Why You Should Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Why You Should Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

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Adjusting a programmable thermostat

Thermostats are so small and yet so useful. We use them year round as we experience the heat of blazing summers and the extremes of snowy winters here in New England. The little thermostat does so much to keep our homes comfortable and cozy throughout the year in every season. You might have been thinking for a while about when and why to switch from a manual thermostat to a programmable one. Here are a few reasons why you will want to make the switch sooner rather than later.

Although it works, a manual thermostat can be a real headache. First of all, you have to adjust it constantly throughout the day with the changes in temperature – when you wake up, leave your home, come back, or go to sleep. Trying to adjust your manual thermostat to just the right temperature throughout the day can take time away from other more important tasks. With a manual thermostat you have much less control over the overall temperature and how long it is set to that temperature. Probably most importantly, manual thermostats can cost you a lot of money due to their inefficiency.

There are a lot of great reasons why people choose to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. When you switch to a programmable thermostat you can save a lot of money on utility bills. This is because instead of having to set it to one temperature and constantly changing it throughout the day (or not), you can set it to go on at a certain time of day and set it to the ideal temperature that will keep you comfortable and help reduce your utility bill. A programmable thermostat gives you complete control over your HVAC home system. People also enjoy the increased comfort in their homes with ideal temperature settings throughout the day and night.

1. A penny saved is a penny earned.

 For most American households, 42% of the energy bill goes to paying for heating and air conditioning. For each degree Fahrenheit that you lower the household temperature for 8 hours, you will save 1% of your energy bill. How much you save really depends on your comfort level and how eager you are to save money. You could save nothing by keeping the temperature the same, or you could save as much as 50% in one energy bill. Imagine what you could do with that extra 50% in savings?

When you have a programmable thermostat, you can pre-set the temperatures for different times of the day and night. You can discover what the ideal temperatures are, and never have to worry about forgetting to change the thermostat again, thus saving even more on HVAC costs.

2. Programmable thermometers have a touch screen which makes it very easy to use.

With just a touch of a finger, you can set temperatures for different times of the day, see if filters need changing, or a problem that needs servicing. It’s all within your control.

3. When you purchase a programmable thermostat, make sure it comes with a zoned system. 

A zoned system allows you to have different temperatures for different areas of a house. If one room of your house is less used, or not used at all, you can lower the temperature in that one space while keeping the other areas of the house at an ideal temperature. Another good reason to have a zoned system is to accommodate for different family members’ temperature preferences. If your teenager likes their room nice and warm, while you prefer sleeping in a cooler climate, both of you can have the temperatures you want without any complaining.

4. Another great feature of programmable thermostats is the ability to have the temperature change automatically. 

If it is connected with your smartphone, you can change the temperature from anywhere. If you decide to come home early from work because of a snow day, you can have the house be perfectly warm by the time you arrive. You also don’t have to worry about being responsible for changing the thermostat right before you go to sleep if you have already programmed it to go down at night, which will save you a lot of money in the long run.

5. A good programmable thermostat gives you a lot of information that would otherwise be inaccessible to you. 

It will tell you what temperature your house is currently at in each space. You can find the programmed settings for various times of the day and night, along with a weekly or daily schedule, which can be changed with the touch of a finger. If your filter needs changing or you need HVAC servicing, you will have all the information at-a-glance. With a good programmable thermostat, you will always know what is going on with your energy usage.

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If you want to enjoy all the benefits of a programmable thermostat in your home, call North Shore Home Energy today!

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6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

6 Signs You Need a Central AC Replacement

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central AC replacement in New Hampshire by North Shore Home Energy

As any smart homeowner knows, it’s important to give your AC annual maintenance. However, sometimes some maintenance won’t be enough to get it through the summer. Nothing lasts forever, and losing your air conditioning can be a major loss, even up here in New Hampshire. If it is still working fine, maybe you’re just being cautious and planning ahead. Whatever the case, North Shore Home Energy can tell you the signs that you’ll need a central AC replacement in New Hampshire.

