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Why Get an Annual Clean and Service Done on Your Heating Unit? Here Are 6 Great Reasons!

Why Get an Annual Clean and Service Done on Your Heating Unit? Here Are 6 Great Reasons!

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Video: How Hot Are Your Lights?

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As you struggle to keep your house cool through the summer, keep in mind that there are hidden heat sources within your home that make it that much more difficult (and expensive) to cool with your air conditioning system. One of the biggest culprits is lighting.

This short video from Energy Circle takes a look at the heat being released by various light sources, and may shine some light on how to keep your home more comfortable this year.

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Spring!

With our beautiful blanket of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring starts next Monday, but it does!

Spring is a wonderful time of the year, except for the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. For those people, spring can be downright miserable. However, it doesn't have to be that way. There are a few simple ways to ensure that spring is enjoyable once again this year.

The culprits are allergens. They come into your home through the air. Once inside, they settle on the surfaces of your home, making you and your family miserable with breathing problems, coughing, sneezing, red eyes, itchy throats, and runny noses.

Are Ceiling Fans a Good for Energy Efficiency?

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. 

Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Here's a direct quote: "I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings."

Video: Superinsulation Doesn't Work if the Windows Leak

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In this installment of Green Building Advisor's "Job Site Visits" series, building science guru Joe Lstiburek explains why insulating a house to the highest standards won't do much good if the home still has significant air leakage.

IS IT TIME TO CONSIDER A NEW FURNACE?

You’ve probably noticed that it is cold outside. The last thing you want to do is return home to a freezing cold house. The time to examine and evaluate your furnace for replacement is before the unit fails, not afterwards!

So how do you know when furnace replacement is in order? The first thing to do is find out the age of your unit. If you didn't have your furnace installed, there are a few ways to determine the age of your unit. You can look at the owner's manual, if you have it. If not, you can call the manufacturer with the unit’s model number. If neither of those ways works, call us at Solaire Home Comfort. We can help you with that.

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Time to think about a Ductless Mini-Split!

Listen, that portable A/C unit that you bought may actually be costing you money as well as HEATING, not COOLING your house!  Call us today for a quote on a super efficient ductless mini-split to heat and cool your house while saving you cash all year long!

Read the article here:  Some Relief for Cooling Choice of Last Resort