10 Smart Ideas to Heat your Home for Less

10 Smart Ideas to Heat your Home for Less

Budget-Friendly Ideas to Save on Home-Heating costs

(BPT) – As cooler temperatures begin to sweep the nation, homeowners are turning on their heat for the first time in months. With every degree increase on the thermostat, utility bills follow suit.

A warm, comfortable home shouldn’t cost you a small fortune. Luckily, there are some simple strategies for combating the chill while lowering heating costs at the same time.

Change the filters
The summer and fall months are a prime time for airborne allergens and microbes, which can clog furnace filters and inhibit airflow. This makes your furnace work harder and in turn, costs you more. Change your filters monthly to help open airflow and save money.

Embrace the sun
Want to help heat your home for free during the winter? Pay attention to the sun. Try opening curtains on south-facing windows and the radiant heat from the sun will help naturally heat your home. Just remember to close them at night to keep out the evening chill.

Use a programmable thermostat
You can save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply adjusting your thermostat 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Use a programmable thermostat to change the temperature for time periods you are sleeping or away from home. Some air conditioning systems can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app like “Smart AC,” which works seamlessly with LG duct-free systems, allowing the homeowners to wirelessly connect, control and monitor the temperature through an easy-to-use smartphone app.

Consider installing a duct-free mini-split system to provide zoned heating
Instead of moving air through ductwork as central heating and air conditioning systems do, duct-free systems deliver warm conditioned air directly into a room. Duct-free systems like those from LG provide high-performance zone heating, allowing homeowners to keep their bedrooms toasty warm at night when it’s frigid outside, while turning the heat down (or off!) in the rest of the home to help save energy.

Clear heat registers
One common mistake homeowners make is covering heat registers with furniture, toys or other items that block the heat flow. To improve heating efficiency, inspect all heat registers in your home and remove anything that’s blocking them.

Seal leaks and lock windows
Phantom heat loss is a huge energy drain. Test for leaks by using a flashlight to see if light filters through cracks or try pulling a dollar bill through. Then, seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs, chimneys and recessed lights with spray foam. Use caulk and weather stripping to seal windows and doorway drafts. Don’t forget to close and lock windows and doors. Locking pulls the components tight against the weather-stripping to block cold air from entering the home.

Consider installing an Energy Star certified heating system
Energy Star certified energy-efficient products provide superior performance while saving energy to help lessen the impact on the world around us. The EPA Energy Star program identifies heating and cooling products that are energy efficient and can save you money.

Use your fireplace wisely
The warmth and ambiance of a wood-burning fireplace are hard to beat on a chilly day. But to ensure you don’t lose valuable heat when the fireplace is not in use, always remember to close the damper when the fire is completely out.

Fill attic insulation
When was the last time you checked your attic’s insulation? Heat rises – so if you don’t have proper insulation in your attic, you’re losing money. Start by checking to make sure insulation is evenly spread throughout your attic. Then, visit energy.gov/energysaver/insulation to learn recommended insulation amounts for your region.

Lower your water heater temperature
Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consider setting your water heater to a lower setting of 120 Fahrenheit and you’ll still enjoy hot showers without a utility bill that will scald you.

HVAC Furnace Maintenance Is Crucial For The Upcoming Ohio Winter

HVAC Furnace Maintenance Is Crucial For The Upcoming Ohio Winter

Hello to all of our valued customers.  My name is Shawn, Owner/Operator of Advance Heating and Cooling.  We are a furnace repair HVAC furnace maintenance is crucial for the upcoming wintercompany, HVAC repair company and AC repair company in Columbus.  I have been helping our clients to save money every winter, and I want to talk about the basics of furnace repair today and why it is so important to keep your furnace maintained.

Every winter, we hear things from our clients like… “I did not think it was going to be so cold” or ” I only expected a mild winter” and it surprises me every time. Why does it surprise me? Because I have been servicing furnaces and air conditioning units for a decade in and around Central Ohio, and pretty much each year has its period of very cold weather.  This year, they are predicting a snowier than usual forecast ( ask the Farmers!) so now is the best time to have your furnace service work completed.  Right now we have appointments available daily, and things are on schedule. But please understand,if you wait, like a lot of other homeowners in Central Ohio do, then you may be delayed and be stuck in the cold because our technicians are helping other customers.