Here are 6 signs you should get a central AC replacement in New Hampshire:

 

The AC reached retirement age

How long have you owned your current AC? If your AC has reached this point and isn’t working like it used to, it might be time to retire it. It may seem like a major cost, but don’t worry! You can use this opportunity to purchase a modern unit that’s more energy efficient.

The AC has a refrigerant leak

A refrigerant leak is a serious problem with your AC. The leaking coolant can pose a health risk to your family and the water leakage can damage your home. Sometimes it’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil. However, a leak can generally be a sign you should get a new AC.

A repair would cost too much

Sometimes replacement parts and repairs for your AC don’t justify their high costs. It gets more unappealing when you’re talking about a unit with an expired warranty. If this is the case, you should pick up a new unit and get a new warranty.

The AC is making strange noises

Is your AC operating louder than it normally does? AC units are supposed to run quietly, so any grinding, banging, or rattling noises are a major concern. These noises can represent something like a slipped belt or broken motor bearings. If these issues aren’t fixed quickly, you’ll have a costly repair or replacement on your hands.

The AC air isn’t cold

If you turn on the AC and cool air doesn’t come out within a few minutes, there’s a problem. A wide variety of issues can cause this problem, like low Freon levels or a broken compressor. Whatever the case may be, it’s an obvious sign that your AC has an issue.

The AC needs frequent repairs

You may want to keep an AC operational for a good while through repeated repairs. However, doing this may eventually lead you to spend more than you would from getting a replacement. This is more likely if your warranty has expired and isn’t helping with repair costs.

Why is North Shore Home Energy my best choice for AC services?

As an HVACR company with over 25 years of experience, North Shore Home Energy is a company devoted to helping their customers. In order to best help our customers, we not only help our customers with their home service issues but also educate them on how to maintain a healthy house. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can help you save plenty of money on your next purchase. Ask us about our rebates, which can go up to $3,500 with 0% financing for up to seven years! Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about replacing your central AC!

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Split System Air Conditioners: What Are They and What Are Their Benefits?

Split System Air Conditioners: What Are They and What Are Their Benefits?

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split system air conditioner installation by North Shore Home Energy

Keeping up with home maintenance, especially during the winter season can be overwhelming, but the holidays are the perfect time of year to take stock of your appliances. Your HVAC system works especially hard when the snow falls, and it may be time for a replacement. The older your HVAC unit gets, the less effective it is. Outdated air conditioners are more than just a nuisance; they can cause a variety of safety hazards such as mold, gas leaks, and electrical fires. If it’s time to replace your air conditioner, you might want to consider a split system air conditioner.

When it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Eventually, it will get to the point that your air conditioner just can’t function as well as it used to. An air conditioner on its last leg not only affects your comfort, but your wallet, and the older it gets, the harder it works. Replacing your air conditioner can be expensive, but a damaged air conditioner can wind up costing you more in repairs and damages, damages which can be dangerous for your home and your health. Luckily there are plenty of warning signs when your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. Here’s what to watch for.

  • An air conditioner that’s over 10 years old. Most air conditioners have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. If your AC unit is in the double digits, it might be time for a replacement.
  • Your home feels warm and stuffy. It might sound obvious, but if you start noticing that your home feels uncomfortable, the problem might have something to do with your air conditioner. Feel around your AC unit, if you feel little to no cool air, it might be time for a replacement.
  • Your home is dusty. An air conditioner on its deathbed will have a hard time filtering the air in your home, which can result in excessive dust everywhere. If your home seems dustier than usual, it might have something to do with your AC unit.

Why a Split System Should Be Your Next Air Conditioner

The difference between centralized air conditioning and a split system air conditioner comes down to ventilation. A split system doesn’t use air ducts to heat or cool your home which can be ideal for small homes or homeowners planning on adding to their home. As the name implies, a split system has two units, one indoors and one outdoors, and are built to efficiently cool your home. Don’t wait if your air conditioner needs a replacement, here is how a split system air conditioner can benefit you.

