Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill On Verge Of Senate Breakthrough

While many in Washington still warn about the dangers of carbon emissions and climate change, the reality and perhaps the one thing that experts on both sides agree on, is that Americans are paying less attention to global warming than they have in the past. To end this uncertainty, the Senate after months of behind the scenes maneuvering will begin the debate on the critically important legislation which could help American consumers, businesses and the federal government to save millions of dollars each year by using less energy, and using less energy will be a step forward in the fight against climate change in the U.S.
The new energy efficiency legislation introduced by Senators Shaheen and Portman could come up before the U.S. Senate for approval. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, also known as Shaheen-Portman Bill will help to reduce the energy bill of U.S., improve its economic competitiveness, create new American jobs and enhance U.S. energy security. The bill has been endorsed by more than 200 businesses, trade associations and advocacy groups.
What is the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act?
The Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a 19-3 vote, it includes provisions that will directly improve energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and federal agencies, the provisions in the bill include strengthening energy efficiency requirements in building energy codes, incentivizing energy efficiency using rebates and for certain equipment, encouraging energy efficiency supply chains through a new supply star program.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found implementation of the bill would save about 9.5 quadrillion btus (british thermal units) between 2014 and 2030, or nearly one tenth of the annual energy use in the U.S. As the second largest consumer of energy in the world and the worlds biggest economy it is critically important for the United States to improve energy efficiency, the bill has received bipartisan support with seven Republicans and twelve Democrats in favor of the bill. It contains a variety of policies and programs to reduce residential, commercial and industrial energy use and focusing on sectors and areas with energy savings potential such as the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, the bill also restricts inefficient energy practices that will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and millions of jobs every year. One of the components of the bill also requires the Federal Government- which is the largest user of energy adopt energy saving techniques and best practices to operate efficiently.
Commenting on the bill Senator Portman said Washington can seem pretty divided these days, but there are some things on which we all can agree. This bill is one of them it is good for the economy and good for the environment. By making it easier for employers to use energy efficient tools, we are helping them to reduce their costs, enabling them to put those savings towards expanding their companies and hiring new workers.
The bill has received positive feedback and widespread support, the only constraint halting the success of the bill are the amendments lawmakers are trying to attach to it. The successful passing of this bill will not only help in mitigating climate change in the U.S. and reduce carbon emissions but also be a trendsetter for other countries to follow suit.

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How to Navigate the EPC Register Website

The Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Register is the register of Energy Performance Certificates lodged for properties in the UK, and can be accessed online via the epcregister.com website. The website is operated on behalf of the British Government by the Landmark Information Group, which has designed the site to be easy to navigate so you can quickly find the information you are looking for.

The home page includes a menu on the left, with a description on the right and clickable links for quick access to finding a reputable domestic energy assessor in your area, and to retrieving an energy performance certificate for a property. These options are also available by selecting the appropriate option from the menu on the left.

Find Energy Assessor

The first option after Home on the menu is Find Energy Assessor. This page helps you find an accredited energy assessor near the property to be assessed, or to check whether or not an individual claiming to be an energy assessor is accredited. To find an assessor you will need to select what type of report you require the energy assessor to prepare and the postcode of the property. Full contact details of accredited assessors are only available if they have given permission for these details to be displayed.

If you select the option to find the nearest accredited assessor in the area in which the property is located, select the type of report you want them to prepare. Options are: an Energy Performance Certificate (used for existing buildings), an SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) Energy Performance Certificate (used for new or converted buildings), or a Home Condition Report.

Retrieve Report

There are two options on the menu for retrieving an existing report: Using a Reference Number, or Using a Property Address. Use the first option if you know the RRN (Report Reference Number), which is shown on front page of the EPC. Use the second option if you do not know the RRN but do know the postcode.

In both cases you will need to enter a security code to confirm you are a genuine enquirer and not a spammer, and you will also need to read and accept the terms.

If you do not know the postcode, click on the link to the right instead of entering the postcode. You will then be asked to enter the street name and postal address town. The postcode is then displayed and you can click on it to view the list of available reports.

EPC Adviser

This option enables you to see how you can make your property more energy efficient and less expensive to run. Select this option and enter the RRN and security code. Click Next and agree to the conditions. When you click Next again a list of measures (such as insulation, changes to lighting and heating measures) you can take to improve energy efficiency is displayed. Select the options you want and then click on Calculate to see how much money you could save. You can try as many different combinations as you wish. Click on View Results when you have finished to view a summary and download a pdf.

