Avoid Costly Damage by Taking Steps to Prevent Winter Pipe Bursts

Although we live in sunny San Diego, the threat of pipe bursts is one that no resident should ignore. If you haven’t taken the proper precautions, you could end up with costly damage. We suggest that you avoid this by following our best tips: Insulate Your Home’s Exposed Pipes First, focus on is protecting your exposed pipes, which are vulnerable to freezing. This is done by adding insulation, whether you do the work yourself or hire an HVAC professional. Drain…

Unsealed Ducts? You’re Wasting Energy and Money

A home with forced air heating or cooling uses a system of ductwork to distribute the conditioned air. In general, the ductwork is located out of sight, in an attic, a crawl space, the garage or basement. That means when something goes wrong with the ducts you may be unaware of it. What can go wrong with ducts? Plenty. Over time, the segments may become disconnected, or the ducts, which expand and contract from the pressure of conditioned air traveling…

Water Heater Sizing: Does Your Home Need Multiple?

When the time comes to replace a water heater or look at water heater placement in new construction or renovations, it’s worth asking the question: “Should we install more than one?” With new construction, you have more choice about where you place your water heaters. When you’re just replacing your existing model or working with your old floor plan on renovations, your options may be more limited, especially when you’re considering traditional “storage” model water heaters. Storage models are the…

How to Conduct Energy Tests at Home

If you want to lower your energy consumption and monthly utility bills, a good way to start is by conducting some energy tests and taking steps to eliminate waste. Here are a few of the most common areas where energy waste occurs, along with suggestions on how you can get it under control. Air Leaks Air leaks in the envelope can add as much as 20 percent to your annual household energy usage. You can reduce this by finding and…

Winter Safety Precautions for Your San Marcos Home

The winter months come with the risk of certain safety hazards such as fires. As you think about how to cut down heating costs, you should also consider the additional measures necessary to stay safe at your San Diego home. Here are our best tips for ensuring winter home safety. Change the furnace filter. You should replace your filter every three months, or earlier if necessary, to maintain the efficiency of your heating system. Schedule preseason maintenance. A professional technician…

Lower Energy Bills are a Nice Gift to Yourself

As exciting as the holiday season may be, it also tends to bring unwanted guests such as high energy costs. Fortunately, you can make some simple adjustments to your HVAC system and daily habits to cut down your home’s energy usage and save money without sacrificing comfort. Get lower energy bills by using the tips below. Locate and seal leaks. You can lower your heating and cooling bills by as much as 10 percent by sealing air leaks. Install caulk…

How to Compare Home Heating Systems

Whether you’re in the market for a new heating system or looking to review your current one, it’s important to have a good understanding of the different options available. Each system will have its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the different home heating systems, along with their pros and cons. Forced Air This is the most common type of home heating system. Air is heated in a furnace using different fuel sources such as oil, electricity, natural gas, or…

How to Check the Status of Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports 10,000 people become ill each year and 1,500 die because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fortunately, you can avoid it by installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home and checking their status to ensure they’re in good working order. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that’s produced by common gas or oil appliances such as a furnace, water heater, and oven. The trace amounts…

Reasons to Choose a Heat Pump

Whenever you’re faced with replacing your HVAC system, you’re also faced with an opportunity to increase your home’s efficiency. Sure, paying for a new cooling or heating system hurts the pocketbook, but it can also be an investment in a future with lower utility bills. One of the most efficient HVAC systems around is the heat pump. Electric-powered heat pumps also offer clean heating and cooling technology and can heat or cool the home quietly and gently, without that big…

Don’t Forget About Tax Credits Before the End of the Year

There may be only a few weeks left in 2016, but you still have time to take advantage of several federal income tax credits that are available for qualified HVAC equipment purchases. The following information gives you a brief explanation of those credits and what qualifies for them. Tax Credit Basics Federal income tax credits for energy efficiency are available to offset the costs of certain HVAC systems and efficiency-boosting construction. The credits can be applied directly to your income…