Elaine & Richard Link We would like to compliment both "Sam" and "Ben" for their prompt, courteous, and efficient service 12/07 and 12/08/2012. Sam found the issue (relay) but was able to warm the house to carry us through the night, and Ben came on Sat with the new part when he said he would. Very professional. Thanks,...
If the weather outside is frightful, you want your home to be delightfully cozy and warm. You can also prevent energy loss and save money by effectively heating your home this winter. Check out these relatively inexpensive and simple things you can do this season to weatherize your home and make your winter a little warmer:
Prevent heat loss through your windows:
Old, poorly insulated windows may waste up to 30% of energy spent on heating, but they can also be quite expensive to replace. Fortunately, there are more cost-effective ways to prevent heat loss. You can cover your windows with a simple cloth drape, which you can shut at night and keep open during sunny days. In addition, you can apply plastic sheets to your windows, which can be purchased from any home supply store. Such plastic covering is very effective at preventing heat loss, can be easily removed, and if applied correctly, is very subtle.
Stop up cracks and holes: Weatherstripping is another simple weatherization task you can easily do at home. If you notice an air leak or draft coming from the edges of your doors and windows, you can seal the opening by using one of the many varieties of weatherstripping available. If applied correctly, the weatherstripping should effectively eliminate the draft without affecting your ability to open or close your doors and windows. You can also use caulk to seal any drafts where wiring enters your home’s walls.
Fortify your chimney:
A fireplace can provide you with great comfort during the cold months. However, a chimney is built to allow smoke to escape, which means that warm air can also escape. An easy trick to conserve heat is to keep your fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use. Also make sure the opening where the chimney exits the ceiling and roof is well sealed.
Blue Dot Services of Maryland wants you to stay warm this winter. We offer energy-saving solutions that help you cut costs while keeping your home comfortable. Call (410) 698-6465 to schedule a home energy audit today.
Explore the pages below for a better understanding of the components of your heating system and the benefits of choosing tankless water heating over traditional water heaters. Blue Dot Services of Maryland can help you realize energy savings and increased comfort this winter, so give us a call at (410) 698-6465 today.
After returning home on a cold day, you adjust your thermostat and your heating system comes on. Your home grows warm and comfortable while you kick back and enjoy your evening. With a well-tuned heating system that offers uninterrupted comfort, you probably don’t give its inner-workings a second thought.
Behind the scenes, your heating system is composed of several different components working in concert to keep you warm while maintaining energy efficiency. With the right components and regular maintenance, your system can help you find a balance between low utility bills and optimal comfort even during the coldest days of the year.
The very heart of your system is your furnace. This piece of machinery generates heat and distributes warmed air throughout your home using a motor, blowers, valves, and many other parts. Fuel-burning furnaces use natural gas or oil. When heat is called for by your thermostat, the furnace’s burner activates, the flame heats the surrounding air, and the blower motor pushes warmed air into the ducts.
Now that the air is heated, it needs to be distributed throughout your home. Many homes have hot air ducts under the floor, making use of heat’s natural tendency to rise. The furnace’s blower motor pushes this air into the ducts, which is directed as necessary to registers or vents in your home. The vents help evenly distribute the air. Return air ductwork brings cooler air back to the furnace for reheating, and the cycle begins again.
The brains of your system, the thermostat, is a very important component when it comes to energy efficiency and comfort. A programmable thermostat can help you enjoy greater levels of comfort while you’re at home and save you energy when you’re away. Many types of thermostats will even give you reminders when it’s time to change your furnace filter, further increasing your home’s efficiency and comfort.
Blue Dot Services of Maryland can help you better understand how your heating system works and offer suggestions for upgrades. Schedule duct cleaning, a tune-up for your furnace, or explore programmable thermostat options by calling us at (410) 698-6465. You can visit us online to learn about our full range of products and services.
Temperatures will soon dip below freezing in neighborhoods all across Maryland. Now that the heating season has arrived, it’s time to make sure your furnace is ready to take on the chill.
The licensed technicians at Blue Dot Services of Maryland can service your furnace, boiler, heat pump, and any other HVAC equipment as necessary. To find out what
we can do for you and your home, watch this brief video.
We are happy to provide free estimates, same-day service, and 24-hour emergency service. Trust us with all your heating needs this winter. We have proudly served our mid-Atlantic customers for more than 40 years. You can enjoy the same superior service when you call us at (410) 698-6465 today.