- Adjust Your Thermostat: Take advantage of programmable thermostats. Especially if you have a furnace, set your thermostat to automatically turn the heat down at night and when you’re away. If you have a heat pump, use your smart thermostat to turn down the thermostat in the winter when you are away and at night when you are asleep, or to turn it up a few degrees in the summer.
- Use Your Windows: Add curtains to windows to reduce heat loss by 10%, according to Energy.gov. During the winter, open your drapes or blinds on the south side of your home to bring the heat of the sun into your home keeping it warm. In the summer, keep your blinds and windows closed to block the heat. If you have blinds, close them completely to reduce heat gain by 45%. If you have drapes, switch them out for medium colors with white-plastic backings to reduce heat gains by 33%. Let shrubbery and plants grow over the windows or add awnings to provide shade, which can reduce heat gain by 77% on west-facing windows.
- Keep HVAC Registers Clear: Your HVAC system uses energy to take air in, heat or cool it, and then push it through your home. Don’t make it work harder to get your home to the set temperature by placing obstacles over the heat registers. If you have furniture blocking the registers, rearrange the room to improve air circulation.
- Block and Damper your Fireplace: If you’re not using your fireplace, make sure to close the flu, preventing heated or cooled air from escaping through the chimney. Besides using the damper, you can install glass doors around the fireplace, or invest in a chimney balloon.
- Only Heat/Cool the Rooms You’re Using: If you have a storage or guest room that isn’t being used, block and shut off the registers for those rooms using less energy to keep unnecessary areas warm/cool, leaving the main areas of your home comfortable.
- Use Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans can be an excellent way to reduce your heating and cooling costs year-round. In the winter, you can use your ceiling fans to cut costs by changing the ceiling fan’s rotation to clockwise and set it to low, circulating warm air that’s risen to the ceiling back down to the living area without creating a draft. In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans are going counterclockwise and pushing cooler air down. Using your ceiling fans in the summer can make it feel 6 degrees cooler in your home, letting you increase your thermostat 6 degrees higher, saving on energy costs. But remember to turn them off when you leave a room to avoid wasting energy.
- Lock Windows and Doors: When you lock your windows and doors, they are usually pulled tighter against the weather stripping of their frames. This can help seal the windows and doors from leaks and won’t let the cool or warm air out.
- Replace Your Filters: A dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder and reduces efficiency, increasing your energy use. Change your HVAC filter at least every three months, if not every month in the hottest and coldest seasons. According to the US Department of Energy, changing your filter can lower your energy consumption by 5-15%.
- Find and Seal Leaks: In the winter, as much as 38% of your home’s heat can be lost through leaks in ductwork, and around doors and windows. Sealing leaks can help minimize wasting money on heating and cooling your home. By sealing the ductwork in your home, caulking around windows, replacing the weather stripping around the outside or bottom of your doors, and insulating around outlets and pipes, you can help reduce the amount of leaks in your home, thereby saving you on heating and cooling costs year-round!
- Maintain Your HVAC System: Energy Star recommends regular maintenance and getting tune-ups on your HVAC system to ensure your HVAC system runs efficiently. This can not only increase efficiency and save you money on your HVAC bills but it can help prevent more costly problems in before they cause major damage to your system. Learn more about getting a system tune-up here.
Testing by the University of Colorado Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering found that the Carrier/Bryant Infinity/Evolution air purifier inactivates 99% of coronavirus trapped on the filter. Other third-party testing also concluded that Carrier’s/Bryant’s Captures & Kills technology inactivates 99% of select viruses and bacteria trapped on the filter, such as a common cold virus surrogate, Streptococcus pyogenes and human influenza.
With every cycle of air that passes through this patented air purifying system, pollen, animal dander, bacteria and other pollutants are trapped and held tightly to the filter. An electrical charge then bursts the cell walls of pathogens it comes in contact with.
The result is that homes with the Infinity air purifier can provide healthier indoor environments. Families can have added peace of mind that their loved ones have a cleaner and healthier home in which to live, learn, work and play.
In these uncertain times we all want to do everything we can to protect those we love. Not only can the Air Knight® Air Purification System improve indoor air quality, it generates natural oxidizers that seek out and break down pollutants in the air, AND on surfaces anywhere conditioned air is supplied.
The Air Knight® Air Purification System uses a unique new technology consisting of UV light energy combined with a 5-metal, quint-metallic core to produce a pro-active, advanced oxidation to cleanse air and surfaces.
This new technology produces ionic oxidizers, such as hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxides. These oxidizers become hydrogen and oxygen molecules in the indoor air after the purification process.
By engineering the proper UV light spectrum in combination with the quintmetallic core, the Air Knight® produces a virtually maintenance free unit that reduces odors, air pollutants, VOC’s (chemical odors), smoke, mold, bacteria, and viruses.
Installing an Air Knight Air Purification System reduces:
- pet odors/dander
- cooking odors
Key features include:
- PX5 ionic oxidation
- Air and surface treatment
- Long life warranty
Contact Apex Heating and Air today for a quote and to learn more about the revolutionary Air Knight® Air Purification System.
As local communities respond to the rapidly evolving concerns around the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Apex Heating and Air would like to reassure our customers that the safety and health of our families and yours is our top priority. Our intent is to continue to serve customers who are experiencing heating and air conditioning issues during this time.
Here’s what we are doing to help combat this pandemic.
- Employee hand-washing and sanitation practices are being enforced at all times
- Additional sanitation measures are being taken at the office
- Before and after we are at a customer location, we wash/sanitize hands
- Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation, we have reviewed and assessed exposure risk with staff, including a policy that mandates anyone showing any symptoms to stay at home (or work from home)
- We use contactless payment systems (ex. credit/debit cards, financing, etc.) whenever possible
What you can do to help.
Follow the recommendations from the CDC on hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, staying at home if you feel ill, and advising any service professional in advance of entering your home if you are at risk to exposure per CDC guidelines.
We wish you comfort and good health during this unprecedented time.
Owner/License Holder Apex Heating & Air Conditioning
Apex Heating and Air Conditioning
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Apex, NC 27502
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