How is a “Smart” Thermostat Beneficial?

Traditional thermostats automatically regulate heating or cooling systems within the home to maintain a constant comfortable temperature. Just like “smart” or programmable cell phones allow for many more functions than older cell phones, smart thermostats are programmable and Wi-Fi enabled and allow for greater control over fluctuating home temperatures. This increases energy efficiency and reduces home heating and cooling costs. Benefits of Smart Thermostats Smart thermostats are based on “learning algorithms” which means the thermostat automatically learns from your schedule and behavior and adjusts the temperature accordingly. For example, using light and motion sensors the system can detect if you are away from home, switches the system to more energy efficient settings and thus saves on energy costs. The Smart thermostat then eventually learns this pattern and changes its heating or cooling schedule appropriately. It can also detect if air humidity is increasing or if an oven is turned on increasing room temperature and adjust its settings to save on energy expenditure. These types of thermostats also allow you to check on home temperature when away from home via a companion app. They also can send email alerts if home temperatures rise or lower significantly and they can analyze energy...

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What Is the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?

Although many people consider all heating equipment the same, there is a distinct difference between a boiler and a furnace. Knowing which one you have is always beneficial when contacting a professional to handle a problem. Here are the differences: Furnace A furnace is the heating unit you will find in a forced air system. The hot air is blown through ducts, then released through vents in your home. Furnaces use filters that catch dust and other air impurities. These filters are either replaceable once a month or reusable and just need to be cleaned. Boiler A boiler is a hot water system that pumps hot water through pipes to heat a radiator, or in some cases, the baseboards. The water is recirculated to start the cycle again. If you have a steam system, the boiler will turn the hot water to steam that rises through the pipes to the radiator. With boiler systems, the unit usually has a damper, which must be closed. If a steam system is being used, a low water level can cause a problem. Call in the Heating System Professionals With any heating system, proper maintenance is critical. Using a professional team like Dignified Heating...

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Why Get an Indoor Air Quality Assessment?

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time inside your home. The air that we breathe in our homes, however, can put us at risk for a host of health problems. Some health effects are immediate upon exposure, such as headaches and irritation to the eyes and throat. Other health effects may show up only years after repeated exposure, such as respiratory disease and cancer. Pollutants can be particularly harmful to children, the elderly, and those who have preexisting medical conditions. If you’re concerned about the quality of the air inside your home, Dignified Heating & Cooling in Lake Geneva, WI can perform an Indoor Air Quality Assessment and provide solutions to ensure the air you’re breathing is clean and safe. Here’s a look are some of the most common indoor air pollutants: Biological Pollutants Biological pollutants are or are produced, by living things. Examples of biological contaminants commonly found in homes include animal dander, dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and pests or insects. Biological pollutants are often found in wet or damp areas such as basements and bathrooms, but can quickly spread with the help of moisture. Biological pollutants can also contaminate central air handling systems, which then distribute the pollutants throughout the...

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What is a Hydronic Boiler System?

How Does Hydronic Heating Work? Hydronic systems take advantage of the high conductivity of liquid. When heated, water or other liquids pumped through tubes hold their warmth longer than air forced through ventilation systems. The tubes circulate the liquid from a boiler into a hydraulic manifold that regulates its flow so that it keeps areas at the temperature you desire. Unlike the hot and cold spots found in homes with air vents, a well-designed hydronic system distributes warmth evenly throughout the structure. Users can regulate the flow of liquids within the flooring system to move warmer water around the tubes. As the water cools, it is pumped back to the boiler to repeat the cycle. Warmth from the Floor In most cases, the tubes are placed within the home’s floor system. Some homes have tubes set within the concrete slab, while others have tubes put within floor joists under hardwoods, laminates, carpeting, or other floor covers. Hydronic systems are great for tile floors, especially in places like bathrooms where cold tiles are uncomfortable this time of year. Hydronic heat can also work in certain baseboard units. What Role Does the Boiler Play? The boiler heats the liquid in a hydronic heating system. Think of it as the heart that warms the body, as the...

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How to Recycle Furnace Filters

When staying at home, you always should try to make sure that your house temperature is well regulated, especially in a place where the temperature fluctuates quite regularly. With Lake Geneva’s frigid winters, you need to get yourself suitable heating equipment, if you do not have one already. Furnace filters are designed to remove contaminants as well as allergens from the air. When should I replace my filter? Furnace filters ideally should be replaced after every 90 days. Some, however, are recyclable since they are washable. When you get the permanent reusable filters (washable furnace filters),  your furnace could get five years of service, with proper cleaning still being maintained at every 90 days. How to replace the furnace filter. When replacing the furnace filter, ensure the furnace is switched off to prevent the furnace from kicking. Permanent reusable filters just require vacuuming and a quick wash with water. It should be allowed to dry up completely before returning it to its workstation. When replacing filters, however, care should be taken that the disposable kind is properly gotten rid of while the recyclable ones cleaned properly. This is to avoid a situation where the irritants and contaminants become airborne again. The old...

