How the Right Vent Covers Can Save on Energy Costs

December 10, 2017

The right vent covers can significantly reduce your home’s energy costs! There are all sorts of different vent covers in the HVAC industry. Vent covers work by isolating specific areas of your home and either increasing the flow to some areas or decreasing or eliminating it to others. Not many people give much thought to vent covers, but they should. They are an excellent way to regulate the flow of air from the HVAC system and can help significantly to cut down on your heating and cooling costs. How Your HVAC Vent System Works In every home, there are two types of supply and return vents. They work to keep the conditions in your home comfortable and tepid. The return vents regulate the air in your home back to your HVAC system and run continually to regulate the temperature of your home. A Cold Air Return Vent It is possible to have return vents in every room of your home, but in most cases, they are centrally located. Most St. Louis HVAC contractors recommend that every room has its own return vent to circulate air more effectively. Cold air returns help control the flow and the pressure of air circulation...

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Energy Savings: Should You Turn Your AC Off When You’re Not at Home?

June 5, 2017

Turning up your AC when you’re gone is a better alternative to turning it off. When summer hits its peak, we are all going to rely on our air conditioners to keep us cool and comfortable. However, one question that is always on every homeowners mind is how they can save on energy bills. You may wonder if turning off air conditioner when leaving your house could be of any help. It may make sense not to cool your home, or waste energy, when you’re not there. However, the cost of cooling down your home once you do get back does not make that method cost effective. In addition, keeping the air off when it’s hot and humid actually has adverse effects on your house itself. Turn Up Instead of Off However, there is a better way to save. Turn up your thermostat instead of turning the AC off. Ideally set the temperature up by approximately 7 degrees while you are away. You might like to know how this helps help. Turning up thermostat aids in the following ways: Protect your home from molds and bug infestations Keeps you comfortable Saves you money Protect Your Home from Molds and Bug...

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7 Things to Ensure Maximum Efficiency of Your Home HVAC System

May 12, 2017

Here are some things you can do to increase your HVAC efficiency and reduce your monthly energy costs. Just as you get through the economic hardships of running your HVAC system to heat your home through the winter, summer comes along to up your electricity air conditioning costs. If you are tired of enormous energy bills, there are ways to ensure that you are getting the maximum efficiency from your HVAC system and that it isn’t unwittingly costing you more than it should. These are 7 key things you can do to increase your HVAC efficiency and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Some you can on your own while others you would be better off contacting a St. Louis HVAC specialist to help. Ensure HVAC Efficiency Redesign your type of ductwork. Make sure that your ductwork is appropriate to the size of the place that it is heating and cooling. If you don’t have the right size, then you won’t ever get a consistent temperature throughout the house. Insulated round ducts are always better than long running flexible ones. Upgrade your refrigerant. Since federal law is phasing out R-2, choosing a better alternative like R-410A, is a great upgrade...

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Attic Ventilation Can Affect HVAC Performance – St. Louis Air Conditioning

April 7, 2017

Before the hot St. Louis summer is here, make sure your attic has proper ventilation to reduce your energy costs An HVAC system has to face a host of battles to ensure efficient indoor air conditioning. One such problem that can adversely impact HVAC efficiency is ventilation in attic spaces. This problem is more pronounced in the warm months when an attic heats up due to the trapped heat from the sun. This heat can radiate through the ceiling and lead to uneven cooling. Our St. Louis HVAC technicians explain the issue in detail. Beating the Excess Attic Heat Most homeowners do not feel the need to direct ventilation ducts right up to the attic spaces, unless the attic serves as a living space and is converted into an extra room. However, ensuring proper attic ventilation can ensure that unused attic spaces do not trap heat. Stagnant hot air can be replaced with fresh outdoor air by using attic fans. There are two types of attic fans: Rooftop fans: These fans are installed on the top of the attic roof. They work by performing two functions of repelling stagnant air and replacing it with fresh air at the same time....

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Custom HVAC Installation for Your New St. Louis Home

October 21, 2016

With custom HVAC installation, you get a more efficient system that consumes less energy. If you are building your dream home or a new commercial facility, you are likely thinking of the best ways to optimizing your indoor environment. Your comfort level inside your home or office depends on a variety of factors including precise temperature control and the right humidity levels. For better comfort and health, you should consider an HVAC installation that is customized to your needs. In this post, St. Louis HVAC experts will discuss the benefits of a custom HVAC installation. High-Tech Equipment With custom HVAC installation, you can take advantage of the latest technological advancements that include heating and cooling systems that adjust their operation automatically to match heating and cooling demands. Programmable thermostats give you the convenience of pre-scheduling different temperatures for different days of the week and different times of the day. High efficiency solutions such as ductless systems can individualize comfort in each room. Right Size System for Your Home or Facility It is important that your HVAC system is neither too large not too small for your home or commercial facility. Oversized systems can waste energy with frequent on-off cycles, and...