  • It’s easy to install. One great perk for a split system air conditioner is the lack of an air duct system. Packaged or centralized air conditioners are limited by the air ducts in your home, which means you have to install around your air duct system. Instead of connecting the unit to the air ducts, a split system only needs two holes drilled in the wall for the copper tubes and wiring. As long as both units are within 100 feet of each other, you can install a split system air conditioner just about anywhere.
  • They’re energy efficient. One of the best perks of a split system is its energy efficiency. Since there are no air ducts, there is no energy wasted, because the chilled air or heat is delivered directly into each room. A split system air conditioner gives you more control over which rooms you want to be cooled or heated, meaning you don’t have to run units in rooms that are unused.  
  • It’s quiet. If you want some peace and quiet, rest assured you can with a split system air conditioner. The noisiest parts of an air conditioner, such as the fan and the condenser, are located in the outdoor unit, meaning there is minimal noise when your split system air conditioner is in use.
  • It’s easy maintenance. There’s enough inside your home that requires routine maintenance, and luckily your split system is easy to maintain. There’s less to maintain because there are no ducts, and split system air conditioners have washable air filters, and easily accessible outdoor units.
  • You save money on your utility bills. Since a split system air conditioner is built to be energy efficient, it means you can save money on your utility bills. Unlike a centralized air conditioner, a split system  is built to speed up or slow down the compressor instead of shutting it down entirely, which can save up to 30% on your utility bills. Some split system air conditioners may also qualify for a tax rebate.

Don’t Wait Until the Air Conditioner Busts

Investing in an energy efficient appliance may be a lot cheaper than the upkeep of an older air conditioner. If it’s time to replace your AC unit, a split system air conditioner is the right alternative, as it’s easy to install, cheaper in cost, and easy to maintain. No homeowner wants to deal with a busted air conditioner. Call North Shore Home Energy today!

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Extending The Life Of Your AC

Extending The Life Of Your AC

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central AC replacement in New Hampshire by North Shore Home Energy

Just like any other part of your home, you want to be sure that your AC works properly and continues to do so for as long as possible. There are several things you can do to lengthen the lifespan of your air conditioner. With a little work on your end and routine maintenance from a professional, your AC will be able to keep your home cool and comfortable for years to come.

Routine Inspection and Maintenance

To extend the life of your AC to the fullest, maintenance is key. No matter what type of system or model you have working in your home, you should have a professional inspection at least twice a year. This allows for an in depth look at the inner workings of your air conditioner. Here’s what you can expect during a professional tune-up:

  • Performance test of the whole system
  • Visual review of components to look for areas of concern
  • Test to determine the state of the refrigerant charge
  • Overall system control testing
  • Leak test
  • If a service professional suspects a leak, a dye detection test may be necessary

Keep in mind that professional maintenance can lower your energy bills and improve the function and durability of your cooling system. To prevent costly repairs down the road, don’t hesitate to call at the first sign of an issue.

What You Can Do on Your Own

While you should always call a professional if a problem pops up, there are things you can do on your own in between visits to keep things running smoothly. To help extend the life of your AC on your own, try the following:

  • Turn it off when you don’t need it. Your AC could use a break every once in a while! If you are going to be out of the house for an extended amount of time, there’s no need to keep it running. It’s also a good idea to turn the thermostat up a little at night when the temperature outside drops.
  • Keep it clean. Dust or debris buildup can damage your AC, even if its just on the outside. Units located outdoors, even partially, are more susceptible, so its important to keep it free of dust, dirt and leaves. If they are left to build up, a malfunction is more likely.
  • Allow air circulation. Without a proper airflow, sufficient cooling will be difficult. Keep vents free from obstructions.
  • Keep your ducts clean. Unless you have a ductless system, you need to keep your ducts clean. Dust, dirt, mold, or mildew buildup can make its way into your air supply.
  • Keep an eye out for leaks. Whether its your AC itself or your ducts, you should always keep an eye out for leaks. Leaky ducts or hoses will result in your AC needing more electricity to function and cost you more on your utility bills.

