Heating / 10.09.2019

The basic function of a heat pump is to move heat from one location to another. It sounds simple enough and really, the process is rather simple. The technology involved moves the heat from a low temperature heat source to a higher temperature heat sink. A heat sink is something that absorbs and disperses heat from something else using thermal contact. A heat pump pulls heat from the air or the ground. Thus, you have air-source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. It should be pointed out that...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 01.04.2019

Cooling can be extremely energy-intensive, and costly, especially during hot summer months. However, if you get smart vets and air conditioners, you can drastically reduce your energy consumption and optimize temperatures in your home. Smart vents and air conditioners are dynamic HVAC units that work based on motion and proximity sensors. As such, they only get engaged when they sense that someone is around to benefit from it, thus saving a lot of energy. Generally speaking, vents offer a single temperature for both cooling and heating purposes. Hot or cold...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 01.04.2019

Homes consist of several different zones. You have your kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms. And it’s likely that the temperature needs for all those rooms are different. Furthermore, depending on personal preference, you might also want different bedrooms to have different temperatures. Most simple thermostats, however, treat the entire home as a single heating zone. As such, everyone has to come to a singular decision about what temperature to set. And that entails a fair bit of compromise from all parties involved. That’s where the smart thermostats for multiple...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 24.03.2019

Do you have a number of Z-Wave compatible smart devices in your home? If so, the best way to have them interact with your smart thermostat is to get a Z-Wave thermostat. Z-Wave is a wireless protocol that allows devices to communicate with each other across a network. It consists of a central hub (such as Samsung SmartThings or Wink) that can control all Z-Wave compatible smart devices, including Z-Wave thermostats. As such, Z-Wave Thermostats are basically smart thermostats that are compatible with the Z-Wave wireless protocol. They can appear...

DIY, Heating / 18.11.2017

Winter time brings about cold weather. Some parts of the United States are colder than others, but the key to lowering heating bills is to winterize your home. This can be done in many different ways. A properly winterized home will produce a significantly lower heating bill. The main items that need the attention when winterizing a home are: Heating unit Windows Doors Attic insulation Cleaning the Heating Unit and Changing the Air Filter To begin the home winterizing process, start by Replacing the air filter to the heating unit and...