Efficiency Standards for HVAC Equipment: Are They Going Up Soon?

In an effort to reduce energy consumption, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with a group of utility and HVAC industry experts in 2009 to improve efficiency standards for HVAC equipment. The increased efficiency ratings were to go into place in 2013, but a court order delayed their implementation because the new increased efficiency standards for gas furnaces and boilers would cause financial harm to some homeowners. Continue reading “Efficiency Standards for HVAC Equipment: Are They Going Up Soon?”

Gas or Oil Heating: Which Is Best for Your Long Island Home?

gas heating oil heatingWhen choosing between gas or oil heating, it’s important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages that come along with each method. During the fall and winter, most Long Island residents seek cost effective, energy efficient heating to keep their home cozy and warm. From the furnace’s efficiency rating—also known as an annual fuel utilization rating, or AFUE for short—to the monthly cost of fuel, you’ll want to calculate these and other additional factors into your final decision.  Continue reading “Gas or Oil Heating: Which Is Best for Your Long Island Home?”

Your Heat Pump’s Thermostat: What You Need to Know for Winter Programming

There’s no question that you want to stay warm and comfortable in your home, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste electricity to do so. Many homeowners don’t realize that they’re not effectively using their heat pump’s thermostat. Let’s explore the simple ways you can reduce your energy consumption. Continue reading “Your Heat Pump’s Thermostat: What You Need to Know for Winter Programming”

Forced Air Furnaces: How Do They Do What They Do?

Forced air furnaces are a popular way to keep our homes warm. Between efficient use and effectiveness at heating an entire house, these heating systems have become wildly popular across the country. So, how does a forced air system work? Continue reading “Forced Air Furnaces: How Do They Do What They Do?”

Does Winter Heat Loss Make Your Furnace Work Too Hard?

The last thing you want to do in the winter is overwork the furnace in your Long Island home. Keeping your furnace operating smoothly will go a long way toward preventing breakdowns and discomfort during cold weather. You can keep your furnace from working too hard by preventing heat loss.  Continue reading “Does Winter Heat Loss Make Your Furnace Work Too Hard?”

AFUE Ratings — What Those Numbers Actually Mean

Most homes in the United States are heated by a furnace or a boiler. Boilers use water to distribute heat into the house, while furnaces heat the air directly. Both furnaces and boilers use fuel to operate at varying rates of efficiency. AFUE ratings clue homeowners in to what that efficiency is.  Continue reading “AFUE Ratings — What Those Numbers Actually Mean”

Ignoring Routine Air Filter Replacement Can Have Serious Consequences

air filter replacementWhen was the last time you changed your air filter? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s been months, or maybe even years. While most people replace the filter when their home comfort system stops working efficiently, neglecting regular air filter replacement can cause plenty of problems — from higher energy bills to more allergens and lower air quality. Continue reading “Ignoring Routine Air Filter Replacement Can Have Serious Consequences”

Maintain an Energy-Efficient Home Over the Holidays With These 3 Tips

To ensure an energy-efficient home throughout the holidays, it’s vital to be mindful of energy consumption and other wasteful practices. Consider these tips to prevent energy waste through year’s end. Continue reading “Maintain an Energy-Efficient Home Over the Holidays With These 3 Tips”

Closing Air Vents in Your Long Island Home? What You Need to First Understand

closing air ventsIt’s a cold winter day in Suffolk County. You’re home alone, freezing because you don’t want to waste energy by turning the heater up. So, thinking it will help, you go around the house and close air vents in empty bedrooms. It seems logical that restricting airflow from your heater or air conditioner will save energy or work faster, but the opposite is true. Continue reading “Closing Air Vents in Your Long Island Home? What You Need to First Understand”

Looking for Optimal Energy Efficiency? Take the Whole-House Systems Approach

energy efficiencyNowadays many people are concerned with improving energy efficiency in their homes. Whether for financial reasons or due to environmental concerns, the objective is the same: to maximize energy savings. To achieve this goal, it’s vital that each area of energy usage in the house is identified and addressed. Taking this whole-house approach to energy efficiency is the smart solution, and it’s easy too, if you follow these six simple steps.  Continue reading “Looking for Optimal Energy Efficiency? Take the Whole-House Systems Approach”