4 Tips to Help Save Up to 10% on Your Home’s Energy Bills

ENERGYAs you have probably noticed, your energy bills tend to rise consistently year after year. While this is inevitable and will continue to happen, there are ways you can alleviate some of the costs. Here are just some of the simple steps you can take that will help reduce your home’s energy usage and its impact on your wallet.

HVAC System Maintenance

Keeping a regular maintenance program in place with a professional HVAC company allows your system to operate efficiently year-round, relieving the stress of trying to handle or figure out the maintenance yourself. Between services be sure to check on and change your air filters regularly.

Keep Drafts Out

Keep in mind that if air is able to get in, air is able to get out. Make sure your home is properly insulated and windows and doors are shut and tightly sealed. Any leakage of air during hot and cold months can have an effect on energy costs.

Window Coverings Can Help Control Temperatures

Using window coverings can also help regulate temperatures in the home. Keeping window coverings closed during the day in summer to help reduce temperatures while during the winter months, keeping them open during the day on south-facing windows to allow sunlight and warmth in. During the winter months though, you’ll want to make sure you’re closing them at night to provide insulation between the glass and the interior of your home.

Regulate Thermostat Usage

To help with energy savings, find an optimal temperature that works for both the hottest and coolest months and stick with it.

According to Energy.gov, “You can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.“

Another option is using a programmable thermostat which can help with savings by relieving stress on your HVAC system during off-peak hours. The less the thermostat is changed around, the less stress it will put on your HVAC system.

We know there are a number of factors that come into play when trying to save on a home’s energy bills. Here at Preferred HD, we take pride in providing the best in HVAC system services throughout Monterey.

Contact Preferred HD today to schedule routine HVAC maintenance and to gain improved air quality year round.

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Help Relieve Pet Allergies in Your Home with HVAC Cleaning

Fido and Fluffy making you stuffy? Pets are basically your best friends, but if you suffer from allergies or asthma, they can be your worst adversary. Pets produce dander in abundance. Dander is a combination of hair and dead skin cells that can bring about allergic reactions and asthma attacks to those who are sensitive to these allergens.

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The heating and cooling system of your home is basically its lungs. Air is taken in and pushed out. Household pets produce a plethora of airborne contaminants and pollutants that are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated several times during a typical day. This causes an eventual build-up of contaminants throughout the duct system making it difficult for your home to “breathe.”  HVAC cleaning eliminates the build-up in the ducts opening the airways for a more efficient and cleaner home.

A basic rule of thumb is if your home’s duct system looks dirty, it most likely is. It is recommended by the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional.

Some Factors to Consider when deciding to utilize HVAC Cleaning

Although we love our pets, poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of respiratory illnesses and can be the cause of serious problems for individuals with respiratory issues, autoimmune disorders or other underlying health conditions due to pet allergens. Several factors include:

  • Cleaning and dusting as often as possible to keep allergens at a minimum. Using a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) is the best way to go.
  • Try to minimize contact with pets. Keeping a pet outdoors as often as possible will help to reduce the build-up of dander, as well as does keeping them off commonly used furniture.
  • If available, try to restrict pets to rooms with wood floors. Wood floors trap less dander than carpet and are far easier to keep clean.
  • Closing some forced-air registers in rooms not in use will help reduce the amount of animal dander that can circulate throughout the home.
  • Regularly replacing the filters in the air conditioning and the furnace units can help as well.
  • Individuals who suffer from asthma or other allergies should avoid touching or petting animals.
  • Regularly bathing a pet can reduce dander and other allergens by up to 85%, but returns to unhealthy levels within three days, suggesting that Fido or fluffy need a bath at least twice a week.
  • Cleaning cages, litter boxes and pet beds thoroughly will also help in the reduction of allergens in the home. 

Energy Savings Bonus

The U.S Department of Energy states that 25-40 percent of energy used in heating and cooling a home is actually wasted.  All the dust and contaminants that accumulate cause the HVAC system to work harder, thus shortening its life. Even with filters the system still gets dirty through everyday usage.  When an HVAC system is clean the most comfortable temperature can be maintained and as a result, less energy is used precipitating enhanced cost-effectiveness.

Get Your HVAC Ducts Cleaned Regularly with Preferred Hood & Duct, Inc.

Want to learn more about HVAC Cleaning and other services that Preferred Hood & Duct provides? Reach out to a certified professional at (860) 613-1130 or contact them online.

How to Deal with Mold in Your Home’s Air Ducts

air ducts moldA house with poor air quality can make its occupants physically sick. Poor air quality has been blamed for headaches, nausea, watery eyes, fatigue, and skin disorders. These symptoms can be caused by a buildup of pollutants, including mold. Mold produces spores that float in the air and can cause people to have allergic reactions if they are repeatedly exposed to them.

An air conditioning system can contribute to mold. If mold spores make their way into air conditioning ducts, they can accumulate there, along with other contaminants, such as dust. You cannot see or smell these contaminants in your AC ducts, but they can still affect your health.

Moisture is an important factor that allows mold to grow in a house. It is almost impossible to avoid moisture in air conditioning ducts. If you use your air conditioner a lot, there is little time for the moisture to dry up. Moisture can cause dirt to become caked on inside the duct, allowing mold to grow.

The situation is especially troublesome in humid climates. As the humidity fluctuates when an air conditioner is run, mold can grow, produce spores, and be spread throughout the house through the air conditioning ducts.

You can prevent mold by using the air conditioner less or by cleaning the ducts on a regular basis. Changing your filters regularly can prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, and mold. You can replace your filters with a newer version that can remove smaller particles from the air.

If it has been a while since you had your AC ducts cleaned, now is the time to schedule an appointment, before you start using the air conditioner every day to battle the summer heat. Preferred Hood & Duct can clean your AC ducts to remove dust and mold and prevent a host of health problems for your family. Contact us today to schedule a duct cleaning appointment.

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