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Ways to cut this year's heating expenses

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Posted on: Fri Nov 24, 2017

Reducting heating expenses with heating repair in Prescott from BCS Heating and CoolingThe seasons are changing once again, the wind is bringing in the cooler weather, before you know it we will using our heaters on a daily basis. BCS Heating and Cooling, your locally owned and operated heating repair company in Prescott, would like to share a few helpful tips to help keep the cold out this winter.

The simple way to lower your heating costs is to look for places where cold air enters or warm air leaves:

Weatherstripping – Gaps around doors can be a cause of cold drafts. Weatherstipping is not expensive and is easy to install. Check the door’s threshold as well. A gap under the door can let in a lot of cold air, some thresholds can be adjusted, or add an insulated door sweep to seal the sweep better.

Electrical boxes – On a windy day, hold your hand over the electrical plugs or light switches around your house. If you feel a breeze, you should go to the hardware store and get a foam gasket and some caulk. Remove the cover, add the gasket, and see if there is anything that you need to seal with some caulk.

Pipes – Do you see any gaps around the pipes under the sink? There might be a cover that adds a “finished look” to the pipe coming out of the wall, but pull that back, any gaps? Caulking or foam sealant will fix that up.

Windows – Windows can be drafty. You can try locking the window. If that doesn’t help, you can get a transparent film to put over the window. These kits are simple to add and are well worth the cost and time to add.

Chimney – If you have a fireplace, air can be escaping out the flue, even when it is closed. If you do not use it much, you can get a special balloon seal, this will plug the hole and reduce air escaping there.

Attic Access – Do you have access to your attic inside your home? Many times attic access hole covers do not have insulation on the back side. If there is no insulation glued to the backside, you have discovered another place your heat is escaping.

Duct sealing – If you notice a draft coming from your vents, you may need to have your ductwork inspected and sealed. If you notice dust and dirt hanging from your vents, this is another sign. Also, keeping the vents clean will help air flow and make your heater more efficient.

Furnace checkup – Every year you should have a professional heating repair company inspect your furnace. They check for leaks, change the filter, and look for any potential problems, while cleaning the unit to ensure it lasts. A furnace tune-up canhelp to increase the longevity and efficiency of your heater and catch minor problems before they become expensive repairs

Upgrade your thermostat – Many advancements have been made in recent years in the way of controlling your HVAC unit. Programmable/smart thermostats can help to decrease your heating bills by removing human inconsistency and error through learning. They can learn when you get home from work, when you go to bed, and what temperature you like. This allows the thermostat to build a profile around you and your family and adjust the temperature based on those values and keep your home at a more constant temperature, thus saving energy.

For the last three items on the list, this is where we specialize, while we are there ask us about the other things too. We can answer any questions you might have regarding your heating system and weather sealing. To schedule a heater check-up in the Prescott area, just call BCS Heating and Cooling today at 928-445-9700.

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