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January 28, 2016

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help Save You Energy

Many homeowners are unaware of the importance of adequate attic insulation. Inadequate insulation can be responsible for drafts, high utility bills and unexplained heat loss. Here is some basic information about attic insulation to help you understand how it can benefit your home. Insulation Types Rolls and batts are generally made from rock wool or fiberglass. Their flexibility makes them practical for placing between attic or floor joists and between wall studs. Loose-fill insulation is a type of attic insulation […]
December 29, 2015

Understanding the Basics of a Variable-Speed Furnace

A variable-speed furnace offers more comfort, increased energy savings and greater longevity than a single-stage heating system. The term “variable speed” refers to the motor inside the air handler that powers the fan. These types of motors embed the most advanced motor technology available in residential HVAC systems. Variable-speed motors are actually electronically-commutated motors (ECMs), and use electricity differently than the more common permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor used in HVAC systems. ECMs use inverters to change the power from […]
December 17, 2015

Want to Perform a Home Energy Evaluation? Use this Checklist

For homeowners who want to save money on their monthly energy usage, a home energy evaluation is an excellent first step. This type of evaluation shows you where you are using or losing energy and gives you the opportunity to correct problems that can drive your costs up. Check the insulation: Insulation keeps warm air inside during the winter and outside during the summer. Check your walls, ceilings, floors, foundation, attic, and basement for the proper amount of insulation. Pay […]
November 17, 2015

You Can Save Money by Resetting Your Programmable Thermostat

One thing that’s important to remember about programmable thermostats is that your programmed settings for one season aren’t going to work in another season. In other words, if you haven’t already done so, you should reset your programmable thermostat for the wintertime. Basically, the idea is to program “setbacks” in your programmable thermostat when the house is empty during the day and at night when everybody’s sleeping. If you do this on a consistent basis, your annual energy savings can […]