The new world of thermostats

With all the things that smart phones, tablets, etc. can control these days, your thermostat is another one to add to the list. Besides the cool factor, it’s a money-saving energy efficient way to run your home as well. Currently there are some rebates available from our local utility companies which will help offset the initial purchase price.

The Honeywell Prestige thermostat, the Nest and the Ecobee thermostats all have a full-color display and a self-monitoring system that tells you when action is needed. You can receive email alerts for problems or reminders for filter replacement. Some of the models even have “dry contacts” that allow us to get advanced warning of sump pump failure or water leaks.

These smart thermostats can also calculate how long it takes to heat or cool your home. Remote access allows you to change, monitor or override those pre-set temperatures or times. As our world become more tech-savvy, don’t let your thermostat fall behind!

What is the correct humidity level for your home?


The answer is, every home is different, but there are several determining factors. A good place to start is around 30%. As you turn the dial on your humidistat, you will hear it click right around 30%. When it clicks, that is where you start. Pay attention for the next day or so – if there is condensation on the windows, turn the humidistat a bit lower. If the air still seems dry (shocks), turn it up a bit.  The colder it is outside, the more humidity we want, but make sure condensation is not forming on the windows. It is important that you have us check your humidifier every year so we can change the pad and check to be sure the water line is clear. If you do all of the above, your home should be healthy and comfortable!


What happens when you move into a new home that has an old thermostat? Ideally, you call us to replace it with a new smart thermostat. But what if, new or old, it’s in an awkward place? There are ways to “disguise” it. I think these are very clever ideas – let’s try one of them!

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Warm Wishes

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Carlson Family to you and your family. It’s such a busy time of year, but your hvac equipment is busy working in the background to keep your home comfortable. Though the weather has been pretty mild for this area, it’s still important that you remember to have us clean and check your furnace for the season. This mild weather won’t last and you need to be prepared for the colder weather. Warmest wishes to all of you!

November 30 is our 60th Anniversary!

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Carlson Heating, Cooling & Electric Company. Sixty years ago today, Ray Carlson started our company, working out of the back of his 1948 Pontiac. Today, we have our own building and a fleet of service trucks and some of the finest technicians in the business. We have not lost sight of the fact, however, that the reason we have been able to succeed in this business is you, our loyal customers. We want you to know that we will dedicate the next sixty years to giving you the same kind of quality service that we have in the past. We will always remember our roots and strive to keep the trust that we have earned with you. Thank you for helping us to reach this milestone!

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