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Gas furnace parts: What are they and how do they work?

Many homeowners here in South Louisiana rely on a gas furnace for their winter heating. Natural gas furnaces are among the most affordable and reliable heating systems available. In this article, we’ll review how gas furnaces work, the major gas furnace parts, and why a gas furnace may be a good fit for your home.

Need a new heating system here in Morgan City, Houma, or Thibodaux? We’re the team to call. Get a free in-home estimate from the NATE-certified heating professionals at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

The gas furnace basics

Gas furnaces use controlled combustion to generate heat energy, which is then transferred to indoor air. The blower then pushes this heated air through the air ducts of your home, distributing it to different rooms. Combustion byproducts and gases are emitted outside through the flue pipe.

A gas furnace’s efficiency is measured by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. Essentially, AFUE represents how much of the fuel (natural gas) is successfully turned into heat energy. The higher the percentage, the more efficient and less wasteful the furnace is. For example, an 80% AFUE furnace converts heat out of 80% of its fuel, with 20% being wasted.

Gas furnaces are distinct from both electric furnaces and heat pumps. Instead of combusting fuel, electric furnaces push air through heated electric coils to rapidly warm it. Think of an electric furnace like a giant hairdryer. In contrast, heat pumps utilize a completely different technology to heat your home. Instead of generating heat, heat pumps pull residual heat energy out of the outside air and bring it into the home. Heat pumps are actually capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter by simply reversing the process for each season.

Get to know your gas furnace parts

No matter the make or model, all gas furnaces have a few basic components that allow them to function.

1. Gas Burner

The gas burners in your furnace ignite natural gas as part of the combustion process. This makes them one of the essential gas furnace parts.

The gas burners in your furnace ignite natural gas as part of the combustion process. This makes them one of the essential gas furnace parts.

Most gas furnaces have an active pilot light inside of the gas furnace. When your home’s thermostat turns the furnace on, gas is slowly fed into the burner. This light ignites the natural gas, rapidly heating up the chamber. As you might imagine, this is a controlled process: a critical safety component known as the flame sensor ensures that combustion is occurring, so that there is no excess buildup of gas inside of the furnace.

As furnaces age, their combustion process becomes less efficient. That’s just one of the warning signs you need a new gas furnace.

2. Gas Manifold

Another one of the most important gas furnace parts is the gas manifold, which connects burners with the gas valve. Brass fittings called spuds connect the burners to the manifold. The amount of gas that is transported to the gas burners depends on the size of the hole drilled in the manifold.

Comparatively, this part requires little maintenance and care as compared to other components of the gas furnace. Still, when you schedule a furnace tune-up with us, we’ll take a look to make sure your gas manifold is still operating properly.

3. Heat Exchanger

The heated air inside of the burner chamber cannot simply be pushed into your home. Just as in your car, combustion creates gas byproducts that are not safe to breathe indoors. It’s for this reason that the combustion process happens on one side of the heat exchanger, with your home’s indoor air on the other. Air is pushed through the heat exchanger—which resembles a set of coils or tubes—which rapidly heats due to the heat on the other side. This air is then pushed by the blower through ducts into your home.

The heat exchanger plays a vital role in preventing indoor air and combustion air from mixing. This is why a cracked heat exchanger is bad news for your home. While such scenarios are rare, a cracked heat exchanger may allow flue gases like carbon monoxide to get into your home’s air.

Be sure to check out this blog post to learn more about the common warning signs of a gas furnace breakdown.

4. Blower

All forced-air HVAC systems feature a blower unit—this is where the “force” in “forced-air” comes from, after all. The blower pushes the heated air from the heat exchanger into the ductwork of your home. This superheated air then travels through the ducts to vents and registers in individual rooms, where it begins to change the temperature of each room to match the goal indicated by the thermostat.

