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Understanding Your Home’s Heating And Cooling Systems

Ahhh, isn’t it nice coming home to a comfortable home after a long day on the job?

In the summer, stepping from your warm car to your cool home is refreshing. And feeling the warmth when you rush in from a snow storm in the winter makes you instantly happy to be home.

Yet while you probably love your home for a variety of reasons, you probably don’t give much thought to the main system that keeps your home comfy – your heating and cooling system.

Your heating and cooling system – HVAC system – isn’t just the units themselves. The entire system is intricately run throughout every room in your home. Continue reading →

Ceiling Fans Can Make Your HVAC More Efficient

As summer approaches, you may find yourself dreading the season – and not just because of the heat. You may be worried about your energy bills once you start using your air conditioning system.

Central heat and air is a wonderful luxury – it keeps your entire home warm or cool, depending on the season. However, HVAC systems can also make your energy bills skyrocket – especially if your system is inefficient. Fortunately, an easy way to make your HVAC system more efficient is with the use of ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect. This means that you will feel cooler because of the breeze created by the ceiling fan – much like the way cold, winter days feel even colder when the wind is blowing. Since you will feel cooler, you can raise your HVAC thermostat a few degrees. For every degree that you raise your thermostat, you can save money on your energy costs. Continue reading →

How Air Conditioning Can Stop Your Sleepless Nights

Tossing and turning through the night can leave you cranky and tired in the morning. Finding ways to sleep soundly can be tough. You have probably tried warm milk and soothing, white noise. You may have even tried some over-the-counter medications to help induce sleep. When you have tried numerous ways to help you sleep at night, you may be overlooking the obvious – temperature. The temperature of your sleeping environment can have a direct impact on your ability to get a good night’s rest.

The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 68 degrees. While this may seem a bit chilly, it will keep your body from getting too warm as you sleep. When you are too warm while you sleep, you toss, turn, sweat, and generally have an uncomfortable night. If you are waking up drenched in sweat and feeling exhausted, you should try lowering the temperature of your bedroom. Air conditioning is the easiest way to keep your bedroom cool. Continue reading →

How Often Should You Clean And Inspect Your Furnace?

As with most questions, there is a simple answer and a more complex answer to this question.

Based upon experts’ suggestions, the simple answer is that a furnace should be cleaned and inspected once every two years.  These are general guidelines based on the average home.

Which means the more complex answer is based on a variety of nuances.

Do you have pets?  Pets can wreak havoc on your furnace.  Pet dander and hair floats on the air and can quickly clog up a furnace.  If you have a pet (or multiple pets) you should consider getting your furnace cleaned more frequently than every other year.

How many people live in your home?  The more people living in your home the more dead skin cells and dust mites you will have floating around in the air.  Probably not something you wish to think of, I know, but true.  The more people you have living in your home, the more often you should get your furnace inspected.

How old are the people in your home?  If you have children or elderly family members living with you, you might want to consider more frequent cleanings as these age categories are often more sensitive to poor air quality.

Do you have allergies or asthma?  If you have allergies, asthma, or any related health issue, cleaning your furnace can mean breathing in cleaner air.  High quality air filters and a high efficiency furnace can both help you filter out the particles that exist within every home. Continue reading →

A Guide To Keeping Spring Allergens Out Of Your Home

May is National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month. And with spring in full gear for the first time in years here in Colorado, allergies may be at the top of your concern list for you and your family. As the pollen levels rise outside, you may find yourself miserable when you step out of your house.

If you or any of your loved ones suffer from allergies, you know how difficult it can be to get through the spring while fighting allergies. The nice weather leaves you wanting to go outside – but the allergens outside make it uncomfortable, both inside and out. Instead of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, here are some tips for keeping spring allergens out of your home.

When the pollen count is high, avoid opening your windows. Keep your door and windows closed as much as possible. Pay special attention to your local pollen count so you will know when to avoid the outdoors and when you can embrace it.

Keep your home dusted and vacuumed. Use a vacuum that is certified to be friendly to allergy and asthma sufferers. When you vacuum, wear a mask to avoid inhaling any dust and allergens that your vacuum might kick up into the air. Continue reading →

The Hazards of Heating Your Home

Heat for your home is a necessity. The warmth feels especially good on a bitter cold morning … or even a cool spring day filled with rain and clouds.

Advances in heating technology have made it much easier to heat your home. While you can always opt for wood-burning stoves and fireplaces for heat, you can also utilize the convenience of furnaces and space heaters to keep your home toasty and warm.

Yet even with all of these advances, heating your home can still be a hazard. Continue reading →

What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

Thinking of replacing your air conditioning system this year? What should your first step be?

Its easy to get caught up in the “great deals” you receive in the mail. After all, they make a promise for a great air conditioner for an unbelievably low price. Yet how can you be quoted a price without knowing the facts?

