Energy Saving Tips

  1. Cooling & Heating your home is usually by far the largest expense when it comes to your energy costs. Have your system(s) checked in the spring and fall to make sure they are running at peak efficiency. Consider replacing your system if it is getting older. An old inefficient system may be costing you an arm and a leg to operate. Consider adjusting your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer. You will save an average of 3% for every degree you set your thermostat above or below 73 degrees!

  2. Cover your windows: Rays from the sun may be inviting in the winter, but they cause a lot of heat gain during the summer months which can cost you extra on your cooling bill. In the summer, keep your curtains and shades drawn during the day. Plant deciduous trees/plants at the south side of your house so that they shade your house in summer but allow for direct solar heating in winter. If your windows are old and have air leaks, consider replacing them.

  3. Check for and seal any cracks or gaps: Experts estimate that all of the tiny gaps and cracks in an older home are roughly equivalent to a one-foot square hole punched in your wall. Sealing any cracks or gaps with caulking and weather-stripping can greatly improve energy efficiency. First, you should test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, hold a lit incense stick next to your windows, doors, etc. Observe the smoke to see if a draft is present. After you've sealed the gaps, think about adding some insulation to your floor, ceiling or walls. A bit of modern insulation can often work wonders for older houses.

  4. Add insulation to your hot-water pipes: Since the standard hot water heater is on all the time, adding extra insulation to the hot water pipes will save more energy than you think. Not only will you save money on your energy bill, you wont have to wait as long for hot water at each tap, especially if the pipes run through an unconditioned space. Most hardware stores sell pre-made insulation made just for this purpose. Experts estimate that adding insulation to any exposed hot water pipes can knock up to 15 percent off the costs of heating water. Adding extra insulation around the tank is usually not required, and could become a fire hazard if you're not careful. Caution: Be sure to read all manufacturers instructions before taking this step.

  5. Install a programmable thermostat: Complete control over your air conditioning and heating systems adds greater comfort as well as allowing you to save some "major bucks" on your energy costs! If you have a heat pump, make sure that the model you choose avoids turning on your systems "auxiliary heat" during the recovery period. Auxiliary heat uses an average of at least twice the energy than a heat pump does while running alone.

  6. Discontinue the use of your second refrigerator. Old beer fridge in the basement? Unplug it and make the trek upstairs to your new, energy-efficient fridge in the kitchen. It will be good for your heart -- and your energy bill.

  7. Install low-flow showerheads: Your shower accounts for about 30 - 40 percent of your hot water use. In addition to this, install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom taps. These two measures can reduce your water usage by as much as 50 percent. The water-saving shower heads provide an adjustable restriction at the shower tap, allowing for a hard spraying water massage!

  8. New Appliances. Choose carefully. Look for the Energy Star® Rating. If your going to use a new appliance for the next say 15 years, don’t you think it would be wise to get one that uses much less energy even if it means paying more for it now? Think about it.

  9. Lower the temperature of your water heater. Heating cold water is very energy intensive–and also a great place to save energy. Although you need to keep your water heater set high enough to meet your needs, it should not be set high enough to cause scalding. 110 Degrees usually does the trick. Be sure to let an expert make the adjustment if your not sure. Experts also recommend draining a pint or so of water from your water heater a few times a year to reduce sediment and increase efficiency. Remember: Insulating hot water pipes will usually allow you to lower the temperature without sacrificing quantity. ( See tip #4 above).

  10. Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights: Compact fluorescent light bulbs use only about a third as much electricity as standard incandescent. Because Fluorescent lighting gives off much less heat than a standard bulb, you will also save money on your cooling bill. According to some experts, if you substitute compact fluorescent bulbs for a quarter of the incandescent used in high-use areas, you can cut the amount of electricity you use on lighting by half.

Furnace Tips

If your Furnace is still having issues after trying these Quick Tips Contact us to schedule a maintenance visit.

Check the Thermostat
Make certain to check your thermostat: Be sure the thermostat is in the open position for heat. It must be set higher then the room temperature by at least 5 degrees.

Check the Furnace Blower Door
Check your furnace blower door: Your furnace blower door has a safety switch. If the door is not installed correctly all of the power to the furnace is disabled.

Check the Pilot Light
Is the Pilot Light Lit? Check to make certain that your furnaces pilot light is lit. The flame should range from ½ to 1 ½ inches with up to 3 separate flames. If the light is out try re-lighting it or contact us.

Change Filters
You should change your furnace blower's filter once a month. Most blowers are also utilized by your air conditioning unit; therefore you should change the filter monthly year-round.

Uneven Room Temperatures
Are you suffering from uneven room temperatures? Try shutting down the vents in the closets and bathrooms, to force the air to rooms that require more heat. Heat rises, if the downstairs rooms are cold close vents upstairs ½ or all the way as may be needed to balance the temperature. If you're still having issues, your homes duct system could be inadequate. Have one of our certified technicians perform an inspection for you.

Spacing in front of Vents
You should always keep at least 2' of free space in front of your air vents. Vacuum your vents regularly and remember to change your systems filter.

Unatural Odors
Can you smell unnatural odors? Carbon Monoxide has no smell but may be accompanied by other gases. CALL US IMMEDIATELY TO CHECK THE SYSTEM OUT!

Noises from your System
Are you hearing strange noises coming from your furnace? You should call for service immediately. If there is a malfunction having a D. A. Gsell Service Technician check your system could save you substantially before the problem worsens.

System Keeps Going On and Off
Your system keeps going on and off. If your system seems to be cutting on and off and for extended periods of time contact us to have a technician check your system

Air Conditioning Tips

If your Air Conditioner or Furnace is still having issues after trying these Quick Tips Contact us for a service visit.

The Air isn't Cold
Is the air that is blowing through your system not cold? Try turning the A/C breaker off and back on.

No Air Coming From Vents
You have no air coming form the vents but the system is running? You should try turning the unit off for 8 hours and replacing the air filters. If there is ice built up around the pipes from you're A/C's compressor, make certain the ice has melted. If this does not help you should contact D.A. Gsell for service.

Varying Room Temperatures
Are you experiencing a range of room temperatures? You should try shutting the vents down in the closets and bathrooms, or the coldest rooms in the home to force the air to rooms needing a larger amount of cold air. If the problems still persist, it could be that your home was built with an inadequate duct system or you need to add vents to the existing system. One of our certified technicians can help diagnose this problem.

Pipe is Dripping
Is the ¾ inch PVC pipe on your system dripping? You should immediately call for service.

No Air or Sound from Unit
If you have no air or there is no sound coming from the unit? Try setting the thermostat to COOL, and turn the thermostat down until the unit comes back on. You should also check the breakers in your homes electric panel box.

Water Dripping from Vents
Should you see water dripping from your vents try changing your blowers filter and open your vents completely.

Ice is Building on Pipes
If you see ice building up on the copper pipes of your air conditioner, check your air filter and turn the unit off for eight hours. Should the problem persist, contact D.A. Gsell for service.