Fort Collins is a town in Colorado known for its craft beers and home to Colorado State University. Located in northern Colorado, it resides in a state that is known for its cold and long winter months. This often leads its citizens to the question, “what should I set my thermostat to during the winter months?” People often second-guess themselves when it comes to their thermostat because they want to avoid ridiculous heating bill costs. Others aren’t even aware that lowering their thermostat 1-2 degrees each week for hours here and there could lead to major savings. Here’s some advice from the experts when it comes to the numbers on your thermostat during the winter months:
Although much of this depends on personal preference (some people tend to run colder than others), 72° F (22° C) is a good start, but aim for 68° F (20° C). This is a good rule of thumb when someone is home. There are other variables that come into play, such as which direction your home is facing, and how much sunlight your windows let in during the daytime. Fort Collins, Colorado tends to be a sunny place. A few degrees can make the world of a difference. Usually, if there is no one home during the day or everyone is asleep at night (when everyone is under their cozy blankets), 66° F (19° C) to 62° F (17° C) is a good range. These numbers are just guidelines and depend heavily on personal preference, as well as your heating bill. Because each household has differing numbers of people and objectives to their perfect temperature, it’s a good idea to pay attention to numbers that work for everyone to feel comfortable and implement other ways to make your home cozier during the winter months in your Fort Collins home. Households that have more people living in them tend to have more body heat. This means that thermostats in these homes could be on the lower end of the spectrum.
It’s OK to experiment with your thermostat’s numbers to see what resonates with your household. You may want to start at a number and as your family becomes accustomed to the colder weather, lower the thermostat by one degree each week. This little change in your thermostat could lead to major savings on your heating bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one-degree reductions maintained for eight hours can lower a home’s energy bill by 1 percent. As you continue to lower temperatures for extended periods of time, your heating bill will continue to decrease meanwhile your family is already used to lower temperatures. Simply being cognizant of your thermostat’s numbers could result in significant savings annually.
There are other ways to make your home warmer while keeping the numbers on the thermostat lower. These techniques are called “winterizing your home” and include simple tips such as putting fuzzy rugs on hardwood and tile floors to insulate your home
Winterizing your home is a great way to be proactive in saving money and ensuring that you have an easy breezy winter. Let these helpful tips be reminders on how to make your living space cozier and more energy efficient to save on high heating and energy bill costs.
Replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters decrease airflow and increase energy demand. Simply put, this means that your furnace has to work twice as hard (or more) to emit the same amount of energy and heat. Put a monthly reminder on your calendar to replace or clean furnace filters so you don’t forget. Your heating bill will thank you! This will also reduce the risk of causing more significant problems to your system in the long run.
Better yet, have your furnace inspected. Regular and proper furnace maintenance can prevent costly future disasters that result in no heat or expensive furnace replacement.
Run ceiling fans in reverse. Heat rises, so reversing the direction in which your fan runs can increase the flow and distribution of warm air while pushing cooler air down. This technique can save your heating cost up to 10% each month!
Insulate your home! There are simple ways to add more insulation to your home. Place warm rugs on large areas of floors that do not have carpet. Not only will this add extra insulation, it will be warmer to walk on than cold tiles or hardwood floors. Add throw blankets to your couch and an extra comforter on your bed. You can even bubble wrap your windows if you feel cold air leaking through its cracks. This technique can lead to up to saving 30% of energy usage each year.
Caulk your windows. Leaks in window sills can make your home significantly colder in winter months which results in your heating system working harder to keep your home at your desired temperature. Additionally, little leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps in window sills with caulking and weatherstripping around doors. If your home has a basement, you may consider covering window wells with plastic shields. This will prevent cold air from entering the often coldest part of your home.
Inspect your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Add extra insulation to your attic to prevent warm air from escaping your roof. Replace worn out roof shingles or tiles to prevent any colder air from sneaking into your home.
