When upgrading your HVAC system we highly recommend choosing an ENERGY STAR®-rated heating and air conditioning unit. Products that have passed ENERGY STAR certification have demonstrated exceptional energy performance. This means that you can expect the HVAC unit to use energy more smartly instead of being an outright drain on your consumption.
Homeowners sometimes fall prey to the notion that basement spaces should look like dark, damp dungeons. But you don’t have to let all that space go to waste. By completing a basement finishing project, you can utilize your basement to its full potential. However, you’ll need to consider your heating and air conditioning needs before you start planning for the project. Read more
It’s that time again. Sure it feels good to purge and to have a clean home but ultimately, spring cleaning is the worst and here’s why.
Why spring cleaning can be the worst
#1 It makes you question whether or not you are a hoarder
We all have that closet or drawer that we haven’t touched since the 90s and frankly, we’re not all that interested in finding out just how badly our procrastination has gotten. It can be tough to face, let alone deal with, certain messes in our homes. If you really want to adhere to your 2017 spring cleaning checklist, that means you’re going after every drawer and closet and giving a nice deep clean and reorganization.
It may make us all feel like hoarders, but in the end, it starts to even out.
#2 It’s always the big things that you’ve been putting off for a reason
Whether it’s your pesky catch all drawer, or cleaning out and reorganizing the entire basement, there are certain projects that we always put off. A deep spring cleaning, will require you to face a year’s worth of messes and clutter. You may have forgotten to clean the gutters before a big rain and now are dealing with gutters full of slimy leaves.
Your spring cleaning self is horrified, but your summer self will appreciate the work.
#3 It never ends
Your weekly cleaning schedule often neglects a lot of small things. While it may not have been a big deal that week, over the course of 52 weeks, a lot of bigger messes can be created.
Checking off all of the boxes on your spring cleaning to-do list is a seemingly impossible task, but putting it off until next year is not an option.
#4 It gets worse before it gets better
Cleaning out closets and reorganizing requires you to pull out all of the items in the closet, dresser, drawer or room that you are cleaning. This creates messes in other rooms of your house. If you’re unable to finish each task in a timely manner, you can be left with a messy house for a long time.
Be strategic with your spring cleaning to minimize your messes while you tackle your smaller and larger projects.
#5 You have to be inside when the weather just got nice
So much of spring cleaning takes place in the deepest, darkest caverns of your home. This, of course, is during the season when the weather starts to warm up and sun comes out more frequently. This creates a recipe for disaster that often ends in animosity towards the cleaning and potentially more procrastination.
Watch the weather and try to plan your indoor cleaning for rainy days. You may also want to either tackle all of your cleaning quickly and dedicatedly or slowly throughout the spring, as to maximize your time in the sunshine.
Contact Solano Heating & Air Conditioning to allow us to service your HVAC system and get it ready for spring and summer to give you one less thing to worry about this spring.
Outdated heating and cooling systems are not as efficient as modern HVAC units. Old air conditioning systems are costly to run; hence it is worth investing in smart energy efficient equipment. If an HVAC system replacement is necessary, you should contact reliable heating engineers. A leading provider of cooling and heating services will tell you all you need to know about a replacement heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit.
Here are some simple questions homeowners should ask before buying a new air conditioning or heating unit:
- Does the HVAC installation company concerned provide a free HVAC estimate?
- Trustworthy central air installation firms offer a free no obligation quote. The free HVAC quote should include the efficiency rating, parts, labor costs and type of warranty
- Inquire about the various types of HVAC unit and how to choose a suitable heating and cooling system
- Forced air cooling and heating is popular; however, HVAC alternatives include heat pumps, radiant heat systems. Ask the air conditioning installers to help you to choose a home heating system to suit your needs
- Inquire if you need to install a whole house humidifier?
- Query the Pros and Cons of HVAC zoning systems?
- The multi-zone HVAC units enable homeowners to keep each zone at a comfortable temperature. So, are zoned cooling and heating units more energy efficient?
- Ask the contractor for information about the different kinds of HVAC filter
- HEPA filters protect family health by improving indoor air quality. However, washable air filters and disposable air filters remain popular
- Inquire about the energy efficient heating and cooling systems that are eligible for Federal Energy tax credits
- Find out if you qualify for the heating and cooling incentive program
- Ask the HVAC Company if they offer an affordable service plan
An HVAC system replacement is a huge investment. However, continuous heating breakdowns are costly. We have a wealth of tips to help you keep your heating and cooling system functioning properly this winter. We hope you have found our HVAC checklist useful. Our team look forward to sharing many more tips to help you keep your heating system working efficiently during winter.
An investment of approximately 11 million dollars from the Energy Department with an additional 1 million dollars from private funding will pay for 12 projects that will work to improve heating and cooling technologies. The main goal for this $11 million Energy Department investment is to develop innovative heating cooling and insulation technologies.
David Danielson the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy stated; “”Energy efficient technologies — from improved heating and cooling systems to better windows and lighting — provide one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save consumers money while curbing greenhouse gas pollution, user-friendly tools that quickly and cheaply analyze energy use will also help businesses and homeowners make better use of those technologies to save energy and lower their utility bills.” Experts agree that these projects are a step towards a greener, more cost-effective future for the heating and cooling businesses.
Half of the budget will be allocated to nine projects developing energy efficient building technologies. This is due to the projections stating that in the United States emissions of HFC’s from cooling systems are expected to triple in the next two decades, doubling the greenhouse gas emissions.
$750,000 of the budgeted money will go to Sandia National Laboratories and United Technologies Research Center. Their goal is to demonstrate a rotating heat exchanger technology for residential HVAC systems. This new residential heat pump could improve the efficiency of HAVAC systems, and reduce annual energy cost for the people.
$750,000 will go to Thermolift, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and National Grid with the goal of commercializing a natural gas heat pump to provide heating, and cooling, as well as hot water to both residential and commercial buildings. What makes this natural gas heat pump stand out is that it will not use HFC refrigerants and will likely triple heating efficiency.
Five Million dollars will go to three projects ran by the University of California, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon University. Their projects are to create software to help building owners monitor, and adjust lighting and energy use throughout the building. Home and Commercial building owners stand to save on their energy bills by installing these control and monitoring systems.
These newly funded projects are focused on increasing energy savings and lowering the percentage of energy consumption in the United States. Commercial and residential buildings use nearly 40% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. Once these projects are complete the carbon footprint of HVAC and other energy use should be drastically smaller.