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Keeping Your Cool While Using your Home Heating System in Los Angeles: 5 Easy Ways to Cut Heating and Energy Costs this Winter

By: First Choice Air on January 28, 2016

Compared to the harsh winters of the East Coast, Southern California has it easy; however, we still need to run our heaters and the rising cost during the winter months is very real. As a great first step, some utilities companies in greater Los Angeles offer programs that can lighten the financial load if their customers apply for them and can qualify. In addition, wherever possible, replacing old windows, light bulbs and appliances with more energy-efficient versions is a long-term money saver, easy in normally sunny and warm Los Angeles County.
 
For more of an everyday approach, First Choice, greater Los Angeles’ full service HVAC service and repair company, with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating is proud to provide these 5 easy steps for reducing heating and energy costs in your Southern California home this winter:
 
  1. Adjust your water use
  • Decrease the hot water temperature to 120 degrees F (can save 10% on water heating costs)
  • Install low flow shower heads (can save 10% on water heating costs)
  • Reduce your time in the shower
  • Use cold water when washing laundry and regularly clean the dryer lint trap
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
 
  1. Close the Gaps
  • Caulk around pipes (bathroom sink and toilet, kitchen sink)
  • Caulk around windows and doors
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use (can save up to 8% on energy bill)
  • Insulate water tank in the heater (can save 10% on water heating costs)
  • Install weather strippingCaulking around windows and doors
  • Re-insulate ceilings (can save 5-25% on energy bill)
  • Seal leaking ductwork
 
  1. Regulate the Thermostat
  • Set temperature to 68 degrees
  • Every degree can save 5% on energy bill
  • Turn it down or off at night
  • Turn it off when you leave the house
 
  1. Time for a First Choice Air Furnace “Tune-up”
  • Can save 5% on energy bill
  • Clean or replace dirty filters
  • Improves airflow
  • Increases efficiency
  • Keep furnace clean and lubricated
  • Properly adjust furnaceUnplug It
 
  1. Unplug It
  • Computers (or put in sleep mode)
  • Garage refrigerators and freezers
  • Other electronics when not in use (like DVD players, stereos, printers)
  • Turn off power strips
 
As a full service HVAC installation, repair and service company, serving Los Angeles and Ventura County, First Choice Air will assist and guide you with all of your heating and cooling system needs all year long. Our professional technicians are fully licensed, trained and experienced, eager to earn and maintain your trust and confidence with every interaction. Our showroom is conveniently located in Van Nuys, California.

If you have any questions or would like more information about a Furnace Tune Up for your Southern California home, please visit us at: www.firstchoiceair.com. You may also reach us by phone at 800.991.9247 or 818.781.4227, or email us to discuss your needs.