Prevent plumbing freezes. Find your water main in case you have to shut it off in an emergency. Cold weather and freezing temperatures can lead to frozen and burst pipes. You want to be prepared in case this happens. Furthermore, drain all garden hoses and insulate exposed plumbing pipes. Drain all air conditioner pipes and don’t forget to turn off your air conditioning’s water shut-off valve.
At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we want to ensure our customers are comfortable. For this reason, we welcome your questions and are more than happy to answer them: there are several popular questions that we are asked frequently about HVAC systems. In today’s blog, we will answer four of our most frequently asked customer questions.
Why Do I Need to Maintain My HVAC System?
Maintaining your HVAC system is one of the best things you can do to ensure it lasts as a long as possible. Regular maintenance can add years of life to your heating or cooling system. Further, it will help ensure your home maintains a healthy air quality. Maintain your HVAC system by regularly changing filters, investing in repairs, and annual maintenance assessments.
Is There Anything I Should Double Check Before Calling Red Line?
Before calling Red Line Heating and Cooling, we encourage you to check a few things. First, check the basics — make sure your cooling or heating system is turned on. If all is well, ensure the breakers and disconnects are turned on as well. If you still can’t identify the problem, check to see if your thermostat is set correctly. While these steps may not resolve any serious HVAC problems, they can prevent an unnecessary service call.
Why are humidifiers used more in heating than cooling?
When cool outdoor air enters your home, it can create dry out the warm air inside of your home. Dry air has the potential to create a number of problems: it can create an uncomfortable climate and trigger a number of health problems, like sinusitis and breathing problems. For this reason, more and more HVAC companies are encouraging customers to purchase a humidifier along with their HVAC system.
What Does HVAC Stand For?
Interestingly, one of the most common questions we get at Red Line Heating and Cooling is simple, “What does HVAC stand for?”. HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. This broad acronym allows us to work with a wide number of appliances and offer a number of different services.
At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we are always happy to answer any and all of your HVAC questions. You can count on our team of professionals to provide personalized, informed answers to all of your HVAC questions. RedLine Heating and Cooling is here to help. Feel free to give us call at: 970-663-6575. We look forward to your call.
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You’re heating and cooling system is a fantastic way to keep your home or business comfortable, and relaxed, but it’s not always a cheap utility. Luckily, modern technology has made it possible to customize the temperature of your property, room-by-room. Further, this unique technology can reduce your energy bill. In this article, Red Line Heating and Cooling will share the benefits of a zone control system.
Easy Add On
Zone control systems are one the easiest features you can add onto your existing HVAC system. This cost effective solution is quick, and easy to install. The professionals at Red Line Heating and Cooling are of course more than happy to help you add this handy system to your home.
A zone control system is a smart way to control your property’s environment. A zone control system will make it easy to control your HVAC system with remote options to control temperature, fan speed, humidity, and other features. This is a simple and modern way to stay in control of your property’s comfort. Further, ask Red Line Heating and Cooling about mobile and wifi remote control options.
Zone control systems have the potential to lower your energy bills. Some of our customers have reported savings of approximately 25% and greater. Zone control systems allow for greater temperature control, so you can adjust temperatures based on how often you use a certain area of your home or business. This specific, zone controlled heating and cooling feature will allow you to customize your property’s environment.
At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we have been working in the HVAC community for over seven years. We are dedicated to providing quality HVAC services at an affordable price. Follow our blog to learn more about your HVAC system and how it impact you and your property. If you are experiencing any HVAC problems, or simply have a question, feel free to give us a call: 970-663-6575. We look forward to hearing from you.
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A leaky furnace is an indication of a number of different problems. If your furnace is leaking, and it is not quickly resolved, it may quickly reduce the life of your furnace. You are also at risk of higher utility bills, mold, and other maintenance problems. In order to fix your leaky furnace, you must first know why your gas furnace is leaking. In this blog, Red Line Heating and Cooling, will discuss three reasons your gas furnace may be leaking water.
