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During the winter we obviously use our heaters more often but there are ways to keep our heating costs down. We found a great article from DIYlife.com to help you with this.

Mistake #1: Ignoring Drafts
That cool air you feel seeping in is a blatant sign that your home is losing heat. Stop ignoring drafts! Check for cracks around doors, windows, foundations, fireplaces, and other areas. Use caulk, weather stripping, door sweeps, or plastic to close off leaks and keep the warm air inside your home.

Mistake #2: Leaving a Ventilation Fan Running
During the winter, don’t let the bathroom fan or kitchen hood fan run for longer than necessary. Ventilation fans can suck all the heated air right out of your home. But, don’t avoid using ventilation fans. Mold and mildew are always looking for a warm moist place to hide.

Mistake #3: Taking the Furnace for Granted
Maintain your heating equipment throughout the year. Regularly check and clean the filters in your furnace every 3 months. Dirty air filters can reduce the air flow in your system and make your furnace work harder.

Mistake #4: Raising the Thermostat Too High
If your furnace is struggling to reach a desired temperature, don’t turn the thermostat higher than the desired temperature. You’ll just make your furnace work even harder. Instead, look for the problem and try to fix it. Or if you’re heater is just not strong enough, take note, and adjust accordingly.

Mistake #5: Heating an Empty House
Take advantage of a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature of your home while you’re away. It’s important to program the thermostat to reflect your family’s schedule to get the most out of it And it can save you up to $180 a year in energy costs, according to Energy Star.

Mistake #6: Going to Extremes
Turning down the temperature at night seems like a good idea to save money on the heating bill. But if you turn the air back too far at night, it can cost you when you raise the temperature on the thermostat in the morning. Avoid extremes as the contents of your home will need to be heated as well as the air and that can take time.

Mistake #7: Washing Everything in Hot Water
Whenever your fabrics can tolerate it, turn the dial on your washer to cold. Washing clothes in cold water saves the cost of heating that water.

Mistake #8: Keeping the Curtains Drawn (or Keeping Them Not Drawn)
Opening window treatments when the sun is shining and close the curtains when the sun isn’t. This will give your home a heating boost from the sun and keep the heat in during the dark night. Also, pay attention to opening the curtains and shades on the side of your home where the sun strikes the windows.

Mistake #9: Keeping Windows Unlocked
It might sound too simple to believe, but locking your windows creates an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and drafts.

Mistake #10: Going It Alone
Energy audits by a professional are the best way to know about your home’s energy use. You can take advantage of Energy Star’s free online tools by entering information about how you heat your home. The Home Energy Advisor provides energy-saving home improvement recommendations for homes where you live. The Home Energy Yardstick compares your home’s energy use to similar homes in your area.

Does it look like you need a “Wintervention?” Let Casteel Heating and Cooling be YOUR professional. We can perform a Home Energy Audit for you and make recommendations for any issues we may find. Start saving today and give us a call at 770-565-5884.

Article cited: http://www.diylife.com/2011/01/03/heating-mistakes-solved-10-energy-saving-tips/

In following with our last post about saving money, we found a few more tips for you and some are even Christmas related!

Let’s face it: We all have a ton of demands during the winter months. Visiting relatives, holiday rituals, and icy cold weather to deal with.
Likewise, your electrical bill may soar during this time. As you strive to maintain an awesome Christmas lights display and start adjusting your HVAC systems, you may quickly run up your home’s energy usage.

However, you can cut down your electrical consumption here-and-there using a few easy techniques, preventing an unwelcome surprise in your power bill.

Tip 1: Use a Timer for Your Christmas Lights: I love an old-fashioned Christmas light display as much as the next person. But while these setups can be amazing in their extravagance, they can also burn a lot of power during the Christmas season. A few years ago, some folks advocated an end to this tradition in order to save energy.
However, you can enjoy Christmas lights responsibly by only using them a few hours per evening. A timer makes the entire process super easy, preventing the possibility you’ll accidentally leave your lights running overnight.

Bonus Tip: Use LED Christmas lights to save even more more money, as their bulbs are energy efficient.

Tip 2: Lower Your Climate Control Usage: If you Live in the South, you may still be running your air conditioning. Be sure to set it at a higher temperature for the holiday months. If it’s icy cold where you live, go ahead and keep your heater just a notch below the perfect temperature. Simply wear a sweater inside, and you’ll save a tremendous amount of money.

Tip 3: Wash Your Clothes with Cold Water: This tip applies to any time of the year, really. By washing all your clothes with cold water, you’ll reduce water heating costs and lower your energy use.

