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    Getting Your HVAC System Ready for Cooler Temperatures

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Winter is one of the peak usage times for your HVAC system, especially in Maryland. The last thing you want is a huge energy bill, let alone expensive repairs, in the middle of winter, so consider these HVAC maintenance tips to keep your home comfortable during the cooler months:

    Stop Leaks
    Even if you have the most energy-efficient furnace on the market, it’s still going to waste hundreds of dollars every year if your home has several air leaks. While it is important to have some ventilation throughout the home, it’s best to rely on your own ventilation system rather than several hidden air leaks of unknown size and quantity. Some culprits such as poor weatherstripping around the doors and windows are obvious, but others such as electrical and plumbing runs and ventilation leaks aren’t as conspicuous.

    Insulate Properly
    An estimated 80 percent of homes built before 1980 have inadequate insulation, usually in the attic. Even if your home is relatively new, there are several types of insulation products on the market that can provide noticeable energy savings and keep your home comfortable all year long. A home energy audit can help you identify the biggest sources of energy loss.

    Schedule a Tune-Up
    Preventative maintenance is essential for getting the most out of your HVAC system. A professional tune-up from an HVAC specialist typically involves a comprehensive cleaning and a thorough examination of all moving parts, fuel connections, and electrical connections. Many installations actually require regular professional tune-ups to maintain the manufacturer warranty.

    Blue Dot Services of Maryland can help you prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming winter at a competitive cost. Our certified furnace repair specialists can perform a comprehensive 21-point check for all gas, electric, and oil heating systems. Schedule a check-up with a Blue Dot specialist and call (410) 698-6465 or contact us online today.

    Improving Your Home Energy Efficiency

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Heating and cooling are the biggest expenses in the average American household, typically accounting for over half of total energy costs. That means that every light you leave on and every drafty window is simply money down the drain. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that the typical home wastes anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of the energy consumed by HVAC systems. Fortunately, there are plenty of improvements that can make your home more energy-efficient:

    Insulate Your Home Efficiently
    Insulation is the material that keeps heat in during those cold Maryland winters, and it keeps it out during the summer. Properly sealing and insulating your home can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent. Approximately 80 percent of older homes built before 1980 have inadequate insulation, so it’s worthwhile to obtain an energy audit if you haven’t had one recently.

    Maintain Existing Appliances
    Reducing energy costs could be as simple as maintaining what you’ve already got. Simply replacing the air filters on schedule (at least seasonally) will help you avoid most major HVAC issues, but it’s also important to schedule a biannual tune-up before winter and summer to avoid any unexpected issues. Installing a programmable thermostat can also help you save hundreds of dollars per year.

    Take Advantage of Tax Incentives
    It may not always be practical to upgrade your HVAC system to the latest energy-efficient model if your old one is working just fine, but it may be worthwhile if your installation is more than 10 years old. Installing new Energy Star-qualified windows or other major appliances can have a significant impact on energy costs, and energy efficiency federal tax credits can help offset the initial costs of installation.

    Blue Dot Services is a trusted heating, ventilation, and air conditioning professional with over 40 years of experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and our HVAC specialists in Maryland can help you keep your home as efficient and comfortable as possible. Connect with us online for the latest energy-efficient home improvement tips and contact us at (410) 698-6465 to schedule your home energy audit today.

    Save on Your Energy Bills This Fall! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 years ago

    It may be hard to believe, but fall has finally arrived here in Baltimore! After surviving another hot, humid summer, it’s time to turn off your air conditioner and welcome in the cool, crisp weather. Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is in good operating order. Regular HVAC system maintenance can help prevent costly repairs in the future and can also help you save money on your energy bill. Take a look at this infographic from Blue Dot Services of Maryland to learn more ways you can save energy and money this fall. You’ll learn how an HVAC specialist can help you and discover energy-saving techniques you can do on your own like using the sun for warmth and minimizing your hot water usage. You may be surprised to see how much you’re able to save with a few small steps! Please share this infographic with your friends and family in Baltimore and beyond.

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    Changing Your Home Air Filter

    Last updated 4 years ago

    There are a lot of things that can go wrong in your air conditioner without proper maintenance, but regularly replacing the air filter is by far one of the easiest and most effective preventative maintenance measures. Some air filters are capable of removing allergens from the air, but their primary purpose is to prevent dust and debris from getting into the sensitive components of your HVAC system.

    Simply locate the air intake vent (usually near the ceiling or in the furnace), remove the grate, and replace the dirty filter with a clean one, ensuring that the arrows on the sides are pointing the correct way. The frequency of air filter changes varies depending on location and inclement weather, but it’s generally recommended to check them at least once a month and to replace them at least every three months.

    Blue Dot has been committed to cost-effective and reliable HVAC installation and repair services for over 40 years. Just see what some of our satisfied customers have to say about us and call (410) 698-6465 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced HCAV specialist in Maryland.

    How a Home Energy Audit Can Help Save Money

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Home energy audits are used to identify sources of air leaks and inadequate insulation to provide you with a better idea of where your money is really going. This brief video clip provides a walkthrough of a basic home energy audit.

    Trained technicians will use specialized equipment such as blowers and infrared cameras to identify hidden sources of energy loss and help you choose the most effective upgrades for your home.

    Blue Dot Services of Maryland has been a trusted name in commercial and residential HVAC maintenance throughout the Mid-Atlantic for over 40 years. We take pride in providing friendly and professional service to satisfy your HVAC and furnace repair needs at a competitive cost. Contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465 to schedule your energy audit today.

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