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Spring Into Summer with Optimized Comfort

Spring Into Summer with Optimized Comfort

Spring didn’t come easy this year. In fact, it’s up for debate if it’s actually here, or if we’ll get more snow tomorrow. Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind as to what she wanted to do with temperatures, elements, etc. Over the last few weeks we’ve, at times, awoken to warm sunny days, followed up by cold frosts on the windshield. It is New England, but these fun little environmental “tricks” never get easier.

That said, it’s time to think about your HVAC environment and get it prepped for the change of the season so that it, like us, doesn’t catch a case of the sniffles…

Remove cold weather covers

– Seems obvious, but sometimes a reminder isn’t the worst thing in the world, right. If you’ve got your outdoor HVAC coil/unit covered in a weatherproof lining or blanket, it’s time to fold it up and store it until next winter.

Clear debris

– If your yard looks like our, you’d never know we did any cleanup in the fall. Between snow, melt off, wind, snow, melt off, wind, snow… on and on, this year, more than ever, it looks like the trees shed year-round. Clear up those leaves, needs, pinecones, branches – whatever the debris may be that surrounds your equipment.

Do a visual inspection

– After you’ve finished clearing, give things another close look. Not only around the machine, but give a look at the coils too to make sure nothing suspect is caught, which could/can compromise optimized productivity.

Inspect pipe insulation

– The insulation around the pipes wear with age and environmental agitation (from weather, creatures, etc.). Make sure they’re not “weathered” too bad. If they are, that old, ratty insulation may need to be addressed.

Clean vents and grilles

– This falls right in line with the whole “visual inspection” thing. You want the vents and grilles clean and free of debris if you want to achieve optimal comfort in your home or business.

Change air filters

– A fresh air filter means cleaner, fresher air around you. And clean air is good air.

Adjust settings on your thermostat

– Another “reminder.” Your thermostat is only as “smart” as you program it to be. If your settings are still defaulting to winter and it’s 70+ degrees out, things might start to get a bit balmy indoors.

Check indoor condensate drain

– Drainage is important. If it’s not happening properly you risk damage to your equipment and property. Make sure things are “running” smoothly.

Check and clean dehumidifiers

– As we know, things here in Massachusetts can start to get sticky real quick. Majority of us enjoy cool, “dry” air. Your dehumidifying capabilities are greatly compromised if things are clogged and dirty.

Reverse ceiling fan direction

– This is a tip not everyone is aware of. Look at your ceiling fan. See the switch? The one that isn’t an “on/off” switch? That nifty little feature enables you to change directions of your fan, which is convenient for seasonal air movement. In the winter it’s nice to blow “down” to keep heat in. In spring/summer, it’s nice to aid in pulling that heat up and out.

Schedule system maintenance

– All of the above can be taken care of as part of your trusted, proactive maintenance contract you can schedule with us at Suburban. Keeping your HVAC equipment up to snuff, much like you would your car with a mechanic, can save you money in the long run and ensure the longest possible life for your equipment. Because comfort is key.

Replace antiquated equipment

– The benefits of installing new equipment have never been greater. There are rebates and cost savings opportunities abound. Suburban can you help you navigate all of this – from choices, to financing, acquisition, installation, and maintenance. Antiquated equipment isn’t helping you or your home or business. It’s costing you more money than it’s worth. Not to mention, compromising your environmental comfort as well

Contact Suburban today, and take comfort! We’re here to answer any questions you might have and the serve all of your HVAC needs.

Expanding Our Territory

We’ve expanded our service area! It’s true. And we’re excited about it…

Suburban Companies has long been a leader in the HVAC industry – providing exemplary product installations and ongoing service calls for the life of any heating and cooling equipment. But don’t take our word for it. “The proof is in the pudding,” as they say. We’re proud recipients of seven (yes, seven!) straight Carrier President’s Awards, which is an industry achievement bestowed on few – let alone maintained for so long. If this were professional sports, we’d be an often-discussed dynasty that record books never forget.

Our new service area includes such towns as Cohasset, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell, and Scituate Massachusetts.

Since 1963 we’ve been making sure the heating and cooling systems of every home we walk into here in the state of Massachusetts is comfortable and operating at an optimal level. So, when the time comes, call Suburban – and take comfort. Or, if you’re of a more proactive mindset, let’s get you registered for our coveted maintenance schedule which gives you peace of mind in knowing your heating and cooling equipment is up-to-snuff, maintained, and ready to go – leaving you free to not have to worry about calling to figure out why your heat isn’t working at 2 in the morning…

And heck, even if your property is located outside of our service map, if you’re a Massachusetts resident in need of residential HVAC service of the highest quality, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll do our very best to get you taken care of!

