What Your Filter MERV Rating Means


Generally speaking, most people take their HVAC system for granted. It is just one more thing to think about in the ever-stressful world of home ownership. Even people who pay attention and provide preventative maintenance on a regular basis could be doing more harm than good if not careful. Depending on what type of HVAC system you have, the filter may need to be replaced monthly, or every few months. One key item to note when purchasing filters is the MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The MERV rating tells how effectively the filter takes the dirt, dust, allergens, and other things out of the air as it passes through the HVAC system.

When replacing a filter in your home, taking notice of the MERV rating is important to make sure the correct amount of air flow is coming through the filter. Without enough airflow, the HVAC system can overheat and cause electrical or mechanical breakdowns and burnouts later on down the road.

To avoid mechanical failure and an expensive service call down the line, be sure to check your HVAC system manual for the correct filter size and MERV rating. This will give you the correct amount of airflow and make your system run as optimally as possible. Changing the filters on a regular basis is also important. Having proper air flow is the most important part of maintaining your HVAC system. If a filter is clogged it can have the same impact as having a filter that is too thick for your system.Filter Media

Filters with a higher MERV rating are typically thicker and catch more particles. The caveat to that is they also require more force to push air through them. This is the reason filters have to be correctly sized for your specific HVAC system. Without proper air flow, the HVAC unit will overheat over time. This is what causes the costly repairs in the future.

If you are aware of which filter you need, and how often you should replace it, you are ahead of most people. Just make sure you are diligent with your preventative maintenance and that will help prevent service calls.

The MERV ratings on filters range from 1-20 and it will say on the side of the filter what the rating is.


These are the lowest rated filters. They are primarily for residential use. They catch the bigger things floating through your HVAC system. These items include; dust, pollen, carpet fibers, pet hair, and other things of that nature.


The next step up in MERV ratings helps remove some of the smaller irritants that are cycled through your heating and cooling system. As the MERV rating increases, the smaller the particle the filters will catch.


These filters are typically used in businesses. They are capable of catching much finer particles than the previous filters. They can even catch some of the larger bacterial cells, emissions, and some fine dust particles.


High-end filters like these are used in hospitals, or in situations where high amounts of allergens are present. These collect a very high amount of bacteria, smoke, sickness germs released from the body, and numerous other things.


This is the top-of-the-line for filters. In residential uses, and most commercial uses, it provides too much filtration and not enough air flow. These filters are used for quarantined locations and other highly sensitive areas. They are capable of catching viruses, all smoke particles, and everything else that runs through the HVAC system.

Knowing what each of these different types of filters is used for is important for being an informed homeowner. In the case of filters, the bigger MERV rating isn’t always better. If you are trying to do any type of preventative maintenance you want to make sure the correct part is put in. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at (866) 215-3831 or visit us at www.hvacpartsshop.com and we can help talk you through any issues you are having.site-logo

Ordering Parts Online

Ordering items online is highly convenient. It is also usually cheaper than purchasing at a retail store because you don’t have to pay the upcharge for retail store pricing. The downside to purchasing online is the wait. The process between order and delivery is different depending on the parts ordered, but it is important to understand the process behind a shipment because that could help explain why some shipments take longer than others.

Online ShoppingIn most cases we can usually ship items out same day as order if it has been placed before 4 p.m. CST. If ordering is done by that time we still have time to process the order, invoice it, package it and ship it by our shipping pickup time. If we do not have a part available, delivery could be slightly delayed. Another item that may cause a change in delivery time is whether a part has been shipped or drop-shipped.

What is the difference between shipping and drop-shipping?Shipping 1

If an item has been shipped to a customer then it has been shipped direct from our shipping location in Olathe, KS. If an item has been drop-shipped that means the order has been sent to a distributing warehouse because we did not have the part available and they did.

When ordering, we can drop-ship Lennox and fireplace parts. Parts from other brands will not ship directly to you, so we must bring them to our facility and ship them out from our headquarters to you.

What is the protocol for an order?

There are two different ways to order a product. You can either order the parts online, or you can get in contact with us, and we can place the order for you. If you don’t know the part number that you need, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you find the part you need.

