How To Reduce Your Utility Bill Dramatically with Furnace Maintenance

Reduce Your Utility Bill Dramatically with Furnace Maintenance
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How To Reduce Your Utility Bill Dramatically with Furnace Maintenance

10-18-2019
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What We Will Cover

If you have an old furnace or air conditioner the only way you’re going to cut utility bills dramatically is to upgrade to newer and more efficient units.

It started with buying fluorescent light bulbs. Then you heard LEDs would save more energy and switched over to them. You are zealous when it comes to making sure no lights are left on. In fact, your kids think you're a little bit crazy when you tell them to shut the lights off NOW. You wash all your clothes in cold water. Yet still, you have a heart attack when the monthly utility bills arrive.

The elephant in the room

Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning applaud you for the efforts to save energy in your Columbus, OH home, but here's the straight talk: Heating and cooling a home accounts for a large portion of utility expenses. According to Energy.gov, the typical family spends $2.000 yearly on utility bills and $875 goes to heating and cooling the house. If you're going to cut those bills dramatically, you must find a way to attack those costs.

More straight talk

One more thing needs to be made very clear. If your HVAC equipment is more than ten years old, it's a big reason why those bills are so high. If you have an old furnace or air conditioner the only way you're going to cut utility bills dramatically is to upgrade to newer and more efficient units. If you are not ready to upgrade or your equipment is reasonably new, let's talk about some other ways to tame those utility bills.

Maintenance

Air conditioner and furnace maintenance is the best and really the only way to keep the equipment operating at peak efficiency. These are mechanical devices and are affected by wear and tear. Fire & Ice fights back by doing some of the most comprehensive tune-ups in the industry.

Furnace tune-up:

  • Test for carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Test for gas leaks
  • Check air filter
  • Test & adjust safety &operating controls
  • Inspect flue pipe
  • Check for combustion leaks
  • Test gas valve operation
  • Check blower motor (& belt if applicable)
  • Test & tighten all wiring & connections
  • Adjust burner for maximum efficiency
  • Clean burners & inspect heat exchanger
  • Clean & adjust thermostat
  • Lubricate all motors, bearings, fans & circulators
  • Clean & adjust pilot assembly
  • Clean flame sensor

Air conditioner tune-up:

  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Check refrigerant, record pressures/temp
  • Check air filter
  • Measure superheat to fine-tune the refrigerant level
  • Flush condensate drain to protect against overflow
  • Clean the outdoor condenser coil
  • Check blower motor (& belt if applicable)
  • Test temp drop at return & supply air
  • Amperage readings on all motors, test bearings
  • Test operation & condition of compressor contacts
  • Inspect capacitors & relays for rust & leaks
  • Tighten and test all wires & connections
  • Clean thermostat & confirm proper operation
  • Check outdoor disconnect (if applicable)

Industry experts say properly maintained systems can cut your heating and cooling bills by as much as 15% a month. The easy way to make this happen is with one of our Red Carpet maintenance plans. We have three choices to meet every need and budget.

Let us help you

By all means, keep doing what you're doing to cut those scary utility bills in your Columbus, OH home. But if it's time to do more and attack the problem aggressively, call Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning</a> to find out how we can work together. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more great information.

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