Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Friday, 19 January 2018 20:39

Importance of GFCI Receptacles



Have no fear, for GFCIs are here! Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are a type of receptacle that helps prevent shock from ground faults and short circuits. Ground faults and short circuits happen when electricity flows through an unintended path, which can lead to shock. GFCIs work to fight this shock by first detecting uneven electrical flow, and then immediately shutting off the current to reduce the severity of the shock. Although their function is simple, they are a life-saving tool, able to prevent serious or even fatal injuries from electrical shock. Knowledge of GFCI receptacles is important for Michigan homeowners, which can help keep your household safe from potentially hazardous situations.

We at AJ Danboise value the safety of our Michigan neighbors. If you live in an older home without GFCI receptacles, it is important to consider having them installed. Our experts have listed a few reasons why:  

Electrical Safety

  • Electricity is a dangerous, sometimes unpredictable element. Because of our reliance on it, it’s important to protect ourselves and our family.
  • Coming into direct contact with electricity can lead to severe, life-threatening injuries; especially if water is part of the equation.  
  • A GFCI receptacle ensures your protection with its shock-prevention, and further strengthens the electrical safety in your home.
  • Beyond just being an outlet, GFCIs are essential safety tools, having saved thousands of lives since their inception in the 70s.
  • GFCIs have cut the number of home electrocutions in half.

Appliance Safety

  • The NEC (National Electrical Code) has made GFCIs mandatory for certain appliances that are within specific distances from a water fixture.
  • GFCI protection is required for all 15A, 20A and 125V receptacles that are placed on kitchen countertop surfaces.
  • A GFCI is not required for receptacles that do not supply power to appliances on countertops.
  • A good safeguard would be to replace all electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathroom and home exterior with GFCIs – regardless of where they are located.

NEC Requirements for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Does My Home Have GFCIs?

  • Your home might already have GFCI outlets installed. Check your outlets, do they have three slots with a small button in the middle?  
  • A standard receptacle consists of a left vertical slot (which is neutral), a right vertical slot that is slightly larger (which is “hot”) and the bottom circular hole (which is the “ground”).
  • A GFCI outlet looks similar, but also contains a test/reset button in its center.
  • When the reset button is “on,” the electricity can flow through the outlet. By pressing the button, you will disconnect the electrical flow – or interrupt the current.
  • This button will automatically stop when it detects that the electrical flow is out of balance.

Keep your home safe by installing GFCI receptacles throughout your home. The professionals at AJ Danboise can assist you when you are ready to make the switch. Contact us if you need expert GFCI installation - or any electrical home service. Call 214-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! 

Friday, 12 January 2018 14:54

5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Winter IAQ



Winter is the most important time of year to make sure you are keeping a healthy indoor air quality. With the cold and flu going around and more people spending time inside due to colder temperatures, it’s no surprise that one out of ten people will get sick in January alone. The first step in protecting your household from cold and flue this winter is making sure your home’s indoor air quality is as healthy as possible. These tips from our experts at AJ Danboise will help ensure your home is keeping a healthy IAQ all winter long.

Bring in house plants.

Houseplants help to clean and purify the air by removing excess carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They are a safe and easy way to add fresh air to your home in the winter. Some species can even absorb air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Good options that are also pet friendly include ferns, spider plants, and aloe vera.

Install a whole-home air purifier.

A whole-home air purifier is installed to your HVAC unit and filters the air before it circulates through your home. They improve indoor air quality by removing allergens, dust, and odors. If a whole-home air purifier is not an option for your home, try setting up individual units for each room or in areas where they are needed most.

Proper Ventilation

Newer homes are very well insulated. As a result, during the winter months, when windows are left closed and the heat is on, indoor air quality can suffer. When weather allows, open a window to allow fresh air in and stale air out. Kitchen and bathroom vents are another great way to pull out some of the stale indoor air during the winter. Be aware, these also pull out the warm, heated air if left on for too long. Only use them as needed.

Check and change air filters regularly.

The most important thing you can do for healthy indoor air quality is to have clean air filters. Check them at least once a month and change them every 2-3 months. If you have pets or members of the household that are sensitive to allergens, they may need to be changed as frequently as once a month.

Eliminate dust.

Keeping your home dust free will help your air filters to work more efficiently and improve your indoor air quality. During the winter months be sure to regularly dust and vacuum your home to reduce airborne pollutants. 

