August 20th, 2014
The northwest suburbs of Indiana got a nice surprise when they opened their gas bills last winter. The cost of heating their homes was drastically cheaper than what they were accustomed to. NIPSCO, the gas supplier for northern Indiana, said that this was due to the fact that residents received credits to their bills from overcharges in 2009 when gas prices had fallen considerably. Unfortunately, everything is back to normal. Gas prices have stabilized over the past year for this part of the country and as a result, the residents of northwest Indiana will see a 79% increase in their gas bills!
The Good and the Bad
The bad news is that for a typical residential customer, they will see about a $230 increase over last year; the good news is that homeowners will still be paying less that they had been in years prior to the 2009-10 winter season. Unfortunately, many homeowners will still struggle to find the funds to make up this 79% increase. But, with the help of Four Seasons, you can save money on your heating costs this winter. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2014
Don’t put off home maintenance any longer. As soon as the snow melts, take care of your home. It’s almost time to come out of hibernation and inspect your home for winter damage. Snow and ice can really take a toll on your home. For example ice damming on your roof and gutters which is an accumulation of ice formations – a sign of inadequate insulation. Here are a few things you should take care of ASAP.
Clean and check your home heating system
You need to clean and check your furnace filters and be sure to clear away any debris, leaves, etc. from your air conditioner.
Clean or replace your furnace filter
A dirty filter will cost you 30% more in your utility bills as well as premature breakdown of your equipment. If you need a new furnace the springtime offers some of the best pricing and manufacturer rebates on furnaces. Read the rest of this entry »
August 18th, 2014
You should insulate your home when the following occurs:
>You have an older home and haven’t added insulation. Consider that only 20% of homes built before 1980s are well insulated.
>The distribution of heat in your home is uneven, cold zones in the winter or hot zones in the summer. Adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort by evenly covering your attic across all areas of your home. It is not uncommon to find settling of material if your current attic insulation is more than 15 years old. Read the rest of this entry »
August 17th, 2014
With the economic tax credits that started last year, the demand for new high efficiency furnaces has increased. There is a shortage of qualified installers and service people in our industry. Be sure that you purchase your new furnace or air conditioner from a licensed and certified heating and cooling installer. Read the rest of this entry »