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Money Saving Tips

“Put all good eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” – Andrew Carnegie

Your home comfort system is like the biggest basket of energy usage in your home; in fact, on average, your home comfort system represents 56% of your total home energy usage. There are many things that you can do to reduce the energy usage of your home comfort system. Some are more expensive than others, some you can do on your own, some you may need help with. To help you “prioritize”, feel free to explore these tips to help you determine which money saving efforts you would like to implement. As always, please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information.


One of the simplest money-saving tips for conserving energy is to replace and/or clean your air filter on a regular basis. Replacing your filter helps the unit run more efficiently, subjects it to less wear and reduces your energy bills.
To improve efficiency, make sure your outside air conditioner or heat pump is not surrounded closely by shrubbery that blocks air flow. Trim shrubs away from the unit.
In the winter, open the drapes on the sunny side of the house to let the sun’s heat in. Close the drapes at night to help retain heat. In the summer, close the drapes on the sunny side to keep the sun’s heat out.
One of the most affordable ways to save money is to reduce the number of hours that you use it. Setting your thermostat a couple of degrees warmer or cooler will not noticeably affect your comfort, but will significantly lower your energy bills.

In the summer, open your windows in the morning to provide cooler air throughout your home. If you have an attic fan, open a window and use the fan to get the air circulating throughout your home. Turn the furnace fan to “ON” to keep the air moving in the house.
Cleaning your outdoor unit with a hose can be a quick and money-saving way to keep your energy costs low. Gently spraying off the dirt, grass and leaves that accumulate on the exterior of your outdoor unit allows the system to function better.
Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Do not block supply registers with furniture, carpeting, or drapes. And contrary to popular wisdom, closing registers in unused rooms does not save energy, this only makes the furnace blower work harder.

With a forced-air system, keep the inside doors open whenever possible to allow the system to efficiently circulate the air. One door that you want to keep closed, however, is the door to your attic. Also, keep the chimney flue closed when the fireplace is not in use to prevent heat loss.

Programmable thermostats can have a significant impact on your home’s energy consumption. You can save costs by easily adjusting the heating and cooling settings for times when you’re waking up, leaving for work, sleeping or going on vacation.
The Number 1 reason for service problems is dirt and lack of maintenance. So a Seasonal Tune-Up is a smart way to avoid costly “mid season” repairs. Even better: Enroll in our Comfort Club and you will receive automatic reminders for your seasonal maintenance.

Install a thermostat that will allow you to control your comfort system from your smart phone, I-pad, computer, anywhere you have internet access (you can even control from the comfort of your recliner). Never worry again if you forgot to turn down the heat.
Yουr home loses about 80% of іtѕ heat through the attic, about 15% through the walls, and the remaining 5% through the floor. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by having proper insulation.
Air in your home that is too dry can be uncomfortable to breathe, and can damage wood products like flooring, pianos, picture frames and cabinetry. Not only will a humidifier help with these problems, you will also “feel” comfortable at a lower temperature. Each degree that you can lower the heating temperature saves about 3% on your heating energy usage.
Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weatherstrip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside. This will significantly save energy dollars all year.
If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with new double-pane windows with low-e high-performance coatings. In colder climates, the low-e coatings on the glass reduce heat loss. These windows also help to reflect heat in the summer. For a less expensive solution, install storm windows to reduce heat loss by 25% to 50%.
When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed specifically for smoke to escape, so until you close it, warm air escapes—24 hours a day! For an even tighter seal, try an inflatable chimney baloon. Inflatable chimney balloons are designed to fit beneath your fireplace flue during periods of non-use.

If your home comfort system, or a component of your system, is more than 10 years old, has had numerous breakdowns, and/or has had expensive repairs, consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Review these features and benefits when considering a new system:


  • VARIABLE SPEED BLOWER – Lowest energy usage, minimal noise, and consistent air flow
  • TWO STAGE GAS VALVE – evens out the temperature swings by starting at low heat, and increasing to high heat on the coldest days
  • MODULATING GAS VALVE – Your thermostat and furnace are continually “communicating” with each other to match the heat output to the heating need.
  • EFFICIENCY RATING – the higher the efficiency, the less fuel the furnace uses. Minimum efficiency is 80%, and can be as high as 97%.

  • COIL TYPE AND MATERIAL – Aluminum spine-fine coils offer the fewest welds, the best heat transfer, and longest durability compared to a copper plate fin coil.
  • MATCHED INDOOR COIL – Installing an AC and/or a Heat Pump with a mis-matched indoor coil can reduce the effiency by 50%.
  • TWO STAGE COMPRESSOR – evens out the temperature swings by starting at low output, and increasing to high output when required.
  • EFFICIENCY RATING – Air conditioners have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Heat pumps have an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) rating. The higher the rating, the less energy the system uses.

    A hybrid system combines a high efficiency heat pump as the primary source of heat, with a fossil fuel burning furnace (natural gas, propane, or oil) as the backup source of heat. The system’s controls determine which heat source is the most cost effective for the heating needs of the house. The heat pump can usually provide comfortable heat down to about 35-40 degrees. If the heat pump can’t “keep up”, the backup heat comes on to bring the house to temperature. A hybrid system can often save $200 to $300 per year over a natural gas furnace. In addition, with a heat pump you get cooling also, practically for free!

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