You’ve heard of smart thermostats. So why not a smart air vent too? While that might seem like overkill (after all, who really ever touches their air vents?), smart vent manufacturers argue that manipulating vents offers a convenient way to lower energy consumption and keep your home more comfortable. The idea here is that homeowners can close a room’s vents Continue Reading
When it’s time to sell your home, how can you get it certified as energy efficient in order to increase your home’s value? There are a wide variety of certification programs available, and some are better than others. Here are four that have meaningful standards and a national reputation, and—most importantly—can add value to your home. LEED Program for Homes LEED standards Continue Reading
What’s the ideal temperature to set your thermostat to during the day? Like many homeowners, you might often wonder about just how high or low you need to set your furnace or AC to run when you’re away from home. You probably already know that it wastes money to heat or cool your homes when you’re away for long periods Continue Reading
Want to know where you can save energy in your home but don’t want to hire an energy auditing company to tell you? You can save money and do your own home energy audit yourself. Start by pinpointing these five most common ways homes lose energy. Locate air leaks Where is cold air seeping in or warm air escaping? You Continue Reading
Tina Gleisner knows what she’s talking about when it comes to home contracting, repairs, and renovation. After all, she ran her own “handyman” business for 8 years, she’s owned (and fixed up) 15 houses, and she’s now a successful entrepreneur. Her company, HomeTipsforWomen, publishes homeowner guides and offers workshops that coach women through everything they need to know to improve Continue Reading
Rebates, incentives, and loan programs, oh my! When it comes to solar energy and other home efficiency updates, there’s a dazzling variety of ways to save. Your choices range all the way from federal tax incentives right down to rebate programs from your local energy provider. In fact, you could have hundreds of different programs at your disposal to make Continue Reading
HVAC systems are evolving quickly. Advanced efficiency ratings, new system technologies, and high-tech thermostats are just some of the innovations homeowners have at their disposal to make their homes more comfortable—and their energy bills more affordable. But sorting through all of that new technology can be difficult. To help us understand HVAC efficiencies and what happens when you replace your Continue Reading
When Looking for a New HVAC Consider these Standard Sizes Whether you’re replacing an existing HVAC system or installing a new system, choosing the system that is right for your property is important. With multiple types of HVAC systems on the market, as well as several efficiency ratings to consider, this short guide will provide information about each type and Continue Reading
Installing a Ductless Mini Split HVAC Unit You’ve decided to add a ductless mini-split system to your property but you’re unsure about how this type of system is installed. Of all of the HVAC system types, the mini-split remains one of the easiest when it comes to the installation process. About Ductless Mini-Split Systems There are many brands/manufacturers of ductless Continue Reading
Ecobeco offers whole-house energy audits to help homeowners live in comfortable, energy-efficient homes. The company includes a team of energy auditors, general contractors, architects and interior designers to determine where homes can save energy and improve indoor comfort and air quality. We asked Brian Toll, Ecobeco’s Founder and President, about what homeowners should look for in a successful energy audit. Does every Continue Reading
HVAC information for homeowners
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, a mouthful more commonly referred to as HVAC (H-vack) systems, keep our homes cool in summer and warm in winter. The three components of types HVAC system include air conditioning, ventilation, and heating.
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Because these systems typically make up a large chunk of your utility bill, it’s important to make sure yours is always running as efficiently as possible. Basic HVAC maintenance includes regularly changing filters and having a professional visit one or two times per year to look for any issues. Homeowners wanting to greatly improve their system’s efficiency may also look into sealing up leaks and cracks where air is escaping, installing energy-efficient windows, and installing new units. Want more HVAC information and ideas? You’ve come to the right place.