Spring is here and summer is on its way, that means the days are only getting warmer. After some exceptionally frigid winter days, we’re all excited to put away our thick coats and enjoy the fresh air. As we approach the hottest weeks of the year, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner is in working order so it doesn’t quit when you need it most. Discover our top AC maintenance tips to make sure your summer months aren’t spent crowded around an oscillating fan.
With energy costs representing a significant strain on the budgets of lower and middle class Michigan families, finding ways to save money on heat can go a long way to help you stretch your paycheck. If you are part of the 53% of Michiganders who bring an annual income of $50,000 or less, you are spending an average of 21% of your after-tax income on energy. If you’re among the lowest income houses in the state-earning $10,000 or less-you’re paying a whopping 79% of your family’s income on energy. As energy prices continue to surge state-wide, the strain energy costs put on your household can be daunting and the last thing you need is to have your budget increased by wasted energy seeping through drafts in your home. That’s why we’ve put together a list of four easy tests to walk you through how to find drafts in your house!
When is the WORST time for your furnace system to go out? Those in our area would probably agree – during a winter storm. While you can’t guarantee that you won’t lose heat due to an electrical outage, you can take steps to make sure your furnace is operating at peak performance levels. Read on for our 7 winter furnace safety tips to keep it running smoothly through the storm.
Remember the good ol’ days when turning up the thermostat actually meant turning it up? Those days are almost gone, thanks to technology. New WiFi programmable thermostats are now affordable and easy to use (really)! Not only that, they can even save you money on your heating and cooling costs. But which one is right for you? Here are our choices for the 3 top WiFi thermostats:
If you’ve ever had to settle for a lukewarm shower or held off doing the dishes until the wash was done, the term “being in hot water” might not be a bad thing. With a traditional water heater, once you’ve used up your share of the hot water, you’re forced to wait a while before to supply is replenished. But with a tankless water heater, the hot-water waiting game could be a thing of the past.
There are a lot of stories in the media about air pollution and how it affects your health. For the most part, those stories are about outdoor air pollution. However, indoor air pollution poses a threat, too, and it’s nothing to sneeze at when you consider the following:
- Most people spend 60 to 90% of their time indoors.
- 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.
- The average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.
How can you make sure your indoor air isn’t hazardous to your health? One way is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.
Let’s face it – nobody wants to think about winter, especially now, when we’re enjoying some of the most comfortable temperatures we’ve seen in months. But like it or not, that first cold blast is right around the corner, and when it comes, you’ll want your furnace to be clean and ready to go. While there is a lot of information about cleaning your own furnace on the Internet, we’d like to caution you against tackling this job on your own. In fact, you should consider cleaning a furnace a DIY Don’t!
When was the last time you thought about your water heater? If it has been more than a year and you have a storage-tank appliance, it’s time to show that hot-water hero a little attention and drain its tank.
Naturally-occurring minerals, like calcium and magnesium, gradually leach out of the water during the heating process and settle at the bottom of your hot water tank. Over time, that sediment builds up and can clog the drain valve, block water lines, or even cause your heater to prematurely tank, so to speak.
Remember last winter when we looked at the thermometer and wished for warmer temperatures? It looks like our wish was granted. Despite our rainy, cool spring, this summer is shaping up to be sunny and hot in Adrian and elsewhere in southeast Michigan. Does that mean your energy bills will skyrocket from air conditioning use? Maybe not, if you follow these 10 easy tips to keep cool and save money on air conditioning.
Have you been thinking about getting new air conditioner? Truth be told, no one looks forward to replacing their unit – unless, of course, it died during a heat wave. But a new air conditioner can do more than just help you stay cool. It can significantly lower your summer energy bill. Not only that, when you purchase a new model that’s Energy-Star certified, you can get a credit toward your 2016 federal income tax.