Thursday, April 26, 2018

Heating (11)

Friday, 12 January 2018 14:54

5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Winter IAQ

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Winter is the most important time of year to make sure you are keeping a healthy indoor air quality. With the cold and flu going around and more people spending time inside due to colder temperatures, it’s no surprise that one out of ten people will get sick in January alone. The first step in protecting your household from cold and flue this winter is making sure your home’s indoor air quality is as healthy as possible. These tips from our experts at AJ Danboise will help ensure your home is keeping a healthy IAQ all winter long.

Bring in house plants.

Houseplants help to clean and purify the air by removing excess carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They are a safe and easy way to add fresh air to your home in the winter. Some species can even absorb air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Good options that are also pet friendly include ferns, spider plants, and aloe vera.

Install a whole-home air purifier.

A whole-home air purifier is installed to your HVAC unit and filters the air before it circulates through your home. They improve indoor air quality by removing allergens, dust, and odors. If a whole-home air purifier is not an option for your home, try setting up individual units for each room or in areas where they are needed most.

Proper Ventilation

Newer homes are very well insulated. As a result, during the winter months, when windows are left closed and the heat is on, indoor air quality can suffer. When weather allows, open a window to allow fresh air in and stale air out. Kitchen and bathroom vents are another great way to pull out some of the stale indoor air during the winter. Be aware, these also pull out the warm, heated air if left on for too long. Only use them as needed.

Check and change air filters regularly.

The most important thing you can do for healthy indoor air quality is to have clean air filters. Check them at least once a month and change them every 2-3 months. If you have pets or members of the household that are sensitive to allergens, they may need to be changed as frequently as once a month.

Eliminate dust.

Keeping your home dust free will help your air filters to work more efficiently and improve your indoor air quality. During the winter months be sure to regularly dust and vacuum your home to reduce airborne pollutants. 

Keep your household happy and healthy this winter with a healthy IAQ. Not only will your family thank you, but your HVAC system will run more efficiently too. If you notice anything unusual with your HVAC system this winter, call AJ Danboise. Our professionals will help to diagnose and fix the problem before you lose heat or your indoor air quality suffers. Call us at 248-236-5999 to make an appointment today!

Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:50

Top 10 Heating Tips for Holiday Parties

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The holidays will be here before you know it. With freezing temperatures outside, you want to make sure your home feels cozy and inviting for your guests. Unfortunately, the holiday cooking and a home full of people can make your interior feel like Florida in August. Give your home the perfect temperature to suit all your guests’ comfort needs with top ten heating tips from the experts at AJ Danboise.

  1. Check and change your HVAC filter before guests arrive.
  2. Make sure heating devices and vents are clear of anything flammable. As more guests enter, these can easily get blocked unknowingly.
  3. Use your programmable thermostat to automatically adjust for a lower temperature during times when you will be cooking - or when you know your home will have the most people in it. The more people in your home, the warmer it will get.
  4. Place throw blankets on the couch so they are readily available for those that are typically a little cooler. They will be less tempted to try to adjust the temperature themselves.
  5. Cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily.
  6. Light the fireplace to create ambiance and drop the thermostat. Not only will you save on energy, your guests will be more comfortable too.
  7. Lock your windows. This will create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!
  8. Install a whole-home humidifier. It will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity – ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.
  9. Use ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.
  10. Use space heaters. If your guests are going to be spending time in a cooler part of your home, consider adding space heaters to even out the temperature. A space heater that mimics the look of a fireplace is a great way to add a little ambiance to your party!

Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your furnace and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your system is working properly before guests arrive. The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out. Remember that the experts at AJ Danboise are here for you all season long. If your furnace is on the fritz, call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:53

When to Replace or Repair Your Furnace

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In Michigan, having your furnace quit on you in the middle of winter is not an option. With temperatures already dipping below freezing, most of us have had our furnaces on for a few weeks now. This is a good time to check your furnace and make sure everything is functioning properly. Chances are, if your furnace is going to break down this winter, it’s already showing signs. Your furnace will give you several indications as to whether it is functioning properly - and how serious the repair may be. Depending on what is wrong and how old your furnace is, it may be cheaper to replace it for a newer, more efficient model than to continue repairing your current one. The experts at AJ Danboise have some up with 10 telltale indications that it might be time to buy a new furnace.

10 Signs You Need a New Furnace

  • Your furnace is more than 15 years old.

If your furnace is more than 15 years old and starting to need frequent repairs, then it might be time to consider replacing it. Parts can be difficult to find, expensive and your furnace could be costing you extra money by lacking efficiency.

  • Your energy bills have unexplainably gone up.

An older furnace in need of repair means an inefficient furnace resulting in higher energy usage. Your energy bills may be the first clue that something is wrong with your furnace.

  • Your house isn’t warming, even though the heat is on.
  • There are grinding or banging noises coming from the furnace.

It’s not uncommon for furnaces to make noises. However, loud noises and more frequent noises may indicate your furnace is aging and that something may be wrong.

  • A musty smell lingers for more than a few days after turning it on.
  • Furnace turns on and off frequently - or runs all the time.
  • Frequent furnace repairs or breakdowns in the last two years.

It is common to see frequent repairs in the last two years of your furnace’s life. It’s a good indicator that it might be time for a new one.

  • Your pilot light is yellow instead of blue.

This can be a sign that your furnace is producing excess carbon monoxide. Call a professional as soon as you notice it. They can help diagnose the problem and see if a repair or replacement is best.

  • Rust, cracks or corrosion on the outside of the furnace.

This is an indication of age and can become a safety concern. Have a professional take a look at it as soon as possible.

  • The amount of dust has increased in your home, despite efforts to clean it.

As your furnace ages, it can no longer filter and distribute clean air effectively to your home. It could signal a much larger problem.

Furnaces have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. If you are noticing any of the signs above but your furnace isn’t even a teenager yet, then it most likely can be repaired. Furnace repairs can be difficult and dangerous to do yourself. Be sure to call a professional for a complete diagnosis before attempting anything on your own.

When to Call a Professional

  • Water is pooling around your furnace.
  • You smell gas leaking.
  • The air blows weakly out of the vents.
  • The thermostat stops working.
  • Your furnace blows cold air.
  • Condensation on your windows.
  • Leaky ducts.

If caught in time, these signs do not have to mean a death sentence for your furnace or an inevitable breakdown in the middle of winter. Contact the professionals at AJ Danboise as soon as you notice any of these signs! We know how important it is to have heat this winter. Our experienced professionals are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you and your family stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter. If you notice any of these signs or are having ongoing problems with your furnace, call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! We’ll walk you through all your options and help you find a solution to meet your needs and budget.

Programmable thermostats are now an essential technology. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about whether it’s on the most energy efficient setting. A programmable thermostat also keeps track of the humidity levels in your house. In addition, with a new smart programmable thermostat, most settings can be changed from your smart phone.

These features are great… if you know how to use them! While your thermostat will automatically change temperature based on how it is programmed, it is up to you to make sure it is programmed correctly. If your thermostat’s settings are off or are lost, it could end up causing significant energy inefficiency in your home. This will ultimately result in an increase in your utility bills.

When you first have your programmable thermostat installed, it is a good idea to ask the technician to program it for you. They will be happy to show you how and make sure the settings are appropriate for the season that you are in. Unfortunately, though, seasons will change, and the thermostat program will reset or expire after time leaving you to set the new program on your own. The professionals at A J Danboise have come up with some tips to ensure your thermostat is set to save you money - and keep your home comfortable this winter.

Step 1: The first step is knowing the best energy saving temperatures during the winter and which temperature will make your home feel comfortable without breaking the bank., recommends turning your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day from its normal setting to save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling.

