5 Thermostat Efficiency Tips for Autumn

With fall just around the corner, we’ve got 5 proven tips to save you money and keep your home comfortable for the change in season. In cooler seasons, save energy by using a smart thermostat, lowering temperatures at night, wearing layers, and operating an energy-efficient HVAC system.

Own a Smart Thermostat

We know you have a busy schedule, so it may be inconvenient to constantly change your thermostat by hand.  Owning a smart thermostat is our first tip, as it can be used to automate energy-adjustments with ease. You are able to adjust the temperature of your home or business according to your schedule, cutting down on your energy costs and only using your system when you’re there to enjoy it. Many smart thermostats are operated by apps via smartphones, so you’ll never have to worry about making a quick adjustment.

Lounge in Warm Clothes and Sleep Under a Blanket

Cut energy costs by regularly dressing warmer and using extra blankets while you sleep. This tactic can save you quite a hefty amount, considering leaving the furnace on max 8 hours a night can really add up quick.

Split Your Home Into Different Heating Zones

Unfortunately, not everyone is comfortable at a warm 75 degrees Fahrenheit. With a zoning system, you no longer have to program the entire house to stay at one particular temperature, allowing everyone to be more comfortable while saving you money!

Maintain Your HVAC System

Even if you own an efficient HVAC system, you cannot afford to forget to have it regularly maintained. From the gas valve, gas pressure, and igniter, the parts of your system need regular attention or they can cause your system to overwork, costing you money. Not only that, but thermostats often need to be adjusted periodically just to make sure your system can do it’s job with pinpoint accuracy. It’s important to get to know your local service specialists and have them check on your regularly.

Change Your Filters on Schedule

Regardless of whether you use a geothermal system, a gas furnace, or a heat pump, you’ll have filters. With all the available options, homeowners might find details of filter choice and filter replacement confusing. However, regardless of whether your HVAC manufacturer recommends once-a-month filter replacements or a different schedule, following the guidelines can help smooth your way in the future.

At BNG Heating and Cooling, we help Evansville, Indiana residents take a look at long-term energy savings through smart thermostats and other energy-efficient products while providing high-quality installation, maintenance, and repair. We can help you get your HVAC in shape for fall, so give us a call at (812)858-4000.

Buy Now, Pay Later: Financing Options

In a perfect world, we’d all have our savings built up so that we have enough money for surprise HVAC repairs or total breakdowns. But it’s not a perfect world, and we’re all too familiar with how HVAC units tend to shut down at the most inconvenient times for homeowners. Sure enough, a trusty system will tend to break down when you’ve just remodeled your kitchen or you’re getting ready to send your child to college.

Because we know how important it is to maintain system functionality—both for your wellbeing and for the wellbeing of your home—we have made it our mission to help our customers when they face this situation.

First, we offer low-priced maintenance plans. With these, you’re getting regular checkups from our HVAC experts, so that we’re more likely to spot a potential problem BEFORE it becomes an actual problem.  

Second, we offer several flexible options for financing a new system. We recommend this option when a customer desperately needs a new system but hasn’t been able to save for one. A few of our financing options include:

Custom Timeframes

We don’t believe in one-size fits all. That’s why we offer options from 12 – 60 months. That means that you can spread your payment out as thinly as you need to, depending on your family’s needs.

0% Interest and Nothing Down

Yes, really! Some of our options include 0% interest and no money down, as long as your regular monthly payments are made.

Online Bill Pay

We make those monthly payments as easy as possible through our online web portal. It’s a safe and easy way to make sure you’re staying on track with your unit’s custom financing option.

Learn more about this BNG Heating & Cooling financing options here.

Ready to get your new system?

Call our team at BNG Heating & Cooling to schedule an in-home assessment today, so that we can make the best recommendation for your home!

Dirty Air Filters: The Price You Pay

There’s a reason why we instruct our customers to regularly change their home air filters. It’s one of the easiest home maintenance checklist items to forget—because its impact often goes unseen—yet its neglect can lead to serious trouble.

Here’s how:

System Functionality

Your HVAC systems rely on air vents to circulate air. The return vent (the one with the filter that probably needs changing), pulls air into your ventilation system so that your air condition can do what it does best—condition your air—then return clean, cool air through the smaller vents throughout your home.

This is a great article outlining the process.

When the air filter is dirty, airflow through the return vent is reduced. This forces your blower fan to work harder, which leads to higher energy consumption (ahem, higher bills) and a higher likelihood that your blower fan’s motor will start to work inconsistently then eventually burn out.