Here’s something all homeowners should know: the blower, whether being used for the air conditioner in the summer or your furnace in the winter, requires adequate air intake to function. Be sure to clean your HVAC air filter regularly. As this filter clogs with dirt, dust, pet hair, and more, it allows less fresh air into the ducts.

5. Thermostat

Thermostats control the temperature in your home. You can use them to adjust the temperature according to your comfort level. When you turn up the thermostat, the flame of the gas burner gets larger (via the gas burner), increasing the temperature. On the other hand, when you turn down the thermostat, the flame shrinks, lowering the temperature.

While not strictly part of your gas furnace, your thermostat is the key to controlling it. This makes is one of the most essential gas furnace parts.

While not strictly part of your gas furnace, your thermostat is the key to controlling it. This makes is one of the most essential gas furnace parts.

Thermostats use a temperature sensor to gauge the current temperature of your home. For this reason, you should place the thermostat in the center of your home to ensure that your furnace heats the home evenly. Placing a thermostat near a window or exterior wall may lead to it misjudging what the overall temperature in the home is.

Smart thermostats

On a final note, you’ve probably heard about smart thermostats. Also known as programmable thermostats, these upgraded thermostats allow you to automate and set your home’s temperature ahead of time. This helps you avoid the all-too-common situation where you accidentally leave the heat on all day while you’re away at work.

Smart thermostats can help you save money and live more comfortably. They also reduce the overall wear-and-tear on your gas furnace parts.

Have our team inspect your gas furnace this fall

There are many gas furnace parts, but each needs to be working together at their best to produce even, effective, and efficient heating for your home. With furnace maintenance from the expert techs at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll make sure that each part is checked individually and ensure that they’re all working cooperatively for the best possible comfort and energy savings.

To schedule your heating tune-up here in Morgan City, Houma, and Thibodaux, call our team today. Have other questions about your gas furnace or its components? Let us know how we can help!

Why you should choose a factory-authorized Carrier dealer

Not only has Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning been serving southern Louisiana since 1965, we are also proud to be a Factory-Authorized Dealer for Carrier. In this blog, we’ll review why our relationship with Carrier is so important and impacts the level of quality and service we are able to provide our valued clients.

Benefits of Carrier products

Carrier has been a leader in the HVAC industry since 1902. This proven track record of durable heating and air conditioning products gives our customers the assurance that their new system will last for decades.

Carrier products focus on home comfort. Their innovative product line includes:

  • The Infinity System of smart heating and cooling products that automate your home’s climate and help you save energy
  • Côr® smart thermostats with wireless control
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems
  • Heat pumps
  • Ductless systems
  • Gas and oil furnaces
  • Indoor air quality products

Customers appreciate the quiet, unobtrusive operation of Carrier air conditioning and heating systems. This manufacturer also provides some of the most energy-efficient HVAC options on the market; in fact, they were the first company in the industry to stop using ozone-damaging chemicals in their products.

Characteristics of a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer

Our Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer status indicates a proven level of customer service and knowledge. To earn this certification, our team has completed extensive, ongoing manufacturer training to fully understand the ins-and-outs of installing, repairing, and maintaining the Carrier products we sell.

  • We also meet the requirements to employ technicians who are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the largest non-profit certification program for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians.
  • Factory-authorized dealers must maintain license and certification requirements and earn outstanding scores in Carrier’s customer satisfaction program.
  • As part of Carrier’s program, we provide a full refund within a year of purchase if you are dissatisfied with your new system for any reason. This commitment to 100 percent customer satisfaction extends to all our products and services.

Need a new Carrier heating or cooling system? Call the experts at Bob’s!

Contact us for HVAC services here in Houma and Southern Louisiana. Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning has locations in Houma and Berwick, LA. We offer 24/7 emergency service and repair on all makes and models at no additional charge. Check out our site for valuable offers and coupons and learn about affordable financing options.

