February 15th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Ideal Temperature for Your Home This Winter

The average home temperature in the winter in the United States is 70° Fahrenheit, but customers often ask what temperature they should set their thermostat at in the winter time to balance a comfortable home with the cost of heating. In most cases this is a matter of personal preference combined with financial choices however, there are some situations that have scientific evidence to support a specific temperature range.

Sleeping – Doctors agree that the temperature in your room when you sl0eep can affect both how well and how long you sleep, so getting it right can have a real impact on your quality of life during the day. Generally the recommendation is between 60-67° Fahrenheit. Research finds that sleeping in a cooler room increases the amount of time spent in REM (rapid eye movement), which is an important, deep state of sleep.

Baby – Most parents want to be sure their baby isn’t too cold at night. The current recommendations for baby safety are that the baby be put down without a blanket, this often results in parents turning up the heat in the room to compensate. This is generally not necessary though. Babies have been shown to sleep best in a single layer of pajamas, in a room between 60-65° Fahrenheit. Just like adults, a baby’s brain target temperature goes down at night. Core temperature has to drop slightly in order to fall asleep so no need to bump the heat up.

Cost – By reducing the temperature in your home by 7-10° F for just 8 hours a day the energy bill can be reduced by up to 10%. Of course the savings would be even higher if the thermostat was set lower around the clock, but many people just aren’t comfortable at that cool of a setting. However, if no one is home during the majority of the day it might be worth throwing on a sweatshirt for a few hours in the evening and leaving the thermostat alone.

While it seems that most people are generally comfortable during the day with their house set around 70 degrees it might be worth the effort to turn the temperature down at night. The benefits of a better night’s sleep combined with the cost savings, make this a no brainer. Many people have a hard time getting in the habit of checking the thermostat twice a day so consider adding a programmable thermostat to handle it automatically. Diamond Heating and Cooling would be happy to make recommendations, just give us a call.

 

 

Advantages to a Smart Home

Smart home automation was a $60 billion global industry last year, but what makes it so appealing to consumers? While there are a wide range of reasons people decide to automate their home, they primarily boil down to a few main goals. In order to understand the why first let’s look at the what. What is smart home automation? Generally this refers to any set of appliances, devices or systems that all connect into a common network which can be remotely controlled. This could include controlling anything from your lights and TV to your thermostat and refrigerator with new items being added to the list almost daily.

4 Main Reasons for a Smart Home

Energy Efficiency – most people set their thermostat at a certain temperature for the winter and another one for the summer months but don’t change it much in between however, there are far more efficient ways to utilize these systems. A smart thermostat allows customers to set preferences such as, cooling the house an hour prior to the homeowner’s return from work each day in the summer while allowing the temperature to increase when no one is home. It could also be used to lower the blinds in certain areas during the heat of the day to keep the temperature down. Finally, many smart home systems will make recommendations based on temperature preferences to keep the home running at maximum energy efficiency. Diamond Heating and Cooling can install a smart thermostat on nearly any HVAC system and has the knowledge to take care of any changes in wiring that may be required.

Time Efficiency – controlling every system in the home through just one app on the phone or tablet is certainly the most time efficient way to operate, but there are practical uses for simpler smart home set-ups as well. If dinner needs to be ready at a certain time and no one can get home to turn the oven on, simply start it preheating remotely. Or if someone comes to let the dog out but all of the doors are locked, no need to drive home simply unlock one remotely or open the garage door.

Security – there are many home security features currently being employed in the smart technology arena. This includes using motion activated cameras to get a real time image of who is at the front door, checking to make sure doors and windows are locked, and turning lights on and off at various times while a homeowner is away.

Comfort – while not necessary, there are many smart home features that improve the comfort of home. If the baby wakes up earlier than expected a smart device can start the coffee maker from bed. Let’s say the animals need to eat on a consistent schedule, a smart pet feeder can provide a preset amount of food at the same time every day. What about that middle of the night trip to the restroom? A smart home can light a path.

The potential uses for a smart home are nearly endless and with such a rapidly growing industry it’s likely that many of these will go from idea to reality in the very near future. Maybe next time the TV will handle telling the kids TV time is over and it’s time to start homework!

 

 

Keep the Romance Going All Month – Boise Style

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone but are you and your sweetie still looking for romantic date ideas? There are a host of uniquely Boise ways to celebrate the month of love. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

The Egyptian Theater – take your loved one to fantastic show at the historical theater located in the heart of downtown Boise. Throughout the month of February they will be featuring musical movies, silent films with orchestra and organist Ben Model, Jim Brickman, Chasing Coral nature film, and many more. This is both an intimate and unique way to spend the evening.

