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Brilliant Tips for Your Heating & Cooling System

Every professional HVAC tech has a plethora of tips and tricks to keep heating and cooling systems working efficiently. Whether it’s your furnace or your air conditioning system, there are many ways that you can optimize its performance while also keeping your family comfortable. In the article below, HVAC experts share some brilliant tips that will keep your heating and cooling units working at their best.

Not only that, but these simple tips will also extend the life of your systems, reduce the number of surprise air conditioning repairs, and can even reduce your yearly energy costs.

Is Your Home Properly Insulated?


One of the most important ways you can optimize your heating and cooling systems performance is by insulating your home. Typically, most homes have insulation within their walls that are going to protect the residence from excessive heat and cold. However, there is more insulation that can be done to make sure that your family is comfortable, such as:

  • Used or snakes on drafty entrance ways.
  • Cover any air leaks with caulking or weatherproofing strips.
  • Seal any leaks in your attic with caulking.
  • if you have a chimney, make sure the flue is shut when it is not in use or have it plugged.
  • Seal any drafty Windows, plus use blackout curtains to restrict drafts.

Be Aware of Your Windows

The windows can make a big difference in the comfort of your home. During the hot summer months, the sun shining through the window creates a greenhouse effect that makes the temperature in the home even hotter. The opposite happens during the cold months and the rainy season.


Even if your windows are not drafty, they can still play a role in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Covering your windows with heavy curtains and screens will help your heating and cooling units keep the space at a comfortable temperature. That being said, if you do have an older home, using plastic on your windows and reduce your energy costs by a considerable amount.


Leverage Your Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan is another great tool to use to optimize your indoor temperature. This simple home accessory can make a big difference in your family’s comfort level in both the summer and the winter. The important aspect of the ceiling fan, however, is the direction in which it is turning.

During the summer months when you wish to stay cool, you want to have your fan moving in a counterclockwise direction. This will cause the air to be pulled down creating a flow that will lower the temperature.

In the colder months, the fan should be moving in a clockwise direction. This will help circulate the warm air in the home by gently pulling the air up and dispersing it throughout the room. Not only is a ceiling fan and attractive aesthetic aspect of the space, but it can reduce the amount of heating and cooling you need to be comfortable, extending the lifespan of your systems, lowering your energy costs, and preventing common HVAC problems.

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“Service was outstanding from the time of arrival which you could track arrival time live on a website link they send you so you know when they will arrive. Technical knowledge was very high, quick and efficient Kyle and his partner both handled the install of a Sensi Predict as if it was a walk in the park. I highly recommend Kyle from Nice Heating & Air for all HVAC issues and for new installs, him and his team are an amazing company and will think of them first if any issues arise in the future for sure....”

Andrew Baker.

“Professional and polite. Excellent communication throughout the maintenance visit. Definitely recommend.”


“Rolando Medrano was very professional and followed the CDC protocol of 6 feet social distance and had a mask and put disposable shoe covers before entering the house. He made sure to address all of our issues and provided answers for all our questions. He came on time and called before he came to update on timing and his status! He was a great help!”

Mike Richardson.

“Highly recommend Nice Home Services for your HVAC needs. Have been member of their annual maintenance plan for three years now and been extremely pleased with their approach to business. They are professional, knowledgeable, and relatable. The service specialists take their time to fully diagnose the issue and explain the situation in a way that is easy to understand. Never had an instance where they try to push product and instead look for ways to recommend how to save you money. Need anything done on your home's HVAC, call the folks at Nice Home Services and know you're making the right choice.”

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“Love , Love the NICE Heating & Air company for their kind & trustworthy technicians, their unbeatable price & overall knowledge they’ve amazed me every time with their fabulous job on my house, I’ll recommend them without hesitations, try this company you won’t regret for sure.”

Richard Nowinski.

“Dionte and his helper (Josh) did a superb job with the installation. The result is both functional and as cosmetically pleasing as the ideal water heater installation can be. They were VERY careful moving the old one out and the new one in so as to assure no damage was initiated neither to the heater nor to our dwelling. He explained his intended design prior to execution and executed it flawlessly. This was followed by a comprehensive explanation of the functional options available through the control panel and Ipad app. Cleanup at conclusion of the install was appropriate and comprehensive. This team represented both Nice Heating and Rheem VERY positively!”

Kimberly Mason.

“I had the pleasure of meeting another NICE Heating and Air Service Technician today, Mr. Jeremy Castellon. Jeremy, thank you again for addressing my questions and concerns regarding my gas fireplace. I appreciate your patience and knowledgeability about gas fireplaces. Jeremy was very professional and competent.”

Terence Lartey.

“The technician was very professional and took his time to explain the issue and how he will about to fix it. He also offered means to save by signing on their maintenance program. He was polite, careful to keep the carpet clean. I will recommend this company to friends and family.”

Roberta Massiah.

“Loves me some NICE Home Services! I’ve been part of their maintenance plan for almost 9 years now & they're great. Reliable, professional, & friendly; they take care of all my HVAC & gas fireplace needs m, including a spring & fall tuneup. Highly recommend!”

Barb N.

“I purchased my HVAC unit a year ago along with a Cozy Club maintenance plan. It's been running great and the customer service team is always quick to respond to questions. Today Rolando M. came by for the maintenance check and, as usual, he was neat, professional and maintained the COVID rules. He was also very nice, living up to the company name. I'm very happy with my experience with Nice.”

N. England.

“I can't speak highly enough of this company. I requested an appointment, and it was scheduled for the next day. The technician was polite, honest, and a pure delight to work with. He didn't try to overcharge or tell me to replace something I didn't need to. He made service recommendations that were in line with industry standard prices so I could make an informed decision as he went about his service visit. Would recommend and will be using them again in the future. ”

Lucas W.

“My technician arrived promptly at our appointed hour. He repaired a dirty and non-working gas fireplace. In addition, he found a small gas leak on our furnace line. Overall, exceptional service and quality work. I highly recommend their HVAC service.”

Rona G.

“Very impressive company! Nice responded to my call for a heating issue on very short notice. My tech, was right on time, extremely polite, and very hardworking. Customer service and satisfaction are clearly a priority.”

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“They treat customers like a valuable asset, not like a number. Business the old-fashioned way, that will never go out of style.”

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“Superb customer service. Before a service appointment, you receive a text message notification with photo of the tech that will be at your residence followed by a phone call. During a service appointment you'll updated and educated. If there is a concern, management will contact you promptly and follow up until issue resolved. Awesome and attentive team!!”