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Cheap Tricks to Reduce Your Energy Bill This Winter

If you’re like most homeowners, you’d love to be able to reduce your energy bills in the winter without having to spend a lot of money. As the temperatures drop and that furnace kicks into high gear for several months, your energy bills can become uncomfortable. Having an energy-efficient home will give you peace of mind and help your bank account, and there are a handful of cheap tricks you can try to help make this a reality.

Lower the Thermostat

Over-programming your smart thermostat can end up wasting money unnecessarily. If you want to save money on your energy bills, try decreasing the temperature by three degrees during the days when no one is home and at night while everyone is asleep. With modern thermostats, you can schedule it to come on shortly before you get home or wake up, making the settings convenient and the bills affordable.  

Use Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls contribute to an energy-efficient home because they dry your clothes more efficiently and allow you to reduce the time you use the dryer. Clothes dryers use a lot of energy, but this inexpensive hack can help you reduce the output.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Dryer balls help you save energy when drying, but you can also save during the wash cycle by only using cold water to wash your clothes. Naturally, your water heater will need to kick into gear if you wash clothes in hot water, so keeping it cold will save energy.


Hang Your Clothes to Dry

Not a lot of people consider hanging their clothes out to dry in the winter, but it is possible most of the time. Heat, humidity and time are major factors when it comes to drying clothes, and even though there isn’t a ton of heat in the winter, humidity levels are usually lower, and you can leave them out all day. Make sure not to crowd the line with clothes, and if it is cold and humid out or really windy, try an indoor drying rack for the same energy-saving effect.

Unplug Small Appliances That Aren’t Being Used

Small appliances like vacuums, computers, cameras, entertainment systems, and kitchen appliances that aren’t being used still consume energy if they are plugged in. This concept is often called phantom or vampire electricity, and it is adding to your electricity bill for no reason. Take a few moments to unplug small appliances that you aren’t using and save money.

Keep an Eye on Your Furnace Filter

A dirty furnace filter will make the entire system work harder and will reduce the air quality in your home. If you want to have an efficient furnace and improve air quality at the same time, take the time to clean or replace your furnace filter each month. Purchase a pack of three or more and have them handy so there is never an excuse.


Annual Furnace Maintenance

Every energy-efficient home has a furnace that is effective and gets the job done when it’s needed. Make sure you call a heating contractor in Timmins to have your furnace serviced at least once per year, preferably before the winter, and you will be able to reduce your energy bills while keeping your family safe and comfortable.  

 

If you’d like to learn more about saving on your energy bills and want to get ready for winter, get in touch with us at RHMH Heating & Air Conditioning today for a full furnace servicing.

 

 

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How a New HVAC System Can Both Save You Money & Increase The Value of Your Home

Most homeowners thinking about home improvement will go for the most visible, big-ticket items. Renovating kitchens and bathrooms, for example, is a pretty noticeable way to show that a home has had some major improvements.

But there are many other critical ways in which a home improvement project can involve a significant investment that will certainly pay out in the long term. Waterproofing a basement, insulating a home, or even putting in new, modern electrical wiring are all less “sexy” ways to upgrade your space. But one area that can yield a high impact is improving your HVAC system by installing a modern unit. How does this help? We’ll explain.

You Will Lower Your Bills

The first and most obvious way that getting a new HVAC system can save you money is by lowering just how much you pay every month in your heating and cooling bills. Gas burning furnaces and centralized air conditioning are built to run for decades when properly installed and maintained. This regular service can mean that some older homes may still have heating and cooling systems that date back to the 1980s or even the 1950s!

But while this equipment may operate reliably, it works far less efficiently than modern hardware. The contemporary gas-burning furnace, for example, can achieve over 90% efficiency. This figure means that nearly all of the heat it creates is dispersed throughout the home and not lost to the exterior or in other ways. A furnace from the 1950s, on the other hand, is lucky to achieve 65% efficiency, even with excellent care. That means 35% of your bill is heat that was lost, but you’re paying for anyway.

You May Get Rebates That Lower the Cost

It’s always a matter of watching for particular government or even company offers, but rebates can make a big difference! Paying attention to special offers means getting money back after a proper evaluation and installation, assuming you qualify.

Through this process, you will be saving even more money as your investment in new equipment gets paid back thanks to programs that offer rebates for people upgrading to new, energy efficient systems. Everybody wins when you take advantage of this discount.

You’ll find more information on rebates here.

You Increase Home’s Appeal and Value

Finally, if you decide to put a new HVAC system in your home, the unit can increase your home’s property value as well as make it a more enticing buy! People looking for new homes are always trying to cut down on the amount of extra work they need to perform in a house.