Sweethearts Sleigh Ride – think sleigh rides are just for Christmas? Think again there’s nothing more romantic than cuddling up under a blanket while enjoying a horse drawn sleigh ride. End the ride with a delicious dinner & dessert. Linn Canyon Ranch in Victor and Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint are just two places that offer this service.

Wine Tasting – with over a dozen wineries to choose from on the Sunnyslope Wine Trail couples could spend an evening or a whole weekend touring these beautiful and romantic settings. While it may be considered the off-season all of these locations have weekend hours and fewer guests just makes for a more romantic setting. Several of these wineries offer special pricing on wine tastings as well as various food paring options throughout the winter months. With so many great wineries in the Sunnyslope area, plan on spending the day with your sweetheart and visit several spots.

December 7th, 2017 Newsletter

Common Winter Furnace Issues

Furnace Issues

It’s December and the weather has finally begun to change. The temperature has dropped, and Boise experienced its first taste of snow. This also means it’s time to crank up the furnace to stay warm. With increased demand, more issues can pop up. Keep an eye out for these five common furnace issues:

  1. Dirty Filters

Dirty furnace filters are such an easy fix, unless they’ve been left for months. The dirtier the air filter, the harder the system must work. This results in high energy bills and possible broken or damaged furnace parts.

  1. Poorly Calibrated Thermostat

This issue can happen year round, but is noticed often in winter while trying to get the house to a comfortable temperature. If the thermostat is poorly calibrated, the furnace will cycle frequently, increasing the energy bill and likely wearing out faster.

  1. Incomplete Combustion

Incomplete combustion can occur because of a whole variety of reasons, such as blocked vent systems, damaged heat exchanger, etc. This produces carbon monoxide, which can poison those in the home. To prevent incomplete combustion, have the furnace serviced each year. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, install carbon monoxide detectors in the home.

  1. Dry Air

Winter can make the air inside the home very dry. This can wreak havoc on skin and sinuses. To eliminate dry air, invest in some humidifiers for the bedrooms.

  1. New Noises

As the furnace begins working harder, it might begin to make strange noises. If this happens, be aware that it could mean there’s something loose or broken inside of the system.

These five furnace issues are dangerous, but can be prevented with regular furnace maintenance and filter checks. If the furnace begins acting up this winter, call the HVAC pros at Diamond Heating and Cooling for assistance.

 

 

Benefits of Buying a New AC Now

While everyone is focused on heating right now, it might be the ideal time to focus on cooling. If the air conditioner was on its last leg over summer, it might be best to research and purchase a new air conditioner this winter. Here’s why:

  • Low Demand

The higher the demand, the higher the costs rise. However, during the cooler months, AC demand is at its lowest. This means homeowners can find an AC unit for a better price than in spring or summer. While they won’t likely be on sale, they won’t cost quite as much as they would in the middle of summer during an emergency.

  • Service Interruption

Since the air conditioner isn’t currently being used, installation is no sweat. There’s no disruption in comfort like there can be during a summer installation. There’s no going days without cooling until the unit can be installed.

  • Research Time

When homeowners are forced to purchase a new air conditioner due to an emergency in the summer, they might not have as much time to research brands and types. If they focus on finding a new air conditioner when it isn’t needed, they will have more time to find the perfect unit.

After finding and having the perfect air conditioning unit installed, it should be winterized to protect it from cold weather. First, turn off the exterior power to the unit to prevent accidentally turning it on. Then, clean all debris away from the area to prevent it from entering the unit and causing issues later. And lastly, cover it to prolong its life.

Homeowners anticipating the need for a new air conditioner next spring and summer should talk to Diamond Heating and Cooling about it now. The HVAC experts can guide homeowners through the research process and install the new unit once purchased.

 

 

Christmas Ornament Craft

Make the Christmas tree sparkle even more this year with sparkling star ornaments. These easy to make ornaments can be a fun craft to make with the kids. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Toothpicks
  • 1 ½ inch foam balls
  • Silver spray paint
  • Fine silver glitter
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • String

Cut some of the toothpicks in half. This will make the spikes come out of the ball at different lengths. Push the toothpicks into the foam ball until it has a sufficient amount. Apply one or two coats of silver spray paint. While the paint is still wet, dust it with the glitter. Attach a string with a dab of hot glue. See this and more ornament ideas here.

 

 

December Diamond Hugs

For December we are continuing to work on our furnace giveaway project. We teamed up with 89.5 KTSY and a couple other local businesses to give one lucky family a brand-new furnace and home remodel.