This is most easily done either at night while most people enjoy cooler temperatures and winter blankets can be used for warmth or during the day while no one is home. During the winter, the temperature should be between 62-66 degrees F for optimal energy efficiency.

Step 2: For an optimal balance between comfort and energy efficiency, when someone is home during the day, set your thermostat between 68 degrees F and 72 degrees F.

Step 3: Plan out your weekly schedule to identify when someone is home and when the house is empty. Include the times that you typically wake up and go to sleep. Then, write the desired temperature next to each of these. It will make programming your thermostat go more smoothly and help eliminate errors. No one wants to wake up to a 62-degree home on Saturday morning!

Step 4: Enter the corresponding days, times and temperatures into your thermostat. Most will give you the option to decide when the program will reset or “expire”. Try to set it at the beginning of every season for the duration of the season. This usually works out to programming your thermostat every 3 months.

Step 5: Try to avoid letting your thermostat automatically resetting by checking the settings every month.

Step 6: Change a digital electronic thermostat’s battery at least once a year.

Some heating systems, such as radiant floor heating and some heat pumps, may not be compatible with a programmable thermostat. A professional can help you determine if a programmable thermostat is right for your home. If it is not right, there are several other ways to save energy and money this winter!

More Energy Saving Tips for the Winter

-          Only heat the rooms you use.

-          Keep your furnace clean and unblocked.

-          Find and seal leaks.

-          Maintain your heating system with routine maintenance before the heating season.

-          Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. If you don’t use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney.

-          Use LED holiday string lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

For more energy saving tips this winter, check out!

The winter months are the perfect time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. Our expert technicians at AJ Danboise can install and help you program it to get the most out of your furnace this winter. Call 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

Fall has officially arrived in Southern Michigan, bringing with it a welcome lull in temperatures. With cooler days and even colder nights, your air conditioner is finally able to get a break from the hot summer months, but don’t send your HVAC system into hibernation yet. The subtle decrease in temperatures is the perfect time of year to prepare your HVAC system for the heating season. These 8 easy steps will ensure your HVAC system is ready to deliver when the winter months arrive.

Step 1: Check and replace your air filters.

Regularly checking and replacing HVAC filters is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the systems longevity and prevent breakdowns. Change air filters at least every 3 months. For allergy sufferers or homes with pets, change filters more frequently.

Check your air filters every 2 to 3 weeks to make sure they are functioning properly. Improperly functioning air filters can prevent a home from heating or cooling adequately and efficiently, taxing your system and increasing costs.

Step 2: Clean your outdoor unit.

This fall, check your outdoor unit for debris and damage. Trim any tall grass, shrubs, or trees that have grown too close to the exterior unit before winter weather arrives. Then, clean the unit by switching it off and rinsing out dirt, twigs, and any other debris with a garden hose.

This is also a good time to notice if there is any damage or debris that is hard to remove from your outdoor unit. For damage or anything unusual, call AJ Danboise and speak to one of our HVAC professionals.

Step 3: Clean your air ducts and vents.

Air ducts and vents are responsible for circulating air throughout your house. To make sure the air in your home is being properly filtered and circulated, regularly clean your air ducts and vents and have all of the registers open. Obstructed air ducts force HVAC systems to work harder, decreasing both efficiency and lifespan.

To get your air ducts and vents ready for fall, check to make sure all of the registers are open and that they are not covered or obstructed by furniture, drapery, or other items. Then, vacuum any visible dust from your air ducts and vents. Use a wet cloth to remove any dust left behind by the vacuum.

Step 4: Find and seal any possible air leaks.

Air leaks are the number one cause of inefficiency in HVAC systems. Check windows and doors for any air that might be coming through. Apply weather stripping to windows and doors to seal them from air leaks. If you consistently feel some rooms are warmer or cooler than others, the air leak may be coming from your ventilation ducts. One of our HVAC professionals at AJ Danboise can help you identify the leak and prepare your home for the heating season.

