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3 Tips to Save on Energy Bills While Vacationing

June 10th, 2014 by

Home Comfort Experts Vacay TipsDon’t let your Northern Indiana or Southwest Michigan home suck money from your wallet while you’re on summer vacation this year. Follow these three tips from Home Comfort Experts before you head out of town.

 

Close the Blinds for Efficiency

Don’t make your AC system work any harder than it has to while you’re away. The harder your air conditioner has to work to stay at a steady temperature, the more energy it has to use, and the more money it’s costing you. One way to make sure your air conditioner will continue working efficiently is to close all the blinds and drapes in your home. This trick can help prevent solar gain {heat energy from the sun’s rays, which can heat up your home when the blinds are open). Government studies show medium-colored blinds or draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by 33%. Not to mention, keeping your blinds closed while you’re away is also a good security measure so strangers or burglars can’t see into your home.

 

Tweak the Thermostat

By just adjusting the dial on your thermostat instead of turning it off, you will avoid a host of problems when you return home. If you turn off your AC all together, you will return to a stale and sticky home, which can cause furniture and walls to absorb moisture and humidity. This can also tax your system even more when you get home and turn the air conditioning back on. And if that heat and humidity seeps into your refrigerator, it will also have to work harder to keep your food cool, and cost you more money. For every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer, you can save 2-3 percent of your electricity bill.  Ask your Home Comfort Expert technician how much they recommend you adjust your thermostat while you’re away on vacation. And be sure to use your programmable thermostat if you have one. You can adjust the temperature by date. That means you can come back to a comfortable home the day you return.

 

Power Down & Turn Off Electronics

Make sure you don’t waste energy by keeping your electronic devices, lamps, etc., turned on or plugged into the outlets in your home. Unless these devices serve a security purpose, unplug everything. Even if electronics are turned off, they can still suck energy if they are plugged into an outlet, wasting your money. If you need to keep some lights on for security purposes, make sure to install compact fluorescent bulbs, which are more energy efficient and last longer than regular bulbs. An added benefit to unplugging electronics is that if there is a storm while you’re gone, they are protected from any power surges.

For more air conditioning tips or services, call the Home Comfort Experts.

Make Sure Your Air Conditioner is Blowing Cold Air, Not Cash

May 5th, 2014 by

save money on air conditioningWant to get the most out of your home’s air conditioner? Home Comfort Experts put together our best money and energy-saving tips for homeowners. Whether you live in the greater South Bend area or Niles, Michigan, keep your home cool and comfortable this summer by following these steps.

 

Schedule a Tune-Up for Your HVAC System

Have you had an AC tune-up this year? If not, now is the time to schedule one with Home Comfort Experts. Regular tune-ups can keep your system working more efficiently, help prevent breakdowns, prolong the life of your system, and save you money. It’s good insurance to get the maintenance now, before your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer.

 

Freshen Up Furnace Filters

Furnace filters are a first line of defense for your home. They screen out dust, pollen, and pollutants from the air. Once the filters are overloaded with gunk, they are no longer doing their job to protect your family from the elements, and this is especially important if anyone in your family has asthma or allergies. Clean filters are also going to save you money. Clogged filters restrict the airflow, putting added strain on your heating and air conditioning system’s fan motor. The harder your system has to work, the more energy it’s eating up, and the more money it will cost you. It’s important to clean filters or replace them every couple of months.

 

Adjust Your Thermostat to Save More

Adjusting your thermostat is a great alternative to turning your AC system off altogether. Instead, turn up your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees when you’re not home. Another great way to save is to keep your air conditioner somewhere between 75 and 78 degrees at all times. All this can save you up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bills.

 

For more money and energy saving tips when it comes to your air conditioner, read our blog post on The Biggest Air Conditioning Mistakes Most Homeowners Make.

 

Make Your Fans Work for You

Ceiling fans can be a great money saver in the warmer months. They can supplement your air conditioner set at a higher temperature, and still make a room feel eight degrees cooler. Make sure to adjust your fans to spin counter clockwise, so it creates a downdraft of cool air.

 

To save even more this season, check out our Special Offers on our website.

 

To keep your family comfortable this season, call the Home Comfort Experts.

Heat Pump Thermostats — When Used Correctly — Optimize Performance

February 24th, 2012 by

Heat pumps are energy-efficient choices for year-round home comfort in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, using less energy than many other systems to both heat and cool your living spaces.

 

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