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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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3 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm On A Budget

by Mike Brewer

Being able to keep your monthly living costs down is ideal. This will allow you to save more of your hard-earned money for other things you may need or want. During the months of winter, you're sure to have a higher than the normal heating bill. This may take a toll on your wallet. However, there are ways for you to reduce the costs of staying warm and knowing specific tips to help you to do so may come in handy.

Tip #1: Install a programmable thermostat

One of the most efficient ways to stay comfortable and lower heating bills is as simple as installing a programmable thermostat. By having this item in your home, you can set it to turn on or off on a daily basis. This thermostat will allow you to save money by preventing your heating system from running when you aren't at home. 

Simply take the time to program your thermostat to have the heat come on before you arrive and this can lower your overall heating costs by doing so.This is a convenient way to help the temperature in your home stay comfortable and save money.

Tip #2: Have your unit serviced

It's recommended to have your heating unit maintained to get the most out of it. You should have a professional come to your home at least once a year to do a thorough checkup and complete the items listed below:

1. Check all of the electrical connections of your unit.

2. Lubricate any of the belts in your heating system.

3. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils.

4. Check any gas connections or burner combustion or heater exchanges. 

These are only a few of the things that will be done when having an annual inspection of your unit.

Tip #3: Schedule a blower test

Regardless of how high you set your heat, if you have drafts coming inside your home, this won't help. It's ideal to have a blower test that will detect if there are any spaces in your property that are letting air inside that should be repaired. It's ideal to have this test completed once every few years to help reduce your energy bill.

Being able to stay warm and comfortable inside of your home is ideal for the highest quality of life. Be sure to rely on the expertise of heating contractor to allow you to do so with greater ease during the coldest months of the year.

For help with your heating system, contact a company such as Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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