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Windows in pane? When to repair, and when to replace.

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Windows are a key aspect of curb appeal, home décor, and most importantly, home efficiency; time, hassle, and cost are also factors. In the midst of all of these considerations, there are a few simple questions you should ask yourself before you reach for the toolbox or the window catalogs:

Do your windows have ongoing problems?

An occasional window repair makes sense from a time and cost perspective. Frequent window work, such as continuously removing condensation between panes, painting wood frames, or fixing drafty windows is another story. If you regularly find yourself opening your wallet simply to open your windows, it might be time to consider replacing them.

How do they affect day-to-day comfort?

For homes with single-pane windows, winters can be especially frigid, and summers frequently unbearable. Double-pane vinyl windows are budget friendly and energy efficient, as they help block the heat in summer and contain it in winter. Plus, they’re more resistant to condensation. Whether you’re shivering due to icy drafts and cold-to-the-touch glass, or melting in the beaming rays and stagnant heat, vinyl windows are an attractive option to make your home more comfortable and efficient year-round.

How feasible is window repair?

If you have the time, patience, and experience, your windows might be repairable. Minor (and quickly attended) rot can be patched with epoxy and small drafts can sometimes be eliminated with fresh caulk and new weather stripping. If you live in a historic home, with original or era-specific glass or window frames, repair is probably the best option, as replacing them can affect the home’s overall appeal and resale value.

However, there are some instances, when replacement is simply the better option:
  • Repair would result in exposure to lead-based paint
  • Pervasive rot
  • Fog between glass panes
  • Window hardware is no longer manufactured
Fog between glass panes

Preserving your windows

Ultimately, the best way to fix problem windows is to prevent issues before they start. Each year before the winter season, check your windows for seal breaks, rot (if wood framed), condensation, drafts, and broken hardware. Preserving your windows might be as simple as purchasing a tube of caulking or weather stripping. You may also find that professional repair or replacement is necessary. In any case, complete the work before the issue results in heat and energy loss.

Still not sure what to do? Feel free to give us a call to discuss your options. Our residential window experts will work closely with you to find the right solution for your unique home, style, and budget. After all, windows should provide light and a view of the world—not become a source of headaches.

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10 Remodel Ideas To Make Your Pets Happy

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For some, these changes will involve large renovations, and for others,small alterations to the layout of a particular room will do the trick. If you’re thinking about making some changes to your home that your pet will love, consider the following suggestions.

But first, take note: Remodels are messy and can even be dangerous for many animals, so if you’re doing anything bigger than a small addition, be sure to arrange a safe place for your pet to stay during the heavy work, so he or she can stay safe and healthy throughout the construction.

1. Disguised litter box

You don’t want kitty to be forced to use the litter box outside. At the same time, you also don’t want it smelling up the house. Serious pet parents have created a litter box that’s disguised as a small powder room off their garage. Add a kitty door and use high-quality cat litter to keep the room as nice as possible.If you’re not inclined to go that far and you do use an indoor litter box, consider incorporating a Guardian air PHI air cleaner into your furnace. This uses UV to kill germs and odors throughout your house, and will remove pet odor from the air.

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2. Feeding nooks

If your pet truly is one of the family, he or she might need a place to eat undisturbed. A corner in the kitchen may seem like a good spot, but it’s all too easy to knock over your pets’ water or food bowl, which creates a mess and wastes food. Instead, set up an area in your designated pet room where the food and water bowls will be out of the way. For example, you could cut a small nook in your island and place the bowls on the floor there;or stash them in a low drawer that you can open when it’s time to eat.

3. Pet-friendly furniture

If you truly love animals, you probably spend time cuddling with your pet on the sofa. And if that’s the case, one consideration might be furniture that can handle the traffic. Look for sofas and chairs that have washable slip covers so it’s less of a challenge to keep them clean and free of pet fur. Also, furniture with durable fabrics that claws won’t be able to penetrate. If your beloved companion is a rabbit, you might want furniture with metal legs rather than wood, so your animals won’t use them as gnawing or scratching posts!couch slip covers remodeling

4. Ductless heating

You want your heating and cooling systems to be energy-efficient, but you also want your animals to be comfortable throughout the day and night, even when you are not home. In order to make that happen, take a look at ductless heating. This allows you to keep each room of the house at a specific and separate temperature, which is perfect for your pets, since some may require cooler temperatures than you, and others may prefer a warmer temperature in order to be content.

