Posted on:
10. 25. 2021

Ways to Save Energy in Your Home While on Vacation

Written by: Metro Air

Planning a vacation away from the Midwest this autumn? You are likely focused on travel reservations, packing, and other details. These things are important, but so is keeping your home efficient while you’re gone. Here are some ways to save energy while you are on vacation.

#1: Lower the heat.
It might be tempting to turn the heat completely off while you’re away. However, resist the urge to do that! In the event of freezing temperatures, you should keep your furnace on! Simply keep your thermostat always set to 55 degrees or higher. If you have a pet that is staying in the home while you’re gone, turn the thermostat down a few degrees than you would normally have it. So, if you generally keep the temperature set at 70 degrees, turn it down to 66 degrees while you are not at home. This will allow you to save energy, but also keep your pet warm and comfortable.

#2: Unplug or lower other appliances in your home.
If you want to lower your gas and electric bills while you’re away, turn your home’s water heater down to the lowest setting. In addition, make sure you unplug computers, televisions, or other appliances that won’t be in use while you’re on vacation. Electronics and other appliances continue to draw energy – even if they are turned off – and the only way to reduce energy use is to unplug completely. Also, once you determine which lights you want on for security purposes, make sure all other lights are off in other parts of the home.

#3: Schedule furnace maintenance.
Before you leave for your trip, schedule your furnace maintenance appointment. The last thing you want to do is come home from a relaxing vacation to a broken furnace. To prevent problems, regular furnace tune-ups are important. Our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling cleans and inspects over 30 individual items during your heating maintenance appointment. These appointments not only give you peace of mind but they also help prolong the lifespan of your system.

To schedule your furnace repair, tune-up, or other HVAC services for your home, contact us today! We look forward to getting your system running at peak efficiency so you can save energy all year long.

Posted on:
10. 18. 2021

HVAC Terms for Homeowners

Written by: Metro Air

Your heating and cooling system is a vital part of your home. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) keeps you comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do outside. There are some important terms that you should know when it comes to your heating and cooling system. This allows you to communicate easily with our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling when we come out to diagnose or repair your system. So, here are some key terms to keep in mind.

Thermostat:
You’re likely very familiar with this part of your heating and cooling system! There are traditional thermostats, in addition handheld thermostats that allow you to control the temperature of your ductless heat pump. There are also programmable thermostats that work in conjunction with mobile phone apps. They can help you save money on monthly utility costs by regulating your home’s temperature based off your customized needs.

Vents:
The vents in your home allow conditioned air to flow through your rooms after traveling through the ductwork.

Ductwork:
Air ducts are large tubes connected to your HVAC system. They circulate the air in and around your home.

Boiler:
A boiler uses hot water to heat your home, rather than air. The heated water flows through pipes that are installed through the house into radiators that bring heat into the home. Our NTI boiler systems help save energy and come with a variety of benefits, including sidewall venting, safe mounting on combustible surfaces, outdoor temperature reset, and more.

Refrigerant:
HVAC refrigerant is a fluid that causes cooling by running through the evaporator coil.

Evaporator coil:
This piece of your HVAC system absorbs heat from the air inside the home. It is made out of steel, aluminum, or copper and works in tandem with the condenser coil.

Condenser coil:
Once the refrigerant heats and pressurizes in the compressor, it enters the condenser coil. The refrigerant takes the heat and transfers it to the air blowing over it.

Air filters:
The filters in your HVAC system help filter germs, dust, mold, allergens, and other harmful particles that get into the air you breathe. We recommend cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly. This not only ensures you’re breathing cleaner air, but it also allows the system to work more efficiently.

Once you have a basic understanding of the heating and cooling system in your home, you can better understand HVAC problems and communicate any issues with our experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling. Our professionals are here to help get your system running at peak efficiency, all year long. So, contact us today for all of your HVAC repair, replacement or maintenance needs!