G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency’

Common Causes of Inefficient Heating

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Everyone, we believe, has the right to live comfortably in their homes. They should also be able to do so without an impending feeling of dread every time they open up their utility bills. Too often, though, homeowners may find themselves hesitant to run their heating systems as they’d like to, as they fear very high heating costs. Commonly, the issues resulting in poor heating efficiency are not that difficult to resolve, though. You simply must recognize the fact that something is amiss. Here are a few examples of common problems that can lead to inefficient heating in Everett, WA. Contact a member of the G & S Heating Cooling & Electric staff with any questions that you may have. 

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3 Tips for More Efficient Heating

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Everyone wants to live comfortably during the coldest time of the year. However, the cost of heating one’s home may dissuade some homeowners from keeping it quite as warm as they’d like. We’d hate to think that any of our neighbors should find themselves in such a predicament, so the professional heating technicians on our staff have put together a few simple tips to help you to heat your home more efficiently this winter. Keep them in mind when the time comes to push your heating system in Everett, WA into full-time operation. Should you require any further heating services, remember to call the pros here at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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Why You Need the Right Amount of Insulation

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Homeowners have a lot on their plates when it comes to keeping their homes comfortable throughout the year. You must have a reliable air conditioner and an effective heater, and they must be professionally installed and serviced. However, many homeowners overlook one vital piece of the comfort puzzle: their insulation. If you do not have the right amount of insulation in your home, or if that insulation is not of the right efficiency, measured in R-values, then there is just no way in which you can hope to live in the comprehensive comfort that you deserve. We’ve put together some information regarding the need for proper insulation in Everett, WA. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric with any questions that you may have. 

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Ways to Boost Cooling Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 25th, 2015

With the coldest time of the year behind us already, many people are looking past spring to the summer season that looms just around the corner. It is a time of anticipation and hope; however, for many budget conscious homeowners, it is also a period of trepidation. With energy costs being as high as they are, some people may find the prospect of kicking their air conditioners into gear a bit daunting. That is why the professionals on our staff have put together a few tips to help you enjoy more efficient air conditioning in North Seattle this year. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the pros here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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Woodinville Easy Tips: How to Improve Efficiency This Winter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

“So I heard that energy prices are going down,” said no one ever. With energy prices on the rise and no end in sight, we’re all dreading our monthly utility bills. That’s why people everywhere are looking for cheap and easy ways to make their homes more energy efficient. We’ve put together some simple ideas that are fast and affordable to make your home more efficient this winter. By keeping more of your heat indoors you can use your heater less and potentially save yourself some money.

Insulation

The first thing you should do is climb up into your attic and check the insulation there. Heat naturally rises and will collect in your attic. If your insulation is old or if you have holes in it, you could be leaking all of that heat energy to the outside. Insulation is given an “R” value that determines its efficiency. Replacing your old insulation with newer, higher rated insulation could help keep more that heat indoors. You can also check the insulation in your floors and in your walls. These are other areas where heat can escape.

Window and Door Frames

Another place where heat can escape is through the frames in your doors and windows. Having your windows and doors sealed is a great way to keep more of that energy inside. There are weather stripping products and indoor sealants that are specifically designed for this application. Particularly important is the door to your attic and the door to your basement. These can be places where heat easily escapes to the outside. There are also thin, transparent seals that can be applied to your windows to keep heat from seeping through the spaces between the glass and the frame.

 Insulate your Water Heater and Pipes

Another way to improve the efficiency of your home is to look at your hot water system. If you have a tank water heater in your basement you might be losing a lot of heat energy there. Your basement can get freezing cold and if your water heater is there, the cold air could be sucking heat out of it. Insulating your heater is a great way to trap more heat inside of it so that it doesn’t have to keep reheating the water. You may also want to think about insulating the water pipes in your house. Not only can this keep more heat in the water as it is en route to your faucet, but it can also potentially prevent damage to your home from frozen pipes.

If you have any questions about increasing the efficiency in your home, contact the heating professionals at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today. We offer comprehensive heating services in Woodinville and would be more than happy to talk with you about your home heating situation.

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Woodinville Tip: High Efficiency Home Comfort Equipment

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Don’t let high energy costs disrupt your comfort. Do your research, work out a budget, and invest in equipment with the highest efficiency levels that you can afford, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system. It’s true that the higher the efficiency of a heating or cooling system the higher the initial costs generally are, but you can offset that purchasing price by saving money on utility costs down the road. Here is some information to help you heat and cool your Woodinville home more efficiently.

