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Save On Your Energy Bills This Winter

Home comfort is our passion. Because of that, we’re devastated to come across families—every single winter—who are freezing in their homes and spending way too much money on energy bills because they didn’t prepare for the cold winter months.

We want your home to be your oasis, your absolute favorite place in the world. And we know that the holidays are already expensive enough without high energy bills. That’s why we’ve made this list of our best tips for making your home as energy-efficient AND warm as possible this winter:

Proper Insulation

We preach the importance of insulation year-round, but there’s no time of the year more crucial for insulation performance than the freezing months ahead.

When you call one of our experts to perform an energy audit on your home, we’re able to go through and perform thermal imaging tests to discover exactly where you’re losing energy.  Then, we can come in and repair your insulation or even add an insulation topper to ensure sufficient energy efficiency.

Sealed Openings

Many homeowners neglect to seal their windows and doors, allowing cold air to consistently seep into their home.

While newer, energy efficient windows may not need this added level of protection, most older homes could greatly benefit from a little caulk around its window and door frames.

Regular HVAC Maintenance

It sounds like we’re selling our product—and of course we are!—but only because we see time and time again how consistently maintaining your large HVAC equipment prevents breakdowns.

Our technicians are able to catch little hiccups before they become big, expensive ones.

Find a Trusted Partner

Last, but not least, is that you find someone that you can call when your home is struggling to keep up with the cold weather.

No matter if you’re calling to make sure you don’t run into any problems or if your HVAC unit has just worn out, we’re the people you can trust to get you back on track.

When your home stops being your favorite winter escape, don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 service line.

Your Guide to Furnace Filters

The air filters that you walk past every day—in the wall or on the floor of your common areas—are easy to remember.

It’s pretty noticeable when air isn’t flowing as freely or when there’s a musty scent filling the room. We find that most of our customers aren’t as likely to remember the furnace filters that need changing.

When we discover that their home comfort issues lie in an unchanged furnace filter, their energy bills drop, the air quality in their home improves, and their furnace goes back to functioning normally.

Here are some of the basics about furnace filter maintenance that you may not already know:

They’re crucial to your furnace’s function.  

This is because most people don’t give much thought to their furnaces—as long as it’s keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  If you’re one of those people (it’s okay—that’s what we’re here for!), here’s exactly what a furnace does.

The furnace filter, specifically, protects the blower fan from the dust and other debris that the return duct is pulling in.

They should be changed regularly.

Likely way more regularly than you’re changing them right now.

It’s recommended that you change out or clean furnace filters every three months.

This will keep your furnace running at tip-top efficiency! We know this is a hassle and easily forgettable, and that’s why we include furnace maintenance in our maintenance packages. We send you reminders on the most important home comfort to-do’s!

If you’re taking care of your furnace filters, you’re taking care of your furnace.

Clean, operational furnace filters are completely essential to the smooth functioning of your furnace, which is essential to the smooth functioning of your entire home comfort system.

Letting yourself slide on furnace filter maintenance could have serious consequences to both your system and your wallet.

You don’t want to get stuck with premature replacement costs OR high energy bills.


Be proactive!

Call one of our locations or go online to schedule your expert consultation today.

We’ll make sure your furnace is getting the attention it needs.

Winterizing your HVAC system

When we think of winter, we often look forward to gleaming banks of snow and hot cocoa by the fire. But, with freezing temperatures comes a huge strain on your heating systems. Complicated machines need maintenance to make sure they work when you need them to. Even though we’ve already seen snow on the ground, it’s not too late to plan ahead and get your furnace tested!

Keep the outside air out and the inside air in

We talk about this a lot, but one of the most important elements of energy savings is to ensure there are no air leaks in your home. During the cold season, warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home. Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components, like a door frame or weatherstripping to seal components that move like an operable window.

Replace your filter

During the winter, one of the most important and simple ways to keep your HVAC system in top shape is by maintaining the filters. Filters that are properly chosen and cleaned/replaced can have a huge impact on your energy costs, the quality of air in your home, and the efficiency of your system.

Filters should be replaced or cleaned, depending on your type of filter, about every three months. By keeping your filters maintained, you will not only have your home more primed for winter, but if you or a family member suffer from allergies, it’s even more important in the winter to make sure the allergens are filtered out of your home, as you spend more time stuck indoors.

Do a little clean up

When your furnace is dormant, it’s easy to let clutter gather up around it, however it is so important to remove all flammable objects from around your furnace and water heater. This tip seems obvious, but can be very dangerous for your home. Look for paper products, boxes, aerosols, and other dry or chemical items, especially if your furnace or water heater are kept in a small room.

