Heating & Cooling
Turn down the heat, layer up
During winter, Invest in a cozy hoodie and socks to keep you warmer. You can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat.
Invest in a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats learn your heating and cooling preferences and adjust your temperature accordingly. Learn more and see incentives here.
A clogged HVAC filter inhibits air flow - a clean filter is the most efficient.
Utilize window curtains
During winter, allow sunlight into home , then close them at night to retain the heat. During hot days, do the reverse.
Make space for circulation
Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators clean and clear of furniture, carpeting and drapes
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
Insulation is a two-way shield that ensures that no air is escaping through the attic, ceiling, vents, floor, or walls. It will help you keep the desired temperature in your house all year round. Learn more about insulation here.
Insulation effectiveness is conveyed using an 'R-value' - the higher the R-value, the greater the more effective. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density.
Check your insulation and install where missing, or replace it if it’s below these “R” values:
R-30 for ceilings; R-11 for walls; and R-19 for floors.
Air sealing & weatherization
Adding insulation and filling gaps around doors and windows with caulk, spray foam and batting are some of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce wasteful air leakage.
Sealing reduces leaks and drafts by creating a controlled barrier between inside and outside air. This prevents heated or cold air from escaping your home, therefore putting less pressure on your heating and/or cooling appliance.
Don't wait! Make a plan.
Has it been 10-15 years since you last got an HVAC system?
If so, it's time to consider making an upgrade plan
What are my HVAC options?
Ducted vs Ductless
When to choose ducted:
Your space has existing ducts
You want better air circulation
You want to have a sleeker look -ducted units blow air through ducts whereas ductless units can be bulkier
When to choose ductless:
There’s no room for ducts in the walls or ceilings
You’re adding to a space without existing ducts
You want to decrease dust
Explore systems below
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Central Heat Pump (Ducted)
Mini Split Heat Pump (Ductless)
Electric Furnace (Ducted)
Solar Hot Water Space Heater (Ductless)
Hot Water Baseboards (Ductless)
Electric Radiant Floors (Ductless)
Central Air Conditioning (Ducted)
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