Keep your household happy and healthy this winter with a healthy IAQ. Not only will your family thank you, but your HVAC system will run more efficiently too. If you notice anything unusual with your HVAC system this winter, call AJ Danboise. Our professionals will help to diagnose and fix the problem before you lose heat or your indoor air quality suffers. Call us at 248-236-5999 to make an appointment today!

Friday, 05 January 2018 14:35

DIY Winter Plumbing Tips



Plumbing is one of the most important components of our home, but the one we take for granted the most. You never know how much you appreciate well-functioning plumbing until something goes wrong. Every time the seasons change, it affects your home’s plumbing system. In the winter, your home’s plumbing is highly susceptible to frozen pipes, burst pipes, and flooding. This winter, use these easy do-it-yourself tips to protect your home’s plumbing – compiled by the professionals at A.J. Danboise.

  • Prevent frozen pipes.

This is one of the most important things you can do for your home this winter. Always leave a trickle of water flowing through a main faucet and leave cabinet doors open at night to allow heat to get to the pipes. Insulate pipes with heat tape or foam padding sleeves in areas they are exposed such as attics, basements, garages, crawl spaces, or outside walls.

If your pipes do freeze, work to unfreeze them as soon as possible. The longer they stay frozen, the more opportunity the ice has to expand, putting pressure on your pipes, and causing them to burst. Know the location of your home’s main water valve. If a pipe does burst, you will need to shut off your home’s water immediately and call a professional.

  • Prepare for travel.

Coming home to frozen or burst pipes and a flooded home is not a good way to end a vacation. Before you leave, either shut off the water to your home or have someone regularly check to make sure no pipes have frozen. If you do leave your water on, leave your home warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing. Do not turn off the heat in your home.

  • Prevent clogs.

The best way to prevent clogs is to remember the acronym FOG. It stands for fats, oils, and grease. These are the three things that should never be put down your kitchen sink or garbage disposal. It is also a good idea to regularly pour a natural drain clearing solution down your drain to help break-up potential clogs.

White vinegar and water or baking soda and water make great, safe to use, solutions. Always remember to turn on and run water down the garbage disposal for about 15 seconds before and after using it to completely flush anything left in the disposal.

  • Prevent hot water heater breakdowns.

The worst thing that can happen when you go to take a shower in the winter is for your hot water heater to not be working. Prevent unit breakdowns by regularly having it professionally serviced.

Your water heater should also be drained at least once a year to prevent sediment build-up in the bottom. When sediment builds up it requires your water heater to work harder, leading to premature breakdowns or necessary replacement.

  • Prevent leaks.

Leaks make pipes more prone to freezing in the winter. As a result, a small leak can turn into a major problem in the winter if it freezes. At the beginning of each season, check toilets, showers, bathtubs and sinks for links. If you notice a leak this winter, have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further - or more serious damage.

  • Check the sump pump.

The sump pump is your home’s last line of defense if flooding occurs. It rids the house of pooling water and protects against mold and mildew. Each season, check the sump pump for signs of dirt build-up and flow issues. It’s always a good idea to test the sump pump to make sure it is flowing away from your house and effectively pumping water out before you really need it.

  • Prepare your outside plumbing.

Your outside faucets and sprinkler systems are the most exposed part of your home’s plumbing this winter. If left unprotected, it can lead to big problems later on. Drain any water hoses and the sprinkler system to make sure no water is left in the pipes. Then, make sure all outside water valves are turned off. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your pipes and plumbing if not dealt with quickly. If you suspect a leak or burst pipe in your home, don’t wait. Call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:19

18 Home Resolutions for 2018



It’s that time of year again.  The New Year is here and it’s time to set goals and resolutions for 2018. What better place to start improving yourself than right at home? Each year homes need updates, maintenance, and improvements to help them last. This year give your home the TLC it needs with these 18 home resolutions for 2018.

 1. De-clutter

One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is by getting rid of the old clutter your home has accumulated over the years. Just by re-organizing your home, it can feel fresh and new again!

 2. Upgrade your home security system

Knowing that you and your household are safe and sound in 2018 is a great way to start the New Year. If you already have a home security system, consider adding easy-to-install alarms to your windows as well.

 3. Switch out your CFL light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs are more expensive but they can last up to 40 years! Not only do they save on energy but there is no hassle in replacing them every few months.

 4. Make your home more energy efficient

From upgrading aging appliances to adding weather stripping, each step towards a more efficient home will help to lower your energy bills and improve the environment!