Clogged Condensate Drain
If water is surrounding your furnace, there is a good chance the condensate drain is clogged with slime. You can fix this problem with chemical tablets and a larger drain hose, or give Red Line Heating and Cooling a call. Prevent your drain from becoming clogged by fitting the drain tube with an AC condensate pan. Also, regularly maintain your system with slime preventing tablets. Ask the professionals at Red Line Heating and Cooling about these products, we will be happy to help.
High Efficiency Furnace
High efficiency furnaces are more likely to experience leakage, because they regularly depend on condensation to function properly. Condensation occurs when warm, moist air comes in contact with cold air. This is normally not a problem, unless the hose is blocked or damaged or the drain is clogged. We always recommend maintaining your furnace and investing in annual maintenance checks, but this is especially important if you own a high efficiency furnace.
Issues with the Condensate Pump
Finally, a leaking furnace may be a sign of a broken or malfunctioning condensate pump. A condensate pump is used to pump water in your furnace. Its job is to pump water out to the drain. If you suspect there is an issue with your furnace’s condensate pump, we strongly encourage you to contact Red Line Heating and Cooling. A broken condensate pump can quickly becoming a more expensive, more damaging problem. Work with a team of professionals who are known in the greater Denver, Colorado area for superior workmanship and customers service.
At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to our customers. We are passionate about providing fantastic HVAC services that will keep you and your home comfortable. We have been working in the HVAC community for over seven years. We are dedicated to providing quality service at an affordable price. Please, feel free to give us a call at: 970-663-6575. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Heating and cooling systems come with many modern comforts, but they can attract pests. Pest infestations are never an enjoyable experience, but are often expensive and gross. Luckily, there are measures you and your HVAC team can take to ensure your HVAC system does not attract pests. In this blog, Red Line Heating & Cooling, will share three ways to keep pests out of your HVAC system.
Unchecked moisture is a quick way to attracts pests. Pests gravitate towards moist, wet areas. All creatures need water to survive. You can control moisture by using dehumidifiers in bathrooms and other wet areas. It is especially important to ensure the area near your outdoor air conditioning stays dry. If this area becomes wet it can quickly become an attractive home to many different pests.
One of the best ways to prevent pests, from your entering your home, is by sealing off pests’ points of entry. You will likely need to contact a pest control professional to ensure your home is properly sealed. However, our professionals at, Red Line Heating and Cooling., can fit vents with protective screens. These protective HVAC screens will prevent vermin from entering your home. Further, we can pinpoint which drafts may be vulnerable to intrusion.
It is also important to seal your ductwork. Oer time, your duct work will degrade, fail. Gaps in your air ducts can waste energy and create pathways for pests. Consult with our technicians to ensure ductwork is sealed.
Prevention and Maintenance
Perhaps the best way to prevent vermin is through prevention and regular maintenance. Semi-annual professional inspections and tune-ups are the best way to check for signs of pests in your HVAC system. Our team of certified technicians can ensure your home is protected. We recommend having your HVAC system inspected at least once a year. Red Line Heating and Cooling. is happy to inspect your HVAC system and provide guidance when it comes to pest maintenance. However, we recommend working with a professional team of exterminatiors to eliminate vermin.
Ensure your HVAC system does not attract pests by keeping moisture in-check, sealing HVAC cracks, and annual maintenance. Red Line Heating & Cooling will help you keep your home and HVAC system pest free. Responsive, personal customer service is at the heart of Red Line Heating & Cooling. We specialize in new and renovation projects for commercial and institutional facilities. We look forward to working with you. You can reach us at: 970-663-6575. Our customer service team looks forward to hearing from you.
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Replacing an air conditioner or furnace are typically expensive home investments. Regardless of this pricy expenditure, it is common for HVAC companies to recommend replacing your air conditioner and furnace simultaneously. At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we strive to help our customers make sound, economically logical decisions. In our experience, it is normally unnecessary to replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time. In fact, in some circumstances replacing your air conditioner and furnace simultaneously may be harmful to your wallet, and your HVAC system.
With that said, there are three keys circumstances when you should replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time.
