You might have heard of this life hack before — close the vents to your unused rooms, and you’ll save money on your next energy bill. But is it actually true? You may want to learn more before you close vents throughout your home. Don’t Expect to Save Money It’s a tempting idea. If you close the vents to the rooms you don’t use often, then cool air will theoretically only head to the rooms you’d actually like to keep at a refreshing temperature. This means you’ll save money, since you can raise the thermostat a few degrees, safe in the knowledge that your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you cool. Right? Not really. See, the problem is that closing the vents of some rooms will lead to an increase in pressure in your entire HVAC system. This pressure means that your air handler will have to work even harder to get the air through to the rooms you want to be cooled. The result could actually be an increase in your energy bill. You’ll Pay More for Repairs Increased pressure is also not a good thing because it can lead to another expensive side...View Article
Many people have rooms in their home that aren’t used much. In order to lower heating and cooling costs, they close the vents in those rooms and then close the doors. Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t work as you’d expect, and it can actually end up costing you more in the end. Closing Vents Often Causes Inefficient Operation An HVAC system doesn’t detect how much cooled or heated air a home needs. Instead, when installs a system for one of our customers in Trinity, we calibrate it based on pressure. That’s what dictates how hard the blower needs to blow. When you close a vent, you increase the pressure. The blower is now pushing against more resistance. With systems that are able to vary the speed to the condition, the blower will ramp up to compensate, which causes the system to operate in an inefficient manner. The typical system is not variable-speed and so will continue to spin but provide less airflow. Your home will be less comfortable, which will make you adjust the thermostat accordingly and diminish any savings. Closing Vents Often Leads to Additional Wear and Tear In either case, what you have is a suboptimal situation. This may...View Article
Home energy involves both the consumption of energy (typically your heating, air conditioning, electricity, and ventilation) as well as the prevention of consuming more than is necessary. Both cost a consumer money, which folks realize the most when they get their monthly utility bill as well as when environment changes are extreme (i.e. dead summer and the coldest part of winter). Here are three ways the folks at WA Air Conditioning have see repeatedly produce big results: 1. Weatherstripping The fact is, homes shift over time. Little gaps appear in doorways, window frames, patio doors and similar. And all of these small holes allow cool and warm air to move back and forth, almost always to the detriment of your home utility bills. This transfer is due to the air trying to balance out differences in temperature naturally. But with improved weatherstripping done every two years or so, your home can have its sealing improved, which in turn starts saving your utility real, hard-earned cash. 2. Poor Duct Channeling Your home HVAC system relies on clean, open ducts to move to improve air (cool or heated) to various parts of your house. Over time dust builds up in the ducts...View Article
Although it’s the easiest task you can complete when servicing your HVAC system, changing your filter comes with many benefits. While it’s just as easy to forget about your HVAC filter and subject your system to unneeded strain, remembering to change it at least once per month can prove invaluable. Here’s the difference HVAC filters can make in comfort for residents in Trinity, Texas, this winter. Cleaner and Healthier Air How often you change your filter can depend on the type and the conditions in your home. Some filters need to be changed monthly while others need to be changed less frequently. In addition, some filters can be cleaned. The frequency with which you will need to clean or replace your filter will be impacted by factors such as whether or not you have pets or live in a dusty environment. A dirty or clogged filter will cause your HVAC system to operate inefficiently and work harder than it should, which wastes energy. You will also be exposed to more harmful pollutants that build up in the system and eventually pollute your indoor air. Keeping your air filters clean is critical to maintaining optimum indoor air quality levels, and keeping...View Article
After getting through the hot, humid summer months, it’s time to get ready for what winter might bring to Trinity, Texas. You don’t want to turn on your furnace and find that your home remains cold or doesn’t provide as much warmth as you know it should. To ensure your furnace is working properly this winter, and to avoid any serious problem(s) that could be lurking, contact your HVAC professional for routine furnace maintenance. Furnace Produces No Heat If your furnace is not producing enough heat, start by checking the thermostat. Is it working properly and set at the right point? If so, it is possible that there is a problem with the circuit breaker or fuse box. A tripped circuit or a blown fuse are likely causes. A common problem too is that the pilot light could be out. Any malfunction with the hot surface ignition, electronic ignition system, or the intermittent pilot ignition system could cause the furnace to not produce heat. Furnace Emits Too Little Heat If the furnace is producing some heat, but not enough, the problem could be a clogged air filter or obstructions in the system. Replace the air filter or have the heating...View Article
Although it seems like a mystery to some homeowners, saving money isn’t as difficult as you might think. For Trinity homeowners, you simply need to incorporate two processes into your daily routines: conserving energy and being energy efficient.
