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Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year Round

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year RoundWhen your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, your home can lose heat. This causes your heating system to run more frequently, leading to higher energy bills. Not having enough attic insulation can also result in drafty areas, making your home uncomfortable. Use the following information to help you understand more about insulating your attic. Continue reading “Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year Round” »

How You Can Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your Home

How You Can Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your HomeA home energy evaluation is a great way to make sure that your home is energy efficient. It’s also a great way to keep potential issues with your HVAC system from getting in the way of home comfort and energy savings. Here are a few ways you can perform your own home energy evaluation and improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Locate and Seal Air Leaks

Finding sources of obvious air drafts can represent an energy savings of up to 30 percent each year while improving overall comfort. Check gaps along the edge of your flooring and baseboards, as well as along wall and ceiling junctures, plumbing penetrations, windows and siding. Most of these gaps can be plugged up with the appropriate caulk and weatherstripping.

Check Your Insulation

Carefully check your attic and exterior walls to see if they have the proper type and amount of insulation. Insulation with an R-value of 25 is usually the recommended minimum in most areas. Make sure that your attic vents aren’t blocked by insulation and that there’s a vapor barrier (made of Kraft paper, plastic sheeting or tar paper) underneath the attic insulation.

Inspect Your Heating and Cooling Equipment

Carefully inspect your HVAC system for signs of wear and tear on an annual basis. Don’t forget about minor tasks, such as changing the air filter at least once every three months. If your unit is over 15 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient unit. Inspect your ducts for signs of air leaks and have them sealed with duct mastic.

Although a DIY home energy audit can reveal many avenues for energy savings, having one done by a trained professional is the best way to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

When it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency, the professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Contact us for all of your home energy evaluation needs throughout North San Diego.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Make the Most of Your Thermostat this Season


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. Here are some tips to help.

  • Readjust for cooler weather – When running your air conditioner in the summer, you want a higher thermostat temperature. In the fall, when your furnace kicks in, drop the temperature and add more layers of clothing for your comfort. A temperature around 70 degrees is great for fall.
  • Set back for nighttime – You can drop the temperature as much as eight degrees at night and still feel comfortable while sleeping, so use your programmable thermostat accordingly.
  • Set back when you are at work – Again, by dropping the temperature on the programmable thermostat seven to 10 degrees while you are at work, you can save significantly on your heating costs.
  • Avoid overcompensating – If you need to adjust the temperature because you come home unexpectedly, set it to your comfort point, not higher. A higher temperature will not warm the home more quickly, but it will drive up energy bills.

As you consider options to drop your energy bills this fall in your San Diego home, consider getting the help of a professional HVAC company. Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning has a team of HVAC contractors who can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency this fall.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your House in Peak Condition


Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your House in Peak Condition
With any luck, the prediction of heavy rainfall this winter by meteorologists will be accurate. While we certainly need the moisture, it makes home maintenance even more critical this fall to protect your home. Once you’ve completed your fall furnace maintenance, these suggestions will help your home weather the winter and minimize energy costs and home repairs.

  • Inspect the roof. Look for problem areas with your shingles or roof tiles. Cracked, missing or torn roof materials let moisture penetrate into the roof deck, where it can cause a good deal of structural damage to the roof itself, the attic and the supporting structure.
  • Clean the gutters. Removing dead vegetation from the gutters will clear them, helping the runoff leave the perimeter of your roof quickly. The downspouts should slope away from exterior to prevent water damage around the foundation.
  • Check the windows as part of home maintenance. Small cracks between the window frames and your home’s exterior will let outdoor air enter your home, as well as moisture. Air infiltration raises your heating and cooling bill, and moisture collecting in the walls fosters mold growth that deteriorates the structural material, insulation and drywall. Sealing the cracks around the window frames with latex or acrylic caulk will stop moisture penetration and air infiltration.
  • Test the fireplace damper. Although gas fireplaces are the norm in the North County, their dampers can still warp. If you feel a constant draft going up the chimney or street noise entering from the fireplace, use inflatable chimney balloons to provide a better seal between the firebox and the chimney. A leaky damper pulls conditioned air from your home constantly.
  • Take care of the A/C outdoor condenser, especially if you use a heat pump. It will run more efficiently when it has plenty of air space around it and the coils are clean. Having a professional service the heat pump, test the refrigerant charge and thoroughly clean it will cut heating costs and increase its durability.

For more information about HVAC and home maintenance, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, providing top-notch services for North County homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance ChecklistWith cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your San Diego area home and the HVAC system. After all, the efficiency of your home impacts your comfort, safety, health, and energy bills. Set aside a day to take care of it with these fall HVAC maintenance tips.

Home Exterior

  • Sealing: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks in cladding, walkways, and the foundation. Use caulk, spray-in foam, and driveway filler to seal.
  • Outdoor HVAC unit: Spray off the outdoor unit. Use a foaming coil cleaner around the sides to clean the condenser coil. Turn off electricity at the circuit panel or disconnect plug first.
  • Garage: Use foam weatherstripping to seal the door of an attached garage. Seal shared walls and ceiling between the garage and living spaces with caulk.

Home Interior

  • Filter: Change your air filter to protect HVAC parts, improve cooling and heating efficiency, and enhance indoor air quality. Use a quality filter rated MERV 8 to 12 to help mitigate indoor allergens and contaminants.
  • Housecleaning: Wash bedding with hot water. Vacuum carpeting, drapes, and furniture upholstery.
  • Air vents: Wipe or brush vacuum air vents.
  • Control humidity: Inspect the walls, ceiling, and attic for signs of humidity problems, such as black, pink, or green mold spots on walls and window condensation. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as needed to maintain humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
  • Sealing: Seal air leaks around windows, doors, the attic hatch, in the attic, and penetrations. Use silicon caulk, foam weatherstripping, and spray-in foam.
  • Insulation: If you use fiberglass insulation in your attic, make sure it is at least 12 inches deep.
  • CO and smoke detectors: Put fresh batteries in your CO and smoke detectors. Test for proper function.

Professional HVAC Maintenance

Your heat pump, A/C, and furnace work hard to keep your home comfortable. Moreover, the HVAC system uses nearly 50 percent of energy in the average home. Help your HVAC systems last longer with greater efficiency by scheduling professional maintenance this fall.

For more information about fall HVAC maintenance tips for your San Diego home, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Keep Your Family Cool the Easy Way — With Ceiling Fans and Reduced A/C

Keep Your Family Cool the Easy Way -- With Ceiling Fans and Reduced A/CSouthern California summers can stress your home cooling equipment as well as your energy budget. By combining your air conditioner with a ceiling fan, you can keep your home and family comfortable while trimming your energy use throughout the cooling season. Things to know about ceiling fans: Continue reading “Keep Your Family Cool the Easy Way — With Ceiling Fans and Reduced A/C” »