Our experienced technicians are NATE*, QIV*, and EPA* certified. They receive ongoing training to stay on top of the latest trends in:

  • Heating and air conditioning technology,
  • HVAC service solutions
  • Energy efficiency standards.

No matter what the make and model, you can trust us to get the job done right.

Suburban – for all your HVAC needs…

 

 

Finance Comfort

The question that inevitably comes up at some point during every boardroom meeting is this: “tell me what that costs.” It’s a fair question. Financial decisions directly impact the bottom line. You know what else fuels the bottom line? Employee comfort. If the workplace is too warm or too cold, worker productivity is compromised.

So, while the answer to that aforementioned question, “what’s it going to cost us?” There’s many variables to the answer.

Investing in a new HVAC system comes at a decent price. But, you don’t have to sign over every dollar all at once.

When you engage with Suburban Companies you have the ability to finance 100% of your equipment if you so choose. You can control your ability to pay for your equipment as easily as you can control the environment around you once your HVAC solution is installed and up-and-running.

Flexibility is key when it comes to investing in business operative equipment. You need the ability to scale up or down, and with our financing options at your disposal, those options are as flexible as they come.

A couple of key advantage when working with Suburban and our financial funding partners, Marlin are as follows:

Asset Management – Financing provides the use of equipment for specific periods of time at fixed payments. The financing company assumes and manages the risk of equipment ownership. At the end of the term, if you elect to return the equipment the financing company is responsible for the disposition of the asset.

Tax Advantages – There are tax incentives for purchasing new equipment. By financing your equipment, the amount you save in taxes could be greater than what you pay in the first year of a lease. The implementation of Suburban’s new HVAC equipment could make you money from day one! How’s that for a return?

Keep the following in mind when you start in on your quest to acquire new heating and cooling equipment for your company: There are myriad benefits with regard to “cash flow” that you can take advantage of when you finance your HVAC purchase as opposed to paying with cash or taking out a bank loan. Those benefits are as follows:

  • You can acquire new HVAC equipment without a substantial cash outlay.
  • You have the flexibility to upgrade or add equipment without any financial difficulty.
  • You have the ability to match payments to your unique, current operative cash flow.
  • You can avoid affecting your business lines of credit with the bank.
  • You’re enabled to customize your payment plan or even defer payments.

Long-term goals for any business vary on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to your company’s bottom line, don’t let “cash on hand” stop you from adding a positive force when it comes to worker comfort (which, as mentioned, has a direct correlation to overall productivity).

Another important financial element to consider is the passage and signing into law of H.R.1, aka, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The deduction limit for Section 179 increases to $1,000,000 for 2018 and beyond when you introduce new HVAC equipment. The limit on equipment purchases likewise has increased to $2.5 million. According to Section179.org, “Using Section 179 with an Equipment Lease or an Equipment Financing Agreement might be the most profitable decision you make this year. Why? Because the taxes you save with the deduction will almost always exceed your cash outlay for the year when you combine (i) a properly structured Equipment Lease or Equipment Finance Agreement with (ii) a full Section 179 deduction. It is a bottom-line enhancing tool that allows you to add new equipment, vehicles, and/or software to your business.”

Further, the bonus depreciation is 100% and is made retroactive to 9/27/2017 and good through 2022. The bonus depreciation also now includes used equipment.

If you’re thinking about the acquisition of new HVAC equipment give Suburban Companies a call to discuss the options at hand. We’ll outfit you with exactly what you need without a huge upfront investment. Take comfort. We’re here to help.

Installation Mechanic/Crew Leader

Installation Mechanic/Crew Leader Job Description:

A Sheet Metal Mechanic will be responsible for assembling, installing and repairing all forms of ductwork and equipment associated with the complete HVAC job, used in homes, schools, and commercial buildings.