 5. Install low-flow showerheads to conserve water

Switching out your showerheads is a simple DIY task that can make a big difference in your home’s water usage. Not to mention that most new low-flow showerheads improve water filtration as well!

 6. Create a weekly cleaning system for your home

For most, cleaning is a chore and if left untouched can become a very large and daunting chore. Start the New Year off right with a cleaning plan for each week.

 7. Clean the dryer vent

Once a year, clean your dryer’s vent for better air circulation and efficiency. If you have a large family or use your dryer frequently, consider cleaning in twice a year.

 8. Flush the water heater

At first this may seem like a daunting DIY task but your water heater will thank you! Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of your water heater and can cause premature breakdowns or replacements. Flushing the water heater annually helps to prevent the sediment from building up as well.

 9. Tune up your HVAC system

This year make a resolution to give your HVAC system an annual check-up. Professional tune-ups help prolong the life of your HVAC system and prevent untimely breakdowns mid-season when you need them the most.

 10. Test your sump pump

Once or twice this year, test your sump pump to make sure it is keeping the groundwater out of your basement.

 11. Seal drafty windows and doors

This is a great DIY project for the winter months. It will help keep warm air in and lower your energy bills!

 12. Check your foundation for termites

This should be done at least once a year. It’s best to spot the signs of termite damage and address them as soon as possible to prevent the need for expensive foundation and home repairs later on.

 13. Install a small safe

A small fireproof safe is important for any home. This New Year’s set a resolution to protect what’s most important in your home with this DIY project.

 14. Create a home improvement budget

Even if home improvements are not in the budget for 2018, planning ahead will make sure your home stays in top shape for years to come.

 15. Exercise your DIY skills

Save money and learn more about your home this year! Simple DIY projects such as weather stripping, patching holes in the foundation and even upgrading light bulbs can add up and make a big difference over time.

 16. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room

 17. Monitor your energy usage monthly

Getting acquainted with your energy bill and usage will help you identify where the most savings can take place.

 18. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees

By turning your water heater down to 120 degrees, not only will you save on electricity but it will help to prevent scalding too.

The professionals at AJ Danboise are here to see that your home rings in the New Year right! Whether it’s home upgrades or routine repairs, AJ Danboise are the plumbing and heating experts you can trust! Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! 

Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:45

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient



There is no better time of the year to make your home more efficient than when it is about to be bombarded with people for the holidays. Your household appliances are about to go into overdrive to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable throughout the break. Save money this holiday season and lower the risk of an untimely breakdown with these AJ Danboise-approved tips on making your home more efficient. You’ll rest at ease knowing your home is functioning at its best!

  • Change your furnace filter.
  • Put your ceiling fans on the reverse setting.

Most ceiling fans have two settings. The counter-clockwise works to cool the air. The “reverse” setting, or clockwise, is to be used in the winter for dealing with warm air from your heater. It works to pull the warm air from the ceiling and gently push it back down allowing it to circulate through the room. It creates a more even temperature and makes heating your home more efficient.

  •  Turn down your hot water heater.

Turning the temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower will reduce energy costs by up to 10 percent and help prevent scalding.

  •  Use a programmable thermostat.

Why pay for heat when no one is using it? Program your thermostat to turn back 10 to 15 degrees while you are asleep or away from home. When you are awake and at home, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.

  •  Lock windows.

This creates an added seal to keep the warm air in and cold air out. It will also discourage guests from opening them if they get a little warm, thus throwing off your thermostat.

  •  Minimize door drafts by adding a seal or using a draft snake.
  •  Keep the fireplace damper closed unless in use. When using the fireplace when the damper is open, close the doors leading into the room and lower the thermostat to between 50 and 55 degrees.
  •  Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Moisture will help retain some of the heat and eliminate uncomfortable dry air. You and your guests will feel more comfortable with your thermostat set at a lower, more efficient temperature.
  • Take advantage of natural heat from the sun. Open your windows and shades during the day to allow the sun to heat your home. When the sun goes down, close the shades to keep the heat from escaping.
  •  Turn off indoor and outdoor holiday lights when you are sleeping or not at home. This also helps to eliminate a common fire hazard mistake.

