FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, BC – The rain is coming and the temperature is heading south. While we tend to enjoy a more temperate clime than our Canadian counterparts, it is still best to be aware of a few tips and tricks to make sure your impending winter months remain comfortable and warm while inside your home. You could save a few dollars too.
BBB and recommends the following for consumers to save energy and money this winter:
- Have your furnace inspected annually by a reputable contractor.
- Replace furnace filters monthly – dirty filters can increase heating costs by 20%.
- Keep doors and windows closed when heating is on.
- Inspect weather stripping for cracking.
- Clean ridge vents to allow your house to ‘breathe’.
- Keep drapes and blinds open during the day to help warm the house.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed in the evening to keep heat in.
- If you have a fireplace make sure the damper is closed when not in use.
- Consider installing a fireplace door.
- Minimize use of bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans.
- Wrap your water heater in a blanket to prevent heat loss.
- Wash full loads of laundry and dishes and use cold water settings.
- Take shorter showers.
BBB offers these tips when hiring a Heating Contractor:
- It’s important to know the signs of furnace failure. This includes seeing soot on countertops and vents. Fumes may cause your eyes to water and you could experience headaches.
- Do your research. Find heating contractors through bbb.org/mbc. We have an extensive database of heating contractors.
- Ask around. Word of mouth is a great indicator of trust and quality of work.
- Get a few quotes. If a company says you need an entirely new furnace, you may want a second opinion.
- Get everything in writing. Compare estimates and be sure to include time specifications, materials, and parts to be used. The lowest price isn’t always the best way to go.
- Avoid high-pressure sales tactics.
- Ask about liability insurance should you be concerned about property damage.
- Understand the job. Make sure the contractor explains what they are doing and why.
- Make sure the job is done according to contract and your specifications.
Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor
BBB Serving Mainland BC
404-788 Beatty Street
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 111 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2015, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 2 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.