Simple Changes You Can Make to Be More Environmentally Friendly

There is no better time than right now to start thinking about how to be more environmentally friendly—especially when it comes to your home. Below we feature several ways to make your home eco-friendlier, which will in turn will save your household on overall energy usage. Another bonus to being more environmentally friendly? You’ll save money on energy costs, too!

Save Energy While Helping the Environment

There are several easy methods and habits that you can start implementing today that will enable you to save money on your household expenses while simultaneously benefiting the environment.

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If you’re in the market for a new energy efficient HVAC system, or are just looking for general info on how you can make your home more comfortable and your indoor air healthier, give us a call. (951) 356-4224

 

 

10 Things About HVAC Energy Usage You May Not Have Known

We all know that saving energy is good for the planet (and our wallets). But do you really know how much energy your HVAC system uses? Or how you can save enough energy to make an impact on your monthly heating and cooling costs? Below, we dive a bit deeper into some important facts about HVAC energy usage that you may not be aware of.

10 HVAC Energy Usage Facts You May Not Have Known

Think you know your HVAC system efficiency? Think again. Here are 10 things that you probably did not know about HVAC energy usage:

  1. The largest energy expense in the average U.S. home is space heating.

Space heating accounts for about 45% of the average U.S. homeowner’s energy bill!

  1. Routinely replacing or cleaning your air filters can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15 percent.

Dirty and clogged air filters reduce airflow, making your HVAC system work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. That’s why it’s vital to replace your HVAC filters regularly.

  1. Using a programmable thermostat could help you save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs a year.

Programmable thermostats are not only convenient, they also make it easy for you to adjust the temperature while you are away, allowing you to save energy when you are not home.

  1. Air loss through your air duct system accounts for about 30 percent of your AC’s energy consumption.

It’s important for homeowners to insulate and seal their ducts to prevent wasting energy (and your money).

  1. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is used to measure the efficiency of combustion heating appliances like furnaces and boilers.

AFUE is found by looking at how efficient the appliance is at converting energy in fuel into heat and dividing this by the annual fossil fuel energy consumed by the appliance.

  1. Small cracks and holes throughout your home can account for up to 25 percent of your home’s heat loss.

Homeowners should consider air sealing their homes as well as adding insulation to the walls and attic. This helps you retain more heat and cut down on energy waste.

  1. If you want to save while upgrading to a more energy-efficient heater, work on improving your home efficiency first.

Thinking about upgrading your heater? Improving your home efficiency first allows you to purchase a smaller heating unit. In the end, this will save you money on both upgrade and operating costs.

  1. By switching to a high-efficiency air conditioner and taking other energy-saving actions, you can lower your home cooling costs by up to 50%!

We already mentioned it above, but one of the quickest ways to start saving more energy is by routinely cleaning or replacing your HVAC system filters.

  1. Ceiling fans make it possible for you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting your comfort.

Using your ceiling fan regularly can help you save more on cooling costs over time. However, make sure that you turn the fan off when you leave the house – ceiling fans cool people, not rooms!

  1. On average, an Energy Star-qualified AC unit is up to 15 percent more efficient than other standard models.

Upgrading to a more energy efficient air conditioning system can help you save more energy over time, helping you see significant savings in your home cooling bills.

Are you ready to make the commitment to ultimate HVAC energy efficiency? Our team is ready to help you find the best energy-efficient HVAC system for your home comfort needs. View our line of quality Carrier brand HVAC products here or give us a call for a more personalized recommendation: (951) 356-4224.

 

Why You Need an HVAC Tune-Up in the Fall

Fall is here, which means that it is time for an HVAC tune-up. Keeping up with heater and air conditioning maintenance is important for maximizing home comfort and prolonging the life of your unit. You may be wondering, why is fall the time for HVAC maintenance? Below, we will discuss why fall is the best time to take care of any maintenance issues with your heater.

Why Fall is the Season for Heater Maintenance

In order to keep your heater working properly throughout the year, it is important to get a heating system tune-up annually. During a heater tune-up, an HVAC professional will inspect your furnace to make sure that it is clean and working properly. If your technician notices any issues that need repair, he or she can often fix the problem on the spot, ensuring that your family can enjoy a comfortable home environment with a safe and efficient heating system.

So why is fall the best time for a heater tune-up and maintenance services? Well, fall typically offers more moderate weather where homeowners may not find themselves using their heater as often. This season is also between two high HVAC usage seasons – summer and winter – when your home comfort system has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. That is why it is the ideal time to check for any maintenance issues and have your system serviced before you start using it in the winter. By identifying issues and making repairs sooner rather than later, homeowners can help prolong the life of their HVAC unit while also promoting energy efficiency, which can lower heating costs over time.

Take Advantage of Savings from Allison Air Conditioning

The team at Allison Air Conditioning knows how important it is to make sure that your heater is running smoothly this winter. That is why we are offering special fall promotions, so that Corona homeowners can save on their annual heater tune-up and other maintenance services. Whether you just need a tune-up or you are finally getting around to fixing your furnace, these deals can help you save money this fall.

Here are some of the special savings you can take advantage of this season:

  • $10 off furnace/heater maintenance or service (Regularly $89, heater maintenance is now just $79.)
  • $10 off furnace/heater tune-up (Regularly $111, a heater tune-up is now just $101.)
  • $50 off duct testing (This does not include HERS verification.)

