Planning to add a cooling system to your home this season? Let’s get your investigating done now so you can get it installed before the first heat waves hit. To help you sort through cooling options, here's an overview of products that may enter the picture:
Summers just keep getting hotter along the Colorado Front Range. This blog will deftly skirt the global warming debate, but what’s hard to dispute is that each year gets hotter. To compensate, more and more people purchase air conditioners and evaporative coolers to stay comfortable during our relatively brief, yet at times intense summer heat.
In the Boulder and Denver area, there are many communities where a high water table, spring runoff, or heavy seasonal snow or rain creates significant concerns about basement flooding. Water seeping up from below the basement floor, through cracks in the foundation wall, or at the joint where the basement floor and foundation wall meet, can create an unhealthy indoor environment — not to mention ruin valuable flooring and belongings that may reside in the lowest level of your home. In some areas, this may even be a year-round issue.
No one knows better than you what might find its way down the drain pipes in your home. A family member who sheds hair like a bear in the shower? Cooking oil and grease pitched down the kitchen sink when no one is looking? A future sea captain four-year-old performing a burial at sea in your toilet with his favorite toy?
When ‘air pollution’ comes up in conversation, the image it conjures for most people might be smog along the horizon. Yet, many homeowners are unaware that the air inside their homes often contains a higher concentration of pollutants than outdoors.
Electricity is an incredible boon to modern life and so reliable that we often take it for granted. The comforts and conveniences afforded by electricity, from lighting, comfort and security, to education, communication, entertainment, and so much more, highlight its far reaching impact.
For most Coloradoans, adding humidity to their home during the winter is a nice quality of life improvement. Health benefits, improved general comfort, and protecting wood products from excessive expansion and contraction are all advantages that proper indoor humidity helps provide. How to add that humidity can sometimes be a challenge.
Does your home have a chilly basement? It wouldn’t be a surprise to us, because it’s a common situation for many Colorado Front Range homeowners. The basement is located fully or partially below ground level, where the sun doesn’t add much thermal assistance like it does to your home's upper floors. Unfortunately, central heating systems often weren’t designed to effectively provide the desired comfort level down there – well, because it was the basement! For those that actually wish to use the basement level of their home, and be comfortable while doing so, supplementary heating is a topic worth exploring.
Have you been here? Standing at the kitchen sink, desperately hoping the greasy, backed up, watery muck will start going down the dang drain. But no matter what names you scream at it in fury and panic, the slimy mess just slowly creeps higher! So, what do you do? You might head off to the hardware store and buy a drain cleaning solution, dump it in the sink and pray for a miracle. For many drain professionals, this would be the wrong answer. The products that will clear that mess of who-knows-what out of the drain also eat away at the very pipes that house that mess. A short term fix, but potentially a long term headache.
The Colorado Front Range is considered a semi-arid region, and many of us appreciate the relatively low humidity that our climate provides, especially during the summer. But when winter rolls around, our Colorado air can feel downright uncomfortable after it gets heated up inside your home.
In the Colorado Front Range, the simple answer to the question posed above, is 'yes.' While expansion tanks traditionally have been associated with hot water based home heating, i.e. central boiler systems with hot water baseboards and/or infloor tubing, they are now also standard equipment on all residential water heater installations and replacements.
One of the common phrases used today in the residential heating industry is ‘sealed combustion.' It is relevant to the discussion of forced air furnaces, hot water boilers, space heaters and even water heaters--but what does the term mean and how does it relate to how we heat our homes and our hot water?
The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration for many people. Part of this, of course, is decorating trees and stringing lights inside and outside our homes. Even if you've already set up your holiday decorations, now's a good time to review your work. Here's some important electrical safety tips to keep in mind as you go full throttle into the holidays:
Most homes in Colorado are heated by a central forced air furnace. Many also include a central air conditioner. Alone, the furnace or air conditioner is pretty much useless. But partner them with a properly designed central duct (or ducting) system to convey heated or cooled air to the rooms in your home, and you’re in business!
Just like the air that we breathe in our homes, making sure that the water we drink, bathe in, and wash with is clean and healthy is very important. Let's take a brief look at why, and introduce you to the types of products used to help improve your indoor water quality.