  • What is the square footage of your home?
  • What type of system do you already have in place?
  • Is your home set up for an air conditioner?

Air conditioners are not a “one size fits all” product. In fact, a contractor will spend some time not only evaluating your current system, but also your needs and desires.

  • All air conditioning systems come in different sizes – from window units to central air units. Do you just want to cool one or two rooms? Are you looking for whole-house cooling? Is budget an issue?
  • Once you know which areas you want cooled, measure the area. Multiply the length of the area by the width (for whole-house cooling, go with the square footage of your house). Then, take that number and multiply by 25BTU. This will give you a cooling capacity number that you can use to choose the right size air conditioner.
  • If you choose a small unit because you think it will save you money, think again. Small air conditioning units will run constantly as they try to keep your home cool. Which means your energy costs will rise. On the other hand, choosing an air conditioner that is too large for your home does not allow the system to operate efficiently. Make sure you choose a system that is designed for the size of your home.

Still unsure of the best system for you? That’s what your HVAC professional is there for. Instead of jumping at a “bargain” offer, trust an HVAC professional who will make suggestions for how you live, and give you the best options for your circumstances. Then sit back and keep cool this summer.

7 Energy Savings Tips For Your Home

When you need to find ways to cut down on your monthly expenses, one of the first places to look for cost-cutting solutions is inside your home. Saving energy does not mean having to remodel your home with all the latest in energy-saving technology. You can find smaller, easier ways to reduce your energy consumption and save some money. Consider the following seven energy-saving tips:

1.    Lock your windows – When you lock your windows, you make the seal tight. If you simply close them, the seal can remain loose and you will lose heated/cooled air through the seals.

2.    Pay attention to your filters – Your heating and cooling system has air filters. When these filters become clogged, you waste energy. Check your filters every three months and replace dirty and/or clogged filters. Continue reading →

The Benefits Of Resealing Your Ducts

Chances are you rarely think about how your furnace and air conditioner work. You simply turn them on at the beginning of the season, and expect them to provide heat or cool air at the appropriate time to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

And if it doesn’t work correctly, your first thought goes to the furnace or air conditioning unit itself. But that might not always be the case. In some cases, it may be your ducts.

When you have your heating/cooling unit installed, you assume that your ductwork is sealed. As long as your unit is installed by a reputable professional, chances are that your ducts are sealed and they will work correctly.

However, over time, your ducts can begin leaking. They can become dislodged or damaged, causing them to leak air. You will be losing heated/cooled air, causing you to waste energy and precious dollars as your unit works harder to perform its job. If this happens, you may need to have your ducts resealed. Continue reading →

3 Strategies To Improve The Comfort And Air Quality Of Your Home

Home comfort and your indoor air quality go hand in hand. If you know you and your family are breathing in safe, clean air, you will enjoy being home just a bit more. Yet with everything we bring into our home – air pollution, chemicals, dirt and dust – it can sometimes feel like a challenge.

In many cases you can do things today that have an immediate affect on your home. Give these 3 strategies a try.

Control you indoor air pollution

Your home was created to run efficiently – in most cases. Yet as time strolls by, many of those measures either become obsolete, or simply don’t work the way they use to. What seemed to be in perfect working condition six months ago may now give you problems.

Because of these reasons and more, its good to have a cleaning system in place. It starts with normal everyday cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and controlling the bacteria and other problem areas inside and out. And then it goes even deeper. You have a smoke detector in place; how about a carbon monoxide detector or a radon detector? Each are designed to let you know if and when there is a problem.

Ensure proper ventilation

Your home was designed with an effective ventilation system. But over time, things can change. Outside landscaping can always be a big problem area. Especially when fall leaves, grass and other dead materials accumulate with winter conditions and begin to build up by the side of your home. Make sure all vents are clear of debris.

An HVAC expert can also determine that your inside ventilation is in top working order. Again, age can play havoc on a lot of things. If cracks, leaks and other aging begins to occur, you could be in danger as gases and other pollutants find their way into your home.

Use quality products

You may have your favorite cleaning products you’ve been using for years. But are they really the best for your home and family? The more we learn about harsh chemicals, the more we are beginning to rely on safer alternatives. If you haven’t comparison shopped in a while, now is the time.

Also pay attention to air filters and other materials you use in your home. Don’t grab the cheapest one you can find. Instead, focus on getting quality products that will not only make your air more breathable, it will also help keep your HVAC equipment cleaner and working stronger well into the future.

Have more questions? Give us a call. We’re happy to inspect your equipment and give you tips on how to make your home more energy efficient. 720-999-7369

Cardom of Colorado LLC
6225 W. 48th Avenue | (Near I-70 and Harlan) | Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 | 303-421-5525

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