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Ductless heat pump

5. Pet room/nook

Many family pets will adopt a sleeping area in your home, whether you want them there or not. . They deserve their own space, whether you designate a room just for them or a nook they can call their own. Either way, you can make some significant improvements to that area in order to give them a comfortable resting spot beyond the typical pet bed or scratching post. You might provide an indoor doghouse complete with house structure to give puppy that feeling of his own secure space. Or provide a window sill extension with a cat bed for kitty. This gives them height off the floor, which cats equate with safety. A pet area is a great way to let your pet know how much he or she is loved.

6. Light dimmers

Pets have a specific sleeping pattern they observe in order to stay healthy. For many, that can involve sleeping off and on throughout the day. Keeping the lights on all day long can interrupt their sleeping pattern. Turn off any lights you’re not using, and consider adding a light-dimming or timer system to your current rooms so you can have the light on while you need it, but your pets can also get the rest they need.

7. Resilient flooring

A pet’s kingdom is the floor. Yet carpets are not necessarily the best flooring option for a pet, since they are easily snagged and stained. For easy care, remove carpets and stick with hard-surface flooring. Many pets, especially dogs, actually prefer to rest on hard surfaces during the day because they tend to be cooler to the touch (or paws!). That will also keep your carpets from getting suffused with hair, while at the same time providing a cool place for your pet to relax.

8. Washroom

Most pets aren’t big fans of bath time. But maybe they wouldn’t mind it so much if they had their very own washroom.

For small and medium-sized animals, you can set up a laundry sink with a hose. That way, you don’t have to bend over in a bathtub — or worse, use your freezing cold outside hose to wash your pet. During warmer days, create an outdoor bath area just off your patio. Simply hook a shower head with a hose to your hot water heater and host your pet’s bath time outside.

9. Food storage

Though your pet would probably be happier if you let it eat out of the kibble bag all day long, that’s very unhealthy. The trick is to provide you with easy access to the pet food while at the same time protecting your critter from overeating.

Design a specific place where you can store animal food safely. For example, you could use a trashcan drawer.

10. Pet doors

Perhaps you already have one of these, but if you don’t, there are now energy efficient options. You certainly don’t want your pet to run away, but certain types can allow them to enjoy a measure of independence, and a “doggy door” might be just the thing. These can be added to existing doors or built right in when buying a new door. Good quality ones have a tight seal to keep the cold out when not in use. You could also consider adding pet-sized entrances to your indoor rooms. If you’re pet lives in the laundry room, it won’t be able to open the door for itself if you forget to open it before your leave. An indoor pet entrance is extremely convenient for any room your pet needs to get access to.

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You want your pets to be the happiest they can possibly be, and with each of the above remodels, this becomes more possible. But you don’t want to sacrifice energy efficiency in the process.

For questions or concerns with regard to how to integrate energy efficiency into your pet-friendly remodel, contact us today!

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Why Home-Comfort Brands Matter

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Heat Pumps

Washington Energy Services selects only the best products to install in our customers’ homes. For a heat pump that checks all the boxes, Bryant is the only way to go.


Bryant doesn’t offer a one-size-fits-all heat pump. After all, every home and budget is different. The manufacturer’s Preferred™ Series provides economical, flexible heating and cooling for almost any home. It’s a solid workhorse you can rely on.

The Evolution™ Series is Bryant’s premier product line, which features the highest level of efficiency as well as ENERGY STAR’s Most Efficient Model. In short, Bryant has a heat pump with your home’s name on it.


While researching heat pumps, you’ve probably seen a SEER rating assigned to the products. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency and energy savings. Bryant’s Preferred and Evolution lines feature impressive SEER ratings, and Washington Energy Services offers options ranging from 15.3-20. No matter what SEER rating you select, you’ll experience efficiency that will make an impact on your energy bill.


Usability and reliability is crucial when the weather hits uncomfortable highs and lows. Fortunately, Bryant rates among the highest in reliability according to Consumer Reports. With expert installation from Washington Energy Services, a long life span, ease of use, and reliable cooling and heating, your Bryant heat pump will offer the ultimate in comfort and performance.


Tankless Water Heaters

Have you ever been the last person in the household to get a shower? Did it feel a bit chilly? Imagine endless hot water for showers, laundry, and dishes—all at an amazing level of efficiency. That’s what a tankless water heater from Rheem or Navien will provide.