You’d be surprised if you knew how much energy your Huntsville area home is wasting on a daily basis throughout the year . You’d also be happy to learn that you’re not powerless in dealing with an energy-wasting home. A home energy audit conducted by a certified professional will tell you exactly how much energy your home is wasting, as well as where it’s occurring and how to reduce the energy waste. The result will be lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. How Much Can You Save? The federal Energy Star program estimates you can save between 5 and 30 percent on energy bills after a professional home energy audit or assessment, providing you follow the technician’s recommendations. Usually, the suggested steps include relatively inexpensive improvements such as adding insulation and sealing air leaks. However, if you have old, leaky windows or doors, or outdated, energy-wasting HVAC equipment, there’s no sugar-coating it. Creating an airtight, energy-efficient home will require a significant investment. What Happens During a Home Energy Audit? The energy auditor will discuss your household energy use with you and ask to look at utility bills over an extended period of time. He or she will visually inspect health...View Article
Texas winters can get expensive when the temperatures dip for long periods, and keeping the energy bills in check in your Trinity home may feel like a constant struggle. Many homeowners wonder how to lower heating bills, and there are quite a few answers. These simple, inexpensive solutions will go a long way toward reducing energy costs this winter. Schedule Your Annual HVAC Tuneup Preventive maintenance is the number one answer to the question of how to lower heating bills. A poorly maintained heating system will cost considerably more to operate than a well-maintained unit. An annual HVAC tuneup will include removing dust from the components of your system, tightening electrical and gas connections, and lubricating the moving parts to prevent friction. Replace the Air Filter A dirty air filter restricts airflow to your system and makes it work harder to keep you comfortable. It also allows dirt to build up on essential components inside the unit, resulting in decreased efficiency and even serious damage. Inspect the air filter monthly and replace it with a good quality filter when it’s dirty. Seal Air Leaks When cold air infiltrates your home through tiny cracks and gaps, your heating system works overtime to...View Article
After all the hard work your HVAC system puts in during the summer, it’s time to perform some fall home maintenance and gear up for the Trinity winter heating season. Performing simple preventative maintenance chores this fall will prevent many common problems down the line and keep the system running at a high efficiency. Start your maintenance with the following jobs.
Summer heat in Texas often sends residents running to the cool of air conditioning for comfort. Running air conditioning in an inefficient home, however, can result in large utility bills and reduced indoor air comfort. Improving your home’s sealing and insulation can decrease utility costs and provide optimal comfort. Sealing and insulation may be done by homeowners using the following steps: Locate Air Leaks The first step to improve your home’s sealing and insulation is to identify areas of air leakage. Some leaks will be easy to identify because you can feel the air moving. Other leaks may be found with a visual inspection. Take care to investigate the areas around common sources of air leaks: Crawl spaces Sill plates Top plates Duct registers throughout the home Attic hatches Recessed lighting Plumbing stack vents Dropped soffit Vent fans, commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms Dryer vents Walls that are missing plaster Fireplace dampers Outdoor water spigots Moldings around doors, ceilings and baseboards Electrical plates including outlets and light switches Sealing Air Leaks The second step when updating your home’s sealing and insulation is to fill all openings with the appropriate material. The correct material to use to seal you home’s air leaks depends on the size and location of the...View Article