Energy Saver Guide

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use — TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Read more from the US Department of Energy.

Reasons to Change Your Air Filter This Winter

Among the many benefits of having your filter serviced by a licensed contractor is having the furnace air filter changed. Replacing your furnace’s air filter has a number of benefits both to your system and the quality of the air in your house. These benefits include:

Increase the Lifespan of your System – One of the primary reasons that heating systems break down is dirty air filters. These systems can overheat when air cannot pass through the filter, and this means the system has to work harder to heat your home on cold days. Routine maintenance that includes installing clean filters will help increase the lifespan of your system.
Decrease your Energy Costs – Your heating system uses more energy to operate with clogged air filters. These systems have to work much harder to get your home up to temperature in the winter. Simply replacing an older filter with a clean one will help to keep your energy costs low.
Improve the Quality of the Air in your Home – People with allergies and asthma know all too well how important internal air quality can be. Old, dirty filters can negatively impact the quality of the air in your home. In addition, people with pets can see an increase in pet dander in the system due to dirty air filters. Changing filters regularly will help keep the quality of the air clean and free of allergens.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Water Heaters

Great graphic from the U.S. Department of Energy detailing everything you want to know about water heaters.



Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Bill

Did you know that if you can reduce your water bill by just $25 each month you’ll have an extra $300 in your pocket at the end of the year?

U.S. News & World Report offers a list of six easy ways that any household can save money on their monthly water bill.  These include:

1.  Store Cold Water in the Fridge
Rather than running the tap for the water to cool, fill a pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator for when you want a glass of cold water.

2. Take Shorter Showers
If you reduce shower time by 4 minutes, you save nearly 4,000 gallons per year.

3. Don’t Let the Water Run when Shaving or Brushing Your Teeth
This mistake is a complete waste of water and you’ll see money you can save literally going down the drain!

4. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
You can reduce water used in the shower by as much as 50 percent with a low-flow shower head.

5. Run Full Loads of Dishes & Laundry
Running these appliances only when full reduces the number of times that you’ll need to run them.

6. Don’t Hand-Wash Dishes
YOu will use 1/6 less water by running a full load in the dishwasher.

To read the full article at U.S. News & World Report, click here.

2015 AHR Expo

2015 AHR Expo

January 26-28, McCormick Place in Chicago

Attention local HVACR pros – looking to escape the New England winter in January?  How about a few days in Chicago!  Okay, that might not sound like much of a trade but it is the location of the 2015 AHR Expo.  The Expo, being held January 26-28 at McCormick Place in Chicago, is the largest HVACR Marketplace.  With over 1,900 exhibitors and over 40,000 visitors the expo promises over 100 educational seminars and new product presentations.

The drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has accelerated the pace at which new products and innovations are coming to market.  Today, more than ever, HVACR professionals must also be more innovative in their businesses or be left behind.

You’ll find over 2,000 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services in these areas:

  • AC, Heating & Refrigeration Systems, Equipment & Components
  • Building Automation, Controls & Facility Management Products
  • Specialized Climate Control Systems
  • Radiant Heating & Hydronic Systems, Plumbing Products
  • Ventilation, Air Movement & IAQ Products
  • Labor-saving Tools, Software, Business Support Services, and much more

Click here for more details.