Peoples’ everyday lives have to adapt to the changes of seasons in more ways than one. Aside from adaptations due to societal changes-e.g. preparations for tax season-homeowners are constantly faced with the issue of regulating the energy intake of their household. Given the unpredictability of weather recently, people always need to be ready to confront the most extreme circumstances. Whether the seasons bring abnormal temperatures or follow their regular weather patterns, anyone responsible for their energy bill needs to make sure their system runs as efficiently as possible.

Those that are most successful in this endeavor are those that perform the proper preparatory steps to ready their heating and cooling systems for these seasonal changes. Becoming one of these prepared people can save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are some steps to follow that can make your energy bills much more reasonable:

Upgrade Outdated Technology

As with any industry that is heavily based off of technology, inefficient performance often stems from old machinery. This concept applies fully for homeowners looking to decrease their energy bills. Furnaces and central air units that are outdated continue to lose their energy-efficiency and often need to overwork themselves to produce the desired results. Although this may likely be an expensive purchase, it is truly an investment in cost-savings and the preservation of your home in the long run.

Utilize Thermostat Programming

Provided you have a programmable thermostat; many settings can have your system working as little as possible and still producing the exact results you desire. For instance, if the majority of your household is not home during the day, program your thermostat, so your heating and cooling system kicks into gear just before everyone starts coming home. This will assist you to avoid spending unnecessary money and energy. Keep your system off on days when no one is home, especially during vacations. Catering your system’s energy usage to the times when it is needed the most will result in favourable cost savings over time.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Although your system may appear to be operating correctly, you need to make sure no structural problems are causing it to overwork itself. There are two very popular instances in which this is the case. Often, there are leaks in heating and cooling ducts that waste energy constantly. Also, when the filters of your heating and cooling system are dirty, they will require your system to input excessive energy. Ultimately, eliminating these interruptions in air flow will keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

Schedule a Professional Check-Up

Most preparatory measures for your furnace or air-conditioning mechanism can be performed by anyone. However, there is value in having the helping hand of an industry professional. It can be demoralizing to put forth the time and effort to keep your system running efficiently, only to be confronted with more issues you are unable to solve. Thus, having the eyes, ears, and hands of an expert on your side can only be beneficial. They will make sure that all of the equipment involved is ready to perform properly for the long run.

About Colonial Heating & Cooling

Colonial Heating and Cooling is dedicated to its customers. We are a certified air-vent-duct-cleaning company with decades of experience in the industry. We’ve been a member of the Plymouth, MI community since 1973 and have lived by our commitment to quality HVAC services ever since. Through professional installation, a sales staff knowledgeable of HVAC and ancillary services, and a team of technicians who are irreplaceable when it comes to honest technical excellence, we are proud to be a Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer. We feature a variety of products such as Trane Furnaces, a/c units and Trane thermostats.

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Time to turn on the AC!

While most of the country is begging for a few signs of Spring, it is time to turn on the AC!

AC Repair in ScottsdaleIt’s time for spring training games, sunscreen and flip flops; that’s the good news. The bad news is that the temperatures are rising early this year. That means your air conditioner is about to get a workout and you’ll want to make sure neither you nor your unit breaks a sweat. Read more


Spring Cleanup List Begins with HVAC

To keep your house in top shape, give systems an annual checkup.

Spring cleaning is a tradition, but there are some other chores that should be part of your springtime routine, too. Most of them take only a few minutes, so get started!

1. Check your air-conditioning and heating equipment before the beginning of a new season.

2. Check and replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. There are several types from which to choose, depending on your needs. Fiberglass filters last only one month, while the filters typically last three to four months. HEPA filters last up to six months and can be cleaned with a vacuum nozzle.

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Prep Your House for Vacation

Is your home vacation ready? HGTV Magazine tells you how to get things settled before leaving for your summer trip.

Never announce you’re away
Wait until you’re home to post vacation pics on Facebook, advises Allstate insurance agent Jim Towns. Also, turn off the volume on your home phone so the ringing won’t signal an opportunity to passersby, and don’t change your voice mail greeting to say you’re out of town.

Eliminate easy access
According to statistics from the FBI, 61% of burglars use force to gain entry, “but they’ll often look for open doors and windows first,” says Jim Towns. Check that all door and window locks are working (including windows on the second story), and repair any broken glass, particularly in basement windows. Bring in any hidden keys.

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Why is My Furnace Leaking Water?

As outside temperatures cool down, it’s common for homeowners to take stock of their heating system and make sure, “everything looks okay.” And then often what begins as a basic furnace inspection ends with a nervous phone call to our office with the same common question, “Why is my furnace leaking water?”

While there are a variety of explanations for this, we compiled a list of the most common reasons:
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Lately we have been receiving lots of calls regarding our clients furnace not providing enough heat or that it is not working as efficiently as it did  last year.  Their first instinct is to assume they need a new thermostat. While sometimes that is the case, a few other more common factors will cause your heater to work less efficiently. Before you worry your heater is broken and begin furiously looking for heating and air companies, there are a few things that you can do to ensure you are getting the most value out of your furnace. Below are Bell Brothers top three furnace efficiency tips.

Furnace Maintenance Checks
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New Homeowners Checklist Here

JLH Heating checklist to the new homeowners! We will take the time to explain your heating & air conditioning system in terms you will understand. When it comes to your comfort & safety, there are no stupid questions. Please ask.

1. 20 point + Inspection of your HVAC system – making sure it is safe and ready to use. 

  • Check thermostat and calibrate if necessary
  • Check chimney base
  • Clean and check pilots
  • Adjust pilot
  • Check Thermocouple
  • Clean burners
  • Adjust burners
  • Check fan belts
  • Check amperage draw
  • Check furnace filters*
  • Check safety devices
  • Check heat anticipators
  • Check thermostat contacts
  • Check limit control
  • Inspect combustion chamber
  • Check blower wheel
  • Check blower motor and lube
  • Check furnace wiring
  • Check for combustion air
  • Check hot water tank
  • Check gas valve operation
  • Test for gas leaks
  • Check humidifier*
  • Check electrical connections
  • Inspect heat exchanger for leaks
  • Check motors and oil if necessary
  • Check any/all accessories
  • Check and secure all panels
  • Check condensate hoses
  • Request Furnace Repair Service

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8 Simple Furnace Fixes

If your furnace quits or breaks down try these 8 simple furnace fixes before you call for service help. You can solve the problem and avoid a $200 service call.

Required Tools and Materials for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Furnace filter
  • Bleach
  • Metal foil duct tape
  • Hardware cloth, 1/2-in.
  • Electrical tape

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