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Wi-Fi Thermostat

What Are The Benefits of a Wi-Fi Thermostat?

We’ve come a long way since the times of having a simple thermostat that controls our indoor temperature. Gone are the days of having a lever that we push left and right or up and down to control how hot or cold we wanted our homes. The switches that say “ON/OFF/AUTO” are almost extinct. Nowadays, we’re installing the most advanced thermostats available! If you haven’t seen or heard about a Wi-Fi thermostat, then look no further!Wi-Fi Thermostat
 
Wi-Fi Capabilities
New thermostats are being equipped to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network! That means you can control your home’s HVAC system with your smartphone. For instance, if you have an after work dinner with co-workers and you won’t be home for a few hours, you can tell your AC system to delay bringing the temperature down to your comfort zone by a few hours! Wi-Fi connectivity also allows you to see your usage over a period of time and see which days used more energy and which days saved you money!
 
Multi-Room
The Nexia Trane ComfortLink™ II XL950 Control gives you the ability to define different temperatures and schedules for each room in your house! If your kids like it to be a little warmer in the Winter, then you can set their rooms to their desired temperature without affecting the rest of the house! This is especially handy for two story homes which can have variations in temperatures throughout the upstairs and downstairs rooms.
 
Display Options
Depending on the model, you will have plenty of options for your thermostat’s display! You can check out the current weather outside, so you can get a feel for how you will need to dress for the day. Plus, you have the ability to check the weather forecast for the upcoming week! You can also program a picture or slideshow to play after a few minutes of inactivity.
 

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Trane AC Unit

What’s In a Name? Why Trane Air Conditioners Are Better Than the Rest

Trane AC Unit

Photo courtesy of Trane.com

Advertisers spend a ton of money getting us to think their product is the best. Brand recognition increases sales and buyer confidence, but sometimes the product behind the name doesn’t always stack up to the reputation. Trane is not one of those products. Trane air conditioners are worth their cost, and here’s why.

Trane produces high quality products and has been in the business since 1885. Years have been spent refining the efficiency and effectiveness of their parts even down to the screws that are coated in Teflon. Their systems use a Spine Fin™ coil that is reliable and holds up better over time due to its resistance to corrosion and ability to exchange heat. Trane proudly manufactures its own compressor which they call the Climatuff™. This in-house control allows them to supervise the quality of this vital part of the unit. Trane compressors are built to last and are one of the main reasons their tagline is “It’s hard to stop a Trane!”

In addition, each part must pass the company’s environmental test at their lab in Tyler, Texas. For 16 weeks, the parts are exposed to a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold and salt water spray. Passing these types of tests means they feel confident in providing a standard 10-year warranty for parts and labor.

Regardless of which HVAC system you purchase, the unit’s quality will not matter if it is improperly installed. This is where Trane has an advantage above other brands. Installation guidelines are strict and required of every contractor that is approved to sell and install Trane products. Every year Trane provides training and asks dealers to show dedication to satisfying their customers.

Even with these great qualities, it is still important to perform proper maintenance on any unit to extend the life to its maximum capacity. Make sure that grass, weeds, and other debris are kept clear from the unit, especially in summer months. Change your air filters every 3 to 9 months, and have a reputable technician service the unit once a year.

If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, the Trane name is an industry leader you can trust.

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Indoor Air Quality

What Is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor Air Quality

We all spend most of our days indoors. Otherwise, we would be outside suffering in the Summer heat and Winter cold. It’s a luxury that we take for granted. The fact that advances in air conditioning have allowed us to be comfortable 24 hours a day, is a marvel of human achievement. There is one drawback to that achievement: poor indoor air quality.

What is indoor air quality?

Indoor air quality refers to the quality of the air inside and around the buildings that we sleep, work and play in. While the HVAC systems that we use to push air through our homes and offices does condition the air to our liking, it could also be making us sick. When someone in our indoor environment is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.), we depend on our HVAC systems to take the polluted air that contains those contaminants away. Sickness is not the only way your indoor space can become polluted, though. Other ways include improper ventilation of fumes and the materials used during the building’s construction.

What can poor indoor air quality do to our health?

While it may not be apparent right away, the effects of spending time in a polluted indoor environment can manifest itself into a wide array of sicknesses. Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue are commonly reported. Long term exposure effects include lung disease, cancer and heart disease.

 

What can we do about poor indoor air quality?

Hiring an experienced HVAC contractor to diagnose the problem and provide solutions. That may include the installation of a device that attracts the pollutants in the air and neutralizes them, changing the air filters to a specialized filter, or redesigning your HVAC system to use more fresh air instead of recycling the air in the building.

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