 

Increasing your home’s efficiency is a great way to spot any potential problems in your home as well. If you notice that your home cannot work as efficiently as it should, call the certified specialists at AJ Danboise. Ee understand that plumbing, heating, and electrical problems can happen any time. That’s why we offer 24 hour service, 365 days a year. Let the professionals at AJ Danboise give you peace of mind in your home this holiday season. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 

Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:50

Top 10 Heating Tips for Holiday Parties



The holidays will be here before you know it. With freezing temperatures outside, you want to make sure your home feels cozy and inviting for your guests. Unfortunately, the holiday cooking and a home full of people can make your interior feel like Florida in August. Give your home the perfect temperature to suit all your guests’ comfort needs with top ten heating tips from the experts at AJ Danboise.

  1. Check and change your HVAC filter before guests arrive.
  2. Make sure heating devices and vents are clear of anything flammable. As more guests enter, these can easily get blocked unknowingly.
  3. Use your programmable thermostat to automatically adjust for a lower temperature during times when you will be cooking - or when you know your home will have the most people in it. The more people in your home, the warmer it will get.
  4. Place throw blankets on the couch so they are readily available for those that are typically a little cooler. They will be less tempted to try to adjust the temperature themselves.
  5. Cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily.
  6. Light the fireplace to create ambiance and drop the thermostat. Not only will you save on energy, your guests will be more comfortable too.
  7. Lock your windows. This will create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!
  8. Install a whole-home humidifier. It will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity – ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.
  9. Use ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.
  10. Use space heaters. If your guests are going to be spending time in a cooler part of your home, consider adding space heaters to even out the temperature. A space heater that mimics the look of a fireplace is a great way to add a little ambiance to your party!

Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your furnace and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your system is working properly before guests arrive. The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out. Remember that the experts at AJ Danboise are here for you all season long. If your furnace is on the fritz, call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!














All homes, new and old, will have sounds associated with their day-to-day use. These sounds may indicate anything from water simply flowing through pipes after turning on the faucet to a gas leak. Being familiar with your home’s natural sounds will help you distinguish whether it’s “normal” or something that should warrant concern. Some people call these typical sounds “settling of the home” while others refer to them as their home’s “friendly ghost.” While these sounds are normal, especially for older homes, other sounds can be a warning of a bigger problem. The experts at AJ Danboise are here to explain the most common sounds in your home - and if you should be concerned or not.

Common Sounds in Your Home: 

  • The sound of water running.

This could indicate that someone just turned on the water, or it could indicate something more serious, like a burst pipe. Check your toilets, dishwasher, sprinkler system, and washing machine to make sure they aren’t running. If all the water in your home is off and you still hear running water, call a professional as soon as possible.

  • Squeaky floors.

This is very common in older homes and is usually not a cause for concern. Floors and stairs start to squeak when a wooden floorboard has become unfastened. However, if it is becoming a nuisance, a licensed contractor can tighten the loose floorboards for you.

  • Clanking noise when you turn on the heat.

Some clinking and knocking when you first turn on your radiator or boiler is normal. It is also normal to hear a little of this throughout the house while it is on. However, if the clanking is coming directly from the radiator or boiler itself, call a professional to check it out.

  • Bubbling or cracking sound coming from the water heater.

Over time sediment builds up at the bottom of the hot water heater. This sediment acts as an insulator, forcing the burner to work harder. The bubbling noise is the sediment heating up and could indicate that your water heater is facing premature failure. Call a professional to inspect it as soon as possible.

  • Whistling from the HVAC unit.

This can occur when your air conditioner or furnace is on. It usually means that your air filter needs to be changed. The whistling is a result of your furnace trying to pull in air from around it, causing it to overwork.

  • A hissing sound.

If your home uses gas, a hissing sound could indicate a leak. If you hear a hissing sound and smell gas, leave your home and call the gas company immediately. 

  • A boom or popping coming from your furnace.

These sounds are the result of gas building up in the combustion chamber and causing a delayed ignition. When the ignition does fire after the excess gas has built up, it causes a small, exploding popping sound. This will only get worse and cause larger, dangerous explosions over time. Call a professional early on.

  • Your lights are buzzing.

Buzzing lights, or any electrical appliance, is usually a sign of a loose connection. These loose connections can lead to sparking and cause electrical fires. Call an electrician to assess the situation.

  • Scratching noises in the attic or walls.

Any time you hear scratching in the wall or above you, especially at night, it is a good indication of rodents in your home. Call a professional immediately for a safe and effective eradication and prevention plan.

  • Banging or hammering noise.

If you hear a banging or hammering noise, especially after flushing the toilet or turning on the faucet, try resetting the water in the pipes. Turn it off at the main, wait several minutes and then turn it back on. If the noise persists, call in a professional.

