Smart Thermostat Installation Guide

How to install a smart thermostat

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Best Smart Thermostat Options

If your thermostat looks like this, it might be time to upgrade
If your thermostat looks like this, it might be time to upgrade!

Smart thermostats do what any other thermostat can do and a lot more. They not only regulate the heating and cooling of your home, their functionality also extends to the indoor air quality as well. Smart thermostats can be linked by Sacramento air conditioning repair professionals to your home automation system. Smart thermostats are internet enabled and you can access them using a mobile device like your smartphone.

Popular brands you may be familiar with are, The Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee4. It’s really up to you to determine which one is the best fit for your home but by now most brands are on their 3rd or fourth version so they are pretty well tried and tested. Our technicians always keep a few new smart thermostats on their trucks in case you haven’t had time to head to the store and pick one out.

Smart Thermostat Advantages and Capabilities

Smart programming. Smart thermostats can learn your preferences and adjust the air conditioning settings automatically to address your needs. For example, the smart thermostat will “notice” that you tend to increase the temperature settings as you leave your home each morning. The smart thermostat will begin making those adjustments on its own when the time you leave approaches so that you no longer have to do it or program it into the memory of the smart thermostat. The smart thermostat can also adjust the Furnace and AC settings depending on how many people are in the home at a given time. This goes beyond what you see in programmable thermostats that work based on the settings that have been pre-programmed.

You Will Love The Remote Connectivity This Winter

Smart thermostats also come with a feature that enables you to adjust them even when you are not in your Sacramento home. This is done using any internet enabled device such as your smartphone or computer. You will therefore be in position to conserve energy even when you aren’t at home.
Energy reporting. Smart thermostats have the capability to collect data about the energy usage patterns of your home. You can monitor this data in order to get an accurate picture about when most energy is used in your home and when energy use is minimal. You can also ask a Sacramento heating and air conditioning repair technician to help you to make sense of that data in case you aren’t comfortable analyzing such information. Corrective measures can be taken based on this data.

How the Smart Thermostat Can Be Installed

Manufacturers of smart thermostats usually have a user manual that has step-by-step installation instructions. You can follow that installation guide to install the smart thermostat on your own. However, it is not advisable to attempt a DIY installation if you lack appropriate training and experience in performing such projects. This is because the process requires electrical knowledge as well as technical knowledge to put together the different components.

You stand a better chance of enjoying your investment in case you ask an experienced technician from Fox Family Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar to install the smart thermostat for you. The cost you incur for this professional installation will pale in comparison to the loss you may have incurred if you had bungled the DIY installation and damaged the smart thermostat or wiring.

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What You Need to Know About Humidifiers

what you need to know about humidifiers

What You Need To Know About Humidifiers

Whole house humidifiers provide a solution to the problems caused by dry air, such as increased cases of nose bleeds as well as static electricity. The humidifier adds moisture to all the air that is circulating through your air conditioning system. This article discusses some humidifier facts that you need to know in order to benefit from this HVAC system accessory.

What a Humidifier Water Panel Is

A humidifier water panel is the medium through which water or moisture is dispersed as air is passed through the humidifier before that air is pumped to the rooms being conditioned. The water distribution tray sits right above the water panel inside the humidifier. The humidifier is usually connected to its own water line in order to save the homeowner from having to refill a container manually as the existing water supply is depleted during the demanding humidification season.

Does The Humidifier Water Panel Need to Be Changed?

It is necessary to replace the humidifier water panel at least once each year. This is because the tiny openings on this panel get clogged over time due to the effects of hard water and contaminants in the air circulating through the humidifier. Humidifier manufacturers actually recommend that the humidifier water panel be changed as part of the annual maintenance of the appliance. Ask a technician from a Sacramento air conditioning company for help in determining the best change interval for the water panel in your humidifier.

When Is The Best Time to Change the Water Panel?

It is usually advisable for you to change the humidifier water panel as your air conditioning system is serviced in the fall. This timing is appropriate because it gets the humidifier ready to work in winter when the air is dry.

However, it may be necessary for you to change that water panel more than once during one season if you discover that your home has hard water. The hard water quickens the rate at which the water panel gets clogged. Secondly, you may need to make a second change of the humidifier water panel if you use the humidifier more frequently (daily, for example). That heavy use wears out the panel quickly.

