Month: June 2013

Shocking Sacramento Heating and Air Secret Revealed

When it comes to heating and air conditioning in Sacramento your monthly utility bills may be costing you a fortune – far more than they should be – if you’re not aware of one shocking secret.

In fact, this secret reveals something so incredible that if more people knew about it they could save a considerable amount every year on their utility bills. Would you like to pay less for utilities and keep more of your money for the things that really matter to you?

Keep reading and we’ll reveal the secret that will allow you to do just that.

Shocking Sacramento Heating and Air Secret Revealed

By the time you reach the end of this article you’ll discover a single, simple secret that is so powerful it could save you hundreds or in some cases thousands of dollars per year. Of course, what you do with that knowledge is up to you … but we certainly don’t like wasting money.

As if that weren’t enough, ignoring this secret can jeopardize your family’s health and safety.

Ready to have this secret revealed? We won’t keep you waiting any longer.

Right now as you sit and read this article, if you’re running your home’s HVAC system chances are you’re throwing money out the window due to leaky ductwork.

This common problem could explain why your summer and winter utility bills make you wince, as well as why your children’s allergies get worse every year. First, let’s look at the financial implications of leaky ductwork.

Energy Star estimates that for the typical house 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaky ductwork. The result is that most folks are paying higher utility bills than they should and having a harder time than they need to trying to keep their home comfortable.

It’s the same as throwing away twenty cents for every dollar you spend running your home’s HVAC system. But that’s not even the worst of it.

Because ductwork is typically located in your home’s attic or crawlspace, leaky ducts will pull the damp, moldy air from these places directly into your home. The resulting poor air quality can lead to bad allergies and other health problems for your family.

The financial and health costs of leaky ductwork are too serious for you to allow this problem to go unaddressed. You need to act now.

How to Ensure the Efficiency of your Home’s Ductwork System

The first step you should take to ensure your ductwork isn’t pumping money out of your home and harmful air into it is to test your ductwork system for leaks. You can make a visual inspection of the system to make sure all the joints in the ductwork are completely sealed, but many leaks aren’t readily visible.

A more comprehensive test that utilizes special equipment should be conducted by professionals to determine the amount and location of the leakage.

The Sacramento heating and air conditioning professionals at Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort can test your ductwork system for leaks and quickly address any problems they find to make certain your HVAC system is efficient and safe for the whole family.

Using Seer to Predict Lower Costs in Sacramento Heating and Air Conditioning

The cost of heating and air in Sacramento can make for some painful monthly utility bills.

Like most Americans, Sacramento residents can expect to spend $1,000 per year trying to keep their home’s climate comfortable according to a report by Energy Star.

Who doesn’t love a cool home to relax in on a hot summer’s day? Or a house that stays toasty and warm through those long winter nights? The fact is most of us are willing to pay for these luxuries – even if the bills are enough to make us wince.

But what if I told you that investing in a more energy-efficient furnace or air conditioner now could save you hundreds in utility costs over the lifetime of that appliance? Would that sound like a good investment to you?

Using EER to Predict Lower Costs in Sacramento Heating and Air Conditioning

Savings starts with EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio). Most contractors mistakenly want to talk about the SEER, but in our area, the EER is more important.

SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, indicates the energy-efficiency of appliances like air conditioners and heat pumps over the course of different seasons. The problem with using SEER in the Sacramento area is that the SEER rating is developed assuming a more humid environment (such as in the south eastern states) than we experience here.

The EER is developed on using a criteria that is more similar to our environment.

Although there’s a lot of technical information that determines an appliance’s EER number the basic idea behind it is this: how much cool will an AC unit (for example) give out for the electricity it takes in. The higher the EER number is the greater the energy-efficiency of the appliance.

And just as a seer is able to gaze into her crystal ball and make predictions about the future, so too can a EER rating predict how much you’re likely to save in utility costs over the appliance’s lifetime.

And when the appliance in question is an air conditioning unit those savings can be significant.

Nothing in your home drains electricity and drives up utility costs like an air conditioner, and if your unit is more than 12 years old you could start saving money immediately by upgrading to a new unit with an EER number of 12.5 or higher.

Based on one savings calculator, if your current air conditioning unit has a SEER rating of 8 your 15-year savings would be nearly $500 if you upgraded to a unity with a SEER rating of 13. More cool for less cash? Sounds good!

The savings don’t stop there, though. In many situations rebates and tax credits are available to help home owners cover the upfront costs of replacing their current HVAC system with a more energy-efficient alternative.

Does saving more money in Sacramento on heating and air conditioning sound good?

Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort has been delighting Sacramento residents since 1984 with their commitment to cost-effective, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning solutions and outstanding customer service.