Default Less Likely in Energy-Efficient Homes

January 28, 2014

Study finds odds of default are 32 percent lower on energy-efficient homes According to a recent study entitled “Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks,” homeowners who purchase an energy-efficient property are 32 percent less likely to default on their mortgages. The study, which was conducted by the University of North Carolina, was based on about 71,000 mortgages on homes located across the country. After controlling for factors like home size, home age, loan type, local unemployment rate, and local cost of electricity, researchers also discovered a correlation between a home’s energy efficiency score and the likelihood of default. For every one point that a home rose on the Home Energy Rating System efficiency index, the risk of default fell four percent. Researchers have proposed two possible reasons for the correlation between home energy efficiency, such as that offered by an ENERGY STAR certified home, and reduced risk of mortgage default. First of all, there is the simple fact that money not spent on utility costs can be directed towards the mortgage. Secondly, researchers suspect that consumers who purchase energy-efficient homes are more financially savvy in general and therefore less likely to enter into an unfavorable mortgage agreement. Benefits of an…...

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Is It Time to Call a Heating Contractor in Pasadena CA?

January 27, 2014

General Heating & Air Conditioning can provide fast service for a variety of heating issues Heating problems don’t just go away on their own. If you are dissatisfied with the performance of your heat pump or furnace for any reason, don’t hesitate to call a heating contractor in Pasadena CA for help. General Heating & Air Conditioning can send an expert heating technician to your aid right away to repair a broken unit or help troubleshoot performance issues. If any of the following situations sounds familiar, it is time to call us. Noisy Heater If your furnace or heat pump has started making funny noises, this could be a sign of a potentially serious problem. It could be that your fan or blower motor is starting to wear out and could fail at any moment. If your fan runs constantly or cycles on and off frequently, this noise may indicate that your heater is too big or too small for your space. Uneven or No Heat If some rooms never seem to warm up, no matter how high you set the thermostat, you should definitely call a heating contractor in Pasadena CA to come take a look. We can help…...

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6 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements for 2014

January 26, 2014

Start the new year on the right foot by improving the energy efficiency of your home If you aren’t happy with how much you spent on utilities last year, now is your chance to make some changes that should result in lower bills for 2014. In order to know which of the following 6 energy-efficient home improvements will deliver the best result in your home, it is highly recommended to get a home performance audit from the experts at General Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll go over every inch of your HVAC system and building envelope with you and identify any cost-saving improvements that could help your home become more energy-efficient. The following 6 improvements are a good place to start. Seal Doors & Windows Cracks and gaps around windows and doors are significant sources of energy loss in many homes. If you want to improve your home energy efficiency, make sure your doors and windows have good tight seals. If it’s time to upgrade to new windows anyway, consider windows with wood frames rather than aluminum ones, since wood is a better insulator. Add Insulation Some experts have estimated that half of American homes are underinsulated. Since lack of…...

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Our Commercial HVAC Services Provide Peace of Mind

January 25, 2014

General Heating & Air Conditioning can provide all the commercial HVAC services you need If you own any kind of commercial property, you no doubt keep a close eye on your bottom line. Old, outdated, inefficient, or otherwise ineffective HVAC equipment can put a major dent in your profits. Whether poor indoor air quality is chasing residents from your rental properties, excess heat and humidity is damaging your computer equipment or inventory, or an uncomfortable work environment is leading to poor employee performance, General Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We provide a complete range commercial HVAC services designed to help you keep your property comfortable without spending an arm and a leg. Commercial Sales & Installs Sales and installation is a key part of the commercial HVAC services offered by General Heating & Cooling. Many poor energy efficiency and performance issues can be solved simply by purchasing appropriately sized HVAC equipment and installing it properly. We have a wide selection of Carrier brand furnaces, heat pumps, and split system ductless air conditioners suitable for commercial properties. We even have some units that support LEED3 certification. Our expert staff will be happy to help you select the right units for…...

