WebHVAC October 2016 Monthly Top 5 HVAC Stories

Here are the hot current stories that will affect your home’s heating and air conditioning in the short-term and long-term.

1. Keeping You Up to Speed on the Long Range Forecast

If you’ve read our blog before, you probably know we like to take note of the seasonal forecasts, so you can get yourself and your home ready for what’s ahead.

According to The Weather Network’s Fall/Winter preview, the summer weather patterns will hold into autumn, but the true winter season will bring some changes in the pattern for much of the United States. That might affect your HVAC decision in the next couple of months. Check it out here.

2. Tips for Using Portable Heaters Safely

This is the time of year many homeowners plug in their space heaters or use other types of portable heaters to take the chill out of a room in the morning or evening without having to turn on the central heating system. Portable heaters provide supplemental heat in millions of homes throughout the heating season. They also are the cause of about 25,000 house fires every year. These tips are good reminders about safe space heater use. Here’s even more.

3. Cut Heating Bills by 15% to 20%

If you haven’t installed a programmable thermostat or aren’t using it in the most cost-effective way, you might be missing out on big savings. The site Energy.gov offers tips for reducing use and cost with a programmable thermostat. Here’s more for you to peruse from The Thermostat Center.

Consider installing a Wi-Fi connected thermostat for even greater potential energy use reduction, convenience and superior home comfort when you want it the most.

4. Saving Money on Propane Bills

About 10% of US homes are heated with propane or heating oil. Here are tips for saving money on your annual propane bill. Many apply to heating oil too.

5. Energy, Politics and the Future of HVAC

The candidate elected in November will have a significant impact on how we heat and air condition our homes in the future and how much we pay to do it. Here are the four major candidate’s views on energy and environmental policy as summarized by Ballotpedia, a self-described neutral organization that is funded by the non-partisan Lucy Burns Institute.

We hope these stories keep you informed and assist you in making important HVAC decisions! Remember, if you are looking for a qualified contractor in your area, we can take the hassle out of your search. Take just a moment to fill out the Free Quotes form, and you’ll receive three estimates from top local HVAC professionals. There is no charge for the service and no obligation.

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