August 19, 2019

What is a SEER Rating?

You’ve probably heard the term “SEER rating” before, especially when it comes to air conditioners and other cooling and heating devices. What does a SEER rating mean? How do you distinguish between a good SEER rating and one that perhaps isn’t quite up to par? What Is a SEER Rating? “SEER” technically stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” Essentially, the SEER rating system seeks to give a numerical value to the energy efficiency of a particular cooling or heating unit. It’s similar to the miles per gallon ratio on cars in the sense that it’s a useful tool for getting...

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May 22, 2019

Is Leaking Air Causing You to Lose Money?

The reason for an unusual increase in your utility bills can vary. However, the culprit is often a faulty heating or cooling device. Over time, even the highest quality heating and air conditioning units can lose the ability to be cost-efficient. Simple maintenance checks or a repair is usually the resolution to this issue. Catch the Leaks Before They Start One of the best reasons to get routine maintenance checks on your heating or air conditioner is because there can be a leak that happens gradually. Not only can a leak cause unnecessary expenses, but it can also be dangerous....

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February 18, 2019

Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money?

Heating and cooling costs can be expensive, especially in the depths of winter or summer. People naturally believe that closing vents to unused rooms will save them money on their heating or air conditioning bills. This is actually not so and can lead to costly problems if you decide to close too many vents. Why Closing Vents to Unused Rooms Does Not Save Money Modern HVAC systems – whether they be furnaces, air conditioners, or heat pumps – are all designed to have a certain air pressure that is optimal. Closing air ducts throw off the optimal system air pressure....

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December 17, 2018

How to Find the Best Furnace for My Home?

There are a few things you must consider before purchasing the best furnace for your home especially if you live in a cold weather climate. If you live in a mild climate like North Carolina, you are not as likely to see extended periods of bitterly cold weather. The three most important factors to look at are as follows: Size of House Your Heating By measuring the square footage, you will be heating during the fall and winter months you will be able to determine the correct amount of BTU’s (which is the amount of heat the furnace will put...

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September 30, 2018

3 Energy Efficiency Tips

There are so many things that you can do as a homeowner to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. These range from small changes you can make on your own to bigger, more long-term upgrades and regular maintenance. Below are three of our favorite tips for keeping your energy efficiency in check. 1. Small Improvements Make a Difference Little things add up. Good examples of this include turning off and unplugging those electronics you don’t use all the time and changing your air filters on schedule. 2. Implement a Smart/Programmable Thermostat A bigger step toward energy efficiency comes...

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September 13, 2018

Smart Thermostats vs Programmable Thermostats: What You Need to Know

Is your home outfitted with an “old-school” dial thermostat? If so, then you, unfortunately, don’t have the ability to set heating and cooling schedules in your home, let alone control your air conditioner and furnace remotely. Upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat could help to improve energy efficiency, keep your home more comfortable year-round, and pay for itself over time in energy savings. Not sure whether a programmable or smart thermostat is right for you? There are a few things to consider. Programmable Thermostats A programmable thermostat is the next step up from your current dial thermostat; it has...

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July 14, 2015

Save Energy through Duct Testing and Sealing

Did you know that in the average home, up to 30 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost through the duct system? This means conditioned air is lost through leaks and poor connections, escaping the system before it ever reaches your living areas. Air loss through your duct system is a huge waste of energy; imagine how much you could lower your energy bills if you resolved this issue! Signs Your Ducts Aren’t Performing Properly Though their installation locations make them harder to assess visually, there are some tell-tale signs which point to poor duct performance: High utility bills...

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