1. 18. 2021
Written by: Metro Air
For many of us, the pandemic has forced most of us to be housebound for the last 10 months. Our homes are being put to good use! Stoves, computers, microwaves, air conditioners, and heaters are just some of the major appliances and products that have been put to the test. Because of this, home electricity use has increased significantly. Has your energy bill increased? Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs and save money? Here are some suggestions on how to do that.
#1: Minimize your heating costs.
Minnesota winters are brutally cold. You’ll need to use your heater, there’s no getting around that. But instead of cranking the temperature up to sauna levels, consider layering up your clothing instead. If you’re working remotely, you don’t need to keep your home at the same temperature as your office. Wear a sweater and shirt, wrap yourself in blankets, and wear two pairs of socks! Being aware of how much heat you use can take a big chunk out of your energy costs.
#2: Turn off what you’re not using.
This is a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget about. If you leave a room, turn off the lights. Unplug devices that you’re not using for prolonged periods of time. And if you decide to leave your home for an extended period, turn the temperature down.
#3: Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats work in tandem with your heating system. Simply customize the temperature to be exactly how you want it. The thermostat will adjust automatically so you don’t have to worry about it. For example, program it to turn the temperature down while you’re away during the day, then program it to come up a few degrees warmer before you get home. That way, you’re not wasting energy on warming a space that you’re not in, and you’ll use only what you need. These are an affordable way to save energy and money!
Our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling will gladly answer questions you have about installing a new energy-efficient system or a new programmable thermostat! Maybe you simply need a tune-up on your existing system to ensure it’s running as energy efficiently as possible. Contact us today for information.
12. 7. 2020
Written by: Metro Air
The holidays are a magical time for many individuals and families. But they’re also incredibly cold – especially for us in the Midwest! Our experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling recommend staying on top of these essential maintenance tasks for your home this winter. This helps keep you safe and comfortable, no matter how cold the weather gets outside.
#1: Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms work well.
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason – it is odorless, colorless and cannot easily be detected without a carbon monoxide detector. And smoke alarms only keep you safe if they work. When was the last time you checked these items? Keep your family safe by testing these important safety products every month. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced the batteries, now is the time to do that.
#2: Schedule a professional maintenance appointment for your furnace.
Holiday shopping, decorating your house, or planning for a special holiday dinner – we know how busy this season is. Even in the midst of the holiday comings and goings, it’s important to make time for a preventative maintenance checkup for your furnace. We will check over 30 different items during this appointment, ensuring that everything is working at peak efficiency. That means your system will be less prone to breakdown or costly repairs.
#3: Change filters.
Replace your furnace filters every month or every other month. This helps prolong the life of your furnace and helps keep the system running efficiently. Not to mention, clean air filters help keep the air you breathe cleaner. Neglecting this simple maintenance item could cause your system to use more energy. And because its working harder, it could put unnecessary strain on the system, causing it to breakdown prematurely.
Nobody wants to have a broken heating system in the middle of the busy holiday season. Help conserve energy and protect your budget from unexpected repairs by staying on top of these essential furnace maintenance tips. Contact our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling to schedule your maintenance or repair appointment, or to talk to us about new system options.