In order to extend the lifespan of your AC and keep it running smoothly, call North Shore Home Energy and schedule your inspection today.  

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5 Benefits of a Ductless System in Kingston

5 Benefits of a Ductless System in Kingston

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ductless system in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

A ductless (or mini-split) air conditioner is one that’s made up of multiple indoor units connected by conduits to an outdoor unit. As the name suggests, these don’t require ductwork, pre-existing or otherwise, to run. This can make them very useful for certain homeowners. Maybe you’re looking for an easy way to cool your home without installing ductwork? Read on to learn about how a ductless system in Kingston might be right for you.

Here are 5 advantages of switching to a ductless system in Kingston:

 

Small and easy to install

One of the more obvious advantages of a ductless system is that it takes up less space than other systems. They don’t require ductwork, which can be nice in older buildings, and only require some small pipes and a three-inch hole in a wall to install. They’re so easy to install and non-invasive, installation could take a single day depending on the number of units installed.

 

Versatility

Each outdoor unit can have up to four indoor units which can have individual temperature goals. This lets you have different zones to more thoroughly control your home’s temperature.

 

Energy efficient

Because they don’t make use of ducts, ductless systems are more energy efficient. Ductwork losses in central forced air systems account for more than 30% of space conditioning’s energy usage. They can lose even more if the ducts are somewhere unconditioned, like an attic. You’ll save money overall by improving your home’s temperature efficiency.

 

Quieter

Ductwork can cause a variety of noises from debris or leaks, like whistling and banging. With a ductless system, a professional will remove the ducts or seal the air registers. This’ll make your temperature systems much quieter. In addition, the indoor units are quieter than other units due to their lower fan speeds.

 

Increased air quality

With traditional temperature systems, the ducts have to get cleaning on a regular basis. Failure to do so can result in a buildup of dust, allergens, and other nasty stuff. Even if you give them a complete cleaning, you can still leave some stuff behind. With a multi-split system, you won’t have to worry about what’s in your ducts and your home’s air will be fresher as a result.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy my best choice for home service renovations?

With over 25 years of experience in the HVACR industry, we know plenty about how to best help our customers. As a company devoted to helping its customers the best they can, we’re pleased to announce that we’re a participating contractor in the Mass Save program. When you get our help, we can offer you a rebate up to $3,500 as well as 0% financing for up to seven years. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you cool your home!

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Signs You Need AC Repair or Replacement

Signs You Need AC Repair or Replacement

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AC repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

AC Repair and Replacement

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Do you need AC repair or replacement? As the weather gets warmer, you’ll be relying on your cooling system more and more. As your dependency on the machine increases, you need to make sure that its working properly. If you’ve been experiencing issues lately, or your AC doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, you may be in need of repairs before temperatures get too high. If your AC is beyond repair, old, or outdated, your whole system may need to be replaced. This can be stressful, but North Shore Home Energy will help you every step of the way. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, call us today:

Power Problems Signal AC Repair

This is an obvious sign that something is up with your air conditioning system. If you adjust the thermostat, your AC should reach the designated temperature with ease. It should power on to keep you and your family cool and safe during the warmer months. Your cooling system needs to be able to keep up with the rising temperatures outside, so it if doesn’t turn on at all or if it switches often, you should look into a replacement.

Your Unit Blows Warm Air

An AC should always be blowing cool air. If it’s blowing out warm air, then it’s clear that you have a problem. You may be low on refrigerant, in which case it can simply be refilled to have your system back up and running ASAP. If you have a leak, repairs can get a little trickier. A refrigerant leak may be harder to fix but should still be addressed immediately. Repair may be possible, but if you’ve already spent money on repairs in the past, replacement may be in your best interest.

Insufficient Cooling Ability

Your air conditioning system should be able to cool your entire home or a designated area. If some rooms are much cooler than others, it’s a sign that your AC can’t handle cooling your entire house. A professional inspection will help to determine the cause of the problem.

