Here in Southern California, we tend to expect high energy bills because air conditioning demand is so high, and for so much of the calendar year. You may have the best HVAC equipment money can buy, and you may follow the recommended maintenance guidelines precisely, but you still dread the arrival of those exhorbitant bills. There is a way, however, to make certain that you’re not paying more than you need to.
A Home Energy Audit is a way to have professionals accurately assess the efficiency of your home’s energy systems. But what could possibly be wrong with your home’s efficiency? Many things can contribute to driving up your energy consumption, including some that you may not even be aware of: air leaks, poor insulation, inefficient appliances, and drafty windows are just some of the culprits.
If you’re serious about trying to lower those costs, the best way to start is with a professional Home Energy Audit. Mediterranean Heating and Air offers a comprehensive analysis of how energy efficient your home is and makes recommendations that can save you money while still keeping your home comfortable. We have skilled professionals with extensive training and the right tools to spot any trouble areas that could be eating at your wallet.
Schedule a Home Energy Audit with Mediterranean Heating and Air Conditioning today. With a quality energy assessment, we can show you where your home’s weaknesses lie, and how to address these problems, potentially improving your quality of life AND reducing your costs. Call us to learn more!
ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS
Of all the factors adversely affecting the energy efficiency of your home, inefficient windows are the most common (and costly) contributors. Whether you’re fighting to keep excessive heat out, or to stay warm on cold winter nights, your windows are where the battle lines are drawn. And with the temperature extremes here in Southern California, it can be quite a struggle.
There are several ways to make your inefficient windows more effective, such as weather-stripping and caulking, but those solutions are often ineffective and have to be repeated from time to time. Solve the problem once and for all by investing in Energy Efficient Windows. An energy efficient double-paned window traps a layer of air or gas between the two window panes for increased insulation and reduced heat transfer.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The first thing you should look for on new energy efficient windows is the ENERGY STAR label. To achieve the ENERGY STAR label, windows must rate on two measurements:
1. The U Factor – this is the rate at which the window conducts non-solar heat flow. Therefore, you want the lowest number possible for this factor.
2. The SHGC – this represents the amount of solar radiation that makes its way through the window to heat your home. This rate is trickier to evaluate in that you want to get some heat in the cooler months, but want heat deflected in the Los Angeles summers.
If this all sounds a bit more technical than you care to get, call the professionals at Mediterranean Heating and Air. Our technicians have in-depth knowledge and will help you select the right windows for your home.
Once you have chosen your new windows, you need a qualified technician to install them. Our experienced professionals will ensure that your new windows are properly sized, that they are efficiently sealed, and that they will provide maximum performance levels. You will enjoy the reduction in your energy costs, the increased comfort of your home, and remember – as a side benefit, you are increasing the value of your home! Call now to discuss your window installation with a member of our team.