Step 5: Examine furnace burners and blowers.

Fall is the perfect time to test the furnace to make sure it is working properly before relying on it in the winter months. Before turning your furnace, check for any dust or obstruction that may have accumulated over the warm summer months.

Then test the furnace and burners to make sure they are working properly. If you notice anything unusual, call AJ Danboise for a furnace inspection to make sure your HVAC system is ready to heat before the colder months are here.

Step 6: Program your thermostat.

Weather patterns change frequently in the fall in Southern Michigan causing a range of temperatures. This is a great time to invest in a programmable thermostat, if you have not already. Programmable thermostats change based on the outside temperature, helping your HVAC system work more efficiently. With the constant fluctuation in temperatures as seasons change, a programmable thermostat extends your system’s life and saves money on heating and cooling bills.

Step 7: Schedule a professional HVAC maintenance.

Before the colder winter months set in ensure your HVAC unit is functioning properly with a professional HVAC maintenance. Regular maintenance will make sure your system is functioning properly and efficiently when you need it the most.

Step 8: Test it out.

The final step to getting your HVAC ready for fall in Southern Michigan is to test it out. Once the equipment has been cleaned, inspected, and the settings have been adjusted, test the system to make sure that it is working properly.

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Use these steps to make sure your HVAC system is ready to function properly and efficiently before you need it most this winter. If you notice anything unusual, we, at AJ Danboise can help! Call today at 1-248-236-5999 for all your fall preparation needs!

For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:27

Winter is Coming: Time to Maintenance Your Furnace!

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Now that September is here, winter is right around the corner. Although we have been trying to hold on to that warm summer weather, boots and coats are in our near future whether we like it or not. Here in Michigan, winter begins well before the Thanksgiving holidays all the way. This means it is important to prepare your furnace well before the freezing temperatures hit. Whether you have small children to your home, or own a commercial space, you can’t afford to procrastinate. A furnace that has not had a tune-up in over a year will not run efficiently – and runs the risk of breaking down. So, get your furnace checked today!


Before Disaster Strikes, Make Sure your Furnace Runs at Peak Efficiency!


A furnace is the essential component to keeping your home or business warm all winter long. If your furnace is installed properly, it can last anywhere from 15-20 years. But this window will change depending on how often the furnace is maintained. Through general usage, parts can deteriorate and need replacing. In between seasons, a furnace can also collect dust and debris, requiring cleaning. A regular tune-up can deal with these issues and ensure your furnace performs at peak efficiency. Ask yourself this question: “how long has it been since I have had a furnace tune-up?” If it has been longer than a year, then it’s time to call a professional HVAC company.


The benefits of annual heating maintenance are many: 


  • Improved Efficiency of the Unit
  • Extended Life
  • Ensures the Brand Warranty Remains Valid
  • Minimal Repairs
  • Lower Utility Bills
  • Less Noise
  • Avoidance of an Expensive Breakdown
  • More Even Distribution of Heat


When you join the annual home safety and maintenance plan at AJ Danboise, you’ll never have to worry about scheduling a tune-up again. You’ll also receive great discounts om repairs and enjoy priority service. Become a HomeCare member and receive:


  • Spring HVAC System Inspection
  • Fall HVAC System Inspection
  • Plumbing System Inspection
  • Electrical System Inspection
  • Priority Service
  • 10% Off Savings
  • Yearly $50 Service Card
  • No Trip Fee
  • Much More!

If you don’t currently have plan to maintain your furnace, contact the professionals at AJ Danboise today. We can send over a technician who can give your furnace a thorough assessment – and share more information on becoming a HomeCare member. Another Michigan winter is fast upon us! Don’t be left in the cold! Call us at 214-236-5999 to schedule an appointment with a technician today!



