- Check your house
The best thing you can do is have a professional energy audit of your home – sometimes utility companies will even perform this service for free. If you cannot get an audit performed by a professional, you can do an amateur audit yourself. Go outside and check along windows and doors to see if there is cold air leaking out from inside. If you find leaks – seal them.
- Review thermostat placement
You want your thermostat to be in the main area of your home and out of the way of direct sunlight. If the sun is shining in on your thermostat, your AC is probably blowing more often than it needs to.
Keeping a maintenance schedule for your air conditioner, furnace, and other HVAC equipment is an important part of keeping everything in working order. In this post, we will look at five tasks you should perform before you turn off your furnace for the spring and summer.
- Look over electrical connections
If you notice any fraying, loose wires, or anything disconnected, you should call an HVAC professional to come over and take a closer look. Do not attempt to handle or repair electrical components on your HVAC equipment yourself.
Some winters are longer than others in Michigan, but no one wants to get partway through the winter season and have their heat pump go out. All it takes is a little preventative maintenance to ensure your family stays warm and cozy all winter long. Besides ensuring the heat pump continues to work, you also are ensuring your indoor air is more healthy and clean and saving money on utility costs. In this post, you will find four tips to ensure your heat pump works throughout the winter.
- Remove vegetation near units
Be sure to remove any vegetation that is growing and any branches that have fallen from near your heat pump. These plants and branches can get caught in the fan of the heat pump and cause strain and stress which may cause it to break down.
Many people are not aware that boilers are actually more efficient than forced air heating systems. Boilers are more efficient because they work by circulating hot water through your home’s walls, ceilings and floors. This method of spreading heat means higher efficiency than conventional forced air heating systems like furnaces. In this post, we will look at four reasons you may want to swap out your forced air heating system with a Bryant boiler this winter.
- Boilers don’t take up a lot of space
Regardless of the type of boiler – gas, steam, hot water, oil-fired, or electric – it’s very likely that they are significantly smaller than your existing heating equipment. Not only that, the actual water pipes are more narrow and thin than air ducts used in traditional furnace systems.
Every year, as the temperatures start to dip, Michigan residents find that their electric and heating bills begin to rise. From adjusted thermostats and electric blankets to space heaters and water heaters, our homes’ amenities are designed to keep us warm, no matter the cost. But, how can you conserve energy and keep those costs down? How can you stay warm without going broke? While a little increase is unavoidable, there are a number of ways that you can ensure that you’re limiting your spending, conserving energy and still maintaining a warm, comfortable home.
Fall is a time that homeowners often look forward to because energy costs are low. It’s cool enough that air conditioning isn’t needed and warm enough to avoid turning on the heat. It’s also a great time to prepare heating systems for winter as well as making sure heating systems are run as efficiently as possible. In this post, we will look at five things you can do to prepare your heating system for the cold winter months and hopefully save yourself some money in the process.
- Inspect your filters
Filters that are covered with dirt and other debris cut down airflow in your heating system. When filters are properly maintained or changed when they get clogged it puts less stress on the heating system. This means that clean filters allow the heating system to work less hard which saved money on energy as well as putting less strain on internal components of the system.
Geothermal energy is a natural energy that comes from the hot rocks inside the earth, deep below the surface. To harness this energy, two holes are dug into the ground, one for water to be pumped through. As the water passes the hot rocks, it is transformed to steam, which comes out of the second hole and aids in producing electricity. The heat exchanger only uses electricity to move the heat, not produce it.
In Michigan, the temperature in the earth just a few feet below the surface remains at a 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. So in winter, geothermal energy can be used to heat as the earth temperature is warmer than the air, and in the summer geothermal energy can be used to cool as the earth temperature is colder than the air. To switch from heating to cooling, all you have to do is reverse the flow and temperature compression.
Everyone knows that a lot of money can be saved by adjusting your thermostat when you’re going to be out of the house on a short vacation or trip. But what should you do if you’re going on an extended vacation or you have a secondary property that is vacant most of the time? In this post we will discuss what you should do that’s easier on your wallet and your property.
A common mistake that homeowners make is thinking they can set the thermostat above 80 degrees in the summer and below 55 degrees in the winter. When a home gets really hot and humid during summer months, the high temperature and humidity can warp wood, strip wallpaper off the wall, and cause various other problems. In the cold winter months, too low of a temperature can mean freezing pipes and damage due to condensation.
There are many things to take into consideration when deciding which option will better serve you. It’s not always an easy decision to make. It’s important to take your time and consider the pros and cons for your exact situation.
