A Small Investment Can Lead to Big Returns

Low Cost Energy Saving Measures

  • Clean furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Keep the furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to save up to 5% of heating costs. Have your heating and cooling system professionally maintained by Ameri-Serv, Inc.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat away from natural cool and hot spots. An ENERGY STAR thermostat can save as much as $115 per year or up to 10% off your energy bill, provide more flexibility than standard models and perform one or more of the following functions: Save and repeat multiple daily settings, which you can change when needed without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program; store four or more temperature settings a day; and adjust heating or air conditioning turn-on times as the outside temperature changes.
  • Have you ducts checked for leaks and improper insulation, this can save hundreds per year on your utility bills and is well worth having your home’s system inspected by Ameri-Serv, Inc. to make sure you’re not heating or cooling your crawl space or attic.

For more information and tips to save you money please visit our website at http://www.asi-heating-airconditioning.com

Ameri-Serv Heating and Cooling in Idaho. is a full service Residential and Commercial HVAC Contractor.

Hunter 44110 Set & Save Programmable Thermostat

  • Energy Star-compliant programmable thermostat from Hunter Fan for indoor temperature control
  • Accommodates most 24-volt and millivolt systems; programs for every day of the week
  • Thermostat programs temperatures range of 45 to 99 degrees F; includes fan switch
  • Low-battery indication features 2-stage light; unit requires separate purchase of 2 AA 1.5v batteries
  • Thermostat weighs 9.6 ounces upon shipping and requires assembly and hardware; 1-year limited warranty

DescriptionHunter Product Set & Save 5 / 2 programmable ThermostatAmazon. com ReviewCreate ideal indoor climate for the weekend without wasting energy throughout the week with this series of Energy Star-compliant programmable thermostat and save Hunter. User to adjust the thermostat on the diverse needs of households in seven days a week to allow the thermostat to heat automatically at dawn on a cold morning or to operate the air conditioner for longer hours summer weekend. When you set the thermostat to operate especially when household members are home, the device reduces the wasted energy and minimizes the size of the electricity bill and maximize comfort. The programmable thermostat is a filter monitor and can accommodate more gas, diesel and electric 24-volt and millivolt furnace and cooling systems. It will not work however, with heat pumps and multiple in one step, or base 110/220 volt electric heating systems. Appears in an easy to read LCD display, the thermostat temperature range 45-95 degrees F. The thermostat also transmits the ambient temperature 30-99 ° C. Temperatures beyond this range are designated as HI, then as OL. The thermostat shuts the heat cycle at a temperature above 95 degrees F, while the interruption of cooling if it is below 40 degrees F. To weather or sudden schedule changes, users may choose to temporarily disable the programmed settings for convenience. Similarly, a hold option saves energy while the cottage residents. For general air traffic, a fan switch is installed. The thermostat turns on a light in two steps to notify low battery, while closing the filter changes the light to ensure a good and reliable. Two AA batteries 1. 5-volt battery and thermostat must be purchased separately. This unit must be assembled on arrival and the purchase of necessary equipment. Hunter offers a limited warranty of one year of this product. The thermostat weighs 9. 6 oz navigation. Reuling Jessica –
Hunter 44110 Set & Save Programmable Thermostat

New From Seco-Larm: 3 Different Cameras In 1 Model

The ENFORCER 3x series provides the functions of three different cameras in one model. Infrared LEDs, Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) combine to produce crystal clear image poor lighting conditions.

  • 1/3” Sony Super HAD CCD
  • 3 Cameras in 1:
    IR LED: 14 Infrared LEDs allow the camera produce a clear picture in total darkness
    DNR: Cleans up the image and saves disk space by reducing camera noise
    WDR: Captures a clear picture where strong backlighting occurs
  • Digital Slow Shutter (DSS) amplifies existing light to capture images in almost total darkness
  • 0.000006-lux with LEDs ON
  • Dual voltage: 12VDC or 24VAC
  • 550 TV lines in color, 600 TV lines in black and white
  • On-Screen Display (OSD) for convenient programming of features such as:
    – Motion detection highlights moving objects
    – High Spotlight Back Light Compensation (HSBLC) function to black out bright areas on screen
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PLUS: The ENFORCER 3x series are on sale at Home Controls through the month of May. Save 15% through May 31, 2010.

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Earth Day 2010: Saving With Programmable Thermostats

Earth Day is April 22, 2010: Did you know the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills – nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling? Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.