Why select a Rheem? We’ve got a few reasons—size, ease of use, and longevity. The Rheem tankless water heater is compact, making it the right size for any home. Its simple remote control provides precise temperature selection and increased safety and energy efficiency. Finally, it’s an exceptionally tuned piece of machinery that is made to go the distance—in some cases, over twice the lifespan of a tank water heater.


Energy efficiency? Yes. Fast hot water? Check. A premium selection all around? Absolutely. Navien offers a first-class tankless water heater with Comfort Flow Technology. That means you’ll get up to 98% efficiency, on-demand hot water (goodbye to anxiously waiting for the shower to heat up!), and a minimized water pressure drop. Put simply, Navien is a top-of-the-line option that will keep your hot water flowing for the long haul.


When it comes to a product you’ll use in your home every day, don’t settle for any brand. They aren’t all created equally—and we’ve curated only the best at Washington Energy Services.

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Modern windows provide great return on investment

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Improvements in technology have made modern windows vastly more effective in improving the energy efficiency of your home than those made in decades past. According to Energy Star, the government’s standard for energy efficiency in consumer products, replacing older windows with Energy Star-certified windows can save between $101 and $583 for single pane windows and between $27 and $197 per year when replacing double-pane windows. Over time, these energy savings will more than repay the investment homeowners make in replacing windows.

Why New Windows Work Better

Energy is lost through windows in a number of ways. About 2/3 of energy loss from windows occurs through radiation through its glazing. In the winter, heat from inside the home will pass through the solid surface of the window outside, requiring more heat production to keep the home warm. In the summer, heat will pass through the window to inside the home, requiring more work from the air conditioner to maintain a comfortable temperature. Air leakage also results in energy loss.

Most modern windows use low-e glass, a specially insulated form of glass. Window manufacturers produce low-e glass by applying a thin layer of metallic oxide coating to the glass that allows light through but blocks UV rays and reduces heat transmission. As a result, the windows reduce energy loss by up to 50 percent. Filling the space between glass panes with argon or krypton glass to improve insulation can also reduce energy loss. Newer windows and window frames also reduce energy loss by doing a much better job of sealing cracks and gaps that may let hot air out during the winter and cool air in during the summer.

How To Tell It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

Energy experts recommend replacing your windows if they are more than 15 years old. Some signs that your windows may need replacement include:

  • Cracked or rotting window frames.
  • Frequent condensation or frost build up on the windows.
  • Windows are very hot to the touch during the summer or cold to the touch during the winter months.
  • You feel drafts near your window.
  • Unreasonably high energy bills.

It’s estimated that the average home loses about 10 percent of its heat through its windows, so upgrading windows to more efficient modern models can have a big long term impact on energy costs. Improved energy efficiency isn’t the only benefit of replacing your windows. New windows can improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and help raise its property value.

Washington Energy Services is a family-owned heating and cooling home improvement contractor.  Founded in 1957, Washington Energy Services has generations of experience in providing comprehensive home heating and cooling solutions, including sales, installation and service. A member of the Puget Sound Energy Contractor Alliance Network, Washington Energy Services has an excellent local business reputation. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Eight tips for upgrading heating in Seattle homes

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Seattle is gifted with a fairly mild and temperate climate. We don’t have the same harsh winters as cities on the same latitudinal parallel on the East Coast. However, it does get cold here for a few months, and during that time you certainly want a heating system that efficiently gets the job done. For property owners seeking to upgrade home heating systems in Seattle, consider these options:

  • Get an energy audit. Heating and cooling contractors can check out your home and determine whether you’re getting optimum performance from your HVAC system. They can then recommend improvements and changes to help you save money and be more comfortable in the winter.
  • Seal your home. One of the least expensive ways that you can cut costs and improve the performance of your home heating system is to ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed. The latest technology can help detect air leaks around windows and doors, and some good old-fashioned caulking will take care of the rest.
  • Check your ducts. Leaky ductwork can result in diminished performance by your home HVAC system. Have a professional check your ducts and repair leakages. It’s not uncommon to find that faulty ducts are leaking 30 percent or more of your heating and air conditioning, so getting your ducts checked is definitely a worthwhile investment.
  • Upgrade to a heat pump. If you’re using a traditional furnace or air conditioning system, consider upgrading to a heat pump. Heat pumps cool your home in the summer by extracting heat from the air within your home. In the winter, heat pumps warm your home by taking thermal energy from outside air or the ground and transferring it into the home. Heat pumps typically use less energy than traditional air conditioning units and heaters.
  • Install a new furnace. Older heaters are far less efficient than modern models. A new unit can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs and improve performance. Find units with high Energy Star ratings for the best performance and energy savings.
  • Add floor insulation. For homes that have crawlspaces, adding insulation to the subfloor can greatly help to reduce heat loss and improve the performance of its heating system.
  • Add wall insulation. If you’re living in an older home, its wall insulation may not be as good as that of modern homes. Adding new insulation to the walls can help make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Adding insulation to your attic can also help improve HVAC performance and efficiency.
  • Add a gas fireplace insert. Beautiful and function, a gas fireplace insert is a very desirable addition to your home.

