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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 Repairs

Winter is coming, so it’s time to think about heat. If you own the correct capacity heater, you know from experience that it’ll keep your family comfortable when the temperatures are freezing outside. Unfortunately, your heating system doesn’t take care of itself. Imagine how easier life would be if you didn’t have to maintain and repair your furnace in your home because it automatically fixes itself when something goes wrong- Not in our lifetime, anyway. Since temperatures are still relatively warm outside, it’s the perfect time to see if your home furnace is working properly. A precision heater inspection that reveals a problem early can give a homeowner enough time to decide what action is needed before the cold weather arrives.


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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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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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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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Prepare Your Home Today For The Fall And Winter Seasons

Since we live in an area that suffers from a cold climate during both fall and winter, a furnace is an essential investment that will keep our home nice and warm. However, it’s vital that your heating unit is prepared before heading into the coldest months of the year, so we’ve put together these tips on how to prepare your furnace for winter.

1. Clean Or Replace The Filter

In almost any unit that blows air – from a tumble dryer to air conditioning – the filter is a vital part of the machinery, and is underestimated by many people in terms of its importance. A clogged filter will restrict the flow of hot air, meaning that the unit will need to work twice as hard to deliver the heat and may also cause the heater to stop working all together. It is vital to replace an old filter with a brand new one before the weather gets really cold.

2. Vacuum The Furnace Interior

The dust and debris


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Solutions to the Most Common Problems

While cooling and heating systems are usually reliable and can last for several years, like any other type of appliance or high-end piece of equipment problems can crop up from time-to-time. Below, we will outline some of the more common reasons why Horizon Services technicians receive calls from our customers needing air conditioning and heating services.

Heed The Warnings Signs

These kinds of problems typically result in a home not being properly cooled in the spring and summer or heated in the fall and winter. Before a cooling and heating system fails, however, it will usually give some warning signs that can alert you to call a professional contractor. By acting quickly, you may be able to address a small issue before it becomes a large problem.

Listen For A Wailing Noise

A common problem involves a wailing noise that may start out as relatively minor but can become very loud. This may be the bearings


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Keeping Energy Costs On The Lower Side

If you want to lower your air conditioning and heating energy costs it will mean your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) — must be working as efficiently as possible. That means any defects in the system must be fixed as soon as they occur.

It is false economy not to spend money on air conditioning and heating repairs because a defective system will only see your energy expenditure rocket. Further delays might even see the air conditioner and heater becoming totally unusable, leading to it having to be replaced and you having to spend a huge sum of money.

Have Your Heating System Serviced Regularly

One of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioning and heating continues to work efficiently is to have it regularly serviced, at least once a year. Of course that will incur added costs, but it need not be as expensive as repairs. What is more, you will be ensuring your property’s continued


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Can You Really Save Energy By Closing Bedroom Doors?

Everyone wants to save on energy costs. One of the most popular ways to save energy in the home is to close doors and vents, especially in rooms which are not occupied. The only problem is this will not save a cent. Energy cannot be saved by closing bedroom doors, or any other door in the home..

Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer And Warm In Winter

To keep your home cool during the summer and warm in the winter, you need to have an efficient HVAC system. This is the system which provides air conditioning and heating. In order for it to work efficiently, air has to be able to circulate within the property. If doors are kept closed, even in unoccupied rooms, the air is not able to circulate freely. This, in turn, will lead to the HVAC system not being able to work efficiently, meaning that energy will be wasted instead of being saved.

Even if doors are closed the air does not even remain within


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Preventative Maintenance Isn’t An Option; It’s A Must

You should never neglect your HVAC. It plays an important part in ensuring your home stays comfortable. In fact, if you neglect your HVAC system it could be potentially dangerous for both your home and family.

At Horizon we offer a wide range of services for your HVAC system all geared towards ensuring it operates efficiently and safely. We offer planned annual maintenance, routine repairs and our skilled technicians will even come out for emergencies. Our rates are affordable and our aim is to provide the best service for our customers.

 

 

Planned HVAC maintenance is a smart investment and here are five reasons why.

1. It’s Inexpensive

Planning to have your HVAC regularly maintained will not cost you the earth. It is far cheaper than having to pay for costly repairs should the system break down. Planned maintenance will also ensure your system works


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