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How Insulating Your Home Can Save You Money

September 8, 2015

Home insulation helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and make your home energy efficient. Over time, your HVAC system may lose efficiency. One way to maintain your system’s efficiency is by ensuring that your walls, windows, and other parts of your home are properly insulated. Why Insulate Your Home? Just installing an HVAC system may not be enough. The ultimate goal is to have a system that runs efficiently for years, without you having to spend a large sum of money on frequent repairs. A sure way to take the pressure off your HVAC system is by insulating your home. Insulation helps to create a healthier home environment and maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, by preventing cool air from escaping outside. Simply put, home insulation makes your heating and cooling system’s job easier, resulting in lower energy bills and a system that last’s longer. Where to Insulate The first step towards insulating your home is to decide where to insulate. Ideally, you need to insulate the areas of your home connected to the outside environment. This can be any vents or pathways through the doors, windows, ceilings, walls, roof, floors, attic, and ducts. Types of Home Insulation Different...

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Top Factors Influencing a Homeowner’s Decisions Regarding HVAC Equipment

July 27, 2015

Most St. Louis homeowners desire an HVAC system that is reliable, efficient, and saves them money. The top benefits that homeowners expect from their HVAC system includes long-term reliability, low monthly operating costs, competitive purchase price, and of course the ability to heat and cool their home to the desired temperature.  In a survey of homeowners to understand the factors they considered before buying an HVAC system, some interesting facts were revealed. Key Features Consumers Look For in an HVAC System Long-term reliability Low operating costs Ability to provide and maintain the desired temperature inside the home Reasons For Not Wanting to Purchase a New System Even if the HVAC system is old or has problems, some homeowners will have the system repaired instead of purchasing a new one. There could be many reasons behind this including the large cost of replacing an older system. However, long-term repair and replacement costs can quickly spiral out of control. Consider other factors such as: Energy savings Financing options Government rebates Buyer Recommendations for Buying a New HVAC System Research carefully Speak with a local HVAC company Contract a qualified company to install the new system Consider energy efficiency Profile of a Satisfied Consumer Some homeowners prefer purchasing a premium HVAC system because they desire features...

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Understanding “Green” Home Heating and Cooling

March 6, 2015

Approximately 50 percent of total energy consumption can be attributed to heating and cooling. Using an HVAC system to regulate household temperature can cost you a lot both in terms of energy bills and the carbon footprint. There are some green techniques that can help reduce your power consumption by about 20 percent. We will provide a glossary of heating and cooling terms that will help you better understand ways to go eco-friendly. Air sealing: Treating a house to prevent leakage of internal and external air. Ceiling fan: It can replace or supplement air conditioning and can help circulate heated air in the winter. Energy audit: Inspection by a professional HVAC company to measure the energy efficiency of the house and suggested improvements. Energy efficient appliances: Using appliances such as air conditioners and furnaces that have relatively low energy consumption. Energy star: A certification issued by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency that indicates the energy efficiency. Evaporative cooler: It uses the process of evaporation to cool air inside a house. It is suitable for dry climates and may work better than air conditioners in such areas. Geothermal: Thermal energy generated and stored in the earth that can be tapped to...

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Tips On Staying Warm This Winter Without Breaking Your Budget

December 9, 2013

There are a number of simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. We are already starting to feel the nip of the Winter, and with energy prices once again on the rise you may be starting to worry about the cost of heating your home. There are a number of simple ways that you can combat this. With a few minor adjustments and purchases you should be able to cut a percentage of those costs down. Tune-up The Furnace The first step is to have your furnace tuned up every year by a professional HVAC company. This should include resetting the fuel-air mixture and cleaning the blower and burners. This assures that you are receiving the most possible airflow at complete combustion. Airflow can also be hindered by dirty filters. During the winter months ask your HVAC technician to check them each month and change them when needed. Your HVAC technician can also help you check for any leaks or disconnected spots in your homes ductwork. If you have ducts that run through unheated spots, like an attic, make sure that they are well insulated. Install A Programmable Thermostat If you don’t already have one, ask your...

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