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Heating and cooling your home
Heating and cooling your home

I figured out ways to save money on my vehicle when cruising the beaches along the lakeshore, but with my son starting travel soccer and daughter starting dance class's, the bills are starting to add up. I chatted with my friends, Becky Town and Kevin Walsh, over at Schaafsma Heating and Cooling about how to save money on heating and cooling my home. This is what they had to say:

1. Once a year have a heating and cooling professional perform general maintenance on your heating and air conditioner to make sure they are running at its peak efficiency. They can foresee any problems that may be coming up or just help keep the units clean.

2. Change your air filters regularly - This allows the air to flow through the furnace with ease and cause a lot less stress on the furnace and extends the longevity of the furnace. 

3. Invest in a programmable thermostat - This is for people who are in and out of there home. They are designed to keep you comfortable when your home, and when you are out they are saving you money. This makes your life so much easier. Who doesn't need that these days. 

4. When investing in a new furnace are air conditioning unit; make sure it is sized properly - If you buy a unit that is to small for the home it will struggle to keep the home either cool or warm and make living very uncomfortable. If your working with a smart company they will make sure your getting the correct size so you are not charge to much but also getting the correct unit size.

5. Arranging your furniture - This may sound odd but you do not want to restrict the air to your furnace. Make sure there are no area rugs or furniture over the vents that are either trying to draw the air into the furnace or blowing it out into the room. Although this could cause some arguments between you and your significant other; it will save you money in the long run.

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling is hosting a free open house at Cannonsburge Ski Lodge, Wednesday September 26th where you can speak with professionals about saving energy and get some free snacks. 

This is just a couple ways you can save money on your home but there are a lot of places you can find other ideas. You can also click here to find some Federal, local, and energy efficiency tax incentives

I'm off to soccer practice, then on to dance class, then somehow try to find time to eat dinner.