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Fall is already here and before we know it, the winter months will be making their presence known as well.  If you have been someone who has experienced an increased energy bill during the winter months, we are here to provide you with some energy and money-saving tips for the upcoming season.

  1. Seal your windows and doors.  If you have any gaps in your windows and doors leading to the outside, not only will your air conditioning be working overtime to compensate for the cool air coming in, but that same produced heat will escape through the gap, resulting in a cycle of increased energy cost.
  2. Lower your water heater temperature. We all need to be able to heat our water, right? You can still do so and lower the temperature on your water heater, all at the same time. Adjust the temperature just a tad and notice a change in your energy bill, without compromising your comfort.
  3. Invest in a programmable thermostat. There are those times that you’ll forget to set your thermostat before you leave the house, leaving it running and wasting energy. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature can be set for a specific time and take that worry off of your hands.

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It’s been getting cold and that old furnace of yours will be cranking non-stop this winter. Make sure you take advantage of our $79 Furnace Efficiency Tune-Up Coupon!

Casteel 25-Point Furnace Tune-Up Includes:

  • Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
  • Inspect Igniter
  • Inspect Rectifier Probe
  • Check Differential Pressure Switch
  • Inspect Draft Inducer
  • Inspect Exchanger for Micro Holes
  • Inspect Exchanger for Rust
  • Inspect Exchanger Face Plate
  • Check Pilot Assembly
  • Check Gas Valve Operation
  • Check for Gas Leaks
  • Check Gas Pressure
  • Inspect Limits and Safety Switches
  • Inspect Flue Conditions and Codes
  • Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
  • Inspect Electrical Component Wires
  • Inspect Door Switch for Safety
  • Check Safety Drain Pan Switches
  • Check Blower Motor
  • Inspect Indoor Coil for Visible Leaks
  • Minor Cleaning of Indoor Coil
  • Check Condensate Drain Line and Pump
  • Check Thermostat Operation / Calibration
  • Cycle System and Test Safety of Operation
  • Includes Standard 1″ Filters
  • The temperature is getting lower and lower while your heating bill is getting higher and higher. Follow these six tips to help reduce your heating bill while trying to stay warm!

  • Socks! When your feet are cold, your whole body can feel cold. So throw on a pair of socks! It’ll warm you right up.
  • Using Other Heat Sources. There are plenty of activities you can do to heat your house without changing the thermostat. Cooking a meal in your oven or taking a warm shower and letting the steam warm the room.
  • Lower Your Thermostat. Most likely you won’t notice a difference if you lower it by a few degrees, but you will notice the difference in your bill.
  • Programmable Thermostat. You can program your heater to work when you are in the house, or shut off when your not home or sleeping. A programmable thermostat can be a great investment!
  • Call for a Checkup. Proper maintenance of your heating system will help keep your furnace running more efficiently. Call an HVAC professional to have a furnace tune-up.
  • Don’t Let the Heat Slip Out! Make sure you windows and doors are shut. Also try keeping doors shut to rooms you are not using.
  • Try using these low cost tips to help you save money on your heating bill this winter. Let us know if any of these suggestions helped you!

    We understand that investing in a new heating or air conditioning system or products can be a huge investment for you. We want to make the process is as painless as possible. Customer service is always our first priority! That is why we are proud to provide our customers with 12 months of free financing through Wells Fargo. Applying only takes a couple minutes, and a quick credit decision is only a few clicks away! We offer 12 month free financing on all our products listed below.

  • Heating
  • Air Conditioners
  • Air Handlers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Air Filtration
  • UV Germicidal Lights
  • Humidifiers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Zoning
  • Thermostats
  • Solar Products
  • Home Instillation
  • So if you’ve been thinking about investing in HVAC system or products, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Our 12 month free financing is only a click away!

    A tankless water heater is basically a heater that provides hot water in demand. In other words, it doesn’t hold water until you’reCasteel Heating and Cooling ready to use it. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we recommend Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters. Rinnai covers al the bases from smaller homes in warmer climates to medium or large homes in any climate. They are very efficient, space savers and can save you up to 40% in energy costs! You never run out of hot water if you go with a tankless and they are between 50-70% more effiient than most standard gas or electric heaters. In many cases you can get one or all of the following costs savings: an Energy Star rebate, a Federal Tax credit or even a local utility rebate. If you have additional questions, call us at 770-565-5884 or reach us online.

    …and why do I need one?

    First of all, let me explain zoning. Zoning is something that allows you to cool or heat only those rooms that you choose. If there’s a room in your home that you only use occasionally or a room that gets used at certain times of the day, you can control the temperature and the times the room is at that temperature or another altogether.