If you’re looking for a long-term savings plan, you can always consider a home energy audit. This way, you’ll learn about all the little things that are costing you big bucks over time. Even so, a few simple measure may be enough to keep your spirits a bit warmer during this time.

Remember, Casteel Heating and Cooling can perform an energy audit for you. Just call us at 770-565-5884

Article cited: http://ezinearticles.com/?3-Easy-Ways-to-Reduce-Your-Electric-Bill-This-Winter-Season&id=5485980

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.

 

Steps to Reduce Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

It is most important to be sure combustion equipment is maintained and properly adjusted.  Vehicular use should be carefully managed adjacent to buildings and in vocational programs.  Additional ventilation can be used as a temporary measure when high levels of CO are expected for short periods of time.

  • Keep gas appliances properly adjusted.
  • Consider purchasing a vented space heater when replacing an unvented one.
  • Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters.
  • Install and use an exhaust fan vented to outdoors over gas stoves.
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Choose properly sized wood stoves that are certified to meet EPA emission standards. Make certain that doors on all wood stoves fit tightly.
  • Have a trained professional inspect, clean, and tune-up central heating system (furnaces, flues, and chimneys) annually. Repair any leaks promptly.
  • Do not idle the car inside garage.

At Casteel Heating and Cooling we can perform an energy audit that tests for presence of Carbon Monoxide.

For more information regarding this topic see the cited article: An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Most potential home buyers wouldn’t dream of purchasing a property without getting a home inspection to look for structural problems, water damage, and other potentially costly issues. But few people consider the energy efficiency of a home, and an inefficient home can cost you a lot of money over the years.

If you’re out shopping for a new home, consider asking the seller to have an energy audit done on the home. This will show you where there’s room for future home improvements, but it will also help point out major problems, such as insufficient insulation, air leaks in the foundation or attic, and inefficient heating and cooling systems.

Aside from knowing where there are issues before you buy, you can also use the information gleaned in an energy audit to either reduce the price of the home based on the cost of renovations you’d have to complete, or you can ask the seller to have some of the renovations done before closing.

In the end, a little forethought regarding the efficiency of your new home can make a real difference for both your bottom line and your environmental footprint.

Casteel Heating and Cooling performs energy audits and will be glad to schedule one for you today!

Article cited: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/newhome-energy-audit-beforebuy.html

Casteel Heating and CoolingAir conditioners come in many different sizes, whether they are window air conditioners or central air conditioners. These units should be sized to cool the area of your home you’re trying to cool with the most efficiency. So how do you do that? Well, by measuring the area of the area to be cooled, you’ll have a pretty good idea what size air conditioner is for you.

To calculate this, simply multiply the length times the width of the room or area to be cooled. Then, as a practical number, multiply that total times 25BTU. This allows ample cooling, whether it is a rainy, moist day or a hot, sunny, humid day. Let’s say the room is 12 feet wide by 15 feet long. That means 12×15=180 square feet. Take the 180 sq. ft. times 25 BTU per square foot and you get the minimum BTU air conditioner you should buy. That means 180×25=4500 BTU cooling capacity is needed.

You may ask if a smaller air conditioner will work or a larger one may be better? Here’s a thought about those questions. Smaller BTU units will continually run, just trying to keep up. This will increase your electric bill and it is unlikely the unit will be able to cool the area effectively.

An air conditioner too large can be overkill. To dispute the rumor that bigger is better, an air conditioner too large will cool more quickly, but that may impede the reason for running the air conditioner in the first place. You see, along with cooling the air, the air conditioner is also extracting moisture from the air (humidity) that makes all of us feel hot and sticky. Although the air may be cooler, if the unit doesn’t run long enough, the moisture cannot be extracted from the air properly. It would be like being outside camping on a cool, clammy, foggy night. You know the feeling when your skin is moist and you get goose bumps when cool air flows over it. Besides, an air conditioner too large will cycle on and off frequently.

Do your self a favor and measure the area of the home to be cooled, calculate your BTU needs and size the air conditioner properly. Your local appliance store or heating and cooling center can aid you in selecting the proper air conditioner size for your home. Remember, too little is never enough and too much of a good thing can be bad.

Replacing an outdated central air-conditioning unit not only will save you money on your energy bill, but it also will affect your tax bill. The government has increased a tax-credit program to encourage homeowners to invest in energy-saving products. Tax credits are a particularly valuable tax benefit, because they directly reduce your tax bill rather than merely being deducted from your income.

