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3 Crafty Ways to Lower Your Heating Costs
16 Nov
By: Climate Control
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Improving the energy efficiency of your heater isn’t the only way to lower your heating costs.

It can get really expensive to stay warm in the winter time, even with a highly energy-efficient HVAC system. Here are a few tricks you can use to stay warm without breaking the bank on your utility bills.

Bundle Up

You can drop your thermostat a few degrees and still stay warm by bundling up. Wearing socks, a sweater or sweatshirt can allow you to stay comfortable even though the overall temperature inside your home is cooler. And having a few extra blankets on the couch or in the bedroom can provide additional warmth when watching television, sleeping or relaxing.

Adjust Your Water Heater

You may not know it, but your water heater could be currently set to heat your water to 140 degrees. But most people can't stand this temperature when washing the dishes by hand or taking a shower. Because there's little point in having water that hot, save a bit of money by lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. You won't even notice the difference, except when you see your heating bill.

Use Candles

Candles make great tools for identifying sources of air leaks around doors and windows. If there is an air leak, it will make the candle flicker or move in the direction of the air flow. Once you identify the air leaks and their locations, you can seal them with caulking or weather stripping. Oh, and the candle will provide a little warmth, too!

For more ways of improving the energy efficiency of your home or office, as well as additional clever ways to reduce heating costs, contact our team at Climate Control before the winter chill arrives.

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3 Best Practices when Switching Your Thermostat from Cool to Heat
09 Nov
By: Climate Control
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With cooler temperatures arriving, it’s only a short time before you starting using your heating and air conditioning unit’s heating ability.

Many heating and air conditioning systems can provide both warm and cool air for your home or office. This means no special arrangements are necessary to start using the heating function of your HVAC system when it starts getting cold outside. Despite this convenience, there are still a few things you should do to ensure effective and efficient heating of your place of business or home.

Practice #1: Inspect Your Condenser Unit

The condenser is the large box-shaped object located outside your building. Because it's outside and exposed to the elements, it will endure significant weathering through the course of the summer. When the weather cools off in the fall and winter, it's very unlikely you'll need to use the condenser unit until next season.

Before shutting it down for the year, give it a good look over and see if it needs any attention. Perhaps some dirt or mud is covering the condenser, or some sticks are stuck in the grill. Minor problems you can probably handle yourself, although if you find more severe problems, consider hiring an HVAC technician to do a formal inspection.

Practice #2 Check Your Air Filters

Your air filters are the primary means of your HVAC system to maintain indoor air quality. Ideally, you will replace your HVAC system’s air filters every few months. The beginning of a new season is a good reminder that your air filters need changing.

With cleaner air filters, your HVAC system will work much easier (and efficiently) to produce the same amount of heated or cooled air. So changing your air filters doesn’t just keep your indoor air clean, but can save money on your energy bill in the long-run.

Practice #3 Check the Thermostat

Without a proper working thermostat, the HVAC system won’t work. So while completing routine tasks, such as checking and changing the air filters, make sure your thermostat is working properly, too. If it runs off batteries, you may need to change them. Also, reexamine the heat programming and confirm it provides the right balance between comfort and cost.

Before switching your heating and air conditioning system from heating to cooling, take a few steps to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the change. If you come across on any issues or concerns, feel free to

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3 Key Furnace Safety Tips
26 Oct
By: Climate Control
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Maintenance agreements offer an easy and effective way to ensure the safe operation of your furnace this winter.

Maintenance agreements are an excellent way to keep your HVAC system not only running efficiently and effectively, but safely. Nowhere is this truer than with your furnace. If a furnace malfunctions, a cold home or office may not be the only thing on your mind. To stay safe, follow these tips:

1. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

A furnace, especially one that burns natural gas, oil or propane, produces deadly carbon monoxide. In a properly operating furnace system, this dangerous gas moves outside through pipes. However, any home or building with a furnace that produces carbon monoxide should have a working carbon monoxide detector. This will detect the presence of the deadly gas should something go wrong with the furnace.

2. Check the Furnace Exhaust

As mentioned above, the carbon monoxide produced by a furnace goes outside where it can safely dissipate into the outdoor air. To make sure this continues, periodically check the furnace exhaust pipes and make sure there are no obstructions. If there is a blockage, the carbon monoxide gas may begin to build up inside the building, harming its occupants.

3. Clean the Air Filter

A clean air filter is great for efficient operation of the furnace and HVAC system as a whole. But another advantage of a free flowing filter is safety. If a filter doesn't have regular cleaning, there will be a potentially dangerous layer of dust which can pose a potential fire risk. The risk of fire from a dirty air filter is small, but you should do everything you possibly can to reduce the risk of that happening.

If you sign up for the right HVAC maintenance agreements, many of these safety tips and tasks will take place automatically during a regularly scheduled visit. To learn more about maintenance agreements, contact our team of experts at Climate Control as soon as you can.

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Three Ways to Protect Your Business from Carbon Monoxide
19 Oct
By: Splash Omnimedia
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Commercial services can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be very deadly and cause tremendous harm to your business.

If you have a business location that has an HVAC system (the chances are pretty good that you do), you may need the help of commercial services. These services can offer advice and maintenance work to make sure your heating and cooling unit is operating efficiently. Commercial services can make sure the HVAC system operates safely as well.

The following is a list of three things you can do to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning:

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

This is one of the most important things you can do to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. You should install these in each room or area where there might be employees or customers. To help streamline these necessary protection tasks, you can use integrated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that will not only detect carbon monoxide but smoke as well.

Inspect Your Furnace Regularly

The heater that burns fuel, such as oil, propane or natural gas, is probably the biggest potential contributor for carbon monoxide. This is because burning these fuels always produces some carbon monoxide. With a properly installed furnace, carbon monoxide will flow outside. But if something goes wrong with this ventilation system, a regular inspection can discover the problem sooner rather than later.

Have Proper Ventilation

If there is a carbon monoxide leak, effective ventilation can help reduce the potential harm. It may not be possible to have open windows and circulation of outside air to the inside during the winter season all the time, but having this ability should the need arise (such as when a carbon monoxide detector goes off) can help reduce any injuries from carbon monoxide.

You can't ignore problems with carbon monoxide. At the first sign of carbon monoxide trouble at your business, contact Climate Control and use its commercial services to figure out what's going wrong. Your quick action can potentially save lives -- including yours! Contact us today!

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