One of the most obvious reasons for purchasing both of these appliances simultaneously is if you live in a remote, hard to reach location. Living in a rural area can make it difficult to set home appointments and find repair companies. If this describes your property’s location, it may be wise to purchase your heating and cooling appliances together.
High Efficiency Air Conditioner
A high efficiency air conditioner requires it to work well with your furnace. While an experienced, skilled technician, can ensure your current furnace works with your high efficiency air conditioner, it is a difficult task. If you are in need of replacing both of these appliances, it is wise to do so together, simultaneously.
Age of HVAC System
If both your air conditioner and furnace are nearing the end of their life expectancy, it may be convenient to replace both appliances together. Most furnaces are expected to last 20-30 years, and air conditioners typically last 10-15 years. Because these appliances vary exponentially in their life expectancy, it may be difficult to replace them both at the same time.
At Red Line Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to our customers. We want to help you save money on your HVAC System, without sacrificing quality. If your heating or cooling system is in need of replacement give us a call at: 970-663-6575. Our customer service team looks forward to hearing from you.
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It’s important that you take safety precautions anytime you work in an unfinished area of your, but this is especially important when working in your attic. Naturally, your attic is normally your home’s highest interior point of elevation; which can result in a number of safety issues Luckily, if you work with a team of professionals and take the time to properly secure yourself and your environment, you can safely work in your attic. With that said, Red Line Heating CO., Wants to ensure you know how stay safe when working in your attic.
Get The Gear
Before you begin working in your attic, it’s important to ensure you have the equipment necessary to work successfully and safely. Perhaps the most important gear for attic work is your attire and safety equipment. We recommend always wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, face mask, and protective eyewear. While all of these layers may be less than comfortable when working in a hot attic they will help keep you safe.
After you have made sure you are secure to work in your environment, ensure the rest of your home is protected. Protect the rest of your home from debris by laying down a large, old sheet. Ensure you have adequate lighting so you can clearly see your work. A large flight or headlamp are both great options when working in your attic.
Naturally, it is easy to quickly become overheated when working in your attic, especially during the summer months. While working in your attic is perfectly manageable it’s important to cool down and take breaks, particularly if your attic is not insulated. Also, drink plenty of water, when working in your attic. Staying cool is an important part of attic safety.
Organize Your Equipment
Organizing your equipment will make your work easier and more efficient. Keeping your equipment organized is especially important if your attic is small. Have a specific plan in mind when organizing your equipment, know which tools you will need to use first and last. A tool belt or tool box is a great way to do this.
At Red Line Heating CO., we want you to have the knowledge and equipment you need to safely work inside of your attic. If you need any extra help maintaining, repairing, or renovating your home, give us a call at: 970-663-6575. Our team of professionals will help you find heating and cooling solutions that will work well in your attic and the rest of your home.
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Hot water is a modern luxury that we normally take for granted, but it would be much more difficult to access warm water without water heaters. At Red Line Heating & Cooling, it is our responsibility to provide reliable HVAC repairs. We understand the importance of living in a comfortable home with reliable heating, cooling, and water. Clean, hot water is beneficial for a number of reasons, it is an important component in staying healthy. In today’s blog, Red Line Heating & Cooling, will share five surprising health benefits of hot water.
Cleanses Your Body
Hot water is an excellent way to cleanse and detox your body. Warm water is capable of flushing out harmful toxins. Going to a sauna is an excellent way to do this, but in the comfort of your own home you can make potent detox teas with hot water, lemon juice, ginger, and honey. Cleansing your body with herbal teas is a great way to stay healthy. Stay fresh by drinking plenty of warm water.
Heat is a fantastic way to soothe sore muscles by increasing blood flow. Relax muscles spasms and cramps by putting a hot water pack on the inflamed area. A hot water bottle is an age-old remedy that will ease your pain. Use warm water to soothe headaches, injuries, and cramps. Warm water is a natural remedy that will alleviate your pain.
Opens Your Sinuses
The heat and steam from a hot shower is wonderful for clogged sinuses and colds. The steam from the hot shower will help to open your nasal passage and make you feel refreshed. A warm shower is a great solution for immediate relief, when you are sick. Find immediate relief from your sinusitis or cold by enjoying a hot shower.
