use for cooling by 20-50%. That’s a huge savings that adds up quickly.
Over the years, air conditioning technology has made great improvements. If you compared one of today’s best models with an air conditioner made in the mid-1970s, you’d find that it uses 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cool air. But even if your air conditioning system is just 10 years old, you could save 20-40% in cooling energy by replacing it with a newer model.
Remember – it’s not just the unit itself that saves energy. You also need equipment that is properly sized for your home and professionally installed. Units that are too large won’t adequately remove humidity. Units that are too small won’t be able to maintain comfortable cooling on really hot days. To talk about upgrading your air conditioning system, or other energy-saving options, give us a call at 402-362-5702.
The iComfort S30, Lennox’s top-of-the-line model, is the smart thermostat that expertly adheres to your customers’ busy schedules. Creative features like Smart Away mode and Schedule IQ technology will adapt to their routines and automatically change the temperature settings when a person leaves or arrives in the home, while advanced alerts and performance reports use smart diagnostics to monitor all system components. In addition, the iComfort S30 has remote diagnostic capabilities that can potentially allow your local HVAC company to solve your heating or cooling problems without them having to make a house call.
The iComfort Wi-Fi smart thermostat, where technology meets accessibility, features an efficient touchscreen interface that puts comfort control right at your fingertips. Similarly to the iComfort S30, this smart thermostat can be controlled from anywhere. For example, smartphones, tablets, and other web-enabled devices can program the thermostat from afar and change settings. This thermostat is only compatible with premium Lennox equipment and it offers complete control over the humidity levels and temperature in a home. The Precise Comfort Plus feature keeps the indoor temperature within 0.5° or better, so what is seen on the screen should be the same as what you’re feeling at home.
iComfort Wi-Fi Flex
This thermostat was created to work with Lennox non-communicating equipment along with most other brands of cooling and heating equipment. The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex has almost all the same comfort, convenience, energy-savings, and performance features, which makes it possible to have complete control over standard HVAC equipment. For people who still want the control and convenience of a smart thermostat, but aren’t quite ready to replace their existing systems, this is a great option.
No need to duck this question as if it’s only something the pros know. As a homeowner, you’ve got a clear view of how your ducts are doing.
Heating and cooling systems rely on ducts to move heated or cooled air among the rooms in your home. When everything’s working, you’ll be nice and comfortable wherever you are. But if your ducts are falling down on the job, it’ll create comfort inconsistencies that no amount of thermostat fiddling can fix.
In a typical home, leaks, holes or poorly connected ducts are trouble spots that waste about 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through duct systems. Though you might not spot the holes on your own, you’ll sure notice when all that air-loss adds up to higher energy costs.
The first signs you see will look something like the following:
- High winter and summer utility bills
- Rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
- Rooms that are stuffy and never feel comfortable
- Ducts located in an attic, crawlspace or garage
- Flexible ducts that are tangled or kinked
A well-designed and properly sealed duct system resolves these issues, improving comfort and energy efficiency, as well as indoor air quality and safety. If dust, insulation particles and chemical fumes enter leaky ducts and recirculate through your home, allergies and asthma symptoms may worsen. Similarly, leaky ducts could enable “back drafting” from gas appliances, drawing gases like carbon monoxide back into the living space instead of ventilating outdoors.
Duct work that hasn’t been sealed yet.
Remote-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)
I sincerely hope you’re enjoying the change of season and taking time for some of your favorite activities.
My favorite thing to do, of course, is to serve people like you. There’s something about being around my customers that I really enjoy.
As a matter of fact, I heard recently that happiness is contagious, and it sure makes sense to me. If my customers are happy, then I’m happy. See how contagious that is?
Remember, cold weather is just ahead. Be sure to call us for your tune-up so you and your family will be ready. We’re happy to help however we can. Please let us know if you have friends and family who would also like to receive our newsletter and we will be glad to put them on our list.