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Find Out Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

If your central HVAC system quits working, it’s most likely due to a failure of either the outdoor compressor or indoor evaporator, but not both. Before you decide to save money by replacing the failed component instead of buying a whole system, it’s important to consider the following factors. Energy Efficiency The efficiency ratings for new central HVAC systems are based on two matched components that work in tandem. Your HVAC system might function if you replace only one component,…

How to Make a Whole-House Plan for Energy Savings

Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy in your home requires much more than just investing in a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. While that’s important, it must go hand in hand with other steps in pursuit of consistent and significant energy savings. Those steps include proper installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment, weatherization in the form or effective air sealing, insulation and ventilation, and good energy-saving habits. Let’s take apart an effective whole-house energy-saving strategy: High-efficiency…

How to Understand Air Conditioner Ratings

Shopping for a new central air conditioner lacking a familiarity with air conditioner ratings is like going hiking barefoot. You’re not going to get very far. Ratings that show the cooling efficiency of an air conditioning system (in effect, how well the system converts electricity into cooling) will help you get the right A/C for your San Diego-area home. The most common residential central cooling system in Southern California (and the U.S. as a whole) is the split-system A/C or…

Here’s What the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Tells You

It can be quite a lengthy process to research the features and energy efficiency stats of different HVAC systems and appliances. If you want the best deal and system for your home, vigilant homework is required. Fortunately, there’s a bright yellow tag attached to most energy-using HVAC systems and appliances that make the job easier for you. Read on to learn how the EnergyGuide label can help! EnergyGuide Information The EnergyGuide label is part of a federally-mandated program designed to…

How to Take Care of Your Windows

When you think about your windows, you probably appreciate the light they bring in and the glimpses of the outdoors they give you. Most likely, you don’t picture them with energy dollars flying out. However, if your windows aren’t properly maintained, that’s exactly what could be happening. If you think about it, a window is basically a hole in the wall with glass in it. Holes let air in and out, and glass does nothing to stop heat from moving…

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.…

Make the Most of Your Thermostat this Season


When the seasons change, so do your home comfort needs. As you change your furnace filter and schedule your furnace check up for the fall, don’t forget to reset your programmable thermostat. Your programmable thermostat can be one of your best tools to lower your energy bills, if it is used effectively. Tips for Making the Most of Your Thermostat Fall is an excellent time to reevaluate your needs and ensure that your thermostat is set as efficiently as possible.…

Learn Why to Buy HVAC Products With the Energy Star Logo

Your choice of HVAC products makes an impact on your comfort and energy budget for years to come. Opting for those that carry the Energy Star logo covers both dependable comfort and lower monthly cooling or heating bills. What Is Energy Star? The Energy Star program has been active for more than two decades and it has helped millions of consumers quickly identify products designed to use less energy. When you’re in the market for an HVAC system replacement, the…

Auto Versus Fan On: Learn Which Way Is Best for Setting Your Thermostat

Have you ever noticed that your thermostat features both an “on” and “auto” setting? Do you know when to use them? These two fan settings are points of confusion for many, so let’s have a look at each. The Difference Between “On” and “Auto” Setting your thermostat to “auto” makes the fan run only when your home’s air is being heated or cooled. Once your home reaches the desired temperature, it stops. The “on” setting means the fan runs 24/7, whether your…

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…