Protects Against Skin Infections
Warm water rejuvenates skin cells and detoxifies your skin. It has the potential to lower your risk of contracting skin infections. Drinking warm water will keep your skin moisturised and prevent against acne. Warm water helps unclog your pores and flushes out the toxins present within the skin. Keep your brilliant skin by consuming plenty of warm water.
Hot water has many incredible health benefits, making it vital that your water heater functions well. Because hot water is so important in our daily lives, Red Line Heating & Cooling recommends regularly maintaining your water heater and investing in yearly maintenance check.
At Red Line Heating & Cooling, we distinguish ourselves from our competition through proven success, emergency services, superior customer service, and offering clear, upfront pricing. We want to ensure your HVAC system functions properly. We know the importance of a well functioning, reliable water heater. At Red Line Heating & Cooling, replacing and repairing residential and commercial water heaters is what we do. Feel free to give us a call at: (970) 541-9244. Our customer service team looks forward to hearing from you!
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Aіr duct сlеаnіng іѕ аn еѕѕеntіаl рrосеѕѕ to help kеер уоur heating and air соndіtіоnіng equipment runnіng еffісіеntlу аnd will also hеlр kеер уоur home bу сuttіng dоwn оn duѕt. In fасt, Onе out оf ѕіx people whо ѕuffеr frоm аllеrgіеѕ dо ѕо bесаuѕе оf the dіrесt relationship tо thе fungi and bacteria іn аіr duсt systems ассоrdіng tо ‘Total Health & Bеttеr Health Mаgаzіnе’. If you suffer from allergies frоm duѕt, pollen, реt hair or оthеr аllеrgеnѕ – cleaning the duсtwоrk in уоur home іѕ a muѕt.
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Whеn do you uѕе уоur HVAC еԛuірmеnt? For most реорlе, уоu hаvе twо periods оf the уеаr уоu dо not use уоur HVAC еԛuірmеnt; ѕрrіng and fall. Ideally, уоu wаnt tо сlеаn уоur air duсtѕ аftеr a big season оf uѕе rіght before уоu use уоur furnасе оr аіr соndіtіоnеr again. Thіѕ will аllоw уоu to make thе biggest impact оf уоur сlеаnіng аѕ your duсtwоrk will hаvе collected the mоѕt аmоunt оf dust durіng thе winter оr summer аnd you wіll bе аblе to start thе nеw ѕеаѕоn wіth fullу clean duсtѕ.
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Whаt іѕ уоur bаnk account at? This mіght sound funny to аѕk but аіr duсt сlеаnіng іѕ nоt сhеар. It dоеѕ not matter how bаd your аіr ducts nееd cleaning іf уоu саnnоt afford to сlеаn thеm. Yоu саn expect tо ѕреnd $20 реr vеnt and bеtwееn $25-30 оn еасh аіr rеturn. A tурісаl hоmе (1750 ѕԛ ft) wіll uѕuаllу have 12 vеntѕ аnd 3 аіr returns. At the рrісеѕ lіѕtеd аbоvе, уоu should еxресt to ѕреnd $330 to fullу clean your duсt ѕуѕtеm. Dоn’t fоrgеt уоu’ll wаnt to gеt уоur furnасе сlеаnеd too іn the fаll ѕо уоu don’t blow dіrt аnd duѕt іntо уоur clean duсtѕ.
Do уоu hаvе сhіldrеn? Chіldrеn are mоrе ѕuѕсерtіblе tо іndооr роllutеd аіr so if уоu hаvе kids lіvіng in уоur home you’ll want to clean уоur ducts once a уеаr.
Dоn’t fоrgеt tо сhаngе уоur furnace fіltеrѕ before аnd аftеr each ѕеаѕоn. This wіll аlѕо help your HVAC equipment run mоrе еffісіеnt аnd сut dоwn оn thе duѕt іn уоur duсtwоrk.