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Money & Water Saving Tips

Water conservation is something that even Florida residents, who are surrounded by water, are looking for ways to attain. When you conserve water, the geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service explain, you are likely to save money as well. Water (and money) saving and conservation is important for the environmental and to decrease your utility bills. If you can attain water conservation and save money, it’s a win-win for your wallet and the environment.

Conserving water doesn’t have to be difficult nor does it require expensive equipment. Getting your family on board with water-wise behaviors, however, might be another matter!

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Symbiont Service Personnel Build Career-Long Relationships

What are the chances that if you were given a brochure about geothermal energy — or anything for that matter — close to two decades ago that:

  1. You could still find, and
  2. That the sales person who left the information with you is still available?

hurricane recovery bucketBoth of those items converged in the career of Pauline Troutman, manager of Beach Point in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Does An Attached Garage Impact Indoor Air?

An attached garage is an ideal addition to a home — especially in Englewood, Florida. An attached garage allows you to park your car in out of the heat and the elements and lets you easily carry groceries or other items from the car to the house without having to brave the elements yourself. Have you ever wondered, “does an attached garade impact indoor air quality?” It might.indoor air quality

With an attached garage, any item — air or debris — that gets into the garage can more easily enter your home. This can be an issue especially if you store chemicals in the car. When you have an attached garage, you want to refrain from running your vehicle in the garage as this can fill your home with vehicle exhaust and dangerous air pollutants.

Improve the indoor air quality of your Florida home when you make changes to your attached garage:

Does An Attached Garage Impact Indoor Air?

  • When possible, keep the garage door opened so fresh air can get in and contaminated air can escape. Keep the windows open as well to allow for air circulation.
  • Don’t ever run the vehicle in the garage — especially with the door closed. When you do this you will be allowing a build up of carbon monoxide and other emossions from the vehicle into the car and the house.
  • Contaminants, cleaning products and chemicals shouldn’t be stored in an attached garage. Store chemicals, including: pesticides, chemicals, paint, gasoline, cleaning items and other unhealthy materials in a separate storage unit. If you don’t have access to an additional storage area, store harmful chemicals in a clearly marked airtight container.
  • Store lawnmowers in a separate storage area if possible.
  • Adding an ehaust fan to the garage will help remove harmful emissions and keep the air quality higher in the garage and in your home as well. This is especially important if you don’t have a separate storage area for the lawnmower and chemicals.
  • Make certain your house and attached garage are sealed and that any adjoining walls are pr0perly sealed as well. If your attached garage is unfinished, add insulation and drywall between the house and the garage; this will provide a barrier to air pollutants and keep them from entering the home.

We have tips on how homeowners in Englewood, Florida can improve their home’s indoor air quality. Contact us for indoor air quality, geothermal or HVAC questions at Symbiont Service Corp.

We educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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How To Understand Heat Pump Ratings

Heat pumps and geothermal energy is a great way to bring comfort to your home and/or swimming pool and help your family reap energy savings. When you are searching for a way to heat or cool your home, choosing the correct heat pump to the do job is one of the most important steps in the process.

The geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp explain the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is one of the items you will become knowledgeable about when you’re searching for your perfect heat pump unit. Read More »

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Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Air conditioning is great — if you’re trying to keep cool in the summer. Your furnace is ideal for keeping your family warm in the winter. If you’re spending a lot of time indoors with the windows and doors closed we have tips to improve indoor air quality. Breathing fresh clean air is, naturally crucial to good health. If you’re a homeowner with pets in the home, you are also adding an additional layer of potential contaminants you’re breathing in while you’re indoors. Read More »

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Is Your Solar System Working?

Is Your Solar System Working?  That may sound like an odd question, right? If the sun is shining, it’s probably working? In a

is your solar system working properly

sense, yes but the solar system and geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp know there is more to a properly working solar system than that.

How can you tell if your solar system is operating at its optimal efficiency and effectiveness? Schedule an inspection of the system to assure your system is still saving you money, helping the environment and operating effectively.

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Seeking Energy Efficiency? Geothermal Is Key

If you’re seeking energy efficiency, geothermal is key for homeowners in the Englewood, Florida area.

What is geothermal technology?

It’s been around since the mid-1850s, and has been available commercially for use in homes and businesses since the 1940s. The geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp say there are more than one million units in use today. Geothermal heat pump technology has been proven to be among the most energy-efficient and reliable HVAC systems on the market today. Read More »

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Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

Have you ever wondered, “Do you have the right A/C unit for your home?” It’s a question our experienced HVAC contractors get asked all the time. Many Florida homeowners feel that “bigger is better” when it comes to the size of the air conditioning unit for their homes, but that isn’t necessariliy the case. In some instances “bigger” means it’s costing you more money to operate, but is not necessarily cooling your home any better than a smaller, fit-to-your house size would.

Do You Have The Right A/C Unit For Your Home?

The answer to the “correct size” air conditioning unit for your home isn’t as simple as it may seem. Homeowners, and even some HVAC contractors, use a rule of thumb calculation to determine what size A/C unit to install. This rule of thumb includes essentially calculating the square footage of the house then looking for a unit that shows it will cool a home of that square footage. It’s essentially guesswork and it’s guesswork that could cause your utility bills to be higher than they need to be. Read More »

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Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit? There will come a time when you will need to replace the air conditioning unit in your home, but until then you may be wondering whether you should repair it or if it needs to be replaced. It can be a conundrum because it is not an inexpensive undertaking.

Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

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Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat

Chances are you have heard about the advances in technology and have wondered should you get a programmable thermostat, we believe they are a great investment for homeowners in Florida. We have found that many homeowners that we work with are making a change to programmable thermostats and other high-tech home appliances and equipment.

A programmable thermostat works day and night, winter and summer and helps homeowners reduce their utility bills. How? Because many of us forget to turn the thermostat down when we leave the house or when we go to bed. A programmable thermostat relieves that burden of having to remember because it will turn down or up based on the times you have set. There are even “smart thermostats” on the market that will “learn” your habits and will turn up or down based on your lifestyle.

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Here are items to consider if you’re thinking of an upgrade to a programmable thermostat:programmable thermostat

  1. As mentioned newer programmable thermostats are sophisticated and will link to your smart phone. The thermostat will let you know how long it takes to reach the comfort level you’ve set for heating or cooling. After you’ve set the thermostat it will adjust based on your habits.
  2. Newer thermostats are digital. It may be an odd feeling when your thermostat will “determine” that your room or home is too hot or cold and will adjust accordingly back to the temperature you had preset.
  3. Digital thermostats will also update you — in the smart phone app — as to when the heater or air conditioner was on and for how long.

How can you save energy and save money with a programmable thermostat? 

If you’re not home during the day the programmable thermostats should be adjusted to reflect the fact that there is no need to heat or cool the home while you’re gone. If you reduce the setting on your thermostat by 10° to 15° for eight to ten hours per day (while you’re at work or school) you could potentially save up to 15% on your utility bill annually. The best part is that no one will be complaining they are too hot or too cold because no one is home!

When investing in a programmable thermostat do some research to determine what features you want in the system. You may just want one that is purely programmable, you may want one that sends you alerts, some of them will also tell you when to change the filters in the furnace or air conditioner. If you want your heating and air conditioning unit to operate at peak efficiency — and who doesn’t? — changing filters is a necessary task.

If you invest in a programmable thermostat you may spend upwards of $100 or more depending on the features you want, but you will see a return on your investment in the savings you reap on your utility bills.

The goal of the #GeoThermal experts at Symbiont Services is to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download a 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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