(Near I-70 and Harlan)
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Before the falling temperatures of fall give way to the winds of winter you’ll want to follow these 7 cost saving tips provided by Cardom Plumbing and Heating to stay warm without burning a hole in your heating budget. It’s inevitable, your energy bill will increase during the winter months, but regardless of which energy source you use to heat your home, you can save money with these winterizing tips.
1. Just cool it – Is the setting on your water heater too high? If it’s above 75 degrees, turn down the temperature setting. You can typically save 10 dollars for every five degree drop you make.
2. Stash and save – Buy furnace filters in bulk and make sure you have a stash of the correct size of pleated filters on hand to change them during the winter. Put in a fresh filter now to start the season off right.
3. Moisture matters – Dry air produced by furnaces and fireplaces can cause unexpected cracks in window seals and doors which lets cold air in and increases your heating costs. Using a humidifier will produce necessary moisture in the air which naturally raises the temperature without turning up the thermostat. Clean the filter after three months so it runs efficiently.
4. Be a wind blocker – Inspect the siding around your house to see if any wood has dried out and left cracks where cold wind can blow through. Seal all cracks with the proper caulk to block the wind from letting the outdoors in.
5. Check windows and doors – Don’t forget to apply the same caulk treatment to interior windows, door seals and any part of the house that has access to the outside. When you caulk around windows and doors you not only prevent noticeable cold air infiltration but you will see a drop in your monthly fuel bill too.
6. Toss if tattered – You might not even notice your plastic door sweeps, but if they are not in good shape they can’t keep your house warm. Toss them in the trash if they are tattered and buy a new set for less than 20 dollars to combat the cold and keep it outside where it belongs.
7. Get professional insight – Have Cardom Plumbing and Heating perform a combustion analysis on your furnace to maximize its efficiency. They should reset the gas pressure and optimize the fuel-to-air ratio to ensure it’s working at peak levels. This valuable service can pay for itself in just three months of normal furnace usage in the colder months of the year.
If you have noticed that the temperature of your home varies from room to room, even though you have a heating and/or air conditioning system in place, you may need to balance your HVAC air flow. If your HVAC system’s air flow is unbalanced, you will experience uneven heating and cooling. You can help eliminate this problem by following a few, simple steps to a balanced system. Not only will your system heat and cool your home evenly, it will operate more efficiently – which can result in savings on your energy costs.
1. Determine where the largest temperature variances occur. Walk from room to room and take note of the temperature. Just by living in a home for awhile, you’ll quickly learn where the cold rooms are, and where the warm rooms are in different seasons. Start balancing the air flow in the areas with the largest variances.
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When you are in the market for a new home, you know that there are various things that must be inspected before you make a purchase. “Big-ticket” items, such as the roof and the foundation, can definitely be deal-breakers. There is another important item that needs to be inspected before you make an offer on a home. The HVAC system of your potential home should be inspected from top to bottom to ensure that it is fully-operational and safe.
While the home inspector you choose may turn on each system to make sure they run, they need to take it to the next level as well. The following HVAC inspection tips will help you understand what your HVAC professional should be looking for during the inspection.
Leaky ductwork – The ducts of your HVAC system are like the veins running throughout your body. They carry the heated and cooled air to the different rooms of the home. If your ductwork is shoddy, your energy costs will rise, your HVAC system will not operate efficiently, and you could be exposed to various health hazards.
Mold – One of the health hazards that can arise from ductwork in need of repair, mold grows in moist areas. When your ductwork allows moisture to develop, there is a good chance of mold. Mold will quickly spread and your ducts will carry the mold spores to each room of your home. The mold can trigger asthma attacks and even cause you to become ill.
Carbon monoxide – Your HVAC professional should test for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. This can be the result of a furnace that is not working right. Carbon monoxide is deadly and, while your HVAC professional can check the levels, you should make sure you have detectors installed to protect your family in the future.
Ventilation – Inadequate ventilation can lead to increased allergies, moisture and other problems. Your HVAC professional should inspect the system to ensure that your home has the proper ventilation.
Your HVAC system is an important part of your home. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Without it, you will be left uncomfortable all year round. There is a good chance that you take your HVAC system for granted – you assume that when you turn it on, everything will work. Unfortunately, your HVAC system can fail and it will usually fail at the most inopportune times. The following safety tips will help you keep your HVAC system up and running, as well as provide you with a few pointers to ensure your home and family’s safety.
