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Soundproofing your home for rest, relaxation, and recreation

How can soundproofing benefit me? Let’s highlight a few situations where soundproofing can make a big impact. Homes located near airports or major freeways are obvious candidates for soundproofing, as it can help eliminate the constant rumble of transportation. Boisterous neighbors can (unfortunately) be another catalyst for pursuing a soundproofing solution. Home theater rooms can…

Posted in Windows, Siding, Insulation

Exploring the benefits of fiber-cement siding for seattle homes

Fiber-cement siding is one of many siding options available for your Seattle home; this versatile and cost-effective material is manufactured from a combination of cement, wood fiber, and sand. This type of siding material offers several benefits and advantages worth considering when building a new home or updating an older home’s exterior. James Hardie is…

Posted in Siding

A closer look at energy-efficient window options in Seattle

If you’re considering window replacement in Seattle, you have several amazing energy-efficient options to choose from—keep reading to learn more about the products we offer and how to choose the windows that are just right for your home. Vinyl windows Vinyl is a product that marries cost and aesthetics to achieve a product that fits…

Posted in Windows

Combo boilers: splotlight on the navien condensing combination boilers

Combination boilers, also called combi boilers, offer a space-saving solution for homes that incorporate boiler-based heating systems. A combi boiler is a compact tankless appliance that handles both home heating and water heating for higher energy efficiency and space efficiency, replacing the separate—and large—boilers and tank water heaters used in the past. Today, combi boilers…

Posted in Tank water heaters

Top 10 summer energy savers

  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 A/C by…

Posted in Cooling, Air conditioning

Reasons to upgrade your Seattle home to cellulose insulation

  Whether your home has insufficient insulation or your current insulation has experienced damage due to flooding, pests, or other factors, upgrading your insulation can help you save money and enjoy greater comfort and improved soundproofing in every area of your home. Cellulose insulation is an insulation product made from plant fibers; this insulation is…

Posted in Home energy audit, Insulation

Save money with PSE energy rebates and Washington Energy

Home improvements are a great way to update and improve your home, but they can do more than beautify your space and increase your property’s value. Many of the most popular home improvement projects can also help you reduce your energy consumption and save money as well by offering lower energy costs over the long…

Posted in Home energy audit, Heat pump

Heat pump and air conditioning maintenance

  Below are simple actions you can take to help prevent any system breakdowns during the hot days of summer! Cooling conservation To comfortably cool your home, your heat pump or air conditioner must remove both heat and humidity. Don’t turn your system off even though you will be away all day. On a hot…

Posted in Air conditioning, Heat pump

New windows: a fresh start to summer and beyond

Save on energy costs. This is perhaps the most impactful benefit of installing new windows. According to ENERGY STAR, you can save between $101–$583 a year when you replace your single-pane windows with a more energy efficient solution. If you have leaky, aluminum, or single-pane windows, your home loses energy year-round. In the winter, inefficient…

Posted in Windows, Home energy audit

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

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