Greater Comfort’s Guide to Mastering Your Energy Bill Each Month

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As a homeowner, you know that heating and cooling your home will consistently take more energy than other systems in your home. Even if you have a brand new system that’s highly efficient and sized right for your home, you still want to do your part to lower the energy bill as much as possible—while still maintaining a comfortable living (or working) environment.

Follow these tips and you can save a great deal on your energy bill each month.

Get More Informed About Your Heating & Cooling System—And Your Other Options

It’s best to know some of the options about upgrading or replacing an HVAC system before we really need to make that decision! When it comes to replacing or upgrading your heating and cooling system, you’ll be taking into account the life of the system, any issues or repairs that are required, your home’s design, and the underlying efficiency it’s delivering, which is indicative of how well its been maintained and how long it has left to “live.”

When you work with the experts at Greater Comfort, we can help you upgrade to a system by letting you compare makes and models, including the associated system designs. We can then show you how this can benefit your home—both comfort-wise and how it will impact your up-front costs and your energy usage on an ongoing basis.

Even if you aren’t looking for any kind of replacement or upgrade right now, you want to be able to know the answers to these questions. It may be too soon to ask these questions, but when the time is right, be equipped to ask some of these questions:

  • What all does your installation estimate include?
  • What are the benefits of the brands (makes and models) your company offers? How are these different than other brands?
  • Can you share your warranty specifications I should be aware of?
  • What size system does my home need—and what does that mean for any other recommendations you have?

It’s worth your time to know as much as you can about other issues, including how much your system could cost over a lifetime, before you make any decisions.

Put Your Tune-Ups on the Calendar 

Getting in your annual home heating and cooling tune-ups is one of the most significant ways you can ensure your system lasts for as long as possible. Because it can be easily forgotten if you need to, add a reminder to your calendar so that you don’t forget.

Another easy solution is to ask us about our maintenance program that you can enroll in. Our preventative maintenance agreement includes two inspections per year—in April and in October, to reflect the cooling start-up season and then the heating start-up season. 

It’s just one more simple way to make sure your system is operating efficiently and safely on an ongoing basis.

Beyond an inspection of the system, we’re looking for any signs of issues or deficiencies such as leaks or corrosion or “wear” that’s not normal. We also want to make sure the system is operating safely, we will change the filters and we’ll ensure ventilation is occurring properly. Again, ongoing maintenance helps prevent emergency repairs, but it also just keeps the system working as economically as possibly. These tune-ups are also a great time to continue to talk to us about the life of your system.

For the heating tune-up specifically, we’re able to do the following:

  • Check evaporator fan motor amp draws
  • Verify proper manifold gas pressure
  • Check induced draft motor amp draw
  • Clean flame rod (if applicable)
  • Check heat exchanger
  • Inspect flue and fresh air make–up
  • Inspect contractors
  • Electric resistance heating elements
  • Disconnects & wiring
  • Tightening all electrical connections
  • Verify proper thermostat operation & program

If you ever think you’ll be fine by skipping a professional tune-up entirely, know that many warranties only apply if you’ve had a certified professional perform this list of services.

Have a question?

At Greater Comfort, we encourage you to ask questions!

We have no issue with explaining what we’re doing, or further explaining any recommendations we have for you. We take each inspection as another opportunity to be able to educate you as much as possible as to what you can be doing to preserve the life of your system, and what you can be doing to have ultimate comfort, all year long.

Our furnace and air conditioning experts proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana. With over 60 years of experience, our highly trained technicians bring our special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform. Give us a call today at 859-491-4915 or toll free at 844-491-4915.


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