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Heating & Cooling Tips

Furnace Tips

  • Regularly clean or replace filters on furnace every other month.
  • Check registers to make sure they're being blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Only use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans as needed.
  • Open draperies and shades on the south-facing windows during the heating season to allow sunlight to radiate into your home. Close draperies and shades at night to reduce drafts.
  • Weather strip and caulk around windows and doors. Check storm windows to make sure they have a tight seal.

AC Tips

  • Keep your outside condenser coil clean by washing it once a year. Have Certified Air, LTD. check the blower and clean the indoor coil.
  • Install a minimum of R-30 insulation in attic.
  • Minimize any heat source inside your home. Turn off lights, computers and TV’s when not in use. Cook on your BBQ as often as possible, or use the microwave oven. Use the 'air dry' setting on your dishwasher.
  • Never cover the outside A/C unit with plastic or an air tight cover.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when you're home. If you'll be gone for more than a few hours, it makes sense to set the air conditioning at 85 degrees while you're gone.
  • Close blinds and drapes on the sunny side of your home.
  • Make sure your attic is properly ventilated.  A vent in the eaves allows cooler air to circulate thru the attic. A ridge vent or an attic fan can significantly reduce your cooling costs.
  • Central air conditioners are rated according to their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Replace old equipment with efficient equipment. Make sure the SEER number is 13 or higher.
  • Make sure furniture does not obstruct air conditioning vents. Close off unused rooms and close vents in those rooms.
  • Have Certified Air, LTD. Check the unit’s drain channels. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity.
  • Use fans for air circulation, which use much less electricity than air conditioners.





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