Air Quality

Do you have a water filtering pitcher? The longer you go past the “change filter” light, the more and more unfiltered water you’re allowing yourself to drink.

The same goes for air filters. When the return vent is filled with dust collected over a year’s time, you’re forcing it to send dusty, bacteria-filled air back through the ventilation systems then back into your house through the smaller vents.

And do you know what that means?

It means that all your efforts to dust your furniture are futile, because those ceiling vents are just going to be blowing more dust into your home and onto every surface.

Higher Bills

We mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating. This is the absolute least expensive way to ensure that your system is running properly and maintaining peak efficiency.

Sometimes, clients are reminded that they need to replace their filters JUST because they saw that their energy bills are higher.

Yes—it has that much of an effect.

Changed your filter and still seeing a rise in your energy bills? Call our team at BNG Heating & Cooling to schedule an in-home assessment today.

An HVAC Company You Can Count On

We’ve all been in need of emergency air conditioning repair before. Whether you need a quick tune-up, or you need air conditioning service NOW, it’s important that the work is done correctly, efficiently, and for a fair price. The heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems that can be found in a home, so it’s essential that the HVAC service provider you hire is well-trained to deal with the inherent safety issues in furnaces and AC units, as well as doing the job properly.

Thanks to our modern, connected world, it is easier than ever to investigate industry regulations and real customer experiences with local companies. Here are some tips on finding the right HVAC professional for you!

Do your research

Before hiring an HVAC service provider, ask about licensing, liability insurance, and bonding. Many states even require these regulations! These certifications mandate that employees meet minimum education and on-the-job experience requirements, as well as pass regular written exams! Liability insurance is also an important element, as it serves to protect the homeowner (that’s YOU) in the case of accidental damage or injury.

Ask for referrals

Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals. You can contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area. Don’t have anyone to ask in your area? Ask contractors for customer references and call them directly. Ask about the business’ installation or service performance, and if they job was completed on time and within budget.

Take advantage of online reviews

Facebook, Google, Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau, Yelp – the list goes on and on to find personal reviews left by employees and customers about local businesses. Don’t just look for bad reviews, as good reviews can tell you about what a business values in customer service and of any specials/rebates you may want to ask about!

Get written, itemized estimates

If you want time to think on your decision, or want to compare bids, ask for a complete written proposal. This will not only help you remember everything your system may need now, and recommended service for the future, but it also keeps everyone honest about the agreed upon price and deadline.

Follow your gut

Even after your research, don’t feel like you have to go with the first company you speak too. If you get a weird vibe or something feels off, RUN AWAY! These workers will be in and around you home, and they should make you feel comfortable and safe.

An HVAC contractor will play a crucial role in your home’s comfort, air quality, and safety. At BNG, we stand behind our reputation 100% before, during, and after the work is done. If you’re ready to talk about a new system or get a FREE second opinion, give us a call at 812.858.4000 today!

Our Most Valuable Home Improvement Projects

The road to selling a home can be a long one, whether it’s 15 years from now or just around the corner. If you’re looking for smart home improvement projects to improve the comfort of your home now, as well as increase it’s value for the future, you may be looking to “sure bets” such as a kitchen or bath remodel. However there are smaller, less expensive upgrades that have both high return on investment, as well as high level of increased enjoyment of the home!

Tip #1 – Plant a Tree

If you aren’t planning to sell your home today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Not only will mature shade trees make your home more desirable but a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent!

Tip #2 – Improve the Air Quality Inside Your Home

Air quality isn’t just about the conditions outdoors. The first step is to hire a professional company like BNG to test your indoor air quality (we can do it in just 30 minutes!) Depending on the results, recommendations can be made to improve air quality, reduce odors, and give your home an updated look and feel that is more appealing to buyers.

Tip #3 – Cut Energy Costs

The amount of money you spend each month on energy costs may seem like a fixed amount, but many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. An energy-efficient home will save you money now, which can be applied to other updates, and is a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.

Tip #4 – Invest in your HVAC

HVAC, the technology of indoor environmental comfort, is hard to see, but immediately felt! Come sale time, you’ll have a bigger pool of buyers when your heating and cooling systems are up to modern standards and in prime functionality! At BNG, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so check out our maintenance plans to keep these essential systems in tip-top shape for the lifetime of the unit. 

While having an HVAC system that’s completely up to par for the sale of your home is awesome, remember that we do rely on our HVAC systems to keep us comfortable all year round and we deserve to enjoy the fruits of its labor. Give us a call at 812.858.4000 to speak with an HVAC professional to  find the best system for your home size and family needs!