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The fall season is the perfect time to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency and service your heating system. The following are a few simple recommendations, can impact your energy usage

 

Here are some tips for making your home as energy-efficient as possible: 

  • Check all windows and doors for air leaks. Caulk or air strip problem areas.

  • Check for leaks in your duct system and coil enclosure. Consider adding insulation to your duct system.

  • Wrap your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket.

  • Seal gaps between heated and unheated spaces. This may be around pipes, ducts, fans or vents.

  • Consider installing ceiling fans with reversible motors. In the winter, fans push warm air that collects at ceiling level back down into the room.

  • Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat if you don't already have one. They are a great way to control the temperature in your home for maximum energy efficiency.

  • Install adequate insulation. 

  • Install storm or thermal windows and doors.

 

If you're looking to get a new home comfort system select a high-efficient, variable-speed heating and air conditioning system. The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating), indicates the efficiency of a gas furnace. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace. If your present furnace is ten years old or older, it’s probably in the 60 to 70 percent AFUE range. That means you’re wasting about 30 to 40 cents out of every dollar you spend for heat. By replacing your old furnace with a new, high-efficiency model with an AFUE of 80 or 90 percent, more of the fuel you pay for is turned into heat.

 

For maximum efficiency we recommend having your heating system serviced prior to the heating season.         

 

Tips to help save energy during the winter season:

  • Clean or replace your furnace filter at least once every 30 days.

  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day.

  • When using your fireplace, turn your thermostat down.

  • Keep your fireplace damper closed when it is not being used.

  • Dust or vacuum the vents in your home to ensure the free flow of warm air.

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