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what to set your thermostat at to save money A great way to save money is to look at your utility bill for ways that you can cut costs. Simply paying more attention to your energy usage can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. Have you ever thought, what temperature should I set my thermostat to for efficiency? This is a common question that we will examine below.

 

Thermostat Settings to Save Money

According to the US Department of Energy, the answer to the question, what temperature should I set my thermostat to is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the optimal home temperature during the Fall and Winter months in areas that experience colder temperatures. It is recommended that you keep your home at this temperature during the day, when you may be away and when you are sleeping. It may seem a bit colder than if you were to set it up into the 70’s, but when you are home you are more likely to be active which generates your own body heat and you have the ability to layer up a bit. 

 

The reason this is said to be the optimal temperature is that it doesn’t put stress on your heating system. Your system has to work harder, the farther it gets from the temperature outside. This is something to really keep in mind for all times of the year. The more strain you put on the system, the harder it has to work. By keeping it at a temperature that is comfortable for you to be in while not too far away from the outdoor temperature will be money back in your pocket in the end. By decreasing your temperature by about 10 degrees, you could actually save 15-20% on your utility bills each year.

Consider A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a great way to control the temperature settings in your home. The best thing about them is that they help you stay on track with the temperature settings that you aim to be at to remain comfortable, but also save on your utility bills. They are also great because they can be programmed to lower or increase the temperature at certain times of the day. For example, if you’re out of the home at work during the day, you can program your thermostat to increase the temperature at a time that will be close to your arrival at home so that you come home to your optimal temperature without waiting for the house to warm up if it was set at a lower temperature during the day.

 

Believe it or not, the location of your thermostat can have just as much of an effect as the thermostat settings to save money. The location of the thermostat affects how it performs, which ultimately affects its efficiency. It should be placed in an area where the natural air flow of the house occurs and is not near a window, exterior door or direct sunlight. It shouldn’t even really be next to or above furniture as this can affect the air flow.

 

As the #1 Nationwide Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year, you can rely on Clay’s Climate Control for the most reliable recommended thermostat settings for Fall to cut down your utility costs. In need of a thermostat installation? Our professional, nationally certified technicians are here to answer the call!  Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Have you heard about our 3C Club Maintenance Plan? This plan was created to offer our superior services at a discount to our most loyal customers. We offer easy online booking and a convenient customer experience.

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the dangers of indoor air pollutionThe dangers of indoor air pollution are real and it’s not just because we are living through a pandemic. We often think of air pollution as an outdoor issue. The truth is, more people die each year from the effects of indoor air pollution, 600,000 more people in fact. 4.3 million people die each year from causes that lead back to indoor air contaminants. This is not surprising when you think about the fact that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. We’ll explain examples of indoor air pollution, where these contaminants come from and how you can reduce the risk of indoor air pollution in your home below.  

 

Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the top five sources of indoor air pollution issues originate from dust particles, combustion products, bacteria, viruses, moisture excess, radon, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These sources that come from inside the home all affect air quality in a negative way. 

 

Examples of Indoor Air Pollution

Dust: solid particles in the air that come from various sources including dead skin cells. When a homeowner does not change their HVAC filters, dust can build which can lead to poor ventilation. 

Combustion products: gas powered appliances such as water heaters, dryers and furnaces are all combustion products. Ventilation is key to stop toxic combustion products like CO2 to get into the home. If CO2 is inhaled, it could be fatal. 

Moisture: moisture can lead to issues such as mold and mildew. When breathed in, these moisture related issues can lead to shortness of breath and other allergies. Radon: this radioactive gas is under the home’s surface and is not visible. Radon can cause lung cancer and other serious health issues. If radon is found within the home, it must be remediated immediately. 

VOCs: Synthetic materials have become more and more common in materials used within the home over the past few decades. You would probably be surprised to know all of the products you purchase that have harmful synthetic materials. The byproducts that are released into the air from some of these materials can be harmful and lead to issues that range in seriousness from headaches to permanent damage to the central nervous system. 

 

Indoor Air Pollution Solutions

People that are more at risk for issues related to indoor air pollution are segments of the population that tend to be home more such as mothers and children, as well as senior citizens. Luckily, there are relatively simple solutions that can be enacted to protect you and your family from the harmful effects of indoor air pollution.

 

The first is ventilation. Regular service from your preferred HVAC company to make sure that your systems are running well and efficiently combined with regular filter changes can greatly reduce poor ventilation in your home. 