Why you should schedule marine HVAC service

Just like the HVAC systems in your home on land, the marine HVAC system aboard your boat is just as important to repair and maintain on a regular basis. It is important to maintain these items to maximize the life of both your HVAC system and your boat. When you need marine HVAC service, call the team here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Pictured: When you need marine HVAC service for your boat here in Morgan City, call Bob's!There are many reasons to perform regular and necessary maintenance:

  • Ensure that your boating excursions are as comfortable as possible
  • Avoid marine HVAC repair later due to lack of scheduled and routine maintenance
  • Keep your boat operating safely

Required maintenance elements

There are many components to a marine HVAC system, and performing routine maintenance on them can prevent you from incurring large bills later. At Bob’s Heating and Cooling Services, we’ve seen the neglect of marine HVAC service turn into very expensive repairs.

This is some of the equipment you should examine and maintain to keep your marine AC repair items to a minimum and maximize the life of your systems:

  • Clean air filters at least once per month
  • Check chilled-water AC systems to be sure there is no air in water pipes
  • Upgrade to disposable filters that will capture debris in the air and system

HVAC Repair

Even with diligent maintenance, the time may inevitably come when you are required to perform marine HVAC repair on your vessel. When that time comes, it is crucial that you use a reliable service company (Bob’s!) to perform the repairs to your system.

Our company provides the following so you can be sure to get the service you need, when you need it:

  • Technicians who are certified through NATE (North American Technician Excellence)
  • Ability to work with many makes and models of boats
  • 24/7 availability to repair your vessel as needed

Schedule your marine HVAC service today!

Marine HVAC repairs are only going to get worse the longer they go unattended. Avoid waiting any longer to schedule your routine maintenance or necessary repairs to get your boat’s HVAC system up and running optimally.

Contact us today and allow us to help you with all of your marine HVAC needs. We’ve been in business for over 50 years and are ready and able to provide you with whatever assistance you need.

Never DIY electrical work in your home—call the professionals

In recent years, “DIY” (do-it-yourself) work has become extremely popular. From building gardening beds out of shipping pallets to painting your own walls, homeowners are making their dollar go farther by doing some professional services in-house.

Here’s where that line should be drawn, though: never DIY electrical work. As we’ll discuss in this blog post, it’s extremely dangerous for your home and your family.

Instead, call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning for electrical services here in Berwick, Houma, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana.

#1. You’re putting yourself in danger

Electrocution is no laughing matter, and it’s more common than you think. Almost 30,000 Americans electrocute themselves every single year. Most of these incidents are minor, but many of them are serious, resulting in disability or death.

Many electrocution cases occur when a live, exposed wire is taken out of a wall for a project and the homeowner—either by accident or not knowing the danger—brushes against it.

Any kind of home rewiring project carries this risk. Honestly, as nice as it might be to add an outlet to your living room behind the couch, it’s not worth your life. It’s much easier and safer to call Bob’s for electrical services.

#2. You’re putting your home in danger

Incorrectly setting up a rewiring project doesn’t just carry the risk of electrocution. It could also result in improperly placed or grounded wires, putting your home in extreme danger of a future fire.

A professional electrician knows the right type of wires to use in a project, as well as how to arrange them so that they’re safely behind your walls, providing electricity to your home without being a constant source of danger.

There are many things that can cause your home’s electrical wiring to go wrong. Don’t let your own DIY electrical work be the root cause of the thing that destroys your home or puts your life in danger.

#3. You’re lowering the value of your home

If you’re able to pull off completing your own DIY electrical work without electrocuting yourself or sparking a fire, you’re still looking at a project that most home inspectors will probably notice was done by someone other than a certified electrician.

This matters when you go to sell your home. If the home inspector has reason to suspect that your wiring work isn’t up-to-code, that’s a huge barrier to successfully selling your home at its market value.

Never DIY electrical work. Instead, call in the electricians at Bob’s!

There’s many things that you can do yourself around your home. But, when it comes to your electrical, never take it on by yourself. It’s not worth your life or your home.

