METUCHEN, N.J.--Family owned and privately operated, Bill Leary has served Middlesex County and beyond for 30 years. Certainly the go-to for heating and central air conditioning systems, furnaces, and water heaters, the company also sells related equipment, including air cleaners, humidifiers, attic fans, ultraviolet germicidal lights, and thermostats, among other necessities.
“Everyone is interested in learning new ways of saving energy and money when temperatures drop,” said Leary, citing nine tips to save on energy costs this season. But he added that high efficiency furnaces and boilers are effective at keeping consumers warm on a day-to-day basis, while cutting down on energy costs.
Here are Leary’s simple suggestions:
-Always use the sun’s heat by opening curtains or blinds on south-facing windows during winter days.
-Bundle up with warm clothing like sweaters and heavy socks. Keep blankets handy where you sit, and place area rugs on the floor as
- Use ceiling fans to your advantage. They give you a lot of control over ventilation and can be used strategically for better airflow. For instance, counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer and clockwise will trap heat inside during cooler months. (Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.)
-By adjusting your thermostat at night, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Simply turn thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. Consider investing in flannel sheets and/or a warm comforter for your bed.
-Heat only the rooms you use. Do not heat rooms that you seldom use. Seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy efficient and direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most. Energy bills run an average of $183 per month. But by using a space heater in the rooms where needed and setting the thermostat to 62 degrees, you can save approximately $200 each year.
-Be sure to keep furnaces unblocked. Keeping furnaces and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption as well. Check your furnace filter monthly; replace it when it gets dirty.
-And since inside air can become very dry, it’s important to add moisture with a humidifier. Moist air holds heat better; a humidifier helps you feel comfortable when the thermostat is set at lower temperatures. Another great tip is to increase humidity with house plants.
-Invest in inexpensive insulation. Cover up all areas where heat might escape. Foam weather stripping for doors and windows is inexpensive and easy to apply.
-As for exhaust fans, use them only when necessary since they pull hot air that rises to the ceiling. Remember to shut them off when done.
Legacy brands that Bill Leary installs, services, repairs, and performs maintenance on include: Goodman, York, Bryant, Carrier, Trane, Janitrol, Crown, Utica, Williamson, Weil McLain, Navien, Rheem, Ruud, Whirlpool, Bradford White and Rheem.
As a local community driven business, the company gives back in a myriad of ways, supporting local and national organizations/groups, or giving funds to such groups.
Aside from being fully bonded, licensed, and insured, Bill Leary is certified by the State of New Jersey Department of Building and Construction Department to work on its most coveted projects, and certified by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to do work in public schools.
Recently, the company was selected by the state to perform work on jobs at universities, public schools, municipal buildings, and police stations, among other sites.