How to Use Your Home Appliances More Efficiently

Home energy costs seem to always be rising, so many people are looking for simple and smart ways to cut down on energy use around the home. Since most home appliances use a lot of energy, a good place to start is by reducing home appliance energy use.

We’ve listed several ways that you can cut down on your home energy use by using your home appliances more efficiently. With these tips, you’ll be able to increase your home appliance energy efficiency and save some money along the way!

In the Kitchen

When cooking small dishes or meals, opt for smaller appliances: toaster ovens, microwaves, electric skillets, and crockpots all use far less energy than a full oven range. When boiling water, opt for an electric kettle, which uses less energy to heat water than range-top boiling methods do.

When running your dishwasher, utilize the “energy saver” button, or switch to air dry your dishes rather than heat dry. This alone could save you up to 25% of your energy cost for running your dishwasher. Also, always run your dishes on a full load rather than smaller loads, which wastes excess energy due to load distribution.

Check that your refrigerator seal is airtight. You can easily do this by sliding a piece of paper in between your refrigerator door and closing it. If it slides out easily, then you’ll need to replace the seal, or possibly upgrade to a new refrigerator. A leaky refrigerator can waste a lot of money on energy and will have a hard time keeping up with the constant energy requirements.

In the Laundry Room

Use cold water to wash your clothes. Warm water actually doesn’t get your laundry any cleaner, but it does increase your home’s energy bill, as your washing machine must utilize a lot of energy to heat the water. Switching to cold water will not only save your money, but it’s gentler on fabric as well, meaning your clothes and linens will last longer.

Avoid small loads. When you only wash a small load of laundry you waste water and energy. A washing machine is designed to use the same amount of energy/resources no matter how large or small the load. Wait until you have enough laundry to fill the washer before running it to save on both water and energy use.

Around the House

Unplug small appliances you aren’t using.  If an appliance, such as a toaster, blender, coffee maker, phone charger, or hair dryer is plugged into the wall, it is still drawing energy—even if it’s not turned on! Get in the habit of unplugging all appliances after using them, rather than just tuning them off. Leaving appliances plugged in while not using them is one of the easiest ways to up your electricity bill.

Even More Energy Savings with Canoga Park

At Canoga Park Heating and Air, we are proud to be one of the few contractors in the Brentwood area that participates in the Home Performance Program by ENERGY STAR. This is a national program offers a whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency, which in turn, improves your comfort at home. It’s also great for the environment and can help you save approximately 25% on your home energy bills. Call us today to learn more. 818-477-4547

Learn How to Go Green with these 4 Videos

There are many different ways that you can “go green.” From creating a more energy efficient home to using natural products that don’t pollute the environment, there are a variety of ways that you can live more sustainably. Below are some of our favorite YouTube videos on different aspects of going green and reducing your impact on the environment:

Energy Efficiency at Home

This video is short and sweet, but it offers a wealth of information for those who want to create a more energy-efficient home and save on their energy bills. In the video, produced by Sustainability Victoria, the narrator provides simple yet effective changes that you can start making today to increase home comfort while also reducing energy costs. This is a must-see for anyone who is not sure how they can make their home more energy efficient.

Beginner’s Guide to Minimalism

This video was created by The Girl Gone Green, a YouTuber named Manuela who aims to educate viewers on sustainability and conscious living. In a Beginner’s Guide to Minimalism, Manuela walks you through what steps you can take to become a minimalist. Even if you are not ready to go completely minimal, this video gives you a better idea of how you can declutter your space to create a healthier environment.

Homemade Cleaning Supplies

This video from ModernMom features Jessie Jane from Lilyshop as she shares three simple recipes for natural cleaning products. This video is great for those who want to save money on natural cleaning supplies and learn how to do it yourself. She shows the audience how to make DIY natural laundry detergent, wooden furniture polish, and all-purpose cleaner. What’s great about this video is that she uses simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store and goes through each step to show you how its done.

