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5 Tips to Keeping Your Home Warm During Freezing Temperatures

Posted by Empire Blog at 10:56 pm on January 26, 2017

heat your home during freezing weatherWinter time is full of holidays and festivities as well as beautiful white snow. Even though the winter season brings along freezing temperatures and rough weather, your home should serve as a warm refuge. Heating your home while it’s freezing outside should not be difficult or expensive. Follow these 5 simple and cost-effective tips to help keep your home warm.


Install Curtains

Most homes today come with blinds that keep the sunlight out and help protect privacy. Because the blinds are made of plastic, heat will tend to escape from your house. In addition to using blinds, it is a good idea install curtains around windows. The cloth material will prevent much of the heat from escaping so you won’t have to keep turning up the thermostat saving you a bundle of money.

Welcome the Sun

Even though temperatures could be near freezing, the sun could still be shining. Take advantage of the sunlight and open your blinds to let in the warmth of the sun into your home. However, remember to close your blinds or curtains once the sunlight is gone. Not only will this help heat your home, it will also lessen the need to increase your thermostat level during the day.

Insulation Kits

Much of the heat in our homes escape through windows and doors. Consider installing clear, plastic insulation available in hardware stores or online on your windows to keep the heat in your home. Alternatively, you could also consider covering your windows with bubble wrap but the former is a much more attractive solution.

Besides plastic insulation, you could install draft snakes under your doors or windows. Draft snakes are fabric shaped into tubes as wide as your windows or doors.

Space Heaters

If you are trying to save money on energy bills this year, space heaters may be a good option especially if you only use a small part of your house. In this case, consider setting the thermostat low and using a space heater.

However, you should take caution when using one. Never leave the house or the area for a long period of time with the space heater running. Also, make sure to select a space heater with an automatic shutoff feature. Using space heaters can keep part of your home warm without having to make your heater work overtime.

Heating System Inspection

Part of the solution to keeping your home warm during the winter season is to inspect your heating system. This will ensure that your unit is operating at peak efficiency. Make sure to clean vents and change out filters.

Alternatively, our team of licensed professionals can do these services in addition to inspecting heating system components. If necessary, they can replace old and worn out components to ensure that your home will be kept warm cost-effectively.

This winter don’t let the freezing temperatures keep your home cold or make your heater work extra when it doesn’t need to. Implement these cost-effective steps and have our professionals take a look at your heater. Your home and your pocketbook will thank you for it!

Common Consequences of Not Checking On Your Heater

Posted by Empire Blog at 10:15 am on February 19, 2015


As Atlanta heating and air conditioning specialists, we often advise our clients about the common-sense care and maintenance of their HVAC system. While we would never advocate for taking on major repairs on your own, we want you to take regular precautions with your HVAC system.

A lack of vigilance leads to bigger problems and more expensive repairs (or even replacements) down the road.

Below are signs that your HVAC system is in need of repair or maintenance. Call a reliable HVAC contractor as soon as you notice them. (more…)

For Valentine’s Day, Treat Your Significant Other to a Custom Heating Unit

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:57 pm on February 10, 2015

4566336377_0f8ee41e10_zFor a completely novel approach to the most romantic of days, give your loved one a gift that will remind them of your feelings not just on Valentine’s Day, but all throughout the year.

Let our seasoned HVAC contractors come up with a new HVAC design for your house in time for Valentine’s Day.

No more waking up to cold mornings or suffering through humid nights! Our heating and air conditioning specialists can make all your evenings together cozy and comfortable. (more…)

Steps to a Heating System Tuneup

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:13 pm on October 28, 2014

Heating System Tuneup

Not only do heating system tuneups keep your HVAC unit in good working condition, but they also keep it functioning efficiently. This saves you money two ways – you lengthen the life of your unit and you pay lower monthly utility bills because efficient heating uses up less energy.