Heating upgrades don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Some tax breaks may be available to help you pay for the cost of making your home more energy efficient. Talk to us to learn more about programs available.

Washington Energy Services is a family-owned heating and cooling home improvement contractor.  Founded in 1957, Washington Energy Services has generations of experience in providing comprehensive home heating and cooling solutions, including sales, installation, and service. A member of the Puget Sound Energy Contractor Alliance Network, Washington Energy Services has an excellent local business reputation.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

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5 home maintenance tips to help you spring into spring

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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 cracking, or feel air entering your home through the seal, apply new caulking or weather stripping. If condensation has crept between the panes, it’s probably time to get the window replaced.

Let the good air roll.

Sure, hot temperatures are still a few months away. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare your air conditioner now. Doing so allows you to check it off your list and get any necessary repairs done by a professional before the summer rush. When inspecting your air conditioner, be sure to:

  • Change the filter
  • Check hose connections for leaks
  • Ensure drain pans are properly draining
  • Vacuum dust from the unit and connections

If you suspect that your air conditioner or heat pump isn’t working as efficiently as it should, give WES a call—we can make a diagnosis and recommendation that will keep you and your family cool all spring and summer long.

Check the attic.

It may not be a fun job, but it’s necessary to inspect your attic—and spring is a prime time to do it. First, keep a look out for insects or vermin. If you see signs of a creepy crawler infestation, take quick action or call the proper eradicators.

Next, examine your attic for mold, which looks like grayish-black splotches. Your mold inspection should be thorough, as it can present serious structural and health issues.

Finally, inspect your attic’s insulation. This can be tricky if you’re not sure what proper insulation looks like, but it can greatly affect your home’s energy efficiency. Contact WES to schedule a Home Energy Audit – in addition to potentially large energy savings, the audit will give you peace of mind and a better understanding of your homes’s insulation situation.

Prep your gutters for April showers.

Make sure spring’s downpours will have a clear path in your gutters. Winter winds can cause damage and debris to build up in your gutters. When your gutters become clogged, water backs up and can cause damage to the roof, fascia, soffits, and siding. Climb a ladder and inspect your gutters, removing any debris. Also examine the surrounding area and keep an eye out for areas where the gutter may have pulled away from the house. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, call a professional who can not only clean the gutters, but also assess any damage and help you implement repairs.

Get on my lawn!

While it may be a bit early to get out there and toil in the yard, a few simple tasks can help you get a head start on a beautiful lawn. Take a look at these spring lawn tips, courtesy of Bob Vila.

  • Rake the lawn to remove any branches, debris and leaves that you might have missed in the fall (if left, they can suffocate the grass beneath)
  • Prevent weeds from germinating with an organic herbicide
  • Make sure outdoor water systems—pipes, faucets, and in-ground sprinkler systems—are in working order.
  • Once the ground thaws completely, start preparing new garden beds for summer plants.
  • Take stock of your garden tools and lawn-maintenance equipment, including lawn mowers, trimmers and hoses.

We are in the homestretch for warm weather, long days, and fun in the sun. Take on these springtime maintenance tips now so you can bask later. If your home isn’t as comfortable as it should be – we’re only a phone call or an email away. Our estimates are free!

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Get warm and fuzzy with home weatherization

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Windows and doors

Reducing leaks around windows, doors and chimneys in your home will result in considerable annual energy savings. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components such as around door and window frames, and weatherstripping is used to seal components that move, such as doors and operable windows.


Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. To get started, here are some basic tips:

  • Older structures may be under-insulated since the amount of insulation in ceilings, walls, and floors is often determined by the building or energy code requirements mandated at the time the structure was built.
  • Check to see if your attic and basement (or crawl space) have a sufficient level of insulation.
  • Consider adding insulation when embarking on a home remodeling project.
  • Install pipe insulation on all exposed hot water pipes.
  • Install pipe insulation on the first three feet of exposed cold water pipe connected to the water heater.

Heating and cooling

Heating and cooling your home is the largest single factor in your energy bill. These heating and cooling tips can help you to increase the efficiency. To get started, here are some basic tips:

    • Identify places that heat escapes from your home. Check for gaps and holes that allow heat to escape, raising your heating bills and making your home drafty and less comfortable.
      Check your furnace filter(s) monthly. During the heating season (also during the cooling season if you use air conditioning). The proper time interval for replacing or cleaning filters will vary depending on the rate of accumulation of pet hair, dust, and carpet lint in your home. Consider joining our automatic Filter Renewal Program. Call 800-398-4663 for details.
    • Lower your thermostat. On average, for each degree you consistently lower your thermostat, your heating energy consumption drops by two percent. Therefore, keep your thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting (68 degrees or lower). Look into a programmable thermostat to help automate your heating and cooling system.
    • Seal your home’s unheated spaces. If ductwork goes through an unheated basement, attic or crawl space, check for leaky joints or disconnected sections. Seal leaky joints with latex duct mastic or foil backed butyl tape. Reconnect any loose sections, seal, and support.
    • Install weather stripping and door sweeps along with caulking any exposed cracks or missing seals. For a no-cost fix, roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.
    • Replace caulking around your home’s windows to reduce air leaks. Use non-hardening “rope caulk” to temporarily seal gaps on little-used, movable windows and sliding doors.
      If your home’s windows are single-paned, consider installing inexpensive “tape-up” interior storm windows for a low-cost, temporary fix. Caution: Make sure that doors and windows can be opened as emergency exits in case of fire.

Maintenance is a time consuming task, but extremely important to protect your investment in a home-comfort system. Put your maintenance on autopilot with our Guardian Maintenance Program.

If you don’t know where to start, we recommend a comprehensive Home Energy Audit. Our 3-hour home inspection will find opportunities to save you money and you’ll also receive a 20-page report on your home’s performance. Schedule a home energy audit today.

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What is the importance of a home energy audit?

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Additionally, greater home energy usage has an impact on the local and global environment. When more energy is required to maintain your lifestyle, more waste and greenhouse gases are generated in the overall production of the energy you use. A home energy audit is a complete evaluation of your home and the areas where energy is used or lost. The results of this audit are valuable in many ways, helping you to achieve a more comfortable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective household for you and your family in Seattle.

A More Efficient Home

Your home’s energy usage is a direct reflection of its overall efficiency. When your home is drafty and your HVAC or plumbing system is poorly matched to your needs or in poor repair, it will take more energy to heat and cool your air and provide hot water throughout your home. The more energy your home uses, the less efficient it becomes, causing energy and resource waste as well as high costs over time. A home energy audit is designed to evaluate the overall efficiency of your home, as well as the factors that could be improved to increase efficiency and lower or eliminate energy waste. These factors include poor weather sealing that allows conditioned air to leak outside, dirty or damaged HVAC and plumbing appliances, and insufficient or deteriorating insulation that doesn’t help your home resist changes in indoor temperature due to weather and other influences. When these and other issues are identified and eliminated as the result of a home energy audit, your home will become more efficient and waste less energy to achieve the comfort and convenience you want, also lowering the waste associated with your home and your monthly utility bills.

A More Comfortable Home


Many of the factors that affect home efficiency also impact home comfort as well. Whether your home is losing conditioned air to uninsulated spaces or even the outdoors, or your Seattle home’s HVAC system is working much harder than necessary to provide the heating and cooling you want, your comfort levels inside your house will suffer. By identifying the areas that need attention to eliminate energy loss, a home energy audit also paves the way toward a home that is more comfortable in terms of temperature, humidity, and air quality. When holes or cracks in your home’s exterior and ducts are sealed, you won’t feel cold drafts during the winter or a weak flow of air from your registers. A more efficient water heater means you’ll enjoy cleaner, faster hot water from every tap, reducing the amount of time it takes to bathe or perform other tasks. Improved insulation and more efficient HVAC appliances mean feeling comfortable in every single room of your home, rather than experiencing hot and cold spots; furthermore, a clean HVAC system and duct work allows you to breathe in cleaner, healthier air as well, which reduces respiratory discomfort, allergies, and asthma.