If you have a new HVAC system, this means potential buyers now know they don’t have to worry about the HVAC system in the home for years. They also know they will enjoy the same lower energy bills that you are currently experiencing! This update adds a lot of value and peace of mind for people on the market for a new home.

Upgrade your HVAC system for not only the environmental impact but also for increased comfort in your home and the benefits to your bank account! That’s what we call a “win, Win, WIN!”

For a free HVAC quote and home energy audit please contact RHMH Heating and Air Conditioning.

 

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Smart Home Products that can Make Your Home Safer, More Comfortable and Energy Efficient

When you were a kid, you probably pictured a future with flying cars, colonies on the moon, and more. You probably didn’t consider the modern idea of “smart homes,” but today, some of the most sophisticated technology can be found right at home; making our lives easier while making our homes safer, more comfortable, and energy efficient.

Here are a few of the top smart home products worth investing in:

Smart Thermostats

One of the most effective ways to save money on your heating bill is with a smart thermostat. These units are special because they are programmable and often come with learning software that enables them to recognize patterns and automatically adjust to your needs. This automation also comes with Wifi, which allows you control the unit from your smartphone. Many smart thermostats also alert homeowners to maintenance issues such as notifying you when it’s time to change the air filter.

Homeowners can see about 30 percent in energy savings with one of these units. Many of them cost between $150-$300 and can be installed by the homeowner. However, for best results, we recommend getting them installed by a professional.

Lights

Aside from switching to LED lights, homeowners can also take things a step further with smart lights and switches. These systems connect to your Wifi and allow you to control the lights with your smartphone. This means you can turn on the lights when you are not home, which could be helpful if you are coming home to an empty house or want to deter burglars from entering overnight when you are away.

Smart lights and switches range in price. Smart bulbs are generally around $15-$20 while a switch can run anywhere from $30-$60. These lights are also energy-efficient and will help save you money on your energy bill.

Blinds

Smart blinds are one of the most futuristic features a smart home can have. Custom blinds are fitted to your windows and can be programmed to open with your alarm, helping you get out of bed in the morning.

The blinds can also be integrated with Google Home software, which means they are easy to control. Smart blinds can help keep your home comfortable in the summer and winter. The blinds are custom-made to your window, and a quote from a professional is needed before installation.

Security and Safety

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are two things that homeowners have been using for years. But today’s smart smoke alarms and smart CO detectors can connect directly to your smartphone, alerting you to dangers even when you are not at home. Many of the modern carbon monoxide detectors also give readings on the levels of CO, so you can assess situations and avoid false alarms.

Additionally, homeowners can find use in flood detectors, freezing detectors, and more that will protect your home from leaks, frozen pipes, and other emergencies that may arise.

Garage Door Openers and Locks

Smart locks and smart garage door openers make it that much easier for you to enter your home. No more will you need to fumble with keys or keep a clunky garage door opener in the car. These new smart systems recognize when your smartphone is near and unlock or open at your request. Not only does this mean more security, but it also means less hassle. For example, imagine coming home with an armful of groceries, and enjoying a door that simply opens and welcomes you home without any fuss.

Whether you’re looking for ways to save money or make your life easier, smart home technology can help. It’s the way of the future! Learn more by contacting RHMH Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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6 EASY STEPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER AND SAVE ON HEATING COSTS

The days are getting cooler and shorter. The kids are back in school and hockey season has begun. It’s hard to believe winter is just around the corner. Here are some tips that will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient when winter hits.

  1. Fill in the cracks.

    Your house probably has small (or large) gaps and cracks that allow heat to escape and cold air inside. These gaps commonly occur:

  • around doors and windows
  • around ducts and vents (ac, plumbing, heating)
  • cracks in masonry and brickwork
  1. Service your heating units.

    Have your furnace and fireplace serviced by a professional heating and cooling contractor. This service should be done annually and will reduce energy costs and extend the life of your equipment.

  1. Install a heat recovery ventilator (HRV).

    An HRV will the proper amount of fresh air into your home with allowing cold air in. This will keep your home well ventilated in the cold of winter and will reduce your heating bill at the same time. It’s like opening a window in the winter.

  1. Control Humidity.

    It’s hard to think about humidity in the winter, when humidity is a good thing. A dry house is uncomfortable and can cause dry skin and nose bleeds. Installing a furnace humidifier will allow you to control the amount of moisture in the air, improving air quality and home comfort.

  1. Use a Timer.

    Install a thermostat with a timer. Set your inside temperature a few degrees lower during the day, when your at work.

  1. Cover Your Floors.

    Your can add insulation value to your floors by adding area rugs. By covering tile, hardwood and concrete floors will keep things cozy.