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The Homeowner’s Fall Preparedness Checklist

Last month, we covered all the fall maintenance projects that you’re getting all wrong.

This month, we wanted to give you one, concise list that tells you everything you need to do when you’re preparing your home to be in tip-top shape throughout the winter and when the warm months return.

Leaf Management

It’s easy for us to put off raking leaves and cleaning our gutters. If you’ve got a lot of trees around your yard, it can be a LOT of work!

We encourage you, however, to be vigilant about leaf maintenance.

Not only will raking benefit the health of your grass especially want to make sure that leaves aren’t collecting in or around your HVAC unit. It may be the perfect season to spend time on landscaping, anyway!

And don’t forget about the leaves building up in your gutters. If you do, you’ll be creating a problem that could result in water leaks, rotting wood, mold, and mildew.

Water Management

You don’t want your water sources to freeze during the winter. You won’t be needing your water hose as much this season, so go ahead and remove them from outdoor faucets.

If you have an underground sprinkler system, you’ll want to winterize that too, in order to avoid frozen and bursting pipes.

Energy Management

Winter is going to put your home’s energy efficiency to the test. If your home is leaking air, it will likely be around windows and doors. We tell you how to seal those areas up here.

Of course, you need to make sure that your insulation is ready to take on another hard winter. You should call an insulation expert to give your home a proper inspection before the cold weather hits.

You never know—you may only need an insulation topper!

Appliance Management

Be sure to store your lawn equipment in a safe place, so that they’ll be in good shape to start right back up in the spring. And, even more importantly, you need to be proactive about your HVAC and furnace maintenance.

Luckily for those of you in the Tri-State area, BNG Heating and Cooling offers maintenance plans that start at just $15 a month.

When you enroll in this program, our technicians regularly visit your home to ensure that you won’t be faced with any surprise breakdowns when the harsh weather invades Indiana!

Ready to tackle the winter together?

Call the experts at BNG Heating and Cooling or come by one of our locations in Boonville, Evansville, Newburgh, or Richland to schedule a consultation 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!

When is it time to call in the professionals?

Doesn’t it seem like your HVAC system always stops working right when you need it most? If that’s happened to you, you’ve probably done one of two things: Called an HVAC professional or headed to Home Depot to try to fix the problem yourself (we’d love to hear your stories, good or bad about DIY HVAC). There’s nothing wrong with being a do it yourself go-getter, and we encourage our clients to be knowledgeable of HVAC system maintenance so they can spot any major issues forming before they actually become major issues.

proSo If you find your system not working properly, check out the following items or call us!

  1. When did you last replace your filter? This is the easiest, most obvious, and most inexpensive step you can take if you feel like your HVAC system isn’t performing at peak efficiency. If your filter is stopped-up, it can decrease air flow and cause your system to shut off into ‘safe-mode’, which will continue to circulate air, but do nothing to alter the temperature.
  2. Is your thermostat accurate? If you aren’t sure, get a cheap thermostat and compare the readings. If not, calibrate your thermostat.  If your thermostat appears to be working, play with your temperature a little. Adjust it by 10 degrees and see if it actually cools off or heats up. If it does, you have an inefficiency issue.
  3. Have you blown a fuse? Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with the HVAC system. A blown fuse is most common during hot summer – peak usage- months. This fix could be as simple as resetting the fuse, but if the issue continues you’re looking at another inefficiency issue if your system keeps working too hard to heat or cool your home.

If that’s the case, it’s time to call in the professionals. Full-service HVAC companies, like BNG, are up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies for HVAC repair and maintenance, and regular maintenance for your HVAC systems is the key to preventing any of the issues above. Other than not having your system working exactly when you need it, if your HVAC system isn’t working efficiently, you’re wasting money and energy. If you’re worried about the cost of an HVAC professional, attempting to repair larger issues yourself could end up causing more damage (and you’d still have to call a professional anyway).

By all means, educate yourself about HVAC systems. It’s useful knowledge and can save you some time and trouble. But, if you feel at any point a DIY would be dangerous, or you’re getting in over your head, do not hesitate to call HVAC professionals, like us at BNG, to come take a look. With winter approaching and furnaces shaking off the dust after a long, hot summer, now is a good time to schedule your furnace maintenance and pick up a few tips from the pros.