Posted on:
11. 26. 2018

How to Boost Heating Efficiency

Written by: Metro Air

With the holidays right around the corner, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs and save money. Look no further than your heating system. Focusing on energy efficiency in your home’s heating system can help reduce your utility bill and keep more money in your pocket. Here are some tips on how to boost heating efficiency this season.  

#1: Keep your thermostat set.
Are you heating your home when you’re gone at work or away running errands all day? Turn down your thermostat, programming it to turn back on when it is needed. Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature to the degree that you want, when you’re home or asleep. This can save you a significant percentage of money each month and at the end of the year, you can count the savings. Contact us for information on getting a programmable thermostat installed. They work with any already installed heating system and are an affordable way to stay comfortable this season.

#2: Replace your filters.
Cleaning and replacing your furnace filter regularly is key to maintaining the life of your system. Dirty filters greatly reduce the efficiency of your furnace blower motor and it makes your system work harder, which can increase your energy bill. Not to mention, dirty filters allow dirty air to be recirculated throughout your home which is not something you or your family will want to breathe for any length of time.

#3: Check sealing and insulation.
If your insulation is poor in the home or your windows and doors are old and leaking in cold air and warm air out, your system is working harder than it must. That translates to higher utility costs and it will also cause more wear and tear on your machine. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly and if there is not adequate insulation in your home, add more.

These three tips can help keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency and in the end, you’ll see a cost savings! If your heating system is not up to par for the next few months of cold weather, contact our experienced team at Metro Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance tune-up. Or, if it’s been many years since your system has been replaced, we can help with getting a new furnace in place soon!

Posted on:
11. 19. 2018

How to Get Your Home Prepared for Freezing Temps

Written by: Metro Air

November has arrived and so have the cold temperatures. Is your home ready for the next months of freezing temperatures? Here are some tips on how to get your home prepared.

Get your furnace system looked at.
Now is the time to call us for your annual preventative maintenance appointment. Fall and winter temperatures are here to stay for a while, so you need to make sure your heating system is reliable. Maintenance appointments are critical to prolonging the life of your HVAC system and it will also make sure that the system is working at its peak, which will save you energy and money. Our experienced team of professionals will clean or replace the air filters, run a multipoint check on the furnace, replace thermostat batteries, and we will talk to you about any other issues that notice that may need attention.

Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats have changed how we experience comfort. These thermostats allow you to program your home’s temperature to be exactly what you want it to be, which also translates to big savings at the end of the year. If you program that system to turn down when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep, then program it to turn back up when you need it, you can save a big percentage of cash. These systems are affordable and can work with virtually any HVAC system that currently exists in your home. We proudly carry:

-Bryant Housewise Wi-Fi Thermostat
-Bryant Evolution Connex Control
-Nest Learning Thermostat
-Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Secure your windows and doors.
If you have an outstanding heating system, it can be a great way to keep you and your family warm during the days of freezing temperatures. However, if your windows and doors are drafty, you’re leaking warm air outside and you’re allowing cold air to come in. This is not only a waste of energy, but it will cause your heater to work harder to do its job. Be sure to secure your windows and doors, sealing tightly any gaps on the bottom of the doors and around the windows. If your windows and doors are old, replacing them could be a good investment that will add value to it, as it will add an extra level of insulation to your home.

Don’t suffer in the cold this year. Get your heating system ready to go so you can rely on it all season long! Call us today to schedule a maintenance appointment for your furnace, or if you need a furnace replacement before winter hits, we can help. Or, if your system unexpectedly breaks down and you need service, our 24-hour emergency response service is available! Our team at Metro Air Heating & Cooling is standing by to talk to you about your options.