Metal Sunscreen Fabrication Options To Enhance Your Commercial Building

Looking for ways to set your building apart? What if those enhancements could even save you money? Metal sunscreens not only add an element of design to any building facade, they also add many benefits to your building that may result in tremendous financial savings. They help reduce heat, glare and overall energy costs. They provide energy savings by minimizing direct solar gain through windows (requires less costly glazing) and reducing peak electricity demand. Studies also show that buildings utilizing these products increase worker productivity, lowers absenteeism and increases employee comfort. West Coast Metal Systems designs, fabricates, and ships quality horizontal and vertical metal sunscreens to anywhere in the western United States. We can also provide a variety of outrigger, blade, and attachment options for your unique aesthetic design. With in-house design and fabrication, we can produce custom products, at a fair price and deliver them in a fraction of the time of other fabricators.

Blades

Metal sunscreens are available with a variety of different blade options including flat, tube, ovals, round, square, crescent, tear-drop, perforated, rectangles, zee shape and “C” shape. Depending on the look and functionality you desire, West Coast Metal Systems can suggest a blade shape, size, and design appropriate for your project. With in-house design and fabrication, West Coast can create custom products at a fraction of the time and cost of other industry players.

Attachment Options

Metal sunscreens can attach to a variety of materials including wood structures, steel and masonry. Typical attachment options include expansion anchors through bolts, tapped and thread cutting fasteners as well as welded connections. West Coast Metal Systems will help you select the right attachment option for your sunscreen.

Fabrication Options

The metal sunscreen fabrication options at West Coast Metal Systems are virtually endless. West Coast can produce 12 inch to 10 foot cantilevers with rectangular and curved options in a wide variety of depths and sizes. From color and size to style and design, West Coast will provide you variety of fabrication options unmatched by anyone in the industry.

Design Customization

West Coasts metal sunscreens come with a variety of color and design customization options. West Coast can supply powder coating, kynar and anodize options to match whatever adjacent materials are required. West Coast Metal Systems provides limitless design customization options to meet all your sunscreen needs.

According to a 2007 D.O.E. Sun Control Study, Sunscreens can save up to 22% in total energy costs. Metal sunscreens make a functional and attractive addition to any building or residence and can save you money down the road. West Coast Metal Systems offers a wide range of horizontal and vertical sunscreens custom fitted for your design needs that can positively impact the energy efficiency and LEED classification of any building. West Coasts metal sunscreens are available in any size, color/finish blade, or mounting option. All sunscreens are fully customizable and engineered for each project. Since all sunscreens are designed and fabricated in house, West Coast Metal Systems offers the best lead times in the industry. No job is too large or too small. West Coast can cover all your metal sunscreen needs.

Architectural metal offers many benefits to your building and with so many quality products on the market, why not enhance its appearance for many years to come? West Coast Metal Systems is a one-stop shop for all your architectural metal needs. From rainscreen, flush caulk joint, dry seal, and composite metal panel infill systems to any type of sunscreen possible, West Coast Metal Systems can design, fabricate, and ship any product to your building, oftentimes at a fraction of the cost and time of other companies.

Nashville’s Best Vinyl Replacement Windows. Energy Efficiency

A new national survey notes an interesting return to aesthetics being more important than energy efficiency in the consumers decision making process with regards to vinyl replacement windows. I believe there are two reasons for the shift. First, there may be some level of expectation that most products provide enhanced levels of energy efficiency because of the governments stimulus tax credit. Many manufacturers, because of the stringency of the requirements, scampered to find products that qualified. The other reason for the change is that the higher end consumer, who previously considered vinyl a lesser quality product and would only look at high cost wood and clad windows, now, because of the economic realities, are ready to look at vinyl as a lower cost, more energy efficient, alternative. Aesthetics have always been a driving force in that customers decision-making process.

