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As families get ready for the holidays, it’s important to be mindful of your furnace and thermostat so you can best prepare before your company arrives.

Renee Lucas of LCS Heating and Cooling joined us today with a few tips to make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature for you and your guests.

1.  Turn the thermostat down a few hours before cooking and arrivals.

2.  If it gets warm in the house, do not turn on the a/c.

3.  Have the furnace serviced before large gatherings.


Renee Lucas of LCS Heating and Cooling joined us today to explain common issues with winter air and how you can improve your indoor air quality this winter.

Common Issues with winter air:

Tips to improve indoor air quality in the winter:

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There are a few DIY ways you can keep your home cool during the summer heat, but there are also a few things you may want to leave to the professionals. Renee of LCS Heating & Cooling has the details for both!

DIY Tips:  

  1. Use your thermostat wisely by setting it as high as comfortably possible in the summer, ideally 75 degrees or higher.  Do not set high temperature swinging programs.
  2. Use fans with your A/C, while fans do not produce cool air they help push down and circulate the cool air from your air conditioning system.
  3. Close the blinds or drapes in the daytime to keep out the greenhouse effect of the sun.
  4. Avoid the oven, working with a conventional oven can add unwanted heat to your home.
  5. Trim plants and trees away from the a/c unit so it doesn’t affect air flow.

Bring a Professional in for the following:

  1. Whole-house dehumidifier- removes humidity and allows you to keep the thermostat at a higher setting.
  2. Solar Powered Attic Fan:  Removes heat from the attic, taking the heat load off the second floor.
  3. Air cleaners & UV lights:  Helps with allergies!

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Can your home’s air filter be too thick? What about getting the most out of your thermostat? Renee Lucas of LCS Heating & Cooling joined us today with answers to the most common questions they get about heating and cooling.

1. Why does filter size matter?

Sue from Carmel asks: “Dear Renee, I’ve always just gone down to my local hardware store and bought a cheap filter when it got dirty. Why should I invest in a thicker filter?”

2.What is the ideal temp difference from day to night?  

David from Fishers asks: “Dear Renee, at night I really like to get the temperature in the house nice and cool so we sleep more peacefully. But during the day, we don’t want it to be that cool in the house. How big of a temperature difference can we keep the thermostat at?”

3. How do I better insulate my home?

Cheryl from Indy asks: “Dear Renee, my home just doesn’t ever feel like it gets warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer. What could I do to help that and keep my home cozy?

4. When is my system considered Old? 

Steven from Carmel asks: “Dear Renee, when I moved into this home over 10 years ago, the heating and cooling system was new. When should I start paying attention to the age of my system? I want to just prepare my budget for when I need to replace!”

5. If my family is suffering from breathing issues, could that be related to my hVAC system?

Dana from Indy asks: “Dear Renee, my 5 year old son Dawson really struggles with stuffy nose and watery eyes from allergies. Could my heating and air system being causing these issues or at the very least, irritating them? What could I do about that?”

Answer that didn’t make it on-air:

Yes! A nice filtration system will help to keep dust at a minimum.  In addition, air travels through our ductwork so it’s important that the ductwork is sealed and clean.  There are also products to improve the air quality in your home such as air purifiers, UV lights, whole house humidifiers and whole home dehumidifiers.  

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Have you ever been in one part of your house and it feels nice, cool and comfortable, then you go to another area and it’s burning up? Renee Lucas of LCS Heating & Cooling says this is one of the biggest comfort complaints they receive. Here’s more from her:

We’re spending more time at home now than ever before. As a result, people are realizing that their homes aren’t as comfortable as they could be. While not every solution is right for every home, there is a solution for you! Here are some examples:

Solar Powered Attic Fan:  Removes heat from the attic to take the heat load off the upstairs.

Zoning:  Divides the home so separate thermostats control different areas of the home.

Ductless Minisplit: Heats and/or cools a specific area of the home.

Attic Controller:  Shows how hot it can be in attics

Solar Powered Attic Fan:  Shows a picture of the fan itself from the outside

Zoning:  Shows examples of how the house can be divided.

Minisplit Outdoor:  Shows an outdoor unit