HVAC Tips To Keep Energy Costs Down While Keeping Your Bucks County Home Warm

In the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA area, homeowners and business owners will generally start turning on their heating system in October and use it almost daily until March or April.

Pennsylvania households consume an average of 96 million Btu per year, 8%
more than the U.S. average. Pennsylvania residents also spend 16% more than
the average U.S. households for energy consumed in their homes.

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Consumers will likely pay record prices to heat their homes this winter, with a particularly big jump expected in heating oil bills, according to a recent report showing how a recent surge in oil prices could hit homeowners.

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia’s top HVAC specialists, put together a list of tips to help ease some of the cost of heating your home. These simple but effective tips can help minimize some of the energy costs increases typical of the winter season.

Black Out Curtains

During the day utilize the natural and free heat from the sun. Open your curtains and let the sunlight flood your home from every window possible. In the evening shut your curtains, preferably blackout curtains which do a fantastic job of keeping the heat in your home and prevents too much leakage through your window. H

Use a Heating Timer On Your Central Heating

HVAC Philly suggests programming your boiler, furnace, or heat pump to activate the heating about 30 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning. Furnaces and boilers heat up at a consistent speed no matter what you sent your temperature to.

Unblock Your Heating Vents

Although it can be tempting to set up your sofa right in front of your heating vent to capture all the warmth, it’s not actually doing much good for keeping your whole home warm. When furniture blocks your heating vents or radiators they absorb the heat making your heater work extra hard to heat the whole home. A harder working furnace equals a larger energy bill.

Insulate Your Home

Insulation is the best investment you can make in a long-term residence. Even if you go for more expensive materials and pay a hefty price upfront, you’re almost sure to recoup that money with lower utility bills over time. If you don’t have the money to do your entire house, consider one area at a time. Learn more about the types of insulation available, the areas in your home to insulation and more cost considerations involved in home insulation.

Keep Your Water Tank Insulated

For those that have a hot water tank, be sure that it is kept properly insulated. This will keep the water in the tank, warmer for longer, reducing costs.

Turn Down The Heat

You may be thinking this the OPPOSITE of what we are trying to do, however, research has shown that turning your thermostat down by at least 1 degree could actually cut your heating bill by almost 10%. Quite frankly you’d be surprised what your comfort level actually is. One degree is barely perceptible, yet it makes a big difference.

Locate The Draughts and Block Them Out

I know we’ve all had a grandmother or mother who made their own little draught excluder in front of their back and front door. This is not only a fun little DIY craft for you and your family to do, but it is also a smart way to prevent heat from escaping through the little cracks in the doors. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are fairly inexpensive and simple to install.

Upgrade Your Furnace Or Boiler

If your furnace is approaching the end of its effective lifespan,  it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. If a lot of your money is going into repairs, or your energy bill is continuously increasing despite trying to implement some of these tips, it would be best to contact your local Bucks County, PA, HVAC specialist.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

Ways To Save Money When Installing a New AC Unit

By just replacing your old broken, energy-sapping air conditioning unit, you can save money right away. Newer models are always more efficient on energy usage than older models. It simply makes sense, and with Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) seeking a 2.2% energy increase in 2018, it will really make an impact on your money saving.

In addition to replacing your outdated air conditioning system, there are additional ways in which you can save money when you are choosing your new AC unit and having it professionally installed.

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HVAC Philly, Philadelphia’s top-rated AC repair, AC replacement, and AC maintenance professionals, explain the top two ways to save the most money when you replace your air conditioning unit.

  • If your air conditioning system is around the 12-15 year age range, you most likely are aware that it is definitely time to replace it. What you should also consider is replacing your furnace in conjunction with your AC unit. By doing both jobs simultaneously, you can save significantly in the long run. You will be able to be sure that the new thermostat you get to fit with your new air conditioning system also works perfectly with your updated furnace as well.
  • Applying for financing: HVAC Philly provides several financing options to their customers in the greater Philadelphia region such as Home Projects® Visa Credit Card, and Keystone Help® Loan Program, that can help you pay for energy efficiency upgrades to your home.

Most importantly, if you implement changes to your whole house to increase energy efficiency by investing in components like a smart thermostat, upgraded insulation, and double pane, energy efficient windows, any of these, it will be more favorable for you to get assistance in paying for through financing options. These programs are easy to qualify for and generally include no interest and no money down, provided you have some equity in your home to draw from.

If you are considering installing a new AC unit and are feeling wary of what the cost may be, and if you are able to afford installation financially, review financing options listed above, or contact your local HVAC professional to get an estimate on cost. Speak with the technician about what your expectations are, and work together to create a plan of action that works best for your home and family.

Keep in mind that although it may be tempting to do the installation yourself, to cut cost HVAC Philly advises that you call an experienced and trained HVAC professional, who will assist you in saving money where it counts most.

At HVAC Philly, we have years of experience providing heating and air conditioning services, and we can also assist you in taking advantage of up to date energy efficiency upgrades, as well as the financing programs available in the greater Philadelphia area to pay for them.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to AC repair, AC maintenance, and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111