Summer in Alaska is short but magnificent. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to make the most of it by diving into the long list of home improvements you’ve been planning all winter. Maybe it’s painting. Maybe it’s planting a vegetable garden. Maybe you’re renovating your bathroom, fixing your front fence, removing trees or building your dream workshop.
While you’re in the planning stage, we wanted to run a few ideas past you.
It goes without saying that the first and most important thing is to take care of your furnace. We strongly encourage homeowners to schedule proactive maintenance instead of scrambling to organize reactive repairs and replacement when the snow returns. Eventually, however, your system will be due for an upgrade. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered! We’re proud to be a Dave Lennox Premier Dealer – you can check out our range.
And hey! While we’ve got your attention, we’d love to run some other ideas past you. These cool new upgrades will not only cut your heating bills next winter, but improve your comfort.
The first one is smart thermostats. You might have heard of them before. They’re app-enabled devices that allow you to control the temperature of your home from your smart phone, access diagnostic features and save money by making it easier to regular the temperature in your house.
The second one is a new air-filtration system, which can be installed as an add-on to your furnace. Many homes have microscopic pollutants in the air, such as mold, fungi, pollen, plant fibers, chemical vapors, pet dander and dust mites. Now is the perfect time to make the upgrade.
Finally, it’s not a cool upgrade but it does have some pretty incredible results: when was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? You will be amazed at the amount of dirt, dust and gunk clogging up your air ducts. Cleaning them out can make a huge difference to your system’s efficiency, not to mention the health of your family, by improving the quality of the air flowing around your house.
Sound good? It’s time to dive into the details.
Ready to talk about a new furnace or boiler for your home? Talk to our expert technicians about your needs when you schedule an appointment.
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Smart Thermostat Installation in Wasilla
Bear with us for a moment as we paint you a quick picture.
You’re about to finish work. The temperature is dropping and it’s getting bitter. You whip out your smart phone, adjust the temperature on your smart thermostat so that it’s five degrees warmer, and drive home. By the time you get there, it’s toasty. You open the door and a choir of angels sing. Okay, that’s a bit far-fetched, but trust us when we say that coming home has never felt so good.
However, it’s not just the cool gadgetry that make smart thermostats a neat addition to your home. They will also help you cut heating costs, because the sensors will only activate your HVAC system as much as is necessary to maintain your desired temperature. They also allow you to adjust the temperature in each room separately to avoid wasting excess heat on empty rooms.
Some models of smart thermostats have diagnostic features that can detect problems with your furnace, ducting or HVAC system and remind you when your system is due for maintenance. They can also provide interesting data regarding your energy use to help you maximize efficiency.
We recommend the iComfort S30, which is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. It has a bunch of great features that will really modernize your home:
- “Allergen Defender” functionality monitors air quality and pollen levels in your area, according to your ZIP code, and automatically cleans the air.
- “Smart Away Mode” uses the GPS in your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving or returning home and automatically adjust the temperature to increase efficiency.
- “Feels Like” feature creates the temperature you actually want to feel, taking into account factors like humidity, indoor and outdoor temperature.
- Personalized appearance, through photos you can upload to use as the screen backdrop.
- Performance reports tracking your usage, temperature ranges and system performance.
- Automatic notifications as soon as problems arise so it’s easy to schedule maintenance.
Best Air Filtration System for Homes in Alaska
Alaskans spend a lot of time indoors, especially during the winter. However, recent global events and recommended social distancing practices have meant that a comfortable and healthy home environment are more important than ever. It’s worth investing in a quality air filtration system.
We recommend the Lennox PureAir Air Purifier, which provides hospital-level filtration for your home. It collects all kinds of impurities like dust, pollen, bacteria and other particles that can impact your family’s health and kills them using UVA light technology.
While you’re considering upgrades, it’s worth checking the filter on your furnace (this is something a technician will do during a routine maintenance appointment). We recommend MERV 11 air filters, which remove more than 85% of particles down to three microns. Better yet, you could use MERV 16 air filters, which remove more than 95% of particles down to 0.3 microns, for the improved results.
We could talk your ear off about this all day. If you’d like to learn more, you can check out this article, which goes into a lot more detail about the best air filtration systems available. Make sure you also check out our Special Offers as we may have some deals available to help cut costs.
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Duct-Cleaning Services in the Mat-Su Valley
Duct cleaning can have a really big impact on your family’s health. You would be amazed at the amount of dust and gunk we find clogging up people’s air vents, and there’s no better time to get in there and clean them out than during summer when your system is powered down.
There are a few simple ways that indicate you should prioritize duct cleaning. For example, does anyone in the house have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems? Does anyone suffer from headaches, nasal congestions or sinus problems at night or in the morning? Is there a smoker in the house? Do you have pets? Do you notice strange odors? Do you notice dust? Does it seem like there is not enough air flow in your home? Duct cleaning comes with a lot of health benefits.
Our pricing depends on the size of your system, starting at $499 for a small home. If you know the number of registers in your home, we can provide a quote over the phone, otherwise our technicians would be happy to visit your home in Wasilla, Palmer or Eagle River to do an assessment.