Tired of High Energy Bills? Try a Programmable Thermostat

When the mercury rises, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your family cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, using your air conditioner can really drive up your electric bill. If you are feeling tempted to swelter through the summer to save a few dollars, there is a better option. With a programmable thermostat from Larry & Sons, you can beat the heat without breaking your bank account.

How Programmable Thermostats Save Money

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Even if you have installed a new air conditioner recently, you may not have thought about upgrading your thermostat. The thermostat itself doesn’t use much energy, so upgrading may not seem important. However, old manual thermostats lack features that allow you to reduce your energy consumption and lower you bills.

Programmable thermostats save money by allowing you to automatically adjust the temperature in your home throughout the day. While you are at work or asleep, you can set the temperature a few degrees higher to take some strain off your cooling system. Set it to a lower temperature shortly before you arrive home or wake up to enjoy a comfortable temperature while you are using your home. Adjusting the temperature by just 7 to 10 degrees could have a big impact on your electric bill.

Programmable Thermostat Installation in Fredrick

If you are ready to upgrade to a programmable thermostat or learn more about the benefits, we can help. For programmable thermostat installation in Fredrick and the surrounding areas, depend on the experts right here at Larry & Sons.

At Larry & Sons, we are always here to help you and your family stay cool and comfortable throughout the summer, and we can help you find solutions to make your cooling bills more manageable. To schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians, please contact us today by calling 301-733-5428.

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with These Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption

Falling on April 22nd, Earth Day 2017 is just over a week away. At Larry & Sons, we believe in making environmentally friendly choices whenever possible, and we strive to help our customers reduce their energy consumption not just on Earth Day but throughout the entire year. Whether it’s energy efficient HVAC systems or plumbing fixtures that are designed to minimize waste, we have what you need to make small changes in your home that will make a big difference.

In honor of Earth Day 2017, we’ve put together this list of easy ways to reduce energy consumption.

Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Honor of Earth Day

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  1. Install drapes. Putting up drapes makes your home look great, and it can reduce heat gains by as much as 33%.
  2. Use an advanced power strip. Fight energy vampires by using advanced power strips. Switch the strip off when you aren’t using your electronic devices, and you could save $200 per year.
  3. Maintain your air conditioner. Taking good care of your home’s cooling system boosts its efficiency, reducing its environmental impact. Replace your filters regularly, and make sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture or clutter.
  4. Keep the doors and windows closed. When you have your air conditioner or heat turned on, make sure all the doors and windows in your home are securely closed.
  5. Upgrade your water heater. If you have a conventional water heater with a storage tank, upgrading to an energy efficient tankless water heater will drastically cut your energy consumption and lower your bills.
  6. Seal air leaks. Leaky air ducts waste tons of energy. Commit to having your air ducts sealed this year, and you could save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
  7. Invest in a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy a comfortable home while you’re home and give your HVAC system a break while you’re away. When properly programmed, you could reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption by up 10% or more.

Looking for more ways to reduce energy consumption? Larry & Sons can help! We offer energy efficient solutions for any situation and budget. Call 301-733-5428 today to learn how we can help you reduce your impact on the environment and save on your monthly bills!

How to Cut Cooling Costs This Summer | Top 5 Tips

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With temperatures nearing the 90s, life without an air conditioner seems downright impossible. Reduce your cooling costs this summer by utilizing these useful techniques! You’ll thank us later.’

How to Cut Cooling Costs

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat will allow you to pre-set desired temperatures. This is especially useful for when you’re away at work or asleep. Now, you never have to worry again about forgetting to adjust the temperature back to normal.

For noticeable savings, we recommend setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re away. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees only when you are home and in need of cooling. When it comes to cooling costs, every degree counts.

Take advantage of ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are great way to reduce cooling costs when the temperatures are mild, as they use significantly less energy than an air conditioning unit. However, it’s important to remember that ceiling fans don’t cool rooms, they cool skin. So always remember to turn them off whenever you leave a room. Otherwise, you’re only wasting energy.

Schedule regular tune-ups

Tune-ups were designed to help customers avoid spending money on frequent, costly repairs and to ensure their system is running at optimal efficiency. Take advantage of these services as they will help you and your family keep cool all summer long.

Additionally, regular tune-ups will increase the lifespan of your system, saving your from having to replace your system before you’re ready to. If you haven’t already, schedule your annual AC tune-up with Larry & Sons today!

Change air filters regularly

Your air filters should be changed at minimum every 1-3 months. After a while, your filters get jam packed with dirt, dust and debris, and if you don’t want that affecting your indoor air quality, then regularly change your air filters.

In addition to poor indoor air quality, a filter that isn’t regularly changed can lead to malfunctions and breakdowns in your unit. If your air conditioner won’t turn on or shows signs of freezing, always check your air filter first. Set calendar and phone reminders so you never forget again.

Seal leaks

Conduct a leak inspection in your home to locate all the places where air is leaking. Caulking and weatherstripping are two easy yet effective ways to put a stop to air leaks.

Caulking is generally used for small cracks and openings around doors and window frames, and weatherstripping is typically used to seal doors and windows.

You can also seal your air ducts with mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape to improve the airflow of your heating and air conditioning system, as well as save money and improve indoor air quality. After every major insulation project, however, always consult with your local professional HVAC company for proper ventilation.

To further save and add comfort and peace of mind, we highly recommend signing up for Larry & Sons Maintenance Program, which ensures two annual heating and air conditioning tune-ups, 15 % off all repairs, and much more!

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