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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

Signs of a failing HVAC system

While regular maintenance will ensure you get the best performance and greatest longevity from your furnace, air conditioner, boiler, or heat pump, the time will come when replacement is a smart investment in your home comfort and your home energy consumption. Knowing how to spot the signs of a failing HVAC system gives you a…

Posted in Heating, Cooling, Home energy audit

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

Don’t be bamboozled by these 5 home energy myths

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, we’re exposing a few of these myths so that you can save yourself from being bamboozled. MYTH #1: Leaving the lights on saves more energy than turning them off and on. The story goes that leaving the lights on for short periods of time saves more energy than…

Posted in Home energy audit

Planning a Bellevue home improvement project? Remember your HVAC system!

Home improvement projects are a great way to enjoy more square footage, increased home value, and an updated living space in Bellevue, Washington. However, during the planning stages of any home addition or renovation, it’s also important to consider your current HVAC system and how your new space will affect its efficiency. Because HVAC systems…

Posted in Heating, Cooling

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