Tips & Advice

Heating & cooling can make up more than half of your home or business utility bill.
It's important to save whatever energy-- and money-- we are able.
With these tips, you'll be off to a good start:
 
Our number #1 and #2 tips are always to PRESEASON your unit, and to regularly CHANGE your filters.
It is important to start out each new season with everything running in top shape.
We understand it's a terrible feeling to have your heating or cooling system fail on you in the heat of summer or the chill of winter, and having your system "preseasoned" is the best way to ensure you don't have to go through that kind of upset. Also, your air filters are the lungs of your system,
and it is recommended that they be changed once per month. It makes all the difference in the world.

HEATING:
  • Have your furnace serviced before each heating season to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently;
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month;
  • Set programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter;
  • Lower your thermostat when you're asleep, or away from home;
  • During the winter, keep draperies on south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows;
  • When purchasing new heating systems, consider energy-efficient products;
  • Caulk and weatherstrip leaking doors and windows;
  • Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed air;
  • Keep fireplace damper closed tightly when not in use;
 
COOLING:
  • Have your A/C serviced before each cooling season to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently;
  • Clean or replace filters on air conditioners once a month;
  • Set programmable thermostat as high as is tolorable in the summer;
  • Raise your thermostat when you're asleep, or away from home;
  • During summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun's heat;
  • When purchasing new cooling systems, consider energy-efficient products;
  • Caulk and weatherstrip leaking doors and windows;
  • Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of cooled air;
  • Keep fireplace damper closed tightly when not in use;
  • Using a ceiling or other circulating fan can make you feel 6-7 degrees cooler via the wind-chill effect. A fan doesn't cool a room, but it makes it more comfortable to be in. Just remember to turn it off when no one is using it, so you don't waste energy;
  • Save heat-generating activities for later. Running the clothes dryer, dishwasher, even the TV can build up heat in an already hot home. Don't make yourself, or your air conditioner work any harder than they have to, by holding off on those activities until the outside temp as cooled for the night;
 
APPLIANCES:
  • Move refrigerator out from wall, and vacuum its condenser coils once a year;
  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer TOO cold. Recommended temperatures are 37-40 degrees for the fresh food compartment, and 5 degrees for the freezer. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0 degrees.