Instead, call Bob’s. We’ll send out a friendly, experienced electrician with the tools and skills needed to do the job right.

At Bob’s, we serve Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana. Get in contact with us online, or give us a call at (985) 384-0283.

Is it time to install a new furnace? Here are 5 benefits to upgrading

What was once new eventually becomes old. That’s certainly the case for your furnace. It may have been brand-new 15-20 years ago, but now it’s ready to be replaced. It’s time to install a new furnace. In this blog, we’ll run through the benefits of making the switch and calling Bob’s for new furnace installation.

5 reasons a new furnace is a good idea

Why not keep your older furnace? You will face frequent breakdowns, need furnace repair more often, and see increased bills with an older furnace. Also, ditching the old system has many perks. From greater efficiency to increased comfort, here are five benefits of upgrading to a new furnace in Louisiana.

1. Improved energy-efficiency

The latest furnaces are more energy-efficient than systems that were built a decade ago. They use less energy and are more efficient in heating the room. Newer systems have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of more than 90 percent. The higher rating means that the furnace costs less to operate, resulting in lower energy bills.

2. New furnace + programmable thermostat = big savings

Another perk of upgrading to a new furnace is that they’re compatible with programmable thermostats. These thermostats can be programmed to set temperatures automatically. You can program them to set temperatures according to the usage during different times of the day.

For instance, you can set the furnace temperature to be lower when no one is inside the house. Also, you can set different zones in your home. This will provide you with greater control over the temperature—and your heating bills.

Aside from a more comfortable home, pairing a programmable thermostat with a new heating system will result in much lower energy bills. You can save up to hundreds of dollars annually.

3. Get optimal comfort for you and your family

Modern furnaces feature variable-speed technology. Unlike the traditional fixed-speed technology, the technology in modern furnaces is more efficient in heating the rooms. They can generate more consistent warm air and maintain the temperature at a more constant level.

Also, modern furnaces provide superior humidity control. By upgrading to a new furnace, your home’s comfort will be improved.

4. Make your home safer

Newer furnaces also come with more advanced safety features. They are less likely to develop leaks. By virtue of being new, they’re also not going to have problems that older systems might, such as a cracked heat exchanger.

5. Feel confident with your furnace

Lastly, the perk of upgrading to a new furnace is that you will have to face fewer breakdowns. As a result, you can remain perfectly warm inside the house all throughout the winter.

The above are reasons enough why you should consider replacing your old furnace. Also, it’s important that you connect with a professional HVAC company for regular maintenance and repairs of the furnace.  This is important to increase the lifespan and reduce the chances of emergency breakdowns.

Install a new furnace by calling the team at Bob’s

In case you reside in Houma, Thibodaux, or Morgan City, or nearby areas in Louisiana, you can contact Bob’s. We have a team of highly experienced professionals who can provide you the right guidance when it comes to installing a new furnace.

5 signs your furnace needs repair from Bob’s this winter

What are the most important signs your furnace needs repair? Knowing what signals an impending problem could save you and your family a major headache this winter.

In this blog, we’ll review the things that can tip you off that something isn’t right with your furnace, so that you can call us at Bob’s for 24/7 emergency heating repair.

5 major signs your furnace needs repair

1. Your heating bills have been rising

An unusually high heating bill is a clear sign that your furnace requires repair. There are many reasons that can cause the energy bills to spike, from a broken part to the need for cleaning or dust buildup.

Either way, hire the professionals at Bob’s for a thorough inspection of the furnace. We’ll get the repairs done and your heating bills back down.

(By the way, to prevent heating problems ahead of the winter season, consider scheduling a fall furnace tune-up with our team!)

2. Your furnace is making strange noises

Strange noises coming out of the furnace is another indication of something wrong with your system. If your furnace rattles, bangs, or squeaks, you should get it checked by a professional.

An experienced technician will quickly determine the cause of the noise and perform the required repairs.

