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Check these 7 things before you buy a new home

  A good home inspector is going to cover all of the basics; including making sure the faucets work, checking the electrical panel, and we hope, looking at the age and condition of your water heater. But you’d be surprised at how light most inspections are. They don’t go deep in several major home systems…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, Plumbing

Up your house project ROI

  From HGTV, to SmartMoney to realtor websites and blogs, we examined all the top expert advice and analysis to find the common themes and save you hours of your time reading! (And time IS money, right?). We found 5 themes, making these the best of the best resale value home projects: Cover the DIY…

Posted in : Doors, Heating

What is the government up to with our furnaces

You may have heard that there is national legislation that was proposed that would require all new furnaces sold in our area to be high efficiency (90%) gas furnaces. This legislation is facing some opposition, and for the right reasons – to protect you the homeowner. For now, the industry awaits the Court’s ruling on…

Posted in : Heating, Furnace

You heard right… and wrong? In the energy news today

Yes, Federal Energy Tax Credits are back – you heard right! The 2011 federal energy tax credit for home energy improvements has been renewed for 2012 and 2013. Since 2011, only homeowners installing qualified alternative energy systems including solar, geothermal and wind energy products were able to get a federal tax credit. Now the extended…

Posted in : Heating, Furnace

Ready for back to school? How about some whole-house, natural germ fighting.

Really clean, fresh outdoor air sure smells good doesn’t it? Especially after a storm passes through. That storm naturally produces particles which scrub the air clean. There are now products, in particular the Guardian Air PHI which can produce this safe, natural, cleansing inside of your house. We don’t normally write about products, but we…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling

Polling the experts: projects to get the greatest resale value for your home

From HGTV, to SmartMoney to realtor websites and blogs, we’ve examined 7 of the top articles on projects gain resale value. The articles had these 5 themes in common, making these the best of the best resale value home projects: The DIY basics still work. Paint, de-clutter, stage the furniture, add lighting and clean, clean,…

Posted in : Doors, Heating, Insulation

How heat pumps work

They are usually used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home, or they can be switched into reverse to cool a building. If you know how an air conditioner works, you already know a lot about how a heat pump works, because heat pumps and air conditioners operate in…

Posted in : Heating, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

Which heating system is right for me?

Why are natural gas furnaces so popular in the Northwest? Natural gas is a safe and plentiful resource, so the cost to heat your home tends to be significantly lower than propane or oil heat. Gas furnaces can be very energy efficient. Our 95%+ energy efficient Bryant furnaces qualify for a rebate from PSE. Should…

Posted in : Heating, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

Weatherize now while the sun is out

Maximize your energy benefits, with minimum work Here are three things you can do to weatherize. There are lots more, but these give you huge benefit for the least amount of work, and money. Insulation. It may not be the most glamorous home project, but one of the best energy savers for the buck is…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Heating, Insulation

Weatherization tips for saving energy & money on utilities

Windows & doors Reducing leaks around windows, doors and chimneys in your home will result in considerable annual energy savings. Insulation Insulation levels in walls, ceilings and floors of your residence play a major role in determining heating costs and comfort. To get started, here are some basic tips: • Older structures may be under-insulated…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, Insulation

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