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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.

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Learn Effective Ways to Conserve Energy

Whether you use a gas or an electric heating system, a cold fall or winter can put a strain on your utility budget. Taking advantage of a few simple heat saving tips can make the difference between an affordable heating bill and an expensive one.

1. Setting The Thermostat

During the cold weather months, program your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. If you can rest comfortably at a cooler temperature, consider setting it a bit lower during the night.

2. Check Hot Water Temperature Setting

Keep your hot water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough for comfortable showers and baths, and hot enough to use for washing clothes and dishes.

3. Get A Home Energy Audit

Request a home energy audit to find out if you are making full use of your available heating sources, or if you have been losing valuable energy due to air leaks or outdated equipment.


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Avoid Costly Furnace Repairs

If your home heating system operates via a gas furnace, it’s important to learn how to check your unit for common problems before they become severe.  Troubleshooting your gas furnace can help you to avoid costly repair bills that may arise if potential issues are left unattended.

How To Turn On Your Gas Furnace

Generally, a gas furnace is operated through the same thermostat as the air conditioning system.  This means that when the weather turns cold, you can simply turn your thermostat to the ‘warm’ or ‘heat’ setting and then adjust the temperature to your liking.

How To Check and Change Your Furnace Filter

To check the filter, open the front door of the unit and then remove the filter.  You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove the surface dust from a plastic filter, then simply wash it and dry it before


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Find The Right Furnace For Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new furnace for your home, you might find that it can be difficult to select the right model.  There are three different furnace types: gas, oil, and electric.  Depending on your particular home heating needs, you may find that one type is more suitable for your household than another type.  Learning about each furnace style can help you to decide which model to purchase.

Types of Home Furnaces

Each furnace type operates on a different energy source and there are advantages and disadvantages to each model.  Oil furnaces can last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance, which makes them an excellent choice for long-term homeowners.  Oil furnaces are also safer, since the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from them is very low.

Gas furnaces are very reliable, since they run on a natural gas source that cannot


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Time To Start Thinking About Your Home’s Heating System

As the dog days of summer begin their slow fade into fall, we all have to face the fact that winter is coming sooner than we would like it to. Now is a great time to think about your home’s current heating system – as you sip a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade on a hot afternoon under the shade of your favorite tree, of course. Are you ready for winter? 

Consider Air-Source Heat Pumps

If you have an aging oil-fired furnace or an air conditioning system that is more than 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing them with an air-source heat pump. Not only is this the most common type of heat pump, but it is also well suited to homes where the furnace and central air conditioning system need to be replaced simultaneously. The single mechanism will save you money on your initial investment and can improve your home’s energy efficiency in the long term.

Air-source heat pumps are not for


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Hosted by John Costa, Horizon Services’ Installation and Training Manager

The Honeywell VisionPRO®  IAQ is Honeywell’s top of the line programmable thermostat…and the thermostat Horizon Services uses with every heating and cooling system we install. It controls temperature, humidification, dehumidification, ventilation and indoor air quality throughout your entire home, all from one easy-to-use device.

The VisionPRO IAQ eliminates the need for multiple controls in your living space. Everything is managed from a single touchscreen control. Its intuitive logic and menu-driven programming respond to your schedule and preferences for optimal comfort and energy savings. VisionPRO offers you top-of-the-line features like touchscreen interaction, a real-time clock and a large, easy-to-read backlit display.

This 7-part video series explains all that you need to use and operate your Honeywell VisionPRO IAQ programmable thermostat. Click the movie screens


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Heating Installation Commercial (:30 seconds)

Tired of shaking and shivering through another winter season? Hate to see those high heating bills? Install a new heating system from Horizon Services that will keep your home warm and energy efficient.

Horizon Services: The only full-service plumbing, heating, air conditioning, geothermal, drain cleaning and sewer and water line replacement company in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County New Jersey and Maryland that guarantees on-time service, up-front pricing and the job done right and clean the first time!


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“Cold Winter Night” Commercial (:30 seconds)

Do-It-Yourself Dad thinks he can fix that broken furnace himself. His freezing family shivers and shakes through the night…until they wise up and call Horizon Services!

Horizon Services: The only full-service plumbing, heating, air conditioning, geothermal, drain cleaning and sewer and water line replacement company in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County New Jersey and Maryland that guarantees on-time service, up-front pricing and the job done right and clean the first time!


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…and Lower Your Heating Bill!

Properly preparing your home for winter time temperatures can save energy, help keep your winter heating bills under control, and keep you and your family warm and comfortable. Here are 15 simple and economical ways to get the most out of your home heating system and get a better handle on your winter energy bills.

  • Get a Programmable Thermostat. Lowering the thermostat by just one degree Fahrenheit can reduce energy use by 3 percent. With a programmable thermostat, you control exactly when and where heat is run in your home. You can automatically lower the temperature of your home at night when you’re in bed and or during the day when you’re at work. You can also set the heat to run in certain rooms only. Installing one of these devices can pay for itself in energy savings in as early as one season.
  • Air Seal Your Home. Keeping warm air in and cold air out can save


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