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Symbiont Service Team Volunteers During Hurricane Irma Clean-up

Before, during and after #HurricaneIrma, Sandy King, president of Symbiont Service Corp said her employees pulled together to prepare the business to weather the storm. “We had team members boarding up the windows at the store, securing equipment and doing everything necessary to assure everything was as safe as possible,” she said. “We also had a few team members who stayed at the store during the height of the hurricane because they felt safer there than at home.”

After the storm passed, Sandy and her team jumped into action to get the business back up and running, “We knew we were going to have customers who would need to have their pool heaters and their home air conditioning units inspected before they were able to safely turn them back on and we wanted to be ready when our customers needed us.”

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What Is A Home Energy Test?

What Is A Home Energy Test?

Chances are you have heard of home energy testing but may wonder, “what is a home energy test” and whether it makes sense for you to schedule one for your home. Florida homeowners certainly want their homes to be as efficient as possible especially in the hot, humid climate in which we live. The Florida weather means that your air conditioner will work harder than those in other parts of the country and because of that you will want to make certain your home is as energy efficeint as possible. You will also want to make certain your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency before summer returns.

Scheduling a professional energy audit and evaluation is a way to help determine if your house is as efficient as possible. This means, for example, that your home doesn’t have any “leaks” from which the air you’re cooling is escaping or that outside air is making its way into your home.

Look for an energy evaluation professional who is trained in energy audits. The professionals at Symbiont services have many years energy auditexperience performing energy audits and assessments for Florida homeowners.  After the energy evaluator visits your home and performs the energy evaluation test, he or she will offer you a document that will highlight any areas of concern.

An energy evaluation test includes:

  1. A thermographic scanning. This scan shows differences in temperatures within the home and also shows where cooled air is seeping out of the home. The thermographic scanning also highlights where there isn’t enough insulation in the home or where insulation may be improperly installed. The test will highlight “spot leaks” and areas of infiltration. You should receive a document that highlights these areas with colored areas.
  2. A blower door test will likely be performed. With this test, a fan will be attached to an exterior door frame of your house. The fan will draw the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. Because air will try to enter the house to equalize the internal pressure, the blower door test allows the auditor to track areas where air is coming into the home. This test will detect unsealed openings (like around window or door frames) or cracks in the walls or foundation.

Contact Symbiont Service to answer any questions you have about energy audits and to schedule yours. At Symbiont Services we want to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Energy Saving Tips For Homeowners

Energy savings is part of what the geothermal professionals at Symbiont Service Corp have focused on and worked with customers to achieve. Symbiont Service Corp professionals work offer energy saving tips for homeowners based on federal Energy Star information.

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A Professional Energy Evaluation Will Show You How To Keep Your Cool

A Professional Energy Evaluation Will Show You How To Keep Your CoolThe residents of Florida’s Suncoast know how important their cooling system is, especially when battling searing temperatures. Unfortunately, trying to keep cool during the summer months can take a toll on your monthly budget when your home is not as energy efficient as possible. Fortunately, a home energy evaluation can help lower your cooling costs and keep your HVAC unit running efficiently. Read More »

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R-22 Shortages Could Lead To Much Higher Prices In Florida: Must-Have Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

R-22 Shortages Could Lead To Much Higher Prices In Florida: Must-Have Tips Every Homeowner Should KnowThe appliance that Floridians rely on to get through the summer is an air conditioner — 85 percent of which use R-22 Freon. Prices are rising because this refrigerant is being phased out and R-22 shortages are expected. By 2020, its production will cease completely. Read More »

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Lower Your Energy Costs By Following These Six Water Conservation Tips

Lower Your Energy Costs By Following These Six Water Conservation TipsEven though Florida is surrounded by vast bodies of water, water conservation efforts remain important, as they not only preserve the resource, but also decrease your utility bill in the process. Conserving water is not a difficult task and establishing water-wise habits doesn’t require expensive equipment or complicated remodeling. Read More »

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When You Hire A Professional To Conduct An Energy Evaluation, This Is What You Can Expect

When You Hire A Professional To Conduct An Energy Evaluation, This Is What You Can ExpectProfessional energy evaluations are a great way to reduce your energy usage while simultaneously improving the comfort of your home. Knowing what to expect beforehand can help you get the most out of an energy evaluation. Read More »

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Upgrading Your Home Comfort System? Follow The Energy Star

In the early 1990s, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency founded the Energy Star program. This unique program was designed to help protect the environment and reduce energy usage by placing a bright blue label on products that met strict energy guidelines. These labels would allow consumers to tell at a glance whether or not a product was energy efficient. Read More »

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Heat Pumps Can Heat Your Pool, Too

You’ve heard about the efficiency of heat pumps in terms of heating and cooling your home, but did you know that heat pumps can be used to effectively heat your pool, too? That’s right, just as a household heat pump extracts heat from the outdoor air and uses to heat your home during the winter, your pool’s heat pump can tap into the free and unlimited heat of the air to warm your water. In fact, since a heat pump simply moves warm air instead of creating it via another fuel source such as electricity or gas, it is significantly more efficient in terms of energy use.

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When Your Air Conditioner’s Motor Can Adjust Speed, Watch Energy Savings Climb

If you’re like most Florida homeowners, cutting your air conditioning costs is a top priority. While there are many factors at play when it comes to the efficiency of your air conditioner, there is one that most homeowners tend to overlook – A/C motor efficiency.

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