  1. Obtain and maintain through continuing education the required certifications and licenses
  2. Comply with all applicable standards, policies, and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area
  3. Coordinate project schedule and estimated man days to assure project is being completed in a timely manner. Including the final inspection and testing where & when appropriate.
  4. Study the building/project plans, specifications and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations
  5. Verify that materials and methods comply with specifications and review material and equipment prior to installation for accuracy
  6. Locate and mark position of pipe and/or duct connections and passage holes in walls and floors and then cut openings to accommodate pipe and/or duct fittings, using hand tools and power tools
  7. Work with power tools to measure, cut, assemble and install ductwork, insulation, refrigerant lines, equipment, registers and grilles, flues, piping and associated pumps and gauges
  8. Wrap pipes with insulation and secure as required
  9. Install, connect and adjust thermostats, humidistats and timers using hand tools
  10. Test pipe or tubing joints and connections for leaks
  11. Maintain a professional appearance and keep the installation vehicle in order and well stocked
  12. Attend all necessary job meetings and stay abreast of all issues that are discussed
  13. Assure that each project is completed including punch lists, contract requirements, and final inspections along with discussion with client on the use of equipment
  14. Record and report all faults and deficiencies, with work or allotted labor hours
  15. Responsible for establishing new client relationships and creating an experience that keeps the client coming back in the future
  16. Maintain a positive attitude in which fosters good will and future work with our customers and our subcontractors
  17. Complete the job folder and turn in for billing

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Well groomed, neat appearance
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Valid social security number
  • Lift up to 50 pounds; be able to push, pull, carry or maneuver heavier items (with additional manpower or appropriate devices); carry ladders; work from heights, work in small spaces.
  • Observe all company procedures and maintain safety rules at all times
  • Maintain accurate time records and send to payroll when required
  • Work as part of our team to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Perform any and all related job tasks as directed by the management of this company.

Sales Admin

Our heating and air conditioning contracting firm is in immediate need of a qualified Sales Support Coordinator. We’re looking for a highly organized and efficient professional who can wear multiple hats throughout the workday while prioritizing the most important tasks on his or her list. We have Residential and Commercial sales teams specializing in new installations, retrofit, service and maintenance for clients in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Previous sales support experience is not required, and we offer an in-house training program for young professionals. However, prior administrative or clerical experience will be enormously helpful in ensuring your success in this position.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Compile daily lists of leads and delegate individual leads to sales team associates
  • Maintain an organized and accessible file system for administrative and sales professionals
  • Providing sales and administrative support to Sales personnel
  • Assist with the coordination of Marketing activities.
  • Handle all administrative duties for the organization and scheduling of client and staff meetings
  • Follow up with clients on the telephone for administrative purposes
  • Provide administrative assistance to executives and management team members as required
  • Perform data entry duties with regard to sales figures, metrics and other key data

Qualifications and skills:

  • A positive, sales oriented attitude; comfortable contacting and supporting customers by phone and email
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft CRM or other similar Customer Relational Management application
  • Detail oriented, able to multi-task and follow through with a “hands on”, “can do” and “Jack of all trades” positive attitude.
  • An associate degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Able to work in a collaborative, team oriented environment.

Home Environmental Automation Choices

Get a Grip on Technology

Home Environmental Automation Choices

Did you just lock the front door to your house while sitting at your desk three towns over in your office? Is this real life? Technology is full of amazing bells and whistles, isn’t it?

And before we get lost in the wonderment of it all, let’s hold the phone for a moment (we see you sitting there, getting ready to download another app with that smart phone of yours…)

Technology, with regard to being able to control everything in the palm of your hand, is only as beneficial as the proprietary hardware they serve. Everyone wants to take advantage of the plethora of home automation products available today. You know what we’re talking about:

  • Video doorbells
  • Wi-Fi garage openers
  • Cameras
  • Entertainment controls
  • Water leak detectors
  • Security monitoring
  • Remote locking technology
  • And, of course, remote thermostat control

There are more, but we’ll spare you any further sprawling text to read. You understand what we’re getting at here. Before you get wrapped up in downloading all the latest and greatest apps on your phone that control x y and z, take a breath. Think ahead. Consider a plan.

Ponder for a moment on what your priorities are and make sure the products you purchase are compatible. Just because you saw Ellen using it on her show doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work in the context of what you yourself have. From the perspective of the heating and cooling environment of your property, consider the following:

  • Do you support the Google/Nest platform, or Amazon/Alexa?
  • What products do you already have in your home?
  • What do you plan to purchase in the near future?
  • Will the platform you choose integrate with all the products in your home?
  • What are you willing to compromise?

We repeat: Think about it.  Put a plan together. Should your home automation plan be centered around a thermostat?  Perhaps. After all, what good is a dwelling if it’s not environmentally comfortable at the outset?