 

Another solution is how you use combustion products. Make sure that the combustion products in your home are being used correctly and that they are running well. Also, it is important to be aware of combustion products in close proximity to your home such as a car in the garage. If your car is on in the garage, make sure that there is sufficient ventilation. 

 

Finally, make sure your home has been inspected for radon. You can also purchase a radon detector if it’s been a while since you purchased your home. 

As the #1 Nationwide Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year, We take air quality very seriously at Clay’s Climate Control. Our skilled technicians know how to detect poor air quality and offer indoor air quality solutions if needed. We suggest regular HVAC maintenance which is made simple by our 3C Club Maintenance Plan. We offer easy online booking and a convenient customer experience. Contact us to schedule a visit from one of our professional, nationally certified technicians today!

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If you’re a homeowner you know the costs of running air conditioning, heating, home appliances and lights can add up. In fact, your heating and cooling system can add up to half of your monthly utility bill! What you may not know is that you can cut down on costs if you started monitoring your use.

 

Here are a few simple ways to start creating energy savings in your home today:

 

Study Your Energy Bill

The most important place to begin your energy savings is to read your monthly electric bill.  Look for the amount of kilowatts you are using and check to make sure it correlates correctly to the charge. Simply looking at your bill more closely can make you more aware of your usage and may help to remind yourself to lower your usage when possible.  

 

Request An Audit

Did you know that you are welcome to request an audit from your local utility company? Many companies offer this service free of charge and will send a professional to your home to look at your overall energy use and where you may be able to save. This is the most efficient and easy way to improve your energy savings.

 

Look Into Smart Appliances 

Smart appliances are built to preserve energy which can have a direct impact on your monthly bill. There are many options in today’s market for energy efficient appliances. You will be happy when you look at your next energy bill and the planet will thank you. Everybody wins!

 

Window Coverings

This is something that many people often don’t think about, but could have a large impact on your bill. You can help your heating or cooling system to not work as hard depending on the time of year by adding window coverings to either keep the cold air out in the winter or shut out the sun while you’re not home in the warm summer months. When it’s a bright sunny day in the winter you can use the natural sunlight to warm up a space by pulling the window coverings open. You will still of course need your heating and cooling systems, but this simple trick can make them work less hard, thus using less energy in the process and save you money in the long run.

 

Simple tasks can easily help you cut back on energy bills. To learn more about how you can cut costs on your own heating and cooling systems, visit our website and use our Energy Savings Calculator to determine your home’s usage today! 

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The quality of the air we breathe has been important for years, but because many of us are spending more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, our home’s indoor air quality is more important than ever. Although both an air purifier and air scrubber can provide clean air, just like other HVAC equipment, knowing how they’re different and figuring out which is best for YOUR home is key. The clean air experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here to break down the difference between an air purifier and air scrubber, so you can make the best choice for you and your home!

What an Air Purifier Is

Air purifiers are devices that provide clean air by removing dust, pollen, allergens, and other contaminants from the air. Because an air purifier is equipped with ionization capabilities and a fiber filter that’s electrically charged, these devices capture polluted air, kill the contaminants in it and then release clean air into your home. Having a whole-house air purifier installed into the ductwork in your home is an easy way to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Stop breathing in contaminants — which can cause a variety of health issues, such as coughing, congestion, nose bleeds, headaches, and dry eyes — and start breathing in clean, healthy air!

What an Air Scrubber Is

Similar to air purifiers, air scrubbers also have an ion feature and they are also installed into a home’s ductwork. However, air scrubbers provide clean air differently. Air scrubbers constantly put out negative ions, and as air moves through ductwork, these negatives ions detect contaminants in the air — which are positive ions — and combine with them, forming a heavy particle that is unable to float. When the air turns on again, these heavy particles will blow through the ductwork and get captured in your air filters, leaving your home with better indoor air quality.

How to Know If Your Home Needs an Air Purifier or an Air Scrubber

If you’re looking to change your home’s indoor air quality standards, both an air purifier and air scrubber can help you do so. In fact, both of these devices will improve indoor air quality because they are able to remove up to 99% of air pollutants. Homeowners who like the idea of a device capturing contaminated air inside of itself and producing clean air should go with an air purifier. However, it’s important to note that air purifiers require maintenance, so expect to change its filters every few months. Homeowners who prefer minimal maintenance and would like both their air AND their surfaces clean should opt for an air scrubber. Just remember that air scrubbers do not clean the air within their device but instead clean the air in your space, so just make sure everyone in your home is comfortable with that.

Knowing the difference between an air purifier and air scrubber is the first step in improving your home’s indoor air quality! Once you’ve determined which one you’d prefer, the next step is to contact the service experts of south Jersey — Clay’s Climate Control! Contact us today to schedule an installation with our team today.