It is normal for your home to occasionally make some of these sounds. If a sound suddenly occurs or is accompanied by other symptoms, it could indicate a larger problem. When in doubt, it never hurts to have a professional inspection. It could save you from more expensive repairs or replacements in the long run. The holidays are the worst time of year to need home repairs. If your home is giving you warning signs, don’t hesitate, call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 30 November 2017 21:38

Winter Maintenance Tips for Home Safety



Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home and your family’s safety if proper measures aren’t taken. Here in Farmington Hills and surrounding areas, we are no stranger to frozen pipes, ice dams, and untimely, winter furnace breakdowns. Luckily, so far this year, Southern Michigan has had a mild fall. Before snow and ice settle in, there are several areas in your home that need to be protected and maintained to keep your home safe this winter. Follow these tips to protect your home from the inside out.

Top 6 Areas in Your Home for Winter Maintenance

  1. Pipes and Indoor Plumbing

Left unprotected, pipes can easily freeze during our Michigan winters. Protect your pipes this winter by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation sleeves. Take special precaution with pipes that are exposed or closer to the outside of your house such as those in your basement, crawlspaces and attic. Another trick is to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. It’s also a good idea to keep a slow trickle of water flowing through your kitchen faucet or the faucet that has pipes closest to the outside of your home.

  1. Attic and Roof

The most important thing you can do this winter to protect your roof is to minimize any damage from heavy snow and ice. Be sure to remove any tree branches that are close to your home that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house - or a neighbor’s. Repair your roof leaks before snow and ice start to build-up and before it has the opportunity to thaw.

Prevent ice dams by making sure your attic is properly ventilated and the attic floor is properly insulated. This will minimize the heat rising through the attic and melting the snow and ice on the roof. When this snow and ice refreezes, an ice dam can be created, leading to water damage or even a roof collapse.

  1. Fireplace

Have your chimney checked by a licensed contractor before using it this winter. Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use.

  1. Furnace or Boiler

Before the heating season, have maintenance performed on your furnace or boiler by a licensed professional. They will check for safety standards and any repairs that need to be done to prevent breakdowns during the winter.

Regularly check and replace your furnace filter. Check your furnace filter every month and replace it every 2-3 months, or sooner if needed.

Check all vents and ducts for proper air flow. Make sure the heating vents are not being blocked by furniture or window treatments.

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

House fires are more common in the winter than any other time of the year. Regularly check your smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and do not need batteries replaced.

  1. Alternate Heating Source

When it comes to snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, it’s always best to plan for the worst. Keep a safe, alternative heating source available in your home and alternate fuels available in case your heater or power goes out unexpectedly.

It’s not too late to make sure your home is prepared for the winter! Take steps to keep you and your family safe. Make repairs and soon as they arise and always be prepared. AJ Danboise is here for you any day, any time for any of your home’s plumbing, heating, and electrical needs. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 

 

 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:53

When to Replace or Repair Your Furnace



In Michigan, having your furnace quit on you in the middle of winter is not an option. With temperatures already dipping below freezing, most of us have had our furnaces on for a few weeks now. This is a good time to check your furnace and make sure everything is functioning properly. Chances are, if your furnace is going to break down this winter, it’s already showing signs. Your furnace will give you several indications as to whether it is functioning properly - and how serious the repair may be. Depending on what is wrong and how old your furnace is, it may be cheaper to replace it for a newer, more efficient model than to continue repairing your current one. The experts at AJ Danboise have some up with 10 telltale indications that it might be time to buy a new furnace.

10 Signs You Need a New Furnace

  • Your furnace is more than 15 years old.

If your furnace is more than 15 years old and starting to need frequent repairs, then it might be time to consider replacing it. Parts can be difficult to find, expensive and your furnace could be costing you extra money by lacking efficiency.

  • Your energy bills have unexplainably gone up.

An older furnace in need of repair means an inefficient furnace resulting in higher energy usage. Your energy bills may be the first clue that something is wrong with your furnace.

  • Your house isn’t warming, even though the heat is on.
  • There are grinding or banging noises coming from the furnace.

It’s not uncommon for furnaces to make noises. However, loud noises and more frequent noises may indicate your furnace is aging and that something may be wrong.

  • A musty smell lingers for more than a few days after turning it on.
  • Furnace turns on and off frequently - or runs all the time.
  • Frequent furnace repairs or breakdowns in the last two years.

