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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

Choosing the right contractor

  If you’re like most people, you have a wish list of projects. But how should you evaluate contractors to do the work? Here are ten questions to ask your contractor before you start work on your home projects. 1. What is the contractor’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating? Unlike online reviews, this rating is one…

Posted in Windows, Siding

Compare solar attic fans

  The physics behind all fan technology is known as the Fan Affinity Laws.  These laws control the way a fan’s speed, size, air movement capacity, and power consumption work together.  Assuming the fan blade size in a given manufacturer’s solar attic fan remains constant for all fan models, the fan affinity laws simplify to…

Posted in Cooling

Summer tips

Provided by www.PSE.com Top ways to save energy We recommend you start with the easiest, lowest-cost, highest-value options at the top of this list. Then, as your budget, schedule, and inclinations allow, you can move down the list to more involved energy-saving options requiring a higher investment. Keep your home cool without cranking up the…

Posted in Cooling, Air conditioning

Congratulations, Bob & Edie you’ve joined the tankless life!

  Edie, a retired school teacher, and Bob, a retired police officer, told us that they have entered a lot of contests over the years but have never won.  We were thrilled to deliver their first contest victory! After a site visit by our team, all of the information and permits were obtained, and we…

Posted in Tankless water heaters

The 5 best ways to save

The 5 Best Ways to Save 10% on Your Energy Bill     There is no one answer to becoming energy efficient.  You could change dozens of small habits such as lowering the thermostat when you’re out, or sealing wall outlets, or you can let your house do the saving for you with systems that…

Posted in Siding, Home energy audit

Plumber’s corner: Orangeburg pipe risks

What Orangeburg Pipe is and why it matters If you said YES, you have a high potential of having sewer line pipe made of a material called Orangeburg. Since these pipes are going end of life underground now, and since the sewer line is your homeowner’s responsibility, this has come up as a highly requested…

Posted in Plumbing

Top 5 questions you asked us at the Seattle Home Show answered

Top 5 questions you asked us at the Seattle Home Show answered   Is there an electric tankless water heater? Tankless water heaters are energy and cost efficient, and use gas or propane as a fuel source. There are electric water heaters that can produce on demand water but they are not at all energy…

Posted in Ductless heat pump, Furnace, Tankless water heaters

Hot trends are… hot!

Hot trends are… hot! Tankless Water Heaters – topping the list of most desired home improvements for 2012 is the tankless water heater. In our recent Northwest Energy Survey, 16% of Seattle area residents planning home upgrades in 2012 are looking at tankless water heaters. Why? Because who doesn’t want an endless supply of hot…

Posted in Ductless heat pump, Tankless water heaters

A cozier valentines day starts with a warm home

Employ a programmable thermostat. There are some remarkable thermostats out there such as the Honeywell Prestige thermostat that do amazing things. You can program it to lower the temperature when you go to work and raise the temperature when you are about to get home. Use a special remote to program the temperature based on…

Posted in Doors, Windows, Insulation

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