You should have a furnace check done now, to avoid any delays.  We will come into your home, inspect your system and let you know if we find anything of concern to us.  We will always explain to you what we find, and if we do not find anything wrong, we will perform the cleaning of your furnace, vacuuming excess dirt and grime, check your blower and motors AND if you act now, we will also check your carbon Monoxide levels for FREE ( This is a $39 Value). This will give you peace of mind knowing that your furnace has been cleaned, checked and is ready for the winter.

In the event you need a furnace replacement, we will give you a free written estimate of what it will take to replace your furnace.  We never want this, and we always work to repair your current system.  However, sometimes the furnace you have is just not worth fixing, or will still be so inefficient after the repair, that we will explain how the savings from your electric and gas bill will help offset the cost of a new furnace.

In addition, if you do need a furnace replacement, then we now can offer special financing opportunities and offer you ZERO PERCENT DEFERRED INTEREST FOR 13 MONTHS!(with approved credit).

So, don’t get stuck in the cold! Give us a call today at 614-321-4756 and schedule your Furnace Checkup Today!





HVAC Installation Columbus

HVAC Installation Columbus

So your furnace is causing you problems and you do not know where to turn. What should you do?

Do you need an HVAC Installation in Columbus? Well, now is the time to find out. But how can you? When you call Advance Heating and Cooling for your HVAC Installation Columbus, you will immediately see why hundreds of homeowners all across Central Ohio are raving about the folks at Advance.

They will take their time to inspect your HVAC installation, and see what problems you may have. When they are complete, they will show you what the problem is and present you a written quotation on how to fix the problem. In many case, a HVAC Installation Columbus can be avoided and should.

Why should you replace your furnace when you can repair your furnace? Why should you spend unnecessarily when you can be frugal and get the most out of your HVAC Installation Columbus.You should not.

But when it is too late for your old furnace or AC, and your current HVAC system is just too far out of date, or just not worth repairing, then we will work with you and explain to you why Advance Heating and Cooling is the perfect company for you. We will also help you get financed if needed for your HVAC Installation Columbus, and we will get the system installed as quickly as possible. Sometimes, we can get installed even the very next day!

So, when deciding on which furnace repair company or ac repair company to choose, choose Advance Heating and Cooling and we will get you back to being comfortable all day and night long!

7 Big Mistakes You’re Making With Your Air Conditioner

7 Big Mistakes You’re Making With Your Air Conditioner

Are you changing your AC filters?

All-time summer heat records keep buckling under the weight of rising global temps—a trend that hits home, literally and figuratively, when you receive your monthly air conditioning bill. Unfortunately, mistakes you’re making with your home AC may be undercutting its efficiency, effectiveness, and safety, experts say. “If you have a badly maintained system, it can become contaminated with microorganisms that may be harmful if inhaled,” says Mark Mendell, a staff scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Indoor Environment Group. Mendell mentions asthma problems and allergies as some of those possible harms. Here are seven of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to home AC, and some simple adjustments that can save your lungs and wallet.

You Aren’t Changing or Cleaning Your AC Filters

At a minimum, you should be changing the filter on your central AC unit once every three months—and as often as once a month if your system is running all the time. Neglect this chore, and a dirty filter can lead to poor air flow or freezing up of your unit’s evaporator coil, says James Braun, a professor of engineering and director of the Center for High Performance Buildings at Purdue University. A filthy filter could add 5% to 15% to your AC bill, and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system. Fortunately, replacement filters are pretty cheap—usually less than $10. If you have ductless “split” AC units, there should be a removable panel on your unit that will allow you to wipe off the filter with a rag—no replacement necessary.

You’re Not Having Your System Serviced Annually

You could look up online video tutorials about cleaning your AC unit’s coils and fins—necessary maintenance operations that keep your system up and running efficiently, Braun says. You could also bring in a pro to service your system once a year. The U.S. Department of Energy offers some tips when searching for AC service contractors.

You Don’t Have a Programmable Thermostat

Maybe you’re one of those superhumans who always remembers to adjust the thermostat before leaving the house. But if you’re like the rest of us, a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds on your annual AC bill by automatically raising the temp at those times of day when you’re at work or away from home, Braun says. Newer phone-controllable “smart” thermostats make programming even simpler, he adds.

You’re Setting Your Thermostat Too Low

Research shows the human body is capable of adapting to hot or cool temperatures pretty quickly—like within a week or two. When you consider you’ll cut up to 3% off your AC bill for every degree you raise the temperature—not to mention the potential environmental benefits of lowering your AC use—it’s worth sweating through that adjustment period and setting your thermostat somewhere in the high 70s (or higher if you can handle it).

