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October 2014

LifeHacks: How to Save on Your Energy Bill

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Saving energy is fun. There is no need to waste money paying energy bills. Here are some simple tips that result in big savings, when put into place by consumers who are wise enough to reduce wasteful energy uses. Phantom Power Phantom power is electrical energy used to keep appliances and electronic equipment in a ready state to turn on instantly. It is not hard to tell if a device uses phantom power because it usually has a green light showing. The solution is to plug all these devices into a power strip and turn off the power strip, completely cutting off all electricity, when the devices are not in use. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Changing a 100-watt incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, which puts out the equivalent amount of light, reduces energy usage by up to 80 percent! Eighty percent off is a great deal in anybody’s world. One note of caution for those environmentally aware. Dispose of used bulbs properly, because compact fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which should not end up in landfills. There are lots of recycling centers for compact fluorescent bulbs, where it is possible to recycle them for free. For a location list, see Recycle a Bulb. Timing and Location Central heating and air-conditioning are great as long as you want to use all the rooms in the house all the time. Otherwise, they are gigantic wasters of electrical energy. This is true especially at night, when all the home occupants are…

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Three Perks of Buying a New Furnace for Your Home

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If your furnace is on its last legs, it might be wise to invest in a replacement rather than perform repeated repairs until the very end. Due to the advancements made in the heating industry in the last few years, a new furnace will net you unimaginable benefits. You might first notice the low level of noise coursing through your house when the furnace kicks on. From there, you’ll definitely revel in the improved temperature range that keeps your house as comfortable as can be. Lastly, you’ll realize the vast savings in your power bills from running an energy-efficient model. Read on for more information. Less Noise Old furnaces produce knocking, banging and clanging noises as the heating element and blower motor activate. By replacing your furnace with a new unit, you eliminate these distressing noises altogether. In fact, you might feel shocked enough by the silence to investigate the vent to check if heat is actually coming out. Comfortable Temperature Range Since old furnaces are incredibly inefficient, the heating element and blower motor may kick on and off several times an hour. As a result, you might find your home going from warm to cold far too often for your comfort. By using a new furnace, you’re able to keep the temperature at a steady number, instead. Lower Energy Bills Depending on your old furnace’s age, your heating bills could improve by more than 50 percent. New furnaces meet energy efficiency standards created by government entities to reduce stress…

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The Costs of Improper HVAC Maintenance

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Equipment breakdown, expensive repairs, and system failure at the most inconvenient moments. These are just a few of the costs of improper maintenance of air conditioning and heating systems. There are other costs, which are more hidden, including negative effects on health. Clean air quality in the home is a good investment in the health of its occupants. According to Healthline News, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2011 an increase of Americans with asthma of 28% since 2001. In the United States, 25 million people have asthma. About one-third of these are children. Half of the children suffer at least one severe asthma attack each year. Some attacks are deadly. Homes are more energy-efficient with reduced air leakage. Preventing the escape of heated air in winter and cool air in summer lowers the energy costs to maintain the proper temperatures. This also means that the air in these homes flows in a closed-loop system. Any pathogens, dust, molds, pollen, animal dander, or other undesirable airborne particles circulate throughout the home unless removed by properly maintained filtration systems. Dirty air ducts and clogged filters contribute to the problem. Maintaining these systems to ensure proper working order makes sense to achieve indoor clean air, which is vital for good health Repair Costs According to Home Advisor, the national average repair cost to fix an A/C unit is $543. To repair a furnace, the average cost is $397. Compare this to the cost of replacement. The average cost…

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4 Reasons to Invest in Fall Furnace Tune-Up

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You wouldn't expect your car to keep running smoothly without regular maintenance, and the same concept holds true for your home furnace. Taking care of your furnace during the fall is the best way to keep it producing heat all winter long. Schedule a furnace tune up soon with Sears Heating and Cooling to reap these four benefits. 1. Improved Safety Getting the furnace cleaned and inspected can prevent dangerous explosions and other safety risks. A timely tune-up could catch a fuel or CO2 leak before you fire up the furnace for the first time this season and put your family at risk. 2. Reduced Costs A Furnace tuneĀ up will cut down the amount of money you spend on repairs by catching small problems before they get bigger. Thorough cleaning removes the dust and soot that shortens the lifespan of important furnace parts. You'll also notice lower electricity or fuel bills after improving the efficiency of your heating equipment. 3. Shorter Wait Times If you wait to call for service until the heating season is in full swing, you're likely to join a long queue of homeowners who need help. Get prompt service by requesting a tune-up before everyone on your block is giving us a call and filling up our schedule. 4. Continued Warranty Protection Unless your furnace is more than 20 years old and ready for replacement, it's likely still covered by your manufacturer's warranty. Have you checked the terms and conditions of that warranty? If so, you've...
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