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5 ways to beat the heat wave

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Revamp or install air conditioning.

Sure, this one is obvious. In weather like this, air conditioning creates an oasis for you and your family. You may hear people say that air conditioning is “not necessary in the Northwest.” Wrong! With each passing summer, rising temperatures necessitate air conditioning. Luckily for homeowners, cooling systems continue to improve in performance and energy efficiency, so there’s never been a better time to make this important home investment. Here are a few options:

Heat pump: This all-in-one system provides energy efficient heating and cooling. This is a great option for homes with an older or inefficient furnace.

Air conditioning unit: If you have an energy efficient furnace, you may just need an air conditioning unit.

Ductless systems: For homes without ducts (and even those with them), ductless systems are a cost effective option. These workhorses allow homeowners to heat and cool specific areas, saving money and energy.

Replace or fix your windows.

Energy efficient windows make a big difference in home comfort and cooling. Old, cracked, or broken windows or windowpanes allow warm air to enter the home, and cold air to escape. If you’re dealing with aluminum framed or single pane windows, this might be the time to upgrade to vinyl windows. You will also be making an investment in future winter comfort, as energy efficient windows will help keep your home warm when the weather turns cold. If your windows are already vinyl, but leaking air, be sure to caulk and seal any cracks and air leaks. A slow leak of hot air really adds up… especially in your wallet.

Weatherproof your front door.

When we hear the word “weatherproof”, it’s easy to think of blustery winds and relentless rains. But weatherproofing is also crucial in the summer, particularly for doors. Is your weather stripping around the door cracked or insufficiently affixed to the door frame? Don’t waste precious cool air—fix it ASAP. It’s an inexpensive way to keep cool air where it should be.

Install a programmable thermostat.

Is your home stifling when you get home from work? Is it already stuffy when you wake up in the morning? Cool your home on your schedule with a programmable thermostat. With several utilitarian and high tech options from Honeywell, Washington Energy Services has a thermostat to meet any need and budget.

Conduct a home energy audit.

Through comprehensive testing, a Home Energy Audit from Washington Energy Services can pinpoint the areas where your home isn’t performing to its full potential. This includes areas where you may be losing cool air, and ultimately, losing money.

We may already be in the middle of summer, but there’s plenty more heat to come. Keep your home cool and your family comfortable with help from Washington Energy Services.

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Spring is the time to think about air conditioning

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We’re sure you’ve heard it: “You don’t need air conditioning in the PNW.” But as each summer seems to get more stifling, this is no longer the case. In fact, many homeowners are finding their homes to be unbearable. In order to keep you and your family comfortable, happy, and productive all summer long, air conditioning is becoming increasingly crucial.

Spring is the perfect time to make this important investment in your home. As we said before, we’re still dealing with chilly weather, so air conditioning may be the last thing on your mind. (In fact, you’re probably still cranking the heat on a daily basis!) But if you get the ball rolling now rather than in July, you won’t have to wait in repressive heat while we meet the needs of hundreds of homes. You’ll be provided with an air conditioning solution now, so you can chill later.

Plus, contacting us for an estimate is a no-pressure, no-commitment decision. We’ll come to your home, present your options, provide an estimate, and offer guidance and expertise. Once you have all the information, you can decide which solution is right for your home and budget. Washington Energy Services has a myriad of air conditioning systems and options to help you break through the heat… without breaking the bank.

If you already have an air conditioning unit, spring is an important time for you, too. If you haven’t already, check out our past blog article about getting your air conditioner ready for summer. If your air conditioner is in less-than-stellar shape, give us a call for maintenance or repair. The same reasoning from above applies: the summer A/C rush is coming—and you can beat it.

Yes, we’re still dealing with some cool weather. But look into your summer crystal ball. Connect with Washington Energy Services—we predict a cool, comfortable summer in your future.

