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Changing Your Filter Will Save You Money & Reduce your Energy Use

Winter is on its way.
Chances are you’ll be running your heat well before the official astronomical date.
Now is a good time to change those furnace filters to ensure your comfort and energy savings during the heating season.
While most of us are aware of our furnaces presence, it is rarely thought of until it doesn’t work as expected. You can save on heating and cooling costs by doing a little maintenance now and ensuring your comfort during the coming season.

Checking your furnace filter will provide you with the following benefits:

>> Help to reduce heating and cooling costs

>> Improve the comfort of your home

>> Protect the heating and cooling equipment

Many programmable thermostats have a function similar to the maintenance reminder on your car which will remember the last time you changed your filter. If your thermostat has this function, don’t forget to reset it after you service your furnace filter.

How often should I check my furnace filter?
Your ‘mileage’ may vary depending on the actual operating time of your air handler, but consider checking it every month as a base to determine your scheduling needs.

Where is my furnace filter located? The filter is usually located in the air return to the furnace which can be on either side of the furnace cabinet. In some cases you may need to remove the furnace cover (face) to access the filter, you will most often be able to do this without tools.

What type of furnace filter should I purchase? The need for clean air in the home has given rise to a wide variety of filter types, including electrostatic, washable and disposable filters. You needn’t ‘re-invent the wheel’ here, chances are the best filter for your installation is already present. Just replace with the same size and type.

How much does a furnace filter cost? Furnace filters can range from $2 to $30 depending on the type of filter you select. The ‘big box’ stores and even many grocery stores carry furnace filters, make sure to buy the correct size. If you prefer the less expensive type of filter buying more than one now will save you future trips.

Helpful Tip: Write down the size of your existing furnace filter in a convenient place before going to purchase a new one (many homeowners write the size directly on the visible portion of the furnace cabinet with permanent markers or on a piece of tape stuck to the cabinet – include the date of service if needed).

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‘As is’ Contracts

Maryland, D.C. and Virginia standard home contracts have been revised according to The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR) and the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS (NVAR) to no  longer include standard contingencies.

This means the buyer’s need for a thorough home inspection is doubly important.  Buyers can no longer be assured that the property they are considering will have basic functioning amenities.  Homes sold under the new contract will be completely ‘as-is.’

A home inspection is now, more than ever, a necessity for a new home purchase.

The seller no longer has any obligation to ensure that anything is in normal working condition. Now it’s all negotiable.

Holiday Season

Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, many of us will be taking down the tree and putting away all those decorations.

Now is a good time to examine the lights for frayed wires and damaged strings. Discard any that might pose a hazard or simply no longer work. Of particular concern are those outdoor lights that may have been inadvertently stapled through, especially older ‘B’ base (screw-in) bulbs.

Those of us in colder regions will be using our clothes drier more often this season, so don’t forget to clean that lint from the exhaust duct if you haven’t already. Wet lint clogging the duct can cause the drier to overheat or catch fire in more severe cases. At the very least your clothes will take longer to dry with a partially clogged duct, using more energy, and draining your pocketbook.

Energy Conservation

Belkin Conserve Socket F7C009q

In this day and age we are all accustomed to the convenience of appliances that turn themselves on and off. A great help for people who are away from home most of the day.

We are equally familiar with rising energy costs associated with our home and the need to conserve.

Belkin’s Conserve Socket is great for those items we leave plugged in that continue to use electricity even when not in use. These might include charging adapters for phones, hand tools or that heated appliance that we leave on occasionally; i.e. irons, hair curlers, etc.

With three preset times of 1/2, 3, or 6 hours it will turn off your appliance for your peace of mind and the safety of your home not to mention the energy savings that will acrue over time.

Google Belkin Conserve Socket F7C009q for availability.

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