Some common terms explained


Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced from incomplete combustion of fossil fuel appliances, including gas boilers, oil boilers, gas fireplaces and even cars. It is deadly in high concentrations. Carbon monoxide detectors give an alarm when the gas is detected, allowing you to leave the building or ventilate the area.

Smoke Detectors – When a home is on fire, you have only minutes – if not seconds – to get your family out safely. Smoke inhalation is a major cause of death in house fires. Smoke detectors detect smoke in the air and sound an alarm. Some may also have flashing lights.

Humidifiers – Do you have a dry throat, dry nose, or static electricity? Installing a humidifier on your heating and cooling system is the best way to avoid the dryness that normally occurs while your heating system is operating.

Humidistat – A humidistat is a controller for a humidifier which turns the unit on and off to maintain desired humidity levels.

Dehumidifiers – In many high-humidity areas the moisture content of the air remains higher than is advisable even during the cooling season, which could lead to condensation on walls and damage to your home. A dehumidifier removes excess moisture to help keep humidity at the optimum level.

Air Filtration and Purification – Indoor air quality products such as cleaners and filters trap and filter pollutants like dust, smoke, mold and pet dander from the air passing through your heating and air conditioning system.

Programmable Thermostats – A programmable thermostat is not only great at saving energy by adjusting the temperature when the space is not being used, but it can also help make you more comfortable while you are in the home. If you like to sleep with a lower temperature, the thermostat can automatically adjust to accommodate you. In the morning, you can have the temperature increase so you don't have to get out of bed to a cold house.

Surge Protectors – Many things can cause a voltage or power surge, including lightning strikes. A properly sized and placed surge protector can be a small investment to help protect your more costly investments.

Temperature Zone Control – Many people have rooms that are too hot or too cold in their home, only to be told by contractors that there is nothing they can do. A Zone Control system uses your existing system and uses thermostatic radiator valves to control temperature of your individual rooms with individual thermostat controls.