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Top 10 summer energy savers

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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 opening windows and doors in the evening and early morning when it’s cooler outside. Opening a window high on the warm side of the house and a lower window on the cool side creates cross ventilation to keep your home cool and breezy.
  • Clothes dryers waste a lot of energy and there are currently no energy-efficient models on the market. A clothes line and the sun’s warming rays will do the job without shrinking or wearing out your clothes. That summer fresh scent on your towels and linens is another added bonus.
  • Refrigerators are already one of the biggest energy-wasting appliances in a home so standing in front of one to cool yourself, in addition to warming your milk and eggs, isn’t the best idea. Leaving the door open for a long time means additional energy will be required to re-cool your food later.
  • A hot dishwasher or preheating oven sends heat throughout your home. On hot days stick to outdoor BBQs or nice summer salads and run only full loads of dishes with the “no heat” option selected for your drying cycle.
  • Incandescent light bulbs get warm and can generate enough heat to raise the temperature of a room. Replace them with ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and fixtures – they use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer. PSE offers instant discounts at participating retailers and showrooms.
  • The kind of plants you choose and where you place them in your yard can have a dramatic effect on how cool your home stays in the summer. Plant leafy trees in front of western facing windows and siding to shade your home on hot summer days.
  • Install a programmable thermostat for home heating. It can save lots of energy while you’re sleeping or away from home – and will re-warm your house shortly before you wake up or return home.
  • Seal up air leaks around doors and windows with weather-stripping, caulking, and door sweeps to keep cold air in so you can enjoy it longer. We recommend a home energy audit to uncover the hidden air leaks in your home and duct work.
  • Have your cooling system inspected and tuned every two to three years by a professional and clean or replace the air filters regularly.
  • If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner, look for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on the Energy Guide label and select the highest number rating you can afford (the higher the number, the more efficient the unit). PSE and ENERGY STAR recommend a SEER of 14 or higher. Schedule a free estimate to make sure the equipment is sized correctly for your space.

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3 reasons to spend your tax refund on your home

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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 Washington State Climatologist, we’re in for another hot summer in 2016—perhaps even warmer than years past.

It might be time to finally invest in an air conditioner or heat pump that will allow you to have a cool, comfortable summer. No more heading out on errands just to feel the cool blast of a store’s A/C. No more sticking your head in the freezer. With air conditioning, summer becomes a time to simply pour a cold drink, grab a good book, and enjoy your cool home.

Increase the value of your home.

Whether or not you’re thinking about selling your home, a solid tax refund can help you greatly increase the value of your home. Here are a few ideas:

Vinyl windows: According to Realtor.com, switching to vinyl windows has an estimated return on investment (ROI) of 78.7%. That’s in addition to the substantial energy savings that vinyl windows provide!

Entry door: A sleek new door doesn’t just enhance your home’s curb appeal. It can improve your insulation to drive down energy costs. Bonus points if you add a beautiful coat of paint in a classic or bright hue.

Energy efficient heating/cooling system: Replacing your old furnace with a newer energy efficient model will save on energy costs now and provide greater equity into the future. Consider upgrading to a heat pump, which can provide both heating and cooling for optimum comfort, ease, and ROI.

Water heater: Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you want cold showers. If your water heater just isn’t operating like it used to, or is over ten years old, consider replacing it. New tank water heaters and tankless water heaters are incredibly energy efficient and made to last.

Sales abound.

Spring is a time to refresh and renew. That’s why Washington Energy Services is making it easy to make home energy improvements with stellar products and unmatched expertise. For example, take advantage of our Pre-Season A/C sale with 15% off during April and 10% off during May. All of our sales can be found here!

If that tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket, give us a call or fill out a free estimate form. Using those extra funds on your house this spring can make it feel more like home.

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Can we still boast our iconic Seattle weather? Hot summer trends and 2015 forecast.

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(source) What’s next in the forecast? We live in a place known for its iconic rainy weather. Should we be changing our definition of Seattle? If you look at the trends expected for this summer, it might seem so.

Number of 80 degree days per year


The Weather in our area is getting progressively warmer, from 20 days over 80 degrees in 2010 to 45 days over 80 last year. That’s more than double the number of hot 80 degree days!

In 2014, 61 of the 73 days between the first day of summer and Labor Day were above 75. That means 81% of the summer it was over 75 degrees!

Do you remember where you were when it was 105 degrees in 2009? It was unbearably hot, but did you know that we also hit a high of 96 in 2014 and 93 in both of the two years prior. We’re having more peak heat – up near 100, more often.

The National Weather Service predicts another above average temperature summer for us in the Northwest this year. Here’s their forecast. The darker orange in the chart below means above average heat.

While the rest of the country is blasted by cold, our warmer weather is not expected to stop any time soon. No wonder more people are choosing heat pump or air conditioning systems in our area. Washington Energy Services provides energy efficient air conditioners and heat pumps to help keep Seattle cool. For more information or special offers, click or call 800-398-4663.


Source: http://www.komonews.com/weather/blogs/scott/Seattle-sets-twin-records-for-warmest-February-winter-on-record-294516031.html

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I want to be cool…

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The Northwest summer is late this year, but when it comes we’ll be scurrying to figure out how to get cool and stay energy efficient too. This month we have ways to cool your house that don’t involve something loud hanging in your window. And a helpful piece about keeping cool by checking your ductwork.

If you’re ready to upgrade from your window air conditioner to something better, there are lots of choices. Here are 6 ways you can get cool and some may surprise you.

1. Heat pumps. Heat in the winter and cool in the summer.

Ductless heat pumps can offer 25% energy cost savings vs electric heat, and provide air conditioning too. These systems are modular and can be installed to affect one room, or provide whole home heating and cooling. And they are soooo quiet. They’re especially good for old homes where only part of the house has ducting. You’ll get big rebates from most utilities and qualify for federal tax credits.

