Archive for January, 2017

Answering Questions about Furnace Efficiency Ratings (AFUE)

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Three lit furnace burnersOne of the most important services that we provide our customers is energy audits and home performance assessments. This is the “whole-house” approach to reducing utility bills, where our team finds spots where a home is wasting power and then offers solutions.

One place where we frequently find that a house is expending more energy than necessary is the heating system. Most households use a furnace for their heat, and older furnaces have much lower efficiency than newer ones. (Older furnaces will also lose efficiency because of basic wear and tear from age.) Our installers can replace an older furnace with one that has a higher AFUE rating, which is the standard measure of furnace energy efficiency. (more…)

How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Works in Winter

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The air in a home can often become stuffy and filled with numerous airborne contaminants during the winter. The reason for this is that your home is sealed off against the outdoors for most of the season. Doors and windows shut, sealing and weather stripping stopping drafts, closed chimney flue, etc. You don’t want the heat escaping from your house and placing extra pressure on the heating system. But this means there’s no opportunity for contamination from indoor sources, such as cleaning supplies, combustion gases, and building materials, to escape either. Instead they build up.

The professional installation of an energy recovery ventilator is a way to get around this problem. What it does is allow fresh air into your house while recovering the energy used to heat the air so it doesn’t go to waste. (more…)

Why Is My Furnace Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

One of the reasons that furnaces are so popular for home heating is because they are reliable. A furnace that receives regular annual maintenance should encounter few troubles during the winter season, even with high demand placed on it. But sometimes that reliability can vanish, such as when a furnace keeps shutting down because it trips the circuit breaker. (more…)

Why Geothermal Heating Is Great for Winter

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Heat pumps are a common way for homes to receive warmth—but they do come with a caution. Because a heat pump must siphon heat from the air outdoors to provide the heat for the indoors, the deep cold temperature will sometimes cut into the energy efficiency of the heat pump.

However, geothermal heat pumps (also known as ground-source heat pumps) do not run into this trouble during the winter. They are one of the most reliable types of heating systems regardless of the frigid temperature outdoors, and offer a level of savings that surpasses standard heat pumps as well as furnaces, both gas and electric. (more…)