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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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For A Limited Time, Horizon Services is Offering Electric And Gas Heater Tune-Ups For Only $59*!

Avoid costly breakdowns this winter with a precision tune-up that increases your system’s efficiency and lowers energy bills. For a limited time, it’s only $59!

Benefits Of A Heater Tune-Up

  • Extends The Life Of Your System: A precision tune-up will catch small problems before they become larger, more serious issues
  • Avoid Costly Repairs: A recent analysis of 2,400 service calls revealed that up to 65% of heating repairs could have been avoided with regular maintenance
  • Stress-Free All Winter: Our tune-up guarantees your heater against breakdowns for the entire winter season, or your money back
  • Lower Cost To Heat Your Home: After our tune-up, your heater operates more efficiently

*Offer through February


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Save $42.50 Off Any Heating or Air Conditioning Service Call (Expires March 31, 2016)


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$125 Off Any Heating or Air Conditioning System Installation (Expires September 30, 2015)


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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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Five Energy Conservation Habits

As anyone who’s ever done so knows, running a home is not a cheap affair. Because of this, it’s vital that anyone in charge of paying the bills does what they can to help keep costs down. One of the most effective ways of doing so is to consider a house’s energy efficiency; after all, energy bills are expensive.

These tips should help you cut costs:

Turn Out The Lights

This is one of the most common ways that homeowners rack up energy costs without even really thinking about it. Where possible, it’s important to ensure that you turn the lights off when you leave the room. Another tip for keeping lighting costs down is to use energy efficient bulbs, which can be purchased from most stores these days. You’d be amazed how much of a difference this can make.

Watch Home Heating Costs

Central heating is another resource that really can pile on the bills if you’re not careful. This is especially the


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Avoid A Potential Nightmare In Your Home

Any homeowner knows that winter always brings with it a number of problems and things to deal with – not to mention the inevitable rise in heating bills! It remains an excellent idea to prepare your home and the surrounding area for the colder months in the fall to ensure that nothing too bad occurs.

Keep An Eye On The Plumbing

Perhaps the most common problems to arise during the winter in poorly insulated or leaky older homes are issues with the plumbing, especially with the water within the pipes acting as water does when it’s heated, then cooled right down, then heated up again! It’s important to make sure that before the cold hits, any visible pipes within the house are covered using either insulation or heat tape. Also, on particularly cold nights it’s important to try and let the faucets drip a little bit to prevent them freezing up. Try to drain the pipes of any excess water before things cool down as


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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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Mark Aitken, the Co-Owner of Horizon Services, Featured in The Women’s Journal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Wilmington, DE / Audubon, PA / Mount Laurel, NJ; May 22, 2013) — Horizon Services, Inc. — the premier residential plumbing, heating, air conditioning services and equipment installation company in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Northeastern Maryland — was featured in the April/May 2013 edition of The Women’s Journal.

Mark Aitken is the co-owner and driving force behind the growth of Horizon Services, a full-service residential plumbing, heating and air conditioning company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, with additional offices in Audubon, Pennsylvania and Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

With over 330 full-time employees, including 26 customer service representatives (available 24 hours a day), and 195 service trucks, Horizon Services is the largest and most trusted home


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