  • Step 1

    Review the energy-efficiency tax credit savings available. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 introduced energy-efficiency tax credits for 30 percent of the total cost to purchase an energy-efficient central air-conditioning unit. This tax credit allows 30 percent, with a maximum limit of $1,500, of an air-conditioning unit’s costs to be credited back to consumers via their federal tax returns. For example, a unit that costs $3,000 will be eligible for a $900 tax credit. Any unit exceeding $5,000 is subject to the maximum eligible credit of $1,500.

  • Step 2

    Look for specific energy-efficient models when selecting a new air-conditioning unit. The U.S. government has specific standards an energy-efficient air-conditioning unit must meet to quality for a tax credit (see Resources). Different requirements are mandated in either a split or package air-conditioning system. Split-system central air-conditioning units must have an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) greater than 13 and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) greater than 16. Package central air-conditioning systems must have an EER greater than 12 and a SEER greater than 14.

  • Step 3

    Buy and install your new energy-efficient central air-conditioning system and save all your receipts.

  • Step 4

    Save the manufacturer’s certification statement from your energy-efficient central air-conditioning system. This certification should be included with your purchase. The Internal Revenue Service will not require the certification to be filed with the taxes, but it does recommend keeping the certificate with your tax records. The certificate proves that you have purchased the correct product to qualify for the energy-efficiency tax credit.

  • Step 5

    File for a tax credit by including the proper forms with your federal tax return

    Read more: How to Receive Tax Credit for New Central Air Conditioning | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4912862_receive-new-central-air-conditioning.html#ixzz0wEYHZVDV

  • Windows and doors are just as important to your HVAC as the system itself. If you don’t have sealed or proper fitting windows and doors, dollars could be flying out of them every day and forcing your HVAC to work harder and less efficiently.

    Windows in particular can allow a huge amount of heat energy to escape. Depending on the type of construction and fittings, windows can make up 27 percent of a home’s overall energy consumption. But it is not only window glazing that is important. Major heat loss also occurs especially around window frames. Here’s a simple test you can perform to see if your windows are sealed tightly:

    Tip: It’s easy to check your windows

    Close the window on a piece of paper, clamping it between the window and the frame. If the paper is easy to remove, the seal is not tight. Repeat this test in various locations. Now you can use a lighted candle to easily find the spots that are letting air through. These checks are even easier when it is windy or cold outside.

    The cold air that enters the home through gaps in windows and doors that do not seal properly must later be heated to room temperature. This costs energy, and with it, money. But help is at hand, in an easy-to-install form that does not even necessitate replacing the windows. Windows and doors can be sealed with elastic sealing strips, gaps beneath doors with sealing brushes or moldings.

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    Join us in the fight against breast cancer               Susan G. Komen

    The Casteel family greatly appreciates your business. To say thanks and give back to our community, Casteel has decided to donate a percentage of their heating and cooling sales to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

    Here’s more on the Susan G. Komen Foundation

    Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

    That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

    Won’t you join in the fight?

    A simple vision 20 years ago sets the bar for customer service in the heating and cooling industry

    Marietta, GA (PRWEB) May 11, 2010 — Founder Bob Casteel is thrilled that his organization, Casteel Heating and Cooling, a world-class service provider of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, has been named for the second year in a row to the Small Business of the Year list by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. The award celebrates a longstanding recognition of small businesses in the county, and highlights companies that are making a positive impact on the community at large. “I am so proud of our team and the high levels of customer service and community support that they provide every day, every month and every year,” says Bob Casteel. “This award reinforces the feedback that we hear from our customers consistently.” Casteel founded the organization with a vision of working with families to identify and implement efficiencies in their heating and cooling systems–a simple concept that has been overwhelmingly successful in the marketplace.

    Bob Casteel takes pride in his team for their many recent accomplishments, including:

          • Amana’s “Going Green Award”    • Trane‘s “Platinum Award”    • “Technical Excellence Award” by North American Technician Excellence (N.A.T.E)    • Kudzu’s “Georgia Superior Service Award

     

    “It is, of course, gratifying to receive the accolades of external organizations. But it is really just reinforcement of what I already know: by implementing a vision of true customer service through a superior team, we have been able to provide our community with the resources they need to keep their families safe and cared for,” offers Casteel.

    About Casteel Based in Marietta, Georgia, Casteel offers a wide variety of products and solutions, including HVAC units, system design, and more. With superior customer service rankings by respected third-party sources like Kudzu and Angie’s List, Casteel Heating and Cooling has received statewide recognition for being a socially-conscious business. In 2010 the company was named again to Cobb County’s list of the 25 best small businesses for the second year in a row and has held an A+ rating from the BBB since 2002. Learn more at www.casteelair.com. ###