Getting Better Heat Efficiency in the Cold Months

The not so good news is that we still have a few more weeks of winter. There will still be a chance of very cold nights or when that will drive the wind chill factor down. Yet, a homeowner still can do a little energy efficient work in the house that will allow for better use of heat. The good news is this kind of maintenance isn’t all that expensive.

Do the Easy Things

Greater energy efficiency can be obtained just by changing the furnace filters. A homeowner may want to consider using a permanent filter insert disposable ones. The difference is that an electrostatic filter can trap twice as much dirt as a disposable fiberglass one. Ceiling fans can circulate warm air simply moving switched to running clockwise, and that brings the warm air down into the living space from the ceiling. Tune-ups are recommended and it is possible that the local public utility will provide a free annual checkup. There may be a few appointment openings left, and make sense just to call and find out. Window insulation as a buffer against drafts and a kit is easy to buy at the local hardware store.

Consider Some Routine Maintenance

Putting insulation in the attics encourages efficiency. The ductwork may need to be sealed and cleaned so that less energy is used to create heat. Putting in a programmable thermostat will also help maintain the right level of temperature at a reasonable cost. Some other home improvements may need the assistance of an HVAC contractor. Those who are certified through the ENERGY STAR program are proficient in improving the use of energy in the house. They can provide not just assistance but also advice on how to further economize on energy during the winter months.

Winter will soon be over and it will not be as much need for heat. Just a few tweaks can the house be a little bit more energy efficient as the colder months draw to a close. There is no need to waste a lot of energy keeping the house comfortable. Some minor adjustments can provide all the work that is necessary and conserve energy at same time.

Workings of Heat Pumps

There is certainly a lot of talk about energy efficiency. Whether it is the media or friends in a coffeehouse, there is always a discussion of some sort about how to get needed heat and cooling without having carbon emission damage the environment. Heat pumps are referred to all the time but aren’t always explained. Before any homeowner does a home improvement that includes a heat pump, it is a good idea to know how these HVAC appliances work.

Taking from the outside and Putting It inside

Heat pumps work in a very unique way. It may seem odd to take hot air out of the environment and put it indoors, but a heat pump will do that and use refrigerant to cool the air if that is needed in warmer months. What is great about heat pumps is that they do not require nearly as much energy as standard furnaces or air-conditioners. Because a heat pump uses electricity, the carbon emission and use of fossil fuel is a fraction of conventional HVAC equipment. Best of all, depending on the type of heat pump to be installed, there are certain tax incentives and rebates available. Heat pumps are not necessarily inexpensive, but they will provide savings on the utility bills for many years after installation.

The Right Type of Heat Pump

A standard heat pump works very well in mild climates but in those areas where winter weather consistently falls below freezing a backup heating system will be needed. Colder states would be best served by geothermal heat pumps, but homeowner has to remember that a lot depends on the size of the property lot and the condition of the soil. If the lot is too small or the soil is too rocky, the installation of the geothermal heat pump will cost a fair amount. Despite these caveats, it cannot be denied that heat pumps provide the right amount of heat and cooling air at a very reasonable price. Heat pumps also reduce the amount of carbon emission into the environment, and that is certainly a public good.

Maximizing the air-conditioning

 

The weather outside any subzero and everyone is more concerned about heat, but this is actually a great time to plan a more fuel-efficient air-conditioning system. There are ways in which a homeowner can see to it that the house gets exactly the cooling air it needs be comfortable, without busting the home budget.

Optimal Efficiency in the House

The first things that could be done involves the structure of the house. Windows can be fitted with window film to deflect the rays of the sun, seeing to it that unwanted heat does not penetrate into living quarters. Ceiling fans can also be put in to make certain that air circulates properly and that no one room is overly warm. Insulation around the windows is primarily a means of plugging the leaks. There really is no reason to air-conditioning outside with cool air escaping into the outdoors. A programmable thermostat can adjust the temperature so that when the house is vacant the level of air-conditioning is reduced.

Looking at the Air-Conditioning Unit

There are a number of heat pumps on the market but a homeowner may not be able to afford one just yet. The AC service can be made more efficient by a very simple air conditioning tune-up. This would include checking on the filters and also looking to see if there any possible refrigerant leaks in the existing air conditioner. This is the time of year that the HVAC unit is not in a lot of use, so doing any maintenance work is not going to cause an inconvenience for the household. The ductwork may need a little inspection to see whether or not there are accumulations of dirt that may be obstacles to airflow. If it looks as if there may be some mechanical problems with the air conditioner, it is a good idea to have an HVAC technician come in to do more in-depth work.

None of the above really costs and awful lot of money but it’s the kind of maximization that ensures that the air-conditioning is providing the best service when it is most needed. It’s also very easy to schedule maintenance work right now, because this is the off-season and HVAC maintenance companies have available time.

Heating in Gilbert Arizona

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Gilbert, Arizona

In Phoenix Arizona the winter’s are normally pretty mild sometimes getting below the freezing point. Well for the last four days we have hit those low temps. Temperatures being in the 20′s at night brrrrr  the 50′s is good with me . It’s kinda funny here in Gilbert air conditioning or heater season  when temps rise or  drop like they have every one turns their heating and cooling system on , some for the very first time of the season. Well its winter and some get a surprise , NO HEAT ! That is when every one gets on the phone calling their local heating and cooling company which hopefully is Air Care Cooling & Heating.

 

 

This is why Air Care always try’s to stress to get your air conditioning and heating check up before the extreme weather comes. We do this for two main reasons. The first reason being that it is a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to fix small and less expensive items on a check up than if you have a brake down and have to repair bigger more expensive parts. All of Air Care’s maintenance agreement customers can vouch for this practice. Just about every maintenance agreement customer I have ever talked to and asked how they like the maintenance plan, they all have commented that they enjoy the trouble free summer’s and winters. For the most part they are trouble free but remember we are talking about machines so anything can happen at any time. The second reason is that if every one, no lets say half of all the people in metropolitan phoenix area call for heating service at the same time it will take days if not weeks for all heating and cooling contractors as a whole to get everyone taken care of. What that will entail is some people having to wait to get there air fixed and sitting in a cold home.

 

 

So I guess the message we’re trying to get across is do your heating maintenance check up and don’t be left in the cold without heat or a poorly running heater. A heating maintenance check up will actually save you money not cost you money, although you do initially pay for you heater check up. A proper COMPLETE heating check up will unveil many underlying problems that rob energy and once corrected will be saving you a good chunk of money. Unless of course you enjoy giving away free money to SRP and APS power companies… nah I didn’t think so. Some of the most common issues are loosing heated air through loose or unsealed duct work. Restricted coil or air flow. Low or incorrect freon level. Those are some the most common there is about 25 or so different things we check.  If you need further detail please give us a call .You may check on our air conditioning & heating maintenance page for more details.