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Planned Landscaping Helps With Heating And Cooling Costs

Planned Landscpaing Helps With Heating And Cooling Costs. How can you lower your utility bills — both heating and cooling — and add beauty and curb appeal to you home? Through planned landscaping! You can turn to your local garden center, your own green thumb and Mother Nature to help cut back on the utility bills for heating and cooling your Florida home. Working with a landscaper who understands how natural insulation such as plants and soil can work as natural insulation can really have an impact on the energy costs you and your family pay. Read More »

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Attic Insulation: A Guide For Selecting Appropriate Materials

Attic Insulation: A Guide For Selecting Appropriate MaterialsAs part of a plan to increase your home’s energy efficiency, insulating your attic is a choice that will pay off in reduced heating and cooling bills and increased indoor comfort. Insulation effectiveness will depend on the type you choose. In addition, some types of insulation are more appropriate than others for particular applications. Here is a brief guide to selecting the right material for your attic insulation project. Read More »

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Tips For Upgrading Attic Insulation To Lower Your Home’s Cooling Load

Tips For Upgrading Attic Insulation To Lower Your Home's Cooling LoadOne of the most neglected areas in home heating and cooling is the attic. Energy loss due to heat transfer through poor attic insulation can be as high as 25 percent. Considering that heating and cooling can account for up to 70 percent of all utility costs for a home, the energy loss can be substantial. Properly insulating your attic space will result in short term gains in energy savings and long term gains in extended heating and cooling system lifespan. Read More »

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5 Insulation Types That Get Results — If You Put Them In The Right Place

5 Insulation Types That Get Results -- If You Put Them In The Right PlaceThe proper insulation ensures that your home stays comfortable with the least amount of energy. The right insulation will also provide savings on heating and cooling. To choose among insulation types, consider where you want to insulate and the product’s R-value (which measures heat-flow resistance). Read More »

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Insulation Options: Factors To Consider

Insulation Options: Factors To ConsiderIf you’re looking to insulate your home, there are a wide variety of insulation options that from which you can choose. Once you’ve decided on which areas you want to add insulation to within your home, the best course of action is to compare and contrast your insulation options and figure out which type makes the most sense for your home. Read More »

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The Insulation You Added To Your Home This Year May Entitle You To A Tax Credit

The Insulation You Added To Your Home This Year May Entitle You To A Tax CreditHave you been considering adding insulation to your home this winter? You know you’ll appreciate increased energy savings by restricting hot air from rising up through your attic, but there’s an additional benefit available for homeowners until Dec. 31, 2011: the insulation tax credit. Read More »

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If You’re a Homeowner With Indoor Air Quality Problems, Here Are Three Solutions To Try

Poor indoor air quality can cause a host of physical problems, from acute allergies to chronic health issues that result from dangerous but invisible particulates moving quietly through the atmosphere. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, three tried-and-true tactics can be taken to improve the air quality of your home on a year-round basis.  Read More »

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Ductwork Design Is Essential, If You Want Optimal Comfort

For optimal home comfort, you need more than efficient heating and cooling components. Though often overlooked, ducts play an essential role in efficiently distributing conditioned air throughout your home. In fact, if your ductwork is improperly designed, installed or sealed, up to 20 percent of the conditioned air that passes through your ducts could be lost.

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Degree Days: HVAC Contractors Use Them In Their Calculations, And You Can Too

Figuring “degree days” is helpful in tracking energy consumption in your home. The concept helps keep track of how many degrees you cool down or warm up your home and can be averaged over a month, allowing comparisons to other months or other years.

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The SEER Rating And The Energy Star Label: Look For Them When You’re Buying Your New A/C

In Florida, our A/C systems work overtime a large part of the year. Eventually, even the most reliable air conditioner needs to be replaced. If you’re in that situation, or you think you will be in the near future, you’ll need to keep some factors in mind as you look for a new system.

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