For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 20:47

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

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With summer becoming a faint memory as the weather begins to cool off, it’s time to get your home ready for the upcoming fall season with a few simple chores around the house! The experts at AJ Danboise have put together some essential tips for preparing for the autumn chill.

Clean Your Gutters
Have all your leaves fallen and left your trees bare? If that is the case, it is time to head out and get those gutters cleaned before the winter season hits! Clogged gutters can cause water and ice to gather which can cause potential damage to your roof or to the siding of your home. Avoid the what ifs and get them cleaned out!

Rake It Up
With all those extra leaves cluttering your lawns, it is about time you bust out that handy-dandy rake and get them cleaned up. By leaving these leaves on the ground during the winter season, you can inhibit spring growth for your lawn.

Seal Up Open Gaps
During the winter, many outdoor critters are looking for a warm place to take shelter from the cold. Avoid those pesky critters from making your home theirs by sealing up any open gaps. If it looks like a place they can enter - it is probably best for you to just seal it up.

Store Garden Hoses
During the winter, don’t forget to remove your garden hoses and make sure they are properly stored away. You shouldn’t leave them on because water can freeze and expand causing the pipes or faucet to break - which would result in a major plumbing disaster. Lastly, you should also turn off the shut off valves to prevent a potential expensive lawn sprinkler system repair. Consider this step a preventative investment for not only your pockets, but also your lawn!  

Give Your Furnace a Check
Getting your furnace checked and tuned up should be at the top of your agenda for the winter season. Your furnace is the headquarters for keeping your family warm throughout the wintry weather months, so it is important to get maintenance performed on it while the weather is warmer outside. A fully functioning furnace will ensure maximum heat output all winter long. Another benefit is that your furnace will be running at its best and most efficient levels. This can help save on your utility bills each month.

Your fireplace is often neglected during the warmer months, so you may forget to give it a once over before firing it up this winter. Check your chimney for any buildup so that you can get it cleaned out. If you see any obstructions, make sure to remove those as well. Any cracks in your brick or mortar, should also be fixed beforehand.  

Be sure to schedule an appointment for one of our professional technicians to come out and inspect your HVAC system. We can check your furnace and heating to make sure you are prepared for the fall and winter months. Our experts will also check your fireplace and make sure it is cleaned out and ready for the colder season. Call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 and give your HVAC unit some TLC before the winter leaves you in a tough situation!


Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:35

6 Space Heater Safety Tips You Need to Know

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Using a Space Heater to Keep Warm? Follow These Tips.

We know you’re ready for the spring season, but hold tight for just a little bit longer, because we’re still in the grips of winter. While you prop your feet up near your space heater and dream about all the fun outdoor activities you can’t wait to take part in come warmer weather, make sure to keep these important space heater safety tips in mind. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) estimates that nearly 65,000 homes catch fire every year due to heating equipment. Don’t get so lost in your thoughts that you become a statistic. Always be vigilant.

1. Inspect Before Using

With any electrical device, you should always inspect it prior to use. Check for frayed wiring, loose connections and cracks. If you don’t feel that it’s up to par, you’re better off replacing it with a new system. Continuing to use a worn heater only puts you and your home at risk.

2. Be Smart with Placement

Where you place your space heater could mean the difference between life and death. It only takes one small error to ignite a devastating fire. For good measure, follow these guidelines when determining the safest place for your heater:

  • Make sure to place it on a flat, stable and non-flammable surface. Keep your heater off carpet because it can cause your system to overheat and start a fire.
  • Keep a three-foot buffer zone around your heater. Keep it far away from anything flammable such as paper, clothing and rugs.
  • If you have a pet, keep it out of their reach. You can do this by either not allowing them into the room where the heater is, or by setting up a gate.
  • Do not place it near furniture, draperies or tapestries.

3. Don’t Leave It Unattended

No matter how desperate you are to keep the living room or bedroom warm for when you return, it’s better to be safe. Make a habit of turning your heater off whenever you leave the room. Further, never leave your pets alone in a room with a heater. Whether you have a cat or dog, they’re bound to be a little curious, and perhaps even a little reckless.

