Outdated and under serviced equipment could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year in unnecessary expenses. The best way to combat soaring gas prices and energy costs is to install high efficiency equipment. The technology in the heating and air conditioning industry today is far superior to the technology of 5-10 years ago. Older furnaces with an efficiency rating of 80% or less are literally blowing hundreds of dollars right out the chimney! Not only do they waste a significant amount of natural gas they also use more electricity to operate.
Furnaces today are 95% efficient and use about as much energy as a 100 watt light bulb to operate. The newer, high efficiency equipment you install today will actually pay for itself in about 5 years by saving you hundreds of dollars on energy consumption.
Installing a programmable thermostat will save about $150.00 a year. The average household is empty for 8 or 9 hours a day during the week. A programmable thermostat works for you when you're not at home by reducing the amount of heating or cooling you use throughout the day and saving you money. The thermostat can be programmed to operate on one schedule during the week and another schedule on the weekend. You can also program the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home while you're sleeping and don't require as much heating or cooling, again reducing energy consumption
and saving money.
Indoor air can be up to 100 times more harmful than outdoor air. Many factors contribute to poor air quality inside your home. Viruses, molds, bacteria, pollen, smoke and pet dander are among the most common. By installing a proper air filtration system you can kill 99.9% of the airborne pollutants that are circulating throughout your home. Cleaner air will improve your overall health with less illness, less allergies and better sleep.
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills approximately 1500 people a year. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and 10,000 people each year need medical attention because of it. There are 2 easy steps you can take to make sure you don't get carbon monoxide poisoning. One is to install a carbon monoxide detector. They are inexpensive, available everywhere and could save your life. The second thing to do is have routine preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling equipment. Routine preventative maintenance can stop gas leaks before they occur.
Regular, annual preventative maintenance is the most important step you can take to maintain the quality and comfort of your home. Neglect is the number one killer of all things mechanical. To keep your equipment running properly and as efficiently as possible it is extremely important that you have it serviced at least once a year. Over time all things break down, it is inevitable. However, you can delay the inevitable and save thousands of dollars with regular, annual preventative maintenance.