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the age of your air conditioning unit. If it’s more than ten years old, it’s probably time to really consider getting a new unit. They simply do not function as well as newer models. There is a good chance that the SEER rating is below the current standard, which means your unit does not have the energy efficiency that it should. A more efficient unit will certainly save you money on your monthly electric bill.
Already this summer we are seeing very high temperatures and high humidity. There is no better feeling than walking into your air-conditioned house from the sauna-like weather outside. You’re living in bliss until you realize your air conditioning unit has been running non-stop for hours. Once your first energy bill comes after a full month of summer heat, you realize you’re going to have to find a way to cut down the amount of work your air conditioning system is doing. In this post we will look at four ways to reduce your air conditioning energy costs.
With spring here and the warmer temps of summer of their way, it’s time to start thinking about air conditioning. There are essentially two basic options when it comes to air conditioning your home: window units or a centralized cooling system. Window units are wedged into an open window with the back end hanging out sucking in air from the outside, while central air units sit outside your home and are connected through pipes that run coolant from a condenser into an air handler usually located near the home’s heating system. Continue reading
After an unexpected second wind, it seems like winter is finally on its way out. And, with summer upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep your home cool and your electric bills low. Thankfully, the Department of Energy has put together a list of tips for homeowners that will protect their wallets and ensure they get the most out of their air conditioning. In this post, we’re going to look at five of these tips and discuss how the team at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling can help you have a cool, comfortable summer. Continue reading
Air pollution isn’t just exhaust or smoke from factories. Pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites can cause serious problems if you, your family, or friends have allergies. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) air purifiers can help trap these pollutants and bring some allergy relief. We also have air ionizers. This system uses three steps that have shown a 99% germicidal effectiveness (inactivation) within 24 hours for viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Continue reading
With winter slowly melting away, a working air conditioner is a must. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, sweating bullets and listening to the utter silence that is the result of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit. If you, like many people, have come to rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, then an occasional A/C tune-up is a must. In this post, we’re going to look at a few things that you can expect when you have your air conditioner serviced. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again… we’ve pulled out our winter coats, adjusted our thermostats and settled in for a long, cold winter. Part of ensuring that your long-term settling is comfortable is taking care of your home’s HVAC maintenance. From changing the batteries in your thermostat to clearing dust from vents, there’s a whole laundry list of quick, at-home maintenance tasks that should be performed every year. While most of those are covered elsewhere, today, we’d like to look at a couple of the more critical items and, more importantly, a few simple tips that will make sure your home is ready for winter. Continue reading
Before winter fully hits us, you should schedule some time to do a quick inspection of your home’s heat pump. With a little preventative maintenance, you can rest assured that your family will stay warm all winter long. In addition to that, you’ll ensure that your indoor air is cleaner and healthier, all while reducing your monthly utility costs. Today, we’re going to give you five tips that will help you get your heat pump prepared for winter. Continue reading
With cold temperatures slowly becoming the norm, it’s obvious that the descent into winter has begun. Undoubtedly, this means that people are engaging in their traditional preparations: switching out their wardrobe, bringing patio furniture into their garage and covering up their outdoor grills. In addition to these yearly duties, it pays to get your HVAC system ready for winter, as well. Not only does this save you money on energy bills but it can ensure that your heating and cooling system is in peak condition and in good, working shape to get you through the winter. In this post, we’re going to give you five tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter. Continue reading
It’s about that time in Michigan where we’re pulling our winter clothes out of the closet, piling extra blankets on top of the bed and firing up our furnaces. With cold weather rolling in, many homeowners are concerned about the added cost of heating their homes. On top of this, there’s always the worry that you’ll need an unexpected furnace repair or, even scarier, a complete replacement. In this post, we’re going to give you five tips to keep your winter heating bill down and ensure that your furnace is ready to tackle all of the challenges that the cold weather can throw at it. Continue reading
More efficient than forced air heating systems, boilers work by circulating hot water through your home’s floors, ceilings and walls. Because of the way that they spread heat, they are more efficient than furnaces and other traditional forced air heating systems. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to consider a boiler installation in your home and, while the decision can be difficult, the professionals at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling can help you make the right choice. Today, we’d like to look at five of the major advantages that home heating boilers offer. Continue reading
Earlier this year, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems introduced Housewise, a thermostat that leverages the power of smart devices and offers improved system energy efficiency. Aimed at homeowners looking for high-tech convenience, the Housewise thermostat features Wi-Fi connectivity and automatically adjusts to each home’s needs to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency. Continue reading