S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for February, 2019

Cold Spots in Your House? Let’s See What We Can Do…

Monday, February 25th, 2019

cold-sweater-manHere’s a cold-weather irritation you might have pestering you: a house with cold spots scattered around it. Uneven heating can happen in a home for many reasons, and one of the basic ones is poor air balancing. This means the air coming from your furnace or heat pump isn’t being distributed equally through the ventilation system.

There are ways to improve this, and we’ve put together a few things you can try. If the problem persists, you’ll need the assistance of a professional Kirkland, WA, HVAC contractor—sometimes the cold spots and poor air balance are issues that only repairs or a replacement can fix.

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You May Not Have Enough Insulation in Your Home

Monday, February 11th, 2019

woman-shivering-in-sweaterWe didn’t experience cold weather anything like what recently struck the Midwest and Eastern US. However, the intense cold weather can serve as a warning to everyone—many homes do not have proper levels of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that 90% of homes are under-insulated.

Poor insulation means immense amounts of energy go to waste attempting to make up for the heat that escapes through the walls of a home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a house can save around 15% on its annual heating and cooling bills with better insulation.

Newer building codes have improved insulation, but there are many older buildings still around with subpar heat sealing on them. You might be living in one of those and paying higher bills than you should without realizing it.

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