If You’re Using Your Programmable Thermostat Correctly, You’re Enjoying Energy Savings

April 16, 2013

A programmable thermostat is ideal for homeowners who want complete control over the temperature in their homes. These nifty little devices give you the power to determine what temperature you want your home to be at any given time. For example, if you get out of bed at 6 a.m., you can set the programmable thermostat to 72 degrees at 5:45 a.m. so your home will be warm when you wake up.Even though programmable thermostats can increase your home’s energy efficiency, make sure you’re using them correctly to ensure you’re getting the maximum energy savings available.

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Desert Heat Tips

March 27, 2013

With summer just around the corner in Arizona, the time must come for air conditioning season. If you do not have an air conditioning unit already installed in your home, now is the time and Wolff Mechanical Inc. is available to help you install one before the extreme heat of the desert hits your home. Before you install your air conditioning unit, or if we already installed one for you in the past, here are some great tips to prepare you and your home from the extreme temperatures of Scottsdale. These tips will also help with energy-saving for electric bills

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Air Leaks: Small, But Very Costly

December 28, 2012

Considering how much we depend on our air conditioning bills to make summer tolerable, even the smallest air leaks can add to electric bills. Fortunately, fixing most leaks is relatively easy once they’re detected. A few tubes of caulk and a can of expanding foam may be all you need to stop the needless energy drain leaks create. Finding the leaks You have two options for identifying where the air is entering or leaving our home. The fist is to hire a licensed HVAC contractor or energy auditor. They’ll conduct a blower door test

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Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner

December 28, 2012

When to invest in a new AC system. If your HVAC equipment is over 10 years old. Your equipment needs frequent repairs. You have unusually high utility bills in the summer months. If your home is not comfortable, current equipment may be too large or too small and your duct system will also need to be inspected. (Studies show that over half of residential heat pumps and AC units are oversized – often by as much as 60 to 80

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How To Keep Mold At Bay

December 28, 2012

Mold is a type of fungus which can take hold, and take over, your central Arizona home. The requirements for its growth are: spores, food, substantial moisture, and suitable temperature. In order to prevent growth you need to remove one or more of these requirements from the equation. Spores are all around us, and a food source can be anything organic, including paper, wood, or other fibers. The temperature in your home is ideal for growth, which leaves a source of moisture as the easiest element to eliminate.  Read on for some tips on how to reduce excess moisture and keep

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A Home Energy Audit Will Really Open Your Eyes

December 28, 2012

Summer is a good time to conduct a home energy audit in the Phoenix metro area, since it’s when residents use the most electricity for cooling purposes. A home energy audit will show you exactly where your home has issues related to weak insulation, air infiltration or inefficient windows.  You can start by accessing the Energy Star program’s Yardstick for evaluating how your home performs. When you enter your zip code and the square footage of your home, the software asks you how many kilowatts of electricity you consumed in a year’s period and therms of gas, if applicable.

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Thermostats Connect Consumers to the Future

December 28, 2012

More than 234 million Americans age 13 and up used mobile devices in April. Nearly 116 million of those using mobile devices are estimated to use a smartphone on a monthly basis by the close of 2012, according to New Media Trend Watch. That exponential growth is expected to continue. By the close of 2016, an estimated 192.4 million Americans — or approximately 58.5 percent of the U.S. population — will palm a smartphone on a regular basis. A recent study, conducted by O2, reveals that smartphone users spend at least two hours each

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How To Develop An Optimal Zoning System Design

December 28, 2012

A zoning system only works as well as its design allows it to. So, before investing in zoning for your central Arizona home, you need to plan out an optimal zoning system design. Proper zoning system design incorporates a number of basic guidelines, such as: Don’t combine different floors into the same zone. In a multistory house, each story should have its own zone (or set of zones). Heat rises, so the upper floor of a house will generally need more air conditioning than the first floor or basement.

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Global A/C Growth Predicted

December 28, 2012

Research firm Companies and Markets has released a study that estimates the global air conditioning market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.5 percent through 2015. Having witnessed a temporary disruption in growth, primarily due to the recent economic recession, the global market for air conditioning systems staged a remarkable recovery in the year 2010 and is now projected further to register 144.3 million units in volume sales by 2017. Key factors contributing to growth within the industry include the increased need for energy-efficient air conditioners and the development of inverter-based air conditioners.

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5 Energy-Savings Tips That Will Also Help Your Pocketbook

November 20, 2012

Did you know that by saving energy you are not only saving the environment, you are also saving money on your energy bills? This makes doing what you can to cut down on the energy usage in your central Arizona home a no-brainer. Here are five ways that you can benefit from energy savings: Repair your ductwork Any damage found in your ductwork is most likely causing conditioned air to leak. This means that your heating and cooling systems are working more than they should get warm and cool air throughout your home. Also consider insulating

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