3. Your heating is not up to your standards

Insufficient heating is a clear sign of a furnace trouble. The problem can occur due to different reasons. However, most likely, it is due to a faulty blower fan or motor. Also, the problem can happen due to a problem with the pilot light or heat exchanger. A qualified technician will inspect the furnace to determine the problem and perform repairs.

4. Your air ducts are emitting dust and dirt

If you notice an unusual amount of dirt and dust coming out of the heat registers, it could be your furnace. Your system could be giving a sign that it is about to fail. A certified technician can inspect the furnace to find out the cause of the issue.

5. Your heat exchanger is cracked

A biggest risk with gas furnaces is a carbon monoxide gas leak. This gas is produced inside the combustion chamber of the furnace. A cracked heat exchanger can potentially leak carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is an extremely hazardous gas. It’s both colorless and odorless, and can be fatal for you and your family. If you suspect that your heat exchanger is cracked, turn off the heat and gas and then call Bob’s for 24/7 emergency repair.

Call the pros at Bob’s for 24/7 emergency repair

If you notice any of the signs your furnace needs repair listed above, you should immediately contact the experienced technicians at Bob’s for furnace repairs.

We’re proud to serve Morgan City, Thibodaux, Houma, and surrounding areas in Louisiana, and we offer professional repair and maintenance for all types of furnaces.

To get started, give us a call at (985) 384-0283 or contact us online.

Now’s a good time for a backup generator inspection

Your home’s backup generator is a lot like car insurance: you hope you don’t ever have to use it, but chances are that you will need it one day, and you need it to be ready to help you. Make sure your generator is ready to go with a backup generator inspection from the pros at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

It’s important that electrical generators are properly maintained to ensure that they work without a problem when they’re needed the most. Here in Houma, Berwick, Morgan City, and other parts of southern Louisiana, it’s a good idea to have your generator ready for future storms and hurricanes.

A backup generator inspection can make sure your gas generator continues to run right when you need it most.

To schedule a backup generator inspection from our team, give us a call at (985) 855-5775 or schedule a checkup with us.

Three reasons to schedule a backup generator inspection

1. Prevent fuel leaks

Older generators are susceptible to leaks. These leaks can come from a fuel line, hose, or storage pan. They may be gas or oil, depending on the type of the generator you have at your home.

The coolant that prevents the engine from overheating may also leak. Scheduling a routine inspection of the unit is the best way to address the problem. The licensed and experienced technicians at Bob’s will thoroughly inspect your unit to look for leaks and perform necessary repairs.

2. Increase the lifespan of the generator

Another benefit of getting your generator inspected is that it will be likelier to live a longer life. Most generators have an operating lifespan of 20 to 30 years. The fact is that the generators represent a major purchase for most people.

In order to ensure optimum lifespan of the generator, it’s essential that you get it inspected by a professional technician at Bob’s Heating and AC.

3. Have peace of mind for whatever’s next

The reality is that a power outage can occur anytime. Hurricanes, snow, high winds, and other natural elements can knock out the power supply from the utility companies. A home generator kicks on as soon as that happens to provide continuous power to your home.

There is nothing more frustrating than having to shiver during the cold winter months or sweat out during the summer months due to a power outage. And who knows how long that outage will last!

With a properly maintained backup generator, you will have the peace of mind in knowing that you don’t have to face any inconvenience during a disruption in power supply. You and your family will be safer and won’t experience any problems during the power outage.

There will be no spoilage of food and the electrical appliances can be used to cook meals, clean clothes, and above all remain comfortable despite frigid cold or scorching hot temperature outside.

Schedule your backup generator inspection with Bob’s

If you have not scheduled an inspection of your generator in the past six months, it’s important that you call us. We serve Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, and the surrounding areas in Louisiana.

Apart from maintaining backup electrical generators, our professional technicians can also service all kinds of commercial and residential HVAC units.

To get in touch with us, call us at (985) 855-5775 or get in touch with us online.

