If you are house hunting, what are some of the first concerns that come to mind? You most likely have a checklist in your head: desired location or neighborhood, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are probably up there. Maybe that list also includes details like curb appeal or a state of the art kitchen. Besides the checklist, however, your primary concern is most likely whether or not this dream home is within your budget. But when setting your budget, are you accounting for hidden factors, like an outdated electrical or HVAC system?
It’s natural to want to be efficient at the office. Get more work done, faster; isn’t that the American way? But how efficient is your office building? Most people don’t realize that their workspace could be eating up energy and money. Here are some ways to prevent your office operations from racking up watts on your energy bill, from light bulbs to AC units.
There is something that Americans take for granted every day. Our hospitals, schools and national security depend on it. As individuals, we depend on it for everything from keeping us comfortable to keeping us connected. We’re talking about the electricity grid - that thing that powers every U.S. office building and home. It’s easy to forget about it. All you have to do is flip a switch, and the grid does its work. But what if one day it doesn’t?
When it comes to installing an HVAC system, a larger unit is not necessarily better. In fact, units that are too large for a home often come with increased installation and maintenance costs. While there is technology that currently exists to aid in accurately sizing a new HVAC system, some contractors still use casual methods of sizing. In some cases, contractors will purposely oversize a system in order to reduce the amount of call backs, allow for future home expansion, or simply because the customer demanded it. Here's a detailed explanation on why oversizing is a problem and how right sizing a system can actually save you money and reduce energy consumption.
During the summer months homeowners enjoy the cooling capabilities of their high-efficiency air conditioning unit. However, while the indoor temperatures are going down, the energy usage (and bills) tend to go up. Knowing the optimal temperature settings to use on a programmable thermostat enables homeowners to get the most out of their HVAC system during the summer and save money doing so.
Homeowners who are in the market for a new air conditioning unit must take into account Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings, which measure a unit's efficiency. While this number may not be the only or most important deciding factor when purchasing a new unit, it should be a consumer's starting point.
Homeowners are preparing for the approaching summer heat. The very heat that homeowners try to stave off is the same heat that provides power to an energy-efficient home. For homeowners who currently burn fuel to power their heating and cooling system, a renewable energy source like solar power can be a viable alternative.
Air leaks inside a home reduce the efficiency of even the highest-rated HVAC systems. While homeowners may think their investment is paying off in increased comfort and energy savings, cracks and openings in the building can counteract these energy improvements. Inspecting the home for air leaks and sealing them are effective ways to improve a home's energy efficiency.
A few lifestyle changes can mean saving hundreds on a household's heating and cooling bill. Homeowners can make small energy-efficient upgrades which add up over time. Even the smallest of changes can contribute to a more efficient home.
Did you know there's a better way to fine-tune your home's temperature levels while saving you money and increasing your comfort level? Whether you're at home or away on vacation, smart comfort control devices enable you to enjoy optimal temperature levels according to your lifestyle. Not only that, modern thermostats give you the flexibility to customize temperatures for every room in your home and automate temperatures when you're asleep or away.