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Save Energy Dollars Around Your Home

Have you ever stopped to consider how much money you spend to operate your home’s major appliances? According to the EPA, American households spend almost $1,000 each year on appliance usage. So when it’s time to purchase a new appliance, look for the Energy Star® label, designating products that are built to save energy. Not only will energyefficient appliances decrease your utility bills, but when used properly, you’ll also reduce your personal impact on the environment.

Refrigerators:Refrigerators last an average of 13 years. High-efficiency models can consume up to 40% less energy, with a potential to save at least $150 over a year of use. And did you know there are refrigerators on the market that use less energy to operate than a 60-watt light bulb? Some best practices are to keep your refrigerator set at 35–38°F, allow air to circulate behind it, and keep it full so it won’t lose as much coolness when the door is open.

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Ranges & Ovens: The lifespan of an electric range is about 13–15 years and a gas range will last around 15–17 years. If you have a high-efficiency induction range you’ll use less energy because it heats cookware much faster and doesn’t allow as much heat to escape. Regularly cleaning the cooktop and the oven will help extend its lifespan.

HVAC Systems:If your HVAC system is more than 10–15 years old, you’re probably not getting the most efficiency for your energy dollars. A new high-efficiency system can save you money on operating costs.

How important are air ducts to my home’s indoor air quality?

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Everyone’s home is different. Some households produce large volumes of dust, mold and allergens, which can permeate air ducts and diminish the quality of indoor air. The wisest thing to do is schedule a duct inspection. There are some things that can trigger the need for a duct cleaning:

  • Substantial visible mold growth inside your ductwork
  • Ducts clogged with excessive amounts of dust and visible particles
  • Ducts infested with insects or rodents

Often, ductwork needs to be re-sealed as well. If leaks go unchecked, pollutants and allergens can enter ductwork and contaminate your living space. Proper air duct maintenance not only improves air quality, but also impacts energy bills by reducing the amount of heated or cooled air that escapes.

As home comfort experts, we can ensure that every part of your heating and cooling system is working correctly and efficiently.

How can I tell if my air conditioner needs repairs?

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Is bigger better? Does smaller equal efficiency? One of the biggest misconceptions people have when purchasing a new furnace is that bigger means better and that smallersized units won’t produce as much heat. This is not necessarily the case. The best way to accurately determine the right-sized unit for your home is to have a load calculation performed. An oversized furnace will kick on and shut off frequently (called short cycling), resulting in energy inefficiency and longterm damage to the unit. Conversely, an undersized furnace will run continuously, raising your energy bills and failing to adequately heat your home.

When it’s time to replace your furnace, contact us and we’ll help you determine the right size and model for your home.

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Your Go-To Experts For Home Comfort

Occasionally, we’re asked what all we do here at Total Comfort Solutions. We may already be known as the heating and air conditioning experts, but we offer so much more. In a nutshell, we focus on whole-house comfort and the entire service experience, because in addition to installing and servicing comfort systems, we provide our customers with peace of mind.

Our goal is to be your go-to home comfort experts, any time, day or night. Whether it’s installing a new unit, conducting a seasonal system check, or handling an emergency repair, you can rely on us.

We thank you for your trust in our team and can assure you our commitment doesn’t stop after we’ve installed a new product or system. Because as far as we’re concerned, once you become a Total Comfort Solutions customer, you’re a customer for life.

Let us know how we can be of service to you.

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Terry and Maureen Hall
Total Comfort Solutions, LLC