Last updated 6 months ago
Turning up the air conditioning in the summertime can be nice, but doing so can also cause the electricity bills to increase considerably, which is an issue that no homeowner wants to deal with. Fortunately, there’s now a solution to this problem—the SunSource Home Energy System by Lennox.
Watch this short video clip to learn how this state-of-the-art system works. Solar panels located on the roof take energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. Afterwards, the electricity gets transmitted around the home, powering the air conditioning unit, water heater, lighting, and more.
If you have questions about the SunSource Home Energy System or solar power in general, call Greenwood Heating & Air. We are located in Seattle and provide furnace and heater repair services. To learn more about our company, visit our website or call (206) 784-1818.
Last updated 6 months ago
In today’s world, more homeowners are using solar power to provide energy to their houses. Along with being incredibly eco-friendly, solar power can also help cut down on household heating and cooling bills tremendously. Here are some of the key benefits of using solar power for your home:
One of the main reasons to use solar energy is that it is renewable. Unlike oil, a limited natural resource, solar power relies completely on the energy from the sun which is available in a virtually unending supply. As long as the sun keeps shining, solar-powered appliances and panels will continue to work properly.
While furnaces are effective at heating homes during the cold weather months, they can be very noisy when starting up and running. Because of this, many homeowners switch to using solar energy, which is noiseless. This results in a quieter, more peaceful home environment.
Another great feature of solar power is that it is low maintenance. Solar panels and similar technologies are durable and can handle tough environmental elements very well. Because of their simplistic design, solar panels hardly ever need to be repaired, eliminating the need to call your local heating contractor for servicing.
If you want to contribute to protecting the environment and reducing pollution, you will be more than happy using solar power in your home. Solar power is a clean energy source that emits no hazardous toxins and by-products into the atmosphere. By using this technology, you will be contributing to making the air in both your home and city cleaner.
Using the natural power of the sun is a fantastic way to live a more sustainable lifestyle and improve your home’s heating technology. To learn more about solar energy, make an appointment with the professionals at Greenwood Heating & Air. For over 90 years, we have been helping Seattle homeowners with all of their heating needs, from installing new HVAC units to repairing old furnaces. Talk to one of our friendly technicians by calling (206) 784-1818 today!
Last updated 6 months ago
Most homeowners would like to stay cozy in the winter and cool in the summer without spending too much money on their utility bills, so many keep their eyes and ears open for simple ways to reduce heating and air conditioning costs. Unfortunately, much erroneous information circulates by word of mouth, and many myths about ways to reduce energy bills get spread this way. Here are some of the most common ones, debunked:
Myth: Installing a New Furnace Means Automatic Savings
A brand-new furnace or air conditioner is technically capable of operating at a much higher efficiency than an older unit, but there are other factors that contribute to your utility bills. Leaky or dirty air ducts can cause spikes in energy usage, and if you still use an old, inaccurate thermostat for climate control, you might not see the savings you expect after replacing your old unit.
Myth: Gas Heating is Less Efficient than Electric
Sometimes homeowners avoid using their gas furnaces altogether because they believe that using small electric space heaters only in the rooms they occupy can save them money. Electricity can be more expensive than gas, however, and on very cold days you will likely need to run your space heaters all night long to stay warm.
Myth: Closing Vents in Empty Rooms Will Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs
This myth seems like common sense: if a room is unused during the day, you can close the vents and you won’t waste money paying to heat or cool that room. Unfortunately, saving money isn’t that simple. Closing vents changes the airflow through your ducts, and since interior walls are often uninsulated, the empty rooms still generate or absorb heat depending on the season.
If you would like to learn real ways to reduce your heating and cooling expenses while still staying comfortable year-round, call Greenwood Heating & Air today at (206) 784-1818. We provide Seattle homeowners with complete heating and cooling services, including maintenance of existing units and installation of new ones.
Last updated 7 months ago
Most Seattle-area homes have two separate appliances to heat and cool the living space: an air conditioner and a furnace. Both of these appliances can be replaced by a geothermal heat pump, which moves warmth from underground into your home or vice-versa for a total heating and cooling solution in one convenient unit. Read on to learn more about heat pump technology.
Where Does the Heat Come From?
Furnaces create heat by burning gas. Heat pumps, however, use heat transfer to warm your house while consuming much less energy. Several feet below the Earth’s surface, the ground temperature is relatively constant no matter what the air temperature is. Geothermal heat pumps absorb this thermal energy and move it into your home. In the summer, the flow can be reversed and you heat pump can draw warmth from your home and pump it back into the ground.
How Does the Heat Pump Work?
Heat pumps usually use a closed loop filled with water or liquid refrigerant, which absorbs the heat underground. The pump then moves the warm fluid into a heat exchanger, where it warms up air that a fan then blows through your home. To cool a space down, the process is reversed and refrigerant inside the home absorbs heat which is then pumped back into the ground.
What Benefits Does a Heat Pump Offer?
Because a heat pump does not burn gas, your gas bill will be significantly reduced. Although the pump does require some electricity to operate the fan, its overall energy consumption will be much less than a traditional gas-fired furnace. Also, because it does not burn a fossil fuel byproduct, a heat pump provides a more sustainable source of warmth, and does not produce harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide.
If you would like to learn more about geothermal heat pumps, call Greenwood Heating & Air today at (206) 784-1818. We provide heating contractor services, as well as HVAC maintenance and repair, to homeowners throughout the Seattle area. Visit our website for more information
Last updated 7 months ago
Homeowners with central air conditioning and heating systems know that the thermostat is the main control panel for the entire system. The temperature you set on your thermostat determines how long your HVAC system will run. Setting your thermostat to 68°F in the winter and 78°F in the summer can keep you comfortable while still saving energy.
If you would like to bring your energy costs down even further, invest in a programmable thermostat. These devices will automatically modify the temperature in your home during the day when your house stands empty, so that you aren’t needlessly wasting energy on climate control when nobody is home. The programmable thermostat can also switch on the furnace or air conditioner an hour or so before you arrive home for your maximum comfort.
At Greenwood Heating & Air, we provide a complete range of furnace and air conditioning service for Seattle residents, and we can install a programmable thermostat in your home. To speak with one of our expert heating contractors, call us today at (206) 784-1818.