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Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs the proper maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help ensure it lasts as long as it is designed to. However, hiring a professional to clean, oil and maintain this appliance can get costly. My name is Jeff and like many of you, I live on a very tight budget. I spent a lot of time researching various type of maintenance that I could do on my furnace myself to get it the maintenance it needed at a price that I could live with. I created this website to share my knowledge and experiences with others who wish to save some money on their furnace maintenance needs. I hope this proves helpful to you.

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Thermostats: How To Regulate Your Heating And Cooling System When Temperature Fluctuations Occur

Part of the air conditioning services that HVAC contractors provide are regulatory services. In short, this specific set of services helps control and monitor temperature changes and needs within your home so that it remains comfortable indoors all year long. The following illustrates the included services and how you can regulate your own heating and cooling system when extreme fluctuations in outdoor temperatures occur.

High-Tech Programmable Thermostats

If you do not have a high-tech programmable thermostat, you may want one. While these beauties are more expensive than the standard, basic models of programmable thermostats, they do much more to help you regulate the temperature in your house. They register the temperature outdoors, the expected daily weather highs and lows, and allow you to set the thermostat to automatic adjustments or program it to your own desired temperatures throughout the day. If you set it to automatic, then your air conditioning kicks on when it becomes too warm for you and your house, turns off when sufficiently cooled, and turns on your heat at night (which is fairly common for people who live in the Southwest).

Your HVAC contractor can install one of these thermostats for you, and show you how it works. You may even be able to adjust it via your Wifi-enabled mobile device, which provides you with more options on how to regulate your home's temperature. Additionally, with this Wifi feature, your mobile device becomes a "remote" for your air conditioning and heating when you are away, creating the perfect comfort level for you to come home to.

Standard Programmable Thermostats with Heat-Blocking Window Treatments

Another option, and certainly a more affordable one, is to use heat-blocking window treatments in conjunction with a programmable thermostat. During the day, all of these window treatments are drawn, disallowing the heat from the sun to accumulate in your home and turning on your air conditioner unnecessarily. While the window treatments do their part, your basic programmable thermostat is set for one temperature during the day and another temperature at night. As long as you have a backup method to control temperatures in the house during the day, and utilize warm blankets at night, the basic thermostat is an effective tool for regulating indoor temperatures when outdoor temperatures swing forty to sixty degrees difference between night and day.

Turning the System Off Entirely When You Are Not Home

If you are not going to be home for several days at a time, turn your entire heating and cooling system off. This not only conserves energy, but also keeps your home's system from switching back and forth, on and off as the outdoor temperatures fluctuate. You could also set your home at fifty degrees to protect your pipes, if you are going to be gone a week or more and the weather forecast calls for much colder temperatures at night and much warmer temperatures during the day. This is another way to keep the air conditioning and heating in your home from fluctuating with the outside temperatures.

For help with your AC, contact a company such as Omega Air Conditioning.