4. Turn Your Heater Off Before Going to Bed

If you can’t keep an eye on your heater, turn it off. Nearly 80 percent of home fire deaths are caused by space heaters. Going to bed with your space heater on puts you in a vulnerable position. If a blanket, sheet or pillow were to fall on it, it could easily cause a fire to break out. For your safety and peace of mind, turn it off before you go to bed.

5. Plug It Directly into the Outlet

Never use an extension cord or power strip with your heater, as both can overheat and spark a fire, not to mention an extension cord is a tripping hazard, making way for a whole host of other problems.       

6. Install Adequate Smoke Alarms

Make sure your home is equipped with plenty of smoke alarms, and test them often to ensure they’re working properly. Follow these tips on smoke alarm safety:

  • Install an alarm inside every sleeping area as well as on the outside of each door.
  • There should be an alarm on every floor, including your basement.
  • Both your kitchen and living room should have alarms. Keep the kitchen alarm 10 feet from cooking appliances to help prevent false alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month by pressing the “test” button. If you have an alarm with a non-replaceable 10-year battery, replace the entire alarm when it begins to chirp. If it uses regular batteries, simply replace them.
  • Interconnect all your smoke alarms so that when one goes off, the others will follow.

Regardless of what heating system you use to stave off your bitterness toward the winter weather, make sure to practice safety on all accounts! Whether you use a furnace, boiler, electric blanket or space heater to keep warm, always be cautious. When it comes to using an additional heating source such as an electric blanket or a space heater, remember that it should not be your sole method for heating

Check out these additional home heating safety tips:

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Friday, 03 February 2017 19:49

Winter Storm Preparation

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It’s no secret that Michigan receives ample snow during the winter season. Last year alone, our state saw over 176 inches of it; that’s over 14 feet! If you haven’t already prepared for the brutal winter storms that are ahead, now is the time! For many residents, substantial snowfall isn’t new; however, that shouldn’t keep anyone from preparing ahead of time to prevent unwarranted problems and to ensure your safety.

Whether it’s your first time dealing with snow or it’s your hundredth time, it never hurts to refresh your mind. It’s common to think, “This won’t happen to me,” but the truth is, it very well could. Make sure to follow these winter storm safety tips! Doing so could mean the difference between having peace of mind and warmth and being without. The best decision you could make is to be proactive so that when it comes to be reactive, you have a clearer mind.

A few prominent organizations have compiled great tips on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. We truly care about your safety and peace of mind; our goal is to instill some type of calmness within your life during this time, because let’s face it: winter storms can be chaotic, even for the pro’s.

FEMA has put together a compressive printable packet, which includes information on storm preparation. Below is a succinct checklist that you can easily pin onto your refrigerator. Don’t let the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” become your reality. Keep this on hand so that you don’t forget anything!


The Red Cross has also put together a useful checklist you can keep on hand. Even though FEMA and Red Cross share much of the same content on their check lists, it’s good to keep both on hand for added measure.


When severe weather hits, there is a lot at stake, your safety and warmth being at the top of the list. If you find yourself without heat, call a licensed HVAC technician as soon as possible. Hopefully, you can gather items that will help keep you warm when you are without heat. Depending on the severity of a storm, it could be several hours, a day, or even a few days until a technician can come to your home. In the meantime, make sure to keep these items in your home:

  • Purchase a space heater – You will be glad to have invested in of these. If you’re not sure which one to purchase, give us a call! We are happy to help determine the best solution for you.
  • Layer up – Pile on the t-shirts and sweaters. You might experience some difficulty in getting around easy, but we guarantee it will be worth it. Warmth > Looks
  • Blankets – Some people sleep better in the cold, however, if it’s too cold things can become miserable. Load up on blankets! You can even purchase heated blankets for extra warmth.
  • Warm foods and drinks – Now isn’t the time to be drinking an ice-cold coke or treating yourself to a deli-style sandwich. Stick to hot foods and drinks, like soups and teas.
  • Stay with Family or Friends Close by – If you can, stay with nearby family or friends until someone can perform a repair.
  • Avoid the Outside – If your heat is out, the last thing you want is to go outside. Stay indoors, and keep all doors and windows closed so that you can trap the remaining heat.

