Residential Tips & Tricks

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Here are some tips and trick to help improve your home’s energy efficiency. These bits of advice will help for both heating and cooling seasons. If you need further help than what is listed below, feel free to schedule a service call and we can be on-site in no time!

We will be adding to the list periodically. So check back and you may see a solution.

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Free things to try!

  1. Block the light. Using shades, blinds, and drapes to help moderate the amount of the sun’s light and heat coming into your home. Close things off in the summer and open them up in the winter.
  2. Thermostat adjustments:
    1. Asleep or Away settings can save big on your bills. Rough estimates place savings between 10 and 20 percent! By turning down your thermostat in the winter and turning it un the summer you’ll see instant savings. Up or down by 6 to as much as 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) from normal settings at 8+ hours a day will make an impact. When home, 68 F in the winter and 78 F when home in the summer.
    2. Switch from ON to AUTO for the fan setting on your thermostat. Some thermostats will have the option to run for a few minutes per hour to help circulate the air or to only run with the furnace turns on. This is the best. By not running the fan at all times you’ll save on your energy bill.
    3. Do you have a fireplace? Turn your thermostat down to 55 F to 57 F. Fireplaces are a window to the outside world. Older wood-burning fireplaces are often inefficient and will draw heat out of your home. When the embers are out, close the flue damper!

Cheap things to try!

  1. Sealing the gaps. Use caulking and weather striping to seal around windows, doors, and siding.
  2. Use fans. If you can handle a bit of warmth, shut the AC off and use fans instead. The cost savings are big and the upfront cost of oscillating fans or box fans are low. Bundle this with using your HVAC system’s blower and the air movement will help you cool off. Similar to a breeze on a hot summer day.
  3. Seasonal maintenance. Keep your equipment running as efficiently as possible. Start with seasonal maintenance, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – this keeps the filter replacement schedule at every 3 months along with inspecting all other components of your system.

Check out our maintenance information HERE!!

Things to look out for:

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). This is the rating assigned to your furnace. The higher this number, the more efficient your furnace is. We’d recommend anything in the 90’s (i.e. 92, 94, 96…).

Along with your furnace’s AFUE rating, take a look at the blower motor type. You should always try to go for one that is super-efficient such as an ECW or variable speed motor.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). Your air conditioning system has an energy efficiency rating system too! A SEER rating of 16 or higher will see significant energy savings throughout the lifetime of the system.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers rebates!
Highly efficient systems are also tax deductible up to certain dollar amounts.

Savings are subject to change and are based on several variables and circumstances. Give us a call if you have questions!