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Aug 2015 27

What Homeowners Need to Know About Insulating An Attic

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, Insulation

Attic insulation is a very important part of owning a home. Proper insulation means better heating in the winter and better cooling in the summer. According to the Department of Energy, stabilizing temperatures can reduce a home energy bill by as much as fifty percent. Important factors to consider include: Choosing the Right Material. Before starting a project, research what material works best for you. Loose fill blows insulation fiber into place to a specific depth ...

Aug 2015 13

Why You Should Consider a Ductless AC Unit

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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A ductless air conditioner can circulate cool air without the use of traditional air ducts. These systems can be more cost-effective than conventional HVAC systems, but offer many practical benefits. Easy to Install. Unlike traditional HVAC systems, ductless AC units can be installed in less than one day. Having a professional team install a complex system of ducts and air vents can take much longer, depending on the size of the project. Small. Ductless units are ...

Aug 2015 06

Solutions for a Cold Office Building

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Efficiency, Featured

If you haven’t heard yet, there has been a discussion going on about the temperature in office buildings. To summarize, many women feel that office buildings are too cold, often having to go outside to frequently just to thaw out. Additionally, this has been linked to a history of men (who wear full suits in the summer) setting the temperature in the building. The most comfortable temperature that each building is set to is ...

Apr 2015 23

New SEER Requirements

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, HVAC Education

On January 1st, 2015, new standards of efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy went into effect. Among these are higher SEER standards than in previous years. Now, you may be asking: what does SEER even stand for, and what do these changes mean for me? SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is the standard given to air conditioning systems in order to measure their efficiency. In more familiar terms, it is similar to a rating of ...

Apr 2015 16

HVAC Tips for the Summer Season

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, HVAC Education, Summer

Reminder for all you homeowners out there: The best time to schedule an inspection for your HVAC system is before the high temperatures of summer come around. So, while you’re doing some spring cleaning this month, think about getting a check-up for your hardworking HVAC system as well! Here are a few tips you can follow to get the most out of your HVAC system this summer. 1. Check your filters frequently This is the most important ...

Mar 2015 26

HVAC Requirements Have Changed

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, HVAC Education

On July 1st 2014, a few major changes to a California law called Title 24 went into effect. What exactly are these changes and how do they affect you? Well, three of the most notable changes to HVAC requirements are: mandated air duct sealing and testing in all climate zones, a raise in the minimum insulation required in air ducts in certain climate zones, and new requirements added to Home Energy Rating System tests. Air Duct ...

Mar 2015 10

Save Money with Home Energy Audits

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured

A home energy audit, or a thorough examination of the energy use in your home, can be very beneficial to homeowners like you who might be looking to save a little money and increase the comfort of your living space. A general rule of thumb is this: the older a home is, the more likely it is to benefit from audit-recommended improvements. Certain styles of homes, such as multi-story or Cape Cod-style homes tend to run less ...

Mar 2015 04

Clothes Dryers Now Certified by Energy Star

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If you are part of the 80% of Americans who own a clothes dryer in your home – take a look at this. Energy Star, the most widely recognized champion for energy efficient appliances in the world, just announced the release of over 40 new models of energy efficient, certified clothes dryers. The U.S. Department of Energy, washer/dryer manufacturers, retail stores, and environmental groups all throughout the U.S. collaborated in the design and creation ...

Jan 2015 16

Benefits of Smart Light Bulbs

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured
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Light bulbs aren’t exactly what they used to be. In the last few years, they have gone from your standard bulb to being a lot more efficient. Now, you can control your lights – even their color – from anywhere with your smartphone. While you might not need all of the 16 million colors available from some of these bulbs, there are definitely some other benefits to having smart light bulbs. Save Energy This is one ...

Jan 2015 08

Three Reasons to Make Your House More Energy Efficient

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Here at Alps, we talk a lot about reducing your energy use. However, we wanted to take the time to explain how reducing your energy use affects you and those around you. Although there are a lot of secondary benefits of reducing your energy use, there are three primary reasons to make your house more efficient. Reduce Your Bills Let’s be honest for a minute. If reducing your energy meant your bills went up, ...

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