- Seal up gaps and cracks that let the cold air in.
- Check doors, windows, floor drains, mail slots, electrical outlets, attic entries, foundation cracks and chimneys.
- Air filters should be changed frequently in your central heating and cooling system. A clean air filter will reduce dust and reduce the amount of energy it takes for your heater to work-saving you $$$.
- Replace windows if they are old. Double or triple pane windows work fantastically. However, this can be costly, so as an alternative install clear plastic or storm windows over your existing glass.
- Benefit from solar energy by letting the sun shine in. Leave your curtains and blinds open during the day and close them at night. Rooms will soak day heat and release it at night.
- Insulation is cost effective. The attic should have at least 12 inches of insulation. Wrap external hot water pipes with insulating tape.
- Check around the house to make sure there are no flammable substances near your furnace.
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"I was changing home insurance companies and I saw a brochure that offered a significant home insurance discount if I would get Rogers Smart Home monitoring. After doing some math I reluctantly decided to change companies from Alarmtech to Rogers due to the savings I would be getting in my case. I really didn't want to leave Alarmtech, it was a great company and my experience with them for four years since I began with him had been flawless. And I loved that I was dealing with a local company instead of a large corporation.
I had the Rogers salesman come take a look at my existing alarm. He advised they take over a lot of alarms on a daily basis but just wanted to make sure that my alarm was compatible with their equipment because they would essentially be installing a mod chip to my existing alarm that would allow them to bypass my current alarms control panel so that I could use their smart monitoring tablet.
My control panel was one that they could do the takeover on.
A few weeks later and after some phone calls, completing documents and providing notification to different service providers the installation technician arrived.
He came in, saw my keypad and I gave him my manual for my current panel in case he needed it. He then said he'd like to look at my panel before he goes any further. I showed him the panel and then he had some serious doubts about being able to take over the panel. He went to his car to make a phone call and returned after a little while saying that he cannot take over the panel. He had spoken with a technician in Toronto who is up to date with everything who explained to him that the panel I have is too advanced for them to take over at the that time. They do not have the compatible components to install in the unit. The Toronto technician told him they will at some time but he had no idea when that would be.
The technician was very impressed with the alarm panel that I had. Even commenting that I had three lines of communication connected to instead of the two that the Smart Monitoring comes with. He said he wouldn't do anything with it and leave it just how it is since it is such a nice alarm.
He apologized for all the inconveniences that this caused me and that I had been told they could take it over. I had taken a day off of work for the installation.
So...after that I had a very interesting story to call Nancy at Alarmtech about. I asked her to please not disconnect my current service! She graciously welcomed me back I told her their alarms are built too advanced and we had a big laugh about it!
I remain an Alarmtech client."