Vinyl windows have been around for over thirty years, realizing more and more acceptance from consumers for various reasons. Many focus group studies have been undertaken by various manufacturers and one of the most interesting things that has been learned is that the one main thing that consumers that have otherwise loved their vinyl windows didnt like was the fact that they had to give up glass viewing area. Unfortunately, most manufacturers dont talk about that issue with the customer because of structural decisions that have required their vinyl extrusions to be big and boxy, leaving the customer to notice it only AFTER their windows are installed and too late to make a change. One of the reasons that so many products have big, bulky extrusions has to do with the increased necessity of energy efficient mainframes to meet Energy Star guidelines. Some manufacturers have made the investment in products that, in essence, allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
One of the interesting things about vinyl is that it shares a couple of properties of steel. One of the properties is that every 90 bend in vinyl increases its structural integrity. Many of the bulky, boxy mainframes available use many 90 bends for structural strength, but this increases the overall bulk of the product. The aesthetics conscious consumer is looking for a product that combines looks structure and energy efficiency.

One rarely discussed difference in products is the variations in the white color. Most customers that have white trim have painters white. Many manufacturers, including some that have some of the lowest advertised prices, still use the original white vinyl color, which has a blue or black tint to it. Again, this typically is not discussed at the time of purchase and is only discovered after the products are installed, too late to make a change. Make sure the home improvement consultant matches their white to your white.

Smart Buildings – More Than Just Energy Efficiency

The smartest people in the commercial real estate industry agree–if we really got energy efficiency in buildings right using smart building technologies, corporations could save so much money that there would be little need for solar panels or windmills. While most experts are still strong supporters of these alternative energy sources, they agree that extreme energy efficiency measures could have very dramatic positive results.

On the other hand, there are an increasing number of people who are growing disenchanted with the energy efficiency movement. It is not that they are against the idea, it just seems like it is an “all or nothing” proposition, and one of the major aspects of smart building technologies is the impact they can have on OPERATIONS and TENANT SAFETY/SATISFACTION as well as energy efficiency–which solar panels and windmills don’t offer.
In our world of buildings, a world that impacts us every time we enter an office, mall, school or sporting venue, and an environment that requires a great degree of operational support, why totally ignore the operational benefits, financial and human productivity possibilities, and tenant safety/satisfaction potential of intelligent, connected, high performance smart buildings?

This new generation of smart buildings, in which an IT infrastructure is laid on top of a building and every electro-mechanical device is IP enabled and connected with the ability to send data and be controlled, can provide energy savings and a WHOLE LOT MORE. The concept of centralized portfolio control with dramatically reengineered workflow, combined with advanced data analytics and visualization, could have an equal (if not greater) impact on the operational and tenant satisfaction bottom line of a building when comparing energy efficiency and savings.

Building owners care a lot about the costs of running a building. If these state of the art concepts and technologies can significantly reduce operating costs, why not exploit that fact? These details should be included in the overall strategy when cost-justifying the retrofitting of existing buildings. It makes sense to look at every aspect of these intelligent and smart buildings. Go through the front door with energy efficiency but, by no means stop there; operational efficiency and tenant satisfaction will round out the complete justification for making smart building investments.

One small, yet interesting example of this approach would be the management of fire extinguishers. Despite more technology in an iPhone than we had on the first space launch, we continue each month to walk every square foot of our buildings in search of a fire extinguisher with a small paper card attached and a hole to punch. With some pretty basic smart building technology, we can connect those fire extinguishers to a network and monitor them in real time, with almost no future financial investment. This also has a good sustainability aspect, as we are not using natural resources to transport humans in their search for cards to punch.

Another area relevant to smart building technology with a very fast payback is digital signage. Despite the fact that the hardware and technology costs have become very competitive, we continue to rely on analog solutions to communicate information in our lobbies. If you look at the cost and process, with multiple people and methods of getting a tenant’s name up on a lobby sign, it is a very inefficient way to communicate tenant information. In addition to a simple tenant directory, digital signage can also offer advertising (potential revenues), and fire life safety information in the event of an emergency.

Many different areas of a building’s operations would benefit greatly from automation: HVAC, lighting, security/access, energy, fire/life/safety, lifts, water management, landscaping/irrigation, audio visual, digital signage, parking, voice/data and more.

If we truly want to take our buildings to the next level of sophistication and take advantage of all available technologies, then start thinking of the three categories that make a smart building–energy efficiency and conservation, operational efficiency, tenant safety and satisfaction. If we include all of these categories in our financial justification models, it becomes a much easier decision to retrofit and move our buildings into the 21st century.