    Casteel Heating and Cooling

    How does it work? It works not unlike setting timers on your lights. The system allows you to set different temperatures for different zones and uses dampers that open and closed based on your settings for each zone.

    What products do we use? We use a Honeywell Zoning System. Honeywell has been using this same idea since 1945 and has developed the technology for today’s homes. Their systems can handle anywhere from two to 32 zones and controls every zone from one device.

    What are the key features? It meets the American Lung Association® Health House® guidelines. Its energy efficient because you are not heating or cooling any areas unnecessarily and there’s a five year warranty.

    For more information, call 770-565-5884 or reach us online.

    How can insulation help? Adding insulation in your attic is a very cost effective way of saving you money on your energy bills. The recommended levels for the Department of Energy are 12-18 inches of R-19 insulation in your attic. Anything less than 6 inches is considered unacceptable and will end up costing you more money in the long run. Adding insulation to your crawl spaces, attic and basement areas is recommend to maintain a constant temperature throughout the home. The rule of thumb is the higher the R-value, the harder it is for heat to transfer. All of this will add up to savings for you.

    What’s next? Contact Casteel Heating and Cooling to schedule an evaluation.

    According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Georgia should be expecting a colder than usual Winter. The almanac predicted that January would be the coldest but that we can expect cold weather in mid and late February. In fact the almanac goes on to predict that this entire year will be below average temperatures through the end of the year. Why is that important…..because you need to be prepared for anything. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we’re experts on taming any kind of weather. You need your HVAC to keep you cool? We can perform an AC Tune Up! If you need to make sure you have a place to keep your feet and the rest of you warm and toasty, we can help there too. Let us do a Furnace Tune Up. In fact, we want to save you money in addition to making sure that YOU are in charge of your temperature. Call us today and schedule an appointment. One of our N.A.T.E. certified technicians will come to your house and do a complete battery of tests. We’ll discuss all the options available to you and make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. What are you waiting for…start saving money today!

    Do you to spend less money on your electric bills and use less energy? If you answered yes, then you should get a Home Energy Audit.  Several people think that because someone came into their home and changed out the bulbs to CFL’s, installed new shower heads and sealed their windows and doors that they’re good to go. Not so! You need a FULL energy audit to realize big savings. At Casteel Heating and Cooling we perform the following tests in your Home Energy Audit:

     

    • Insulation R-rating for walls, attic, and foundation
    • Heating and cooling equipment
    • Whole house air leakage (blower door test)
    • Ductwork leakage
    • Electrical and lighting analysis
    • Water heater and water usage
    • Carbon monoxide
    • Flue draft

    Knowing the results to these tests allows us to make recommendations for resolving the issues you have and we’ll provide a free quote to you and stay with you every step of the way. We would rather save you money than sell you products and our focus will always be to do right by our clients.

    Start saving money today and make that call to our friendly staff at 770-565-5884. We’ll get you on your way to savings ASAP!

    We know a lot of you were trying to get in under the wire for the 201 Energy Tax Credit before the end of last year. The good news? There are energy tax credits again this year. The bad news? They’re pared back form last year.

    Most of the same products that were eligible for the 2010 home improvement tax credit are eligible for the 2011 version.  The amounts on most have just been reduced and/or capped.  Some of the eligible products include:

    • Energy efficient doors and windows:  Installation costs are not eligible for the credit. Other restrictions apply. EnergyStar windows have a max of only $200 eligible for the credit
    • Water Heaters: Credit includes installation costs; some restrictions for energy efficiency apply. $300 max credit.
    • Insulation, whether spray foam, fiberglass, or blow-in cellulose: They’re all covered so long as they meet IECC requirements. Installation cost is NOT covered.
    • HVAC components, including advanced air handlers, air force heat pumps, central A/C units, boilers, propane, and gas furnaces: Tax credits include installation costs. $300 limit, and furnaces must now be 95% efficient.
    • Biomass Stoves:  $300 credit limit.
    • Metal and asphalt roofs: Credit doesn’t include installation costs.

    According to the government site, some of the tax credits allow you to claim installation costs, while other credits do not.  To find out if your product is included, and whether you can include installation costs, check the government site here.

    So, if you’re in the market for new a new HVAC equipment, furnace, AC unit or heat pump, let us know! Contact us at Schedule Service Online

    Article cited: http://www.smartonmoney.com/2011-home-improvement-tax-credits-for-energy-efficient-products-insulation-windows-heaters-and-more/