It is common to see frequent repairs in the last two years of your furnace’s life. It’s a good indicator that it might be time for a new one.

  • Your pilot light is yellow instead of blue.

This can be a sign that your furnace is producing excess carbon monoxide. Call a professional as soon as you notice it. They can help diagnose the problem and see if a repair or replacement is best.

  • Rust, cracks or corrosion on the outside of the furnace.

This is an indication of age and can become a safety concern. Have a professional take a look at it as soon as possible.

  • The amount of dust has increased in your home, despite efforts to clean it.

As your furnace ages, it can no longer filter and distribute clean air effectively to your home. It could signal a much larger problem.

Furnaces have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. If you are noticing any of the signs above but your furnace isn’t even a teenager yet, then it most likely can be repaired. Furnace repairs can be difficult and dangerous to do yourself. Be sure to call a professional for a complete diagnosis before attempting anything on your own.

When to Call a Professional

  • Water is pooling around your furnace.
  • You smell gas leaking.
  • The air blows weakly out of the vents.
  • The thermostat stops working.
  • Your furnace blows cold air.
  • Condensation on your windows.
  • Leaky ducts.


If caught in time, these signs do not have to mean a death sentence for your furnace or an inevitable breakdown in the middle of winter. Contact the professionals at AJ Danboise as soon as you notice any of these signs! We know how important it is to have heat this winter. Our experienced professionals are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you and your family stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter. If you notice any of these signs or are having ongoing problems with your furnace, call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! We’ll walk you through all your options and help you find a solution to meet your needs and budget.



Programmable thermostats are now an essential technology. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about whether it’s on the most energy efficient setting. A programmable thermostat also keeps track of the humidity levels in your house. In addition, with a new smart programmable thermostat, most settings can be changed from your smart phone.

These features are great… if you know how to use them! While your thermostat will automatically change temperature based on how it is programmed, it is up to you to make sure it is programmed correctly. If your thermostat’s settings are off or are lost, it could end up causing significant energy inefficiency in your home. This will ultimately result in an increase in your utility bills.

When you first have your programmable thermostat installed, it is a good idea to ask the technician to program it for you. They will be happy to show you how and make sure the settings are appropriate for the season that you are in. Unfortunately, though, seasons will change, and the thermostat program will reset or expire after time leaving you to set the new program on your own. The professionals at A J Danboise have come up with some tips to ensure your thermostat is set to save you money - and keep your home comfortable this winter.

Step 1: The first step is knowing the best energy saving temperatures during the winter and which temperature will make your home feel comfortable without breaking the bank. Energy.gov, recommends turning your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day from its normal setting to save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling.

This is most easily done either at night while most people enjoy cooler temperatures and winter blankets can be used for warmth or during the day while no one is home. During the winter, the temperature should be between 62-66 degrees F for optimal energy efficiency.

Step 2: For an optimal balance between comfort and energy efficiency, when someone is home during the day, set your thermostat between 68 degrees F and 72 degrees F.

Step 3: Plan out your weekly schedule to identify when someone is home and when the house is empty. Include the times that you typically wake up and go to sleep. Then, write the desired temperature next to each of these. It will make programming your thermostat go more smoothly and help eliminate errors. No one wants to wake up to a 62-degree home on Saturday morning!

Step 4: Enter the corresponding days, times and temperatures into your thermostat. Most will give you the option to decide when the program will reset or “expire”. Try to set it at the beginning of every season for the duration of the season. This usually works out to programming your thermostat every 3 months.

Step 5: Try to avoid letting your thermostat automatically resetting by checking the settings every month.

Step 6: Change a digital electronic thermostat’s battery at least once a year.

Some heating systems, such as radiant floor heating and some heat pumps, may not be compatible with a programmable thermostat. A professional can help you determine if a programmable thermostat is right for your home. If it is not right, there are several other ways to save energy and money this winter!

More Energy Saving Tips for the Winter

-          Only heat the rooms you use.

-          Keep your furnace clean and unblocked.

-          Find and seal leaks.

-          Maintain your heating system with routine maintenance before the heating season.

-          Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. If you don’t use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney.

-          Use LED holiday string lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

For more energy saving tips this winter, check out energy.gov!

The winter months are the perfect time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. Our expert technicians at AJ Danboise can install and help you program it to get the most out of your furnace this winter. Call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!
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What Your Neighbors Are Saying

"The service we receive from AJ Danboise is always efficient, professional and friendly."
– Julie S. of Novi