Make sure that your heater is ready for the winter and the new year by scheduling a tune-up or maintenance services today. These special promotions from Allison Air Conditioning expire on December 30, 2016, so make sure that you act fast to take advantage of the opportunity to save.

If you would like more information on the fall promotions we are offering or would like to schedule a heater tune-up, furnace maintenance, or duct testing, contact us today. The expert team at Allison Air Conditioning is ready to help you get ready for the winter.

A Guide to Roof Venting

Most homes contain attic space with an insulated floor and vents leading outside. Generally, the attic is not heated or cooled by the home’s HVAC system and is at the mercy of outside temperatures. The insulation in the floor keeps the attic’s temperature from having too great an effect on the rest of the home. A roof vent, which allows trapped air to escape, will keep attics at a moderate temperature.

The Basic Theory of Roof Venting

When outside temperatures are high and the sun is beaming down, proper ventilation allows solar-heated air to escape the attic rather than being trapped inside, growing hotter and warming the rest of the house. Since hot air rises, relieving that area of the trapped air is crucial to the comfort of your home. In cold temperatures, roof vents allow an attic to stay almost as cool as the outside air, preventing the formation of dangerous ice dams.

While a properly ventilated roof will help slightly to maximize the efficiency of air conditioning during the summer, it has little affect when heating the home. It may do little to improve energy efficiency, but it is crucial for preventing ice dams and mold.

When Roof Venting Goes Wrong

The worst mistake homeowners can make regarding roof venting is improperly insulating their attic or roof space. If this area is not properly insulated from the rest of the house, the temperatures in the attic will have a terrible effect on the entire structure and make the HVAC work harder than it should.

Putting down enough insulation material in the attic floor is the most important step to insulating the attic, but there are other things to look for as well. These include:

  • Frequent attic entry. Any entry into the attic allows air between the attic and the room below to mingle. Each successive entry also makes the attic entryway less airtight, creating a leak between the attic and the rest of the house.
  • Holes in the ceiling. Recessed lights and anything else which requires putting a hole in the ceiling presents an opportunity for air to leak between the attic and other rooms. This is especially problematic when construction workers put many holes in the ceiling to run ducts and cables through to the attic. These holes are the major cause of ice dams in cold climates and humidity and mold in hot climates.
  • Stuff in the attic. While it is acceptable to store items in the attic, this can only be done if the attic has a proper floor, not bare insulation as in many homes. When insulation is bare, absolutely nothing should be kept in the attic, as it will disrupt the insulation and make it less effective.

Roof venting is a necessary part of keeping safe from environmental damages such as ice buildups and mold, and it helps keep a home’s HVAC system operating at maximum efficiency. However, all this is only true when the venting is done correctly. If you need professional help with your roof venting, call the HVAC experts at Allison HVAC.

Why Home Comfort Matters

With the change of seasons almost upon us, it’s always a good idea to reflect on the reasons we do yearly maintenance on our HVAC units and why your home comfort system matters to each individual as well as your family as a whole. Keep your HVAC maintenance on a strict schedule to avoid system malfunction and home discomfort.

Importance of Home Comfort

Here are some reasons why it is vital to think about home comfort when it comes to your HVAC system, and how each element of your HVAC system contributes to home comfort:

Keep up with HVAC Maintenance

Have you ever tried to fall asleep in a house that was too hot? What about too cold in the winter time? Neither will result in a comfortable night’s rest that we require to get through our busy days. That is why it is important to have your home comfort in mind when it comes to maintenance for your HVAC system. If you adhere to a regular maintenance routine, your unit will always be operating at it’s optimal level. No dirt clogging the filters means your home’s air quality is safe and comfortable for you and your family.

Regularly Replace Air Filters

If you have allergies, it is even more imperative to stick to routinely change your air filters. The level of allergens that infiltrate your home and end up in the HVAC unit’s air filters is alarming. If you don’t change the filters, the allergens build up and end up staying inside your house for you to breath in day in and day out. Much like the filter, the dust and allergens will begin to clog up your airways and drastically reduce your home comfort. The quality of the air in your home is very important. This is especially the case if you have young pets or children. Their respiratory systems are more susceptible to allergens and this is of course amplified if there are any allergy sufferers in the home.

Monitor and Control Humidity

Finally, take into consideration that your HVAC unit plays a large role in the level of humidity in your home. If the humidity level in your house is too high, you leave your home open to the possibility of mold and mildew. With higher humidity you are also more inclined to experience allergy flare ups and more likely to experience more or worsening respiratory infections. Something no one wants, especially when it is so easy to prevent something like that from happening by simply changing the filters in your unit.

Aside from the financial and energy saving reasons to properly maintain your HVAC unit, there are a plethora of home comfort reasons to keep up with your system’s maintenance.

Trust us, the repercussions of a faulty HVAC system far outweigh any inconveniences of regularly maintaining your unit. Time. Money. Logistics. It doesn’t matter, because the hit to your energy efficiency, the damage to your unit and the poor air quality that you and your family will be forced to endure, matters more than anything. To improve your home’s comfort, contact your local Corona Heating and Cooling specialists at Allison Air Conditioning.