Top 8 Tips to Save Money on Energy Bills While You’re on Vacation

Family at Beach-Vacation Tips City Wide Heating and CoolingAhh, it’s finally summer vacation time. But before you run off to the beach, take a few minutes to “vacationize” your Kansas City home so you don’t waste money on energy while no one is home. City Wide has compiled the top eight tips to save money on energy bills while you’re away. 

Turn Up Your Thermostat – while most people turn off their air conditioning completely, City Wide Heating and Cooling recommends that you simply turn it up. Since one of the main functions of your air conditioner is to remove humidity from the air, when you turn the AC off altogether, your house gets full of moisture. When you return home, the air is stale and sticky and it takes your unit a long time to remove all of the humidity.

Turn Down the Water Heater – You can either turn down the temperature or turn it off completely. There is no reason to heat a tank full of water 24/7 when no one will be using it. You may want to leave a sticky note on the fridge to remind you to turn it on/up again when you get home so you don’t end up with a cold shower the next morning. Also, note the temperature you had it set for. If you forget, 120 degrees is ideal for most homeowners.

Change the Filter – changing the air conditioner filter will help your system run better and also ensures that it doesn’t stop working while you’re gone because of a dirty filter that blocks the air flow.

Turn Off Ceiling Fans – ceiling fans don’t lower the temperature of a room, they simply circulate air. Moving makes us feel cooler by making the moisture on our skin evaporate. There’s no one there to enjoy the feeling of moving air, so why waste the energy.

Close Curtains and Blinds – heat from the sun will add quite a few degrees to a room simply shining through the window. Close all curtains and blinds before you leave town. (This also adds a measure of security by keeping people from being able to see inside your home and determine that you’re gone.)

Unplug Your Washing Machine and Dryer – Even if they aren’t used, just being plugged in allows these appliances to draw “vampire” energy. If the plugs are not in a convenient place, you can also just flip the breaker in the electrical box. Again, leave yourself a note to flip it back when you get home.  You may even want to err on the side of caution and turn the water off to the washer as well. That way, if a hose or a pipe bursts while you’re gone, you won’t come home to a flooded home.

Unplug Small Appliances – This will not only save you energy, it will also prevent an accidental electrical short from starting a fire.

Turn Your Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Up – You can actually turn your refrigerator up to 38 degrees Fahrenheit without any food spoiling. You’ll want to remove any vegetables or perishables. You can also turn your freezer up to -5 degrees Fahrenheit and still keep items frozen.

Enjoy your vacation and don’t worry about the house while you’re gone. And go ahead and splurge a little on something knowing that you’re saving money on energy while you’re away! Remember City Wide Heating and Cooling in Kansas City  when you need heating and cooling repairs or installations in Kansas City.

 

3 Tips to Staying Cool without Cranking the AC

Air Conditioning Tips for KCWe know that summertime in Kansas City brings high temperatures. However this year that does not have to mean high-energy bills. Instead, avoid cranking your air conditioner this summer and keep your home cool with these tips from City Wide Heating and Cooling!

 

Check Your Home’s Insulation to Avoid Wasting AC

Most people only think of insulating their homes in the winter when they can feel cold drafts. However hot air can creep in just as surely as cold, especially during the hot summer months. A simple way of finding drafts in your home is to walk around the interior of your house with a candle. When the candle begins to flicker around doors or windows, simply add a small line of weather stripping or caulk.

Draw the Blinds to Keep the Heat Out

A simple way to keep from having to crank the thermostat is to keep your blinds or curtains drawn during the hottest part of the day. Preventing those extra rays of sun from sneaking into your Kansas City area home can make a huge difference for your inside temperature. Try keeping your blinds drawn from 12-4 PM to experience the biggest savings.

Help Rooms Feel Cooler with Fans

Did you know that using a fan does not actually make a room any cooler? In fact, fans just make a room feel cooler. When the breeze begins to circulate around a room, it helps to evaporate sweat and reduce body heat. Ceiling fans are the best at moving air, but box fans or stand fans are also effective in helping to make a room feel cooler.

