5 Factors That Can Raise Your Heating Bills

Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Factors That Can Raise Your Heating Bills

Like many other homeowners, you probably dread receiving your heating bills in the winter. Running your furnace all day throughout the winter months can definitely be expensive. However, if you change some of your daily habits, it is possible to reduce your heating bills. Here are five factors that can raise your heating bills: Leaving Your Windows Uncovered Plenty of warm air can escape out of your windows during the winter  season, especially if they are not insulated very well. The best way to prevent this problem is to cover your windows with plastic wrap. After you apply the plastic to your windows, seal it with a blow-dryer. Plastic wrap is inexpensive and can save you a small fortune on your energy bills. Not Replacing Your Furnace Filters Your furnace’s filters can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust over time. When this happens, warm air can’t move around as freely, decreasing your furnace’s efficiency. It is very important to replace these filters at least once a month. New filters cost just a few bucks and reduce wear and tear on your heating system. Not Having a Yearly Checkup No matter how old your heating system is, you should have a professional heating contractor inspect it once a year. He or she will examine every little part of the system to make sure it is working efficiently. If the heating contractor finds a problem that might affect your energy bills, he or she will fix it right away. Going Without a Space Heater If you do not have one already, a space heater is something you definitely want to invest in for the winter. If you put a space heater in a room that you and your family gather in the most, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees. Using Kitchen and Bathroom Fans Too Frequently When winter rolls around, you want to use your kitchen and bathroom fans sparingly. They might remove moisture and cooking fumes, but they will also take away the warm air in your house. Only turn on these fans when it is absolutely necessary. Heating bills do not have to eat your entire budget. If you make these simple changes, you can lower your energy bills during the colder months. If your furnace ever makes weird noises or does not seem to be working normally, call a heating contractor, like Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces, as soon as...

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Cooling Your House In An Extremely Hot Day

Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cooling Your House In An Extremely Hot Day

Your HVAC has to work extra hard to keep your house cool when the weather gets too hot. This may increase the HVAC’s energy consumption and reduce its useful life. Reducing the level of heat in your house from other sources helps to reduce the load on the HVAC. Here are a few ways in which you can help the HVAC by keeping the house cool when it’s really hot: Keep Out the Sun When the weather is extremely hot, you need to block external sources of heat so you don’t waste energy cooling your house and getting it warmed up again. In most places, the sun is the single biggest source of heat, especially if it is shining directly into the house. Block out the sun by closing all the doors, skylights, curtains, blinds, and shades. Minimize Indoor Heat Generation Another tip is to minimize the amount of heat you are generating indoor by minimizing your cooking sessions. Cooking generates a lot of heat; the longer you cook, the more the heat generated. If you have an outdoor grill, use it instead of cooking indoors. You can also order food or go out for meals a few times to reduce cooking sessions. Turn Off the Lights When You Don’t Need Them Although you use your light bulbs for lighting up the house, they do more than that; they also warm up your rooms. Therefore, turn off the lights while leaving the room and only turn them on when you really need them. This is especially necessary if you are using incandescent light bulbs; incandescent produce more heat than CFL bulbs. Unplugging electronics and electrical appliances also help because they also generate some heat. Choose Cotton Clothes and Sheets Some clothes will make you feel warm even if the temperature isn’t that high. You may not feel the difference that much when the weather is cool, but you will feel it when your air conditioner is struggling to keep up with your cooling needs. Breathable materials, such as lightweight cotton, are best when temperatures are high. Therefore, switch to breathable garments and sheets, and you may not feel the need to set the thermostat at lower temperatures. The above tips will help a great deal if your HVA is in great shape. However, if your HVAC continues to struggle despite the precautions, then it may be having a malfunction somewhere. Consult HVAC company like Phil’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to diagnose and fix the...

