Cut Heating Costs by Winterizing Your Home

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As Old Man Winter makes his mighty push, 79 percent of Americans expect to pay the same or more to heat their homes as compared to last winter, according to a recent survey by the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, a section of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
To save money on those heating bills, though, homeowners can take steps now to stay warmer and more comfortable this winter. For example, caulking and extra insulation are relatively inexpensive and easy projects that will pay dividends all winter.
Another way to cut home heating bills 20 to 35 percent is by installing a vent-free gas fireplace or heater in the room you use most. According to Sue Walker, chairwoman of the AHRI’s Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance Section, this “zone heating” strategy allows you to turn down the central furnace and take advantage of the inherent efficiency of supplemental vent-free gas heating.
“For every dollar you spend on gas using a vent-free appliance, you get 99 cents worth of heat in your living space, as these products are 99 percent efficient,” said Walker.
Vent-free gas products have been around for more than 30 years, according to Walker. “With more than 20 million units installed in homes, they are time tested for savings and safety.
Because a vent-free gas heating system does not require tearing out walls to run vent pipe, professional installation is surprisingly inexpensive, fast and cost-effective.
For a home with an existing wood-burning fireplace, converting it to a vent-free gas log set or insert turns a messy, inefficient system into a clean, hassle-free, highly economical heat source. Environmentally friendly vent-free appliances are heated with natural gas or propane, among the cleanest of all fossil fuels according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both gases are domestically abundant and are secure sources of energy.
“Clean-burning fuel and super efficient operation — that makes vent-free a truly green heat source,” said Walker.
For more information, visit ventfree.org.

Keep Old Man Winter at Bay

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When the air turns crisp and the trees start to shed their leaves, you know winter is not too far around the corner. Before the temperatures start to drop, you may want to address commonly overlooked home winterization projects to ensure that you and your family stay warm and comfortable this season.
One of the most overlooked — yet most essential — items in your home is the furnace, and there are some simple steps you can take to avoid being left in the cold. According to Lori Boyce, manager of heating and indoor air quality products for Carrier’s Residential Systems, it is important to perform a visual inspection of the furnace before it begins its heating cycle. Boyce recommends homeowners begin by inspecting the furnace exterior and area around the unit. The surrounding area should be kept clear of clutter or debris.
Next, Boyce recommends checking to see if the air filter needs to be changed. It is recommended that you replace your filter quarterly or semi-annually. “A clean filter is important to keep your furnace operating efficiently,” says Boyce. “A local Carrier dealer can provide you with a high-quality replacement filter, or you can clean reusable filters at home using cold water.”
Set your thermostat to heat in order to confirm that the furnace cycles from start-up through shut-down normally. Check to make sure air is blowing from the small grates in each room.
If a furnace fails to start up during a system check, make sure the thermostat is set to “heat” and that the furnace door is properly in place. There is a safety switch on many furnace doors that “pops out” when the door is removed. If this is the case, properly close or position the door, and repeat the system check. If the furnace still fails to start-up, call your local heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional.
Even if you regularly check to make sure your HVAC equipment is operating efficiently, it is a good idea to schedule seasonal check-ups with an HVAC professional.
“A properly working furnace is essential for most people during colder months, but there are other steps homeowners should take to maximize the heat in their homes,” added Boyce. “Installing storm windows, adding extra insulation in the attic or walls, and replacing weather stripping on windows and doors are all dependable ways to keep your family comfortable during the winter season.”
For more seasonal tips throughout the year, visit www.carrier.com.

Prepare Your Furnace for Old Man Winter

When the air turns crisp and the trees start to shed their leaves, you know winter is not too far around the corner. Before the temperatures start to drop, you may want to address commonly overlooked home winterization projects to ensure that you and your family stay warm and comfortable this season.

One of the most overlooked—yet most essential—items in your home is the furnace, and there are some simple steps you can take to avoid being left in the cold. According to Lori Boyce, manager of heating and indoor air-quality products for Carrier’s Residential Systems, it is important to perform a visual inspection of the furnace before it begins its heating cycle. Boyce recommends homeowners begin by inspecting the furnace exterior and area around the unit. The surrounding area should be kept clear of clutter or debris.

3 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As Old Man Winter makes his mighty push, 79 percent of Americans expect to pay the same or more to heat their homes as compared to last winter, according to a recent survey by the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, a section of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
To save money on those heating bills, though, homeowners can take steps now to stay warmer and more comfortable this winter. For example, caulking and extra insulation are relatively inexpensive and easy projects that will pay dividends all winter.
Another way to cut home heating bills 20 to 35 percent is by installing a vent-free gas fireplace or heater in the room you use most. According to Sue Walker, chairwoman of the AHRI’s Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance Section, this “zone heating” strategy allows you to turn down the central furnace and take advantage of the inherent efficiency of supplemental vent-free gas heating.
“For every dollar you spend on gas using a vent-free appliance, you get 99 cents worth of heat in your living space, as these products are 99 percent efficient,” said Walker.
Vent-free gas products have been around for more than 30 years, according to Walker. “With more than 20 million units installed in homes, they are time tested for savings and safety.
Because a vent-free gas heating system does not require tearing out walls to run vent pipe, professional installation is surprisingly inexpensive, fast and cost-effective.
For a home with an existing wood-burning fireplace, converting it to a vent-free gas log set or insert turns a messy, inefficient system into a clean, hassle-free, highly economical heat source. Environmentally friendly vent-free appliances are heated with natural gas or propane, among the cleanest of all fossil fuels according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both gases are domestically abundant and are secure sources of energy.
“Clean-burning fuel and super efficient operation — that makes vent-free a truly green heat source,” said Walker.
For more information, visit ventfree.org.