Why Is My Heating Bill So Expensive?

1. You’re Heating When No One is Home If you have a central heating system, your heating output is controlled by a thermostat. This is convenient because it allows you to set a temperature and forget about it—the system will work independently to keep the temperature constant. The downside is, the system doesn’t know whether … Read more

Furnace Upgrade or Replacement: Which is Better?

What’s the expected lifecycle of a furnace? When properly serviced and maintained, many modern furnaces have lifespans of 15-20 years. If your furnace is more than 10 years old and has been performing poorly, a replacement furnace may be a better options in the long run. Upgrades may allow the furnace to continue functioning in … Read more

Consider This When Buying a New Furnace

What’s the AFUE rating? AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This is the gold standard for rating the energy and heating efficiency of any furnace. Older furnaces typically clock in at a rating of 75% or lower. With numbers like these, it may be time to consider a replacement. In terms of new furnaces, … Read more

Home Cooling Secrets to Help Get Through a Heat Wave

2. Insulate your home Ensuring that your home is well-insulated will not only keep it cool in the warmer months but also warm in the winter. Insufficient insulation results in air leaks and higher energy bills. Fortunately, sealing leaks is fairly inexpensive. An easy DIY way to check for air leaks around your windows is … Read more

7 Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid

2. Not changing the air filter Changing the air filter on your air conditioner is easy and inexpensive, yet many neglect to do this. The air filter prevents dust and debris from the air outside from entering your home; as a result, it can become clogged. Most air filters need to be changed monthly, but … Read more

Energy Saving Trends to Watch Closely

1. Energy management systems These systems allow you to control your entire home with a remote control or even a smartphone. Worried you left the heater on? Want your home to be cool when you get back from work? Control your air conditioning and heating system, appliances, security system, and more with a remote control. … Read more

High Efficiency Air Conditioners: Are They Worth it?

Pros 1. Lower utility bills Efficiency in air conditioners is commonly measured in SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. When shopping for an air conditioner, the SEER rating is an important detail to look for. Higher SEER numbers mean units are more energy efficient. The minimum rating is 13, and a rating above 16 is … Read more