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It is already time to turn on the furnace in your Oklahoma home. If you live in a part of the country that is cold during the winter, you spend a lot of money on heating costs. Some people are spending up to 50% of their monthly budget on heating.

Heating costs have gone up rapidly in the past two years. You may find that you are paying twice as much to heat your home. What can you do to save some of this money?

Start by walking through your home and identifying the areas where heated air is leaking out. Check around your doors, windows, fireplaces and any drafty areas. There are many ways to close off leaks. You can caulk, weather strip and use plastic to seal off drafts. Put door sweeps on all of your outside doors. If your home is poorly insulated, the additional money spent to insulate it will pay for itself in reduced heating costs. The more you prevent heated air from leaking out, the more you will save.

Most people never think of this, but you should minimize the usage of ventilation fans and kitchen hood fans during the winter. I’ve heard it said that one bathroom fan can pull all of the warm air out of an average sized house in a little over an hour. This could increase your heating costs by a surprising amount.

If you don’t use portions of your Oklahoma home, such as the guest room, why are you heating them? Close the heating vents in these areas and close the doors to rooms you don’t use.

Spend the money to have an annual maintenance performed for your furnace or heat pump. This will keep it in good operating condition and running efficiently. Poorly maintained units use more energy and fuel. Maintenance is often fairly inexpensive when compared to the savings in heating costs and the extended life of the unit.

Often, people get a little chill and crank up the thermostat in order to warm up the room faster. This doesn’t work. The heater won’t heat up any more quickly. Your furnace will only work harder than necessary. Don’t turn your heat completely off when you are sleeping or not at home. Turning it too low will cost you more to re-heat the air in your home. You should set the thermostat at 68 to 70 degrees while you are at home during the day, and drop it to 60 to 65 at night or when you aren’t at home. A programmable thermostat is great for this.

Take a look at your hot water heater. It should be set at 120 degrees at the most. This is one of the safest temperatures anyway. If it is in an unheated areas, like an unfinished basement, you should wrap it in an insulation blanket to prevent heat loss. When washing clothes, try to wash them in cold water whenever possible. They even make soap powder that works best in cold water now.

There are many ways to save on your heating costs. From grabbing a sweater to opening south facing curtains during the day, you will find many savings.

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An air handler, or air handling unit and often abbreviated to AHU, is a device used to condition and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Usually, an air handler is a large metal box containing a blower, heating and/or cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators, and dampers. Air handlers usually connect to ductwork that distributes the conditioned air through the building, and returns it to the AHU. Sometimes AHUs discharge (supply) and admit (return) air directly to and from the space served, without ductwork.

At Superior Service of Broken Arrow, we offer air handlers that delivers comfortable conditioned air throughout your Oklahoma home. It works with an air conditioner to circulate cool air in the summer. Or, when paired with a heat pump, it circulates cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

If you are looking for an Oklahoma indoor air quality company please call us today at 918-357-2248 or complete our online request form.

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Tired of calling mobile companies, water companies, etc., and speaking to a robot?

Well, I don’t know about you but nothing ruins my afternoon quicker than having to spend 2 hours fighting with an automated phone system when I have a question about my cell phone bill!?!

So in honor of our live phone customer service professionals –

I have this incredible resource for you.

It’s called GetHuman.com

As a American you have a ton of STUFF you use in your home or business:

—Your cell phone

—Your laptop

—Your internet service

—The car you drive

—Your mortgage provider

And well your time is valuable and the last thing you want to do is spend the better part of
your day running in circles through one of those darn automated phone systems.

(Even Sox, Nara and Kahu, my Dogs, are smart enough not to waste their time chasing their own tail!)

So this awesome little resource GetHuman.com gives you “the direct numbers to speak to a live human” some of the biggest and most popular companies out there!

I’m talking about phone numbers to all those huge mega-companies who will only give you an email address or hide their phone number in such fine print that you spend hours looking for it!

Remember in Life – you want to spend your time productively and enjoying the profits.
Not running in circles with phone systems.

You can also get this as a app on your Iphone by going to GetHuman Iphone App!


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