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Eco Friendly Ways to Stay Comfortable This Spring

This spring and summer, you will be thinking about running around in the sprinklers, hitting the local pool, and making a splash at your local bloc party or BBQ cookoff. You don’t need to be bogged down thinking about your energy bill… until it arrives. Though air conditioners cost less to operate than heating systems typically do, it can get Southwest-hot in Utah and your AC could hike up your energy costs if you don’t treat it right.

Still, you don’t have time this spring and summer to worry about big, ugly maintenance tasks or constant monitoring of your thermostat just to save a few bucks – you should be out enjoying the sunshine! So we have done the dirty work for you by compiling these easy, worry-free ways to go green and still enjoy top notch home comfort:

Four Energy Efficient Home Comfort Tips for Spring

Tighten up

Over the years, your home has gotten a little lazy with its posture. Naturally, buildings and structures like houses sag a bit with age and, though these shifts are largely harmless, you could find yourself with gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Even an imperceptible sliver can let in the hot air and let the cool air from your air conditioner escape. Not only is that the equivalent of letting dollars seep out into the front yard, but it also makes your air conditioner work twice as hard to keep you comfy. Make sure to weatherstrip your windows and caulk any visible cracks to combat this problem.

Change your filters

Air filters are essential to keeping your indoor air quality exceptional, thus keeping your family safe and healthy. However, did you know that they’re also instrumental in making sure your HVAC system performs as it should? That’s right, a clean air filter ensures that your air conditioner has the best shot at cooling your home with ease and if your filter is grimy, your air conditioner will have to labor against the dust and dirt to bring cool air to your home. This can cause performance issues, unnecessary wear & tear on your system, and major spikes in your energy bill.

Trade off

While the weather is hot during the sunny parts of the day, it can get nice and cool in the evenings. Shut off the AC in favor of opening the windows after dusk to cool your home naturally, affordably, and sustainably all through the night.

Trust your thermostat

Your thermostat has optimal use settings that can help you know how best to improve your energy efficiency. These technologies are smart and know how to help you lower your bill, your carbon footprint, and the impact of use on your system. A smart and programmable thermostat can also monitor your household’s unique usage of your system to make recommendations and adjustments that will positively impact your energy usage.

For more eco-friendly home comfort advice, or to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for spring in Utah, check out our AC maintenance services or call the number at the top of the page!

 

Top Tips for Staying Warm and Saving Money This Winter from HVAC Construction

Now that winter is in full swing, many Salt Lake City homeowners are working on staying warm while also keeping energy costs low. This is certainly no easy task, but with helpful information at your disposal, you will be able to save energy without compromising home comfort. Below, we have rounded up some of our top articles on winter home comfort and energy efficiency to help you save money while staying comfortable this winter season.

7 Top Articles on Winter Home Comfort and Energy Efficiency

With a little work, you can be on your way to Here are just a few of our favorite articles from our blog archives:

Tips for Saving Energy in Winter

Energy bills tend to go through the roof in the winter months when you’re trying to keep your home warm. These articles offer great advice:

  • In Ways to Save Energy When Heating Your Home this Winter, we discuss the top tips for saving energy when you are trying to keep warm in the winter. From sealing up air leaks to adjusting the temperature while you are away, you will find a range of great advice here.
  • Reduce Home Heating Costs this Winter goes one step further to discuss some alternate tips for keeping your heating costs low. This advice will help you save more each year for many winters to come.
  • Finally, in Energy Saving Tips for Winter, we go beyond just the world of HVAC to discuss some simple ways to save more energy this winter. These tips are also great for conserving energy year-round.

Winter Home Comfort Tips

It can be hard to stay comfortable once the temperatures outside start to drop. However, we have put together some helpful advice for Salt Lake City residents who want to stay warm and comfortable this winter:

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Winter can certainly do a number on your home. It’s important to make sure that both your home and your furnace are ready for the winter. Here are some articles that offer some advice on winter home preparation:

  • In Why It’s Important to Prepare Your Utah Home for Winter, we explain just that! Find out why winter weather home preparation is necessary, and use our tips to help get you started.
  • The last thing you want during the winter months is for your furnace to malfunction or breakdown. You can prevent this by learning more about the warning signs. Our article, Signs Your Furnace May be Malfunctioning provides four of the biggest signs that your furnace may need some professional attention.

If you’re looking for other great resources on HVAC, home comfort, indoor air quality, home improvement, energy efficiency, and more, don’t forget to stop by our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Where to Install UV Lights Within an HVAC System and What They Do

Consumers use ultraviolet (UV) light products to sanitize toothbrushes, sterilize water, and remove germs from surfaces. UV lights also can clean the air and keep your HVAC system efficient. Before purchasing any for your home, read how UV lights work and where to install them.

What UV Lights in HVAC Systems Actually Do

Homeowners can purchase standalone, portable UV light units for installation anywhere in a home or office. They also can install UV lights in HVAC systems. Such UV lights come in two basic types:

  • Air sterilizers. This UV light cleans air moving through the system. Installed in the air return, the light turns on when the fan starts running and turns off when the system is off.
  • Air handler coil sterilizers. This UV light sits near the coils in the air handler and constantly runs to keep mold and other contaminants at bay. It is more cost effective than an air sterilizer but may not provide the same system-wide results.

Depending on your home and personal needs, each UV light type offers sterilizing benefits that may reduce maintenance activities and repair work. If you’re interested in both UV light types, consider starting with a coil sterilizer and then installing an air sterilizer after you see the results.

Benefits of HVAC UV Light Systems

Here are just a few of the benefits home and business owners can gain from investing in UV lights:

  1. Bacteria and virus elimination. For individuals highly susceptible to illness or for high-risk environments, built-in UV lights offer complete sanitization. Some systems can eradicate nearly all microscopic contaminants in an environment. Removing these contaminants will improve the smell and feel of the air in a home, too.
  2. Mold and fungi management. Mold can grow inside a system, causing health problems such as skin and eye irritations or respiratory illness. Removing mold can be expensive and time consuming. UV lights keep mold and fungi at bay.
  3. Peace of mind. Investing in UV lights means not worrying about a filter letting through some contaminants. The unit will sterilize all surfaces the light can reach and reduce the risk for contamination in other areas of the unit. The lights are cost-effective, running as little as $2.00 per month.

Where to Install UV Lights for Best Results

Depending on your needs and the system you choose, you may install the UV lights directly in the air handler. In addition to the air handler, you may choose to install them in the air return or in strategic areas throughout the ductwork. UV lights work best when placed around reflective surfaces and in conjunction with high-efficiency filters.

 

To properly install the light, invest in UV-protected HVAC components in areas the light may affect. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding placement and mounting. Contact an HVAC professional for help if necessary. UV lights can significantly reduce health hazards in an indoor environment. A strategic installation will improve the overall health benefits. For more information or any other HVAC questions, contact us today.