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Summer Energy Saving Tips

  • You can reduce your Summer energy costs by making sure your air conditioner is in good operating condition before hot weather arrives. Have it professionally serviced every year.
  • If you're leaving your home for only a few hours, don't turn off the air conditioner, but do turn the thermostat to a higher temperature and close your shades to block solar heat. You'll keep humidity levels low and save energy.
  • Use shades, drapes, blinds and other window treatments to stop the sun's heat from entering your home..
  • Ceiling fans or portable oscillating fans create a wind-chill effect. Use fans alone or with air conditioning to help your home feel cooler.
  • When using your air conditioner, be sure the fan switch on your thermostat is in the "on" position. This operates the blower in your furnace continuously to keep the cool air from settling to the floor while the warm air rises.

Winter Energy Saving Tips

  • Set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Each additional degree adds about 5 percent to heating costs. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set appropriate temperatures for when you're home and when you're not.
  • Don't set your thermostat higher than the desired temperature. It will not make your home warm up any faster.
  • Make sure your thermostat is on an inside wall away from windows and doors where a cold draft could make your furnace run harder than necessary.
  • Leave shades and draperies open on sunny days and allow the sun to help heat your rooms.
  • Close the fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use. Add glass fireplace doors to reduce heat loss up the chimney, even when the fireplace is in use.
  • Make sure registers for supply and return air are not blocked by draperies or furniture.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters often.

Points To Consider When Purchasing A Gas Furnace

  • Size:
  •  The size of a gas furnace refers to its heating capacity, not its physical dimensions. The capacity of a heating system is measured in Btu's (British thermal units) per hour. In general, a unit that's too small will lack the ability to give you the comfort you want. A unit that's too large will cost more to buy and operate. A qualified heating contractor is the best person to recommend the correct size for your new furnace.
  • Venting:
  •  The heating contractor can also tell you if any changes are needed in the venting of the furnace. In most cases, the new furnace is placed in the same location as the old and uses the same venting system. However, many of today's high efficiency gas furnaces can be vented out a side wall in the same manner as gas clothes dryers.
  • Efficiency:
  •  The efficiency of a gas furnace is indicated by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE rating.  The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace. The more efficient the furnace, the lower the heating bill.
  • Cost:
  •  In general, higher efficiency units will cost more than lower efficiency units. However, over the life of the unit, a high efficiency gas unit will help pay for itself because of the annual savings in operating costs. These savings could easily pay for the extra cost of moving up in efficiency. Final cost can also be affected by a number of installation factors such as the correction of venting or ductwork problems, and the difficulty of removing the old furnace or installing the new furnace in the desired location.
  • Contractor:
  •  Perhaps the most important step in replacing or upgrading your home's heating system is choosing the right contractor to do the job. The reason: no matter how well-made a furnace is, the reliability and energy efficiency it provides is somewhat in the hands of the contractor installing it. You can count on Williams Refrigeration & Heating to do the job right.
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