How to Perform a Home Energy Audit

One of the best ways to go green is to find ways to conserve energy in your home. A home energy audit helps you determine how much energy you are using and where you may be wasting energy in your home. You can use this information to then make adjustments and improvements to save more energy over time. This video from This Old House shows viewers how they can perform a whole-house energy audit to determine what areas need improvement. The video includes both the shopping list and tools needed to perform the audit. This is great for any homeowner who may not know how much energy they are using on a regular basis or those who want to find more ways to lower their monthly energy bills.

Can’t get enough of quality content on ways to improve your home environment? Our team is always looking for ways to help our customers live a more comfortable life. Check back on our blog each month for more great content on energy efficiency, home improvement, and HVAC.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

Let’s face it, we could all use a little more money in our pockets. One way to do that is to work on becoming more energy efficient so that you can cut your monthly home costs. Below, we’ve laid out 5 easy ways to do just that in an easy-to-read infographic.

Easy Ways to Save on Energy Costs

Check out the graphic below for 5 easy ways that you can work to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save more on energy costs each month:

home-efficiency-infographic

One of the best ways to cut your monthly heating and cooling costs is by investing in a more energy-efficient HVAC system. If you’re ready to make the upgrade, contact us today. Our experienced team would love to help you find the new heater or AC that’s right for your home comfort needs. We also provide expert installation services.

The Biggest Problem with HVAC Energy Usage, And How You Can Fix It

Saving money is important to most homeowners, and HVAC energy usage is a major cost that many homeowners can work to decrease over time. However, there are some factors that often hold homeowners back from decreasing energy usage and saving more money on heating and cooling costs.

Though a number of issues can impact HVAC energy usage, perhaps one of the biggest offenders is airflow problems. Below, we’ll go into a bit more detail about the most common signs and causes of airflow issues. Then, we will provide effective solutions so that you can be on your way to saving more energy (and money!) this year.

Signs That You May Have Airflow Issues

The following signs may indicate that you are experiencing HVAC airflow problems:

  • You have hot and cold spots throughout your home.
  • You’re experiencing pressure imbalance around your home as indicated by drafty areas, whistling noises, or doors slamming on their own.
  • Your air conditioner is blowing warm air throughout your home.
  • You feel little to no air coming from your AC registers.

If you are experiencing any of these HVAC issues, this may be a sign that you have an airflow issue. Ignoring the problem can lead to even bigger problems like wear and tear on your system’s equipment or even compressor failure.

Common Causes (and Fixes) for HVAC Airflow Issues

When you restrict HVAC airflow, this can cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable. This results in increased energy usage, which can increase your energy bills over time. Below are some of the most common causes for HVAC airflow issues and how to fix them.

  1. Your air vents and registers are blocked.

This is quite common in both homes and office settings, and it is also one of the easiest airflow issues to fix. Sometimes homeowners will block unsightly air vents with furniture or drapes. However, this can mess with your airflow. To fix the issue, simply unblock all air vents and registers and make sure they are open.

  1. The HVAC system’s air filters are clogged.

Your air filter has an important job – removing debris, dust, dander, pollutants, and other particles from the air in your home and keeping it out of your equipment and air ducts. When your filter gets dirty or clogged, this can restrict air flow as well as damage your equipment. Again, the solution to this is simple. Check your air filter once a month, and clean or replace the filter when it gets dirty or clogged.

  1. The outdoor condenser unit is obstructed.

The outdoor component of your air conditioning system needs to be able to breathe a bit. When it is obstructed by leaves or debris, it can overheat. This is another issue that you can fix yourself. Check the outdoor unit periodically to ensure that no greenery or other debris is obstructing the condenser. If you have any shrubbery around the condenser, ensure that it is at least two feet from the unit on all sides. This helps prevent blockage, but it is also necessary to provide enough space for an HVAC technician should your system need to be serviced.

