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10 Ways To Reduce Heating Costs

The experts at Horizon Services have assembled 10 ways to reduce the cost to heat your home by increasing system efficiency, programming your thermostat properly, and regularly maintaining your system with preventative care.

1. Upgrade To A High-Efficiency Heating System

Replacing your old, inefficient heating system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to 25%. It is important to get a detailed analysis of your home and current system before purchasing a replacement. Not all homes are created equally and your new system should be personalized to match the exact needs of your home. You want to avoid paying for a system that is too large or too small for your needs. If your new equipment is not properly sized, it may need to overwork to keep your comfortable. This may cause premature failure, inflated energy bills, or inefficient operation.

2. Keep Up With


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Perform Essential Heat Pump Maintenance and Repair

By taking the time to perform essential heat pump maintenance and repair, you can save yourself the hassle and trouble of a malfunctioning unit during the cold weather months.


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Heater Replacement

A home’s heating unit is a very important system, especially during the winter months. Keeping this unit maintained is vital in keeping it running at peak performance. Having the unit maintained before each winter will allow the homeowner to have a reliable heating source. The older the unit becomes, the harder it will be to get the performance needed out of it. Having a unit that runs sluggishly can cost the homeowner a lot of money in wasted energy. Getting a new heater replacement comes with a number of different benefits and here are just a couple to think about.


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Tips for Financing Residential Heating Repairs

One of the biggest concerns for many homeowners is how to pay for service on their heating system. There is no question that even minor repairs can be costly, and if complete replacement is needed, the cost can be unmanageable. The good news is there are many options to consider when it is time to look into financing residential heating repairs or even installing a new home heating system.


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As part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), the Department of Energy (DOE) will make its new energy efficiency mandates effective on April 16, 2015. The new plan will impact all household appliances manufactured for sale in the United States. This includes products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers, clothes washers, and residential water heaters.


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Handy Dandy No-Heat Troubleshooting Checklist

If you notice that your gas furnace is not providing heat, chances are pretty good that you will need the assistance of an HVAC contractor, like Horizon Services. However, there are some common troubleshooting guidelines you should follow prior to calling a professional service technician.

 

In this article, Horizon Services experts share our most helpful no-heat checklist so you can identify and resolve common problems with your non-functioning heating system.

Thermostat Check

  • Is the system selector switch in the “HEAT” position?
  • Is the temperature set at least 3 degrees above current room temperature?
  • If your thermostat is electronic, are the batteries charged? Is the display showing?

For Forced Air Furnaces Only: If your thermostat has a switch to control the furnace fan, switch the fan “ON”. (This switch will


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8 Crucial Parts That Keep Your Heater Running

An efficient running home heating system is vital to the overall comfort of your family throughout the winter season. This climate control device is ultimately responsible for the heating and ventilating of your home. Our experts have compiled 8 essential components of your heating system to help you learn the role each one plays in keeping the house warm during the winter months.

1. Furnace

The furnace is the key component of your heating system. It’s also the largest – requiring substantial space. It’s typically placed in the cellar, your finished basement, the attic, or a special closet designed specifically for that purpose. The main function of the furnace is to heat a supply of air to be distributed to various rooms of your home via the heater. This heating process is accomplished using one of four possible heat sources: combustion (burning natural gas, oil, coal, or propane), electric resistance,


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Is Your HVAC System Prepared For Severe Weather?

For homeowners living in the Northeast corridor, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) preparedness should be part of a comprehensive plan to develop readiness before severe weather strikes, as well as recovery procedures after the storm has passed. During the spring and summer months, the Horizon Services’ footprint is uniquely positioned to be affected by a variety of severe weather events, including damaging thunderstorms producing hail and potentially spinning off tornadoes. Ocean-spawned tropical storms and hurricanes may make landfall as they come up the eastern coastline causing significant damage including flooding to many low-lying areas.

With that, air conditioning and heating systems are susceptible to storm damage in several ways. HVAC preparedness takes into account physical damage from water, wind, and impact, as well as harm from electrical sources. And, since central air conditioning systems


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Proper Placement And Installation Is Vital For Ventilation

Every heating and cooling season homeowners and contractors alike are baffled with trying to figure out fluctuating room temperatures. It’s a strange and sometimes irritating phenomenon. While one room of the house is the perfect temperature another may be hot and uncomfortable or cold and damp depending on the specific season. The fact is that every room of the house settles at a different temperature, but it can drive your energy bills too high trying to compensate.

In this article, Horizon Services experts clear the air and give you the cold, hard facts of how the proper placement and installation of supply registers is vital for ventilation.

