Young family at Christmas

There are many things you can do to lower your energy bills in winter:

  • Turning your thermostat down and wearing a sweater
  • Installing weather stripping to prevent drafts
  • Opening your curtains to let sunlight heat your home

But perhaps the most important thing you do to keep your heating costs down is to make sure you have an energy-efficient heating system.

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power outage

It’s a bitter cold night in January, and you’re in the middle of a vicious winter storm. It’s the type of blizzard your kids will tell their kids about someday.

“It was the worst storm anyone could remember. There was so much snow, schools were shut down for two weeks. The state closed off all the highways, no one could get to work. Then, in the middle of it all, our gas furnace stopped working.”

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to schedule furnace service right away and soon enjoy the comforts of a properly heated home.

But if you find yourself having to wait for someone to fix your heating system, here are some things you can do to stay warm in the meantime.

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HVAC system

The official start of winter is just two weeks away, but we’ve already seen some snowfall here in eastern Pennsylvania.

Before winter begins in earnest, you might want to start thinking about protecting your outdoor air conditioning unit from wintry weather.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should do before snow begins to fall.

What do I need to do to protect my outdoor AC unit?

You can keep your outdoor air conditioning unit operating at its best in a few simple steps:

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Baby looking out at sibling in the snow

Winter is almost here. And while many of us will spend the next few weeks getting ready for the holidays, folks in the home heating repair world are thinking about a different kind of preparation.

We’re talking about all the things you can do to get your home ready for the cold weather months. From scheduling HVAC maintenance to inspecting your roof for leaks, there are a lot of steps you can take in these final weeks of fall to keep your home warm, dry and safe.

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Shoveling snow on driveway

Winter can take us by surprise. One day we’re heading out to work in a light jacket, the next we’re digging snow shovels out of the garage.

But when it comes to your HVAC system, it’s easy to get prepared for winter.

It’s also essential. It’s one thing to have to try to buy rock salt after a storm hits, and quite another to call out a heating repair company in the middle of a blizzard.

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Snow covered HVACs

Winter and fall don’t always feel like winter and fall. Some years we find ourselves shoveling snow before Thanksgiving and doing our last minute Christmas shopping on a 65-degree day.

And at times like these, it’s tempting to switch back and forth from your heating system to your air conditioning to keep things comfortable.

But as any heating and cooling repair company can tell you, that’s an easy way to drive up your energy costs and put a strain on your HVAC system.

That’s why we’ve put together these tips for dealing with unseasonable temperatures without having to touch your thermostat. (They’ll also come in handy if you’re looking for ways to lower your heating and cooling bills.)

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autumn in Bucks County PA

Fall is here!

Well, technically, fall has been here since September 21st, although most of September and the first week of October felt more like late summer.

Then we woke up on this morning – it’s mid-November as we write this – and we could feel it. There was a crispness in the air, the humidity had vanished, and autumn had truly arrived.

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Snowy day at home

For nearly every misfortune we encounter, there is also what we’ll call the “if only…” moment.

You lock yourself out of the house, and you say to yourself “If only I’d checked my pockets before I walked out the door.”

You get stuck behind a slow driver on the way to work and think “Wow, I wish I’d left earlier.”

Or your furnace breaks down on a day when the temperature won’t top 20 degrees, and you realize, “I guess I should have had a heating repair company inspect my furnace when I had the chance.”

This is a point that we’ve made again and again, because we’ve seen far too many homeowners suffer through a brutally cold stretch of winter thanks to an issue that we might have caught during routine furnace service.

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Autumn

Ah, fall.

The gorgeous colors of the changing foliage. The comforting smell of a nearby bonfire. The…sinking feeling of opening an unexpectedly high heating bill?

Nothing can suck the enjoyment out of the season like the realization that you’ll be paying more than you expected to heat your home.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your heating system run more efficiently, which will in turn lower your energy costs. Here are a few ways you can help your HVAC system this fall:

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