Do you think that you may be experiencing airflow issues? The experts at Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning are ready to help you correct these problems so that you and your family can go back to enjoying total home comfort without wasting energy. Call us today for more information: (818) 593-0693.

Our Top 5 Articles on Energy Efficiency

Being conscious of your energy usage is not just beneficial for the planet, but it can also be great for your wallet. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite blog posts on energy efficiency, packed full of great information about HVAC energy efficiency. Check out our list below for simple and effective tips to help you conserve energy while cutting your heating and cooling costs.

Energy Efficiency 101

With so many myths and misconceptions going around about how to reduce energy usage, it can be difficult to determine what is fact and what is fiction. These articles help you get started on the right path by laying out some basic energy efficiency facts:

  • Improve Home Efficiency with These HVAC New Year’s Resolutions offers some simple tips for how you can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to increasing efficiency and lowering costs in no time!
  • When it comes to your HVAC system, do you know how heating and cooling efficiency is measured? We break it down for you in our blog post, How is Heating and Cooling Efficiency Measured? This post will help you make more informed decisions when it comes time to replace your heating and cooling systems.
  • We focus on more than just HVAC efficiency in Myth Busters: 3 Ideas About Energy Efficiency Debunked! In this post, you can learn more about some of the biggest myths pertaining to energy efficiency and learn the truth. Use what you learn to make an effort to decrease energy usage year-round.

Energy Efficiency for Business

If you’re in charge of keeping your office energy bills in check then you know that this is a challenging task to handle. These articles offer great advice for businesses to increase energy efficiency:

  • In the article, Energy Saving Technologies for Your Business, we cover some of the top energy-saving technologies that you can implement for your business. Not sure which of these might be right for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more personalized recommendations.
  • When it comes to your business, it’s important to save money anywhere you can. In Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Business, we give you some simple tips to help you make sure that your business HVAC systems are running as efficiently as possible so that you can cut down on heating and cooling costs.

Whether you’re a homeowner who wants to reduce your heating and cooling bills or a business owner looking for ways to cut costs in the office, these articles are a great place to start learning more about energy efficiency.

If you want to learn more about energy efficiency, home comfort, home improvement, and general HVAC, be sure to check out our blog which we update every month. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ to stay in-the-know about all things HVAC and our what’s going on in Canoga Park.

Improve Home Efficiency with these HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, people all over the country make New Year’s resolutions to help them improve their life over the course of the next year. But what about your home? There are many things that Canoga Park homeowners can do to save energy and in turn, cut heating and cooling costs this year. Why not create some HVAC New Year’s resolutions? Below, we’ll offer a few tips for saving more energy in 2017.

Energy-Saving HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Let’s face it. Much like any other resolution you might make for the new year, saving energy takes some time and effort. However, cutting back on energy usage in the home can offer big payoffs in the long run by lowering your heating and cooling costs over time. Here are the top 3 HVAC New Year’s resolutions you should make this year to save more energy:

  1. Change your air filters regularly.

Most homeowners know that they need to routinely check and clean or change their air filters. However, not every homeowner is as vigilante about this as they should be. Clogged or dirty filters reduce air flow and can cause your air conditioner or heater to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable. This can have a drastic impact on your HVAC system’s efficiency. To keep things running smoothly, check your air filters at least once a month and change them when they start to get dirty.

  1. Schedule routine maintenance.

Another way to ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently year-round is to schedule annual tune-ups or maintenance visits. During the maintenance visit, an HVAC technician will check to make sure that your equipment is clean and its parts are well-lubricated. They will also check for any repair needs. By ensuring that your system is running smoothly and does not need any repairs, your technician can make sure that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. Make a resolution to stay on top of scheduling your annual air conditioning and heating tune-up with an experienced Canoga Park HVAC company.

  1. Install a programmable or Smart thermostat.

One of the best ways to reduce energy usage throughout the day is to adjust your thermostat when you leave the house. A programmable thermostat makes this process simple and effective by allowing you to automatically adjust the temperature during certain times of the day. If you would also like to benefit from features such as remote access and indoor air quality monitoring and control, you may want to consider a smart thermostat. These smart devices provide additional features that can help you maintain a comfortable home environment while also conserving energy.