Forced air heat pumps also heat and cool. They cool by moving heat from the inside out. While they might not make your home meat locker cool, the mix of year round use and our mild weather makes them a good choice for the Northwest. Manufacturers say you can save 30% on overall costs to heat / cool your home. Most utilities have rebates. In fact PSE Electric customers who replace their electric furnace with a forced air heat pump can get $1000. Plus federal energy tax credits of up to $300 are available.

2.   Solar Attic Fans

Hot air rises and attic fans sit on the roof pulling out the hot air. A solar powered attic fan is even more energy efficient. There’s no wiring needed, it installs into your roof with flashing around it. These attic fans are made to withstand our tough weather conditions, even winds up to 170mph, and can be a great cooling solution. These are especially good for multi-story dwellings. While you won’t get as cool as with central air, it will remove heat and lower temperatures in your home.

3. Insulation

Most people think of insulation as keeping you warm in the winter, like a parka. Insulating and sealing your house will keep heat transfer from happening, whether its heat loss or gain. Insulation can be a cost effective way to get energy savings and keep a bit cooler. If your home is shaded and is cool in the mornings, it will hold that cool longer. Most utilities have generous rebates to get you in the mood to insulate. PSE offers up to $800. Plus federal tax credits of up to $500 are available.

4. The Right Windows

EnergyStar® says that “recent technological advances have improved the thermal performance of windows”, including insulated framing materials, low E glass, solar control coatings, double or triple panes with low conductance gas fills in between, improved edge spacers and better sealing techniques. When combined with installation techniques that ensure the best fit, these can improve energy efficiency of the home up to 25%. There’s still a federal tax credit of up to $200 for windows and $500 for exterior doors. Great article: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/new_homes/features/HighPerformanceWindows1-17-01.pdf

In Seattle, Washington Energy Services carries a wide range of energy efficient windows. Take a look.

5. Central Air Conditioning

Energy efficient central air conditioning systems keep the whole house comfortable whatever the heat outside. If you have existing ducts, central air could be an easy addition to make. These systems pair well with high efficiency furnaces. Some qualify for federal tax credits.

6. Go Old School

The low tech way to keep your house cool is to keep your blinds and windows closed on the side of the house that the sun is hitting. For cross breeze, open doors or windows that are in shade. Open windows at night to let cool air in. Make sure your ceiling fan blade size is big enough for your room (eg: for 400 sq ft room use a 52” blade span). Fans create wind, they don’t actually cool, but they’ll make it feel 5-10 degrees cooler by making your perspiration evaporate faster.

Learn more about cooling your house with new Windows, Insulation, a Heat Pump or Central Air Conditioning by calling 800 398 4663 or visit www.Washingtonenergy.com

Check out available Utility Rebates and Federal Tax Credits.

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A fitness plan… for your air conditioner

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As outside temperatures start reaching 60 degrees or above, it’s the perfect time to “test run” the system. Though many companies will tell you they can check your air conditioner while the outdoor temperature is below 60 degrees, this is false. Almost every manufacturer recommends checking air conditioners when temperatures are above 60 degrees.

I recommend annual air conditioning check-ups in the spring and furnace check-ups every fall. Although regular checkups will not absolutely guarantee that a unit will continue to work perfectly throughout the season, they will reveal most small problems that can lead to major, far more expensive problems if left unattended. Click here to see some of the services we provide.

Other things you should do for your fitness plan:

  • Change your filters regularly. This is the #1 cause for service calls and can damage your system. Dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing efficiency and worst case, can cause the evaporator to ice up. Disposable fiberglass filters should replaced. Electrostatic or electronic filters need to be washed regularly. You can contact us for filter size and cost if you need assistance. Click here to see some of the filter options we provide to the Seattle, Tacoma, and the Puget Sound region.
  • Clean obvious obstructions such as newspaper, leaves, etc. from around the exterior of the outdoor unit. The coil needs to have maximum air flow to be efficient and reduce wear and tear on the compressor.
  • Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature will not activate the air conditioning if it is set in the heat mode.
  • If you have a cover for your outdoor unit installed, make sure it is removed before starting the system. By not removing the cover you may cause major damage to your system.

If this sounds like too much trouble or you are not sure how to do it, a qualified professional can service your air conditioner. Call us and we’d be happy to set up an appointment.

Summers in Seattle and the Puget Sound area have been getting hotter. Did you know that heat pumps are a great option for this region. They cool your home in summer and warm your home in winter much more efficiently than a regular air conditioner or furnace. For more info on our York Affinity Series air conditioner and its distinct advantages, click here.

If you are interested in getting central air conditioning installed in your home at a great season price, click here.

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