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Six Steps to a More Comfortable, Healthy, and Efficient Home

December 31, 2013

A home performance test from General Heating & Air Conditioning can help identify and correct home comfort issues Indoor air quality problems can run the gamut from dangerous conditions like poorly vented carbon monoxide to nuisances like dust, odors, and allergens. Uneven heating and cooling as well as inefficient operation of HVAC equipment can also pose problems for homeowners. If you are experiencing any sort of issue with your home comfort, a home performance test from the professionals at General Heating & Air Conditioning can help. The test consists of the following six steps. Initial Consultation The first step in any home performance test is an initial consultation. This consultation provides the technician with an opportunity to learn from the homeowner what the key indoor air quality and HVAC performance issues are. Since different individuals tend to have different perceptions about indoor air quality and comfort, it is wise to have all adults living in the home participate in the consultation. Equipment Inspection Inspecting your heating and cooling equipment helps identify issues such as oversized or undersized equipment, worn parts, dirty filters, and improper installation that may be causing problems with your indoor air quality and comfort. Insulation Inspection Insulation…...

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Five Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

December 11, 2013

Ductless AC units eliminate many drawbacks associated with window units and central air Ductless air conditioners are often overlooked as a cooling option, but they do offer some significant benefits over a window unit or central air. Ductless systems are similar to a window unit in that each evaporator is designed to cool a single room, and they are similar to a central split system in that there will be a condenser unit placed outside the home and an evaporator placed inside. The big difference between a ductless system and central air is of course that no ductwork is necessary. Instead, you only have to run refrigerant tubes between the evaporator and the condenser in order to enjoy cool, fresh air in your home. Cool Rooms without Major Renovations Ductless air conditioners can be used to cool a historic property where there’s no room to run ductwork, or to cool an addition, garage, sunroom, etc. that may not be attached to the existing central AC system in a newer home. Each ductless AC unit is designed to cool its own room, but by pairing multiple wall or ceiling units with a single outdoor condenser, you can create a multiple-zone split…...

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Bigger Isn’t Better When it Comes to Air Conditioners

November 24, 2013

Why getting a bigger unit isn’t the answer to your AC problems If you’re not satisfied with your current central AC system’s performance, you may assume you need a bigger unit. This is one of the most common errors that consumers make when trying to secure better performance from their AC systems. The truth is, bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to air conditioners. You need a unit that is appropriately sized for your home. Getting an oversized unit will not deliver improved cooling and can actually cause many problems, including: Uneven Temperatures An oversized air conditioner will cycle on and off too frequently, leading to air distribution issues. Basically, the rooms farthest from the unit will not receive enough cooled air before the system shuts off, while the rooms closest to the unit will get blasted with arctic air. You are better off with a smaller unit that will run almost constantly because this creates better air mixing in the home. Excess Humidity In addition to producing cool air, air conditioners also work as dehumidifiers provided they are left running long enough. When your system is too large for your home, the cooling will get done too…...

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Is It Time to Replace Your Heating or Cooling System?

November 24, 2013

Learn how to tell if you need a new heating or cooling system Heating and cooling equipment can be expensive, so naturally no homeowner necessarily wants to hear that they need a brand new unit. However, getting a new unit is well worth the investment if you choose your new heater or air conditioner wisely. You can expect improved performance and efficiency from your new unit, which will in turn provide you with better indoor air quality, lower utility bills, and improved overall home comfort. Here are some of the telltale signs of a heater or air conditioner that has outlived its usefulness and needs to be replaced. Familiarize yourself with them now and you won’t be so shocked when your HVAC technician breaks the news to you about your ailing unit! Your air conditioner is over 10 years old. Often, air conditioners that are over 10 years old cannot offer the same level of efficiency as a newer ENERGY STAR model. By upgrading to a new system rather than repairing your old system, you can often reap savings of up to 20 percent on your cooling bills. Your furnace is over 15 years old. Again, an older furnace is…...

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