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How to Save More on Your Energy Bills with Heating Repair Service

Let’s face it. One of your home’s biggest monthly utility bills is your electric bill. Furthermore, it is not always easy to stop such increases when they are on the rise. After all, turning off your heating system or other major home appliances is not really an option. Freezing fingers, arms, feet and pipes can be the result of shutting down your heater in the dead of winter. But did you know that with proper heating repair and a regular maintenance regimen, you can easily save money on your energy costs?

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Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient for Heating and Cooling Comfort

A home energy assessment should be your first step in determining why your heating and cooling costs remain high. An auditor uses diagnostic equipment to analyze areas inside the home to determine what solutions can be implemented to solve likely problems. Your local power company might offer this service to you free of charge.

Water Heater Efficiency

The water heater in your home is one of those on-demand appliances most people never think about unless they need to use hot water. The heater temp setting is located at the side of the tank. A recommended temperature of 120 degrees will keep the tank warm enough to provide hot water. An electrician can install a switch so you can control when you need to heat water inside the tank. Installing an insulation blanket around the tank can help save money on electric bills.

The Central Heating Unit

Scheduling a service call with Brown & Reaves Services is an important procedure that needs to be done annually. Most homeowners neglect having professionals service their heating systems each year. This leads to surprise repairs, which they probably could avoid if they had their heating system maintained.

Changing filters can be done by almost anyone. You should at least change the filter every six to eight weeks during heating season. Other problems can develop over time, which require technicians to diagnose and service the unit. You should start thinking about a replacement if your current heating system is over 15 years old.

Doors and Windows

Worn doors and windows are an escape route for heat and cool air. The same can be said about their entry inside a home. You can check for leaks around them by lighting a candle on a windy day and then moving the candle around the frames to check for a flickering flame. This can quickly allow you to determine where any leaks might be located. Weather stripping and caulking are proven methods to eliminate drafty windows and doors. Upgrading windows or doors can decrease energy costs. They also add value to your home once you decide to put it up for sale in the future.

Call Brown & Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your heating system.

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Energy Efficiency and Heating: Three Simple Improvement Tips

You may think that your home’s heating and air conditioning system works fine today, but there are always some ways to improve upon them. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about some ways you can further improve your home’s energy efficiency. As it cuts down on your monthly bills, these steps will help your family stay comfortable throughout the year.

Here are some ways to improve your home's energy efficiency.

Have Your Home Audited

Every homeowner should have an energy audit carried out at least once every three or four years. During these audits, a technician will go over every inch of your home in order to find energy efficiency problems. This might include cracks around windows, open vents, insufficient insulation, and damage to the ducts. After the audit has been carried out, you will be given an itemized list of changes you can make to your home to improve its energy efficiency.

Seal Up Your Attic

If your attic is not properly sealed, then you might be dealing with unnecessarily high heating bills. As heat rises and collects in the attic, your HVAC system will struggle to keep the rest of your home warm. Warm air will often escape through small cracks around vents, cracks between rolls of insulation, thin insulation, and thin exterior walls.

Install a WiFi Thermostat

A WiFi thermostat is an excellent upgrade for anyone who is looking to cut back on their energy consumption. Unlike traditional thermostats that can only be accessed while you are home, these advanced devices allow you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world. Instead of leaving the heat or air conditioning on all day, you can simply turn it on right before you get home through your personal mobile app on your smart phone or tablet.

If you have any questions about heating or energy efficiency, call Brown & Reaves Services at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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Don’t Burn The House Down Trying To Save Money On Heating

As temperatures plummet and heating subsidies sit on the government’s chopping block, cash-strapped consumers may look to alternative options for heating their home this winter.

While many of these options can be used safely, they can create a risk of fire and other hazards if they’re not carefully installed and maintained.

A fire or other catastrophe could more than cancel out the savings from using alternative energy. Here’s how to lower your risk:

  1. Only use items intended for heating. Experts advise against using a propane grill or kitchen oven to stay warm, because materials in or near those devices could ignite, causing a fire. Always use the type of fuel intended for your device.Wooden Fireplace
  2. Choose your heating device carefully. Not all heating devices are created equal. Look for heating devices that have been tested by an independent laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If so, the UL label should appear on the packaging. Newer ceramic space heaters tend to pose less of a fire hazard than the space heaters used a few decades ago. If you’re taking an old heater out of the attic, make sure the cord isn’t frayed. Avoid using an extension cord with a space heater, but if you must, a No. 14-gauge or larger wire is your safest option.
  3. Get it professionally installed. If you’re using a stationary device such as a pellet or wood stove or a fireplace, it’s a good idea to have it installed by a professional technician. They’re going to know things like how far to place it from the wall and the type of chimney or flue that should be installed. If you do decide to go the DIY route, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and consider having it inspected either by the building inspector or the fire marshal in your community. Also find out if your community requires a permit for a fireplace or stove.
  4. Maintain your devices. Regular maintenance, like having your stove or chimney inspected annually, can help prevent fire hazards such as an animal nesting your chimney during the off-season. The device’s manual should contain instructions on maintenance but not everyone reads it carefully enough. It’s really important that you only operate the heat system along the lines of the label requirements. For instance, most devices should be placed on a noncombustible base. They sell mats you can put down to make sure that it’s not sitting on a floor covering that’s combustible.

You’ll also need a noncombustible container with a lid for removing ashes from a fireplace or stove. Even with metal containers, after you empty the stove or the fireplace, store it outside.

With any alternative heating option, it’s important to have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. Test the alarms at least once a month and replace the batteries twice a year. As you change your clocks [for daylight savings], it’s a good reminder to change the batteries.

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