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October 8, 2023

5 Proven Strategies to Slash Your Heating Bills with Mackay

In this article, we'll explore 4 simple yet effective strategies to help you reduce your heating bills this winter!


  1. Cozy Without the Cold Drafts

    Say goodbye to chilly drafts and hello to a snug home environment. Here are some practical tips that the Journeymen of Mackay’s recommends to all homeowners

    - Make sure all of your window’s trim is sealed with a product like caulking.

    - Make sure plug outlet covers are sealed with a product like caulking.

    - Make sure you have door seals around all exterior doors and at the bottom of the doors.

    - Make sure you have good insulation in your walls and attic (There are rebates available right now that give you money back to get insulation done! Call Mackay to learn more!)

    - Make sure you have double pane windows to help keep the cold out (There are rebates available right now that give you money back to get new windows. Call Mackay to learn more!)

    - Make sure you get regular maintenance done on your heating and cooling equipment, as lack of maintenance can cause equipment to have to work harder, making them cost more to run or more likely to break down and need new parts or repair.

    Do all of these and you'll see a notable difference in your heating bills and the warmth of your home!

  2. Smart Savings

    Smart technology thermostats can optimise all your heating and cooling settings to save you money! Such as the ecobee smart thermostat, Trane ComfortLink II XL850 thermostat, Honeywell T6 Pro Thermostat, and Honeywell T1 Pro Thermostat.

    Mackay has a variety of user-friendly smart thermostats, and you can compare them with the chart below:

    Feature Ecobee Smart Thermostat Trane ComfortLink II XL850 Honeywell T6 Pro Thermostat Honeywell T1 Pro Thermostat
    Remote Control Yes Yes No, uses touch screen panel No, uses touch screen panel
    Room Sensors Yes, with included sensors Yes, sold separately  No No
    Compatibility Compatible with various HVAC systems Designed for Trane systems Compatible with various HVAC systems Compatible with various HVAC systems
    Smartphone App Yes Yes No No
    Energy-Saving Features Yes Yes Basic energy-saving features Basic energy-saving features
    Geofencing Yes No No No
    Humidity Control Yes Yes No No
    Advanced Programming Yes Yes Yes Limited programming options
    Integration Works with smart home ecosystems Trane ComfortLink system No integration with other No integration with other systems
    User-Friendly Interface Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Price Range Mid to high-end Typically used with Trane systems Mid-range Budget-friendly

    These cutting-edge devices empower you to take control of your heating schedule and savings. With smart automation, you can achieve greater efficiency and cost savings, all at your fingertips.


  3. Peace of Mind Maintenance


    Ensure your heating system operates flawlessly year-round with MacKay's affordable maintenance services.

    Our comprehensive maintenance checks include:

    Furnace Maintenance: 

    • 18 pt safety inspection
    • Clean inside and outside of unit
    • Check blower wheel to ensure it's free from debris
    • Check gas pressures to make sure you're not using too much gas
    • Check fan speed to make sure you're not overheating your heating exchanger
    • Check all electrical components to ensure they're giving the correct voltages and amperages
    • Check filter
    • Check all parts inside furnace to ensure none are showing signs of future failure

    A/C Maintenance: 

    • 18 pt safety inspection
    • Clean outdoor unit
    • Check all electrical components to ensure they're giving correct voltages and amperages
    • Check refrigerant levels to ensure you're not low on it
    • Check indoor coil to ensure there's nothing blocking air flow
    • Check fan speed to ensure that it's running at proper speed to give you the most efficiency of your unit
    • Check all parts inside a/c system to ensure none are showing signs of future failure
    • Check filter

    Boiler Maintenance:

    • 18 pt safety inspection
    • Clean inside and outside of unit
    • Check gas pressures to ensure you're not using too much gas
    • Check all electrical components to ensure they're giving the correct voltages and amperages
    • Check all parts inside boiler to ensure none are showing future signs of failure
    • Exercise all valves to ensure that none become seized
    • Check inside boiler and surrounding areas of boiler for any signs of leaking water or future leaking water


    Regular maintenance not only prolongs the life of your system but also helps prevent costly repairs down the road.


  1. Take Advantage of Flexible Financing:

    No need to wait until it's "a better time" to buy new equipment, with MacKay's flexible financing options through our partner Financeit. These options can make energy-efficient upgrades accessible to everyone! Whether you're considering a new equipment installation or upgrades, our financing plans offer convenient monthly payments tailored to your budget. Plus, they can be fully bought out without any penalties.


If you like some of these solutions and are interested in HVAC service, reach out to Mackay!

Take it from our customers who have achieved significant savings on their heating bills. Their positive experiences highlight the professionalism and efficiency of our team.

Fred came out to quote a boiler replacement for our home. He was very thorough and provided several options for our needs. The installers Josh and Jessie were very courteous and professional. Thanks to Fred and his awesome installers, we have a new boiler system that is working beautifully through this major weather event. 100% recommend MacKay for their sales and service. Very happy with our purchase! Professional from start to finish. Fred explained the operation of a heat pump organized the house survey and installation. Bob performed the house survey. Cordel and Jesse were both courteous and efficient. The entire experience was seamless. Kudos to MacKay.

- Kathy


You're in good hands with MacKay, they're always up to the task, and are incredibly helpful. I've recently replace my AC and Furnace and they got me the best price possible, and had both installed quickly, and the techs were super respectful and professional. Thank you MacKay!

- Tytan


In conclusion, these 4 budget-friendly strategies supplemented with amazing service and good systems from Mackay can help homeowners significantly reduce their heating bills during the colder months.


So take action today to lower the cost of keeping your home and family comfortable! 

If you contact MacKay Heating & Cooling right now, we can help you explore these cost-saving solutions and enjoy a warm and cozy home while keeping your heating and cooling costs in check.

Give us a call, and let's make your home more comfortable and cost-efficient!

(905) 688-1849


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