Smith Heating & Cooling
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Balance Your Heating System

One of our most common service calls is for rooms that are “too hot” or “too cold”. If you have this problem, you’re probably wasting energy. If you’re willing to spend some time, you can get your system just right.

Here’s how:
  1. Open the dampers in the duct system and all the registers in each room.
  2. Set your thermostat to the level you like.
  3. Place a thermometer near the middle of each room at table height.
  4. Check the thermometers during the day.
  5. For the rooms that are too warm, partially close the duct system damper supplying those rooms.
  6. If only one room is too warm, partially close the register(s) in that room.
  7. Take more readings until you’re satisfied with your system’s balance.
  8. Mark the damper or registers so you’ll know this setting in the future.

You’ve just increased your comfort, and maybe lowered your utility bills! If this sounds too troublesome, we’d be glad to help. We’ve got measuring devices for accuracy and speed.

Is Your Heater Trying to Tell You Something?

Your home comfort system may be asking for a little time and attention. Your home’s temperature and your utility bill are among the ways it communicates its needs.

Besides replacing your system, you could also see improved energy efficiency by increasing house insulation and air-tightness, repairing or insulating ductwork or tuning up your system. If your furnace is over 10 years old and you are experiencing discomfort or high utility bills, you’ll want to get your system evaluated by a professional.  Call us, we can help.

Hybrid Heating?

It’s been around since the 1980’s, but as with hybrid automobiles, high fuel prices have caused growing popularity. Like hybrid cars, dual home heating systems work by splitting operations between fuel and electric sources, in this case, between a heat pump and a furnace. The heat pump draws heat from the outdoors and disburses it throughout the home. At a certain point, most systems switch automatically to the furnace to deliver the warmer heat provided by gas or oil. This hybrid system can reduce your energy bill up to 47%!

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"How to Help Your Heater This Winter" Report

As you may have read in “Repair, Replace or Ignore” in this season’s HomeSense Newsletter, heating systems can have a plethora of problems – some serious and some minor. What can you do to make sure you’re getting the best performance out of your home comfort system this winter?

Try giving your heater a helping hand. The free report, “How to Help Your Heater This Winter,” shows you preventative tips that will delay the decision of repairing or replacing. Just let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll send it over to you.

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