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What are some good energy saving tips for my heating and air conditioning system?
If your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump is 10 or more years old, you’re most likely paying too much every month on your energy bill. Recent innovations in heating and air conditioning units are saving homeowners an average of 50% per year on their energy bills on cooling with a 20 SEER air conditioning unit, and 33% per year with a 90 AFUE furnace. Ask us about our high-efficiency systems and how they can save you money on your gas and electrical bills.
Why should I have my heating and air conditioning serviced regularly?
Just like changing your oil in your car every 3,000 miles, a well-maintained heating and air conditioning system will give you peak performance and comfort for years. By regularly having your Chinook Heating & Air Service Tech check your system, you will extend the life of your system and ensure maximum performance. Ask us about our available 90-minute tune-up maintenance plan and the additional savings that are available by participating in this program.
Do my furnace and air conditioner need to be replaced at the same time?
Think of your air conditioner and furnace as part of a total system. That system will work better, longer and more efficiently if all of its components are matched in capacity and efficiency. By the same token, a mismatched system—one that mixes old technology with new—could decrease system performance and overall comfort.
For example, your new air conditioner will be capable of reaching a certain Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) efficiency rating. Because SEER is determined by a complete system combination, if your existing furnace and indoor coil are older or don’t match in efficiency and capacity, you might not get the efficiency level you paid for or be able to receive accurate information on what your rating actually is. Plus, an older indoor coil may even be dirty and clogged with particles, meaning more energy will be required to push air through the system. Ask us about our high-efficiency furnace and air conditioning systems.
Why should I be worried about indoor air quality?
We spend about 90 percent of our time every day indoors. Today’s efficient, airtight homes are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home. With the rising number of people who suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become more and more important to our general health and well-being. Ask us about products like an air scrubber that can eliminate 99.98% of allergens and other pollutants in the home.
How can I control my energy costs?
Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. You can save about three percent of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter. And for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer, you can cut cooling costs up to six percent. Adding a programmable thermostat can also help you save energy by allowing you to set different temperature settings depending on the time of day. Ask us about our Wi-Fi programmable thermostats and how they can help save you money by adjusting your temperature settings using your phone, tablet or computer even when you are not at home. (Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation of equipment and duct system.)
What is a variable-speed motor and system?
If you’re shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system, consider a high-efficiency variable-speed system. Variable-speed means your system varies its speed depending on your home’s heating and cooling requirements. It makes sure you get the right amount of heating or cooling you need without wasting energy. A variable-speed system can save you hundreds of dollars every year because of its highly-efficient operation. Ask us about our variable-speed systems and how they can save you money.
How do I know what size system to to get for my home?
One of the first things we will do is conduct a complete energy analysis of your home. By measuring windows and checking insulation, ductwork and building materials, and reviewing a variety of other factors, we can determine the right size system and equipment for your home. We’ll even ask you questions about your existing comfort challenges, and make recommendations. Get a quote on a high-efficiency new or replacement system today. The quote is free and the new system can start saving you money immediately.
What are the benefits of having a carbon monoxide alarm in my home?
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, gas produced when fossil fuels do not burn completely or are exposed to heat. Fuels include: wood, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene and propane. A carbon monoxide alarm monitors the air inside your home and sounds an alarm before carbon monoxide levels become a threat. Protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide. Ask us about installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home today.