12. 24. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
Winter is here and that means cold days. You can stay cozy and save money by implementing these simple tips to help winterize your home.
#1: Change or replace furnace filters.
This is a home maintenance item that many homeowners forget about, but it is very important. Set a reminder for yourself to change or clean your air filters once every other month. Dirty air filters will reduce airflow, cause your system to work harder than is necessary, increase your energy bill, and allow dirty air to circulate through your home.
#2: Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment.
Just like your car needs regular tune-ups, so does your heating system! These appointments are important because they help diagnose any potential issues that may be lurking with your system. In addition, our experienced team of technicians will clean air filters, run energy efficiency checks, and let you know if there are any parts that need to be repaired or replaced. Fall or winter is the perfect time to set up your annual maintenance appointment.
#3: Pay attention to your thermostat.
Did you know that setting your thermostat for a few degrees lower when you leave for long periods of time or when you sleep is a sure way to save money in the long run? There is no need to warm an empty house while you’re away at work all day, so consider installing a programmable thermostat that will allow you to program it to adjust the thermostat reduce during the day, then turn back up right before you get home so you can come home to a warm area. Programmable thermostats not only save energy, but you can save big bucks throughout the year, too.
#4: Add insulation.
Having quality insulation in your home is one of the easiest ways to winterize your home, while saving money and keeping your family warm all winter long. Insulation should be present in your walls, on the attic floor and in the basement ceiling. This will help keep the warm air inside your home that your furnace is producing.
It’s not too late to winterize your home! If you have questions on how to maximize the efficiency of your heating system, contact our professionals at Metro Air Heating & Cooling right away. We can help make sure your home’s furnace is functioning at optimal efficiency, so you can save money over time. And if it’s time to replace your outdated, unreliable system, we can help you find a new furnace that fits your home’s layout and your budget.
12. 17. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
Winter is here and that means most homeowners will be using their heating system almost continuously. Energy costs make up a big part of the monthly budget for a lot of people, so finding ways to save money on those bills is important. Here are some helpful energy saving tips that can help you save money on heating bills this winter.
#1: Check your vents.
Be sure that the vents around your home are clean and dust-free and that they are not blocked. If you have a forced-air furnace, it’s important to not close eat registers in rooms that are not used often. Your heating system can’t recognize that a vent is closed, so it will continue working at the same level, making the system work harder for no reason. In addition, if the cold air from the unused room escapes, it can cause drafts and reduce the effectiveness of the furnace, ultimately making the system work harder which can drive up the cost of your utility bills.
#2: Change filters.
Changing your filters is key to maintaining the life of your system and helping bolster indoor air quality. You can reduce dust and allergens that are circulated through the home and your furnace will run more efficiently, saving not only energy, but money on costly repairs, too. Make sure you clean or replace your filters every 1 to 2 months.
#3: Stay on top of professional maintenance for your system.
Just like you wouldn’t drive your cars for months or years without changing the oil, so you should not neglect the care of your furnace system. Regular service appointments will ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency, which will help keep your utility bills under control during the cold winter season. A quality heating system will run for a decade or more, so if you take care of it during that time, you will save thousands of dollars over the system’s lifespan. Professional maintenance will also help the system last longer and will reduce the chance of unexpected breakdowns which could result in costly repairs.
#4: Seal leaks.
Drafty windows and doors are not just annoying and cold, but they could be causing you to waste your hard-earned money. Caulk around your windows and doors is an inexpensive way to seal small areas where warm or cold air escapes. Having a home that is properly insulated could save you a significant percentage each year on your energy bill.
If you have questions on the efficiency of your heating system, contact our professionals at Metro Air Heating & Cooling right away. We can help make sure your home’s heating system is functioning at optimal efficiency, so you can save money over time. And if it’s time to replace your outdated, unreliable system, we can help you find a new furnace that fits your home’s layout and your budget.