Getting Your House Ready for Winter

No matter what climate you live in, your home needs some TLC when the seasons change. Northern climates brace for bone-chilling cold and winter storms, while Southern climates may still enjoy warm, sunny days, but cooler nights. When the temps start dropping outside, it’s time to look at what you can do inside to help your home get ready for winter. Having a winter preparation plan for your house not only helps keep an eye on your home’s energy efficiency, but also on your health.

Energy Efficiency Matters

According to the United States Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning systems account for most of the energy use in a typical home.  Whether you’re firing up the furnace or just cranking down the air conditioning, winter is prime time to think about how you can save some money—and help the planet—with a more energy efficient home. There are many factors that impact the cost to heat your home over the winter. Two top considerations affecting your energy expenses related to your furnace are the type of fuel used to power your furnace (electricity, natural gas, oil or another type of fuel), and the size of your home. A large home will require more power to heat, driving up costs.

One way to keep heating costs under control is to maximize your system’s efficiency. Help your furnace run better by replacing the filter and cleaning the ductwork. Removing built-up dirt and dust helps air move through the system easier, requiring less energy to operate.

Breathing Better Air

In addition to controlling energy costs, a clean heating and air conditioning system improves the overall quality of the air you breathe inside your home. Dirty systems can contribute to poor indoor air quality and health issues, especially in people with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders or certain allergies. Dirt and dust are pulled into the heating and air conditioning system and recirculated through the home up to six times a day. The buildup in the ductwork creates continuous exposure that only duct cleaning can address.

While you’re gearing up for winter, don’t forget to prepare your home by maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning system. It can save you money and help keep you and your family healthy!

By NADCA

How to Save Money on Your Home’s Heating Bill

You may have heard the recent news: This year, homeowners are slated to pay record prices to heat their homes. The average homeowner is likely to see a more than 10 percent hike in heating costs. That figure is particularly distressing when you consider that up to 40 percent of the energy used for heating is wasted. Cleaning your home’s heating/cooling system can do a lot more than improve the quality of the circulating air. It can also make a huge difference in your monthly utility bills and help you save money on your home’s heating bill. Save money with air duct cleaning

The Problem with Dirt

Dust and debris reduce the ability of a home’s heating and cooling system to work properly. Consider that dirty systems—especially dirty coils—use up to 30 percent more energy to heat and cool the home. Meanwhile, dirty filters block airflow through the system, increasing your energy bill and shortening the equipment’s life. Dust and dirt that doesn’t get caught by either the filter or the coils is then blown through the rest of the system. These contaminants build up in the ductwork over time, so the system must work harder and longer to achieve the desired comfort level, using more energy and costing more.

So, what’s a homeowner to do? Start with changing the filter on your furnace. Standard sizes are carried at most major retailers and often cost just a few dollars per filter for a basic filter. Changing the filter regularly can help, but eventually, the system must be cleaned to run at optimum efficiency. This involves bringing in a professional with specialized equipment to trap and remove the dirt and dust that has built up in the system. After a thorough professional cleaning, your home’s heating system will function better and more efficiently, saving you money when it counts.

By NADCA