Why Your Heating System Needs a Little TLC…from Your Friends at J & R Heating

One of the best things you can do to keep your cooling and heating systems in top working condition is to have regular preventative HVAC maintenance performed by the home comfort professionals at J & R Heating.

There’s no better time for a full system tune-up and inspection than early fall (a.k.a. right now!), before it’s time to put your system back to work for approximately another 6 solid months. It kind of makes you shiver in your shorts just thinking about winter, right?

How exactly can you, your family, and heating system benefit from the J & R Heating tune-up and inspection, you ask?  In various important ways, but most notably the following:

1. Save energy. A bunch can happen to your heating system over time that prevents it from operating efficiently.  When we inspect your heating system, we’ll make sure it’s running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, which helps cut down on the amount of energy it uses.

2. Avoid unnecessary repairs.  You can stop problems before they start, by scheduling annual preventative maintenance once a year.  This will minimize the number of times you need to call us to make repairs, and that saves you time, energy, and moola.

3. Keep your home safe.  If you have a gas furnace like many area homeowners do, there’s a chance that CO (carbon monoxide) can leak into your air. An important step in our tune-up and inspection process is thoroughly checking your heat exchanger to see if it has cracks. Another critical step is checking and tightening all electrical connections, which may potentially prevent an electrical fire.

4. Extend the life of your system.  A regularly maintained system will simply run better and last longer than one that receives none or only sporadic preventative maintenance.  Think of it this way, you wouldn’t continue using your car without getting the oil changed regularly, would you?Maintenance Agreement/J & R Heating

Not only is the best time of year for a J & R Heating heating system tune-up and inspection, you can also save big by being on our maintenance agreement program. Call us now to schedule your heating system tune-up and ask us about our maintenance agreement program at 402-362-5702.

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The HVAC System that Keeps on Giving

Starting 2016 Rebates September 5th, 2016 through November 25th, 2016 you can save up to $1,600 on a qualifying Lennox home comfort system.  Along with possible rebates through your local utility supplier and up to a possible $500 tax credit, you could be getting some huge savings.  Team this up with a low-cost Nebraska energy loan for even greater savings.

By switching from an older lower efficiency heating & air conditioning system to a new higher efficiency heating & air conditioning system, you could save up to 40% on your utility bills.

We enjoy being able to save our customers money on the best in home comfort system, and we hope you enjoy it as well!  So call us today at 402-362-5702 to schedule a free in-home quote on a new heating & air conditioning system.

 

How to Keep Your Cool

Springtime temperatures create built-in benefits for enjoying indoor comfort while conserving energy. Try these tips to make the most of lower energy costs:

Add Ventilation – During moderate temperatures, natural ventilation is your best strategy for saving on energy, so fling open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. The use of well-placed fans will keep the air moving breezily through your rooms.IMG_1698

Reduce Heat – Watch how appliances and lighting heat up your home. Something to consider – the Department of Energy says that only 10-15 percent of the electricity used by incandescent lights actually produces light; the rest produces heat. Turn off fixtures you aren’t using.

Prepare Your Equipment – Be sure to get your air conditioning system serviced before summer. with proper maintenance, you’ll increase the life of the equipment and preserve its energy efficiency. A professional technician may also be able to pinpoint problems early on before they lead to untimely breakdowns. Call us to schedule your tune-up.Maintenance Agreement/J & R Heating

Watch Your Settings – When you do turn on your air conditioner for seasonal comfort, choose your thermostat setting wisely. According to the DOE, you can save up to 1 percent for each degree you set the temperature back for eight hours or longer. For example, if you run your air conditioner at 78 degrees instead of 72, you can save between 6-18 percent on your cooling bill. A programmable thermostat will monitor these settings for you.IMG_1696

Cooling System Checklist

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Here is a DIY checklist to make sure your cooling system will save you money on your electric bill this spring and summer.

  • Have the cooling system maintained and inspected yearly, by a qualified contractor like us.
  • Set the thermostat at 78°F.  Each degree higher saves approximately 6% on air conditioning costs.
  • Don’t turn the thermostat lower than the desired setting.  The house will not cool off any faster and can overshoot the desired temperature – wasting energy.
  • Install a ceiling fan to create air movement.  The air movement can keep you cool at a higher temperature, allowing you to avoid using your air conditioner, or letting you set the air conditioner at a higher temperature.
  • Cut back plants, bushes, and trees that may restrict air flow to the outdoor unit.
  • Keep the outdoor coils free of dirt, debris, and leaves.
  • Keep windows shut when closing up the house for the day or when running the air conditioner.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer is vented outdoors.  You don’t need the heat or humidity inside the house.
  • Close your drapes on hot days.  If there is some way to shade your windows from the outside, this will keep out even more heat.
  • Use kitchen and bath vents to rid the house of excess heat and moisture.  Turn off the gas furnace pilot light in the summer.
  • Change the furnace filter.  They need to be changed anywhere from every 30-270 days.

5 Common Energy Myths

Some ideas are so widely believed they don’t even cause a second thought. Although often true, such common wisdom may be based on outdated or false information. Popular misconceptions about energy use can reduce home comfort and raise utility bills. Listed below are five energy myths that may be costing you.

  1. If you set the thermostat higher or lower it will heat or cool a room faster.

    No matter what the thermostat setting, air conditioners and furnaces work at the same speed. As a matter of fact, more energy may be wasted as the system continues to run to reach the further set point.IMG_1696

  2. If you leaving the lights on it uses less energy than turning them on and off.

    In most instances, the small surge of power needed to turn a light on is much less than the power that is wasted by leaving it on when it’s not needed.  In fact, MythBusters busted this myth in one of their episodes years ago.IMG_1697

  3. If you close off vents you will reduce heating and cooling costs.

    Closing vents is a terrible way to save on energy costs. Cooling and heating systems are designed to distribute air evenly; closing vents causes pressure to build up. This pressure build up often results in duct leaks that waste energy.

  4. If you leaving a ceiling fan on it will cool a room.

    Ceiling fans circulate air which makes you feel cooler.  This allows you to save energy by raising the temperature on the thermostat. However, they don’t cool the air. Leaving fans on in empty rooms wastes energy.IMG_1698

  5. Hand washing dishes is cheaper than using a dishwasher.

    It’s a widely believed misconception that dishwashers are convenient, but use more water and energy than hand washing. When in fact, washing a typical load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 37% less water.  Likewise, using a dishwasher, rather than hand washing, may cut your annual energy costs by more than $40, according to ENERGY STAR.IMG_1699

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50 Ways your Home can Save the Earth – A Good to be Home Infographic

Reduce your negative impact on the environment and improve your well being with 50 ways your home can save the earth.

Just a note: I apologize for the metric system measurements.  The source is from the United Kingdom.50-ways-your-home-could-save-the-earth

Source: 50 Ways your Home can Save the Earth – A Good to be Home Infographic

How to Recognize Electrical Hazards

Here are some tips to help you recognize where to look for electrical hazards.

  • Exposed electrical parts
  • Inadequate wiring
  • Overhead power-lines
  • Wires with bad insulation can shock you
  • Electrical systems and tools that are not grounded or double-insulated
  • Damaged power tools and equipment
  • Using the wrong tool
  • Some on-side chemicals are harmful
  • Defective ladders and scaffolding
  • Ladders that conduct electricity
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Electrical hazards can be made worse if the worker, location, or equipment is wet.

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