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Improving Your Indoor Air Quality in Lake Geneva

The Environmental Protection Agency recently reported that Americans spend 87% of their lives indoors. From viruses to common household chemicals, the air we breathe if not filtered properly, can be hazardous.  These tips help to ensure the oxygen you do inhale is clean.Vacuum once daily in high traffic areas of your home and at least once a week in other areas. Ensure that you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a good filter, the best being HEPA filters. It is suggested that floors be mopped at least once every two weeks and more if allergies are an issue. To improve indoor air quality in Lake Geneva, consider the following tips: Vacuum once daily in high traffic areas of your home and at least once a week in other areas. Ensure that you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a good filter, the best being HEPA filters. It is suggested that floors be mopped at least once every two weeks and more if allergies are an issue.   Place mats by all outdoor home entrances. Advise people to use them as they enter your home as mats at an entrance help to trap allergens and dust mites from entering a residence.   High...

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Furnace Maintenance Checklist for Burlington Homeowners

The weather is starting to cool off here in Burlington. That means it’s time to call us for your annual furnace check-up! In fact, in some cases, it can even be better to have your furnace running a bit before your annual maintenance call. When you call us to schedule your maintenance visit, you can rest assured that Dignified Heating & Cooling will provide premier service and value. All of our checkups include: A check of your electrical connections and a voltage test to make sure they are working properly   The technician will check your thermostat and on/off settings to make sure they work and are responding to a change on the thermostat   Your heating professional will also inspect your fuel lines and change fuel filters   Your checkup also includes a lubrication of all moving parts to decrease wear and tear on your unit and much more! Furnace maintenance is not something you to put off until the heating season comes along. To ensure that you won’t be needing costly repairs or calling for service in the middle of the night when it’s twenty degrees out, tend to your furnace now and schedule a check-up. When you’re searching...

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Saving Energy in Wisconsin this Winter

One of our top customer questions at Dignified Heating & Cooling is how to save energy. Here are 4 easy tips to put more money back in your pocket rather than sending it to the gas company: 1. Maintain your HVAC system. Make sure to change your furnace filters regularly as clogged or dirty filters cause your unit to run less efficiently. Less efficiency means more money for less heat, which no one wants. You might also consider getting an annual tune up to help your unit run more efficiently. We supply the kind of heating repair Burlington residents rely on for this kind of service. A certified tech will check various components of your system for clogs, corrosion, and holes. This will help make sure that your heat is running in tip top shape. 2. Use LEDs instead of regular strand lights. The holiday season can be a huge drain on your electric system because most people hook up a lot of lights. Between decorated trees, light up villages, outdoor lights, and even some inflatables, the electric usage can add up quickly. Using LED lights can save about 90% of the electricity it would take to run traditional bulbs....

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The Importance of AC Maintenance

The Importance of AC Maintenance Every machine in existence is destined for the same end, and mechanical failure of some sort is inevitable. Thankfully, almost any air conditioning unit manufactured in the past decade will last for many years to come. But that doesn’t mean your AC unit will work perfectly for the duration of its lifespan. Particularly in the later summer months in the area, an AC unit is almost certain to experience hundreds of hours of heavy usage. Sustained output of that sort is enough to test even the best cooling systems modern manufacturing technology. As an AC repair job can prove exceedingly costly, depending upon the damage in question, detecting problems before than can cascade into outright catastrophes is always preferable. After all, the worst malfunction is the one you could easily have prevented. Inspect your system’s exterior regularly and check your thermostat periodically. If something major is amiss, it will likely be apparent, even to the untrained eye. And remember—if anything sounds a bit out of place (clanking, tapping, screeching), consult with a knowledgeable technician immediately. Most HVAC malfunctions are preceded by warning signs which, if acknowledged, will allow you to fix a problem now before it...

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5 Summer Prep Tips For AC

5 Summer Prep Tips For AC Any given AC unit is likely to experience periods of heavier and lighter usage, depending entirely upon the season. As we in know better than most, the summer months can take a tremendous toll on even the highest quality air conditioning units. On particularly hot days, a cooling system can find itself running for upwards of ten hours, often uninterrupted. For that reason, there is no better time to schedule your AC maintenance with than just prior to the summertime highs making their appearance. With a long track record of providing excellent AC repair and AC maintenance throughout the area, technicians are happy to provide you with insightful air conditioning service consultation. Specifically, our HVAC professionals can ready your air conditioning unit for periods of sustained usage while providing tips (see below) to prepare you for the hot summer months. Insulation/Covering Sunlight passing through unshielded windows and doorways is certain to raise your home’s interior temperature. Keeping such passageways blocked with curtains or other means of insulation will allow you to reliably maintain a cooler home environment. This will in turn place less of the cooling responsibility upon your air conditioning unit. A knowledgeable...

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