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Properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming. A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home’s temperature in both summer and winter – when you are asleep or away.

  • The pre-programmed settings that come with programmable thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family’s schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family.
  • The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much. Use the programmable thermostat calculator to see what you can save with set-back temperatures that work for your family. The pre-programmed settings for a programmable thermostat are:

Programmable Thermostat Setpoint Times & Temperatures

Setting Time Setpoint Temp (Heat) Setpoint Temp (Cool)
Wake 6 a.m. ≤ 70° F ≥ 78° F
Day 8 a.m. Setback at least 8° F Setup at least 7° F
Evening 6 p.m. ≤ 70° F ≥ 78° F
Sleep 10 p.m. Setback at least 8° F Setup at least 4° F

Achieve significant energy and money savings that are possible through the proper use of your programmable thermostat. Learn how to:

Have your thermostat properly installed

Here’s what you need to know about proper and safe installation of your programmable thermostat, as well as when you should call a certified HVAC contractor to handle the installation for you.

For starters, install your programmable thermostat unit on an interior wall, away from heating or cooling vents and other sources of heat or drafts (doorways, windows, skylights, direct sunlight or bright lamps).

Remember: Read all instructions and proceed carefully! Programmable thermostats are a low voltage wiring installation and involve anywhere from 2–10 wires, depending on your type of heating and cooling system. However, you should shut down your electricity during any replacement. The previous attachment points will reconnect your new unit.

If the job requires more than just a replacement, call your certified HVAC professional to ensure proper installation, as well as operation of your heating and cooling system. It’s a good idea to upgrade an old manual thermostat to a programmable unit if you’re replacing a CAC or heating system given that programmable thermostats are far more accurate and will maximize the efficiency of your new system. Heat pumps may require a special unit to maximize energy savings year-round. Talk to your retailer or HVAC contractor before selecting the thermostat.

Also, if you’re replacing a manual thermostat that has a mercury switch, be careful not to break the tube that holds this toxic substance. Contact your local recycling/hazardous materials center, or the manufacturer of your new thermostat, for advice on proper disposal.

Properly set and use your thermostat

Through proper use of a programmable thermostat (using the 4 pre-programmed settings) you can save about $180 every year in energy costs.

Rules of Thumb for Proper Use:

  • Keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time (at least eight hours), for example, during the day, when no one is at home, and through the night, after bedtime.
  • All thermostats let you temporarily make an area warmer or cooler, without erasing the pre-set programming. This override is cancelled automatically at the next program period. You use more energy (and end up paying more on energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or over-ride the pre-programmed settings.
  • Units typically have 2 types of hold features: (a) hold/permanent/vacation; (b) temporary. Avoid using the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day to day temperature settings. “Hold” or “vacation” features are best when you’re planning to be away for an extended period. Set this feature at a constant, efficient temperature (i.e. several degrees warmer temperature in summer, several degrees cooler during winter), when going away for the weekend or on vacation. You’ll waste energy and money if you leave the “hold” feature at the comfort setting while you’re away.
  • Cranking your unit up to 90 degrees or down to 40 degrees, for example, will not heat or cool your house any faster. Most thermostats, including ENERGY STAR qualified units, begin to hear or cool at a set time, to reach setpoint temperatures sometime thereafter. Units with adaptive (smart/intelligent) recovery features are an exception to this rule — Adaptive recovery units are constantly calculating the amount of time required to heat or cool the house, so that it reaches that temperature when the homeowner programmed it. By “examining” the performance of the past few days the thermostat can keep track of the seasons. In this way, your house is always at the comfort levels when occupied, but saving the most energy when unoccupied.
  • Many homes use just one thermostat to control the whole house. If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, you’ll need a programmed setback thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort, convenience and energy savings throughout the house.
  • If your programmable thermostat runs on batteries, don’t forget to change the batteries each year. Some units will indicate when batteries must be changed.

Save with your manual thermostat

You can still make the most of your manual thermostat by adjusting the temperatures daily before you leave the house and when you go to sleep at night. Typically, adjusting temperatures 5–8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save energy if you’re going to be away from home for several hours.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program. Home Controls is an ENERGY STAR Partner. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Home Controls is proud to offer our customers products with the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR works with more than 15,000 organizations that manufacturer, promote and sell products that can save homeowners 30% on their energy bills and offer better comfort and health, increased quality, and a return on investment. Read more »

*The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer.

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