Consider Upgrading to a Variable-Speed Air Handler

If your HVAC system is 10 years old or more, it probably has a single-speed air handler. A new energy efficient A/C with a variable-speed air handler has many advantages over the single-speed model. Here are some important benefits of upgrading to a variable-speed air handler. Efficiency A single-speed air handler can only run at one speed. It cycles between zero capacity and 100 percent throughout the day, delivering air using its full capacity regardless of your home’s demands. This…

Are You Wasting Energy With Your Skylight?

Skylights are prized for their aesthetic value, brightening homes with natural light. They can also make a home feel warmer during the colder seasons via passive solar heating, and if they are the type that open, can provide beneficial ventilation. However, they can have drawbacks as well, including a detrimental effect on the overall energy efficiency of your home. So are you wasting energy with your skylight? Skylights can waste energy in several ways. Solar heat gain is often an…

Here’s What You Need to Know About the EnergyGuide Label

When shopping for appliances, you’ve probably seen a bright yellow label with “EnergyGuide” at the top. The information on the label tells the consumer how much energy the appliance uses so it can be compared to other models for efficiency and cost of operation. EnergyGuide labels help homeowners buying water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, dishwashers, clothes washers and heat pumps save on utility bills while also reducing their consumption of natural resources. The EnergyGuide Label  Not all EnergyGuide labels…

Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Be Caused by Problems in Your Duct System?

People spend most of their time at home, so indoor air quality should be very important. The HVAC system uses your home’s ductwork to carry air throughout the space, which means that the condition of ducts plays a major role in air quality. Here are some ways that your ducts could be causing poor indoor air quality in your home. Ducts With Leaks Can Distribute Pollutants Everything from the smell of a dead rodent in your home’s crawl space to…

Is a Zoning System Right for Your San Marcos Home?

It’s difficult to keep all the spaces in a home evenly comfortable with just one thermostat since each area experiences different levels of heat gain or loss due to a number of variables. If you’ve experienced this, a zoning system might be the answer to those high energy costs and uneven temperatures throughout your home. Zoning a home involves dividing it into sections that have similar thermal characteristics and installing a motorized damper in the ductwork. The dampers open and close…