How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

October 15, 2018

With weather conditions pushing the extremes in the summer and winter in recent years, a lot of folks are worried that their heating and cooling bills could become unmanageable. Fortunately, there are straightforward ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some of the best ways to keep conformable all year long without breaking the bank. Upgrade your Heater and Air Conditioner Chances are your HVAC system is as old as your home is. In houses over twenty years old, with the original heating and air conditioning systems, energy efficiency will tend to hover around 70% at best. That means, in the best case scenario, you can improve your heating and cooling bills by more than 25% simply by installing a new system. Insulate the Attic In most locations, winter is the more expensive time of year for utilities. As you know, heat travels upward. This means if your attic or loft isn’t well insulated, you’re going to lose most of your heat treated air through the roof. By adding insulation to your attic, you’ll seal in that valuable heat and reduce your heating bills dramatically. Get an Energy Consultation Your local Seattle heating and cooling experts at Brennan...

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Do I Need an Air Cleaner in My Home?

October 5, 2018

We spend most of our hours of the day at home, and most of that time is spent inside the home, not in our yards. So indoor air quality matters in the home. You breathe it while awake and sleeping. Good air quality can make all the difference in your health and quality of life. So, do you need an air cleaner? That depends on what’s in the air your breathe and how your home is presently removing — if at all — those air pollutants. Indoor air quality Can Contain: Bacteria Viruses, like the cold and flu viruses Allergens, like mold spores, pet dander, dust, ragweed Chemical, like smoke, gases, benzene, formaldehyde Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are known to cause cancer All of these pollutants make you sick, some more so than others. Making it worse are newer homes that are energy efficient. Energy efficiency is great on the pocket but bad on health because not only does it seal in energy, it seals in all these pollutants. What Home design or Upgrades can Remove Pollutants? Removing pollutants is hard to do, but you may already be doing it without knowing it. Your home’s design can act as...

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How Long Should My Air Conditioner Last?

September 30, 2018

Your air conditioner is one of your most trusted and needed appliances, and it is also a fairly substantial investment. When your air conditioner was new, it was doubtless top of the line. Air conditioners are getting better every year, as technology improves. The good news here is that, even if you are due for a new air conditioner, this may be an opportunity for you to find a much better product than your last one. Different Variables Play a Role in Air Conditioner Longevity When you last air conditioner was installed, the technician probably had a talk with you about how to take care of it. One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioner running well and for a long time, I’d to schedule regular maintenance. Routine Maintenance is Important It is best to have a certain time of year when you have a technician come to your home or business to service your air conditioning unit. This regularly scheduled maintenance should be at least once a year for best results. At that time, the technician cleans and checks all the parts. Depending on what type of unit you have, you may need...

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Air Purifiers vs Plants

September 20, 2018

If you are looking for a way to make sure that you have cleaner and fresher air to breathe while you are inside your home, there are several ways to do it. Some of the most common options are actually having plants or putting an air purifier in your home. There are lots of benefits to having a way to purify your air and if you are trying to choose between the two, we can help you do exactly that. Plants Pros Plants are a great option to have in your home. Not only do they naturally help with air purification but they are also great additions to your decor. This is one of the best ways to help ensure you have cleaner air in your home. If you can take care of a plant and keep it alive. It is a great option for your home air purification. Cons However, this does not come without some potential problems. Plants require care and not just once every month or so. You need to make sure you are properly taking care of your plants based on the needs fo the plant. Another negative aspect is that they sometimes attract bugs into...

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How Can Energy Efficiency Systems Save You Money?

August 30, 2018

Energy-efficient systems are not just good for the environment, they also save you money. You can save a lot of money on your energy bills by making a few changes. The energy market is not very friendly to consumers so you can save yourself some headache by investing in energy-efficient systems. You get to enjoy the comforts of heating, cooling and lighting your home while saving money. Energy-efficient systems do not make you use your appliances less, they just make them smarter. The slight extra cost of energy efficiency systems may scare away some people but I the end, it helps to save money. Reduced Energy Bills Your energy bills reflect the amount of energy that your household or property consumers. If the property or household consumes a lot of energy, the energy bills increase. Energy-efficiency is the use of less energy to perform the same tasks. If you have energy efficient systems, your household or property utilizes less energy and your energy bills are reduced. They Last Longer If you choose to install efficient systems, you may notice that they have longer lifespans and they maintain their efficiency even as they age. They may have better performance than the...

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Can You Do Zoning with Smart Thermostats?