  • Efficiency Ratings– Heaters, air conditioners and air filters all have different efficiency ratings. It is important that you understand what each of them mean so that you can know what sort of performance you can expect from your home comfort systems.
    • AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency measures the efficiency of gas and oil-fired furnaces. It is a percentage that tells you how much of the fuel consumed actually goes towards heating your home and how much is wasted. Industry minimum AFUE requirement is 78%.
    • SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps when cooling your home. The higher the SEER number the more efficient the machine. Regulations require a minimum of 13.0 SEER.
    • HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures the efficiency of heat pumps when being used for heating. Again, the higher the number the more efficient the heat pump. Today’s heat pumps are required to have at least 6.8 HSPF.
    • Energy Management Systems – Modern technology lets you take more control than ever over how you use energy in your home. With a home energy management system you can control temperature settings and power use in your home remotely from a smartphone or laptop. Shut off small appliances, adjust temperatures and more no matter where you are. You can ensure that you’re always coming home to a comfortable environment while using less energy with greater control.
    • When to Purchase – It can be tempting to stick with your existing home comfort systems rather than investing in new, higher efficiency models. However, frequent maintenance and repair costs plus higher operational costs can actually wind up costing you more. Take into consideration the quality of your system, its age and, of course, your budget. High efficiency home comfort equipment may have a higher price tag, but the energy savings translate into financial savings. When you’re ready to replace your home comfort systems make sure that you get the most efficiency for your money.

This information should help you understand the benefits and points to consider when contemplating a new home comfort system. Always keep in mind that a a geothermal heating and cooling system is another option to research. To get the most efficient performance in Woodinville you can afford from your heating and air conditioning systems, call G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today!

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Seattle Heat Pump Tip: SEER vs. HSPF

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

When it comes buying a new Seattle heat pump, there are two different ratings you’ll often see – the SEER and the HSPF. So, what does each of them mean and which rating is more important when purchasing your new device? Here are a few things to consider:

 SEER

The acronym SEER is short for “seasonal energy efficiency rating” and is used most commonly to measure air conditioner efficiency or in this case, the cooling capacity of your Seattle heat pump.

 HSPF

The HSPF is short for “heating seasonal performance factor” and is a measurement of how efficient the heat pump is in producing heat during the cooler months of the year.

 The Difference Between the Two

Every heat pump will have both of these ratings, allowing you to see how efficient each is. This is important because you need to know for certain how well your heat pump will perform under certain situations – both in the winter and summer.

However, if you live in a colder climate where the summer rarely calls for air conditioner, your focus should be on the HSPF first. And if you live in a warmer climate where your heating needs are minimal, the SEER is most important. Another thing to consider is your supplemental heat. If the cost of your supplemental heating system is high, you’ll want an HSPF that is as low as possible to balance it out.

 Choosing an Efficient Heat Pump

Heat pump efficiency directly impacts the price of the device you purchase but is almost always worth the difference. The key is to find a device that provides what you need based on where you live. Keep in mind as well that, like most HVAC upgrades, you won’t immediately recoup the cost of the device in your energy savings, so if you plan on moving soon, you should purchase a more affordable device now and upgrade later.

Purchasing a heat pump is an important step in making your home more energy efficient. If you are unsure which rating you need or how to analyze their meanings, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric to learn more.

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The Benefits of Duct Sealing: A Guide from Seattle

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Ductwork is an integral part of any Seattle home HVAC system. It moves heated or cooled air between your air handler and the rooms of your home and it usually contains the filtration and humidity control devices needed to keep your air clean and healthy. Unfortunately, despite how important ductwork is, many homeowners ignore it, even when extra sealing is needed.

What Duct Sealing Does

Duct work ideally should be a closed environment. Crafted of sheet metal, duct work is tasked with keeping the conditioned air in one place until it can be delivered to each room of your house. If gaps open between ductwork or if it starts to erode with time, you lose a lot of conditioned air, and you guessed it, your bills go up.

Unsealed ductwork forces your air conditioner and furnace to work harder, increasing your energy bill in the process. The lack of sealing also makes it possible for things like exhaust fumes to escape the ventilation system and enter your home. This is a serious air quality issue and can be harmful to your health.

Solving the Problem

Fortunately, the problem is pretty easy to fix. You just need to have your ductwork checked on a regular basis and sealed when a problem is found. Checking the pressure retention in your ductwork will usually uncover any gaps that need to be sealed and with modern technology, inspections are easier than ever.

How do you know when this is needed? Look for spikes in your energy bill or uneven cooling or heating in your home. If your upstairs bedroom simply doesn’t stay warm, you may need to have your ductwork inspected a little more thoroughly. Don’t forget your ductwork – it is just as vital a component in your HVAC system as the furnace, air conditioner or air handler.

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