You can communicate with us through a phone call, live chat, or email. We offer multiple different lines of communication because we want to make sure that we’re convenient for everyone. If you don’t know the part number that you need there are a couple of steps to find it.

  1. Find the model and serial number of the unit that the part is for.
  2. Contact us and let us know which part you need and what the model/serial number is.
  3. Give us a little bit of time to find the information for you, and we will give you the information over the phone.
  4. You can either order through us, or use the information we give you to order from our site directly.

It is a simple process to get your product ordered, and depending on availability we can get it shipped out the same day. If you want to get an order started then head over to www.hvacpartsshop.com and find the parts you need today. Don’t forget, if your order is over $100.00 you qualify for free ground shipping to the continental United States.  If you don’t know which parts you need, we offer technical support during normal business hours. Give us a call at (866) 215-3831 and we will do everything in our power to help you get back up and running.site-logo

Weather is Getting Warmer – Is your Air Conditioner Ready?

SunFor the majority of the country spring is almost finally, fully upon us. The birds are beginning to chirp again, the flowers are starting to bloom, and warmer weather is just around the corner, if it’s not here already. Before it gets too hot outside though it’s time NOW to make sure your air conditioner is ready for summer.

Your air conditioner is something that is often taken for granted. You turn it on, hear it “click” on and start running, and after that it’s often left alone at that point, as long as it’s cooling your home and you’re comfortable. But, when it goes out you rush to get a service company on the phone to find out what is wrong with it. These repairs are typically costly, and stress-inducing. One way to avoid some of those costly repairs is to do a check on the air conditioner yourself.

Here’s how:

  1. Make sure all power is off to the air conditioner.71P48_300
  2. Clean the air conditioner and make sure there is no debris or excessive dirt on or in it.
  3. Carefully check the voltage and microfarad capacity of your run capacitor.
    1. If your run capacitor is older than 4 or 5 years we would recommend replacing it.
  4. Make sure the contacts on your contactor are clean and have a solid connection to allow current to flow through it.
  5. We always recommend putting a hard start kit with your run capacitor to help keep your compressor running at its most efficient.
  6. Make sure all of the wiring is tight and has good connections.

If you suspect that anything else may be wrong, or keeping your unit from running efficiently, service companies typically have a more detailed list of items to check and can also provide the expertise needed to fix the problem.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing a check of your air conditioner yourself then you should hire a service company to look it over for you. Typically service companies have annual maintenance plans that can give your air conditioner the right amount of preventative maintenance to give it a longer life and run more efficiently. For more information on preventative maintenance, check out our blog here.

10f73Our most common repair parts are capacitors and contactors. They should be replaced about every 5 years or so to keep your unit running efficiently. The capacitor will keep your fan motor and compressor running. But, it is important to install a hard start kit, or a start capacitor with your run capacitor. This will help prevent your compressor from drawing too much electrical current. The older a compressor gets, the tougher it is for that compressor to get started. A hard start kit will give your compressor more longevity by taking the extra stress off of it. This will give more life to your air conditioner as well, and will make it as efficient as possible.

These are just some simple tips on how to keep you’re A/C running smoothly for as long as possible. If you follow these tips before the start of every summer they will extend the life of your A/C. If you have any questions about your A/C – parts or otherwise –don’t hesitate to call our support staff here at the Parts Shop. We can be reached at (866) 215-3831 or at www.hvacpartsshop.com.  Thank you!site-logo

Raise the Humidity in your Home

During the winter months the weather is a constant thought on our minds. We check the weather when we wake up in the morning to decide how many layers we need to wear, we “winterize” our vehicles for maximum comfort and safety when driving to avoid the treachery of the roads, and we crank our thermostats up in our homes to combat the corresponding drop in temperature outside. For the majority of the country, taking winter precautions for the home is a yearly routine, on par with putting up the Christmas tree and making hot cocoa. When the temperature drops, people become concerned about maintaining a comfortable temperature in their home. However, something that a lot of people don’t think about is the humidity levels in their home. From a professional standpoint, knowing and controlling the humidity levels in your home is just as important as the temperature, if not more so.

The humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. If you’ve ever walked into a room or home – and the air just felt a little too dry or sticky – then its humidity level is skewed in one way or another. During the winter months the cold air holds less moisture than warm air, causing humidity levels to drop. This causes the air to dry, which makes the air feel cooler than what the temperature actually is. We overcompensate for this by turning our thermostats up even higher, unnecessarily increasing our utility bills. Humidity also has a direct impact on the health of those living in the home. Some of the symptoms of poor humidity levels include upper respiratory congestion, headaches, allergies, fatigue, dryness of skin, and watery/red eyes.Humidifier Y2788

The ideal range for humidity in a home is between 40-50%. This promotes health, and will allow you to be at your most comfortable in the home.

During the winter months it takes a concerted effort to maintain the desired levels of humidity in your home. This is simply because cold air holds less moisture. Moisture in the air is the definition of humidity. If you are finding your humidity levels are too low, there are a few tricks to keep your home at a comfortable level:

First, we recommend having a whole home humidifier installed in your home. This is the best long-term solution to combating the inconsistency of humidity. A whole home humidifier will push moisture through the home in the ductwork to help keep every room at a comfortable level. It can be controlled by a humidistat mounted on your wall, which will constantly measure and regulate the humidity levels in the home. A whole home humidifier is critically important with a forced air heating system. This is because the furnace uses combustion to heat the air being pushed throughout the home. This combustion drains the air of the moisture that it originally had. The addition of a humidifier will add the moisture back to the air, increasing the indoor air quality along with the comfortability of the home.

If you want more information on what a whole home humidifier does, or how it will benefit you, see our blog post about that here.

Other than the whole home humidifier, there are some inexpensive DIY tricks to raise the humidity level in your home during the winter months. These “tricks” are as simple as boiling a pot of some water, or cooking on the stove. Putting some water in bowls in direct sunlight will let the water evaporate into the room it is in. You can also turn the heat down. With the furnace running less it will help the moisture come back up in the home because there is less combustion from the furnace to dry out the air. Running a hot shower and opening the bathroom door can improve humidity in the home as well.

 We hope these suggestions help, and if you need any further information about anything in here, or anything HVAC related, feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-3831 or visit our website at www.hvacpartsshop.com. We’re always happy to help out! Thanks for reading!



Tips to Avoiding Sickness This Winter

We’re in the middle of winter, and that means it is that time of the year where all of the windows are shut tight, doors are kept shut, and the furnace is running constantly. While there are increased utility costs associated with consistently running the furnace throughout the winter, other costs associated with the cold winter months – like an annual visit to the doctor – could be avoidable with a few simple steps and some preventative maintenance to your home heating system. For some more information on preventative maintenance, see our blog about it here.

All of the air that is being pumped throughout your home is run through the furnace. This means a dirty filter can cause a bunch of problems for the health of your family. As the filter gets clogged up some small particles can slip through the filter fibers and potentially cause an illness if that filter is not changed. The longer a filter goes unchanged, the more of a liability it is to filter out those particles that can be harmful to your family.

Another thing a clogged or dirty filter can cause is a reduced airflow. This is significant for a number of reasons. First, you won’t have enough air circulating throughout your home to heat it efficiently. This will cause your utility costs to go up. Second, without that air flow, that can cause components of the furnace to overheat, and this can cause different elements to break down. One of these components is your heat exchanger. If the heat exchanger doesn’t have a regular air flow keeping it cooled down, it can crack. Cracks in the heat exchanger are no laughing matter, and they require replacement right away. The cracks can release harmful gases into your home, including carbon monoxide.

Air ventilation is important to keep your home toxin free. Having an air intake with your heating system is important to keep fresh air circulating. If you don’t have a fresh air intake though, running ceiling fans and keeping your ducts free of obstruction is important to keep any bacteria from settling around the home.