Is the platform you chose open? Does it limit your options?  For instance, Google/Nest is a proprietary platform which would/could potentially interfere or limit the communicable efforts of other technologies interspersed around the residence/workplace. It’s not the end of the world, but in this, “on demand” culture we exist in currently, it’s easy to get lost in just reaching out and grabbing the “latest and greatest.” Why not pause for a moment, do some due-diligence, and formulate an all-encompassing environment that achieves maximum comfort from your HVAC system to your doorbell. It takes a minute, but in the end, you’ll be saving yourself time and potential tech-driven headaches.

As always, we’re here to help you troubleshoot any problems and/or questions you may have regarding your heading and cooling environment. For all else, stick with the Geek Squad…

If you need anything regarding your heating system during these frigid months, Suburban Companies is here for you 24/7/365. Take Comfort.

 

Outfitting Your Home With the Best of Both Worlds

Style or Comfort

Outfitting Your Home With the Best of Both Worlds

What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s a fair question that be applied to many lines of thinking. This includes the advancements made in HVAC heating and cooling systems over the years.

Should you purchase a heating and cooling system that is compatible with your thermostat, or a thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system? As has been a trend in the heating and cooling industry as of late, “smart” thermostats have been popping up all over the place. At their core, they’re a fine looking piece of gadgetry and have many benefits that any home or business owner can take full advantage of. That is, if they have an HVAC environment that can handle the communicable features offset by such a device.

Thermostats have come a long way. Most of us reading this have likely run into the thermostat that you adjusted simply by moving the switch up and down along the “thermometer” and leaving it at rest where your desired temperature was on the box. Then of course, is the radial dial. Same idea. You move the dial until the red arrow is pointing at your desired temp. And that was it. The bells and whistles were rounded out by the ability to also read the temperature as it stood in the house or office. Which is to say, there weren’t any bells and whistles at all. Set it and forget it (until of course, the bill came, then you probably set it a bit lower).

Then came the digital interface, which enabled you to set your thermostat for particular temperatures during particular times of the day, which allowed for a better grasp on efficient environmental control. Things couldn’t get any better. Until they did. And, while the features continue to roll out, the visual appeal of the contemporary thermostat is on point with modern, sleek design.

But, somewhere in all this transition we lost sight of the fact that sometimes an updated thermostat (for an older heating and cooling system, or a new system) doesn’t necessarily mean the cost savings you talked yourself into. And further, that a thermostat is simply a switch that turns the heating/cooling on or off. (Sorry to burst your bubble.)

While third party “add on” thermostats provide added features for older HVAC systems, they may in fact limit the capabilities of newer systems. Twenty years ago we never heard of Nest, Ecobee, and others like them… That was when your existing HVAC system was installed. For sure adding one of these thermostats to your existing system will add features. However the HVAC systems we install today offer significant features that require communicating controls to function at their full capacity. Communicating controls operate your system at the perfect balance of capacity for the temperature you desire. Why limit your features with third party thermostats, when you are, for all intents and purposes, purchasing an HVAC system that can provide both style and comfort.

And further, we’re always here to answer questions if you’ve got one you need answered.

 

The Difference Lies in Our Credentials

Technicians You Can Trust

The Difference Lies in Our Credentials

We’ve long discussed how it’s imperative that you choose a contractor you can trust, and how has your best interests and comfort in mind. We’ve outlined some of our accolades (6 Carrier President Awards). We’ve been the recipient of countless testimonials. And we’re thankful for all of it.

Today, we want to shine a light on our team of technicians. The very people that work with you and for you to make sure your heating and cooling environment and applicable HVAC equipment is up to snuff and exceeding in expectation.

Here’s the skinny, we, and anyone else for the matter, can tell you all day long about how great we are, but, we all know that at the end of the day, these types of claims can easily be shrouded in a veil. In short: talk is cheap. Right? Right. To start, we make sure all of our technicians are standup individuals by our initial in-depth background check that is conducted during the pre-hiring process. Once hired, Suburban issues standard uniforms with applicable employee badges and we make sure all licenses are up to date. This included licensing for:

  • Sheet Metal
  • Gas Filters
  • Refrigeration Technician

What we aim to do from this point forward is to further explain why our team of technicians is second-to-none in our industry. Where competition and choice gather in a saturated pool, we are, for all intents and purposes, the cream that rises to the top. Why? Because all of our technical staff employees are put through rigorous training programs and have, unlike other companies, been certified by multiple industry best standards.

