Time for a Fall Furnace Tune-Up?

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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If you haven’t turned on your furnace yet, you’ll probably need to soon.  The nice warm weather we’ve had recently has vanished and we’ll be facing temperatures in the 30’s next week.  To help ensure your furnace is running efficiently, we suggest you make sure that you’ve changed your furnace air filter recently and that you get your furnace serviced every one to two years.

Energy Star recommends checking the filter every month.  If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it, and at a minimum, be sure to change the filter every 3 months.  If you don’t change your air filter on a regular basis, the air flow will slow down and your HVAC system will need to run harder, leading to wasted energy. In addition, a dirty filter may lead to dust and dirt accumulating in the HVAC system which could lead to expensive repairs.

Most furnace manufacturers recommend an annual tune-up.  If you are in need of repairs or an annual tune-up, we have compiled information from several Milwaukee area furnace experts, including some decent furnace tune-up coupons. If you are aware of any other quality HVAC contractors in the Milwaukee area offering a deal, please contact us and we’ll add the information to our post.

1st Choice Heating and Cooling has four coupons on their website, including coupons for $5 off any service if you provide them with your email and $25 off a service call (does not apply to diagnostic charges or tune-ups). Coupons expire 12/31/2011.

Allied Heating & A.C., LLC has a coupon for a $79 furnace tune-up.  Expires 10/31/2011.

Burant Heating and Air Conditioning LLC has a coupon on their website for $10 off a regularly priced $105 performance tune-up.

Burkhardt Heating & Cooling has a coupon for $20 off any service over $100.

RJ Heating and Air Conditioning LLC gets kudos for listing their prices up front.  $84 for a gas furnace cleaning, $99 for an oil furnace/boiler cleaning, and $25 for a carbon monoxide text.

Seider Heating and Air Conditioning – Lists their prices in a FAQ.  Tune up prices for a gas furnace or gas boiler is $99.95.  Tune up for an oil furnace is $169.

You can also use a free service called Service Magic to search for contractors. After filling out a little information on the Service Magic website, they will match you up with up to four contractors. Contractors can compete for your business and you have the opportunity to review comments from past customers in order to help you find the best match for your needs.

Interested in saving more money by conserving energy?  Check out our other helpful energy savings tips.

Milwaukee Furnace Service Coupons

January 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Thanks to the arctic blast that has arrived in Milwaukee, furnaces have been working overtime to keep homes warm.  To help ensure your furnace is running in tip-top shape, we suggest you make sure that you’ve recently changed your furnace air filter.  In fact, Energy Star recommends checking the filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it, and at a minimum, be sure to change the filter every 3 months.

If you don’t change your air filter on a regular basis, the air flow will slow down and your HVAC system will need to run harder, leading to wasted energy. In addition, a dirty filter may lead to dust and dirt accumulating in the HVAC system which could lead to expensive repairs.

If you are in need of repairs or an annual tune-up, we found several furnace tune-up coupons from Milwaukee area furnace experts that might be useful to you. If you are aware of any other quality HVAC contractors in the Milwaukee area offering a deal, please contact us and we’ll add the information to our post.

1st Choice Heating and Cooling has four coupons on their website, including coupons for $5 off any service if you provide them with your email and $25 off a service call (does not apply to diagnostic charges or tune-ups). Coupons expire 12/31/2011.

Allied Heating & A.C., LLC has a coupon for a $79 furnace tune-up.  Expires 1/31/2011.

Burant Heating and Air Conditioning LLC has a coupon on their website for $10 off a regularly priced $105 performance tune-up.

Burkhardt Heating & Cooling has a coupon for $20 off any service over $100.

RJ Heating and Air Conditioning LLC gets kudos for listing their prices up front.  $84 for a gas furnace cleaning, $99 for an oil furnace/boiler cleaning, and $25 for a carbon monoxide text.

You can also use a free service called Service Magic to search for contractors. After filling out a little information on the Service Magic website, they will match you up with up to four contractors. Contractors can compete for your business and you have the opportunity to review comments from past customers in order to help you find the best match for your needs.

Interested in saving more money by conserving energy?  Check out our other helpful energy savings tips.

WE Energies Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2011

January 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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According to an article by Thomas Content on JSOnline, rates for WE Energies residential and business customers went up January 1st.

The average residential customer will experience an increase of $5.50 a month, which is an increase of about 4.7% on a typical utility bill.  That’s an average increase of $66 a year!  The reason for the increase is WE Energies has finished paying out credits to customers from the sale of the Point Beach Nuclear power plant.

But wait, there’s more bad news.

The average business customer of WE Energies is going to see their rates go up 8 – 13%, and Content mentions that one energy intensive business will see their rates go up 20%.  What will these Milwaukee area businesses do?  Pass the increases along to customers by raising their prices?  Reduce salary increases, bonuses, and profit sharing? Layoffs? Not hire new employees?

Sorry, it gets worse.

More rate increases are on the horizon.  The Public Service Commission will be meeting on January 6th to discuss a rate increase proposal for 2011.  Content also reports that it is expected WE Energies will file paperwork in March to request another rate increase for 2012.

What is your reaction to this news?  Do you plan to take action to offset the rate increases?  Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Throughout 2011 we’ll be sharing strategies to help you reduce your utility bill.  In the meantime, here are a few helpful posts we’ve written in the past:

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