Another solution to limiting sickness in the home is to try and keep it as clean and tidy as possible. Yes we understand that, especially with small children or pets’, keeping a clean home is difficult. But, vacuuming or sweeping on a consistent basis is a great way for your furnace to keep clear of extra debris. If there is less room for bacteria to roam, there will be less sickness in your home. A few extra minutes a day spent cleaning could go such a long way in the overall cleanliness of your home.

This is just a few tips to help prevent sickness in your home through your HVAC system. If you have any issues with your current HVAC system and need a part, feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-3831. We are happy to help out, and we have technical support available as well.

Home Humidifiers: Why You Need One

As people, we thrive on being comfortable. Comfort makes us happier, reduces stress and anxiety, and raises our productivity. Now, consider where you spend the majority of your time. Most likely it’s split between your workplace and your home. At work you probably only have limited amount of control or input in your overall comfortability, as your personal needs have to be considered along with everyone else’s you work with. Your home then is the one true place where you have maximum control over your comfortability. That increase in control though comes with an increase in responsibility, as it is up to you to control and manipulate the air in your home as you see fit. This will take research and understanding on your part, as knowing how to work your HVAC units and appliances cohesively will allow the upmost comfortability in your home.

Many of our customers call us and complain of suffering from dry skin, bloody noses, and dried up sinuses in their home. All of these symptoms are unpleasant and uncomfortable, to say the least. Most often our recommendation to prevent those symptoms from occurring is to install a whole home humidifier if you don’t already have one

What does a whole home humidifier exactly do?

As days get colder, the air also gets drier, both in and outside the home. Whole home humidifiers add moisture to the air, reintroducing humidity in the air in the form of water vapor at the source – in your duct work. This level of humidity can be monitored and controlled on a thermostat, exactly like you do with the temperature of your home.

Benefits of a whole home humidifier system:

A home without a consistent humidity will have an increase amount of dry air, especially during the winter time. This dry air can cause respiratory problems and increased allergy symptoms for many people, as well as increase the severity of symptoms for such common ailments such as the common cold, sore throat, and coughing fits. A whole home humidifier maintains an even humidity level in your home year-round, making the air you breathe healthier, as well as easing the symptoms of the ailments listed above. A humidifier won’t prevent these diseases, but it will make the symptoms less of a burden on everyday life.

Secondly, in a home that suffers from a lack of humidity the air will feel colder, necessitating you to turn up your thermostat to feel warmer. Installing a whole home humidifier will help you feel warmer at a lower temperature, saving you money in the process. For the amount of money it costs to run a whole home humidifier (which is minimal, about the cost of a lightbulb running) it makes the home much more comfortable, and will save you a significant amount of money on your yearly heating/cooling bills.

Other than the adverse effects dry air has on the inhabitants of the home, it can also damage the structure and materials of the home itself. Wood floors, plaster, paint, furniture, artwork, and electronics can all be damaged from excess dry air in the home. A whole home humidifier will help protect the contents of your home, maintaining their performance and increasing their lifespan.

Tips for maintaining your whole home humidifier:

Just like any other appliance, a humidifier will require maintenance.  You will need to clean your humidifier to prevent mold and bacteria buildup. A couple tips for cleaning the humidifier is to make sure it is unplugged, and there is no electricity going through it. Getting shocked by some electricity is not a pleasant experience (I may or may not be speaking from experience), but just being careful will help you avoid those unpleasant jolts. After unplugging the humidifier, take some of the parts off so the inner portions can be accessed for cleaning.

Chlorine bleach is a good way to clean the inside of the water tank, and then make sure any scale built up is taken out of the corners. Also, make sure the outside of the unit is cleaned up as well. This will give the humidifier more efficiency and will help lengthen its life span.

Which type of humidifier is right for your home?

A bypass humidifier pulls the warm air from the furnace, and the warm air is run through a water panel. This adds moisture to the air, and will put give the home more humidity. These humidifiers are put on the return side of the furnace, which is the air returning to the furnace. The water in these systems is warmed up, run through the water panel, and then put back through the heat exchanger so it can be sent out into the home. There are also drain-less versions of bypass humidifiers for people who don’t have a floor drain.

