Savings DIY Project: How to Seal Air Leaks with Caulk

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Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. Whether leaks are letting hot air inside during the warmer months or letting in drafts during the cooler season, one of the quickest energy- and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all cracks and large openings to the outside. Air takes the path of least resistance, so you should aim to seal the big holes first. We’ve laid out some simple instructions for sealing most of these air leakage pathways — but if you’re sealing heating and cooling ducts, we suggest contacting contractor that’s familiar with the different air sealing methods often best done with ductwork.

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Humidifiers and HVAC: What You Need to Know

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Too cold at home? Turn the temperature up! While it’s easy to think of heating and cooling as a simple matter of measurements on the thermostat, the truth is that your home’s humidity (or lack thereof!) plays a huge role in how comfortable you wind up feeling.

It may sound a bit gross, but our body’s main cooling mechanisms use sweat—that is, the process of perspiration evaporating off our skin. Each water droplet takes away a tiny amount of heat when it dries. If there happens to be a good breeze going, it speeds up the process so you can cool off even faster. Read more

How Your Home’s Foundation Affects Heating and Cooling Costs

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When most of us talk energy efficiency, we’re thinking about the things inside the home: the washer and dryer that could stand to use a little less energy, or the heating unit that’s been hanging around since the 90s. And these projects certainly make a difference—for instance, a higher rated HVAC system can save homeowners over $115 a year on their annual heating and cooling costs.

But the truth is that your home’s structure plays a big part in your energy use, as well. Read more

How Do Air Conditioners Work?

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Air conditioners are home appliances used to cool or condition the air inside of your home. They work the same way a refrigerator works to preserve your perishable food items. The difference between the two is that instead of cooling an insulated box, an air conditioner cools the air contained within the walls of your home or business.

An air conditioning system utilizes a chemical called refrigerant to cool your home. The air conditioning components work in unison by converting the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas to a liquid again through the process of evaporation.

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HOME ZONING: THE CURE FOR THE COMMON (AND UNCOMFORTABLE) HOME

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What if an electrician came to your home and rewired your house so that all of the lights were turned off and on at the same time using a single switch? Most homeowners would show that electrician the door. However we still use that same impractical and inefficient concept for cooling and heating our homes. A single thermostat controls the temperature for the entire house, leaving some rooms cold, some rooms hot and some rooms in a constant state of flux. Read more

9 Simple Ways to Keep Cool During Hot Weather

Cooling During Summer Heat

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Hot weather is not only uncomfortable, it’s bad for your health.

Fortunately, you can maximize comfort and save on cooling costs during even the hottest weather by developing wise habits. Start with these nine tips to keep cool: Read more

TOO HOT, TOO COLD, OR JUST RIGHT? Ductless vs. Central Heat

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HVAC aficionados aside, most of us aren’t too concerned, or thrilled, with our furnace’s inner workings—at least until something goes wrong, when that mysterious ka-thunk in the basement could transform a perfectly relaxing evening into a one-way conversation with a blower fan.

Knowing how your system works gives you a leg up on maintenance and repair. And it may even keep you sane. Depending on how your current system fares, you may even choose to upgrade or replace your system entirely.

In this article, we’ll explore the mysterious inner workings of two popular solutions: central heating, specifically furnaces, and ductless units—the new kid on the block. Read more

Dine at T9

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“Anyone know a good HVAC professional that would enjoy trading some expertise for delicious tacos and margaritas?”

Back in July, on a particularly hot night, the air conditioning unit at Portland’s Taqueria Nueve decided to give out. It was Saturday night and the customers were sweating alongside their margaritas- the owners were forced to shut their doors early, and they needed help quick. They reached out on Facebook, asking their friends and followers “Anyone know a good HVAC professional that would enjoy trading some expertise for delicious tacos and margaritas?” Julie, who was hip to the fact that “T9” (as the cool kids call it) pumps out some delicious fare, jumped right on the opportunity and messaged them Rick’s cell phone number. They gave Rick a call and he went out there Sunday morning, having the AC unit up and running before the taco hungry crowds rolled in, oblivious to the whole debacle. Read more

Gas Fireplaces: Better For the Environment and More Efficient

gas fireplacesGas fireplaces get a bad rap. Some people like the idea of the snap crackle and pop of a real wood burning fireplace, the nostalgia of it all. The idea of a gas fireplace might sound wasteful or frivolous to some. But, what if I told you that gas fireplaces are actually much better for the environment, and that they are up to eight times more efficient than the standard wood burning fireplace? It’s true. The folks at Northwest Natural Gas offer some information on their website about the advantages of using gas fireplaces, and I’d love to share it with you here: Read more

Save Money- Do a Little Research

A few minutes of research could end up saving you big money on your next HVAC purchase- a great way to get started is by checking out www.dsireusa.org. This helpful website, called DSIRE, is an acronym for Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, and it’s funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s clear and easy to use; just select the state you live in on the map shown and you will be sent directly to a comprehensive and current list of financial incentives that you could be eligible for.

If you’re shopping around for a new heating or cooling system, another great way to find out about rebates and CashBack programs is to check out your equipment manufacturer’s website. For instance, Rheem has a rebate center on their website, which helps you easily navigate local and federal tax credit information.

Also- don’t forget to check out the website for your utility company. Most utility companies have incentives and rebate information on pamphlets they send you with your monthly bill, as well as online information. PG&E has a great resource on their website under Renewables & Efficiency, which makes it easy to read up on local home and business energy savings opportunities.

We hope this is helpful! Feel free to call us or email us with any questions; we want to point you in the right direction so you can feel good about your next HVAC purchase!