Unfortunately, a lot of people do not maintain their HVAC equipment. In a recent survey, over 55% of air conditioning owners do not schedule regular tune-ups for their air conditioning systems and units. Not coincidentally, over half of all A/C users express dissatisfaction with the performance of their air conditioner and its cost to operate. Furthermore, service records show that most major and costly air conditioning repair jobs could have been prevented or detected early with a simple annual tune-up. Click here to schedule today!

Top Ten Furnace Tips

  1. Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
  2. Set your thermostat at 65°-68° F during the winter while you’re home during the day, and lower it at night or while you’re away to 55°-58° F. Seniors and individuals with health problems may require a warmer setting
  3. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re not at home. You could see up to 15 percent in annual savings by programming your thermostat five degrees lower for eight hours per day during the winter.
  4. In winter, open window treatments to let in the sun’s warmth during the day. Close window treatments at night to slow the loss of heat through the glass.
  5. Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping materials to keep temperatures in the home controlled. Check for air leaks around doors and windows, behind electrical outlets, around pipes, along attic hatches and around your chimney.
  6. The furnace heat exchanger is the metal wall or tubing that is heated up when the burners are ignited. The inside of the heat exchanger allows the toxic flue gases produced from the burners to exhaust out through the furnace flue. Have your furnace heat exchangers inspected by a qualified service technician who can camera your system to ensure your heat exchangers are not compromised and your home is safe.
  7. If the fuse blows or the circuit trips repeatedly when the furnace or air conditioner turns on, there is a problem in the electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the furnace. Call a professional service person.
  8. Change the batteries in your digital thermostat annually: People forget that their digital thermostat has batteries in it. If you get in the habit of changing the batteries annually, you can eliminate a no-heat situation.
  9. This advice may sound counter-intuitive, but you should actually use your ceiling fans during the winter. A ceiling fan set in reverse can draw warm air through your home, helping to keep it warm
  10. Consider increasing the insulation in your home.

Summer Cooling Tips

  1. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, buy one. The savings tally to nearly $200.00 a year. This way, when you are out of the house, on vacation or sleeping, you can set your ‘stat to “Save.”
  2. Search your house for leaky ducts. The majority of homes lose between 20% to 30% of their cooling energy through leaky ducts.
  3. Seal off any ducts to unconditioned areas, and insulate rooms like the garage, attic or cellar. (Families with larger homes and empty nesters consider not cooling the wing of the house no one ever goes into.)
  4. It may be time for an AC upgrade. Get a qualified professional to inspect your system. Look for models that have the EPA’s Energy Star and replace filters at least every three months.
  5. Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use. Coffee makers and toaster ovens don’t need to be plugged in all day.
  6. Turn off lights when not in use. Switch incandescent bulbs to cooler compact fluorescent ones
  7. Make sure your fan is spinning clockwise. This will create a wind-chill effect. Turn your ceiling fan off when you exit the room. Fans cool people not rooms.
  8. Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.
  9. Regular maintenance will insure that your air conditioner operates efficiently throughout the summer. Check the filter once a month by holding it up to a bright light. If you can’t see through it, it’s time to clean or replace the filter. You can also check your owner’s guide to find out how to safely clean the condenser coils and fins on the outside of the unit.
  10. Depending on the size of your home, you can save 3% on your cooling costs for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer. Raising the thermostat from 73 to 78 degrees can mean savings of up to 15% in cooling costs.
  11. To stay most comfortable during the hottest hours of the day, do your cooking, laundry and bathing in the early morning or late evenings. These activities all increase the level of humidity in your home, making it less comfortable and forcing the air conditioner to work even harder. If other heat generating appliances, such as irons, ovens and blow dryers are used only in the early morning or late evening, your home will stay cooler.
  12. Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside. When using the stove, vent cooking heat outside with a range hood.
  13. If you need to replace equipment, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14.5 SEER or more.

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