Maximize Your Air Conditioner This Summer

Maximize Your Air Conditioner This Summer

Arkansas in the summer is two things – hot and humid. Fortunately, we have air conditioning units that can keep us cool and comfortable no matter how bad things are outside. Today’s air conditioning is an incredible boon, especially considering that just 50 years ago we were stuck with window units that barely cooled a single room. Having central air conditioning in an Arkansas summer is incredible, but only if you maximize your energy savings and efficiency. After all, as your parents used to yell, “We’re not here to air condition the neighborhood!”   Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit If you want to see significant energy savings, you need to make sure the are around your air conditioner unit outside is clear of debris and buildup. It’s common during the poor weather of winter for leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris to get stuck in the screens and makes it hard for the unit to work efficiently. By taking a bit of time to remove these problems, you can optimize your air conditioner all summer.   Get Your Annual Air Conditioner Tune Up No amount of self-cleaning takes the place of a professional cleaning and tune up. It’s best to schedule this before the heat really hits, so take the time to call your technician now. The professional can let you know how your unit’s overall performance looks, and the annual care will help extend the life of your air conditioner. You’ll save energy with a well-operating air conditioner, and you’ll also make sure that there is no damage or wear that is keeping your home cooling from operating...
How New Windows Can Impact Your Home Insulation

How New Windows Can Impact Your Home Insulation

When you think about keeping your home warmer, you probably think about insulating the attic or the basement. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!   However, don’t overlook the “eyes” of your home – the windows. Low-quality windows can allow significant air transfer, which can cause you to spend more on heating and cooling while also struggling to stay comfortable.   What impact can new windows make on your home insulation? Find out now!   Windows Have Changed Technology has impacted every aspect of life, and windows are no exception. Today you can get vinyl-framed windows that give you the low-maintenance of aluminum without the poor insulation of the metal material.   New windows can also offer tilt-in sashes, allowing you to clean both the inside and outside without getting out a ladder.   Less maintenance and better cleaning – that’s a win-win without even mentioning home insulation.   Double and Triple Panes Offer Incredible Insulation Do you remember being able to put your hand on a window to gauge the outside temperature? If you can still do this in your home today, it’s time to get replacement windows!   As technology improves, windows are starting to get close to offering the same home insulation benefits as exterior walls. If insulation and energy savings are your primary motivation, be sure to talk to us about which windows best fit your needs.   The added insulation has another benefit – it helps block noise. A warmer, quieter way to look out of your home – you can’t beat that.   The Right Windows Improve the Value of Your Home Like...
4 Ways to Increase Energy Savings This Winter

4 Ways to Increase Energy Savings This Winter

While Little Rock doesn’t have the kind of winter weather seen further north, it can still get cold and uncomfortable. Having the right kind of heating and insulation is vital to staying comfortable.   However, keeping the heat going at the level you need can be expensive and use a lot of energy. Fortunately, there are a lot of steps you can take to find additional energy savings.   Here are four ways to save!   Take Advantage of the Sun Little Rock gets an average of 217 sunny days per year, which is higher than the national average. This means that even in the winter you can take advantage of the sun to warm your home.   Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day and allow the sun to help keep your furnace from running so often. When the sun goes down, close your shades to hold in the heat as long as possible.   When you use the sun in conjunction with your normal heating system and insulation, you’ll have energy savings that will keep your more comfortable at home and in your wallet.   Get Your Insulation Checked All the heat in the world won’t keep you cozy if your insulation is poor. All that heat is simply escaping through your walls, causing you to pay more while being chilly in your own home!   If you’re tired of paying too much while drafts invade your house, have an insulation specialist check your home’s walls, attic, and crawlspace. You may be surprised to find that with a small investment in improved insulation, you could save...
Improve the Energy Savings & Comfort of an Older Home

Improve the Energy Savings & Comfort of an Older Home

There are so many great things about owning an older home. From unique design to charm and character, an older home can get you a great living experience at a lower-than-expected price.   Of course, there are some drawbacks. One of these is that the home isn’t updated with the latest insulation, windows, and other elements that help reduce energy costs. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to improve the situation.   The first step is to make sure your home isn’t registered as a landmark or historic property. If it is, there will be limits to what you can do – be sure to follow the rules.   Here’s what you can do to improve the energy savings and comfort of your older home!   Fill the Gaps One of the biggest energy thieves in an older home is gaps between walls and windows, as well as in the floor, roof, and attic.   Simply using sealant strips can help fill the gaps in your floorboards without changing the character of your room. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. Once they are in place you won’t even be able to see them – but you’ll feel the difference in temperature and you’ll also see the energy savings.   For gaps around windows, you can use caulking or weather stripping. If you can’t replace old windows – or can’t afford to – try using a window kit where you put a plastic seal over windows. It can increase a window’s R-value up to 90%!   Get an HVAC Tune-Up Even if your older home’s HVAC is functioning fine,...
Where Does Heat Escape Your House? (It’s Not Where You Think!)

Where Does Heat Escape Your House? (It’s Not Where You Think!)

If you had to do your own audit of where energy was escaping your home, where would you start? If you’re like a lot of Little Rock homeowners, you’d probably look at doors and windows. Many people think that gaps around doors and windows are the biggest energy wasters. They certainly are a concern, but what if I told you that it wasn’t the biggest concern? So what is the biggest problem when it comes energy savings? Read on to find out!   How Much Air Escapes Through Windows? Because we can see through them to the outside, and we open and close our windows frequently, we often think that windows are a major energy savings concern. Perhaps we want to choose thicker windows, double-paned options, or simply focus on sealing drafts and leaks around the windows. There’s nothing wrong with those efforts! However, they only save a small portion of your energy loss. Most sources say that homes lose 10% of their energy through windows. So yes, definitely work on drafts and windows. Here’s a guide that will help you find and plug air leaks. But other things make a bigger difference.   Second-Most Energy Loss: The Attic Ah, of course, the attic! Everyone knows a lot of their heated and cooled air escapes when their attic isn’t well-insulated. 25% of your energy loss goes through an uninsulated roof and attic. Consider getting an energy audit to find the problems you’re having upstairs. This is especially important in the winter – heat rises, so a poorly insulated attic can be a major concern! Don’t assume that reinsulating will...
How an Energy Audit Promotes Energy Savings

How an Energy Audit Promotes Energy Savings

It’s important to save money when you own your home. You never know what will pop up that needs to be addressed. However, it can be hard to find simple cost savings. Fortunately, energy savings are a great source of financial help. When you reduce the energy you need to heat and cool your home, you win – not only financially, but in terms of comfort as well! How do you find these savings? Simple – by having an energy audit of your home. Here’s what an audit is and how it can save you money!   What is an Energy Audit? Very simply, an energy audit helps you understand how much energy you’re currently using and what measures you can take to become more energy efficient. While you can try to do one yourself, a professional energy audit is often better at spotting the real culprits of energy overuse. Professionals already know what to look for, so they can work through your home much more quickly.   What to Expect During an Audit There are two kinds of assessments, the visual-only Home Energy Survey and the General Energy Audit, which includes doing tests with diagnostic equipment. The Home Energy Survey takes about an hour to complete and includes an overview of doors, windows, insulation, and ducts, along with your heating and cooling equipment. The assessor will also look at your appliances, lighting, and visible moisture, health, and safety issues. They will also review your energy bills to find opportunities for energy savings. The General Energy Audit includes the above but also includes diagnostic tests such as a blower...