Weird Noises

There’s no reason why your AC should be making weird or loud sounds. If you start to hear any, call North Shore Home Energy. It could mean that a piece has become detached in your system, or that foreign debris has found its way inside. It could also be a sign of a bigger problem such as  motor failure. Depending on the extent of the repairs, you may want to invest in a new AC.

How North Shore Can Help

Our highly trained and certified technicians will be able to asses your cooling system and locate any problems or areas of concern. Once we make repairs, or you decide to upgrade your home with a replacement, you’ll have:

  • Smaller carbon footprint
  • Quieter operation
  • Increased home value
  • Reduced energy bills
  • Better temperature control
  • Increased home comfort

For all of your air conditioning needs, call North Shore Home Energy today!

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Ductless Split System Benefits

Ductless Split System Benefits

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ductless split system installation by North Shore Home Energy

Ductless Split System Benefits 

North Shore Home Energy

Eventually, it will get to the point that your air conditioner just can’t function as well as it used to. An air conditioner on its last leg not only affects your comfort, but your wallet, and the older it gets, the harder it works. Replacing your air conditioner can be expensive, but a damaged air conditioner can wind up costing you more in repairs and damages, damages which can be dangerous for your home and your health. Luckily there are plenty of warning signs when your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. Here’s what to watch for.

When it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

  • An air conditioner that’s over 10 years old. If your AC unit is in the double digits, it might be time for a replacement.
  • Your home feels warm and stuffy. It might sound obvious, but if you start noticing that your home feels uncomfortable, the problem might have something to do with your air conditioner. Feel around your AC unit, if you feel little to no cool air, it might be time for a replacement.
  • Your home is dusty. An air conditioner on its deathbed will have a hard time filtering the air in your home, which can result in excessive dust everywhere. If your home seems dustier than usual, it might have something to do with your AC unit.

Why a Split System Air Conditioner Should Be Your Next Air Conditioner

The difference between centralized air conditioning and a split system air conditioner comes down to ventilation. A split system air conditioner doesn’t use air ducts to heat or cool your home which can be ideal for small homes or homeowners planning on adding to their home. As the name implies, a split system air conditioner has two units, one indoors and one outdoors, and are built to efficiently cool your home. Don’t wait if your air conditioner needs a replacement, here is how a split system air conditioner can benefit you.

  • It’s easy to install. One great perk for a split system air conditioner is the lack of an air duct system. Packaged or centralized air conditioners are limited by the air ducts in your home, which means you have to install around your air duct system. Instead of connecting the unit to the air ducts, a split system air conditioner only needs two holes drilled in the wall for the copper tubes and wiring. As long as both units are within 100 feet of each other, you can install a split system air conditioner just about anywhere.
  • They’re energy efficient. One of the best perks of a split system air conditioner is its energy efficiency. Since there are no air ducts, there is no energy wasted, because the chilled air or heat is delivered directly into each room. A split system air conditioner gives you more control over which rooms you want to be cooled or heated, meaning you don’t have to run units in rooms that are unused.  
  • It’s quiet. If you want some peace and quiet, rest assured you can with a split system air conditioner. The noisiest parts of an air conditioner, such as the fan and the condenser, are located in the outdoor unit, meaning there is minimal noise when your split system air conditioner is in use.
  • It’s easy maintenance. There’s enough inside your home that requires routine maintenance, and luckily your split system air conditioner is easy to maintain. There’s less to maintain because there are no ducts, and split system air conditioners have washable air filters, and easily accessible outdoor units.
  • You save money on your utility bills. Since a split system air conditioner is built to be energy efficient, it means you can save money on your utility bills. Unlike a centralized air conditioner, a split system air conditioner is built to speed up or slow down the compressor instead of shutting it down entirely, which can save up to 30% on your utility bills. Some split system air conditioners may also qualify for a tax rebate.

Don’t wait for your AC to fail. When you need repair, replacement, or maintenance, call the experts at North Shore Home Energy! 

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