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ATTIC TENTS

Attic tents are specially engineered, patented insulators designed to create an air transfer barrier between your attic and living areas. It is a practical and economical solution to a problem that has existed since homes were first built with overhead attic entries: wasted energy through and around the attic door and stairs.

HVAC

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes?

AC Efficiency: What You Need To Know

Attic tents are specially engineered, patented insulators designed to create an air transfer barrier between your attic and living areas. It is a practical and economical solution to a problem that has existed since homes were first built with overhead attic entries: wasted energy through and around the attic door and stairs.

So much has changed in the world of air conditioning in recent years that if your system has almost any significant breakdown — or if it’s just not keeping you as cool as it used to — it may be worth replacing it instead of repairing it.

As of 2010, for example, manufacturers must use a new kind of refrigerant that’s not an ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon. And a new system can use less than half the electricity of your old one while doing a far better job of keeping you cool and comfortable.

If your air conditioner is more than eight years old, repair is probably not worth the expense, unless it’s a simple problem like debris clogging the condenser unit or a worn fan belt. Still, to best weigh your repair-or-replace decision, ask your contractor to assess not just the condition of your existing equipment, but also the ducts that deliver the cool air and the overall quality of the insulation in your house. Improving those elements might increase the effectiveness of the system as much or more than installing new machinery.

Even if your central air conditioner is just eight to 10 years old, it could suck up to twice the electricity that even a low-end new one would use. That’s because it operates at or below 10 SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is the amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Until 2006, 10 SEER was standard, but these days, the minimum allowed by federal law is 14 SEER. That translates to 30% less electrical consumption and 30% lower cooling bills than equipment installed just a few years ago.

For an 1,800 square foot house, a new 14 SEER will suffice. You can double your energy savings by jumping up to 16 SEER, which has a higher price tag, but will reduce cooling expenses by 60% over a 10 SEER unit.

Heating Efficiency: What You Need To Know

Gas-fueled forced-air heating is the most common type in the United States. First, it pulls cold air from the house and passes it around a heated metal box called a heat exchanger. Then the heat exchanger transfers heat from the metal to the air. A blower fan then pushes the heated air through ducts that distribute it throughout the house.

  • Single-stage is like a stove where the knobs only have one setting: high. Since a single-stage furnace can only be on or off, the result is greater peaks and valleys in temperature, and more inefficiency.
  • Two-stage has two settings, high and low. They’re better than single stage because they have a low-burning setting that keeps the heat from dropping too far below your desired point. And they’re more efficient because they keep the air temperature from varying as much as a single stage.
  • A variable speed furnace can adjust the flame to any point between off and high. It constantly adjusts its flame to try to keep the air temperature constant. In theory, this results in greater comfort and better efficiency.

Load Reduction Before Heating and Cooling

One of the first steps you should consider in your home / facility before upgrading your heating and cooling system is to reduce your load (i.e. how much heating and cooling you actually use). Reducing your home’s load allows existing systems to operate less frequently and newer systems to be designed smaller, thereby lowering operating costs. Common load reduction strategies include:

“Tightening” your home’s shell and adding additional insulation to reduce leakage.

Installing energy-efficient windows such as energy star qualified windows.

Upgrading lighting systems. Energy-efficient lighting systems emit less heat into conditioned space than older inefficient technology.

  • Consider implementing efforts to reduce heating and cooling load before selecting equipment.
  • NEVER OVERSIZE! Avoid over sizing equipment at all costs. Over sizing equipment increases the capital cost at the time of the installation and the costs of operation of the equipment.
  • When selecting a new cooling system, have your HVAC professional provide you a quote and specifications for a standard-efficiency and high-efficiency unit including lifecycle costs. If the lifecycle cost is less on the high-efficiency unit, purchase it.
  • When purchasing Room Air Conditioners or Light Commercial heating and cooling units, select those units that are ENERGY STAR qualified.
  • Consider energy recovery ventilation systems to reclaim waste energy from the exhaust air stream and use it to condition the incoming fresh air.
  • In humid climates, consult your HVAC professional about supplemental dehumidification. By controlling humidity at your facility, you can increase occupant comfort and allow for further downsizing of equipment.
  • Consider specifying economizers. Often available at a low incremental cost, these units draw in fresh air from the outside when the temperature outside is lower than the temperature inside.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use automated settings to achieve savings.
  • At a minimum, specify National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)premium motors on HVAC equipment, and consider specifying variable speed drives (VSD) on condenser and evaporator fans.
  • In dry climates, consider evaporative coolers. These coolers use the evaporation of water to cool spaces, eliminating the need for energy intensive compressors.
  • For facilities that have heat-generating processes such as cooking, or onsite distributed generation equipment, consider heat recovery as a way to capture free waste heat and use it to offset facility heating and cooling costs.
  • For areas such as warehouses and garages, consider installing radiant heating. Radiant heating warms objects instead of the air, and requires less fuel. Radiant heat is also useful for warming exterior areas that require heating, such as patios and waiting areas.
  • Many buildings are impacted by what goes on inside the building just as much as (and sometimes even more than) the weather conditions outside. That is why it is important to properly size equipment and consider the use of a demand controlled ventilation system coupled with economizers to meet the internal loads of the building, e.g., commercial kitchens, computer data centers, etc.

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Insulation

Cost Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Insulating your home has cost benefits to you as a homeowner. With added insulation your home will become much more energy efficient. Insulation will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This will reduce the amount of heating and cooling workload required from your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable. Because of this, home insulation will reduce your energy bills and the costs of maintaining your home’s ambient temperature. Increasing insulation to your home is a great way to improve the comfort of your living environment. Adding insulation to an existing home will regulate the temperature, making your living environment more enjoyable, especially in places of extreme weather.

