3. 13. 2017
Written by: Metro Air
Spring weather is on its way and this usually means the temperature starts fluctuating a lot. This can sometimes mean it’s challenging to find a comfortable temperature to keep your heating and cooling system set to, because each day’s temperature outside will vary. But did you know that if you’re changing the temperature inside your home a lot could waste energy and be a big hit on your wallet? If you’re wondering how you can reduce your energy use and conserve energy in your home, we have some simple tips that can help.
Tip #1: Keep the thermostat set a lower.
Keeping your thermostat at a lower temperature during the day means you’ll see a reduction in your energy use and ultimately, your utility bill, especially if you turn it down or off during the hours you’re away from the house completely. If it’s a sunny day outside, open your blinds and let the natural light heat your home. The sun can serve as a natural source of warmth and you won’t need to use your HVAC system as much.
Tip #2: Make sure there’s enough insulation inside your home.
If your home has poor insulation, a lot of the heat from your home will be lost during the cooler months, and the cool air from your air conditioner can be lost in the warm months of summer. This means you’ll be wasting energy without even knowing it. Have a professional check the insulation in your home and make sure it’s adequate. Insulation automatically helps make your home more energy efficient.
Tip #3: Upgrade your furnace system.
If your HVAC system is out of date, it simply isn’t as energy efficient as the new ones that are available today. Whether it’s a ductless heat pump that makes sense for your home or a new gas furnace, our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling can provide you with some options that will fit with your home and most importantly, your budget.
Tip #4: Change your filter & call us for annual servicing.
Keeping your filter clean and changing it regularly is an important part of allowing your system to work at its peak efficiency. If the filter is continually left dirty, your machine has to work harder to heat and/or cool your home and this causes you to use more energy. In addition, scheduling regular annual maintenance on your system is important to keeping it tuned up and ready to tackle whatever weather we have. We’ll make sure all parts are in working order, explain any repairs or replacements that are necessary, clean filters, and much more.
If you’re looking to reduce your negative impact on the environment, energy conservation in your home is one of the first places to make changes. You’ll not only be kind to the earth and its resources, but you’ll also reduce your utility costs over the long term. Interested in learning more about a new thermostat or a new heating/cooling system? Contact us today for a free no-pressure quote.
2. 27. 2017
Written by: Metro Air
Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems found in homes around the United States. These reliable, energy-efficient machines keep families and individuals warm during the coldest of winters. As with any large heating unit or other appliance in your home, there are some important safety tips that you should know about when it comes to operating and maintaining your gas furnace.
Tip #1: Be sure that vent pipes are always free and clear and do not have anything touching them. Don’t stack anything near the vents, like boxes, as this can be a dangerous fire hazard! These pipes will get hot and could cause a fire if items are touching them or are too close.
Tip #2: Be sure your carbon monoxide detector is working well throughout the year and has not expired. Generally speaking, carbon monoxide detectors can last from about two years up to seven years. Even if it’s still working after its expiration date, you should have it replaced right away in order to keep you and your family protected. Carbon monoxide detectors have specific instructions on where they should be installed, including at what height they need to be placed, so be sure to read closely.
Tip #3: Clean and/or replace your gas furnace filters regularly. Clean filters will not only help your unit run more efficiently, but it will also provide cleaner air to circulate through the vents in your home. This means you’re breathing cleaner, healthier air, rather than air that’s littered with contaminants, dust, or other harmful pollutants.
Tip #4: Inside your home, be sure that your air vents – both supply and return – are clear with no obstructions. Vents that are blocked could not only cause uneven temperatures in your home, but they also cause your system to work harder, which over time, could reduce the lifespan of the unit.
If you’re having difficulty getting your gas furnace to work with utmost efficiency, contact our experienced team of professionals at Metro Heating & Air today! We can help get your gas furnace working well and we’ll also go over these safety tips with you in person to ensure you get the most out of your system this winter.