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Many homeowners around the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas waste a lot of energy without even realizing it. You may notice an increase in your utility bills during certain times of the year. Avoid energy waste by stopping habits that cause your household to use excess energy.

Keeping Appliances Plugged In – Leaving a cell phone charger plugged in when it’s not currently in use won’t waste a lot of energy on its own. However, when you multiply that small amount of waste times the various appliances in your home, you’ll quickly see why this is a bad habit. Unplugging appliances can help improve the overall energy efficiency in your home by 10 percent. Simplify this task by keeping only appliances plugged into a power strip. Then, you can just switch the strip off.

Taking Long, Hot Showers – It’s hard to beat the warmth and comfort from a hot shower. This habit, however, wastes a lot of energy and water. Adjust the water heater temperature setting so that it can’t go too high, helping to eliminate the temptation, for everyone in your home.

Washing Clothes In Hot Water – The majority of a washing machine’s energy is spent heating water. You can cut energy use in half by switching from hot to warm water, and reduce it even further by using cold water. Unless you are trying to remove oil or grease, cold water sufficiently cleans clothing, towels and sheets.

Using Outdated Light Bulbs – Incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient, so if you have these outdated bulbs in your home, now is the time to upgrade. While compact fluorescent bulbs s are better than incandescent bulbs, the best option is to replace them all with LED bulbs. They’re more expensive up front, but they use substantially less energy.

Keeping The Refrigerator Door Open – We’ve all been there – you can’t decide what to eat! Standing in front of an open refrigerator door wastes a lot of energy.

Falling Asleep With The TV On – Try using the sleep timer on your television so that it cuts off after you’ve fallen asleep and no longer need the noise.

Leaving Fans On In Empty Rooms –  Remember, fans cool people, not rooms.

Not Using A Programmable Thermostat – With a manual thermostat, you have to remember to adjust the temperature up and down depending on the time of day and whether people will be home or not. Programmable thermostats take the need to remember out of the equation and help save energy when the air doesn’t need to be running.

Running the HVAC with Dirty Ducts – Over time, the ducts that move cool and warm air from the HVAC system to your vents get clogged with dust, pet hair, pollen, dander, and other debris. Dirty ducts require the system to work a lot harder to heat or cool and move the air, and you’ll also suffer from poor indoor air quality. Get your ducts cleaned by an HVAC professional about once a year to combat this problem.

Learn more about duct cleaning and improved energy efficiency by calling 6 & Fix Heating & Cooling professionals.

 

 

 

Not many homeowners give much thought to which way their ceiling fans turn. However, ceiling fan direction plays an important role in maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home. Setting your ceiling fan in the correct direction can help you save on energy costs throughout the year.

Why Does Direction Matter?

Ceiling fans help circulate the air, which is important for a number of reasons. During the spring and summer, your ceiling fan helps you benefit from the wind chill effect. As air blows across your skin, the evaporation effect takes away heat, making your skin feel cooler in spite of current temperatures. Thanks to this effect, it’s possible to set your thermostat several degrees higher with no loss in comfort.

During the fall and winter months, you can use your ceiling fan to help disperse and redistribute warm air that eventually becomes trapped in the upper reaches of your home. This can help you save on heating expenses, especially if you rely on natural gas or oil as a heating fuel source.

Which Way Should the Blades Turn?

There should be a switch on the fan itself that allows you to switch the direction of the blades.

During the spring and summer, make sure the ceiling fan spins counterclockwise. This allows the fan to push cold air downward, keeping your home cool throughout the warmer months.

During the fall and winter, reverse the ceiling fan direction so it spins clockwise. This allows the fan to disperse rising warm air so it’s equally distributed throughout the room.

 

 

From heating to air conditioning to ventilation, the HVAC system handles a number of different operations in your Raleigh, Durham, Cary, or Chapel Hill home. Get to know each component and its lifespan in this guide to your HVAC system.

 

Furnaces

When the winter season brings chilly temperatures to the Raleigh Durham area, the furnace helps keep your home cozy and warm. Most furnaces last for 10 to 15 years, but some homeowners opt to replace them sooner to take advantage of new energy-efficient technology and related cost savings.

Air Conditioners

Most homeowners in Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas rely heavily on air conditioners to keep them cool and comfortable throughout hot and humid summers. Air conditioners tend to last for 10 to 15 years, and homeowners can help these units last longer by providing regular preventive maintenance.

Heat Pumps

Though their name might imply otherwise, heat pumps take care of both heating and cooling. These devices operate by moving heat into your home in the winter or out of your home in the summer, and they can function with significantly less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems require. Standard heat pumps typically last for about 10 years, and geothermal heat pumps last for up to 15 years and sometimes longer.

Ductwork

One of the most important parts of any HVAC system, the ductwork moves conditioned air from the furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump to every room in your home. Well-maintained ductwork can last for 30 years, as long as you take care to address exterior cracks and interior debris over the course of its lifespan.

Thermostats

Manual thermostats can last up to 30 years, and programmable thermostats also last for many years. Since thermostats are some of the least expensive HVAC components and contribute to both home automation and energy savings, many homeowners replace their thermostats often in order to try out new technology, like a WiFi thermostat.

 

Are any of your HVAC components nearing the end of their lifespan? Contact your local HVAC professionals at 6 & Fix Heating & Cooling for experienced advice.

 

 

 

 

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HVAC maintenance should be a priority for every homeowner in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Regular tuneups can save you from premature system failure. Consider the following…

Stress – A malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC system can be the source of all kinds of stress. Many of the signs that your system needs attention, from strange noises to uneven heating and cooling, can make it difficult to feel comfortable in your own home. That’s part of why preventive maintenance is so important — it allows your HVAC technician to catch problems early, before they develop into an inconvenience or an emergency. For a truly stress-free experience, set up an annual service agreement to preschedule annual tuneups.

Sick Days – Even beyond your emotional and mental health, consider the physical benefits of regular maintenance. Dirt, dust, allergens, mold — all of these can be lurking in your HVAC system, causing symptoms that range from headaches to fatigue. If you find yourself calling in sick or canceling plans often, poor indoor air quality could be to blame. The solution? Have your indoor air quality tested, schedule regular HVAC tuneups, and follow other professional advice for managing indoor air quality.

Sudden Expenses – It’s tempting, in the name of saving money, to stretch out the time between maintenance visits as long as possible. However, this approach can easily backfire. What starts as a minor annoyance can develop into a full-blown system breakdown faster than you might think, so don’t procrastinate. A tuneup every fall and spring can keep your system running at peak performance and save you from the sudden expense of installing a replacement.

Look at regular HVAC maintenance as an investment. You have to put some money in, but it won’t be as much as you’d pay for or a new AC in the middle of a heat wave. 6 & Fix Heating and Cooling offers a maintenance plan, called the Advantage Plan, since regular maintenance provides your HVAC system the advantage of lasting longer. Find out more about the 6 & Fix Advantage Plan today.