What Temperature Should I Keep My Home? | Energy Saving Thermostat Tips

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As the cooler temperatures start creeping in, you’ll likely be turning on the heat soon.  You also probably already know that the temperature you set your thermostat to can have a major effect on your wallet.  You might remember we shared something a little while back where we talked about the best temperatures to set your Air Conditioning, and today we’re going to share a few similar tips for your furnace. Continue reading

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How to Ready Your Appliances for Springtime Energy Efficiency

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The birds are chirping, the grass is getting greener, the flowers are in bloom, and you can smell it in the air – Yes, it is something we call spring and it is in full effect. Some cringe at the though of starting their spring cleaning, but if it means becoming more energy efficient, how bad could it really be?

Some tips are obvious, “no-brainers,” but tend to be easily forgotten! Keep reading to get a head start on your spring savings: Continue reading

Product Pick of the Week: Furnace Igniters and Flame Sensors

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This week’s Product Pick of the Week has a lot to do with how to keep your home warm this winter season. Your furnace is the least-visited but maybe most important appliance in your household. Check out how your furnace igniters and flame sensors work to keep your home toasty-warm!  Continue reading

Why Does My Furnace Keep Turning On & Off? | How to Clean or Replace a Flame Sensor

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Have you noticed that your furnace has been turning on and off more frequently than normal lately?

The average furnace cycles on and off 3-6 times an hour.  When your furnace turns on and off more frequently, this is known as short cycling.  This is an issue many people are faced with at some time or another and is usually due to a malfunctioning Flame Sensor.  Unlike most other furnace repairs that need to be done by an HVAC technician, cleaning or replacing the flame sensor is something that you can typically do yourself. Continue reading

Common Furnace Problems and Repairs

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Since we are in this lovely season of winter our furnace is getting a lot of use. From all of this use our furnace may be having some problems that need to be fixed ASAP because we do not want our homes to be the same temperature it is outside. If your looking to buy a new furnace here are some things you should look at when purchasing and if you are looking to repair your furnace here are some common furnace problems and how to repair them!

Things to look at when buying a new furnace:
-The number of speeds it has
-The type of drive it has it will either be direct or belt
-The speed in RPM’s and the number of speeds it has
-The voltage you probably will want a furnace with 115,208-230, or 460
-The direction of rotation; reversible seems to be the better choice
-The horse power you will probably want one with 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4, or  1

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When Should I Buy A New Appliance?

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You’ve had your current appliance for what seems like a lifetime, and all those years ago you promised to run it to the ground. But, what happens if it’s Christmas Eve and you are left without a working oven? Or it is someone’s birthday and you can’t cook them their favorite meal? It may be time to start planning out the purchase of an appliance before you get stuck. Surprisingly there are some dates that are better than others for appliance purchasing.

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How To Handle Winter Power Outages

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There are a number of reasons that could explain why the power went out, but typically it is weather related. While there is no reason to panic during a situation like this, it is important to be prepared. As the winter months continue to surprise different parts of the country (whether it is the lack of winter weather or the surprise of it!), it is crucial to know what to do when it’s cold outside and your power has not been restored.

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