Heating and Cooling Tips for New Homeowners
A new home is an exciting and complex undertaking. There are a lot of components to understand and care for -- and perhaps one of the most important is your HVAC system. Even knowing a little can save you a lot on your energy bills over time.
What to Know About Blown-In Fiberglass Attic Insulation
The great majority of your home’s energy expenses come from heating and cooling. And just like you lose most of your body heat through the top of your head, you can lose most of your home’s heating/cooling energy through your home’s attic. Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy you need to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, so you can help reduce your energy costs by insulating your attic.
Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
Air almost continually flows through your ducts, bringing warm or cool air to every room in the house. In addition, it circulates the air we breathe to keep it dry and comfortable. However, anyone with hard furniture surfaces in their home, is familiar with that near-constant layer of dust. We’re continually removing dust, but it’s a losing battle. This is especially true when everything is closed up for long periods during times of extreme weather temperatures outside.
Controlling Home Humidity All Year Long
The air we breathe looks empty, but it’s not. It’s full of very small molecules –including molecules of water. When temperatures are warmer, those water molecules move around and are more likely to vaporize, making water vapor in the air. In colder temperatures, molecules are more sluggish, so the water molecules stay whole (or freeze if it’s cold enough).
Programmable thermostat saves money and hassle
Do you struggle to efficiently heat and cool your home because it is larger? Try using a programmable thermostat. It gives you the ability to control the heating and cooling in your home 24 hours a day.
Indoor Air Quality Is Important
Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency – and a good deal of that is at home, whether sleeping, getting ready to go to work, or resting after a long day.
Homeowner Tax Credits for 2017?
In the past, federal tax credits were available for energy efficiency improvements made to primary residences. Eligible upgrades included:
Heating System Maintenance Saves Money Over Time
Everyone wants to save money whenever they can, but it’s better not to be ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ – meaning, you don’t want to save a little in the short run when it can cost big in the long run.
Different Heat Pumps, Different Technology
A heat pump and a furnace are not the same thing. The furnace uses energy to create heat, a heat pump uses (much less) energy to move heat. Even the name “heat pump” may be slightly misleading, since it is both a heating and cooling system.
Why Are There Hot and Cold Spots in My Home?
Hot and cold spots in your home are common but extremely annoying. Why does your upstairs feel like a sauna while your downstairs feels like an igloo?