How Homeowners Can Improve Indoor Air Quality With a Whole-House Humidifier

Americans, in general, tend to spend the majority of their time indoors. That means that well-managed indoor air quality is an important part of your health and happiness year-round, and part of well-managed indoor air is balanced humidity. When the air is dry — a common feature of the Raleigh-area winter climate — you need a humidifier to improve indoor air quality. Take Advantage of the Many Benefits It Provides There...

When is the Best Time to Buy and Install an A/C System?

There are many factors to weigh when installing a new central A/C system. You may be considering the performance of your old system. Was it noisy and inefficient, or were you happy with it? Perhaps your current A/C isn’t getting the job done, and you’re hoping the system makes it to season’s end. In actuality, the fall season is a very good time to take advantage of installing a new...

An Energy Savings Plan for Your Home and Family

If you’re serious about saving energy, you need a good plan. A comprehensive energy savings plan involves incorporating energy conservation practices and practical energy efficiency upgrades for immediate and long-term savings. Following are energy-saving tips outlined for conservation and efficiency efforts of primary energy guzzlers in the home. Read on to see which tips best serve your home’s efficiency shortcomings, enhance home comfort and can ease the strain on your...

How Humidity Affects Heating & Cooling in Your Raleigh-Durham Home

The humidity level in a home has a direct impact on heating and cooling. The amount of moisture in the air influences our perception of how warm or cold we feel. Warm air holds more moisture than cold, so high humidity makes it harder to make a home feel comfortably cool on a hot summer day. Because there’s less moisture in cooler air, it’s more difficult to make a dwelling...

Your Home’s Envelope Benefits Year-Round with Sealing and Insulation

Air leaks and heat exchange through the envelope of the typical home pose several comfort and efficiency issues. If comfort could be improved in your Triangle-area home, and if lower energy bills would be nice, too, read on to see how sealing and insulation can help with these concerns, and more. Why Seal and Insulate? Sealing and insulation may be more commonly identified with bundling up the home, like zipping...

4 Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

When it comes to ideal comfort and energy efficiency this summer, central air conditioning is the best option for your Raleigh-area home. However, don’t take upgrading your air conditioner lightly. With proper preventive maintenance your new equipment can keep you comfortable and your energy bills low for another decade or longer. That’s why you should consider these four factors when upgrading your air conditioner to help you make the best decision possible....

Programmable Thermostats: With Proper Usage, You’ll Save Big

A programmable thermostat can be an effective tool in your efforts to save energy and reduce your utility bills. With a programmable thermostat, you can fine-tune your furnace and air conditioning temperature settings to match your family’s comfort needs throughout the week. Many online sources state that programmable thermostats can reduce a typical home’s heating and cooling costs by 10 to 15 percent, but your actual savings will depend on many...

Sealing Air Leaks Can Impact HVAC System Efficiency, Comfort and Utility Bills

Whether your home is older or newer, tightening up the shell by sealing air leaks helps maximize system performance, home comfort and energy savings. Why Seal Up Your Home? Home heating and cooling in the average household makes up half of the monthly energy budget. This expense itself is more than enough reason for sealing up your home, but also consider these reasons: Leaky homes increase the load placed on heating/cooling...

9 Steps to Get Your Raleigh Home More Energy Efficient

Your heating and cooling systems can account for up to 70% of your home’s energy use. In a large Raleigh home, this could easily account for thousands of dollars per year. This does not have to be the cost of living in comfort — by maintaining an energy efficient home, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars per year. Here are nine things you can do to increase your heating...

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