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Comfort and Savings: Finding Your Balance

Posted: October 15, 2018

This is the time of year when you want to make wise choices to stay comfortable while you keep your energy costs under control. Here are some tips to help you.

Don’t Lose Sleep

Don't lose sleep

The last thing you want right now is to lose sleep over concerns that your old furnace or heat pump is going to conk out and leave you cold.

When you purchase a new high-efficiency heating system, you’ll immediately eliminate those worries. You’ll save a lot of money too. At a minimum, a new system should help you save up to 20% on your annual energy costs.

You’ll feel the difference in comfort as well. And you’ll also save on repairs, because you’ll minimize the potential of a breakdown, which is a common problem with older systems.

We can perform a complete comfort analysis of your home, and help you choose the right size and type of system. We’ll then install it properly to ensure your new system keeps your home more comfortable and costs less to operate. Finally, we’ll help you save even more by helping you qualify for a variety of rebates.

Raising Smart to a Higher Degree

A smart thermostat is a great addition for your home. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat allows you to view and change temperature settings, check local weather conditions and more, all from your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Smart thermostat

Once the smart thermostat gets installed, you register it online. This enables access from any location. If you’re away from home, you can use your phone or tablet to adjust the temperature setting so your home is at the perfect temperature when you return.

Some thermostat models even allow you to adjust temperatures to your comfort and over the next few days your thermostat will “remember” the temperatures you like and build a schedule based on your patterns. Now, that’s pretty smart — and it saves you on both heating and cooling costs!

What’s Your IAQ?

Home comfort means more than temperature! Improving your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big part of keeping your home comfortable, energy efficient and healthy too.

Today’s air cleaning systems use the latest technology to remove dust and other particles from your home that can trigger allergic reactions and cause other respiratory ailments.

Additionally, fan-powered humidifiers can add moisture to the air in your home directly through your duct system. Another option is a bypass humidifier, which works in tandem with your air handler to keep indoor humidity at comfortable and healthy levels.

Other IAQ solutions include air purifying systems that reduce airborne mold and bacteria while reducing household odors. Also, ventilators can bring in fresh outdoor air while expelling stale air, all without affecting indoor temperatures.

Listen up

Listen Up

The next time your heat turns on, listen for the various sounds your system makes and observe how long it generally stays on. By doing this, you’ll be more aware if something unusual starts to happen — strange noises, odd odors, short cycling, etc.

This allows you to relay critical information to our service technician if you need a repair. Based on the details you provide, they’ll have a good understanding about what’s wrong by the time they start working on your system. This can help them solve the problem faster.

It’s also helpful to know which circuit breaker controls your system, where the system’s power switches are, and where your air filter is located. If you’re unsure about any of this, our service technicians will be glad to help.

Carbon monoxide alarm

Safety Corner

We want to make sure you’re getting the m ost out of your home comfort system. Here are a few tips on how to keep everything running safely and efficiently in your home.

  • Keep the area around your heating equipment as clean and clutter free as possible. Never store anything flammable near your heating appliances.
  • Change or clean the filter in your furnace on a regular basis during the heating season. Dust and dirt are the natural enemies of your furnace; a dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown.
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  • If you ever smell gas, leave your home right away. Report the problem from another location as quickly as possible.
  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about location and maintenance.