72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

Get in the Zone

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, February 17, 2013

What kind of zone, you ask? Actually, we’re talking about your home’s heating and cooling zone. Knowing how to make your home’s temperature efficient by zoning is important to saving money and energy. And during this time of year when the weather can be very fickle, zoning will help minimize expense.

Instead of needing to have the whole house be a set temperature, a zoning system allows you to control the temperatures of different areas in the home. When you’re in one area, set that temperature according to your preferences, but be sure to turn off the heat or air conditioning in a vacant area so that room is not receiving unnecessary heat or air.

Maybe you have a workout room that you like to keep cooler than the rest of the house. So instead of cooling the entire house when you want to use that room, simply cool that one area with a zoning system in place. And there’s no expensive installation either.

A zoning system will make a difference on your electric bills all year long. Plus, it will make it easier for you to heat or cool a specific area than without the system, giving you more comfort and flexibility.

Let us know if a zoning system is right for you.

Get Green Screened

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, February 10, 2013

Did you know that 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating is Green Screened? What does it even mean to be Green Screened? And why is that important?

Well, it’s primarily important because the decisions that we make about energy today will affect our world tomorrow. North America’s population has doubled throughout the past 50 years, and with it the need for energy. When the population should be conserving energy, they are still wasting 30-50% of available energy. We have a responsibility to take a look at how much energy we use on a daily basis and find ways to lower that. Shouldn’t an air conditioning and heating company value energy efficiency?

72 Degrees certainly does by being committed to the “green” movement. They educate people about why having a “green” heating and cooling system is good for the environment. They let homeowners know about ways to make their home more energy efficient. They also proactively work to preserve the environment through conserving and recycling.

A Green Screened company sets an example by going “green” in their own actions as well. Here are a few tips for going “green” in your own home:

  • Regularly change your filters
  • Keep air registers open
  • Open a window
  • Use ceiling fans instead of turning on the A/C
  • Use the sun to your advantage
  • Keep your attic properly ventilated

These suggestions, among others, will get you on your way to a healthier, greener home.

Air Duct Cleaning

Paul Gassett - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Toward the end of January is about the time that most people are falling off the wagon of their resolutions or finally getting around to starting them. Even though it’s the end of the month, we can help you get a clean start to the new year. One place you may not even think to look is inside your air ducts.

Research suggests that cleaning HVAC elements can improve the efficiency of your system. This can give it a longer operating life, as well as possible energy and maintenance cost savings. The National Air Duct Cleaning Association experts say that the need for cleaning depends on many factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations, local weather conditions and overall home cleanliness. It is recommended that your air ducts are cleaned every 3-5 years.

One way you can prevent duct contamination is to remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. Moisture should not be present in ducts. The presence of condensation or high relative humidity is an important indicator of the potential for mold growth on any type of duct. To prevent moisture, repair any related leaks in a timely manner.

Our Air Duct Cleaning System, at 72 Degrees, removes all particles in the air delivery system and breaks up any particles stuck to the inside of the duct. 

72 Degrees offers Tips to help Save Money on Heating Bills

Paul Gassett - Saturday, January 26, 2013

Energy efficiency is becoming much more important in a world where we must be conscious of our resources. With the start of a new year, we can take this chance to refresh our outlook on energy usage. The average home uses 38% of its total energy usage on heating per year. There are many little things you can do to conserve energy and lower your utility bill when it comes to heating and air conditioning. Stay conscious of these little pieces of advice.

The sun can contribute heating in the winter but force air conditioners and fans to work harder -- and use more energy -- in the summer. During winter months, you can take advantage of sunlight by opening your curtains during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. During warmer months, use shades or blinds to keep the heat out by closing them during the day. In particular, shade west-facing windows. Using sunlight can also reduce the need to use overhead lights, lamps and other types of artificial light.

For times that you are using heating and people are home, set your thermostat to 68°F for optimal energy efficiency. During nighttime, or when no one is in the house, turn the thermostat down about 8 degrees. When the house will be empty for at least 24 hours, turn the temperature down to between 50 and 55°F. Having a programmable thermostat with Energy Star certification could save about 10% on your heating an cooling costs – this allows you to reset your thermostat when your are asleep or away from home.