That September or October cold snap that we always seem to have went absent this year, so many people are just now firing up their heating systems to take the chill off the house. Others might be burning wood or starting up their gas fireplace. And, the barbeque may finally be taking a back seat to the kitchen for cooking. With these seasonal changes, homeowners burn more fuel indoors, making it a good time to review a very important indoor safety measure: Carbon monoxide awareness.
How many times have you walked outside your home during the winter and nearly fell on your butt on an ice flow lurking below the roof eaves, or gotten freezing water from an overflowing roof gutter down your back? No fun! Potentially dangerous!
We get asked this question a lot! And as you may suspect, while there’s many factors that can influence the decision, much will ride on your personal tendencies. Some homeowners lean towards trying to eke out every last BTU from their heater, just like they might drive their car until the bumpers fall off—while others might place a higher priority on reliability, efficiency and comfort, and might transition to a more modern system sooner. Whatever your disposition, please read on, and we’ll review some of the ‘likely suspects’ that might steer you to a system upgrade.
Most homeowners are aware that their heating and cooling systems require annual inspection and servicing, but did you know that your domestic plumbing system—whose 'season' is every day of the year!—will benefit from a thorough annual look? Let's learn more about what's done in an annual home plumbing inspection, and why this is important:
If you haven't purchased a new gas-fired standard water heater in the past 10 years, you may be in for a surprise when you start looking at prices and designs. Of course, it's no surprise that nothing seems to be getting cheaper these days! However, the good news is that a new water heater purchased today is probably safer than the old tank you are replacing. Let's take a quick look at modern "Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant" (FVIR) water heaters, and find out why this is the case.
When it's time to replace your old furnace or boiler, we strongly recommend taking the time to learn about all your options. Among those should be equipment that offers 'two-stage' heating capability. You may also hear about top-end equipment that features self-adjusting, 'modulating' design. So what's the big deal with these options? Why should a homeowner in the Colorado Front Range want to hear about them? For a quick introduction to two-stage and modulating (variable output) central heaters for your home, please read on:
When our Colorado weather turns uncomfortably hot or miserably frigid, the limitations of your heating or cooling systems are much more likely to make themselves known. It could be an aging furnace or air conditioner that can’t keep up with demand, or has grown failure prone, noisy, or inefficient. In the case of cooling, it could even be that you want an upgrade from fans, closing shades, and opening windows. Most of us have played that game at some point!
Does your standard tank type water heater seem to run short of hot water on a regular basis? Is the temperature of your tank set near HOT, but there's still not enough to go around? Has your family grown in size, and your standard 40 gallon tank no longer keeps up with demand? What can be done to solve this inconvenient, not uncommon situation?
When the mercury rises in the Denver-Boulder area, it isn't uncommon to see your electricity bill increase right along with the temperature. After all, if you're trying to beat the summer heat by running your air conditioner all day, you're bound to see higher utility bills. Rather than letting costs spiral out of your grasp, take control over your cooling bills by following any of these recommendations that fit with your home and lifestyle:
Programmable thermostats have existed for some time, but manufacturers like Honeywell, Lennox and others continue to add new features and update their controls. If you haven't upgraded to one of the newer programmable thermostats, consider these latest advancements in thermostat technology and convenience:
It’s easy to take hot water for granted, as it is so thoroughly ingrained in our everyday lives. We use it to shower, wash dishes, do laundry, and assist in other daily tasks. However, have you ever given much thought to the energy your home's water heater consumes?
Considering how a new water heater is rated for its energy efficiency and other important factors can help you make a smart choice when you decide to replace your home's water heater. Read below what to consider when researching high efficiency water heaters.
Now that summer has arrived, you might have noticed an increase in your allergy symptoms. The pollen in the air, combined with the dust accumulating in your home, can leave you sneezing, congested, and teary-eyed when you come in out of the sun or arrive home to relax at the end of the day. Central air filters and purifiers can offer noticeable indoor relief in these situations.
With steady population growth along the Colorado Front Range, and increasingly unpredictable climate and weather trends, water conservation continues to be a growing area of concern for current and future Colorado homeowners. Using less water every time you flush your toilet is an easy and effective way to reduce your overall water consumption. Learn more about low-flush toilet options and discover how impactful these devices can be when it comes to saving water.
