Save Money and Insulate Your Home

June 9, 2015

Did you know that a well-insulated home costs less to cool and heat? It may make you think twice about not wanting to spend money to improve your home’s insulation. Consider these improvements: The attic: You can add rolled, blown-in, or spray insulation to achieve the recommended R-value for your area. During the summer, heat sits in the attic making the house harder to cool, and in the winter, cold air sits in the attic making the house harder to heat. With insulation, this won’t be an issue. Have you ever put your hand up to your walls on hot days or very cold days? If it feels like they’re absorbing the outdoor temps, they need insulation added. You can add rolled insulation, spraying insulation, or radiant barrier. Upgrade your windows to low-E and your doors to fiberglass. Make sure there’s a good seal around windows and recaulk if necessary. If doors have gaps around them, add weatherstripping. If you want the cool air you pay for to stay in your home, insulate! You could drastically lower your cooling bills by doing so. We can maintain your cooling system to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible. We’re the...

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Make Your Next Thermostat Upgrade a Smart One

March 27, 2015

Spring is a wonderful break between Kentucky’s cold winters and hot summers. It’s easy to forget about your thermostat because you probably turned off your heat and haven’t turned on the air conditioning. Spring is a good time to start making some changes that will increase the energy efficiency of your home. With 50 to 70 percent of your energy budget going to heating and cooling, every little bit of savings helps. The easiest way to do that is to install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature according to your schedule. In this case, you can keep the house warmer during the day when you’re at work and cooler in the mornings and evening when you’re home. If you’re ready for the next step, consider a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are synced to an online account that allows you to access the system through a computer or your smart phone. You can still create a temperature schedule for regular everyday use, but this access allows you to make changes instantly. Say, for example, your child becomes sick at school. Before you leave the office you can override the temperature schedule ensuring the house is comfortable when...

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Why AFUE Matters

January 22, 2015

The annual fuel utilization efficiency rating (AFUE) is an indicator of how much energy is wasted when you run your heater. For some older models, the AFUE can be as low as 76 or below, which means 24% of the energy your heater is using to run is being wasted and not directly converted to warm air. Newer heater models have an AFUE of 90 and even higher, which means that very little of your hard earned money is being wasted in the conversion to warm air. Here are a few things to know as you consider the importance of AFUE: In 2013, it became mandated that all new units have an AFUE of 90 or higher, but older models do not follow these same guidelines. Though higher AFUE usually means a more expensive furnace, the cost can be recouped and then some over the lifetime of the unit. A lower AFUE means you use less energy, and are thereby contributing to a healthier environment. If everyone switched to this type of unit, emissions of combustible gasses would be much lower. Any time you make an investment in your home, it is important to have all the facts and go...

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How to use a ceiling fan to keep your house warm this winter

November 24, 2014

Saving Money by Using a Ceiling Fan This Winter Almost everyone knows to use a ceiling fan to keep your home cool and save money during the summer. But did you know that you can also use a ceiling fan to help keep your house warm during the winter? A ceiling fan costs about as much to run as a 100 watt light bulb, making it an efficient tool to cut costs on your heating bills. Follow these four easy steps to use your ceiling fan to cut your heating bill this winter. Change the direction that your fan spins. You will find a switch on the casing of your fan (the metal part near the top). Flip the switch from down to up. This will cause the fan to turn in a clockwise direction. This will cause the fan to push the hot air down from the ceiling and help it circulate through your house. If you have stairs, install a fan at the top. A significant amount of hot air is trapped in this part of your home because the ceiling is higher. Run the fan on low. Unlike in the summer, turning the fan up does not...

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