7 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill

Spring can be a strange time for weather in Columbus. You never know if it’s going to be hot and sunny or cold and rainy which can make it difficult to be energy efficient. Despite all the variable weather we get. There are still some tried-and-true methods of maximizing your efficiency and keeping your utility bill to a minimum. If you complete this 7-step guide to energy saving, then you can relax this spring knowing that you won’t be overspending on your utility bills.

7 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill Atlas Butler Columbus Ohio

1. Install installation. For some reason, people seem to think winter is the only time insulation will help reduce their energy bills, but insulation offers year-round savings on heating and cooling costs. The EPA estimates that the average home can save about 20% on their energy costs by adding insulation. Plus, it’s easier to schedule insulation installation service in the spring.

2. Seal HVAC ducts. Making sure your ducts are airtight will help with both heating and cooling costs. Make sure you use special foil tape to seal any leaks as duct tape will easily wear out.

3. Get a programmable thermostat. Technology has advanced into the heating and cooling business and programmable thermostats are the new “smart” devices. During the winter and summer when weather is predictable, the thermostat will sync your schedule with your heating and cooling to optimize efficiency. For unpredictable spring weather, you have the option of controlling the thermostat from your smartphone.

4. Clean A/C filters and coil. Regularly replacing filters will improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems, and cleaning your condenser coil once every 2 years will help everything run smoothly. Just doing these two things can save you $8.33 a month.

5. Open your windows. In the winter, open your blinds to let the sun naturally warm your home. During the summer, you can save energy by turning off the A/C and let the summer breeze cool your home.

6. Add humidity. Installing a whole-house humidifier can have health benefits, as well as offer energy savings. Dry air feels colder so adding some humidity into your home can make you more comfortable with the thermostat turned down a few degrees.

7. Weatherstrip and caulking. Finding all those nooks and crannies where air is escaping is a quick and easy way to save energy. If the weather is extremely hot or cold and you have to run your heating or cooling, you want your home as airtight as possible.

For more tips on how to save money on your utility bill, check out Popular Mechanic’s article and for help with any of these tasks or to assess the energy efficiency of your home, contact the heating and cooling experts at Atlas Butler.

Get an Air Duct Cleaning Before Spring Arrives

As January comes to a close and you’re checking off items on your 2015 to-do list, take a moment to consider an often forgotten about service that may be vital to the cleanliness of the air in your home, and your family’s health. Air duct cleaning is something that should be on every family’s agenda this year before spring allergens hit. The air ducts are one part of a home’s functionality that is often overlooked; out of sight, out of mind. However, the air ducks are the catchall for all of the dust, debris, pet dander and everyday dirt that accumulates inside.

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Smart Thermostat Overview

We’ve seen quite a few advancements in technology and “smart” equipment. The smart phone, smart TV and smart car have overtaken the retail industry, but one smart product that is not only cool to operate, but actually has some financial benefit to go with it, is the smart thermostat.

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Whole House Humidifiers vs. Portable Humidifiers

One of the best investments a homeowner can make to brace the winter cold is to purchase a humidifier. The key role of a humidifier is to regulate moisture inside the home to balance out the cold, dry air outside. If the humidity indoors drops below 30%, there are many health risks that can arise due to the dry air. For example, one of the triggers of a respiratory infection is caused by constant inhalation of cold or dry air. Nosebleeds can also become frequent, as well as chapped lips and skin. Dry air can also harm wood pieces inside the home such as wood floors, pianos, antique furniture, and decorative woodwork. Like our skin, the dry air causes the wood to split and crack.

To save yourself from chronic winter health symptoms, a quick fix is to install a humidifier. However, the common question still remains: To purchase a whole house humidifier or a portable humidifier? Here are some pros and cons of each.

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Doctors Recommend Whole-House Humidifiers

Whole-house humidifiers are good for the health of your family and home. They help prevent respiratory diseases from transferring, and cure unpleasant ailments like chapped and cracked skin and lips. Health experts agree that whole-house humidifiers can have significant health benefits as long as they are maintained properly. See what some doctors have said about the benefits of a whole-house humidifier.

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Join the Atlas Butler Service Club for Great Deals

The best way to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC equipment is to become an Atlas Butler Service Club Member. With a membership, you’ll get the best possible support so that you can be sure your heating and cooling systems are running perfectly. On top of that, you’ll receive exclusive discounts. HVAC emergencies do occur. An Atlas Butler Service Club Membership will ease the burden of costs associated with HVAC repairs. There are 3 types of memberships:

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