A fan-powered humidifier works much the same way as a bypass humidifier. The main difference is that the air is blown across the internal water panel, and that increases the water evaporation. Increased evaporation gives more of a humidity output. This type of humidifier can put out a gallon more of humidity every day on average.  This model is more efficient because it does not have to be run back through the system to maintain the heat. It gets pushed back into the plenum and then circulates into the home, giving a more efficient output.

Steam humidifiers work a little differently than those other two. This type of humidifier electrically heats the water until it boils, and the steam is sent throughout the home through the ventilation system. This type of humidifier is separate from the HVAC system and it can run even when the HVAC system is off.  One thing to be aware of when using a steam humidifier is to make sure the water going through it is not hard. Hard water is the accumulation of minerals in a water supply, and this can be countered with a Scale-blaster or a water softening system in your home. The harder the water is, the more it will put extra strain on the humidifier.

If you are interested in a whole home humidifier view our selection here, and if you have any questions about them feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-3831. We have people standing by who can answer all of your questions. Thank you!

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

fall-leavesFall is a wonderful time of year for the vast majority of the country. The leaves start changing colors, the temperatures become cool, and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas is just around the corner. As the temperatures drop outside though, things could be changing inside your home that you should be aware of. A warm home is something that many people are able to take for granted. However, and we don’t mean to scare you or sound pessimistic, problems with your home’s heating and cooling system could potentially cause serious problems if something goes wrong. Regular maintenance should negate the majority of these worries (read our blog here to learn more about the benefits of regular seasonally maintenance on your units). In this instance the “wrong” we will talk about is if you develop cracks in the heat exchanger of your furnace leading to gases like carbon monoxide leaking into your home.

In your home if there happens to be damage to the flue pipe, which is the pipe that exhausts all of the dangerous gases from the house, or if the heat exchanger is cracked, these damages could pose serious health hazards if not taken care of immediately. These serious health hazards could include carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after too much inhalation of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, but, being colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect. Health hazards stemming from the influence of carbon monoxide can include the following:


Leaks in the heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide gas leaking into the home.

  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • And even death

If there is a leak in the exhausting system then those gases can be dispersed throughout the home, and that can cause trouble. Here are some easy ways to help you detect carbon monoxide:

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in each room.
  • Check the pilot lights and make sure they aren’t going out too frequently.
  • If you have a fireplace, but the fire is not smoking, there may be carbon monoxide in the air.
  • Check fuel-burning devices for soot accumulation.
  • Make sure that no vehicles are running in closed spaces. If they are, it can build up extra carbon monoxide in the air.
  • Also, have your furnace checked by a service professional on an annual basis to make sure that there are no cracks in the heat exchanger or the flue piping.

Carbon monoxide can have serious side effects if a leak is not treated diligently and promptly. An annual check of your furnace can help you keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Having a licensed technician come out and do an annual check/tune up on the furnace can be a great way to make sure the unit is running efficiently, will run throughout the winter, and doesn’t have any leaks or cracks. During a furnace check the technician should do a combustion analyzer test, which will determine if there’s any cracks in the heat exchanger. As another added benefit, an efficient furnace will help you save money, and add to the lifespan of your unit.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is very serious, and we don’t want anyone to have to suffer because of it. We hope that this blog will help prevent most importantly, but also potentially diagnose, carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. If you notice that your heat exchanger is cracked please call your local service provider right away, as many service companies consider this an emergency. If you have any suspicion of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, please call your local poison control center right away.site-logo

Fall Furnace Tune Up Tips

Fall Home Furnace Tune-up Tips

Having the ability to keep your home warm during the long and cold winter months is a luxury that the vast majority of us are able to take for granted. However, sometimes systems fail to produce up to their capacity and they need repairs and/or replacement. If your systems fails, it’s below freezing outside, snowing, and your house is getting colder by the minute what can you do? This certainly qualifies as an emergency, a dangerous one at that, and a service provider should be called ASAP. These situations unfortunately happen every year, and while we understand you can’t plan for emergencies to happen, you can take the time to give your unit some preventative maintenance this fall. Preventative maintenance is simply some things that you can do to help prolong the life of your furnace, while maintaining peak efficiency and keeping costs as low as possible, while ensuring your unit will be running at peak performance during the winter months when it’s greatly needed.


