Keep Your Family Safe during a Flood

The severe flooding that hit the coast of Louisiana caused millions of dollars worth of damage and put the lives of residents in danger. You may not live in Louisiana and you may never have that much water inside your home, but flood waters at any height do pose a safety risk. If a severe rainstorm causes flooding in your home, you need to know how to properly protect your family from harm. These are four tips that every homeowner should keep in mind when the flood waters begin to rise:

  • Gas Leaks: Any appliance that uses gas for fuel and comes in contact with a flood can pose a risk to safety in the home. Once the water is gone, these units need to be cleaned and inspected before they are operated. If you ever smell gas in the home, quickly evacuate and call your local fire department. They can repair the leak safely and prevent a fire or explosion! Continue reading
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Summer Use of Natural Gas

During the summer months, natural gas use in the United States drops by about 30% when compared to the amount used during the winter months. The drop in use is mainly due to the furnace no longer being needed, but there are still other appliances that use natural gas, mainly the oven and the hot water tank. These appliances are still in use during the summer, and the electricity bill will see an increase from the use of the air conditioner. The mild winter has lead to predictions for an extra hot summer, so many of us will be bracing ourselves for painfully high electricity bills. We are all going to be looking for ways to save money, and cutting your natural gas costs even further is an easy way to do this!

Two Ways to Use Less Natural Gas

  • Minimize Use of the Oven: The over uses significant amount of natural gas every time you turn it on, but it also adds a lot of extra heat to the home. The air conditioner must remove this extra heat and it will consume extra electricity to do so. Therefore reducing use of the over is key to saving money! Move your kitchen outdoors this summer and use the grill instead! Many things that can be cooked in an oven can be grilled, and you will save money while enjoying the season as well! Continue reading

Taking Baby Steps towards a Solar Powered Home

Going solar is no longer only a project that “tree-huggers” undertake. With the many advances in solar technology, countless homeowners are beginning to see how making an investment in solar panels is becoming more practical and affordable. Are you considering having your air conditioner replaced this summer? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity to start building a solar powered energy system in your home. Lennox Home Comfort Systems has created a completely customizable solar system that can start small and grow over time to possibly even power the entire home!

SunSource® Home Energy System from Lennox

The SunSource® Home Energy System from Lennox begins with the installation of a SunSource® Solar-Ready air conditioner or heat pump. These high efficiency systems use the least amount of energy possible to cool down your home, and when you pair the system with a few solar panels, you can cut down the cost of operation even further. As the savings begin to pile up, you can put money aside to purchase additional panels down the line. Depending on the size and demands of your home, you can install up to 15 solar panels on the roof and the amount of energy you generate from these panels could eventually cancel out the cost of electricity use in your home all together. Continue reading

Weeds Obstructing Air Conditioner Air Flow

We are quickly moving in to the air conditioning season, and as we do the plants and weeds begin grow around our air conditioning unit outside. Failing to trim back these plants regularly could cost you more than just the beauty of your home. One of the easiest ways we have to keep our energy bills low is to keep the plants away from the air conditioner. Trim bushes, cut the grass and pull any weeds because the ones we leave behind restrict air flow to your unit causing higher energy bills and a shorter equipment life.

Remove Obstructions for Proper Airflow

The recommended distance between landscaping and your air conditioner is 24 inches. This clearance allows enough air flow to not only to keep the unit cool and prevent overheating but also to reduce overall electrical consumption. Proper air flow is vital to proper system performance, and you would be surprised to see the damage that a few poorly placed weeds can do. Unless you want to overpay on your electric bills this summer, keep on top of your yard’s maintenance needs and keep the air conditioner clean of obstructions.

 

Energy Saving Made Simple

With the rising cost of energy, it is very important and practical to conserve electricity as much as possible. Conserving energy not only helps us lower our electric bills, but it also helps in protecting our natural resources. There are a lot of ways to conserve energy, but you have to choose the ways that are easiest and best for your family and your home. Most of them are simple. So simple that even your kids can participate in making your home greener this winter season. Here are some of them the easy ways you can start saving.

Five Ways to Conserve Energy:

1. Turn off the lights when leaving a room. Electrical lights consume a large amount of energy. This is especially true if you are using incandescent lights because these lights are extremely energy inefficient. Make it a habit to turn the lights off and see how much you could save on your electricity bills.

2. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them. Appliances that are plugged still consume energy even if they are turned off. So, to avoid this from happening, unplug everything that is not in use. Continue reading

Added Benefits of Variable Speed Furnaces

Are you in the market for a new furnace? If so, you will quickly find that there are a number of choices and options to choose from when finding the perfect unit for your home. When you have to keep a budget in mind, there are some options you may be tempted to go without, however, there are some that shouldn’t be left behind. Choosing a furnace that has a variable speed motor is one such option that should not be overlooked. These units may be slightly pricier, but they will often save you more down the line.

AFUE Ratings Aren’t Enough

Most HVAC salesmen will push AFUE ratings as the selling point of any furnace. Sure AFUE is important, but it doesn’t take into account the amount of electricity the furnace will use as well. AFUE ratings are simply a measurement of natural gas use efficiency, but when you consider that electricity is more expensive than gas in most areas of the country, it is important to consider this cost as well. Continue reading

Generating Power Without the Grid

What distinguishes whole house generators from all other types of generators on the market today? It is their capacity to sufficiently provide electricity to power up almost every electronic device in your household! This is the very reason why investing your hard-earned money in these types of generators is not only considered a good choice but a very sound and practical decision too.

Automatic Power from Whole House Generators

Contrary to smaller generators that have to be turned on and set up manually before they can provide electricity, whole house generators automatically start the moment a power failure occurs. They are wired into the electrical panel of the main house and, it knows when the home is not receiving power from the grid. Once it senses this change, the system will automatically switch your home over to generator power. Once the grid power returns, the system will notice this and automatically switch your home back. People with this type of generator may not even notice when the power failure occurs because the transition is so seamless. The whole house generators automatically step up and take the place of the regular electrical source the moment it fails to provide power. Continue reading