Tips to avoid furnace repair this winter

Tips to avoid furnace repair this winter

(BPT) – Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter – 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration – but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big difference.

“There are several simple, inexpensive ways consumers can save money on utility bills this winter, and still stay warm and comfortable as temperatures begin to drop,” said Jill Murphy, a home heating and energy efficiency expert with Lennox Industries. “By taking the initiative to weatherproof their home before the start of the cold-weather season, homeowners will be able to enjoy a warmer and more energy-efficient house.”

To help consumers combat high utility bills and achieve optimum indoor comfort this winter, Murphy and Lennox suggest a few easy tips for staying safe, dry and comfortable as the cold comes:

The attic. The attic is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heat loss. Without adequate attic insulation, your heating system will have to work harder and will be less effective as it tries to maintain a warm temperature in the home. Statistics show that older homes, especially those built before 1980, often don’t have enough insulation.

Windows and doors. Air leaks caused by cracks or holes around windows and doors can enable warm indoor air to escape and cold outside air to seep in, preventing you from maintaining a consistent indoor temperature. Murphy suggests sealing cracks with caulk or weather stripping.

Exterior walls. It’s also important to look for cracks and holes around the perimeter of your home. To identify air leaks in outside-facing walls, try holding a candle near suspect areas to reveal drafts and then seal leaks with caulk or weather stripping.

Fireplace and chimney. To prevent warm indoor air from escaping the home, Murphy also reminds homeowners to keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use; however, always make sure the damper is fully opened before starting a fire. You also should inspect the chimney cap to ensure that the chimney won’t have a smoke or water leak when you fire it up this winter.

Heating system. Keeping your heating system running efficiently is the most significant way to reduce utility bills and stay warm this winter. To reduce the potential for a breakdown in the middle of winter, Murphy recommends having your furnace inspected by certified technicians before old man winter arrives, and consider replacing a system that is more than 15 years old.

Programmable thermostats. To further maximize savings on your heating bills, Murphy recommends installing a smart thermostat, such as the Lennox iComfort E30, which works with Amazon Alexa smart home devices and is compatible with any brand of HVAC system.

The roof. The roof is your home’s first defense against falling rain, ice and snow, so it’s important to inspect it to make sure shingles are in place to prevent water from seeping inside the house. If large gaps are found, hire a professional roofing company to repair the problem areas.

By making a few minor adjustments around the house, homeowners can help alleviate safety concerns and reduce the amount of wasted energy, all while staying comfortable during the chilly season. To learn more about home energy efficiency and how to save money on utility bills, visit https://www.lennox.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lennox.

 

Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

(BPT) – Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your

Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.

Beyond inconvenience, widespread and long-term power outages resulting from storms raise a much more serious concern: carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. While the poisonous gas can come from any fossil fuel-burning appliance or vehicle, the risk posed by generators is of particular concern because of this year’s devastating storm season.

“Simple preparation, along with an understanding of the risks of CO, are key factors for protecting your home and loved ones both during storm season and throughout the year,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. “The risk of CO can occur anytime – not just during emergencies – which is why installing and regularly testing CO alarms are an integral part of any home safety plan.”

What is CO?

Often dubbed “the silent killer,” the gas is colorless and odorless, making it impossible to detect without a CO alarm. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths each year.

CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. Symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.

Sources of CO may include, but are not limited to, generators, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, appliances or cooking sources using coal, wood, petroleum products or other fuels emitting CO as a by-product of combustion. Attached garages with doors, ductwork or ventilation shafts connected to a living space also are sources of CO.

What should you do?

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BRRR…Weather is changing to fall – Is your furnace ready?

BRRR…Weather is changing to fall – Is your furnace ready?

So it’s that time of year again. Fall time.  When the leaves start changing well so do the morning temperatures here in Central Ohio.

So, when you turn your furnace on does it make some strange noises? Maybe it’s blowing cold air still? Uh oh- Then it’s time to find out why.  You roll downstairs and you listen to the sound of your furnace.  Do you hear any leaking sounds? How about the dreaded clanking? is this a word??? Well anyways, let’s get back to why you are here. Furnace repair in Columbus.

Now that you hear something not quite right or worse, don’t feel that warm air you were expecting what can you do.  You can run to youtube and try and become a DIY’er but this is not recommended.  Because there is electric and gas involved, these two elements could really endanger you if not handled properly.

We recommend instead, that you call the experts at Advance JHeating and Cooling.  We will come out, most days- same day – and inspect what is going on.  We will explain what that sound is or why the heat is not blowing, give you the details and always try and repair your issues first.  We don;t just sell you a new furnace.  Furnaces are being made better and better each year and many of the parts are swappable so we will do our best to keep the costs down for you.

So when your furnace is need of attention and repair, let the experts at Advance Heating and Cooling help you.

Where comfort starts HERE!

 

 

If you are looking for an AC Repair Company in Columbus or a Furnace Repair Company in Columbus – You have come to the right place!

If you are looking for an AC Repair Company in Columbus or a Furnace Repair Company in Columbus – You have come to the right place!

If you turn on your AC and it’s just not cooling you down, what do you do? Turn it down more? Who can afford to do that these days? We are a Local HVAC Business here in Central Ohio and we pride ourselves on taking care of our customers.  Maybe there is only a few items needed to get your current furnace back and running.  We will help you to determine if we can first fix any problems.  This has helped our customers save thousands of dollars each year!

Give us a call today at 614-321-4756 and we will inspect your Air Conditioning Unit and your Furnace as well and we will repair it when possible. In the event that your furnace needs replaced, we will provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE for your Home Furnace or AC so you can know you are making the right decision for you and your family’s comfort and budget.  So when you are looking for the best HVAC company in Columbus, look no further than Advance Heating and Cooling. Where comfort starts here!

If you are looking for an AC Repair Company in Columbus or a Furnace Repair Company in Columbus – You have come to the right place!  We service customers living in all of Franklin and Licking Counties and throughout Central Ohio.

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