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Feb 2018 07

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Window Treatments

Posted in Efficiency

Window treatments can add color and style to your home, while preserving energy efficiency. Many homeowners have found that strategically using window treatments can boost their household energy efficiency savings. Use these tips to save money, while being a friend to the environment.   Functional Fabric No matter what season you are in, comfort is always important. Choosing the right fabric for drapes can help reduce the heat of summer days and the cold of harsh winter nights. One of ...

Jan 2018 24

Three S’s That Prevent Your Thermostat from Reading Accurately

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance

It’s another beautiful day in Southern California. Outside the sun is shining and the birds are singing. But inside, it feels more like a cold night in December. If your thermostat displays a reading of 75 degrees, but it feels more like 65 degrees, it may be time for an inspection.   There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of your thermostat. As the temperature gatekeeper, it is the thermostat’s job to keep your home ...

Jan 2018 17

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Heating Bill in Check

Posted in Efficiency, Heating

We still haven’t been able to escape the cold, winter weather. Which means, many homeowners will be turning up the heat on their thermostats before thinking about how much money they are burning on heating costs. We don’t want you to lose sleep with frozen toes, but we also don’t want your furnace to work through the night heating your home. To combat high utility bills and avoid being left in the cold, we have six ...

Jan 2018 10

Pet Hair vs. Your HVAC System

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance
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If you have pets, your air filters are constantly fighting against pet hair and pet dander. Air filters play a very important role in your HVAC system. They are the gate-keepers that prevent contaminants from invading your home and mucking up your indoor air quality. They regulate air distribution and protect equipment from dust and debris.   Dirty or clogged air filters can cause your system to misread the environment, forcing it to work harder, run longer, ...

Jan 2018 03

How to Go Green in 2018

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

Let’s start the New Year off right by saving money! There is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars every month on expensive utility bills. Even better, let’s make a plan to be more green, saving energy and helping the environment along the way. The following tips can help you create a cleaner and more energy efficient home for you, your family, and the environment.   Reduce, Reuse, Recycle It’s an old adage that still rings true today. Recycling ...

Nov 2017 01

The Benefits of Purchasing a Portable Air-Conditioner

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

The heat just won’t quit! As October comes to an end, we have been experiencing a few of the hottest days of the year. If this pattern continues, Southern California residents may not be able to survive with just ceiling fans or standing fans to cool us down. Portable Air-Conditioner Many homes in CA, especially those near the beach, do not have in-home air conditioning systems. If your home is not equipped, a portable air-conditioner may be ...

Oct 2017 11

Is It Time to Replace Your Thermostat?

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating
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A thermostat is the temperature gatekeeper of the home. It detects interior temperature and adjusts accordingly to meet a homeowner’s desired preferences. However, they are not invincible, and are susceptible to normal wear and tear, like other home appliances. The difference is that a defective thermostat can disrupt your level of comfort, as well as incur hefty costs to your wallet over time. Here are a few things you can do to test that your home thermostat ...

Sep 2017 27

Four Reasons to Upgrade to Smart Light Bulbs

Posted in Efficiency, Home Automation

Benjamin Franklin would be floored if he could see the array of light bulbs available to homeowners today! Light bulbs from this century are more efficient and can be controlled with a smart phone. You may be blinded by the light of endless options, so we have come up with four reasons to choose “smart” bulbs.   Energy Efficiency This is one of the main reasons to purchase smart light bulbs. Many bulbs can learn your habits and ...

Sep 2017 06

How to Stay Cool Without Exhausting Your Air-Conditioner

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Summer

The heat has been hitting us hard this year. Many homeowners are desperate to cool off, but want a solution that doesn’t involve running their air-conditioner 24/7. Luckily, there are many ways to stay cool, without running up your utility bills.   Hydrate One of the easiest ways to beat the heat quickly is by filling your body with cool fluids. Keeping your internal body temperature low can be much more effective than trying to apply cold things ...

Aug 2017 30

Small Ways to Save Big on Your Energy Bills

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education, Summer

Sometimes, change can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to your home life. But, don’t fret; there are lots of little things you can do to get started on the road to bigger changes. If you make more green decisions early on (i.e. when purchasing new appliances), it can save money for years to come. Here are a few ways to save energy around your home.   Load Up Your Washer and Dryer The most efficient way to ...

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