When a Suburban technician comes to your home or business to install or maintain your HVAC investment, they carry with them these prestigious certifications:

EPA 608 – Government issued certification. Technicians are required to pass an EPA-approved test specific to the type of equipment the technician seeks to work on. Tests are administered by an EPA-approved certifying organization.

NATE – The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is the gold standard for technicians. This is a nationally recognized and respected certification that, while not legally required, is highly recommended for any technician working in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) industry. To obtain this certification, a technician must pass a knowledge-based exam developed and administered by industry experts that illustrates they are better prepared for the workforce and more adept at handling difficult scenarios which in turn yield better results for their customers and the equipment they’re serving/servicing.

AC Check – Technicians are trained to perform an Airflow and Charge (AC), which is a testing procedure that verifies that central air conditioning and heat pump systems are commissioned properly and in good running condition. Systems that are properly commissioned have improved efficiency, and create increased comfort and savings for homeowners. The AC Check testing procedure ensures proper installation and operation of equipment and systems, and further, AC Check trained contractors can access incentives, training, and special offers for their residential customers. So, in short, with this certification in hand, we can save you maximum dollars on your HVAC investment (while making sure your system is saving you maximum dollars on your utility bills).

In parting, you have a lot of options when it comes to working taking control of your heating and cooling environment around the home and in the workplace. Suburban Companies comes to you with unparalleled professionalism and customer satisfaction as the pillars to our longevity and success. On top of the aforementioned certifications, we conduct frequent periodic trainings as new equipment and technologies enter the marketplace to ensure that we’re always ahead of the curve.

And further, we’re always here to answer questions if you’ve got one you need answered.

Take comfort with Suburban.

Prepping For Winter

Prepping for Winter

Did you notice the ground this morning? In many places around Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire there was a layer of frost, and even a thin coating of snow covering the grass we just spent the summer lounging in. And, while both of these elements will likely be gone by lunchtime, it’s still a reminder that Mother Nature rests for no one. Winter is coming. And with it, seasonal distresses like coughs, colds, and sniffles.

While we’re on the subject, have you thought about the health of your heating and cooling environment? It’s important. Its health is a direct link to you and your family’s health. So, that said, here are a few important things to take action on before the sky opens and the snow really starts to accumulate:

  • Clean the vents and tidy up around any outdoor piece of your unit. Debris – like leaves, grass clippings, twigs, etc. – can really build up in your HVAC unit during the dusty summer months. While you’re at it, take a quick look at the vents for any dirty buildup and vacuum them out to ensure proper airflow to prevent the circulation of dust and other airborne toxins in your home.
  • Change the air filter. Seriously. You change the one in your car (at least we hope you do), so why not change the one that is servicing your home? It’s easy and your HVAC unit running at an optimal level. Like the function of any filter, when it’s clogged it’s clogged. And when clogs happen, the entire system gets bogged down causing harder, unnecessary strain on your investment. This quick fix is also an element of your maintenance service contract if you’d prefer a professional to handle the matter…
  • Check and set your thermostat accordingly. If your thermostat is programmable, make sure you adjust it for the cooler months. If your thermostat isn’t programmable, keep in mind that it’s 2017 and such technology is extremely affordable, easily installed, and instantly saves you money and unnecessary energy usage. Program it by hours of the day, days of the week, times of the year… There are so many variables you can adjust for. In doing this, you’re proactively making sure your furnace isn’t working unnecessarily hard when it doesn’t have to. Not only does this extend the life of your system, it will save you serious coin on energy bills as well.

And while some of the things we just mentioned are things you can conceivably do yourself, there is also maintenance you’re better off leaving to the professionals like us at Suburban Companies. Having your friendly, experienced neighborhood HVAC professional from Suburban come out to your home to perform maintenance once or twice a year, will have much benefit to you and your system as the years stack up. Having maintenance done at the beginning of each season is key to ensuring that your system will run safely and smoothly all year long. And if that isn’t enough of a reason, having proper maintenance done will also save you money on your energy bills and extend the life of your HVAC unit.

A few of the key tasks we do when we perform seasonal HVAC maintenance include:

  • Detecting and fixing minor problems. Because minor problems can lead to major deficiencies and require expensive repairs.
  • Inspect your HVAC system for performance and safety. Because, like any inspection, safety is the priority. You want your system to work, and provide peace-of-mind. We’ll look to make sure things are running optimally and no leaks or potentially hazardous systematic discharge is occurring.
  • Clean and lubricate the system thoroughly. Because, as mentioned, a good cleaning goes a long way. Like any other aspect of life.
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat. Because, let’s face it, sometimes things happen and we want to ensure proper function and efficiency so you can take complete comfort.

