Last updated 5 months ago
With many homeowners feeling the sharp end of volatile energy prices, reducing energy consumption is becoming a top household priority. Home energy evaluations could hold the key, helping you identify the sources of energy waste specific to your home. So what can you expect from a home energy evaluation, and is having one completed a worthwhile investment?
Before Scheduling an Energy Evaluation
To get the best out of home energy evaluations (also sometimes called home energy assessments or home energy audits) you need to do a little homework in advance. First identify a trained professional who is qualified to undertake the audit. Next, pull together your energy bills to give the energy auditor a picture of your current usage patterns.
What Takes Place During Energy Evaluations
Once the background information is assembled, the next stage is a walk-through of every room in your house. The energy auditor will undertake a series of assessments including:
Blower door test – A powerful fan mounted into the frame of an exterior door with airflow manometer and hoses measures the air tightness of the building and indicates if leakage is a problem.
Infrared camera exam – Using infrared thermal imaging cameras provides detailed information for home energy evaluations about where heat loss is occurring.
Full HVAC system check – Putting the HVAC system through its paces is vital to determining if it is operating at maximum efficiency levels.
Comprehensive insulation and ductwork inspections – Leaky ducts and inadequate insulation are both major drains on energy. These assessments will determine where and how the problems should be addressed.
Home energy evaluations take the guesswork out of diagnosing energy waste problems and can lead to savings of up to 30 percent in energy bills.
Getting expert help from a reputable company such as Pacific Aire Inc.gives you a detailed route-map to achieving real energy efficiency in your home. Contact us today for energy evaluations and all other HVAC needs in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area.
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Last updated 6 months ago
For Santa Barbara and Ventura homeowners looking to improve their indoor air quality, dust is often a major factor that can seem hard to ultimately defeat. Dust not only takes away from your home's overall appearance and cleanliness, it can also negatively affect your health especially if a family member suffers from a health condition such as asthma.
Changing Air Filters
Your HVAC system is responsible for transferring hot and cool air throughout your home, and it can't do this if the filter is clogged. It's crucial to clean its air filter every 1-3 months. By replacing or cleaning the air filter on a regular basis you can effectively reduce overall dust accumulation. Replacing your air filter will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by improving the airflow throughout your home's ductwork.
Keeping your windows closed not only saves on annual energy costs it also helps to prevent dust and debris from entering into the home, especially on windy days with high pollen counts. By replacing worn out weatherstripping you can reduce any further air leakage that would otherwise enter through any windows that aren't properly sealed.
Nicotine is a major contributor when it comes to dust buildup within a home. If you're a smoker who's striving for a cleaner living environment it's important to consider quitting as soon as possible. Not only can cigarette smoke affect your home's appearance, it's also a leading factor in asthma attacks among children. It's estimated that over 40 percent of American children are exposed to secondhand smoke, which can lead to a host of health problems.
By taking these preventative measures, and by cleaning your home on a routine basis, you'll be able to successfully eliminate the majority of dust buildup from within your home quickly and efficiently.
Ventura and Santa Barbara residents in need of HVAC service can depend on Pacific Aire for all of their heating and cooling needs. Whether you're ready to schedule a routine maintenance appointment, or in need of emergency repairs or services, you can trust Pacific Aire to take care of the job professionally and at an affordable cost.
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Last updated 6 months ago
The equipment that's responsible for the comfort of your home is the heating and air conditioning system. This complex system is designed to work for you throughout the year, regardless of the conditions outside. But in order to do its job properly, your system needs a little help from you. Luckily, the task is a simple one: air filter replacement.
Regular air filter replacement is something that you can do easily. A few facts and recommendations are in order as you look for the appropriate filter:
· Regular air filter replacement is necessary as the main reason for their existence is to clean the air going through the system. As they are doing their job, they are becoming dirty. This will slowly clog the filter and reduce airflow.
· The reduced airflow will cause the motor to work harder and use more energy. Keeping your filters replaced, at appropriate times such as every 90 days or so, will keep everything running smoothly and can save as much as 10 percent on energy costs compared to a system with a dirty filter.
· Installing a higher efficiency filter will promote a higher level of cleanliness, helping to ensure a cleaner, more efficient system and cleaner air for a healthier home. Just be sure to use filters that are manufacturer-recommended. If the efficiency of your filter is too high, it can actually damage the system. If you're unsure about selecting an air filter replacement, consult with a trusted HVAC technician.
If you're not sure which air filter replacement to choose, or if you're unsure how to actually change the filter, contact us at Pacific Aire, Inc. We serve the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
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