If you’ve lived in the River Valley any time at all, you know that the weather can change at a moment’s notice. The first week of February I was running my air conditioner, yet two weeks later it was snowing outside. It’s certainly true around here that if you don’t like the weather just wait a couple of days and it’ll change. With the month of March usually comes some consistent daytime highs in the 60′s. As you start to switch over to cooling, I thought I’d give a few tips on how to save some money on your cooling bills this summer. #1 – Install a Programmable Thermostat This one is easy, and many homeowners can tackle this task on their own. (Here’s a tip within a tip: make sure you turn off power to the furnace before changing the thermostat.) Program the thermostat for 5 degrees warmer for ...Read More
You could have tax credits coming that you didn’t know about!!! Some homeowners who invested in high efficiency heating and cooling equipment got a nice surprise when The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law on January 2nd of 2013. Most of the discussion surrounding the bill focused on tax rates. What got ignored by the main stream media is that the bill also extended the federal tax credits available to homeowners who invested in high efficiency heating and cooling equipment during 2012. These are the same tax credits that we all thought were gone for good at the end of 2011. In fact, in April of 2012 I hosted Paul Stalknecht, the President of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, for a short Q&A session. During the meeting I asked him what he thought the chances of an extension of the tax credits were, and he flat ...Read More
Geothermal Heat Pumps – Highly Efficient and the Feds will Help Pay for It Geothermal heat pumps have gotten more attention over the last few years than any other single source of home heating and cooling. Why? Because they’re extremely efficient AND the federal government is willing to pay for 30% of the cost to install them in your home! Geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling to your home. What this means is that it is going to reduce your utility bills year round – not just during the winter or summer. Additionally, with an option called a “desuperheater”, a geothermal heat pump can provide free heat for your domestic water during parts of the year. Air Source Heat Pumps Struggle in Extreme Weather Traditional air-source heat pumps use the outside air as a source of energy. The unit that sets outside most homes has a bunch of ...Read More
I love my heat pump. It’s efficient. It’s quiet. It’s comfortable. Yet many people don’t really know what a heat pump is. I’ll be spending the next week or two trying to answer a few of the basic questions about heat pumps. To make it as simple as possible, a heat pump is a unit that sets outside your house, looks just like an air conditioner, but also heats the home in the winter. Not only does it heat the home, it can do so quite efficiently as well. Instead of using natural gas or propane, its’ only energy source is electricity. Most homes in our area are currently heated with natural gas. Natural gas is certainly a good option if available, as it burns cleanly and the price of it is predicted to be relatively stable in the short term future. That said, heat pumps can still save homeowners ...Read More
Over the past few years there has been a great deal of talk about the efficiency improvements in air conditioners, primarily because of significant tax credits that were offered by the government. What didn’t get quite as much attention were the similar improvements made in home heating technology. 20 years ago, the most common home furnaces were approximately 60% efficient. This means for every 100 ccf of natural gas that was purchased, 60 ccf of gas was actually used to heat the home, while the remaining 40 ccf of gas was wasted out the exhaust pipe. In 1992, the minimum efficiency for the central furnace was increased to 78%, which brings us to today’s most common furnace which operates at an efficiency level of about 80%. As you can imagine, since 1992 heating technology has continued to improve. Today, homeowners have the option of investing in furnaces that reach efficiencies ...Read More
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- The Dreaded A/C Water Leak
- 3 Easy Ways to Cut Cooling Costs
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