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)

5 Common Energy Myths

Some ideas are so widely believed they don’t even cause a second thought. Although often true, such common wisdom may be based on outdated or false information. Popular misconceptions about energy use can reduce home comfort and raise utility bills. Listed below are five energy myths that may be costing you.

  1. If you set the thermostat higher or lower it will heat or cool a room faster.

    No matter what the thermostat setting, air conditioners and furnaces work at the same speed. As a matter of fact, more energy may be wasted as the system continues to run to reach the further set point.IMG_1696

  2. If you leaving the lights on it uses less energy than turning them on and off.

    In most instances, the small surge of power needed to turn a light on is much less than the power that is wasted by leaving it on when it’s not needed.  In fact, MythBusters busted this myth in one of their episodes years ago.IMG_1697

  3. If you close off vents you will reduce heating and cooling costs.

    Closing vents is a terrible way to save on energy costs. Cooling and heating systems are designed to distribute air evenly; closing vents causes pressure to build up. This pressure build up often results in duct leaks that waste energy.

  4. If you leaving a ceiling fan on it will cool a room.

    Ceiling fans circulate air which makes you feel cooler.  This allows you to save energy by raising the temperature on the thermostat. However, they don’t cool the air. Leaving fans on in empty rooms wastes energy.IMG_1698

  5. Hand washing dishes is cheaper than using a dishwasher.

    It’s a widely believed misconception that dishwashers are convenient, but use more water and energy than hand washing. When in fact, washing a typical load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 37% less water.  Likewise, using a dishwasher, rather than hand washing, may cut your annual energy costs by more than $40, according to ENERGY STAR.IMG_1699

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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.