August 15, 2018

Most homes in the United States consist of multiple spaces or zoning areas for various purposes. For instance, you would have a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and even a home office. All these spaces need to be heated/cooled at different times. If you wake up in the morning and head to the kitchen to prepare breakfast, you will prefer your kitchen to be warmer instead of the bedroom. When you head to your home office to accomplish some office tasks, you will want the home office to be warm and not the other spaces in your house. Your Home Has Different Heating/Cooling Zones Typically, most people spend their daily lives living in different zones but most homeowners in San Antonio, TX tend to treat their homes as one single cooling or heating zone. Today, most people want more control over their household temperature and their monthly bill, and that is why they will go for the highest quality HVAC equipment that their money can afford to purchase. However, taking control of your household temperature means more than just top-quality HVAC systems, ducts, and vents. It means going for a heating or cooling unit that can learn your habits and sense...

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Benefits of Careers in the HVAC Industry

July 31, 2018

If you are looking for a new rewarding and challenging career, going into the HVAC industry could be a great option. Professionals that are in the HVAC industry are responsible for the installation and maintenance of a wide variety of furnaces, air conditioners, and other HVAC systems for the residential and commercial building industries. There are several benefits that come when you choose to pursue a career in the HVAC field. Continued Strong Demand One of the main advantages of getting a job in the HVAC industry is that your job will continue to be in high demand from employers. While many jobs have been changed and lost due to technology over the past few decades, those that are in the HVAC field continue to be in very high demand as people continue to need to have a solution to have their buildings heated and cooled at all times. Furthermore, as the technology in these buildings continues to become more and more complex, the demand and need for skilled professionals will only continue to increase. Less Education Required For those that are looking to improve their career opportunities, one advantage of going into the HVAC industry is that it does...

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Steps to Super Cool Your Home

July 20, 2018

It seems like there is no end to the heatwave. How do you cool down your San Antonio house before the sun rises and cooks you all over again? While the best bet is to invest in a quality air conditioning system from Rosenberg Indoor Comfort, there are a few tricks you can use until the AC is installed. Position an Exhaust Fan at Night You know that warmer will get trapped near the ceiling, on the second floor, or in the attic. Over an extended period of time, it actually becomes a warming blanket for the whole house. Once the sun sets and the outside temperature starts to drop, place a box fan in an upstairs window facing out. Turn it on. Cool air will be drawn into the house from open windows downstairs or in the basement, bringing a breath of calm overnight. All that trapped hot air will be tossed outside. Black Out Curtains If your home doesn’t have a large wrap around porch that keeps the direct sun off your windows, you need blackout curtains. Bright sunshine heats up old window glass and traps that heat inside your house. Placing blinds, insulated curtains, or even a...

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Benefits of a UV Air Sanitizer

June 7, 2018

How clean is the air blowing around and inside your house? Most of the time, the answer to this question is “not good.” In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the air quality inside your house is sometimes ten times more polluted than the air outside. One of the reasons why this could be happening is due to the excessive sealing of our homes in our quest to make them more energy-efficient. Micro-organisms such as mold and bacteria are among the leading invisible enemies of healthy breathing in your home in San Antonio, TX. One way to deal with these micro-organisms is through the installation of an ultra-violet air sanitizer. What Is a UV Sanitizer and How Does It Work? A UV air sanitizer utilizes UV-C which is part of the UV light spectrum that is usually filtered out by the earth’s atmosphere, to kill most of the airborne germs. The primary goal of the UV air sanitizer is to eliminate the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi. UV-C is not a new technology. It has been in use for over a century in various applications to kill germs in the air and on surfaces. In fact,...

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What’s the Difference Between a Humidifier and Dehumidifier

June 6, 2018

Air conditioning and HVAC systems provide comfortable climate control in homes and other structures. Although some people may believe that these systems have a uniform if not a generic design, nothing could be further from the truth. A unit installed in a humid area such as Miami functions differently than one serving a home in a desert climate such as Las Vegas. The best systems available for use in San Antonio, Texas, and surrounding areas are those suited for our annual climate and humidity levels. In some regions, HVAC systems and smaller, stand-alone units act as humidifiers. In other locations, the goal is to dehumidify the air. What is a Humidifier? Humidifiers add moisture to the air. Point-of-use humidifiers increase the relative humidity in a room or small space, while HVAC units in drier climates perform a similar function throughout a structure. Humidifiers are frequently used in drier climates and desert areas, regions that have low levels of moisture in the air. In such areas, our bodies experience water loss and a greater chance for respiratory illness without sufficient liquids. Books, furniture, and other organic items (materials with carbon within them) tend to bend, shrink, or become very brittle. Static...

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