Aug 2013 28

Keeping Cool While Saving Money (and Energy)

Posted in Efficiency

Keeping our houses cool with air conditioners costs Americans about $11 billion a year. This high-use is not only hard on the wallet, but hard on the environment as well. The good news is that by following some green tips at home this summer, you can cool off, save money, and make a sizable dent in your carbon footprint. Here are some ways to save money and energy while staying cool!  Use windows and window coverings to your ...

Aug 2013 22

R-Value in the HVAC World

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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R-value is a term that you commonly hear out of the mouths of HVAC contractors. So what is it, exactly?  Well, R-value is a measure of insulation's ability to resist heat traveling through it. Technically, it is calculated by taking the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator over the heat flux through it. But all you really need to remember is the higher the R-value, the better the insulation works. The R-value is ...

Aug 2013 15

Even and Efficient Cooling in Two-Story Homes

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

Anyone who has a two story home (or has ever been in a two story home in the summertime) is familiar with the issue of uneven cooling. You may be enjoying the cool air in the downstairs living room, but then walk upstairs and begin to sweat. Joey touches on this issue and offers some resolution to this common problem!     ...

Aug 2013 08

Energy (and Money) Saving Tips for the High-Use AC Season

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

Summertime usually calls for a lot of fun and a lot of sunshine. This usually brings with it lots of heat and, therefore, lots of air conditioning use. The air conditioning system is usually the highest draw of electricity and energy from your home. However, there are ways to cool your home without breaking the energy - or the money-  bank!       For more tips and tricks, connect with us on Facebook! ...

Aug 2013 02

Duct Insulation : Don’t Let Your Cool Air (or Money) Leak Out!

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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You’ve probably seen HVAC ducts at some point in your life. Those silver space-age looking tubes that deliver hot and cold air to a home or building. But did you know that ductwork insulation is a major key in getting them to properly do their job? Ductwork insulation is important because it ensures that the air traveling through the ductwork will stay at the desired temperature and that the air won't "leak" out. If ...

Jul 2013 26

When to Replace Your Ducts

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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Replacing the ducts in your home can sometimes be more cost efficient than duct cleaning. Here are some signs that your ducts need replacing!   ...

Jul 2013 19

6 Summer Activities for the Entire Family

Posted in Summer

photo credit @iraha Even though your kids might spend part of her day in a summer program, you can still seize the learning opportunities that arise naturally during the more leisurely summer months. Children continue to learn during the summer — just in a different way. Studies have shown that free, unstructured time gives the brain a chance to integrate and expand on what was absorbed through more structured activities. Summer is an ...

Jul 2013 05

The Importance of Matching Your Indoor and Outdoor Units

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating

For both efficiency and long-term cost, it is important to match your indoor and your outdoor HVAC unit!   ...

Jun 2013 27

Easy Fixes to Common Problems | Alps Air Conditioning & Heating

Posted in Efficiency, Heating, Maintenance

At Alps Air Conditioning & Heating, we get a lot of calls from people with questions about their HVAC system. Kathy talks about some easy fixes for the most common problems that people call in for. These fixes can save you from having to pay for a service call and can keep your system running smoothly!     ...

Jun 2013 21

Maximizing Rebates With Energy Efficient Upgrades

Posted in Efficiency
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There are several options available when it comes to upgrading your heating and air-conditioning systems. Because Alps is taking part in different energy upgrade programs throughout California, they are able help navigate customers through the process of getting rebates on upgrading to energy-efficient systems. Alps even takes care of the paperwork!  Allen explains a couple of the options available and sheds a little light on some of the rebate programs.     ...

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