When air is circulated through a home it picks up pet dander, hair, dust, dirt, and any number of other things that are present in the home. No matter how often you clean your home it’s going to have these particles in it, so don’t feel bad about your unit collecting them. However, over time these particles can accumulate in the HVAC system and can decrease efficiency, or even cause the furnace to stop running altogether. About 90 percent of furnace failures could’ve be prevented with regular maintenance and cleaning. Clean your home, clean your furnace, and increase the lifespan and efficiency of your unit. Easy fix there!


The filter is what cleans the air moving through the system. The longer a filter is kept in an HVAC system, the more dust, dirt, hair, etc. accumulates on the filter, causing it to restrict the airflow. As these particles accumulate, air can’t pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. By replacing the air filter regularly, the furnace will have consistent air flow and the filters will help catch most everything going through the system trying to clog it up.



The ignition assembly in your furnace is what gives the furnace the heat for the home. When the thermostat calls for heat in the home the ignitor lights the burners. When the burners ignite then the flame sensor will sense the flame and tell the gas valve to remain open. If it does not sense the flame then the gas valves will close prematurely and the system will get rid of any excess gases before it will attempt to reignite. If the flame sensing rod is dirty, or has been corroded then it won’t work properly. This may cause your unit to not turn on, or to shut off prematurely.Furnace Flame Sensing Rod


The capacitor is what runs your blower motor in your furnace. Without a working capacitor the blower motor won’t work, and that can lead to a costly part or repairs. Typically we recommend to replace the capacitor every 3-5 years to make sure it keeps a consistent charge for the blower motor. If the motor won’t turn on it could be a bad capacitor. Try replacing it, and if that does not work feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-3831. We have technical support available.


The circuit board is the brain of the furnace. It uses a lot of energy, and it can get hot if not treated well. Dust and dirt can accumulate on the board, and that can cause it to overheat. When it overheats the relays and circuits can become damaged, and that will cause the board to become bad. Using a can of compressed air, lightly clear off the dirt and dust from the board so the relays can breathe. This will give the board a longer life. When cleaning the board, be sure not to touch it without discharging any static electricity first. For more details check out our blog on static electricity.


We cannot emphasize this enough: if you suspect there is a gas leak, or cracks in your heat exchanger, PLEASE CALL A SERVICE PROFESSIONAL. They are very knowledgeable and can diagnose a cracked heat exchanger or a gas leak quickly upon arrival. These issues are serious enough that they could potentially cause your family to get sick, or at a bare minimum they will send costs rising.

Fall is upon us, and soon it will be time to fire up those furnaces. We want yours to run efficiently all winter, so hopefully these tips help you. If you have any issues or require more information feel free to give our office a call at (866) 215-3831. Or you can visit our website at www.hvacpartsshop.com. We’re happy to help out! Thanks for reading!site-logo

Can your Thermostat save you money?

Cornelius DrebbelThe thermostat is a wonderful device. Since its invention in the early 1700s by Cornelis Drebbel, a Dutch man, with one of its earliest uses being to regulate the temperature of a chicken incubator, the thermostat has been helping people regulate the temperature inside of their home and their office space. From Drebbel’s earliest incarnation of a thermostat, to today’s Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats, thermostats have been helping people stay comfortable inside of their home for hundreds of years. However, for such an important household device, a startling number of people do not know much about the types of thermostats that are available to them. Thermostats aren’t in the “one size fits all mold”, as some thermostats might be better suited to your household than others. In this blog we will look at the most common types of thermostats founds in today’s modern home.


As mentioned before there are several types of thermostats. Three of the more common types are:

Programmable                                        Non-programmable                                Smart thermostats

Wifi Stat

iComfort Wi-Fi Thermostat

Smart thermostats are used with a smart phone and the corresponding app. The process where a homeowner can control their thermostat, lights, etc. is called home automation. Home automation gives a homeowner control of their house. It also can help to save the homeowner money when it comes to controlling the temperature in their home. When someone is out of the house, they can decide what temperature to set their thermostat at, even if they forgot to change it while they were at home. If there is a day cooler than expected, a homeowner can turn off the air conditioner from their phone, and that will help give them more savings.

