Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat

According to Energy Star, the average household spends about $2,000 annually on utility bills.  Almost half of this amount comes from heating and cooling your home.  Installing a programmable thermostat is an inexpensive and simple way to save money on your heating and cooling expense.  On average a properly installed programmable thermostat can save you $180 per year.

The key to a programmable thermostat is to maintain specific temperature settings according to your family’s schedule that allows for savings without sacrificing comfort.  A heating and cooling specialist can help you set a program that automatically decreases heating and cooling energy consumption in your home, according to your schedule and needs.

Example schedules include:

  • 7 day – provides a schedule that is similar every day of the week
  • 5 – 2 day – provides a setting for weekdays and weekends as well
  • 5 – 1 – 1 day – one schedule for weekdays, and one for Saturdays and Sundays

These automatic settings not only help eliminate unnecessary heating and cooling but are also very convenient.  Imagine your home’s temperature automatically adjusting to your liking before you go to bed at night and then again before you return home from school or work.  When you are away, the temperature will adjust to reduce the amount of heating or cooling to save energy.

A couple of things to remember:

  • Properly setting your thermostat is the key to energy savings – programmable thermostats have many complex settings and features, maximize its potential by allowing a professional to set your thermostat properly.
  • Make sure your thermostat is installed properly by a professional to ensure accurate settings and saving potential – when installing a programmable thermostat, there are proper guidelines to consider for safety and proper operation.  For assurance, it is best to contact an HVAC professional to install your thermostat.
  • Choose the right thermostat for you and your family – there are many types of programmable thermostats, talk to your Mechanics heating and cooling professional at 281-347-2665 for advice on which model is for you.

Efficiency and Comfort

Tips for Maximum Efficiency and Comfort

Are you getting the most for your comfort dollar? Or are you paying to heat and cool the neighborhood?

Whether your comfort system is old or new, in a new or old home, in an apartment or a single-family home, there are many little things you can do to optimize its efficiency and minimize your utility bills. They’re definitely worth the small amount of time and expense they take, because in the long run, they’ll save you money.

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Three Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality

1. Understand the Problem

While most people would think twice before eating from dirty dishes or drinking impure water, surprisingly few take the steps necessary to understand the quality of the air inside their own home. Yet, Indoor air pollution inside the typical American home Is typically 2-10 times higher than outdoor air pollution and by some estimates is responsible for as much as 50% of all illnesses. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers indoor air pollution the number one environmental health problem in the United States.

Some facts to consider: 

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It's All Relative

Proper humidity levels keep you healthier and more comfortable.

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can do more than heat and cool your home. It can also keep the humidity at a comfortable level in winter and summer. It’s a delicate balance: if It’s too low, you’ll feel the effects of colds, respiratory Infections, and asthma more, and some of the furnishings in your home will literally dry out. If it’s too high, you’ll be uncomfortable but mold and mildew will flourish. They love moisture! 

Residential HVAC systems balance temperature and humidity. The best person to design a system appropriate for your climate and your comfort needs is a professional ACCA member contractor. He or she understands the science of your home and applies the principles contained in the ACCA design and technical manuals to the design, selection, and installation of an HVAC system that’s right for you. 

ACCA manuals are the Industry standard, often Incorporated into local building codes and endorsed or recommended by the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and equipment manufacturers.

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Save Money and Make Your Home more Comfortable


1. Find the air leaks— First, close all your windows, doors and flues and turn off your furnace and water heater. Then turn on all your exhaust fans—this will help pull air from the outside. Now, walk around your home and feel for drafts in the following areas:

  • Doors and windows
  • Fireplaces
  • Corners, baseboards and areas where the wall and ceiling meet
  • Pet doors and mail lots
  • Window AC units
  • Electrical outlets and plates
  • Pipes If you have trouble, try wetting your hand or use a lit incense stick and watch the trail of smoke for indications of drafts.
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