Your family can benefit from a professional home energy audit, identifying areas where your home comfort and energy usage can be improved. Contact us today to schedule your own personal home energy audit and for 24/7 HVAC service and repairs, always choose Washington Energy Services.

We also invite you to click through our blog for additional tips, information, and news.

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Energy-saving resolutions for 2016

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Get a baseline.

What does your energy usage look like? Where is the most energy being wasted? Is your home performing at its optimum level? How can you improve it? These questions are nearly impossible to answer on your own. That’s where WES comes in. Our detailed Home energy audit will give you a thorough understanding of your home’s performance, including:

  • Customized color report detailing audit results
  • Prioritized list of opportunities to improve home’s performance
  • Tips to improve indoor air quality
  • Utility savings modeling on home
  • Detailed breakdown of available incentives and rebates


Want to save some dough and stay in shape? Go DIY this year. While professionals should take on the more advanced projects, oftentimes, with a little elbow grease (and perhaps a YouTube how-to video), we can tackle the easier projects ourselves. Plus it’s a great step to staying in shape, allowing you to check two resolutions off your list. Take a look at these calorie-burning projects, courtesy of houselogic.com:

  • Building a fence: 340 calories per hour
  • Cleaning rain gutters: 272 calories per hour
  • Installing ceramic tile: 238 calories per hour
  • Interior painting: 136 calories per hour
  • Mowing the lawn: 306 calories per hour
  • Planting shrubs: 238 calories per hour
  • General gardening: 204 calories per hour

Save for the upgrades.

Are you budgeting for home upgrades? Whether you have an appliance that’s been on the fritz, drafty windows that have condensation, or a water heater that has felt rather cool lately, this could be the year to take the plunge and replace them. Or perhaps you just want to replace an older appliance with a more energy-efficient model. Either way, stash some cash away every month for upgrades.

Start upgrading.

If you’re operating appliances from the 90’s or early 2000’s (or yikes, even before) you’re spending too much on energy—plain and simple. Water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washer/dryers can be huge energy wasters. Make 2016 the year you finally say goodbye to the energy hogs and say hello to sleek, energy-efficient models.

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Enjoying wintertime energy savings

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As the temperature continues to drop, knowing how to maximize your wintertime energy savings will not only reduce your financial costs, but also improve the overall energy-efficiency, comfort, and eco-friendliness of your home. Whether you’re interested in considering a new heating system or thermostat, or are just looking for simple ways to save money and stay warm at home, there is an option that offers energy benefits for you and your family this year.

Consider a new heating system

Most furnaces are expected to last 15-20 years, while heat pumps typically last an average of 16 years. If your heating system is more than a decade old, it may be starting to struggle with providing the heating you want with efficiency and reliability. Even an old heater that is regularly serviced will be less efficient than a newer system, simply because of advances in technology that have been made since its purchase. If your heater has been experiencing problems for a while or you have called for several heating repairs in the recent past, it’s also a good indication that you may benefit from installing a new heating system altogether. Talking to Washington Energy Services about your current heating system and the benefits of replacing it can help you decide whether this solution is the right investment in your home energy savings.

Upgrade your thermostat

Even if your heating system is still relatively new, it’s also important to take a look at its control system. An outdated thermostat can hinder your furnace’s efficiency by affecting the control you have over the appliance and the heat it puts out. Upgrading an older manual thermostat to a digital programmable thermostat is a simple way to increase your home’s energy efficiency by exerting finer control over the temperature setting you choose. Using programs to heat your home only when you are present and reduce your furnace’s output while you area away is another great energy- and money-saving strategy that takes very little time and work to establish.

Schedule heating maintenance

Even if you haven’t had your heating service take a look at your HVAC system yet this year, it’s never too late to schedule a heating tune-up and cleaning. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to extend the lifetime of your furnace and improve its heating output, reducing wasted energy caused by poor airflow and dirty or worn components. Our technicians can also make recommendations as needed to keep your heating system working as efficiently as possible, so you can continue enjoying energy savings for years to come. Regular maintenance also holds other benefits, including a lower risk of heating breakdowns that will cause stress and inconvenience during the cold winter weather. Even better, joining our Guardian Maintenance Club will keep your system running well for years to come.

If you have questions about heating your home in Seattle, we have the personalized answers and solutions you need for greater energy savings and comfort. You can find out more about us on our website, or check out our blog for more home heating tips.

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