When the weather heats up, how do you keep your home cool? While conventional air conditioning is always a solid choice, evaporative coolers, on the other hand, are often an overlooked option. How do evaporative coolers work, and how do they compare to air conditioners?
Air conditioning is oftentimes more than just a luxury. For some homes, it can be a necessity when the summer weather hits its stride. If you're considering AC for your home you might wonder if you should opt for a ductless system or a central system. Here is an overview of the key differences between the two.
Buying your first home comes with a lot of responsibility. In fact, when you first move in, you may not truly realize what all is ahead of you. For instance, your HVAC system, or heating and cooling system, is something too often forgotten by new homeowners until there is a problem. Hopefully, your new home’s comfort system has received regular, proper maintenance, and has many years of good service left in it. Take the time to become familiar with the HVAC system before you finalize the purchase, because in this case ignorance could turn out to be anything but bliss! Here’s a good introduction to help get you started.
Just like in the fall, when you need to make sure that your heating system is ready for winter, in the springtime it’s equally important that your central or ductless air conditioning system is ready to effectively and efficiently cool your home before the first heat wave arrives.
Your central or ductless air conditioner's efficiency directly affects the amount of money you pay to cool your home. How much do you know about your air conditioner's efficiency rating? Through this introduction, begin to discover what SEER ratings are and what they mean for you.
If your home's water heater has seen its final days, finding a replacement unit can be daunting. Both traditional tank and tankless water heaters can work well in homes, but each type has its own set of benefits and disadvantages. Learn more about how both types of water heaters work in the home.
Water corrosion occurs when water reacts with refined metal or another vulnerable material and returns that material to a more stable state. Rust is one of the most recognizable examples of corrosion, but several sources of corrosive water exist. In the home, water corrosion can have a negative impact on your plumbing system's integrity and on your family's health.
Regular furnace maintenance is important to help assure safe and efficient operation, protect your long term investment, and also help spot problems before they might occur. When it comes to your home's heating system, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you're looking to buy or upgrade your furnace, it's important to know some of the basic facts about heating and cooling systems. In the case of furnaces, two important terms are ‘heat load’ and ‘heat capacity.’ A beginner in the world of HVAC (short for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) might not know the difference between the two, so let's take a look at what each term means and why it's important for a homeowner to know about them.
When the temperatures drop during Colorado winters, your energy bills can increase as your furnace works harder to heat your home. If you're sensitive to cold weather or if you want to save money on heating bills, you can use a space heater to warm up an individual room without touching your thermostat. However, be sure you're using your heater efficiently and safely by following the guidelines outlined below.
When winter comes to Colorado, you turn up your thermostat and pull the heavy blankets out of storage. While your furnace provides a welcome reprieve from the harsh winds and frigid temperatures outside, it also dries out the air inside your home. Discover why a standard or steam humidifier might offer the best solution for dryness inside your home.
The vast majority of our homes employ either a furnace or a boiler for central heating. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) requires that manufacturers of these heaters document their equipment's AFUE ratings so that consumers can compare the efficiencies of various models they may consider purchasing. As you might imagine, this is a very important piece of information. But what the heck is an AFUE?
While it may be cold outside and you have the heater blasting, now is the perfect time to consider pre-scheduling annual AC maintenance--or, installing a new or replacement central or ductless air conditioner in your home. During the wintertime, the installation schedule is less frantic, and there’s also a good chance you may get a special ‘slow season’ discount, depending on what you purchase. Your new air conditioner can be fully installed now, with just a quick startup visit needed by one of our service techs when the weather warms up. Of course, right after your installation is completed, this startup appointment will be pre-scheduled for a time when outdoor temperatures are ideal for checking operation, later in the springtime.
During the winter even the smallest gaps and holes in your home’s ‘insulation envelope’ can add up to obscene amounts of wasted money over the course of the heating season. It doesn’t matter whether you live in an apartment, a modern home, or an old home with lots of character. A great way to help prevent your home from hemorrhaging heating money is to address the significant amounts of heat that are lost through the windows. To help protect the environment through conserving valuable resources--and protect your energy bill--remember the following tips to stop heat from escaping through your windows:
Ah, the holiday season has finally arrived! Most Americans love the holiday season because of the holiday treats, feasts, and family traditions such as gathering around the fireplace for a cup of hot cocoa and decorating your home with lights, candles, and much more.