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Improve your home’s comfort and save energy and money while doing the right thing for the environment. Follow these simple recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

  1. Know the Facts – The average family spends $1,400 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that spent on heating and cooling. Energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, sized and installed correctly, with properly sealed ducts, can save homeowners as much as 20 percent on their annual energy costs.
  2. Keep it Clean – A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and lead to early equipment failure. Clean or change the air filter in your heating and cooling system monthly. Some filters only need to be changed every 3 months. Also, have your equipment checked seasonally to make sure it’s operating efficiently and safely – check-ups can identify problems early. Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of system failure.
  3. Bundle Up Your Home – Hidden gaps and cracks in a home can add up to as much airflow as an open window. The more heat that escapes, the more cold air enters, causing your system to work harder and use more energy. Home Sealing can improve your home “envelope” – the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors -- and can save up to 10 percent in energy costs. Start by sealing air leaks and adding insulation—pay special attention to your attic and basement, where the biggest gaps and cracks are often found. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified ones.
  4. Tighten Your Ducts – If you have a forced air furnace or heat pump, then a duct system is responsible for circulating warm air throughout your home. Leaky ducts can reduce your system’s overall efficiency by 20 percent. Sealing your ducts can save up to $140 annually on energy bills and help you consistently heat every room.
  5. Don’t Oversize – If you’re replacing old equipment, make sure your new equipment is properly sized for your home -- bigger isn’t always better. An over-sized system will cost more to buy and operate and will cycle on and off too frequently, reducing your comfort and leading to early system failures and repair costs. Correct size and proper airflow will ensure that your equipment works efficiently, saves you money, and helps protect our environment.
  6. Put Your Home to the Test – Doing a home improvement project this fall or winter? ENERGY STAR has online tools to evaluate your home’s energy performance and offer solutions to increase comfort and energy efficiency. Visit Have your utility bills handy for savings calculations.
  7. Consult a Professional – Find an experienced, licensed contractor before embarking on any heating and cooling overhaul. Your contractor should properly size your equipment, test airflow, and perform a quality installation.
  8. Cash in on Special Offers – Concerned about the cost of new heating equipment? Check with your local utility or visit the rebate finder at to see if there are any special deals on high efficiency heating equipment. Manufacturer rebates are usually offered in fall and early spring. Ask for ENERGY STAR qualified equipment – it might cost more up front, but will offer you greater savings and comfort for years to come.
  9. Shop Smart – If your heating equipment has been poorly maintained and is 15 years or older, it’s probably time for a more efficient replacement. Ask for an ENERGY STAR when buying the following equipment:
  • Furnaces – One in four furnaces in U.S. homes is more than 20 years old. Old furnaces cost more to operate per year than new, ENERGY STAR qualified models that are 15 percent more efficient than standard models.
  • Heat Pumps – Today’s electric and geothermal heat pumps are much more efficient than those installed just 10 years ago. When installed in a home with a well-sealed home envelope, heat pumps will provide great value and comfort for your energy dollar. An ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pump is 30 percent more efficient than comparable new equipment and can save you as much as $200 annually. A qualified electric heat pump is 20 percent more efficient and can save you about $130 annually.
  • Boilers – An ENERGY STAR qualified boiler uses features like electric ignition and new combustion technologies that extract more heat from the same amount of fuel, to be 7 percent more energy-efficient.
  • Programmable Thermostats – Regulate your home’s temperature with four programmable settings and you can save about $100 annually on your energy bills.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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