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Contractor of the year

Clay’s Climate Control —  that has been serving southern New Jersey since 2001 — was named the 2020 Residential Contractor of the Year by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). This national award — which is given two only two contractors (one for residential, one for commercial) every year — is highly sought after by contractors throughout the country. 

Prior to choosing the Contractor of the Year, a panel of ACCA Past Chairmen determines a group of finalists. This year’s judges were Tony Shaker of Enfinity Partners, Larry Taylor of Taylor Consulting, Greg Leisgang of JonLe Heating & Cooling, Richard Dean of Environmental Systems Associates, Inc., and Stan Johnson from Stan’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Contractors who are considered for this award must meet the ACCA’s criteria, which includes:

  • Delivering excellence 
  • Administering superior heating and air conditioning services 
  • Composing a team of credentialed and well-trained HVAC technicians 
  • Offering friendly, reliable and helpful customer services 
  • Making HVAC services easier for homeowners via a high-quality maintenance plan
  • Being committed to making it easy for customers to do business via technology (IE online booking and a booking app)

Since its inception in 2001, Clay’s Climate Control has been going above and beyond for all of its customers. From the beginning, the owners of Clay’s Climate Control — Clay and Jen Pierce — set out to provide a professional, stress-free experience for HVAC repairs, maintenance or installation. In order to achieve this, their technicians are all NATE and EPA-certified, and they offer 24/7 emergency service, a maintenance plan to make services more affordable, a referral reward payback program and a mobile app that takes the stress out of HVAC services. Now, with the title of Contractor of the Year added to their repertoire, it is safe to say that all of their hard work has been recognized.  

“We are so humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Jen Pierce, adding, “it‘s crazy to think that it was just me and Clay when we started our business 19 years ago. Although we started from scratch with not much business knowledge, the ACCA provided us with resources and tools that taught us the business side, ultimately helping us recognize our untapped potential. Plus, we knew we had a ton of technical knowledge that would enable us to turn our vision into a reality.”

Jen went on to explain this vision, which centered around providing the highest quality of work and changing people’s expectations about the home services industry. “Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to grow and be surrounded by co-workers who have the same vision. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the company we have today, and we thank them for being by our side and sharing this achievement with us.” 

As a family-owned and operated company, Clay and Jen have also made it a priority to support their community, which is why they have been supporting the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association for years. In 2019 alone, Clay’s donated $10,000 to this organization. Additionally, Clay’s is also committed to making local high school students aware of all of the amazing opportunities that are available to them in the trades through a New Jersey Structured Learning Experience at Mainland High School.

In addition to supporting their community, Clay and Jen also recognize that they would not be where they are today without their amazing team. Not only has the Pierce family created a healthy and supportive work environment, but they have also pledged to create 50 new opportunities over the next five years — this pledge involves educating, training and reskilling American workers from high school age to near retirement. 

Being able to add the Residential Contractor of the Year award to their portfolio is a dream come true for Clay’s Climate Control, and they look forward to delivering excellence and living up to this title for years to come.

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Keeping Guest's Comfortable

You may not be hosting as many get-togethers as you normally do during the summer, but chances are you’re still having small and responsible socially distanced gatherings. While most of your gatherings will probably be outside, your guests are going to want to escape the heat every now and then, and the only way to do that is to have an HVAC system that’s ready for duty. 

So whether you’re having small gatherings or you’re just staying in with family, the HVAC service experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with 3 HVAC tips to make your guests comfortable this summer, so you can keep cool and party on!

Keep Calm and Maintenance On

When an air conditioning unit hasn’t been frequently used during the cooler months, it’s important to schedule an air conditioner maintenance appointment before using it full time during the hotter months. By doing this, you will ensure that it’s up for the job of keeping you and all of your guests feeling cool. To make your life easier, schedule your air conditioner maintenance appointment with an HVAC company that offers a maintenance plan. This way, you can easily and affordably keep your air conditioning unit properly maintained. 

Be Cool — Just Service Your Thermostat

Just like HVAC repair services are important, so are thermostat services! If your thermostat hasn’t been serviced in a while, it can result in misreadings, efficiency issues and overconsumption of energy (jacking up your monthly utility bills). Luckily, this can all be avoided by simply calling an HVAC expert and having them service your thermostat. Once your thermostat is good to go, you’ll be happy with how easy it is to keep your home cool. Plus, your air conditioning unit won’t have to work unnecessarily hard, meaning it won’t experience unnecessary wear and tear. 