It’s important to hire an experienced AC technician

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced AC Technician

Hiring an experienced AC repair technician is of paramount importance. When it comes to your air conditioner, you want a trained professional working with your system. Those are the kind of people who work at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

While hiring an inexperienced technician at a cheap rate may look like you are saving money, in the end you will most certainly end up losing money if shoddy repairs are made.

In this article, we will take a look some of the ways you can benefit from hiring an experienced AC technician.

1. The experience needed to perform complex repairs

Our experienced technicians handle all kinds of AC repair, from making simple fixes to diagnosing and performing complex repairs. For both the former and the latter, you want steady and trained hands at the wheel. You want someone who has experience in dealing with faulty motors, damaged condenser coils, and many other complex repair tasks.

Once the repair work is performed, you won’t have to face the problem for a long time. In contrast, if you hand over the repair task to an inexperienced technician, you will probably have to face more frequent repairs that will make a big dent in your pocket.

2. Timely repair work when you need it

Another benefit of hiring experienced technicians is that the repair work can be performed in the minimum possible time without comprising quality of work. Experienced technicians can quickly get to the root of the problem. An inexperienced technician, on the other hand, will probably take hours to detect the cause of the issue.

Hiring an experienced technician will ensure that you don’t have to wait long for the air conditioner to start cooling the room again.

3. Reduce the risk of AC system failure

An experienced technician like the team at Bob’s will thoroughly check your air conditioner to ensure that everything is in working order. They’ll inspect the system and look for the small things that could turn out to be a major issue.

Finding and fixing these small things is something that comes to technicians with years of experience and training.

4. Save money and time by going with the right people

Finally, an experienced technician will save you money and time on repairs. Our technician will perform the repairs in a quicker time and do things right, which will help prevent emergency breakdowns.

Only an experienced technician knows how to handle an AC tune-up right. Don’t trust your air conditioner with just anyone, or you could be in for a major headache when you find that the AC maintenance you paid for did nothing to help your system.

Call Bob’s for an experienced AC technician

Hiring an experienced AC technician will lead to hassle-free services and repairs. At Bob’s, our technicians are friendly, professional, and good at what they do. Our experienced technicians help resolve minor issues before they become larger problems.

We provide service to Thibodaux, Houma, Morgan City, and other nearby areas in Louisiana. Contact us today for experienced, NATE-certified technicians who can perform all types of air conditioner repair work.

Tips for avoiding AC breakdown in the summer

Avoiding AC BreakdownThe last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working in the summer. In this blog post, we’ll review some tips for avoiding AC breakdown in the hottest months of the year.

Why do air conditioners need maintenance?

Air conditioners can work without any problems for years. In fact, most air conditioners will work without much trouble for 15 years or more. However, if the units are not properly maintained, they breakdown frequently. Lack of maintenance also greatly reduces their lifetime. If it is not maintained, you may have to replace the unit a decade—or even sooner—after purchase.

Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential. Here are some maintenance tips that can reduce the chances of your air conditioner breaking down  in the middle of a particularly hot summer day.

1. Inspect and clean the filter

An air conditioner filter serves the same function as your nasal passage. It filters out dust and dirt, while blocking things from getting into the system. Over time, your air conditioning filter can become clogged with debris. This prevents air from entering the system. As a result, the air conditioner will heat up, resulting in increased wear and tear. It will also increase the likelihood of system breakdown.

In order to avoid this prospect, it’s recommended that you have the filters checked and replaced at regular intervals. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help with this—give us a call today to schedule AC maintenance. This will help with avoiding AC breakdown.

2. Have us clean your air conditioner coils

When the air conditioner coil gets dirty, the air conditioner will not be able to expel heat. The system will strain to generate cool air with the increased likelihood of a system breakdown.

A professional air conditioner technician will inspect the system to ensure that the air conditioner coils are clean. Clean air conditioner coils will ensure that the compressor works efficiently without heating up.

