E-M Air Systems, the leading provider of custom commercial, residential, and industrial air conditioning and heating repair, maintenance, and installation services in the Greater Toronto Area, is instructing its clients on ways they can still cut costs on their heating bill despite the rate increase for natural gas.
It’s no secret now that the Ontario Energy Board has given approval for distributors of natural gas to increase their costs to consumers. Enbridge, an energy transportation company, has taken the most liberty with this approval, raising their rates by 40% beginning this spring. However, the Energy Board has stated that this increase is only temporary, and that they will revisit the approval on a quarterly basis.
(Source: Spears, J., “Enbridge gets hefty ‘interim’ rate increase,” The Toronto Star, March 27, 2014; http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/03/27/enbridge_gets_hefty_interim_rate_increase.html.)
“The average consumer is looking at a $400 annual increase to their utility bill. That is certainly a considerable amount of money for most homeowners,” says Jack Marrano, owner of E-M Air Systems. “E-M Air Systems recognizes the frustration consumers are dealing with, but homeowners now need to become proactive and find simple ways to cut down on their energy costs and save money.”
Marrano advises that the first step homeowners need to take to help level out their utility costs is to maintain and upgrade their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. However, just maintaining or upgrading the HVAC systems will not significantly reduce fees. Maintenance will have to be combined with proper insulation, air sealing, and suggested thermostat settings that vary throughout the day; only through using this comprehensive approach will homeowners notice a difference in their utility bills.”
For maintenance, he suggests that furnace filters be cleaned once a month and that warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators are not blocked by any furniture or carpeting. In addition, drapes on south-facing windows should be kept open during the day through the winter months to allow in warming sunlight, with those same drapes being kept closed during the summer. Also, remember to shut off exhaust fans after cooking or bathing. (Source: “Tips: Heating and Cooling,” U.S. Department of Energy web site, May 30, 2012; http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-heating-and-cooling.)
“A contractor should be able to give accurate advice on suitable and affordable products and techniques that can help reduce energy consumption and save money,” Marrano concludes. “E-M Air Systems can play a role in these efficiencies. We have been serving clients in Southern Ontario for over 25 years and know what it takes to create an efficient residential environment.”
E-M Air Systems Inc. has been installing custom commercial, residential, and industrial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the new construction and retrofit market in Southern Ontario since 1987. Because E-M Air Systems Inc. designs every HVAC system it installs and manufactures the duct work in its own sheet metal shop, clients do not have to rely on outside firms for costly blueprints or work; this translates into greater value and the industry’s most competitive pricing. E-M Air Systems Inc. is a member of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Technical Safety and Standards Authority (TSSA) and the Residential Heating Ventilation Contractors Association (RHVCA). To learn more about E-M Air Systems Inc, visit the company’s web site at www.EMAir.ca or call E-M Air Systems Inc. toll-free 1-800-893-6793.
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