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September 2014

How a Dirty Air Filter Affects Your Furnace

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One of the most important appliances in your home is undoubtedly your furnace. Many people assume that the primary job of the furnace is to regulate temperature throughout those cold winter months of the year and keep everyone inside as comfortable and warm as possible. While they would be correct, that isn’t the only purpose. One of the most integral components of a furnace is the air filter. If you let your air filter collect too much dust, dirt, and other debris over time, it will get dirty. This will affect the performance of your furnace in a number of ways. One of the worst things that can happen if you let your air filter get too dirty is that it can lead to a complete failure in your heating and cooling system. An air filter that is too dirty will restrict airflow to the air handler in the climate control system of your furnace. Not only that, but it will also put a significant amount of stress on the fan motor in the same location. When that happens, it is only a matter of time before the fan itself blows out and the entire system suffers a shutdown. This could lead to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in costly repairs if you’re not careful. Another issue that you will face if you let the air filter in your furnace get too dirty has to do with the energy efficiency of the unit. As the air filter gets dirty,…

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Ways to Save Money on Heating and Cooling Bills

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With energy costs rising precipitously over the last few years and greater focus on saving the planet and conserving natural resources becoming part of most people’s everyday lives, finding ways to cut these costs is a great way to save money and the planet at the same time. Below are some easy and inexpensive ways to save money on heating and cooling bills now and well into the future. Modernize Your Thermostat One way bills skyrocket is when appliances are working unnecessarily, as when they continue to heat or cool a room that is already the correct temperature or when no one is home. Modern thermostats can naturally regulate this, with sensors that can be set to turn the heat or air conditioning on when the house is at a certain temperature or off when it reaches another temperature. Even more modern thermostats can even sense when people are in various rooms, heating and cooling the rooms based on activity within them. While these thermostats will be initially expensive, the cost will be more than made up over time in lower electricity bills. Insulate Your Windows Windows are where the largest amount of heat and cooling created inside your house will escape, so it’s important to keep this from happening as much as possible. While you will obviously still need your windows to be functional as windows, purchasing thick curtains to hang in front of them will keep the cool in and hot sunlight out during the summer, making a...
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Why is my Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

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If you are the type of person who doesn’t look under their car hood unless there is a pair of human legs sticking out from under there, you might not adequately appreciate that regular upkeep is the key to keeping your vehicle operating flawlessly. Similarly, in all mechanical devices, ongoing maintenance is essential to a finely operating machine. If your home’s air conditioning is blowing out warm air, the chances are pretty good that you need to perform some critical maintenance on your unit to ensure that you stay cool as temperatures continue to rise this summer. Check the Basics First: Settings and Filters Prior to calling out a service technician to take a look at your unit, you should take the time to check out some basic factors like your unit’s temperature settings and filter system. Determine whether or not the air conditioner is switched on to the correct cooling setting, and make any required adjustments to the unit. Ensure that any needed batteries are replaced, and the setting is switched on to the correct position. Another area that causes home owners problems with their coolant may be from a dirty or clogged filter. A soiled or damaged air filter will block the flow of cold air through the machine, and if left unchanged can cause damage to the coils inside the unit. This is a very common problem, and one that is easily fixed with a simple maintenance schedule, which details swapping out dirty filters for clean ones…

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Energy-Saving Myths that Typically Cost You More Money!

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Saving money on one’s energy bill is something that everyone wants to do. There are numerous articles that illustrate a variety of things that you can do to save money and get your bill lower and lower each month. While some methods are valid, there are a few that can actually end up costing you money. Here are three energy-saving myths that can actually end up costing you. Super-Duper Updates: Though updating to an Energy Star system will help you save money in the long run, a properly maintained system, even older systems, may not be costing you as much as you think. In most cases, a good HVAC system that is maintained and serviced regularly is just as efficient as a new system that has been outfitted to save money. In most cases, these newer systems take more power to run so they can actually end up needing more energy and more updates than you intended to get them up and working. Your best bet is to keep your older systems running smoothly to save money. Turning Your System Off and On: Though keeping your system off for long periods of time, over an hour for instance, can help save you money, it can also cause your bill to go up. It costs far less to keep a home at 75 degrees all day than it does to turn off the air, let the home get to 85, then try to cool it down rapidly when you get home….

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