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EER, SEER, AFUE – Gesundheit! Understanding energy efficiency ratings

  Room air conditioners: EER While we don’t sell single-room air conditioners, you may have seen or heard this term while researching air conditioning. A room air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by the energy efficiency ratio (EER). The EER is the ratio of the cooling capacity (in British thermal units [Btu] per hour) to the…

Posted in : Air conditioning, Furnace

3 reasons to spend your tax refund on your home

Here are three reasons why you should use that tax refund to invest in the comfort of your home—where life happens. We’re in for a hot summer. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you know that our summers have grown increasingly toasty over the past few years. According to the Farmer’s Almanac and the…

Posted in : Windows, Air conditioning

Spring cleaning for your ducts!

While cleaning up the area around your HVAC system and scheduling a spring tune-up are great ways to keep your heating and cooling system in great repair, it’s also important to consider the condition of your home’s ductwork. Duct cleaning is a professional service that removes dirt, dust, and other buildup from inside your home’s…

Posted in : Air conditioning, Furnace

5 home maintenance tips to help you spring into spring

These five tips are a great place to start. Recover from winter window wallops. Your windows take a beating in the winter. Harsh wind, frozen temperatures, and sheets of rain can weaken the seal around your windows. Take a look at your windows’ caulking and weather stripping to ensure they’ve stayed intact. If you see…

Posted in : Windows, Air conditioning

Getting your home A/C ready for spring in Seattle

Throughout the winter season, keeping your heating system functioning efficiently is your main concern. However, even while it’s not in use, it’s important to continue caring for your air conditioner to prevent problems in the spring. Although warm weather may still be a few weeks away, there are several steps you can take today to…

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning

Solar power adoption in Seattle

  Is it the weather? Nope, Seattle gets as much, if not more sun than Germany, the world leader in solar implementation. Even with our grey days, we get enough sun to effectively run solar systems. Is it the availability of solar systems? We have plenty of imported and local system choices. Washington State is…

Posted in : Air conditioning, Home energy audit

Air conditioning history and timeline

  Nowadays we have a hard time imagining the sweltering hot temperature of some locales without the luxury of a cool breeze from the central air conditioner blowing in our face. But in fact, people lived for centuries without cooling appliances. When did the need for cool air indoors arise, and where does the invention…

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning

Do you really need air conditioning in Seattle?

Air conditioning — more specifically central air conditioning — may not seem like a necessity, but recent summers in Seattle have changed many new residents’ minds. What are the Benefits of air conditioning in the Seattle Area? Air conditioning in Seattle offers a variety of benefits, whether they’re obvious and on the surface or not….

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning

Can we still boast our iconic Seattle weather? Hot summer trends and 2015 forecast.

(source) What’s next in the forecast? We live in a place known for its iconic rainy weather. Should we be changing our definition of Seattle? If you look at the trends expected for this summer, it might seem so. Number of 80 degree days per year   The Weather in our area is getting progressively…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, Air conditioning

Heat pumps vs. AC infographic

  Heat Pump vs AC’s – An infographic by the Green Team at Washington Energy

Posted in : Air conditioning, Heat pump

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