Lower Energy Costs and Maintain Your Home Heating System

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Chas Roberts, Arizona heating and cooling system installation and service company, recommends ways to lower energy bills for home heating systems.

The recent dip in temperatures means reaching for winter blankets and the thermostat controls. Before turning on a home's heating system, Chas Roberts Air Conditioning and Heating recommends these top 5 tips to keep energy costs down:

1.    Clean filters - The most important task in maintaining a home heating system is to clean and replace the filters frequently. For optimum efficiency and filtration, replace disposable filters at least once a month.
2.    Check it - Before the heat is turned on, have the system checked by a trained technician. Regular maintenance is the most effective way to ensure that a home heating unit is running efficiently, safely, and offers the best opportunity for extending its life to ultimately save money.
3.    Turn down the heat - Take a cue from the Arizona state government, which is using the thermostat to cut costs during a budget shortfall. Thermostats in state buildings are being set 2 degrees cooler in the winter and 2 degrees warmer in the summer to save costs. How big a savings is this? Every degree that the thermostat is lowered in the winter (or raised in the summer), can result in a 3-percent savings in energy costs. (Source: ConsumerReports.org)
4.    Use the heating system only when needed - Lowering the thermostat when no one is home and at night can help reduce heating bills. Avoid lowering it more than 5 degrees so the heating system doesn't have to work so hard to return to the desired setting. A programmable thermostat can make it easy.
5.    Get the air moving - Using a ceiling fan in the winter can help reduce costs by 10 percent. Because heat rises, the temperature near the ceiling is warmer. Using a ceiling fan in a clockwise direction so it gently pushes the air against the ceiling and down the walls helps circulate the warm air, without causing a wind chill effect. (Source: SRPnet.com)

About Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Heating:
Serving Arizona homeowners since 1942, the family-owned company is focused on providing quality heating and cooling system installation and service at competitive prices for Arizona residents.

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