11 Innovations Shaping the Future of HVAC

Article Found on BuilderOnline

With the rise of smart home technology adoption, home buyers increasingly expect new homes to be equipped with the latest technological advances, and the HVAC system is no exception. The entire HVAC industry is undergoing a technological revolution to keep up with the demand of home buyers and builders.

These new solutions help with efficiency, cut costs, and improve client satisfaction. Many of these technologies are still on the drawing board, but there are some you can take advantage of now to boost your homes’ comfort levels. Read more

The Biggest Reason Your Heating Bill Is Too High

Article Found on HVAC.com

Winter is coming. With temperatures outside dropping, many homes will start to see their heating bills increase. Learn what factors can cause your bill to go up and what you can do to lower it while still keeping your home warm. Read more

THE BATTLE OF THE HOME ENERGY SOURCES: GAS VS. ELECTRIC

Article Found on BuilderOnline, written by Lydia Lee

Troon Pacific, a San Francisco–based developer of high-end residences, just put its latest project on the market: a $45 million, 9,500-square-foot house in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood. The kitchen of this LEED Platinum-certified home has not one, but two cooktops: a 36-inch Gaggenau gas cooktop and a 15-inch Gaggenau electric induction cooktop. “Induction is the most sought after by chefs, because the heat can be so well controlled,” says Greg Malin, CEO of Troon Pacific. “But the market in the U.S. hasn’t quite broken out yet, so we have both, to let people choose how they want to cook and expand in the directions they want to. Read more

Savings DIY Project: How to Seal Air Leaks with Caulk

Article Found on Energy.gov

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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How Your Home’s Foundation Affects Heating and Cooling Costs

Article Found on Modernize

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

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

Article Found on MitsubishiComfort

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

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