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Why Not All Gasoline Is Created Equal

Posted by on July 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Not All Gasoline Is Created Equal

When your company looks for the best way to ensure that each truck is full, you may be tempted to allow your drivers to refuel at any gas station. However, there are some gas stations that provide fuel that is simply not at the same level of quality as fuel delivered from other providers. Your engine will be better protected with top tier fuel. The best way to have consistency is to have your gas delivered by a fleet fuel delivery service. How Top Tier Fuel Protects Your Engines Gasoline comes from the same source: crude oil. However, extra cleaning agents are added to the gasoline to remove impurities and to make the gasoline better for the engine. Great gasoline also has all sorts of additives, such as additives that are designed to prevent harmful deposits from forming inside the engine. The harmful deposits can foul fuel injectors and may force you to take your car to a mechanic. However, less expensive gas companies will lower the price of their fuel by either not including these additives or by using less expensive, less effective versions. All Gasoline Essentialy Has The Same Performance What higher quality gasoline will not do is lead to higher performance. It may prevent mechanical problems with your car down the road, but it will not cause your trucks to operate more efficiently. This is because gas stations are required by government regulations to sell only gasoline that is of a certain quality. Higher quality gas may have a small, but ultimately unnoticeable effect on engine performance. Also, modern engines are able to adjust to the variations found in fuel and will operate in a manner that maximizes performance regardless. Still, there might be a type of fuel that is ideal for your particular engine even if it can adjust to other fuels, so follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual to ensure that you supply the absolute best fuel. Fleet Fuel Delivery To The Rescue A fleet fuel delivery service will bring high quality gas each time your drivers need it. Rather than wondering about the type of fuel a particular station will have, your trucks will always receive fuel that is the absolute best for the engine. The delivery service will provide you with information on exactly the type of fuel they will be delivering so you can determine if the fuel is what you would like inside your trucks. To learn more, contact a company like Enright and...

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Air Conditioning Units And Common Pest Issues

Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Air Conditioning Units And Common Pest Issues

If you live in an environment that is prone to pests such as rodents, insects, or reptiles, these might cause damage to your AC unit. The good news is there are precautions that you can put into place to discourage animals from damaging your air conditioner. Here are four common problems pests can cause to your AC unit and how to avoid them. 1. Finding a Way Into Internal Air Ducts While you might not want to think about pests such as rodents gaining entry to your home, this can be a common occurrence when it comes to AC air ducts. Pests can chew holes in your insulation and through venting materials which can make your AC unit ineffective and lose cooling efficiency. Rodent repellent may be in order for existing nuisances, but having an AC unit professional come and look for small entryways and block these will be needed as well. 2. Making Homes in the Exterior Condenser Unit The exterior AC unit, known as the condenser unit, might seem like an inviting space for smaller animals such as snakes and rodents to call home. They can burrow in during the spring and fall, when this isn’t being used, and cause damage with nests and droppings. To ensure animals aren’t stowing away in your condenser unit, double check for any holes within the external unit and have an AC repair specialist come and fix any problem spots. 3. Side Vents and Corrosion If the sides of your exterior AC unit are made up of venting materials, it is important to try to discourage both your own pets and other outdoor pests from marking this. Urine can attract other animals and can bring around other pests to mark this repeatedly. This can lead to discoloration and eventually rust and corrosion over time. Spray down your AC unit regularly to ward off your own pets and other animals from marking this territory. 4. Condensation from Cooling Attracting Insects Most AC units will come with a bit of condensation, but sometimes this can pool and attract insects. If your AC unit has a condensation unit, this moisture can attract all sorts of unwanted guests. Standing water in your basement or around your condenser unit is a recipe for mosquitoes, ants, and termites, who flourish in moist areas. Professionals can redirect this water or re-calibrate settings to ward off excess moisture. Keeping your AC unit free of pests needs to be a priority in order to keep your air conditioning running efficiently. If you cannot put your finger on an ongoing problem with your AC unit, contact A -1 Cooling & Refrigeration Inc or another AC unit specialist to take a look and help pinpoint specific issues that might be...

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