It's starting to get colder out, especially at night! All throughout Chicago land and Northwest Indiana, families are starting to fire up their furnaces at night to keep them warm while they sleep. While everyone is looking forward to a cozy home, no one is excited about their energy bill at the end of the month. Considering home heating accounts for half of a home's energy bill during peak season, we could all benefit from a few professional tricks to increase the efficiency of their heating strategy.
With spring on the horizon, the air conditioner will soon be in demand. It has had a long season in hibernation, and with the heat waves we have experienced across the country over the past few summers, the air conditioner needs to be in tip top shape before the heat arrives. Getting the system ready is simply a matter of having your yearly maintenance check performed, but you may want to test your air conditioner to make sure that it is working properly before they come out to clean it.
Don’t Count out the Cold!
We have been lucky enough to get a few days of normal weather throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. The real question is, will it last? We wouldn’t be surprised if by next week we were experiencing freezing winds and temperatures reaching as low as 20 degrees at night, with snowfall not far behind! Winter is not entirely over this year, and we want to make sure all our neighbors know that Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is STILL ready to help conquer the brutal winter of Chicago.
According to Energy Star, 29% of the energy use in your home per year is spent using the heating system. Your furnace or boiler is the number one natural gas guzzler in your home, so it should be the unit you target for energy efficiency improvements. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers an affordable and effective service every year that will help you keep your heating costs under control.
Since fireplaces, home heating systems have made technological leaps and bounds. Through advances and design, these systems are now more energy efficient than ever and range in various models and sizes. Bearing in mind, heating your home during winter is a very big responsibility. Being knowledgeable of the advantages and disadvantages of various heating methods will help you to assess which approach is a better fit for your family.
Energy efficiency has become increasingly popular in the budget-conscious times in which we live. With everyone looking to save money and pinch pennies, the utility bill seems a good place to start and for good reason. Our utility bills are never going to go away and are directly impacted by our daily actions. With a few changes in our habits, and perhaps a small investment in new products, we can ultimately save money. However, there are numerous myths and misconceptions in the world of energy efficiency of which to be wary. Here on the Comfort Corner, we’ll shed some light on these misunderstandings and get to the bottom line in energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Myths
Efficiency and Conservation are the same thing: This misconception is a natural one. Turning off the lights more and using your gas furnace less may result in lower energy bills, but this is not energy efficiency per se. This is energy conservation. While that may seem insignificant, conservation is not exactly the goal, and the same results can be achieved though energy efficient means without depriving yourself of the light and heat you want.
Energy Efficiency is Expensive: Of the two we have talked about, this is certainly the most destructive. The misconception that energy efficiency is expensive, prevents people from saving money, and prevents new technology from receiving the backing it deserves. Truly, this apprehension slows progress. Energy efficiency is an investment that will not only reduce costs without reducing comfort or convenience but also pay for itself over time in savings. This is perfectly illustrated in the use of light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lighting (or the new and even more efficient LED light bulbs) are vastly more efficient than their incandescent counterparts. Granted, the CFL bulbs have a higher upfront cost, but the difference in efficiency makes the CFL bulb the cheaper option overall.
The Same Is True for Furnace Efficiency!
Energy efficiency is an investment, and when it comes to furnaces, the same applies. An investment in a more efficient furnace will yield lower energy bills and eventually pay itself off in savings. This is doubly true if your unit is old, outdated, or in disrepair. Contact Four Seasons today to learn about the SLP98V a furnace operating at 98.2% efficiency!
On April 22, 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin founded Earth Day in response to an oil spill off Santa Barbara, California. By 1990, Earth Day had become a global holiday with over 140 countries participating in the celebration, and now the number has risen to over 180 countries pitching in to make our world a little greener. Senator Nelson was honored by President Bill Clinton in 1995 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his involvement in founding Earth Day. Today, Four Seasons is continuing this tradition of conservation and environmental awareness.
Spring is just about upon us and signals one of the best times of the year to hit the road, book a flight, or find any way to get out of town for a much needed vacation! However, while you're formulating your travel plans, it is important to take into consideration your home's energy consumption while you're away and ensure the homestead will be safe, sound, and efficient for Spring Break!
Everyone can probably think of at least one reason not to invest in a new Lennox furnace from Four Seasons, but at the end of the day, many of these reasons are simply excuses. If your furnace falls into any of these categories, it may be time to seriously consider a new heating system for your home and family.
Everyone knows what an exhaust fan is, but fewer know it goes by that name. The exhaust fan is better know as your "bathroom fan." It is used to suck up bathroom smells as well as steam from the shower. However, in the winter, there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind when operating your exhaust fan, and should you suspect this device is broken, we have included an easy way to test your theory.