How to Change the Humidifier Water Panel

Most homeowners can easily replace the humidifier water panel without calling an expert from Fox Family Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar for help. First, find the humidifier’s cover and open it. Locate the water panel and slide it out of its location. Slide the new water panel in and replace the cover of the humidifier. Your humidifier will now be ready to start doing what it does best.

Do you still have issues of dry air in your home even if you installed a humidifier? Contact Fox Family Heating and Air. We shall send an experienced technician who will inspect your humidifier and fix any issue that may have prevented it from working as expected. The technician will also give you all the humidifier facts that you need to know in order to get the best performance from that whole house humidifier.

Myths About Ductless HVAC Systems

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Myths About Ductless HVAC System

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Myth 1: Ductless System Heat Pumps Require More Maintenance

Some people in Sacramento think that the advanced technology from which ductless heat pumps are made makes the system more costly to maintain. The truth is that ductless HVAC systems are easier to maintain. For example, the filter can be removed easily and hosed down by you, the homeowner. This is unlike the filters in central heating and air conditioning systems that usually require regular replacement. (Depending on the make and model of your central heating and air conditioning system)

Furthermore, the indoor unit of a conventional heat pump is often located in a hard-to-reach place, such as the attic with a tight crawl space. This makes it harder (and more expensive) to access that component for routine maintenance. The components of ductless systems are within easy reach inside the building. This makes the components easier to access for maintenance work.

Myth 1 Debunked: Ductless System Heat Pumps DO NOT Require More Maintenance

Myth 2: Ductless Heat Systems Don’t Filter Air

Some Sacramento homeowners may have been held back by the misconception that ductless systems result in poor indoor air quality since they don’t filter the air passing through them.

As stated earlier, the filter of a ductless system can be removed and cleaned easily by any homeowner. Secondly, the absence of a complicated network of ducts means that ductless systems provide cleaner air since there are no corners and surfaces onto which dust and other debris can cling. You should, therefore, have no fears about installing a ductless system since you are likely to have cleaner indoor air when compared to the air provided by a ducted system. Contact a Sacramento air conditioning repair technician in case you indoor air quality issues in your home.

Myth 2 Debunked: Ductless Heat Systems Do Filter Air

Myth 3: Ductless HVAC Systems Are Only for Residential New Construction

It isn’t true that ductless system pumps are for new constructions only. In fact, their very innovation was based on the need to meet the HVAC needs of older homes or properties where it was hard to install a network of ducts. East Sacramento and Land Park are good examples of that. The minimally disruptive installation of ductless systems makes them suitable for a wide range of applications, such as retrofit installation or beefing up the air conditioning provided in the distant sections of a building having a central AC system. Many homeowners often purchase a ductless system for in-law quarters or a guest house that was not built with central heat and air.

Myth 3 Debunked: Ductless HVAC Systems Are Great for Retrofitting an older home with no central HVAC or smaller spaces like a guest house.

Myth 4: They Have a Shorter Lifespan Due to All-Year Operation

This myth may be based on the general thinking that the more you use an appliance the shorter its lifespan will be. However, experts at Fox Family Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar say the longevity of any air conditioning system (ductless or central AC) depends on the quality of the unit and how well it was sized. It also depends on how it was installed and if it is maintained during its service life. The longevity of an HVAC system will, therefore, have nothing do with its design as a ductless system or ducted/central air conditioning.

Myth 4 Debunked: Ductless HVAC Systems lifespan is relative to care, and installation quality.

Myth 5: Ductless Systems Are For Spot Heating or Cooling

This is one of the worst misconceptions about ductless heat pumps. The roots of this myth may be in the observation that some homeowners install ductless systems to heat or cool a particular room which isn’t served adequately by the central AC. For example, a garage extension may have a ductless system since the central HVAC system cannot supply sufficient heating or cooling to that modified garage. However, this doesn’t mean that ductless systems are for spot heating or cooling. They are a standalone heating or cooling system. Granted, they are not right for every home so it is important for you to consult with an HVAC Installer for the best options for your home. This post is not meant to endorse or sway you in any way towards installing a ductless mini split system. Our goal here is to be a source of education. The best way to determine whether a Minisplit is right for you is to schedule a FREE in-home evaluation with one of our team members.

