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Solar electric systems are a good fit for our part of California because of our ample sunshine. In fact, about 12 percent of the state’s electrical power is tapped from renewable energy sources, including solar power. If you’re thinking of making the switch or supplementing your power use with natural energy sources, consider investing in solar-powered systems. Here’s a look at some of the most important benefits of solar energy:
Every year, ordinary household electrical devices cost Americans at least $3 billion in wasted electricity. Many devices create a constant energy drain, even when they’re turned off. Learn how to detect these energy vampires and stop them before they put another hole in your wallet.
We all know that when driving, yellow means yield. In the case of shopping for HVAC appliances, yellow means take a second to read the EnergyGuide label before you decide on a product. If you want to save some green, it helps tremendously to understand the EnergyGuide label and what it can mean for your energy bills.
Duct leakage can account for as much as 20 percent of the energy consumed by an average residence. It’s a major source of high utility costs for Fresno homeowners. California’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requires duct certification after a new central air conditioner or furnace is installed. The requirement has been extended to apply to change-out of individual components, as well, such as an air-handler, coil, or installation of more than 40 feet of ductwork. After the installation, an inspection must be carried out by a professional HVAC contractor using industry-standard equipment and practices. If leakage greater than 15 percent of system airflow is determined, duct sealing is required.
When was the last time you cleaned your clothes dryer’s vent? Like most people, you probably clean the lint screen regularly, but beyond the lint screen your dryer has a vent hose that carries hot air, humidity and more lint to the outside. Over time, that vent hose can become clogged with lint.
Your HVAC system is a vital component of your home, and as such the cooling and heating equipment will require repair, maintenance and even replacement from time to time. While some minor tasks, such as filter changes can be done yourself, the bigger jobs will require a professional. If you’re looking for an HVAC contractor in the San Joaquin Valley, here are some tips to help you with your search:
Everyone talks about SEER, but it really isn’t the relevant measure of an air conditioner’s efficiency in a hot climateTuesday, July 10th, 2012
With the San Joaquin Valley’s blazing summer nearly upon us, if you’re looking for an air conditioning upgrade, you’ll need to know how to compare the energy efficiency of different models. Most people think the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the best way to make a comparison. But increasingly, in climates with hot summers, EER is becoming the better standard for comparison. So when it comes to SEER versus EER, go with the latter number.
Cool air is passive, but heat is always on the move in your home. Installation of a radiant barrier can slow it down. Heat rises, transfers through ceilings and walls, or radiates from a hot surface to a cooler one. Plugging air leaks can prevent heat loss from living spaces due to convection in winter. Adding insulation reduces downward conduction from a hot attic in summer. But heat from the sun’s energy radiating through the roof and into the attic can only be reduced by radiant barrier material.
Most people look forward to their summer vacation all year. However, if you don’t prepare your home for the vacation, you may end up with high energy costs and other problems while you’re away. To give yourself maximum peace of mind and to reduce your home’s expenses while you’re gone this summer, take some of the following steps: