You work hard for your money, so save some of it! You can reduce your energy bills this fall and winter by following these tips:
- Ask for a better rate…or get one by transitioning energy sources
Chances are the rates per kilowatt hour (or similar energy unit) are fixed, but you never know unless you ask. Call your energy providers to inquire about possible rate reductions. Nationwide, consumers who take this bold approach save as much as 10% on their annual energy bill.
If no one’s budging on pricing, find the lowest rate and find out what appliances or mechanical systems you may convert.
- Add weatherproofing to your windows
When cooler temperatures set in, keep them outside with weatherproofing film and/or thermal curtains or blinds. Allow natural light through south-facing windows throughout the day to help warm your rooms.
- Set your thermostat for maximum energy efficiency
An empty room does not have to be cozy, but if it gets too cold, it takes a lot of energy to (re)heat once you’re home. So, for maximum energy efficiency, set your thermostat about 10° cooler than your preferred temperature during the day when everyone is at work or school. For sleeping hours, set your thermostat for 60°-67°, the range shown to best initiate sleep.
Ensuring your home heating system is performing at peak efficiency will help reduce bills, too. Call your residential and commercial HVAC technicians at R & R Heating & Air for seasonal maintenance service.
With cooler temperatures approaching, now is the time to find out if your furnace is ready for another season. At R & R Heating & Air, we always recommend an HVAC professional conducting a full seasonal maintenance check. However, there are a few areas you may inspect yourself to find out whether you need a technician to service your heating system sooner rather than later.
One part of your home heating system you may begin to inspect yourself is the vents and ducts. First, wipe off dust or cobwebs. Then, you may want to remove the vent covers to get a better look. Using a flashlight, look as far as you can into the ducts to see if you notice any debris build-up, sagging, spaces between joints, etc. If you’re able to view ducts from above or below (attic or crawl space), you may check whether the insulation provides adequate coverage or if it is missing or deteriorating in places.
Admittedly, DIY duct inspections are limited. A full inspection requires flexible video equipment. R & R Heating & Air have the equipment and can perform duct inspections independently or as part of duct cleaning service.
Homeowners may inspect their own furnaces. The trouble is that we can easily tell you what to look at, but it’s harder to explain what to look for. Here are some pretty obvious maintenance issues:
- Dirty/clogged air filter
- Frayed wiring
- Yellow/orange pilot light
When you turn your heating system on, if it cycles on/off frequently or doesn’t respond to thermostat controls, these are additional indicators that your furnace needs service.
If you have a gas-powered furnace, when the system is on, if you smell gas, turn off the system and immediately call R & R Heating & Air. Gas leaks are serious health and safety hazards. You must have a technician with the right training to complete the repairs.
DIY furnace inspections can be a dirty business. You can save yourself the hassle by calling R & R Heating & Air first. We perform thorough inspections that can ensure a comfortable home all winter long and minimize repairs costs through proactive maintenance.
There is nothing more frustrating than a cooling system failure in the dead heat of summer…except maybe a heating system failure in the middle of winter. Home and business HVAC problems are a hassle (to put it lightly) since you have to schedule service to fix the issue and deal with an unplanned expense.
However, if you have a maintenance agreement in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your heating and cooling system will be properly maintained by professionals. (more…)
If central air conditioning is not cost-effective or needs to be supplemented, two options you may consider are portable AC systems or a window-mounted unit. Here’s how they compare: (more…)
Older homes that have limited or no ductwork can still enjoy central air conditioning. “How?” you ask since there is little room for ductwork in the existing space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…and closets may be the way.
Installing central air in a two-story home that has little ductwork can make use of attic and closet space to create new air flow portals. (more…)
There are plenty of myths about air conditioner usage and how to save money. While the intentions behind them are good, bad advice can cost you money. One such example is the recommendation to leave your air conditioner running all day vs. turning it off when your home is empty. Which is better?
It’s only June, so temperatures haven’t reached their hottest yet. There’s still time to get a new A/C system before the real heat sets in…but do you really need one?
Air filters are very important to the health of your home heating or cooling system. By keeping particles out of your furnace or from clogging A/C condenser coils, they can maintain optimal performance. However, if a filter works too well, it can actually do the same thing as a dirty air filter—choke air flow to your heating or cooling system. The HVAC professionals at R & R Heating & Air can help you select and change your HVAC system filters to maintain optimal efficiency and indoor comfort. (more…)
If tenants or employees in your building aren’t already complaining about the heat and/or stuffiness, they will soon. Before temperatures rise and you can no longer avoid turning on the AC or swamp cooler, call R & R Heating & Air to properly prepare your commercial cooling system.
What Cooling System Start Up Means
What service your commercial facility needs depends on the type of cooling system installed. For facilities with evaporative cooling systems (swamp coolers and/or chillers), start up service will likely entail: (more…)
With low temperatures rarely dipping below 50°, you’ve likely had your home heating system off for weeks. But spring’s arrival is not the time to forget about your furnace. On the contrary—spring is a great time for furnace maintenance or replacement.
Low Demand Can Mean Savings
Spring can be for furnace manufacturers like the (more…)