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Going Digital with your Thermostat
Mar 01, 2017   02:50 PM
by Donnie Parsons
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According to Energy.gov, the average HVAC system accounts for over half of the energy usage in an typical American home. This makes your heating and cooling units the biggest consumer of household energy. Utilizing a digital thermostat with programming capabilities is an excellent way to save on energy costs while keeping your home at the perfect temperature.

Energy savings

The programmable feature on a digital thermostat allows a homeowner to set the temperature lower during off use hours throughout the day. Many people use a lower setting during the overnight hours as well as daytime hours during the week when they are at work.  Energy.gov suggests that you could save close to 10% each year if you decrease the temperature in your home as little as seven degrees for eight hours a day.

Less repair

Reducing the workload on your HVAC system can save you costly repair bills that occur because of normal usage. Because your thermostat is adjusted to a lower setting during non-peak usage hours, your HVAC system will cycle less frequently, causing less strain on your furnace or air conditioner.

Eco-friendly

Traditional analogue thermostats often use mercury, requiring special consideration when they are removed. Digital thermostats do not contain toxic chemicals, making them more environmentally friendly. Additionally, lower energy usage because of the programming features of a digital thermostat allow you to reduce your carbon footprint

Smart devices

Many digital thermostats come with smartphone sync capabilities. This allows you to control the temperature of your home from virtually anywhere. Often, this technology includes online apps that also provides energy usage data, allowing you to budget more effectively.

Comfort

Because you are able to program a digital thermostat to the ideal temperatures when you are most active within your home, you can enjoy your space at the most comfortable temperature for your needs.  And, depending upon your HVAC system set-up, a digital thermostat can be programmed to specific zones within the home to match your comfort needs.

 

Do you want to learn more about digital thermostats? Contact the experts at Parsons Heating, Air Conditioning & Appliance Service in Ballinger, Texas We can help you choose the right thermostat for your needs and provide assistance with the installation process if needed. 

5 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Air Filters
Feb 12, 2017   01:04 PM
by Donnie Parsons

5 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Air Filters

The winter months often mean your HVAC system is working overtime to keep your family comfortable. It also means your furnace could be blowing dust and other allergens around your house. Because of this, it is crucial to properly maintain your furnace and change your air filter regularly.  Here are five things to consider about your furnace air filters and your HVAC system.

Keep your HVAC unit healthy – A dirty air filter is one of the most common reasons for your furnace or air conditioner to require maintenance. As dust and dirt build-up on the filter, air is unable to pass through freely, causing the system undue wear and tear. This can make the motor of your furnace to overwork and fail prematurely.

Reduce energy costs – A clogged air filter increases the stress on your furnace and makes it use more energy to do the same amount of work. Not only does this tax your HVAC system, it can also mean increased energy bills. According to energy.gov, changing a dirty air filter can save you 5 to 15 percent on your annual energy bills.

Healthy air – When dust and allergens float freely around your house, it is sure to have an impact on your health. If you have a family member who is susceptible to allergies or suffers from asthma or other respiratory issues, dirty air can create great breathing distress. If you have a pet, a clean air filter is even more important, as it helps to remove pet dander from your home.  Healthy air means you and your family can breathe more freely.

Clean HVAC – In addition to keeping dust and allergens out of your home, an air filter also keeps your heating and cooling system clean and free from excess dust and dirt build-up.

Peace-of-mind – While keeping your air filter clean might not be at the top of your priority list, it is an easy step to keep your family healthy and your heating and cooling system clean. Change it every three months and rest easy knowing that you having taken the first steps to improve your indoor air quality.

 

If you have questions or concerns about your HVAC system, contact the experts at Parsons Heating, Air Conditioning and Appliance Service for 24/7  around the clock service. 

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Jan 17, 2017   09:51 AM
by Donnie Parsons
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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuels. When a person is exposed to carbon monoxide, it deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen. Each year,  non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning cases are responsible for 20,000 emergency room visits, more than 4,000 hospital visits, and more than 400 fatalities in the United States (source). 

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be subtle. The symptoms from low to severe are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Unconsciousness

Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous to  individuals who are asleep in the home. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death. While very scary, carbon monoxide problems can be prevented fairly easily and efficiently within your home. Here’s how to protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in central locations, like each sleeping area, on each level of the home, and near attached garages.
  • Test alarms monthly
  • Never let engines run inside a garage - even if the door is open
  • Keep your dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace vents clear of debris and/or snow
  • Never run a generator in a home, garage, or crawl space
  • Have your furnace, water heater, and other appliances serviced by a qualified technician once a year

If your carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds, you should:

  1. Exit the house (don’t forget to bring the pets!)
  2. Check everyone for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
  3. Call 911
  4. DO NOT re-enter your home until the authorities have cleared it

We at Parsons Heating, Air Conditioning, & Appliance Service offers certified technicians to inspect your furnace or other appliances for carbon monoxide leaks. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you believe you might have a leak. We believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - especially when it comes to the safety of your family!

Preventing Bees, Wasps, and Mud Daubers in HVAC
Dec 17, 2016   08:33 PM
by Donnie Parsons
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Bees, wasps, and mud daubers love to show up in the least convenient of places. Often times, this can be in the vents of an HVAC system connected to your home or RV. Once these pests have put down their “home sweet home” mat it is difficult to get them out. Instead, here are some preventative measures that you can take to keep the bees, wasps, and mud daubers elsewhere.

Insects can easily get into the furnace or HVAC of a camper because of the openings. It is crucial that you purchase a screen to cover these opening. Nobody wants to turn on the fan and have angry bees shoot out!

If you’re looking to deter wasps from setting up shop near your home, consider a fake wasp nest. Wasps are extremely territorial and will seek shelter elsewhere if they see a nest nearby.

A simple trap can be made using a two-liter bottle. Cut the top of the bottle off, take the top and place it upside down in the bottle creating a funnel. Fill the bottle with soda, and the bees will fly in, become trapped, and drown in the soda.

If you choose to use insect killer, we recommend doing so at night when the pests are sleeping. If you are allergic, seek the help of a friend or family member just in case. If you are allergic and are stung by any sort of bee, wasp, or mud dauber call 911 and administer an epipen.

If you notice a nest on your property, have it removed as quick as possible. A single queen can lay up to 100 eggs a day and a single hive can house 10,000 wasps. Wasps are particularly dangerous in the fall months when they are desperate for sugar. Do not swat at a wasp! You risk being stung and the wasps emit a pheromone signifying danger. This will attract other wasps, and they won’t be happy to see you.

Having a problem with your heat, air conditioner, or appliance? Parson Heating, AC, and Appliance Services offers service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no price increase for after hours or weekends.  The owner of Parson Heating, AC, and Appliance Services, Donnie Parsons, has over 14 years of experience and holds a universal HVAC License and Commercial HVAC license. To find out more about our services, set up an appointment, or for our special $10 off coupon, visit our website today! We are located at 1921 Hutchings Avenue in Ballinger Texas.