Last updated 9 months ago
Did you know that your air and heating contractor can help you save even more energy by installing innovative and efficient equipment for heating and cooling your home? There is enough power in the air and ground to provide comfortable climate control to your home, while the energy from the sun can power your electrical appliances.
Geothermal and solar power are renewable, clean, and efficient sources of energy. They can help you reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy more cost-effective comfort throughout the year. Each of these forms of energy has several advantages, and can help you save on your utility bills.
Geothermal energy is harnessed by heat pumps, which use refrigerant in pipelines laid underground to take advantage of the steady temperatures there. Just a few feet below the surface, the Earth's temperature maintains a steady level of around 58 degrees. Heat pumps exchange energy with this area of the ground either to release heat or to absorb it, depending on the time of year.
Geothermal heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your home. They are ideal for areas with milder summers, and can be augmented with furnaces in the winter for the absolute coldest days of the year.
Heat pumps can be more than five times as efficient as furnaces alone. While high-efficiency gas furnaces can enjoy efficiency rates of 95 percent, that still means that there is some energy wasted. Heat pumps turn five times the amount of energy they consume into climate controlling power, making them literally 500 percent efficient.
The Earth is bombarded every day with enough solar energy to power the globe many times over for a long period of time. By using solar panels, homeowners can harness this energy and use it to power their appliances.
Photovoltaic cells, which make up solar panels, accept the light from the sun and convert it into electrical energy. Installing solar panels in your home represents an investment, and the way to cleanly harness free energy.
Greenwood Heating & Air can help you understand the further benefits of using these natural resources as sources of energy for your home. Visit us online for more information, or call us at (206) 734-3370 to make an appointment.
Last updated 10 months ago
Contrary to popular belief, summer does not have to be a time of extraordinary utility costs. With a little help from the right air conditioning contractor, you could save a tremendous amount of energy over the next few months. For more information, take a look at these additional links:
- The Better Business Bureau is dedicated to creating a more ethical marketplace. Learn more about their mission at their official website.
- A programmable thermostat can decrease your energy costs significantly. Find out how at this page from EnergyStar.gov.
- Is your home properly sealed? If not, you can learn more about air sealing at this page form EnergySavers.gov.
Do you have any questions about how to save energy in your home? For additional information, contact Greenwood Heating & Air at (206) 734-3370.
Last updated 10 months ago
Though Seattle may have its fair share of cold, rainy days, the summer heat is not to be underestimated. Temperatures of 90 degrees and above could leave you yearning for the frosty winter mornings. Fortunately, there are several ways you can stay cool without spending a ton on energy. Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your air conditioner this summer:
- Keep your home sealed
If your home has any gaps or cracks, hot air will constantly enter your living spaces while cool air escapes. As a result, your air conditioning will use more energy in order to maintain the desired temperature. For maximum efficiency, you should caulk or weather strip all gaps around your doors and windows.
- Get a programmable thermostat
It doesn’t make much sense to leave your central air system on full blast when you’re not at home. Luckily, a programmable thermostat can automatically turn your system on and off at pre-set times. That way, you can come home to a cool house without having to leave the cool air on all day long.
- Change the A/C air filter
The filter on your air conditioner is responsible for keeping all of your system’s components clear of debris. The older and filthier your filter, the less effective it is. In order to keep your air conditioner in peak condition, it’s essential that you check and change your filter at least once a month.
- Get an A/C tune-up
Even if you change your filter religiously, there are dozens of ways your cooling system can fail. That’s why you should hire a heating and cooling professional to perform a tune-up at least once a year. An experienced technician should be able to spot and repair small problems before they become big, expensive ones.
If you’re looking for heating and cooling experts in the Seattle area, contact Greenwood Heating & Air. Whether you’re looking for a tune-up or extensive repairs, we’re the team for the job. Visit our website or call us today at (206) 734-3370 if you have any questions.
Last updated 10 months ago
While summer may be a time of great fun, it’s also a time of exorbitant energy bills. Fortunately, there are a number of relatively simple steps you can take to beat the heat and cut your energy costs.
This short video offers several excellent energy savings tips for the summer. Routine air conditioner maintenance can save a tremendous amount of money—as can strategically placed house fans. You might also invest in compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, and low-flow shower heads.
If you’d like to make sure that your air conditioner is working properly before the onset of the dog days of summer, contact Greenwood Heating & Air. We’ve provided the good people of the Seattle area with high-quality heating and cooling services since 1921. Visit our website or call us today at (206) 734-3370 to get a taste of our superior customer service.
Last updated 10 months ago
As a homeowner, you probably dread the notion of an HVAC system failure in the middle of winter or summer. Not only would you have to endure extreme temperatures, but you’d have to spend serious money for a decent repair. Still, you can make the process a lot less painful if you hire the right HVAC repair company. Here are a few qualities to look for:
- Awards and Certifications
You can tell how good a company is based on their awards, certifications, and associations. For example, a particularly skilled HVAC company has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau, is a member of the Master Builders Association, and is a part of the Lennox Circle of Excellence.
- Experience in the Industry
Though awards and certifications are great, they don’t tell the whole story. When looking for a HVAC repair company, you should look into their history as well. Greenwood Heating & Air, for example, has been in the business for more than 90 years, and is still fixing furnaces and air conditioners all over the Seattle area.
- Positive Testimonials
No reviews are more honest than those of pleased or displeased clients. That’s why you should look for testimonials from past customers before making your final selection. If the reviews are mainly positive, it’s likely that you’ve found your HVAC repair company.
- Excellent Customer Service
Though it’s important to do your research online, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact various HVAC companies directly. If your call is received by a courteous individual, and if you feel that your concerns are adequately heard, you should ask that company to give you an estimate. All good HVAC companies put their clients first.
If you’d like to get your HVAC system up and running before the heat of summer kicks in, contact Greenwood Hearing & Air. We’re proud to provide Seattle-area homes and businesses with high-quality heating and cooling repairs. Call us today at (206) 734-3370 to speak with one of our friendly representatives, or visit our website to learn more about our services.