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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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HVAC Myth vs Fact | Don’t Be Played for a Fool

by Daniel Estevao on March 24, 2017

April Fools’ Day is best known for its hoaxes and practical jokes. But myths, misconceptions, and outright falsehoods get spread every day of the year. As a homeowner, you probably get bombarded with lots of tips and tricks for the home. With this flood of information, sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. But […]

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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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New Year’s Resolutions for the Home | Cleaning & Energy-Saving Hacks

by Daniel Estevao on December 30, 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year—a time when many of us resolve to keep a cleaner home, lose weight, save money, and spend more time with family. To help you save energy, money, and time this year, we’re sharing some of our favorite cleaning and energy-saving hacks. Cleaning Hacks Resolution #1: Daily Cleaning Everybody enjoys […]

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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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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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Pros and Cons of Different Types of Weatherstripping | Insulation Advice

by Daniel Estevao on September 9, 2016

Weatherstripping your doors and windows can provide huge energy savings all year—about 10-15% off your energy bill. They can make you feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter by reducing drafts. This also reduces the demand on your HVAC system, allowing it to operate more efficiently. Although installing weatherstripping is fairly easy […]

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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 […]

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10 Home Cooling Hacks | How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

by Daniel Estevao on August 12, 2016

If you are looking for ways to save money and stay cool in the Tacoma/Puget Sound area, you’ve come to the right place. While people in hotter areas of the country might balk at our balk at our claims of high temperatures, it does get pretty hot in Washington. And air conditioning costs can get […]