You’re Not Taking Full Advantage of Fans

Any type of fan, but especially ceiling fans, can help keep cool air circulating throughout your home. That removes some of the burden from your AC system, Braun says. Just be sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise during the summer, which promotes greater air flow.

Your Thermostat and/or Vents Are Poorly Positioned

If the sun or a nearby lamp blasts your thermostat for big chunks of the day, that could throw off its readings and cause it to crank your AC even though your place is pleasantly cool. Especially if you’re away during the day, you may not realize your system is working overtime due to a misplaced thermostat, Braun says. Blocking AC vents with furniture or curtains can also limit air circulation. Unless you spend a lot of time huddled under your sofa, you’ll want to be sure your AC vents are unobstructed.

You Don’t Have Blinds Or Curtains

Bright sunlight is your AC system’s nemesis. By closing blinds and sliding curtains to block the sun’s rays, you’ll also shield your space from the sun’s heat, experts say.

6 tips to reduce your cooling costs during this sweaty Ohio Summer

6 tips to reduce your cooling costs during this sweaty Ohio Summer

6 tips to reduce your cooling costsFans create a wind chill effect that cools people down, not the whole room.

Americans have taken heat for our so-called obsession with air conditioning. But just because we consider it a necessity doesn’t mean we aren’t looking for ways to save on cooling costs this summer. Upgrading appliances to Energy Star-rated, green, energy-saving machines often tops the list of ways to trim your energy bill. But for those sweating in an apartment, upgrading appliances often isn’t an option. So what can renters do to beat the heat while keeping energy costs down during the sweltering summer months?

Cool yourself first

Before you crank up the AC, find ways to chill your body naturally. Staying hydrated is the first step to cool off, but Dr. Kyle Smith, a family physician who practices in Maryland, warns that not all liquids are created equal.

“Both alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, so when you’re trying to stay hydrated it’s important to drink water or a drink like Gatorade,” he says.

Look for other savings

If you can’t bear to turn down the AC, trim down other costs on your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, 5 percent of the average home’s electric bill comes from lights. So do an extra check of all lamps before you leave home.

While you’re at it, unplug your cellphone charger: Electronics that are plugged in, but not currently in use, spend “vampire power.” While most everyday devices create vampire power that adds only pennies over the year, cable boxes and sleeping computers — even laptops — can add about $20 together in standby power alone. Double that if your cable box is equipped with DVR.

Keep your AC in shape

According to Joel Cohn, legislative director of the District’s Office of the Tenant Advocate, “There is no requirement that a landlord must provide AC.” If air conditioning is provided, Cohn says, there are some rules: AC units must be inspected annually and maintained in good working order, and AC must be provided for a minimum period of time, typically May 15 through September 15. If your landlord is keeping your AC unit in good shape, your energy costs will be lower. You can help by cleaning or replacing air filters in your unit monthly.

Get what you pay for

Gaps or cracks around air vents, windows and doors allow cooled air to leak out. For the price of a tube of caulk and 30 minutes of your (or your landlord’s) time, you can seal up gaps and keep the air you’re paying for where it belongs.
Keeping doors closed to rooms that aren’t in use also keeps you from having to pay for a cool — but empty — room. When you’re at work, try closing bedroom and bathroom doors to keep rooms cooler.

6 tips to reduce your cooling costs

Move the air that’s there

Corby Lyons O’Connor rents a townhouse in Alexandria and owns property in Florida, so she’s no stranger to keeping cool in a humid climate. Her favorite solution: ceiling fans. “I use those in the bedrooms and would like one in the dining area,” she says. “I prefer them over the air conditioning.”

Fans create a wind chill effect that cools people down, not the whole room. And while ceiling fans are the most efficient, a box fan or another portable fan will get the job done, too. The Department of Energy says that using a ceiling fan allows you to set the thermostat about 4 degrees warmer and be just as comfortable.

Listen to your body

Unless you are very old, young or ill, there’s no medical reason to panic if your air conditioning goes on the fritz during the summer (or you want to try going without, for serious savings). “If the human body is working normally, even if you’re exposed to external warmth, your body temp should stay the same,” says physician Kyle Smith. “For the vast majority of people, air conditioning and keeping cool is purely for comfort.”


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