Setting the Record Straight on Myths About Saving Energy

Common energy-saving myths can lead you to waste energy unnecessarily. Even in the mild San Diego climate, that can mean higher cooling and heating bills. Understanding these myths will help you avoid this. Myth: Closed air registers save energy. Closing air registers in unused rooms does nothing to reduce the demand on your A/C or furnace and therefore doesn’t save energy. This misguided technique only creates a pressure imbalance in your heating and cooling system that can damage the components.…

Lessen the Load on Your Heating System

It’s the nature of heat energy to move from a warmer to a cooler place. So, if your home is buttoned up for energy efficiency, heat loss will be much slower. This means your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard and you may save money with lower energy bills. Additionally, less work and stress on your heating system typically means fewer repairs and a longer lifespan. Take a load off of your heating system this season with these…

Best Practices of Ductwork Design

If you are designing a new home or retrofitting areas in your current home, you certainly want and expect your contractors to use best practices of building science. The same is true for your ductwork system. Though, that wasn’t always the case when it came to construction. Read on to learn what you need to know about the tubes that carry the cooled and heated airflow that keep you comfortable. Metal, Fiberglass, or Plastic? Ducts are traditionally fabricated from thin…

Important Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

While a heat pump is an inherently efficient way to heat your home, it gives you the best performance when it’s optimally maintained. This appliance works doubly hard, since it functions as both a heating system and air conditioner. At a minimum, it needs to be professionally serviced annually, requires periodic filter changes and outdoor condenser cleaning. What You Can Do Check and change the air filter when it’s dirty. The filter keeps the parts inside the air handler clean…