3. Have Bob’s check your refrigerant levels

The refrigerant inside the air conditioner will leak if a cracks develops. The compressor will strain if the refrigerant level becomes too low. This will make the air conditioner work extra hard to generate cool air. Eventually, the system will break down.

Apart from too low refrigerant, adding too much—or the wrong type of refrigerant—can also lead system failure. That’s why it’s important that you have the refrigerant filled by a licensed and qualified air conditioner technician from Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

4. You might need a new air conditioner

In case your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing the unit. Older systems are prone to more frequent emergency breakdowns.

Having the old system replaced will prevent the likelihood of having to sweat out the day due to a system breakdown. It will also lead to reduced energy bills and less costly repairs.

5. Schedule annual maintenance

Annual maintenance of your air conditioner can also help you avoid an emergency breakdown of the air conditioner during summers. It’s recommended that you have the system checked at least once a year. A regular tune-up of the AC unit will ensure its efficient operation. It will also result in less wear-and-tear and an increased lifespan.

Need help avoiding AC breakdown this summer? Call us!

You should never ignore any problem with your air conditioner. If you suspect any problems, you should contact an experienced air conditioner technician near you.  You can contact Bob’s Heating and AC if you reside in Houma, Thibodaux, or Morgan City and the surrounding areas in Louisiana.

We have a team of licensed and experienced technicians who can expertly perform all kinds of air conditioner repair and maintenance.

Here’s the ideal thermostat setting for reduced energy bills

The Ideal Thermostat Setting for Reduced Energy Bills Today, a majority of homeowners are concerned about energy bills. Even though the gas prices have declined, overall energy prices in the United States have continued to climb upwards. It’s important to save energy however you can, and that includes by optimizing your thermostat.

You should set a temperature on the thermostat that provides the most cost efficiency as well as personal comfort. In this blog post, we will discuss the ideal thermostat setting that offers satisfactory comfort and reduce the energy bills.

What is the ideal temperature? (and according to who?)

For what it’s worth, the EPA suggests 78oF as the recommended thermostat setting. However, the fact is that the ideal thermostat setting varies from person-to-person. Some people feel hot even at 62.6oF while others tend to shiver at 83oF.

You must determine for yourself the ideal temperature setting for the household. Consider setting different temperatures and see which one makes everyone feel comfortable. Remember that you can save yourself about 10 percent on the annual energy bills by setting the temperature 10oF above the normal temperature setting for 8 hours in a day.

So, if your bill averages $210, you can cut the bill to $200 if you reduce the thermostat setting from the usual 68oF to 78oF. It is up to you to decide whether the savings in energy bills is worth the sacrifice in comfort by increasing the temperature.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat

Another effective way to cut the energy bills is by installing a programmable thermostat. This kind of thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on your settings. Depending on the comfort preference of the family, one idea is to program the thermostat to lower the temperature when sleeping, and then increase the temperature during the day.

Most programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature for up to five or more days. You can manually adjust the settings during any part of the day without overriding the programmed setting. Also, you should consider setting the temperature to above 80oF when everyone is away from home, unless you have pets who need a cooler home.

Schedule an air conditioning tune-up with Bob’s

On a final note, you should always have your air condition maintained by a professional air conditioner technician. A properly maintained air conditioner will operate efficiently without drawing additional power.

In case the air conditioner is not maintained properly, the system develops a fault. It strains to keep the rooms cool that spikes up the bill. To avoid this problem, it is important that you schedule a thorough check-up of the unit.

A professional air condition technician will inspect all critical components of the air conditioner and perform the necessary repairs. This will ensure that the system continues to perform efficiently resulting in optimum cooling.

Call Bob’s for more professional thermostat advice

In case you are a resident of Morgan City, Thibodaux, Houma, or the nearby areas in Louisiana,  you can contact Bob’s Heating and AC to schedule regular maintenance of your air conditioner.