Preparing Your Home for Heating Season

October 22, 2019

Once again, summer has come and gone. As we are gearing up for the heating season, you may be wondering what you should be doing to prepare your home. Soon, you’ll be ready to turn on the heat in your house, and you’ll want to make sure that your unit is able to efficiently keep your home warm. To help you get your house ready for the cold days ahead, we’ve compiled a list of three things you’ll want to do. 1. Ensure There Are No Leaks in Home Exterior If there are any leaks in your home’s exterior, heat will escape. This will lead to your unit working harder to keep your house cool, which will result in wasted energy and higher heating bills. Perform an inspection of the exterior of your home and fill in any leaks you may find. You can use caulk or weather stripping to make sure no heat will be wasted. 2. Clean Your Vents If your air vents have become dusty or dirty, it is time to vacuum them clean. Dust and dirt can lead to clogged vents, which will result in a less efficient HVAC system. 3. Schedule a Tune-Up for Your...

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Furnaces – New vs. Old

January 29, 2019

The most important appliance that you can have in your home today is your furnace. While furnaces have been around for decades, they continue to be modified and improved with time. There are a variety of benefits that come with new furnaces today that were not included with older furnaces. More Efficient One of the main advantages of newer furnaces today is that they are far more efficient than furnaces were in the past. In past decades, the average AFUE rating, which is an indication of furnace efficiency, was around 70 percent. Today, that figure has increased to more than 95 percent with some newer furnaces. This drastically cuts down on waste and could lead to lower energy bills. Furnaces have become more efficient through a wide variety of upgrades. First, they are now made with materials that allow them to be more efficient. This includes having electronic ignition systems, utilizing more efficient pilot lights, and having an improved heat exchanger that better traps heat, which can then be moved around the home. Quieter A furnace built in recent years is also much quieter than one that was produced in the past. A modern furnace has sealed combustion chambers, which...

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3 Heating Hacks

December 18, 2018

Will you stay warm this winter? Each year, the winters in Salisbury are increasingly harsh. Don’t let the coziness of a warm home elude you this year. Check out these 3 clever heating hacks to keep the cold out where it belongs. 1. Insulate Your Doors And Windows For The Season Insulating your doors and windows doesn’t have to be a major renovation project. In fact, you don’t even need to use traditional insulation to warm your home. Save the permanent insulation project for a different time. For now: Buy insulation foil Purchase some door draft-stoppers Cover your windows with the insulation cellophane, and put a draft-stopper under each door Soon, you’ll find that your house is less drafty. All the warmth stays trapped inside. 2. Often Use Your Oven Do you cook a lot? If not yet, this winter is a good time to start. Baking or broiling meals in your oven generate heat. Since a kitchen is the central area of a home, the heat wafting from the oven can easily warm the house. When you’re done baking or cooking, turn off the oven and leave its door slightly ajar. This helps the heat get out into the...

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