But all of these wonderful holiday activities do more than just spread holiday cheer, they also increase the number of fire hazards in your home, and you need to make sure that all of your safety devices like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly and that they have fresh batteries.
If you’re like most people, you likely don’t understand the different metrics you need to consider when you are looking at buying or replacing a standard tank-type hot water heater. Even though we don’t pay them too much attention until they have broken down, we use our water heaters just about every day of the year. Without them, taking showers, doing laundry, or washing dishes would be almost unbearable!
To make sure that you make the best choice for your new water heater, there are essentially four things that you need to think about: the tank size, type of energy, the warranty, and its overall efficiency. While there are other factors at play, these are the four most important aspects that will help you find a water heater that is perfect for your needs.
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper as the seasons start to change. As the air starts to get chillier, we are reaching that time of the year when people start to rely on their heaters. But a lot of people have the same question in the back of their mind every time they adjust the thermostat: “How do I save more money on my heating bills?” Well, don’t worry – there is good news. There are several things you can easily do to cut heating expenditures and put more money in your pockets.
Though we expect our equipment to work flawlessly, some homeowners and property owners get a nasty shock when they discover the heating system isn’t working as expected. Some issues may leave you scratching your head as you try to discover what the root problem is, and may lead to a phone call seeking outside assistance. We hope the list below will be a good re-introduction to your heating system and some of the most common issues or problems that might arise during its life and a checklist for maintenance:
Your heating and cooling systems are big investments, so keeping them working efficiently for years to come is important. The company or companies you hire to install, service, and maintain these systems is just as important, as they will be the ones that can make your investment last.
Industry certifications can be a tool to help consumers find the right company for them. Here at Save Home Heat, Co., our employees hold a number of various certifications across specialties. And as a company, we follow certain industry standards that set us apart from the pack.
To better educate our customers and anyone looking for a HVAC contractor, we'll detail NATE Certification and some EPA Regulations.
Properly maintaining your heating and cooling systems is of course important to help extend the lifespan of your equipment and ensure safe operation. In addition, it is important to help save you money. Replacing your furnace filter regularly is a great way to let air flow freely through your HVAC equipment, and dirty, old, clogged filters can cause a lot of wasted energy and added operating expense.
We all agree that a good furnace filter is important. However, there is one type of filter in particular that you need to be wary of: higher end disposable furnace filters, marketed as ‘high efficiency, anti-allergen’ filters. While the denser, tighter-woven material in these products does make it harder for smaller particles and allergens to re-circulate throughout your home, these furnace filters have some potentially serious drawbacks.
They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but this isn't exactly true. Environmental and structural factors can attract lightning, and though it is uncommon for people to be struck by lightning in Colorado, our homes and electrical appliances are certainly at a higher risk than other parts of the country.
The weather in Colorado can be unruly, changing drastically between extremes of heat and cold as well as transitioning between stormy and dry spells. All it takes is one power surge caused by a lightning strike to ruin your AC unit and lead to costly repairs or replacement. (Not to mention, you'll have to suffer through the heat!)
Every once in a long while we see entrepreneurs and inventors make products so incredible that they forever change the lifestyle of our civilization. The air conditioner is no exception, and it has changed how we behave. In 1961, fewer than 14 percent of households in urban America had air conditioning. Today, the number is over 87 percent. Even though it was patented in the early 1900s, it wasn't until 50 years after its invention that air conditioning started becoming the norm. With an invention that has exploded in half a century, it is fair to say that it has changed the way we live.
Is the hot water in your home too hot? Scalding hot water from the faucet can be dangerous for kids and adults alike. However, most people don't have the slightest idea that water temperature can be adjusted let alone what is safe.
Summer is almost here, but that doesn't mean you need to be blasting the AC at all hours of the day and consequently pay high energy bills. Energy inefficiency and overusing your air conditioner is bad for the environment and can also waste a lot of your money. Here are some tips to keeping your home cool to save money and improve the life of your air conditioner.
Even though winter is behind us and the weather is getting warmer every day, you still need to think about your furnace.
The air filters are very important to the efficiency and performance of your furnace—ignoring them all summer long could cause you headaches once the temperatures start to drop!
Heating your home is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now, but there's no better better time to change or clean your filters, while you're not relying on the furnace!