With cold weather comes an increase in your heating bill, and Metzger’s is here to give you the cost-saving solution you need with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats may be used for basic temperature control, but they may also be set up to manage your indoor environment for different times of the day and different days of the week. No matter the outdoor conditions, your home can be the perfect temperature with a programmable thermostat.
When the trees start to change, we all know colder weather is on its way. Many homeowners know to prepare their forced air furnaces by changing air filters and cleaning out duct work, but less know that your home or industrial boiler should have some annual boiler maintenance as well. Dealing with water loss, checking the viability of the different components, even reviewing your thermostats and CO alarms will have you ready for the cozy days ahead. Continue reading
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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