There are a number of ways that you can save on energy costs throughout the year by being good to your HVAC system and taking additional measures to monitor and reduce energy usage. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team.

What are your HVAC New Year’s resolutions? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

What Homeowners Need to Know About Aeroseal Duct Protection

When is the last time you thought about your duct system? Though it may not be at the top of mind, especially during the holiday season, your duct system plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable year-round. If your home feel stuffy and uncomfortable no matter where you set your thermostat, this may indicate that you have a problem with your duct system. Maintenance, cleaning, and sealing can fix all of your issues by improving the quality of your indoor air.

At Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning, we utilize Aeroseal technology to help protect and optimize your duct system. This allows you to enjoy a more comfortable home environment without worrying about a decline in your indoor air quality. This article will delve a little bit deeper into what Aeroseal Duct Protection is and how it can benefit Canoga Park homeowners.

What is Aeroseal Duct Protection?

Did you know that about 47% of the average home utility bill is spent on heating and cooling the home? What’s more is that typically, 30 cents of every $1.00 spent on heating and air conditioning is wasted on leaky ducts. Sealing your duct work is one of the best ways to reduce energy waste, improve efficiency, and cut down on energy costs. Aeroseal duct protection is an easy and affordable way to ensure that you are not wasting money on leaky air ducts.

According to the manufacturer, Aeroseal can reduce duct leakage by up to 90% and may also reduce energy usage up to 30%. Not to mention this duct protectant has shown to improve home comfort levels by optimizing system performance and improving heating and cooling efficiency.

Aeroseal duct sealing is more effective than other traditional methods. Whereas mastic taping leaks can be labor intensive and expensive, Aeroseal takes the hassle out of duct sealing. Not only is it more affordable and convenient, but it can also be applied to ducts without physical access, making it effective even in hard to reach areas.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Canoga Park

The experienced technicians at Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning use this innovative technology to provide affordable and effective duct protection with minimum hassle. Here’s how our duct sealing process works:

  • First, we provide duct cleaning services that flush out any microscopic particles that may be damaging your duct system. We also inspect for leaks and use Aeroseal to patch any leaks.
  • The next step we take is to cover all your wall registers and inject Aeroseal in your duct system to seal all leaks. This non-invasive technique restores your duct system while significantly reducing energy bills, enhancing home comfort, and improving indoor air quality.
  • Within just a few weeks, your HVAC system will be running at full blast to keep you and your family comfortable with minimal energy loss and improved indoor air quality.

Are you interested in seeing what difference Aeroseal Duct Protection can make? Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Business

Energy efficiency means saving money, and when you own a business saving money anywhere you can is important. With just a few simple tips you can make sure that your business HVAC systems are running efficiently and that you aren’t paying more in your monthly energy bills than you should be.

Start with Energy-Saving Products

If you are replacing an HVAC system, or building from the ground up, spend the extra money to get a system that is energy efficient. While this equipment costs more up front, it will save you a ton of money in the long run.

Invest in Insulation

Insulation is another place where you can spend up front, but get savings over time. A building that is well insulated will require less heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Your HVAC system will run less often and cost you less money.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a great investment for energy efficiency. You get better control over how warm or cool your workspace is and you can set it to run less when no one is at work. Make sure your employees are allowed to dress comfortably so they aren’t tempted to crank the heat or AC up or down if they have access to the thermostat.

Use Fans and Shades in the Summer

Sunny windows let in a lot of summer heat, so use shades, screens, or tinted film to reduce the amount of heat that windows allow into the building. This will give your AC a rest. You might also want to install ceiling fans, which cost less to run and can make a significant difference in temperature.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

An HVAC professional can maximize the efficiency of your system by doing regular maintenance and cleaning, so set up a schedule. Cleaning, changing filters, and checking the vents and ducts to make sure they are clear are important ways to keep your system running efficiently.

