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Hello Friends,My Word

I sincerely hope you’re enjoying the change of season and taking time for some of your favorite activities.

My favorite thing to do, of course, is to serve people like you.  There’s something about being around my customers that I really enjoy.

As a matter of fact, I heard recently that happiness is contagious, and it sure makes sense to me.  If my customers are happy, then I’m happy.  See how contagious that is?

Remember, cold weather is just ahead.  Be sure to call us for your tune-up so you and your family will be ready.  We’re happy to help however we can.  Please let us know if you have friends and family who would also like to receive our newsletter and we will be glad to put them on our list.

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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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.

Staying Powered for Fall/Winter

Just because the leaves have dropped and snow has fallen, depending on where you live, doesn’t mean it’s time for your HVAC unit to go into hibernation like a bear.  Most people think it’s okay to turn off their units once the weather cools down, but doing so could be costly in the long run.  Here are three reasons you should not power down your units during the fall/winter season:

  1. Year-round results: HVAC units don’t just cool and heat; they also circulate air and act as dehumidifiers when the cool fall air makes things damp.
  2. Cost-efficient: Constantly turning units off and on is not the ideal way to save.  It’s inexpensive to simply keep the units on, as long as homeowners adjust their thermostat to the home’s desired comfort level so they’re not needlessly cooling or heating.
  3. Fall maintenance: Keeping the units on gives dealers the chance to perform fall/winter maintenance and discover any problem areas before the units are needed for severe weather.Maintenance Agreement/J & R Heating

“Clean” Energy? How Dirt Removal Saves Money

Dirt is a pretty big energy zapper.  It clogs up appliances, causes everything to work harder and creates problems in lots of places, most especially:

Your Home Comfort System – Regularly cleaning or replacing air filters in your HVAC can save 5 to 15 percent in system energy use.  You can do this on your own monthly for more comfortable, efficient operation.  Then, just before the peak season, it’s time for a full professional cleaning and inspection of your heater or furnace.

During those dormant months, dust and dirt have had a chance to collect in your heating system.  As dirt builds up, it obstructs performance – decreasing and delaying comfort.  The longer it takes for the system to heat up, the more energy you use.  And of course, that means more of your energy dollars down the drain.

So that’s one way you save: a clean system uses less energy than one that hasn’t been properly maintained.  But there’s another plus too.  A tuned system is less likely to break down on a cold winter night.  Most breakdowns, in fact, can be traced back to a lack of maintenance.Maintenance Agreement/J & R Heating

Heating and cooling is already using up about half of your home energy use.  Don’t let it use more by doubling down on energy and repair costs.  Call us to get your furnace and/or heat pump tuned for winter.  The inspection will also let you know if a dangerous carbon monoxide leak is creating serious health risks for your family.

Heating System Checklist

If you are concerned about your electric bill this winter, here is a DIY checklist that will allow you to save and better control your electrical/gas usage.

  • When the house is occupied, the recommend temperature setting during the winter is 68°F.  If the house in unoccupied see our blog What Should I Set My Thermostat To When I’m On Vacation to see what you should set your thermostat to.
  • Leave the registers open and do not block registers with furniture (air flow is important).  Any time a register is blocked, even if you don’t want air going into that room, it creates a strain on the heating or cooling system.
  • Check the furnace filter every 30-60 days.  Fun tip: You can have us send email reminders to check your filter if you don’t think you’ll remember.
  • Use the bathroom and kitchen vents only when moisture, heat, and odors become a problem.
  • Close drapes at night and on cloudy days.
  • If you have natural gas of propane appliances make sure your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are in proper working condition.
  • Insulate hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas.

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