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Getting the most from your heating and cooling system

Don't let high fuel costs get you hot under the collar. A new furnace can help.
December 29, 2004 - Properly installed and maintained, your heating and cooling system should give you years of trouble-free service.

Here are some tips to keep your furnace and cooling system energy costs down while increasing the life of your unit.

1. Maintain it Regularly

Check your air-supply inlets and return outlets and keep them clear of obstructions and debris.

Keep outside units clean of leaves, brush and dirt.

Check air filters monthly during the operating season and replace them when they are dirty, or clean if washable.

Seal your home properly. This can cut your energy bills up to 10 percent and put less strain on your system.

2. Program and Save

A programmable thermostat can decrease wear and save on energy. A Maytag Heating and Cooling dealer can help you choose the right programmable thermostat for your home.

If your heating or central cooling system thermostat is not digital, invest in a programmable one.

Set the programmable thermostat so it automatically turns the system up or down when you are out for the day or asleep at night.

3. Schedule a Pre-Season Checkup

Have your air conditioner or heating system inspected by a professional contractor in early spring or late fall. This can save you money and prevent a premature breakdown.

Your contractor should be a certified HVAC technician-licensed, well-trained, insured and bonded.

4. Consider a New System

If your cooling or heating system is over 10 years old, a new, more efficient system may save you money in the long run, be more reliable, and manage your heating and cooling needs better.

New systems can have up to a 40 percent energy savings over older systems. This could pay back the cost of the new equipment several times over the life of the equipment.

Make sure that the system you choose has the features you want, is the proper capacity for your home, has a good warrantee and has a reputation for reliability. You may be glad to know Maytag Heating and Cooling products are triple checked on the manufacturing line, as well as 100 percent computer tested for reliability.

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