How to Make Sure Your AC System in Environmentally Reponsible

November 16, 2018

When you think of making your home environmentally friendly, chances are you will be thinking of things like turning off lights when you leave your room, making use of reusable tote bags at the green grocery store, or even starting a compost pile in your backyard. Another way of making your home more environmentally friendly during summer is to make your air conditioning system energy-efficient. Practicing good habits when using your AC system will help you conserve energy in your home. The good news is that saving energy with your AC unit does not mean that you will suffer through...

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Indoor Air Quality Effects on Health

November 9, 2018

The air we breathe can have effects on our health. Indoor air pollution has been ranked by federal scientists as one of the most important environmental problems in the US. Most Americans spend approximately 22 hours daily indoors. Indoor air pollutants include poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur oxide, microbial and chemical volatile compounds. Common symptoms of indoor air pollution include: Sneezing Fatigue Coughing Dizziness Watery Eyes Respiratory congestion Below are some of the causes of indoor air pollution and their effect on human health. Asbestos Asbestos is the most common indoor air pollutant as it...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2018

Whether we have an extreme heat wave, that’s bad enough to require our Seattle homeowners to crank up their air conditioner for days on end, or we’re experiencing an atypical cold snap where you rely on your heating system, the comfort of your home is as vital as its energy efficiency. Our experienced team of Brennan heating and cooling specialists are eager to help you have an energy efficient home without having to sacrifice comfort to do so. Annual Seasonal Inspection and Maintenance Service An annual preseason inspection will detect problems with your system before they require costly repairs. With...

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How is a “Smart” Thermostat Beneficial?

October 25, 2018

Thermostats control the internal temperature of your home and are essential to provide energy efficient heating and cooling. New advances in technology have now produced “Smart” thermostats which automatically monitor and can control home temperature to within 0.5 degrees based on your energy usage patterns and needs. There are 2 basic types of “Smart” thermostats which include those which can “learn” and those which are programmable. What is a “Smart” thermostat? A “Smart” thermostat is a programmable thermostat which is connected to the internet over your WiFi network. This allows you to use your smartphone, tablet or computer for remote...

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All About SEER Rating

October 18, 2018

The Pacific Northwest has seen record temperatures in recent years during the summer. Many Seattle residents have seen their energy bills go up as they battled through the heat. What can you do to save yourself more money during the next summer season? Your current unit may not be doing a good job of being energy efficient. The SEER rating on your HVAC unit can tell you how well your unit performs in this regard. What is a SEER Rating? The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating lets you know how much energy your unit expends in a given calendar...

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3 Energy Efficiency Tips

October 11, 2018

Your utility bills would be quite different without the need to heat and cool your home. It may seem like something you just need to accept, because being comfortable is important for many reasons. There are some simple ways to make a big difference on your utility bill. Change Your Filter Depending on your actual HVAC unit, you should probably be changing your filter at least every month to six months. The filter keeps foreign matter from going straight into the unit itself, where it can cause wear and tear to the parts. Dust and other kinds of debris accumulate...

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Do I Need an Air Cleaner?

October 4, 2018

In today’s world of environmental pollution, eco-friendly building design, and increased awareness of medical technology and the accompanying health concerns toward leading a long life, many people are aware of the importance of clean air at home and work. It’s only natural to question whether an air purifier may be a boon to a building or whether it isn’t really worth the expense. Like most questions of this nature, there isn’t really a simple answer. It depends on the individual and the amount of time they spend indoors along with who else might visit a particular building and what the...

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Choosing the Right HVAC Company

September 27, 2018

When selecting an HVAC company, you’ll want to focus on quality. There are other aspects that matter, such as the price you’re being asked to pay. But if you aren’t getting quality, a low price may not be very beneficial. Low quality can equal low value, and even a great price won’t make you feel better about that. Instead of focusing on the cost, take a look at what you’re getting for that amount to determine the value you’re receiving. You’ll also want to consider what companies in Seattle, Washington typically charge for services such as heating and air conditioning...

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5 Benefits of UV Lights

September 20, 2018

When you get your heating or cooling system repaired or replaced, the HVAC technician typically asks if you want to install UV lights in your HVAC system. UV lights prevent mold and mildew from building up in the vents and getting into your house. Let take a look at five reasons you should consider saying yes to UV lights. 1. Reduce Mold and Mildew Fungal contamination via HVAC units is a common issue you can’t ignore. It spreads allergic rhinitis, infectious diseases and asthma-inducing organisms as well as other diseases. Ultraviolet (UV) lights help you develop a robust air purification...

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6 of the Best Spring HVAC Tips

September 13, 2018

When it’s cool in the mornings, hot in the afternoons with a mix of rain and sunshine and unpredictable temperatures – you know it must be spring in Seattle! And we’re here to give you tips on how you can care for both your heating and cooling equipment this spring to help you save energy and money. Schedule a Maintenance We hear this all the time: “I can just do this myself.” We warn against DIY projects. And we much prefer the acronym, DNIY (Do-Not-Do-It-Yourself). Why? As we touched on in an earlier blog post, it can be dangerous and...

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