Show some TLC to your furnace

The humble furnace is often forgotten for most of the year, until the chill in the air becomes intense enough that you reluctantly switch on the heat. Autumn is the ideal time for a maintenance check, allowing sediment build-up to be cleaned out, reducing the risk of becoming a fire-hazard, as well as for all the nuts, bolts and wiring to be inspected!

At BNG, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! And even though winter has already arrived, it is not too late for preventative maintenance to your heating systems. Of course, all that being said, a preventive maintenance plan is only as good as the people you have carrying it out. That’s where BNG comes in. We have 150 years of combined experience serving you. We want you to make your home as comfortable as possible because we know you have better things to worry about than your HVAC system, like getting your kids to school on time.

Contact us at one of our four locations to get a free estimate from our expert technicians on service or repair.

Bring on the FALL

With cooling temperatures, fall is a great time to tackle some home maintenance tasks that you may have been putting off. Getting these done now will help you get ahead of holiday crunch-time and bad winter weather; once you’ve checked these off your list, you’ll be able to enjoy your fall weekends guilt-free!

Prepare your home for Winter Outdoors…

As much as fall is about getting some holiday decorations and events underway, it’s also the time to inspect the interior and exterior of your home. Outside, look for any cracks in the foundation, or openings around windows, doors, and where pipes and wires enter your home. Caulking is an inexpensive fix, but can save you a lot of money from air leaking in or out of your home. This is also the time to clear away any dead tree branches or shrubbery before a winter storm comes to knock them into your home. Since plants go into winter hibernation, fall is a great time to prune without damaging any of your favorite foliage.

hand for the Indoors…

This is the time to get your holiday decorations up and get a head start on your event planning. Decor items like pumpkins and gourds and fall flowers work all season long, so you won’t have to switch out any decorations between Halloween and Thanksgiving. If decor inspiration is what you seek, MidWest Living  has some easy projects to get you started.

Prepare for Winter Emergencies

While we hope you never have to face any winter emergencies, you should always be prepared. October is National Fire Prevention month, so use that as a yearly reminder to ensure all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke dampers are fully-functional. Smoke dampers are placed into your HVAC system and in the event of a fire, close off ducts to prevent smoke from spreading throughout the house. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher on hand, and check your home for radon gas, which can come from the soil and rock beneath your home and potentially cause cancer. With windows and doors shut all winter, this could build up in your home. Learn more about radon from Houzz.

While you’re checking your safety devices, take the time to schedule your furnace’s routine maintenance before the weather gets too cold. It’ll save your time before our technicians get too busy, but it’ll also save you from facing a cold-weather HVAC emergency. We always suggest having your furnace and HVAC systems’ inspected regularly to keep cost low and ensure your system is operating at max efficiency as much as possible.

We have maintenance plans as low as $15/mo. that can keep your home or business HVAC system operating smoothly. Finally, you should check your winter preparedness kits in your home and car in case of a storm. If you don’t have kits, here are some good ideas for what should be in your car and your home.

Make the most of fall and winter but make sure your AC unit and furnace are up to the tasks by giving us a call at 812-858-4000! BNG serves the heating and cooling needs of Evansville, Boonville, Newburgh, and Richland in Indiana.

Cold Weather Safety

Brrrr! Cold and wind in Boonville, Newburgh, Rockport, and Evansville this winter will cause all of us to feel the pinch in our wallets as it will cost more to keep our homes and businesses warm. Certainly all the energy-saving tips you have learned over the years are still valid: turn your thermostat down when you are away from home, insulate your walls and attic, seal up all the cracks in your windows and doors, change out your older inefficient furnace for a new more energy-efficient one, and of course, wear warm clothes and blankets!

But while you are trying to stay warm, don’t neglect safety! Make sure that your heating system has been professionally cleaned and tuned-up so that it is running at its best. Regular maintenance by a professional heating & air conditioning technician can prevent breakdowns at inconvenient times–like weekends, the middle of the night, and on the coldest and windiest days of the winter! You sure don’t want to be without heat when those cold winds are blowing! Maintenance of your heating system is money well-spent, because your technician can spot issues that can affect your family’s safety, too, such as the potential for Carbon Monoxide production from a poorly-maintained or defective furnace.

Make sure Kidde CO detectoryou have a working Carbon Monoxide detector on every level of your home, especially in sleeping areas. The ones sold in the big box stores give you some very basic protection, but the higher quality models, such as the Kidde model sold by BNG Heating & Cooling, gives you a digital readout of the Carbon Monoxide level in your home, and detects it at a much lower concentration than the basic models. This means your family is better protected from this dangerous,  odorless gas.

BNG also provides and installs smoke detectors that fit INSIDE the ductwork of your heating system, detecting smoke at very low levels and shutting down your HVAC system to keep the deadly smoke from spreading throughout your home. Ask your technician about it!