Return Vents and Return Grilles

Homes that use forced air for both heating and cooling purposes will have return vents and supply registers. The main function of the return vent is to deliver air, via grilles and ductwork, back to the furnace so


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Save Money By Saving Energy

In today’s tough economic state, we’re all looking for ways to save money without sacrificing comfort. If you’re like most people, you’re already doing some things to cut down on energy, such as lowering the heat at night or turning off lights in unoccupied room. To help you save even more, our experts have put together a quick guide to make your home more energy efficient.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as half of the energy utilized in the home goes to heating and cooling. With that, it is imperative that homeowners make smart decisions about their home’s heating, ventilating, and air condition (HVAC) system.

Home Heating

Heating your home is the largest user of energy and offers the greatest opportunity for cost savings. About 30 percent of your total home energy budget goes for heating.

Here are some tips on saving money on your home heating:

  • Replace Old Heating

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Melting Snow Brings New Challenges

The large amount of snow depth in our region over this winter holds lots of water. For example, each cubic foot of drifted, piled, and/or compacted snow contains approximately 2 to 3 gallons of water. Now with the expected warm up and heavy rain it is imperative that homeowners take proper precautions to minimize serious problems resulting from melting snow and potential flooding.

To help, our experts have assembled a few tips you can employ to make sure your home stays dry.

Clean Gutters

Any home can struggle with water in the basement if the gutters are in disrepair or are clogged from leaves, dirt, snow, and ice. Eave-trough down-spouts should carry the water several feet from a house to a well-drained area. About 2,500 gallons of water will come from a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow depth across the roof. This much water may cause problems if allowed to drain next to the house. With that, it is


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What Should You Do During a Winter Power Outage?

During the winter months, there are many weather-related events such as snow, ice, and wind that can cause a power outage. If the outage is caused by the weather, the outage could either be localized or in some cases wide-spread.

Should you lose power, the first thing to check is your home’s electrical panel to see if you have blown a circuit. If the power is out in your entire neighborhood, you should call your local utility company to report the outage. If the power is out over a more widespread area, it may in fact take a longer time to restore power everywhere.

Here are some valuable tips to remember if you lose power in the winter:

Sunlight

In the daytime, use the warming rays of the sun to keep you comfortable. Open the draperies to get the warmth into your home. Sit out in the sun in a spot away from any wind. You’ll be surprised how quickly you heat up.

Take Shelter

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Discover Valuable Tips and Tricks For Your Home

With another snow storm bearing down on Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Northern Maryland and record cold temperatures expected to follow, our experts here at Horizon Services urge people to heed safety precautions. With that, we’ve developed some quick tips and tricks to help you get through this dangerous weather.

1. Block Window Drafts And Leaks

One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious drafts and leaks around your house, both inside and out. To create a better seal make sure that all of your windows are closed tightly and locked. This can make a big difference in your comfort inside your home, and prevent unnecessary heat loss. Additionally, our experts recommend closing your curtains too, as it adds an extra barrier to help prevent heat loss and block drafts through your windows.

Everyone knows just how awful the aroma of real dirty socks is, and


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What’s That Smell?

Switch on your heating or air conditioning and discover there is a very unpleasant smell, and your HVAC system is probably suffering from what is known as ‘dirty sock syndrome.’

Everyone knows just how awful the aroma of real dirty socks is, and the thought of an equally awful smell emanating from the heating system is the stuff of nightmares. But that is something millions of people have to contend with once the temperature drops and they seek some warmth in their homes.

What Causes Of Dirty Sock Syndrome?

The cause of those nasty odors is simple; bacteria grow in the HVAC system coils. The coils become both cool and damp, creating perfect conditions in which bacteria grow, and when the heating is switched on the nasty smell erupts and the occupants in the property are left puzzled as to what is causing it.

When Can you Notice Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Dirty sock syndrome becomes noticeable when the heating


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The Benefits of Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Your Home

Heating is of benefit for all of us when the temperature drops. There can be dangers, however, when that heat is being produced and it comes in the form of carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the process which produces the heat. If the carbon monoxide is drawn away safely there is no danger. Should the HVAC system malfunction, however, and the room is filled with carbon monoxide, there is a very real danger, and you will not be aware of it. In this day and age when we are making our homes tighter and more energy efficient we are at greater risk of exposing ourselves.

The Silent Killer

When inhaled for a long period of time, carbon monoxide is lethal. The danger of carbon monoxide is compounded by the fact that it cannot be picked up by the body’s senses; you can neither smell nor taste it. This has led to carbon monoxide being dubbed ‘the silent killer’. The only way to detect its


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