Which Windows Buyers Guide To Establishing The Energy Efficiency Of Replacement Windows

Energy efficient windows will not only help to reduce your heating bill, they also increase comfort and help the environment through a lower carbon footprint. They can be made using any frame material or combination of materials. A good tool to establish whether replacement windows are energy efficient is the British Fenestration Rating Council’s (BFRC) scheme for rating the energy efficiency of windows. This is a national system and is accepted as a method to show compliance with the building regulations for new or replacement window installations. However, at present the scheme is still voluntary.

The energy rating scheme uses traffic light energy labels for windows on a scale from A to G that are similar to the energy labels you can find on most household appliances. A-graded windows are the most energy efficient. Each window rated by the BFRC has a unique label displaying the overall rating (A-G) and the energy index which shows how much energy the window will save or lose once it has been installed. This depends on a number of factors such as the building, local climate and indoor temperature. A positive value in the index indicates that the window lets more heat in through the glass into the room than is being lost through the window. Such a window is a free energy supplier. A-rated windows will have a positive energy index. Values are given in kilowatt hours per square metre per year.

The label also shows the window’s U and L values. These are measures of a window’s ability to reduce heat loss during indirect radiation exposure during the winter. Low U values mean less heat loss and translate into lower heating costs. The L value indicates the effective heat loss due to air penetration. Another value shown is the solar heat gain. This value is closely linked to the U value and measures the window’s ability to reduce heat gain during direct radiation exposure in the summer. A lower value means less direct heat enters the room and it stays cooler.

The type of glass used has a direct impact on the U value and the solar gain factor. The most energy efficient glass for double glazing is low emissivity (Low-E) glass. This often has an invisible coating of metal oxide on one of the two sheets of glass that make the window, normally on one of the internal panes. This makes the glass reflective, letting sunlight and heat in and cutting the amount that can get out again, thus making the home warmer in the winter. In the summer it reflects the heat back and makes your home cooler.

Very energy efficient windows might use gases like argon, xenon or krypton in the gap between the sheets of glass. The more efficient windows will also use pane spacers around the inside edges to keep the two panes of glass apart that contain little or no metal.

Selecting energy efficient windows has become easier as you can compare window energy ratings. The window energy rating scheme checks all components of the window (including the frame and any casement) and rates the whole window on its energy saving properties. Windows rated B or better are endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust. Energy labels allow you to compare and select windows based on their specific energy performance rather than just relying manufacturers’ claims, thus enabling you to make informed purchasing decisions.

Energy-efficiency Electronics Hardware A bridge Fuel To The Future

Demand for energy continues to be a major topic around the world. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or hydro power are increasingly being utilized to provide for that demand. Many States have even recently passed laws raising the minimum renewable usage cap that utility companies must implement into their overall supply. But … we still require escalating amounts of energy for agriculture, industry, and to heat our homes and offices. Emerging as a “bridge fuel” to clean energy and renewable resources, the power electronics industry is poised to span that gap with hardware solutions needed to build intelligent power systems.

The Obama administration plans to spend billions of dollars on power conservation and sustainable energy projects as part of a $787 billion stimulus package which is has focused on energy efficiency. Andrew Fanara, of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has famously said. “Energy efficiency is the bridge fuel we must build on and must invest in” he stresses “Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, fastest way to act.”

In part, the administration’s strategy is to use improved energy efficiency as a method of buying time to invest in and explore emerging and clean energy options. With initiatives like the smart power grid gaining traction, the power electronics hardware that makes it all work and its new designs aimed at increasing energy efficiency will be at the core of the plan.

Already, there is huge demand for power efficiency by consumers found an industry survey. And, consumers are willingly paying a premium for electronic hardware that delivers energy efficiency. This trend anticipates a growing number of electronic hardware devices will be utilized, which lowers costs and drives improved energy efficiency. Measured in dollars per watt this high volume of hardware deployment forecasts the efficiency for power electronics may drop to as low as 12 cents per watt by 2013.

The focal point of “smart power” systems and a national smart energy grid has clearly been on the hardware side of the equation. To be successful, in the not to distant future, engineers will also make use of the intelligence provided by software so that the hardware components communicate most effectively to accomplish maximum reduction of power consumption. The know-how exists now for this integrated software, but it is still far from widespread.

Power Profiling is a valuable energy-efficiency tool that granularly identifies the power consumed specifically by HVAC, appliances, networks, lighting etc. and communicates this information to users. A user profile is developed by use of proprietary algorithms that calculate information regarding a structure’s overall usage, and several data points such as the time of day and its energy consumption history.