General upkeep of your home is also important for energy efficiency. If you replace just one windowpane in your house with an energy-efficient one, the new window prevents heat from escaping in the window during the winter. The same principal holds for the summer – cold air is held in and warm air is kept out. 

Great words from a customer

Paul Gassett - Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Paul Gassett - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

During the winter months, everyone is doing what they can to stay warm. However, if you have a gas furnace you need to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. When breathed in, it accumulates in the blood and replaces the oxygen cells need to function. After inhaling CO one might experience symptoms similar to the flu, such as headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, confusion, and irritability.

It is a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in the home, especially near the sleeping area. Also, you should replace or clean your furnace filter three or four times yearly. Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed, as it should be able to properly ventilate.

Have a professional:

  • Measure the concentration of CO in the flue gases.
  • Check furnace connections to flue pipes and venting systems to outside of the home for signs of corrosion, rust, gaps, or holes.
  • Check furnace filters and filtering systems for dirt or blockages.
  • Check the combustion chamber and internal heat exchanger for cracks, metal fatigue or corrosion--be sure they are clean and free of debris.
  • Check burners and ignition system. A flame that is mostly yellow in color in natural gas-fired furnaces is often a sign fuel is not burning completely and higher levels of carbon monoxide are being released. 

Happy New Year!

Paul Gassett - Saturday, January 05, 2013

Happy 2013! It’s that time again – time for a fresh start. We all have resolutions we vow to make that never follow through. Make this the year that changes. Resolve to work with competent, on-time, and fully trained home service companies this year. 72 Degrees has got you covered for all your heating and air conditioning needs. It may be difficult to stick to that budget during a sale at the mall, to put down that cigarette or brownie, but it is not hard to make the right call when it comes to home maintenance.

Cheers to making resolutions you can keep. Cheers to our wonderful customers, and thank you. We look forward to the year ahead and everything that it brings. 

Merry Christmas!

Paul Gassett - Sunday, December 23, 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we couldn’t be more thankful to share it with our incredible customers. How about we share the gift of a little Christmas trivia?

  • The most lights lit on a Christmas tree is 194,672. This record was made in 2010 in Belgium.
  • The most expensively decorated Christmas tree was valued at $11,026,900 and was displayed in the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from December 16-29th, 2010. It had 181 pieces of jewelry on it and stood 43.2 feet high.
  • There are two towns in the United States with the name of Santa Claus but only one named North Pole.  They are located in Georgia, Indiana and Alaska, respectively.
  • American military installations overseas receive 30 million pounds of holiday mail each year.
  • 350,000,000 future Christmas trees are growing on U.S. farms. The most common Christmas tree species include Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine, white pine, Norway spruce and blue spruce.
  • The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect money for the poor at Christmas. The Salvation Army has raised over $1 billion from the red kettles to support service efforts in communities nationwide.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us at 72 Degrees and may you have plenty of cheer.

Remember Newtown

Paul Gassett - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This past weekend, our country witnessed the aftermath of a devastating event that took place in Newtown, CT. No parent should have to lose a child, nor should anyone have to lose a loved one to such violence.  We at 72 Degrees just want to send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. May we always honor the memory of the 26 victims. 

Have a Wonderfully Warm Winter

Paul Gassett - Monday, December 17, 2012

You think you’re cold with winter on the brink? Just imagine being in the coldest ever temperature, -125 degrees Celcius, recorded in Antarctica in 1983. One of the hardest parts of waking up in the morning is often walking onto the cold tile of the bathroom floor. Why not consider getting a radiant floor heating system? We can help you with that.

Cozy with comfy socks? If you just need help with your current system, we’ve got you covered. Our technicians service any brand of heater. Even better – when that heater goes off in the middle of the night, we can offer 24/7 service.

This winter season, keep 72 Degrees around. We’ll keep you warm. 

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