Radiant Barrier

Radiant barriers (also known as reflective insulation) are a type of thermal insulation that inhibits heat transfer by thermal radiation.They first gained prominence when they were used during the Apollo Space Mission to reduce the radiant heat from the sun by 95%. After that inaugural mission, radiant barrier became a Space Foundation Certified Space Technology and was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1996. Since that time, the benefits of radiant barriers have now mostly been felt in everyday citizens’ homes to dramatically reduce their utility costs. In fact, our largest market is related to saving utility costs for residential homes and commercial buildings.
The majority of your home’s heat gain and loss occur through the energy transfer in your attic space:

  • An attic space is heated in the summer months by thermal radiation from the sun (radiant heat).
  • The shingles on a roof absorb the heat from the sun, and then transfer this heat (conduction) to the attic space below.
  • This heat is then radiated from the roof decking into the attic space and subsequently into your living space below resulting in increased temps and added strain on your AC units struggling to maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature.

Roofing

Did you know that you can get a 30% federal tax credit on the cost of your roof if you install solar at the same time?

We do residential, commercial, and also help with insurance claims. Whether it be asphalt, high definition, TPO, ceramic tile, steel, or EPDM, we have experienced crews to accommodate.
Your roof is a shield, protecting your family and should be treated as such. Our company works on your home knowing that this roof will be safeguarding precious cargo.

If you’ve had hail or storm damage, contact us and we’ll help you get a free roof!

Siding

The exterior of your home is vital. In addition to being one of the first things people notice about your home, it is also one of the first lines of defense against the weather. Aging siding not only becomes an eyesore, but it begins to allow the elements to slowly make their way into the depths of your home. The good news is that replacing your siding allows you to increase curb appeal, increase energy efficiency, and repair any hidden structural damage.
When replacing the siding on your home you may want to consider adding insulation to your exterior walls. Sometimes homes that were built when insulation was expensive and fuel was cheap lack any wall insulation at all. When the exterior siding is removed it becomes an excellent time to consider adding insulation to the wall cavities with blown in insulation. For homes that already have insulation but would like to add more, adding rigid foam insulation can help you greatly increase

your R insulating value. (R values indicate the level of efficiency the insulation adds, and the higher the value the better).

Another useful addition to your siding project is the use of a moisture and wind barrier commonly known as housewrap. Housewrap helps in multiple ways, mostly helping to keep the wind and moisture out while still allowing your home to breathe. This option also is known to help prevent drafts in your home.

A quality siding job adds incredible beauty, value, and protection to the exterior of your home. Available in many colors and styles, be sure to have us come out for a free estimate to further explain the various options and styles of siding we offer.

Spray Foam

Spray foam insulation’s air sealing properties are the primary reason for its superiority over fiberglass. In actuality, spray foam insulation outperforms all other types of insulation by incredible margins. Fiberglass, no matter how well it is installed, does not provide an air barrier and allows air to move through it. This allows the two climates (inside, conditioned air and outside, unconditioned air) to combine and create potential condensation inside walls and building assemblies. Without knowing the benefits that spray foam insulation can provide for your home and family, the option could be easily overlooked.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:
  • Lower energy cost
  • Stops drafts and condensation
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Does not settle or shrink
  • Quieter indoor environment
  • Fills irregular shapes
  • Increased comfort
  • Adds structural strength
  • Seals cracks and voids

Solar Panels

How Much Does a Solar Panel System Cost?

Solar means savings.
Thanks to improvements in manufacturing, technology, and financing, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to power your home via photovoltaic systems. In fact, solar energy is cheaper than traditional power in many markets across the country.
In Texas, a typical residential solar panel installation costs anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000 depending on the size of your home and its energy efficiency. If you are not taking advantage of energy efficiency technology (energy efficient windows,

 

proper HVAC and ductwork installation, radiant barrier, and insulation or spray foam), your home is not consuming energy at an optimal level.

Inefficient homes consume anywhere from 30% to 60% more energy than their energy efficient counterparts. To replace the energy footprint of an inefficient home with only a solar panel array is not the most cost-effective solution. By first upgrading the home with the efficiency upgrades mentioned above, homeowners save thousands of dollars in reaching their renewable energy goals.

Solar Has Become Affordable for Everyone!

For most customers, the savings start on day one and increase over time. The best part? Our financing products include a $0 down payment option. That means you can switch your home over to clean, renewable solar energy today and pay nothing upfront. So no matter which option you decide is best for you, the result will be the same: clean energy for your home and more money in your pocket for the things you really care about.

Environmental Stewardship

Solar power is an abundant, reliable source of energy which avoids so many of the risks and detriments associated with traditional fossil fuels or atomic energy. Harnessing, delivering, and consuming the sun’s energy produces no carbon emissions and therefore does not contribute to climate change — a trend affecting food and water supply worldwide. For homeowners who choose to install solar panel systems, not only are you making a sound investment, you are also demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship, which is a means to a more sustainable future for your children and the future generations of your family.

Windows

According to the US Department of Energy, most homes have air leaks and drafts that waste energy equivalent to leaving a window open in your home all year long. Think about what that does to your energy bill.
Texas Energy Experts windows can help transform your home into one that is both comfortable and energy efficient. Since 80% of a window is made of glass, a substantial amount of heating and cooling savings comes from improved glass performance.

 

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