It doesn’t take much to ensure your workplace is energy efficient. With regular maintenance, careful control of temperature settings, and extra factors like window shades, insulation, and fans, you can make sure you save money while saving energy. To get more tips and an efficiency evaluation of your HVAC system by a professional, consult the experts at Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning.

Energy Saving Technologies For Your Business

Energy Saving Technologies

Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning appreciates the fact that heating, ventilation and air conditioning accounts for over 50 percent of your energy bill. In a bid to help businesses to minimize their energy consumption and increase their energy savings, we can implement any of the following energy saving technologies:

Thermal Energy Storage

In commercial establishments, the electricity tariff is designed in such a way that the cost per unit during peak hours (normal working hours) is much higher than off-peak rates. We can help you implement a thermal energy storage technology that makes use of affordable electricity at night and stores the cooling energy for use during peak hours, when the unit cost of electricity is highest. This is done by freezing water at night. During normal working hours, the chilled water or ice is used to cool the business premise. The energy savings attributed to thermal energy storage can be quite significant, so every business owner needs to consider implementing the technology.

Adjustable Speed Drives (ASD)

Speed drives are sophisticated electronic devices designed to control the speed of motors based on user settings, programmed instructions or demand. When your HVAC needs are minimal, the ASD can reduce the speed of blower and fan motors. The latest HVAC systems come with ASD technology. If you have an older system, however, we can help you install ASD’s.

Desiccant Dehumidification

We know that cooling humid air is an energy-intensive process that can increase your utility bills. Dehumidification is therefore required. Energy savings from this technology can be attributed to the removal of excess moisture from air circulating in the business premise. A liquid desiccant solution simply absorbs excess moisture from air, making it easier for the A/C to cool the building energy efficiently.

Demand Controlled Ventilation

As the name suggests, the technology ensures that fans in the ventilation system only work when ventilation is needed. The technology uses carbon dioxide sensors fitted with economizers to turn the ventilation system on and off with the aim of maintaining appropriate air levels in the building. This technology basically prevents over-ventilation, which can lead to huge energy loses.

At Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning, we can assess your needs and propose the most suitable energy saving technologies.

Call Today to Schedule Your Commercial HVAC Service Check!

(818) 477-4547

How Is Heating And Cooling Equipment Efficiency Measured?

A lot of people are becoming aware of the need to reduce their carbon footprint and help in efforts to combat global warming. Accordingly, it is important to make sure that your AC system is as efficient as possible. An efficient HVAC system does not only operate better but also saves energy.

Heating And Cooling Equipment Efficiency

So, how is heating and cooling equipment efficiency measured

Here are a few ways that you can explore:

EER

The Energy Efficiency Ratio is designed to give you a rough estimate of how much cooling you will get on your HVAC system for every dollar you spend on energy. The rating is often based on the season’s hottest day other than an average of the entire season. EER is calculated by dividing the total output cooling energy with the incoming electrical energy.

The Energy Star

The Energy star is provided by the US Environment protection agency and is only awarded to an HVAC system that meets or surpasses the high energy efficiency guidelines. The guidelines are often based on how much the HVAC system contributes to the nationwide efforts to save energy, the difference in cost between the system, and its less efficient counterpart and the performance of the entire system against its energy requirements.

MERV

The MERV is also know as the minimum efficiency reporting value and is used to measure the efficiency of filters based on the size of their holes. MERV ranges between 1 and 16. 16 is the highest efficiency possible for a filter in trapping contaminants in the entire HVAC system.

SEER

This is also called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is used to offer you the amount of cooling energy you get from every dollar you spend on power for the whole season. The SEER rating will range between 13 and 22 with high values indicating that the system is efficient.

Making sure that your HVAC system is efficient should be a huge priority for you. Remember, efficient HVAC systems are very good in saving you money and limiting pollution.  Follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs.