Environmental Responsibility

January 10, 2024

Environmentally Responsible Air Conditioner Choices Many air conditioners and heat pumps sold around the world use a refrigerant called Freon R-22. Emissions of R-22 are considered by some experts to be a significant factor in depleting the ozone layer that protects animals and people from harmful rays from the sun. Consumers now have the choice to ask for an air conditioner or heat pump that uses a more efficient and environmentally friendlier refrigerant such as R-410A. As R-22 is replaced with safer refrigerants, the cost of maintaining equipment using R-22 may increase dramatically. That’s

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Do Air Conditioners Create Air Pollution?

June 4, 2022

Having adequate air conditioning in your home is a necessity. However, more and more homeowners are becoming concerned about the possible environmental impact that comes with running their AC almost constantly for a large part of the year. Specifically, many people wonder about how much air pollution their air conditioning system might be causing. Here is everything you need to know about air conditioning and how it can contribute to air pollution. The Impact of HFCs One potential impact of air conditioners is that they can release HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) into the atmosphere. The refrigerant used

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How Energy Efficient Are Heat Pumps?

March 20, 2021

Heat pumps are more energy-efficient compared to air conditioners and furnaces. Instead of generating heat from fossil fuels, heat pumps move heat. You can use them to heat and cool your home. What Is Efficiency? The efficiency of heat pumps is dependent on how hard they work to keep a home cool or warm. Efficiency is a measure of the amount of energy a device delivers to your home compared to the amount of energy it consumes. The most efficient systems deliver many times over the amount of energy they consume. Furnaces

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What Type Of Water Heater Is Most Energy Efficient?

February 11, 2021

Regardless of your lifestyle, a water heater remains an essential component of your daily routine. While shopping for a water heater, the top feature you should consider is its efficiency. The last thing you need is an appliance that will drive your energy costs through the roof. Luckily, you can buy an energy-efficient water heater that will significantly reduce your heating costs while keeping the environment clean. All you need is a little knowledge of the types of energy-efficient water heaters and how they compare. Each of these appliances has its strengths and weakness, but which one

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Are Electric Furnaces Energy Efficient?

December 18, 2020

When your Seattle, WA, home needs a new heating system, you’ll have several options to consider. An electric furnace is a good option in places that don’t get frigid weather during the winter months of the year. Seattle’s moderate climate makes an electric furnace a smart choice. Before you decide which electric furnace to buy, here’s what you need to know about their energy efficiency. Understanding Electric Furnaces Versus Heat Pumps Furnaces generate heat and use an air handler to blow the heated air into your home’s ducts. Heat pumps transfer heat. There are electric and

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Simple Energy Audit Steps to Improve HVAC Efficiency

September 6, 2020

Your cooling and heating system is probably the most energy-intensive piece of equipment in your home. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, cooling and heating account for nearly half of the energy expenses in an average American household. This expenditure exceeds even the growing consumption of energy by modern electronics and appliances. However, by maintaining your HVAC system properly, you can boost its efficiency and cut down on your cooling and heating costs drastically. Becoming more energy efficient does not have to be a strenuous chore. Here are seven of the possible steps you can take to maximize the

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How to Locate Cold Air Leaks in Your Home

October 10, 2019

Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning understands the amount of energy that can be lost from your home if you have cold air leaks. Most homes have leaks around doors, windows, outlets, and other fixtures that can increase your winter energy bills. Identifying and fixing these leaks can be a great investment in your home. Use Your Hands For larger leaks, you can use the skin on your hands to identify spots where cold air is entering. Choose a cold day when you have the inside of your home heated. Go around any doors or windows on the exterior of

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