The purpose of power profiling is to enable users to know exactly what activities or systems are consuming the most power, including how much, and how that consumption is affected by actions they take. Most HVAC and appliances are not yet enabled so numerous hardware metering devices are used throughout the structure, at least an adequate number to demonstrate to the user what the largest power users are and how to limit consumption.

Home Area Networks (HAN) are increasingly communicating with utilities in addition to the traditional media centers and computers. Both utilities and consumer electronics companies are offering and assortment of hardware solutions with methods of pre-programming and remotely controlling home systems such as water usage, heating & cooling, and appliances. With the arrival of “smart” appliances and new wireless network protocols designed specifically for energy-efficiency, many of these hardware solutions communicate to users and utilities over one or more wireless systems.

ZWave for media and home automation

ZigBee chosen by utility companies because of it’s secure protocol, and

EnOcean a European self-powered energy harvesting technology that powers devices without the use of batteries.

Hardware using these wireless protocols can all be controlled from a single point building management system, or a homeowner’s computer. Even though these technologies are still on the leading edge, trends indicates they are very near to wide-scale adoption, enabling buildings to connect to smart grid applications that exponentially increase energy-efficiency.

Advances in alternative energy sources have provided greener ways of producing electricity and the burgeoning energy-efficiency industry is providing a plethora of energy saving hardware devices to help users re-tool . We can reduce energy consumption with these advances and make strides toward energy independence. Consider what T. Boone Pickens says “In additional to putting our security in the hands of potentially unfriendly and unstable foreign nations, we spent $475 billion on foreign oil in 2008 alone. That’s money taken out of our economy and sent to foreign nations, and it will continue to drain the life from our economy for as long as we fail to stop the bleeding.

Projected over the next 10 years the cost will be $10 trillion – it will be the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind.”

“By investing in renewable energy and conservation, we can create millions of new jobs. Developing new alternative energies while utilizing natural gas for transportation and energy generation; securing our economy by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and keeping more money at home to pay for the whole thing.”

Moving forward with renewables is a must, but it is also a documented fact that this increased capacity will not be enough to meet upcoming demands and provide energy independence. The tremendous strides being made in energy efficiency technologies are to help stem the tide, bridging the gap.

Phase Transformers – Understanding The Components

phase transformers let us to utilize a wide assortment of appliances, equipment, tools, gadgets and everything that operates on electrical power. Transformers have enormously enhanced our capability to work with different electrical machines and domestic devices. They convert voltages and frequencies into the necessary amounts, which tends to make electrical power safer to manage. Without transformers serving as mediums, electrical energy delivered into our houses and businesses would not be doable and some appliances may not even exist. You can find several varieties of transformers that may be purchased at local electric shops and appliance centers, like low voltage transformers, AC transformers, custom transformers and the rest. One specific kind of transformer that proves to be fascinating is the 3 Phase transformer. It is not simply an AC or DC transformer, but one where the three phases clearly makes this type one of the most complicated ones.

A 3 phase transformer is often a transformer that’s normally utilized in energy distribution systems. These are the larger and bulkier transformers usually identified in electrical power producing corporations that are arranged in columns or groups. These transformers facilitate the transport of energy through the electrical distribution systems. In this kind of transformer, there are 3 sets of primary and secondary coils, wrapped around every single leg of a predefined iron core. You can find a number of combinations that can be made from these three sets of coils that are defined by the requirement for larger voltage or for higher reliability. The structure of the 3 units of coils is governed by the idea of appropriate phase relationships between the phase windings. Any such transformer is a lot more difficult than a straightforward DC transformer or an AC transformer in single phase due to the possibility of combinations and how it operates.

A 3 phase transformer has its very own positive aspects. The combinations supplied by any such transformer supply increased efficiency, which can utilize either multiple voltages or greater reliability. These transformers are simplified versions and better alternatives than making use of single-phase transformers linked together and carrying out the job of scaling down or scaling up voltages typical of that found in 3 phase devices. This type of transformer only needs a smaller variety of components, smaller in sizes and ones that are lighter than their modular alternatives. The configuration of the transformer with 3 phases, in reality, gives better reliability simply because if one winding fails to execute, the other two windings can nonetheless transport the full line voltage for the load. These transformers can deliver voltages and frequencies over long distances and produce an output of higher superiority.