HVAC maintenance takes a lot of work and is not something “anyone” can do. It is, however, something we do here at Suburban Companies. We take great pride in servicing our customers and have since our inception in 1965. Our five Carrier President Awards are a testament to this. We provide exemplary service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Winter’s coming. Are you ready? If not, take comfort, we’ll be right over. Give us a call today, or, better yet, lock in to one of our maintenance plans and achieve the peace of mind in knowing the heating and cooling environment in your home or business is taken care of – bringing you and your HVAC system good operative health and complete environmental comfort.

 

Energy Efficiency During the Frigid Winter Months

Energy Efficiency During the Frigid Winter Months

Here in Massachusetts we’re staring at a string of days that won’t even register on the positive side of the Fahrenheit thermometer. That’s cold. As you assess where you’re at as the winter plods along, we thought we’d throw out a dozen tips to help you keep your energy consumption as efficient as it can possible be. Heat is expensive. Maximize what you get out of the energy you’re producing under your roof – be it at home or at the office.

Lower your thermostat – Sounds crazy as we start to pile the blankets on the bed, but, give it a shot… A decrease of 4 °F could save you as much as 4% on your heating bill. Who couldn’t use a little more green in their pocket? Invest in a sweater and demand more out that thermostat!

Lay down a rug – Do it. You’ll not only help insulate your floors, but you’ll cut down on noise too. Cozier on myriad fronts…

Check your filters – We know, we know. We harp on this a lot. Hey, we wouldn’t have to if you’d just commit to a carefree maintenance plan… Checking the filters on a monthly basis during the winter months will help keep your heating environment “honest,” well maintained, and will reduce energy consumption which could save you up to 5% percent on your heating costs.

Don’t block air vents – Seems obvious, be we’ve learned that it isn’t. Keep supply and return air vents clear of furniture and appliances so your heating system can work more efficiently. Do you sleep with a pillow over your face? No, of course you don’t. You’ve got to breathe to make the next day a viable option. Same is true with your heating system. Let it breathe.

Don’t heat unnecessary places – Avoid heating areas of your home that are not insulated, such as a garage, crawlspaces, attic, or storage sheds. Further, installing a “smart” programmable thermostat allows you to manage the heating of multiple areas of your home or office, saving you up to 10% on your energy bill.

Purchase a well-insulated door – Unless you already have one. Or perhaps bolster the insulation on your current mode of entrance. To check if a door provides good insulation, place your hand against it from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that’s better insulated. Install fully insulated doors on all entrances to garages, cold storage rooms and un-insulated basements. Also, think about your windows too. We’ll save you line item; it’s very much in tune to what we’re talking about here with doors.

Try a tune-up – Have we mentioned our maintenance plans? Not ready to replace your heating system? A regular tune-up can save 3 to 10% on your next heating bill.

Measure your attic’s insulation thickness – You’re greatest combatant to lost heating energy is in the way you insulate your building. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure its thickness. If there is less than 7 inches of fiberglass / rock wool or 6 inches of cellulose you could probably benefit by adding more. And while you’re up there, consider installing some roof vents and inlets to improve ventilation. 

Heat your home (or office) responsibly – This harkens back to the smart thermostat we referenced above. With a proper, technologically advanced thermostat, you won’t even need to worry about the sentiment of this entry.

Here’s the skinny: Cranking up the heat to warm your dwelling quickly doesn’t work. It will warm up at the same rate, regardless of the temperature setting. All you’re doing is taxing your heating system.

Enjoy the sun – Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days and bask in the “free” heat. Keep those south-facing windows squeaky clean to let the light through. All this said, remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets. You know why.

Try a humidifier for extra heat – Not only does a humidifier add a little bit of relief to the painfully dry air that chaps skin and bothers the lungs, it also allows you to turn your thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. The heat gets stuck in the “water” in the air – which, in this case, is a good thing. We’ll talk about air conditioning in the summertime when humidity is naturally oppressive…

Close the garage door to trap heat – Another “seems obvious” piece of advice, but, we make a lot of house calls, and we know a lot of you are just leaving those doors wide open. It’s fine (generally speaking) in the summertime, but during the winter months, keep the garage door tightly closed as often as possible so that you might retain warmer air against the garage-side wall of the house, which will act as a buffer against the colder outdoor air.

If you need anything regarding your heating system during these frigid months, Suburban Companies is here for you 24/7/365. Take Comfort.