While regular tuneups are important, a heating system tuneup is not something we recommend you do on your own because of the steps involved in the process. (more…)

When Weather Changes Cause the use of both Heating & Air Conditioning

Posted by Empire Blog at 8:00 am on March 22, 2013

Atlanta HVAC Maintenance

So far this year, the metro Atlanta area has experienced wide swings in temperatures and weather.  One day you need the heating system to keep you warm and then the next day you need your air conditioning system to cool you.  The switching back and forth can cause strain on your home’s HVAC system.

Here are some recommendations on how you can stay comfortable during these transitional seasons in Atlanta.

1. Make sure your home’s HVAC system is receiving proper planned maintenance.

  • A HVAC system that receives regular service (heating tune-up in fall and air conditioning tune-up in spring) should not have any problems transitioning between heating and cooling. Unlike the ole days you don’t necessarily have to have your unit serviced before you turn it on as long as it has been receiving the proper planned maintenance.

2. Consider using your home’s HVAC thermostat auto changeover function.

  • The fan control has an auto setting for the blower to come on with a demand for heating or cooling or and “on” setting where the blower will run continuously and the heating or cooling will cycle as needed. Most programmable thermostats have heat-cool-off-auto for the system control, the auto for the system will allow you to pick a temperature and the heating will come on when it dips two degrees below and the cooling will come on it the space gets warmer

3. If you need an HVAC replacement, mild weather is an excellent time to consider a system upgrade.

  • You have two choices.
      • Choose the mild weather to replace your system.
      • Wait till your home’s HVAC system is broken beyond practical repair, which never seems to happen at a convenient time.
  • If you are on Empire Heating & Air Conditioning’s Planned Maintenance Program, our service technicians will keep you advised of when your system is approaching its typical life cycle.  Many units do run and perform well for years and years beyond the normal life cycle, especially those that are maintained well.

4. Seal Air Leaks

  • During transitional seasons, the wind can be quite blustery outside.  Finding and fixing air leaks can improve your home’s energy efficiency and help reduce drafts. If your curtains are blowing around when the windows are closed or you are seeing light around the doors when they are closed, it might be time for some weather-stripping, caulk, and insulation.

5. Watch for moisture.

  • As the storms that bring spring blow through, pay attention to ceiling walls and foundations. Once moisture finds a way in, it has a compounding effect on the damage it can cause. Sealing up a loose roofing shingle or caulking around that window is really inexpensive compared to the damages caused by rot and mildew. If you are fortunate enough to have some good-sized hardwood in your yard, pay attention to the gutters during a storm. When they get clogged the water spills over and can seep into fascia and soffit board and cause lots of problems.

Empire Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you with all your Atlanta HVAC Maintenance needs.  Call us at 404-294-0900 if you have any concerns.

2013 Energy Tax Credit for New Furnace

Posted by Empire Blog at 8:00 am on March 7, 2013


The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was enacted January 2, 2013 and is now available through 2013 for the tax credit of residential energy property expenditures, such as installing a new furnace.

This tax relief was originally provided for under the Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2005.  The residential energy credit expired at the end of 2011, but now has been retroactively reinstated and extended to include energy improvements for 2012 and 2013. The Act provides for a tax credit of up to $150 for the installation of a natural gas, propane, or oil furnace. There is a $500 lifetime limit for the credit–meaning that you won’t be able to claim the credit if you claimed the maximum credit in a prior tax year. Visit www.irs.gov and see IRS Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, for more information.

In addition to the tax credit, you may also be able to save money on the installation of your furnace with a rebate offered by your utility company or local government. Rebates can often provide incentives of up to a few hundred dollars per installation.

When applying for an energy rebate, consider the following:

•   Energy rebates usually require the product to be ENERGY STAR certified

•   The amount of the rebate may hinge on the energy efficiency of the product (e.g., a furnace that has a higher efficiency will be eligible for a larger rebate)

•   The rebate may only be available for products that have been installed by a certified contractor

•   You may have to apply for the rebate within a certain time period after the installation of your energy-saving product

•   You can visit www.energy.gov for more information.

By installing a more energy-efficient furnace, you can save money on your heating expenses over the long run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a higher-efficiency heating system along with making energy-efficient upgrades can result in cutting your winter home heating costs in half.

If you have any questions, please contact Empire Heating & Air Conditioning at 404-294-0900.

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