HVAC

You’re sitting at your desk, going through the mail, when suddenly your eyeballs bulge. There in front of you is your latest utility bill, and it has shot up again for the umpteenth month in a row, for no discernible reason. It’s springtime in California; the outside temperatures have been pretty steady—cool, but not cold. What’s up?

An HVAC system that is aging or hasn’t been properly maintained is operating inefficiently, costing you money and wasting energy. It can also lead to health, comfort and productivity issues. Here are 4 other red flags to look for that will indicate your HVAC system may be due for a replacement:

1. Indoor spaces are not being heated or cooled properly

Aging heating and cooling systems might cycle on and off too frequently and create an uncomfortable environment. If standard tune-ups and adjustments aren’t resolving the issue, we recommend an energy star certified HVAC system replacement to shore up what could be massive energy leaks in your antiquated system.

2. Indoor air quality and airflow are not up to standard

Clean air and a balanced airflow are important to making us as healthy and as productive as possible. If your system is no longer getting the job done, it may be time to replace it. In addition, consider the benefits of ENERGY STAR-certified HVAC systems that are equipped with demand-controlled ventilation and enhanced ventilation controls. These additional features can solve air quality and airflow problems.

3. The current HVAC system is approaching its expected lifespan

Knowing the age and repair history of your current HVAC system is critical to making repair decisions. The older the system, the more likely it is that replacement will be the best option. According to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), furnaces should be replaced when they have lost efficiency baselines set in the 2004 energy star standards.

4. Older, inefficient thermostats are still in use

You want to be comfortable when you’re at home — warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But what about temperature settings for late at night or when you’re not home? Keeping the temperature constant when no one is around isn’t necessary and contributes to HVAC energy waste. Modern HVAC systems employ programmable thermostats to monitor your homes heat or cooling output. Temperatures will automatically go up or down at preset times when no one is around. You can also program the thermostat so that the temperature is a little cooler during the winter months and warmer during summer.

Solar:

Consider energy production in the same way a power company would. If I build a power plant, what would be the most effective and efficient way possible? Right now you buy from a supplier (your utility company) who owns the power plant. They are running a profitable business. Your only real question is, “do you have the right situation that would allow you to operate a power business for less”? A correct assessment of your property and resources would determine how harvesting from your own power plant would secure the lowest possible permanent fixed rate. Did you know: An investment in solar is an investment in jobs. Solar investments create more jobs per megawatt than any other energy resource, (Source: UC Berkeley E.R.G). All the more reasons to go solar with an EnviroSun Investment Grade System!

Insulation:

R-VALUES AND INSULATION: INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR HOME OWNERS/BUYERS

Facts about Insulation:

Did you know insulation is essential to a comfortable, energy-efficient home? Insulation must be properly installed to control heat gain during the summer and heat loss in the winter and allow heating and cooling systems to work efficiently.

Insulation provides resistance against heat flow from warmer to cooler spaces. Insulation will decrease heat flow in your home. The more resistance to heat flow insulation provides, the lower your home heating and cooling costs will be.

Insulation provides a number of benefits!

Most importantly, properly installed insulation will:

Provide homeowners with enhanced comfort, lower utility bills, improve durability, and enhance the resale position of your home.

What is an R-value?

An R-value is an indication of the insulation’s resistance to heat flow and depends on the type of insulation. The R-values of individual layers of insulation can be summed to determine the overall R-value of a specific location in your home.

The more insulation added to your home, the greater the R-value.

A greater insulation R-value means better resistance to heat flow and increased energy efficiency in your home!

Windows:

Energy Savings

Temperatures in the state capital often soar to over 90 degrees on a daily basis throughout the summer, when the energy efficiency of your windows makes a big difference in your utility costs. Outdated, poorly insulated windows are a major source of energy loss. But window replacements can cut your monthly energy bills by as much as 25 percent!

Increased Security

New window replacement styles offer many added features that dramatically lower the risk of forced entry. Replacement windows add to your peace of mind that your home is as secure as possible, day or night.

Resale Value

Homes featuring new state of the art energy efficient windows not only make your house look more appealing, they add curb appeal to the value of your home when you decide to put the house on the market.

Easy Maintenance

The right replacement windows save homeowners time as well as money because today’s window designs are easy maintenance. We install triple lowE glass with vinyl frames that never have to be repainted.

Pool Pumps:

The Pentair pool pump that launched an energy savings revolution. When Pentair unveiled IntelliPro® Variable Speed Pump technology, it quickly earned rave reviews from pool professionals, public utilities and pool owners alike. And no wonder, given its unprecedented combination of energy efficiency, long-term dependability and whisper-quiet operation. Now comes the latest member of the IntelliPro pump family, the IntelliPro Variable Speed Pump. It further refines the field-proven advancements that have led our pumps to outsell all other variable speed brands. The reasons are compelling:

  • Estimated cost savings of up to $1,500 each year.1
  • Energy savings up to 90%.
  • Dramatically quieter operation—as low as 45 decibels.†
  • 8 programmable speed settings and built-in timer deliver optimum speed and run times for highest efficiency and lowest operating cost. For cost savings, quiet relaxation and long service life, the IntelliPro Variable Speed Pump is the single most valuable investment you can make in your pool.