On the other hand, you’ll find also a number of disadvantages of this sort of transformer. The transformer itself is basically composed of three single phase transformers with a special configuration and if a single of these transformers stores a pair of primary and secondary coils, the efficiency of the whole transformer will probably be affected, especially the current and voltage load. The configurations can also be very complex and difficult to comprehend; a large amount of time is needed to completely master the configurations. The electrical power ought to also be equivalent to the incoming electrical power to transform the electrical energy towards the desired voltage and frequency.

A 3 phase transformer is a great leap up from the conventional transformers used at home. In fact, it has enormously revolutionized power distribution and machinery operation with its different positive aspects.

Best Ways To Reduce Electric Bill

If you think that your monthly electric bill becomes burdensome, it is time to cut it. We have some tips to reduce electric bill as well as you save the earth with energy efficiency.

You can start with plan, telling the whole family that you are programming energy efficiency to reduce the electric bill. It will be useless if you yourself save the electricity, but the rest of your family keep using the electronic devices as usual. Ask them that by lowering the use of the energy, especially electricity, they will get two benefits. We can reduce the bill as well as saving the earth.

Then you can start practicing your program with simple things, like switching off lights and electronic devices when they are not in use. Make sure that you unplug those devices from any electricity socket. It is because some of those electronic appliances, like cell phone and laptop battery charger, computers, stereos, televisions, etc. keep consuming electricity even when they are turned off.

Speaking on light, you can change light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs for energy efficiency. Also, let the sunlight come into your rooms during the day instead of using electric ones for lighting.

Pay attention on electronic devices with great energy consumption, like water heater and air conditioner. For water heater, you can lower the temperature from 140 degrees Fahrenheit (normal temperature setting) to 120 degrees. If you look for a new water heater, try to get tank less one which heats the water only when it is needed. Dealing with hot water, we suggest that you take shorter shower with hot water.

Talking about household, we strongly advise that your air conditioner or heater be in good conditions. Any leakage or damage can give bad impact to electric bill and safety in your home. Dishwasher is also a device with high energy consumption. Thus we suggest that you not use the dry cycle. Let the dishes dry naturally by the air. Use washing machine only for lots of laundry.

Then you also had better use your stove more often and reduce the use of oven, if it is possible. Oven consumes more energy to heat. Last but not least, we recommend that you purchase electronic devices with Energy Star. Those devices have been approved as products with energy efficiency. Thus, finally we hope this article useful for you to reduce your monthly electric bill.

Pre-season Furnace Maintenance Checks

During the summer months it is nice to imagine that winter is far off and that the last thing we need to be worrying about is the condition of the furnace. Unfortunately, as a suburb of Chicago we do not have that luxury. For about nine months a year we are huddled indoors with our furnaces on full blast. This is something that we have become accustomed to and may even take for granted until we are faced with a below zero night without a functional heating system. To prevent this from happening to you, it is important to be a proactive homeowner.

There are a few checks that you can make before attempting to use the heating equipment.

Check the air filter-First, you should replace the air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter can prevent the unit from firing up and decrease airflow causing the unit to work harder to heat the home.

Check the thermostat- Also, you should check the thermostat. You should make sure that it has a fresh set of batteries, and if it is programmable, you may want to set an energy efficient program for the winter season.

Test the Furnace- Now you should test the furnace. You must first make sure that the switch is in the “on” position on the actual unit. Then you can turn the system on at the thermostat and raise the temperature a few degrees. For optimal energy efficiency the fan setting should be set in the “auto” position. Allow the unit to run for a few hours to make sure that the temperature is rising.

Schedule a Maintenance Check- Finally, you should have the furnace or boiler system tuned up and cleaned.

Four Seasons offers a 29 point tune up and cleaning for your furnace performed by one of our NATE certified technicians. Dirt and debris can cause major problems for a heating system. Not only will it diminish the efficiency of the unit, but also waste fuel and prevent lubrication of various components of the unit. Wasted fuel will lead to higher energy costs, and dirty, poorly lubricated parts can lead to system failure. This process will not only ensure that your furnace is working properly, it will also improve the efficiency of the unit. We are so confident in this service that we offer a no breakdown guarantee with our certified furnace or boiler tune up!