Now that spring has arrived, it won’t be long before coastal Florida begins to really heat up, and you’ll be needing your air conditioner all the time. If you think your A/C needs to be replaced, now’s the time to do it. Of course, that means spending some money. Fortunately, if you go with one of the high efficiency units on the market today, your investment will come back to you in savings cooling season after cooling season. Remember, too, those very attractive energy tax credits for high-efficiency replacements have been restored. Read the rest of this entry
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An addition to your South Florida home can add value while extending your living space. When it comes to providing conditioned air to your new room, your choices are to tie in to your existing system by extending your ductwork or installing a standalone unit such as a ductless mini split. Here are five reasons why the mini split is to your advantage. Read the rest of this entry
If you’ve heard anything about the modern capabilities of modern heat pumps, you’ve heard about energy efficiency. With new technology comes better equipment, and HVAC appliances have not been left behind. You can optimize your heat pump system by looking for these three must-have advanced heat pump features:? Read the rest of this entry
Are you in the market for new heating and cooling equipment for your Florida home? By now, everyone knows to look for the Energy Star label, but have you realized there’s a new standard of energy efficiency? It’s called the Most Efficient program, and it’s set to take purchasing decisions into a whole new arena. Read the rest of this entry
It may seem silly to schedule an annual service call for your cooling system if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with your air conditioning. However, having your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems inspected annually by a heating and cooling professional can yield a number of benefits. After all, you wouldn’t let your car go without a regular check up and oil change, right? Why should your HVAC system be any different? It’s a vital component in your comfort and well-being in your home. Read the rest of this entry
If your home has a traditional storage-tank water heater, did you know that the storage tank’s inefficiency is a big factor in how high your hot-water expenses are? In fact, hot-water costs can amount to as much as 25 percent of your total energy consumption. A storage-tank water heater heats the water, and then stores it until you need it. However, that water gradually cools, and then has to be reheated multiple times throughout the day, as its temperature falls below your water heater’s thermostat setting. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re looking at energy-saving investments to make in your South Florida home, take a step beyond just installing a high-efficiency HVAC system and schedule an energy evaluation. When you have a professional HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician perform an energy evaluation, he or she can help you locate areas where your home is not energy efficient so that you can take steps to solve the problem. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re a Palm Beach-area resident who is building a new home, adding on to an existing structure, or considering improvements to your current ductwork’s design, there are specific design principles that can maximize your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. Read the rest of this entry
Are energy vampires causing you to lose more energy dollars than you should? They probably are, especially if your home uses a lot of electronics and battery-powered devices. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that American households spend $10 billion annually on energy they consume that provides no benefit.
Living in Southern Florida means that you don’t typically have to worry about dealing with freezing temperatures. However, hot and muggy weather can be as difficult to contend with, and it can definitely test the limits of your cooling system. Therefore, it is essential that your air-conditioning unit runs efficiently and optimally, to ensure your home comfort as well as that your energy spending stays within a reasonable level.