Chill Out and Consider Upgrading Your AC Unit

Over time, air conditioning units become less efficient due to age and a lack of modern technology. If your unit is between 10 or 15 years old — and you’re finding that you’re scheduling more and more air conditioner repair appointments — you may be better off replacing it. Because today’s units are significantly more efficient, a new unit will be able to keep your home comfortable without having to waste energy — and this isn’t just better for your wallet and comfort levels, but it’s also better for the environment. So stop wasting money on air conditioner repairs and start being confident that your air conditioning system can keep you, your home and your guests comfortable all summer long!

Whether you’re looking to replace your air conditioning unit, maintain your current unit or install a new thermostat, the service experts at Clay’s Climate Control are just a call away! Contact us today to make sure your home’s temperature will make your guests comfortable this summer…and you!

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Save money on your electricity bill this summer in South JerseySummer in the northeast is always hot and humid, and an air conditioning system is crucial for helping all of us survive this season. However, pumping that cool air into your home is also known for pumping up your electricity bills — that’s where our HVAC experts come in! As the service experts of south Jersey, we know all of the tips and tricks you need to stay cool AND keep utility bills low. Our experts have come up with four tips for cutting costs on your electricity bills this summer, so keep calm and read on!

Out with the Old, In with the New 

Just as technology gets better and better every year, so do air conditioning units, and if yours is ten years older or more, then it’s time for air conditioner replacement. You see, as air conditioning units age, they have to work harder to produce the cool air you want, hiking up your energy bills. Although you will need to spend money on an air conditioner replacement, it WILL save you money in the long run, because the new unit will be more efficient. To ensure you get the most savings possible, opt for the most highly efficient units from the industry’s leaders, such as Trane, Mitsubishi Electric or Ruud. 

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat Now, Reap the Benefits Later 

Not only do programmable thermostats improve your comfort while you’re in your home, but they also improve your savings when you’re NOT in your home! Because programmable thermostats adapt to your schedule, it will turn off when you’re not home and turn on when you get home, preventing you from wasting energy AND money. All you need to do is program your thermostat to your schedule, and you can start saving money. 

Stop Neglecting Your Unit’s Air Filters 

Air filters are the component that prevents dirt, dust and other contaminants from circulating throughout your home by absorbing them instead. However, air filters quickly become clogged with all of these particles, which is why monthly air filter cleaning is recommended. Air filters that haven’t been cleaned or replaced in a while will prevent a unit from being able to easily disperse cool air, making your unit work harder, and therefore, wasting energy. Additionally, dirty air filters impact your home’s indoor air quality, which can lead to a variety of health concerns. To avoid this, you should schedule an air filter installation appointment with a professional HVAC team ASAP. 

Check Air Vents and Make Sure They’re in Good Condition 

In regards to your unit’s air vents, when we say “good condition,” we mean two things: 

  1. Make sure that they are clean
  2. Make sure that they are open

Far too often, homeowners don’t realize that their air vents have been shut, and whether it happens accidentally or for cleaning purposes, closed air vents can impact your home’s comfort level. When this happens — and the air vents aren’t checked — homeowners may crank the air conditioning, which won’t do much except increase your utility bill that month. Fortunately, this is an easy fix: just don’t forget to make sure your air vents are open! Plus, clean air vents increase the chances that clean air will flow out of them, so be sure to keep cleaning them and make sure you open them back up when you’re finished. 

Now that you have these helpful tips for cutting your electricity bills this summer, it’s time to call the experts at Clay’s Climate Control! From air conditioner replacements to air filter installations, air conditioning repairs to programmable thermostats installation, our team will make sure your home is comfortable AND energy-efficient. Contact us today!

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Going Ductless Benefits

Sure, we all love posting our throwback posts, feeling nostalgic with record players and driving classic cars, but when it comes to your HVAC system, you don’t want to stick with the “old school” systems. Not only are they lacking in efficiency, but they’re also becoming money pits AND having negative impacts on the environment — this is why ductless systems are all the rage! The experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with five reasons to go ductless this summer, so you can leave the nostalgia for other things and reap the benefits of this latest innovation today.

Get More Solutions with Less Work 

Unlike old school heat pumps and air conditioning systems — which cool and heat a home through air ducts — ductless heating and cooling systems send room-to-room cool or warm air straight out into specific zones. Because ductless heating and cooling systems consist of small outdoor units and one or more indoor units, all they require for installation are mounting areas and easy access to electricity. Thanks to their flexibility, one of the many benefits of ductless HVAC systems is that they can quickly, easily and affordably be installed, so you can finally replace that window unit, space heater or electric baseboard heater. Plus, because they cool and warm a specific zone, they can also be utilized by any home or business space, no matter the size.

Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort 

Perhaps one of the best benefits of a ductless HVAC system is its money-saving benefit. Home’s that depend on a system that is not energy-efficient experience high utility bills — this is because their inefficient system has to work so much harder to achieve the temperature the homeowner or business owner is hoping to achieve. In contrast, ductless systems are the most affordable HVAC systems! Why? Well, not only are they smaller than old school systems, but they also deliver room-to-room temperature, which means no cooling or heating benefits are lost, and you’ll have the freedom to just warm or cool the rooms you’re currently occupying. In addition to their money-saving benefits, those who install them are eligible to receive a tax credit or utility rebate for the year of the installation. 

Enjoy Better Indoor Air Quality at Home

More often than not, indoor air quality (IAQ) is often worse than outdoor air quality, and due to the current climate of today’s world, air quality has never been more important than it is right now. If you have an old school HVAC system, the air ducts need to be routinely cleaned and maintained by an HVAC professional. If they haven’t been, all of the contaminants that fill up the air ducts are being blown into your home/business, leading to poor IAQ. When it comes to a ductless system, you’ll get to enjoy less maintenance AND a noticeable decrease in the dust, bacteria, pollen and other contaminants that circulate through your air at home or at work. 

Installation is Quick and Easy 

When you had your current system installed, do you remember how long it took? Chances are it took several weeks and the project probably interrupted your everyday life activities, making it a nuisance. Fortunately, another benefit of a ductless HVAC system is that it is significantly easier to install — in fact, most can be installed, operated and enjoyed within just one day! Plus, mini-split systems typically only require small holes to fit pipes into, so you won’t have to worry about having to rebuild a wall or area of your ceiling. 

Increase Comfort While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Not only are ductless systems the most affordable HVAC systems, but they’re also the most eco-friendly! These systems adhere to ENERGY STAR guidelines —  a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote energy efficiency — and utilize a refrigerant known as R410A. This particular refrigerant is best known for having zero depletion effects on the earth’s ozone layer. so when you have one installed, you won’t just be helping your home/business and bottomline — you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment.

Now that you know five reasons to go ductless this summer, contact the team at Clay’s Climate Control today! We proudly work with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating — a leader in innovation and design — which means that you will get the highest quality of home heating and cooling solutions possible. Contact us today!

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Understanding whether to repair or replace you HVAC unit in South JerseySummer will be here before we know it and getting your HVAC ready to beat the heat can be complicated. If you are experiencing issues, your unit may need repairs, or it might be time to replace it. Lucky for you, the HVAC experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with simple guidelines to help you figure out which option is best for your unit this year. 

Take the Unit’s Age into Consideration 

When it comes to an HVAC system, its age is one of the most important factors for figuring out if it’s time for an HVAC repair or air conditioner replacement. Here’s a little equation to help you determine if it’s best to repair or replace your unit this year:

  • Take the age of your HVAC unit and multiply it with the cost of the repair

If the total comes out to more than $5,000, we recommend scheduling an air conditioner replacement; if the unit is 10 years old, but the repair cost is, $350 (equaling $3,500), you should schedule an HVAC repair appointment. 

Figure Out if Energy Efficiency is Up to Snuff

Just like any other piece of technology, HVAC technology has vastly improved over the years. Because of this, EnergyStar recommends replacing HVAC units that are ten years older to ensure that energy efficiency doesn’t impact monthly costs. If your unit is ten years or older or you’re noticing that your monthly bills are higher, it may be time for an air conditioner replacement. However, if you’re finding that your unit is taking longer to achieve your perfect level of comfort, contact us to assess if you need an HVAC repair or replacement. 

Be Conscious of Cost

The cost of an HVAC repair vs. an HVAC replacement is one of the biggest concerns for people.  For many people, the cost of their monthly energy bills is a key factor that helps them determine how cost-effective their HVAC unit is. Whatever the reason may be for constant HVAC repairs (old unit, not energy-efficient, lack of maintenance, etc.), the cost of repairs can quickly add up. If you’re seeing a spike in your monthly energy bills — or you’re tired of paying for constant HVAC repairs — it’s time to replace your unit. 

Now that you know if repairing or replacing is best for your HVAC unit, the team at Clay’s Climate Control can help with all of your repair and replacement needs. Plus, we can help you find an affordable air conditioner that will meet your budget while still being energy efficient. Contact us today!