Myths and misconceptions thrive in an environment where people don’t have accurate information about something. Don’t be a victim of the myths in the discussion above. Contact Fox Family Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar and we shall be glad to answer any question that you may have about ductless system pumps or anything related to the HVAC industry.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section bg_color=”#ed4622″ full_width=”true” has_top_shape_divider=”true” top_shape_color=”#ffffff” top_shape_bg_color=”#ed4622″ bottom_shape_color=”#ffffff” sidebar=”sidebar-1″][vc_column width=”2/3″][mk_padding_divider][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h3″ color=”#ed4622″ size=”36″ force_font_size=”true” size_tablet=”20″ size_phone=”15″ line_height=”90″ font_weight=”bold” txt_transform=”capitalize” margin_bottom=”0″ font_family=”Lato” font_type=”google” align=”right” drop_shadow=”true”]Need Service? Call Now: 916-877-1577[/mk_fancy_title][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_padding_divider][mk_button dimension=”flat” size=”large” align=”center” margin_right=”0″ bg_color=”#0066cc” btn_hover_txt_color=”#ed4622″]BOOK NOW[/mk_button][/vc_column][/mk_page_section]

Furnace Repair Company Sacramento

Furnace Repair Company Sacramento

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Furnace Repair, Common Furnace Issues

It is good for homeowners to have a basic understanding of what could be wrong in case the furnace malfunctions. This knowledge will enable the homeowner to fix the defect himself or herself in case the defect doesn’t require an expert. The discussion below explores some of the common furnace issues which Fox Family Heating and Air, a Sacramento heating and air conditioning company, often has to deal with when called by homeowners.

No Heat Coming From My Furnace

Several defects can stop the furnace from producing any heat once it is turned on. For example, a defective pilot light will stop the furnace from generating heat. Similarly, any defect in the thermostat (wrong settings, for example) can also prevent the furnace from heating your home.
The specific remedy selected will depend on an accurate diagnosis of the problem. For instance, you can follow the instructions in the user manual to check whether the pilot light is on. A clog may be preventing gas from reaching the pilot light. Clear the clog and the furnace will work as expected. Get help from a furnace repair company in Sacramento if the problem persists.

Insufficient Heat Being Produced

The furnace may turn on but struggle to deliver enough heat to warm your home. A dirty filter or burner can be the culprit for this problem. A loose blower belt or a clogged blower can also lead to insufficient heat production. Start by checking the filter in case you experience low heat production by the burner. Replace the filter in case light rays cannot penetrate through it once you hold it up. Clean the burner if it is dirty. You may need to call for technical support from a furnace technician in Sacramento in case these two remedies don’t fix the problem.

My Furnace Won’t Turn On

Check and confirm that that furnace switch is on if the furnace isn’t working. Go to the breaker panel and find out whether the breaker has tripped. You should also pay attention to the thermostat. Replace the batteries or adjust the settings in case any of those issues were preventing the furnace from turning on. The safety switch on the door of the furnace can also prevent the furnace from working. That switch is designed to pop out in case the door of the furnace is removed in order to access the hidden components of the furnace. Close this door so that the switch doesn’t prevent the furnace from activating.

Altered Flame Color

The flame from the burner should be blue. A yellow or reddish flame is an indicator of incomplete combustion due to the presence of contaminants. Those contaminants (dust, for example) are usually in the thermo-coupler or on the burner. Clean these components after switching the furnace off. A soft brush or a vacuum cleaner may suffice for this cleaning exercise.

Blower Not Stopping

The blower can work nonstop in case its limiting switch develops a defect. A blower which runs nonstop should only be repaired by a licensed professional since it is very risky for a layperson to tamper with such a complex electrical system. The technician from Fox Family Heating and Air will check and replace this limit switch in case it is found to be worn. This will prevent the blower from failing prematurely due to excessive wear.

Unusual Noises Coming From My Furnace

The furnace should not emit any loud noises, such as scraping, rumbling, rattling or popping sounds. Such sounds could indicate that a mechanical component, such as the blower belt, has slipped or failed. Lack of lubrication can also cause friction between moving parts. The best thing that you can do in such a case is to turn the unit off and call a professional from a Sacramento heating and air conditioning company to fix the defective component before other parts are affected by that malfunction.

Some furnace problems can be repaired by the homeowner while other require expert intervention. Avoid taking on any furnace repairs which you aren’t comfortable with. Let the professionals at Fox Family Heating and Air take care of those problems so that heating can be restored to your home quickly.

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