So there you have it, three tips to help you keep your home cool this summer! For more AC tips, give City Wide a call! Our team of experienced professionals provides air conditioning services to the entire Kansas City area, from AC repairs in Overland Park to air conditioner installations in Shawnee, and anywhere in between.

Time For Air Conditioner Tune-ups in Kansas City

It looks like winter/spring/summer is right around the corner. At some point, the weather is going to get hot, and with all the rain we’ve had in the Kansas City area, that means we are going to have a really humid summer. Your air conditioner is really going to work overtime, which means it’s time to get it tuned up.

City Wide Heating and Cooling performs air conditioner tune-ups throughout the entire Kansas City area. An air conditioner tune-up checks your system to make sure that it is ready to run efficiently through the whole summer season. The City Wide performance tune-up:

  • Helps your AC run better = lower utility bills
  • Identifies possible issues before they happen
  • Helps your air conditioner last longer

City Wide has been serving the Kansas City area for over 60 years for both repairs, installations, and tune-ups of air conditioners and furnaces. So, if you are looking to avoid an air conditioner repair in Overland Park, Olathe, or anywhere in between, call us today. we’ll be happy to schedule your air conditioner maintenance today.

Furnace Flue Deterioration A Problem In Kansas City Homes

Flue deterioration in your Kansas City area house is a “silent” problem. Flue deterioration in your houses’ attic has become a major problem in many homes across the Kansas City area.  The scope of the problem lies in your gas furnace and water heater flue where the metal pipe enters the attic and exits thru the roof.  The “hot” flue gas temperatures when they leave the appliances “cool” considerably by the time they reach the attic space.  The combination of this cooler flue and a cold attic in the winter turn the products of combustion (co2 or carbon monoxide) into moisture where it rots out the flue. This is extremely important because once the flue disintegrates, deadly carbon monoxide can fill your Kansas City area home.

Furthermore, many homes built before more stringent codes were enacted allowed for a single wall pipe be run where the vent penetrates the attic and where it enters the roof jack before it exits the roof.  This is where the problem occurs and issues need to be addressed.

Exacerbating the problem is that many furnaces installed in the last 25 years with an efficiency rating of 80% efficient produce less heat than its predecessor, which compounds the problem.  A 90% plus efficiency furnace which flues thru the side of the house in PVC (plastic) pipe and not in the traditional flue is not immune to problems because again the only heat producing appliance now in effect is the water heater.

Although many parts of the K.C. metro area are affected, the main suspect area is Johnson County between 63rd St. from the north to 103rd St. to the south, and from Metcalf Ave. from the west to State Line Rd. to the east.  What makes the problem insidious is that the furnace and water heater are operating normally, and unless the attic is visually inspected you cannot be 100% sure if there is or isn’t a problem.

One person whose flue had completely disintegrated complained that his ceilings were discolored.  Upon professional inspection the flue gas was dumping into the attic and moisture from the products of combustion was contaminating the fiberglass insulation causing the moisture to ruin his sheet rock.

For a nominal fee City Wide will perform a visual inspection in the attic and where the
furnace and water heater tie in together in the basement.  An evaluation will be given, and if adjustments need to be made, a written bid will be presented to correct the problems and bring them up to current local codes.  So call us if you need your furnace flue checked in Overland Park, Prairie Village, and all other Kansas City areas. If the homeowner chooses City Wide to perform the work quoted, we will waive the inspection fee. Call today to schedule!

Family Matters at City Wide Heating and Cooling

At City Wide Heating and Cooling, we’re a family owned business. Our father, Charles “Chuck” Duval started in heating and cooling in 1949. Back then, forced air heating was just becoming the standard. He helped to sell furnaces and air conditioners to home and business owners throughout the Kansas City area. Chuck always taught us the value of good customer service. Though he retired in 1988, we (five of his sons) carry on that proud tradition. When you hire City Wide for your furnace and air conditioner repairs and replacements, you can expect skilled technicians, incredible customer service and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. We hope you’ll give us a chance to become your favorite heating and cooling company in Kansas City!