Maintenance is the key – proper maintenance of your HVAC system is the key to keeping it running properly every season. Instead of waiting until something is wrong with your system, schedule regular maintenance to prevent problems before they start.
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The HVAC system in your home keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is an essential appliance – without it, you would be left to deal with the heat and cold on your own. Since your HVAC system is such an important part of your home, you must keep it maintained. If you fail to have your entire HVAC system inspected and maintained on a regular schedule, you could run into problems. One of these problems includes your duct work.
The duct work of your HVAC system may present health and safety issues. The duct work of your HVAC system carries the heated or cooled air to the various rooms of your home. When the duct work is in need of repair, it can lead to health and safety hazards. For instance, leaking duct work can expose you and your loved ones to deadly carbon monoxide. Continue reading →
Looking for ways to improve your home’s efficiency in both the summer and winter months? If you have an older home, you may be looking at improving your heating and cooling systems. And while that’s a great idea, you may actually have an incentive to do so.
Throughout Colorado, there are a variety of rebate programs for home owners looking to improve their home’s efficiency. Take a look at some of the options available to you.
Colorado Natural Gas offers the Excess Is Out Program for residential and commercial customers in Colorado. The reduce and rebate program offers incentives for energy efficient furnaces, boilers, programmable thermostats, insulation, caulk and weatherization measures. Rebate amounts range from $25 to $300, depending on the upgrade and equipment.
Xcel Energy provides a variety of rebates for increasing your home’s efficiency. Eligible improvements include insulation, heating and cooling systems, thermostats, and appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers. Xcel has a variety of requirements and options; the best way to find out more is to visit their website before you start your home improvement.
How old is your home? If its more than 5 to 10 years old, there are probably major air leaks within the build. Older homes can be extremely leaky, which means the warm air from your furnace and the cold air from your air conditioner may be doing more than creating a comfortable temperature in your home.
Air sealing is often one of the most cost effective ways to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. Air sealing should be evaluated and done by a professional as you do need ventilation to make sure the air isn’t too stagnant and provides good air quality for your daily life.
In order to determine how much your home leaks air, a heating contractor will first perform an in home energy audit. A blower test is one of the most common tools energy auditors use to figure out where a home’s air leaks are. The blower door test depressurizes your home by inserting a door with a built in fan that will blow air out your entryway. As the air inside your home is pushed out through the front door, air from outside of your home will begin seeping in through the cracks. Continue reading →
Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning throughout the United States. And if you use heating equipment and other combustion appliances within your home, you are at risk. The safety and efficiency of this equipment cannot be assured without proper testing, so if you haven’t tested your equipment, you may be at risk.
But I have a carbon monoxide detector, isn’t that enough?
Installing and using a carbon monoxide detector is a great first step. Yet a store bought alarm system is usually only meant to warn you of a life threatening condition. In other words, when these alarms go off, you have already been exposed and at risk for quite some time.
Carbon monoxide, even in small quantities, can cause serious health issues, particularly in children and adults. Alarms typically won’t go off until your family has been exposed to 70 parts per million, which equates to over three and a half hours of exposure. Continue reading →
The short answer to this questions is yes, installing and using a programmable thermostat will save on your energy bills.
The long answer is it depends.
Here in Colorado, if you are living in a household with two or more people under the same roof, you probably experience the temperature wars. People have different body temperatures, and likewise require different temperatures in their homes in order to keep cool or warm. And so the battle begins. One person comes in and wants it cooler, the next comes in and warms the place up. Continue reading →
We all want to stay warm and save money while we do it. Here are twenty things you can do to help keep your heating costs to a more reasonable level.
1. Seal outer doors and windows – Don’t let air leak out through gaps in your insulation or sealing for windows and doors.
2. Replace air filters – Clean air filters allow your system to work with much greater efficiency.
3. Close closet doors – Your clothes don’t care if they’re cold. Save the heat for places you frequent.
4. Close registers in unused rooms – Divert heat from rooms you seldom use by closing the registers.
5. Close unused rooms – Close doors to unused rooms to maintain the heat in the rest of the house.
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