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winterization tips to save money and energy

Winterization Tips to Stay Warm and Save Money

by Daniel Estevao on November 21, 2015

We’ll be seeing some overnight freezing next week in the Lakewood/Tacoma area, with some possible snow soon. And as we know already, winter in the Pacific Northwest is long, dark, and cold. This calls for a game plan. If you want to learn how to stay warm and save money on your heating bills at […]

closing off HVAC vents and registers

Why You Shouldn’t Block HVAC Air Vents and Registers

by Daniel Estevao on November 15, 2015

Consequences of Closing Off Air Vents and Registers While it may seem logical to close off air vents and registers in unused rooms to save energy, it could in fact lead to blower motor problems, mold growth, decreased airflow, duct leakage, refrigerant leaks, cracks in your heat exchanger, and a blown or frozen compressor. When […]

sealing air leaks in ducts and home

Sealing Air Leaks at Home for Year-Round Savings

by Daniel Estevao on November 3, 2015

Before you think about replacing your HVAC system, conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s insulation and air leaks. Even if you need a new heating and cooling unit due to old age and disrepair, improving insulation and finding and sealing the holes in its shell may allow you to lessen the need for a […]

Furnace Noises

Frightening Furnace Noises: Boom, Rattle, Pop!

by Daniel Estevao on November 1, 2015

It’s the night after Halloween and you are more attuned than ever to the sounds coming from your home and heating system. Yesterday, while you were making last-minute preparations for trick-or-treaters, you could have sworn you heard a loud boom coming from the basement. Then a whistling sound which turns into a groan. Whatever you are […]

how to fix ductwork problems

Duct Hunt: Ductwork Problems and How to Fix Them

by Daniel Estevao on October 23, 2015

It’s duct season! How are the ducts in your home? Most homeowners never even think about the ductwork problems they may have. How would you even know anyway? The majority of your ducts aren’t even reachable, located mostly behind walls, and in your attic and crawl spaces. Although duct inspections aren’t needed all that often, […]

Furnace, heat pumps, hybrid heating

Heat Pump or Furnace? Or Both? | Hybrid Heating Systems

by Daniel Estevao on October 14, 2015

Which heating system is best for your home? A heat pump or a furnace? Maybe both? When you are thinking of replacing or modifying your heating system in Washington, it’s important to consider all of your options carefully. Hopefully, you will learn a lot about different heating methods in this blog (furnaces, heat pumps, and […]

how to program thermostat for maximum savings

Programmable Thermostat Operation for Maximum Savings | 5 Tips

by Daniel Estevao on October 8, 2015

Of all the things you can do to upgrade your HVAC system, installing and strategically setting a programmable thermostat is one of the best and most cost-effective things you can do. Using your programmable thermostat appropriately can save you about 15% on your yearly energy bill! There’s nothing wrong with a mercury-based, analog model, but […]

how air source heat pumps work

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work & Their Benefits

by Daniel Estevao on October 4, 2015

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm one, making the cool space cooler and the warm space … you guessed it, warmer! How Air Source Heat Pumps Work During the heating season, heat pumps transfer heat from the […]

IAQ facts statistics and solutions

Sick House Syndrome: Indoor Air Quality Solutions & Stats

by Daniel Estevao on September 23, 2015

Is your house sick? “Sick building syndrome” (SBS) is a term used to describe health afflictions and comfort problems linked to poor indoor air quality.  If you feel relief as soon as you step outdoors, you may have a bad case of SBS! We’re going to show you how you can improve your indoor air […]

Important information on your natural gas furnace

The Natural Gas Furnace: What You Should Know

by Daniel Estevao on September 18, 2015

September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month, which is why we are focusing on getting your furnace fixed this month. Most home fires occur during the winter months and many dangers can be attributed to the natural gas furnace or home heating system in your home. This blog focuses on natural gas furnaces because it is […]