Programmable Thermostat

PRO IAQ Programmable Thermostat

Having worked outside, I can tell you that it is a fantastic feeling when you’ve got the A/C blasting, and taking that first step inside is glorious. However, to keep an AC unit running all summer can definitely send the electric bill through the roof. A programmable thermostat can help limit the rising costs of your electric bills. A programmable thermostat can be set for days in advance. Some can even be set for a week in advance, and that can drive costs down. A programmable thermostat works by setting times for it to cool or heat to different temperatures throughout a day. This works in conjunction with a consistent schedule, so it can be set to turn on right before you get home from work, but the unit is not running all day.

On the flip side, non-programmable thermostats are easy to use. The unit can be turned on with the flip of a switch. Put the temperature to what you desire, and feel the magic happen. The drawback to the non-programmable thermostat is that it is easy to forget about, so it can keep costs up on hot/ cold days.

Non-Programmable Thermostat

PRO Nonprogrammable Digital Thermostat

The further the outside temperature is from the setting on the thermostat, the more the unit has to work to keep the temperature constant. Our recommendation is to keep the temperature as high as is comfortable in the summer, and as low as comfortable in the winter. Also, baking and cooking with the stove heats the home as well, and that could rise the temperature in the home a few degrees. This can cause the unit to run more, so being aware of anything that can keep the unit running is important.

We hope these tips helped out, and if you have any questions we would love to answer them. Feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-3831 or contact us through our website at www.hvacpartsshop.com.

Beat the Summer Heat

As we enter August, which is typically the hottest month of the year, the heat is telling us that it is here to stay. At least in the Kansas City area, where we’re at, temperatures continue to stay in the Olathe Weather - Hot90’s, with the occasional dip into the high 80’s for some relief. These temperatures are causing excessive heat warnings, and with excessive heat comes hazardous health risks. Places with higher humidity have additional issues. High humidity slows the evaporation of the body’s sweat, and this causes our body to overheat, and could pose even more dangerous health risks if not monitored carefully.  Finding a way to stay cool in the hot weather is imperative for health reasons, as well as overall comfort.

The vast majority of heat-related illnesses are preventable. Some basic tips to avoid heat-related illnesses include the following:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If A/C isn’t available in your home call a service company ASAP, or use a public facility. DO NOT RELY ON A FAN AS YOUR MAIN COOLING DEVICE DURING A HEAT WAVE.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially from the hours of 10AM-6PM.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Try not to use the stove or oven to cook, as it will make your house hotter.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor, and have them do the same for you.

Hopefully the tips above aren’t a huge worry to you, as you have a dependable air conditioning system in your home. If you do then your focus should be on staying cool, which is the result of a well-functioning and well-maintained system. However, another focus should be on saving money with your air conditioning system. Running your A/C all day every day for 3+ months (as is necessary during the regular Kansas City summer) can prove to be expensive. Here are some tips on lowering your monthly electric costs:iS30

  • Use your windows to your advantage. Keep your windows well insulated, as this will keep out unwanted warm air. Also, during rare cool periods turn off your A/C
    and open up your windows to cool your home.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortable. An often recommended temperature is 78 degrees when you’re home, and 85 when you’re out of the house. You can save 3% – 5% on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat in the summer.
  • Install a programmable thermostat as an alternative to constantly monitoring and changing the thermostat yourself. Programmable thermostats allow you to be in absolute control of the temperature in your home, day and night, home or away, saving you money in the process.
  • Keep your filters clean. Check your filters monthly, or as often as specified by the manufacturer. Replace filters when needed. Preventative maintenance is important to keep your equipment running efficiently.
  • Consider installing an energy efficient air conditioner. New energy efficient A/C’s have several advantages over their predecessors, including a longer lifespan, lower energy bills monthly, and the use of environmentally-friendly refrigerant.