(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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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.
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 →
As summer approaches with its intense heat, many of us will discover little (or big) issues with our AC systems that require attention from a professional. If you happen to find yourself in this situation, here is are a few terms you might want to familiarize yourself with.
Air handler – This term refers to the blower fan, the heating coil, and the materials that house them.
Attic Fan – A fan mounted in your attic that forcefully expels air from the attic.
Attic Vent – An opening in the attic that passively allows hot air and condensation to escape from the attic.
Blower fan – The fan used to move air over the heating/cooling mechanisms in the unit.
BTUs – An abbreviation for British Thermal Units, the measurement for heat output.
Compressor – The compressor applies pressure to the coolant so it can move through the system.
Condenser – The condenser puts pressure on the coolant, changing it from a gas to a liquid.
Dampers – These control the direction of the airflow in your system.
Ducts – No, this is not a misspelling of the quacking bird. Ducts are the tubes that carry conditioned air (hot or cold) through your home. Supply ducts carry conditioned air throughout your home while return ducts bring air back to the unit for conditioning. Continue reading →
8. The first concept of air conditioning was developed by British scientist Michael Faraday in 1820 when he discovered compressing and liquefying ammonia could chill air when it was allowed to evaporate.
7. In 1842, Florida physician John Gorrie used the compressor technology to create ice and use it to create cool air for his patients. He envisioned his ice making device could be used in homes and buildings everywhere, and was granted a patent in 1851. His hopes for its success vanished when he lost financial backing, and died a pauper in 1855. The idea didn’t catch on for more than 50 years.
6. One of the biggest boosts to the movie industry was the introduction of air conditioning. As you can imagine, movie theaters could get rather stuffy in the warm summer months. In 1902, Willis Carrier came up with an idea to artificially cool the air, and the idea of air conditioning was born. Continue reading →
Trying to save money this year? Maybe you’re cutting coupons and watching for the big sales. Every little bit helps.
While watching for ways to save money outside of your home is one way of saving, another way is to make a small change to something you use every day – your furnace and air conditioner.
On average, you spend about $2000 each year on your utility bills – about half of this amount comes from heating and cooling your home. Yet with one small change – a programmable thermostat – studies show you can save up to 10 percent each year.
Without a programmable thermostat, you probably find yourself changing the temperature all the time. Up when you rise in the morning. Down as you leave for work. Up when the kids are home from school. Down when you head out for practice. Up for dinner. Down before you head off to bed. And of course there are many days you simply forget, leaving your house toasty warm with no one there to enjoy it.
And with every flip of the switch, you may raise it a degree or two each time. 70 one time. 65 the next. 73, then 68. Your furnace is constantly changing and working to keep up with your demands. Continue reading →
The purpose of a heat pump is to use a small amount of energy to move heat from one place to another. Heat pumps typically are used to pull heat out of the air or ground and pump it into your home or building for heat. The system can also be reversed in the summer months to pump in cool air in place of an air conditioner.
One of the biggest advantages of using a heat pump over a standard HVAC unit is there is no need to install separate heating and cooling systems within your home. This can be a big advantage for a older home that was built without an air conditioning unit in place.
Heat pumps work extremely efficiently because they simply transfer heat rather than burn fuel to create it. If “going green” was on your list of things to do this year, a heat pump may be a perfect solution. They work best in moderate climates, which means Denver is a perfect location with our mild seasons.
There are many different types of heat pumps available on the market today, yet they all work on the same principle. A heat pump will not burn fuel, instead it transfers heat from one source to another. Common types of heat pumps range from air-source heat pumps, air-air heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps and absorption heat pumps. Absorption pumps can be used for large scale projects, as they are powered by many different sources, including gas, solar power, propane or geothermal-heated water. Continue reading →