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Why You Should Clean Heat Pump Condenser Coils

by Daniel Estevao on April 14, 2017

If you’re going to pick one home improvement project this spring, it should be cleaning your heat pump condenser coils. The best way to maintain your HVAC unit is to ensure that it isn’t dirty. A good coil cleaning will increase energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and utility bill savings. Regular maintenance of your heating and […]

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Plant a Tree for Earth Day and Energy Savings

by Daniel Estevao on March 31, 2017

Trees are probably the most natural and beautiful way to lower your home energy consumption. Trees can drastically lower your energy bills year round. In the summer, tress provide energy-saving shade; in the winter, the trees create wind blockage to reduce air leaks and heating costs. Benefits of Planting Trees for Energy Savings Reduce heating […]

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3 Easy Ways to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs

by Daniel Estevao on February 24, 2017

Who doesn’t want to save money and energy? Here are 3 of the easiest (and cheapest) ways you can make your home more efficient and cut heating and cooling costs all year. If you go over these simple steps, you can easily cut your annual HVAC bill by up to 50%! That translates to hundreds of extra […]

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What to Do About Critters in Your HVAC System

by Daniel Estevao on February 17, 2017

As you probably know, animals and HVAC systems don’t mix very well. While you may have been lucky so far, you’d be surprised to find out how many different kinds of critters our technicians have found in HVAC systems—everything from snakes and rats to birds and bats. If you think there’s a critter creeping around your ductwork […]

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How Zoned HVAC Improves Comfort and Gets Rid of Cold Spots

by Daniel Estevao on November 12, 2016

Is the temperature perfect in the bedroom but freezing in the living room? Here are some common causes for hot and cold spots in the home: Most homes have multiple floors, and as we know, heat rises. This tends to make the upper levels warmer than the lower levels. In rooms with a lot of […]

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EPA’s R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout and What It Means for Homeowners

by Daniel Estevao on October 7, 2016

The refrigerant in your air conditioning or heat pump system is responsible for absorbing and releasing heat to and from your indoor and outdoor units. The type of refrigerant you use depends on how your HVAC system was installed. Most air conditioning and heat pump systems use R-22 refrigerant (known by the brand name Freon®). […]

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What is a Variable Speed Air Handler and Why You Might Want One

by Daniel Estevao on September 30, 2016

Although HVAC systems haven’t seem to have changed much over the years, you might be surprised to find out about all of the technological improvements that have been made. These enhancements go hand-in-hand with new standards and requirements made by the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the biggest technological improvements that have led to […]

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Why is NATE Certification Important? | HVAC Technician Excellence

by Daniel Estevao on September 23, 2016

The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is the clearest sign that you are working with a professional HVAC technician. NATE is a nonprofit that requires rigorous training for aspiring HVAC technicians across North America. Since HVAC systems require a large amount of technical and mechanical expertise, NATE’s standards are stringent and requires ongoing testing […]

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Is a Heat Pump Right for My Home? | Greater Tacoma Heat Pump Options

by Daniel Estevao on September 2, 2016

You have some choices when it comes to heating and cooling your home. And it’s an important choice since heating and cooling accounts for about half of your home’s total energy consumption. Source: eia.gov Heating Options You have three main choices for heating: furnace, boiler, or heat pump. While a furnace and boiler can only […]

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10 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bill | How to Be an Energy Star

by Daniel Estevao on August 26, 2016

Searching for ways to slash your energy bill online reveals a huge wealth of information to sift through. But, as Mitchell Kapor said, “Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” To help you organize and make sense of all the energy-saving advice out there, we’ve gathered the most important […]