10 Ideal Thermostat Settings You Should Know [Infographic]

Did you know that you shouldn’t set your home ac thermostat settings to one temperature and leave it there? Energy Star says you should set different temperatures, depending on the season or the purpose, like plant maintenance or reducing heating and cooling costs

10 Ideal AC Thermostat Settings

10 Ideal Thermostat Settings You Should Know

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SUMMER

Ideal daytime at-home temperature 70-78°F

If your partner insists on maintaining Arctic-like indoor temperature, use this information to settle the argument in your favor! Don’t try to cool your house faster by setting a lower temperature than normal – it doesn’t work!

Most energy-saving temperature 78°F

According to Energy Star, you can significantly reduce cooling costs by turning the thermostat up by 8 degrees.

Best temperature while you’re away 85-88°F

Turning the thermostat up will keep the heat and humidity under control while you’re away, and also help you save on cooling. Turning your system off is OK if you don’t have anything in your home that would be at risk of overheating (pets, plants).

WINTER

Ideal daytime at-home temperature 68°F

If your home feels chilly, put on an additional layer of clothing or run a whole-house humidifier to decrease evaporation.

Most energy-saving temperature 60-70°F

Save up to 5% on heating costs for each degree you lower the heat within the recommended range!

Best temperature while you’re away 55-60°F

You don’t want to come back to a cold house but you also don’t want to waste money on heating an empty house. Stay within the suggested range.

ALL SEASONS

Ideal temperature for sleeping 66°F

A mild drop in temperature induces sleep because the set point for body temperature also drops when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Ideal temperature for a baby 65-74°F

Adjust the temperature if your baby is too hot or too cold, which you can discover by feeling her ears or chest.

Ideal temperature for pets 64-78°F

While most animals have natural coping mechanisms for temperature changes, pets like fish or tropical amphibians do not.

Ideal temperature for houseplants 60-75°F

If you cannot stay within this range but you don’t want your houseplants to wither, don’t go below 50°F or above 85°F.

References:

https://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips
https://www.constellation.com/energy-101/best-thermostat-types-and-settings.html
https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/cant-sleep-adjust-the-temperature#1

 

 

Your Pet(s) and Indoor Air Quality

Pets are often treated like loved members of the family and bring happiness and companionship into your home. Unfortunately pets also bring dander, dirt and hair – causing unwanted allergens to circulate through your house, in turn decreasing your indoor air quality.

It is estimated that over 70% of all American households are home to a pet. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your home healthy while sharing it with your furry loved ones.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is composed of microscopic flakes of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers, which can trigger allergic reactions in people. Humans can also be allergic to proteins found in pet urine, saliva, and feces. When these become airborne, it gets circulated through an HVAC system like dust and accumulates on surfaces throughout the home, resulting in symptoms such as sneezing, rashes, watery eyes, and other respiratory complaints.

Every time your HVAC system kicks in, pet dander blows through the system and redistributes in other areas of the home, causing your family and guests to breathe it in. It can settle in a person’s respiratory tract and can cause allergic reactions and medical problems such as asthma.

Pet Hair

In addition to the problem of pet dander, pet hair poses a unique challenge to any HVAC system. When your system blows conditioned air into a room, it also sucks up the stale air to re-condition for later use. Pet hairs end up being sucked in along with the stale air. Even if you have a pet with short hair, it doesn’t take long for pet hair to clog up your filter and hinder your system’s efficiency.

A clogged filter will not only decrease your indoor air quality, but it causes your HVAC system stress. A stressed HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable – dwindling the HVAC’s lifespan, functionality, efficiency and increasing your energy bills.

What You Can Do About It

Fortunately, there are other safeguards against pet dander and hair. Here are some tips on how to protect your home and health from poor indoor air quality:

Tip #1: Invest in a Whole Home Air Purification System.

Air Filtration Systems can remove as much as 99.9% of all allergens and 90% of all infectious agents. As a Lennox Certified Dealer, Action Air can direct you to the best Air Filtration product for your family and home’s unique needs.

Tip # 2: Get your ductwork cleaned.

No matter how efficient or clean your air filter is – hair, dander, dirt and debris will collect in your ductwork – especially households with pets. If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality and health will suffer as a result.

Tip #3: Maintain your HVAC System Air Filters.

Your air filter is an essential component in keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and breathing clean air. During heating and cooling seasons, owners with pets should check their air filters at least once a month, and change out quarterly.

Tip #4: Keep your home and pet clean.

Brush and bathe your pet regularly to keep dirt out of circulation and prevent dander build-up. Vacuuming your home with a HEPA filtered model will also help prevent the circulation of pet dander and clogged HVAC air filters from pet hair.

We Can Help

As a homeowner, you want to ensure that all members of the family are safe and healthy, including pets. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today at 1-800-400-4152 to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions. Our expert technicians will be happy to discuss a plan for improving your home’s air quality to make the indoor space as comfortable as possible.

How Your Heating System Impacts Indoor Air Quality

In Southern California, when temperatures start to quickly decline, it’s time to get your heating system back in gear. It’s important to consider how running your home’s heating system will affect your indoor air quality, especially when your furnace has been stagnate for the better half of a year.

How Your Heating System Works

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  • When the temperature in your home falls under the thermostat setting, a low-voltage signal is sent to the furnace to activate the motor
  • Once the motor is activated, all the gas that is left over in the heat exchanger is purged
  • Ignition occurs to light the burner inside the combustion chamber, creating heat
  • Once your indoor air temperature reaches that of your thermostat, the gas valve will close and the burner goes out
  • The blower fan will continue to run until all the heated air is expelled through your ductwork

Furnace Filters

If your furnace filter is dirty during a heating cycle it will restrict the airflow, which means it won’t do a very good job pulling from your indoor air supply. Additionally, a severely clogged filter can stress your system components – reducing the functionality of your heating system and increasing your energy bills. Your air filter should be checked at least once a month and changed regularly during heating season.

Dirty Ductwork

If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality – and health – will suffer as a result. Ductwork in your home has two systems; supply ducts that blow heated air into rooms and return ducts that inhale indoor air and return it to the blower. Moisture, debris, and dirt in your home will get stuck in your ductwork and become a breeding ground for molds, allergens, toxins, and other infectious compounds. Particles can end up inside your heating system, making it less efficient and degrading your indoor air quality.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality during Heating Season

Breathing clean, fresh air can make the difference between good health and constantly fighting colds, allergies, and respiratory problems all winter. The good news is there are several preventative measures you can take to protect your home and family’s health.Buy High Quality Air Filters

You can check the quality of an air filter by the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The higher the MERV rating, the cleaner your air will be. You should consult a certified HVAC contractor to make sure the filter is compatible with your heating system and it is properly installed. heating installation

Invest in Whole Home Purification Systems

Air Filtration Systems can remove as much as 99.9% of all allergens and 90% of all infectious agents. As a Lennox Certified Dealer, Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can direct you to the best Air Filtration System for your family and home’s unique needs.

DuctWork Cleaning & Preventative Maintenance

Heaters enjoy a longer functioning life if they’re properly maintained, and if the air passages are not clogged with dirt and dust. Action’s NATE-certified HVAC technicians use NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)-approved duct cleaning techniques to ensure your furnace is running at optimal efficiency and improving your indoor air quality as a result.