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Energy Saving Tips

Smart ways to save energy and money all year round. If you are looking for ways to save money and resources on your energy consumption, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find some of our top tips for increasing energy efficiency in your home. We want to provide Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County Nevada residents with home energy efficiency tips that keep you safe and comfortable while also you save energy through conservation efforts at home, such as:

  • Lowering the your energy bill during the different seasons
  • Establishing an HVAC maintenance plan
  • Zoning your home
  • Upgrading to a programmable thermostat
  • Addressing energy efficiency in your home (energy audits)

Up to half of your utility bill is attributable to heating and cooling costs. In order to keep these costs under control, ensure your heating and air conditioning system is running at peak efficiency

 

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Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

These tips are designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills. Air conditioning tips to save energy, air conditioning tips for summer, HVAC maintenance tips and more!

HVAC energy saving tips to maximize your HVAC system efficiency and energy usage. Heating tips and air conditioning tips plus much more!


 

Schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC system

  • A seasonal tune-up will maximize efficiency, keep equipment in peak working order, improve comfort and virtually eliminate costly repairs

 

Install a programmable thermostat

  • A programmable thermostat will adjust your HVAC system to fit your schedule, lowering and raising temperature settings when you are typically away from home or asleep

 

  • You’ll save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back seven to ten degrees Fahrenheit from it normal setting for eight hours a day

 

Change filter at least every month depending on usage

  • A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool—wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system—leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure

 

Replace old inefficient HVAC systems with new energy efficient units

  • Consider installing ENERGY STAR® qualified heating and cooling equipment if your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old
  • Replacing an old air conditioner with a high efficiency unit (new air conditioners use up to 40% less electricity than older models)

 

Get your HVAC unit properly installed by a professional & trusted heating and cooling company like Gibson Air

  • Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30% —costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s life.

 

Air Conditioning Tips To Save Energy

  • Be sure your air conditioner is not blocked. A free flowing air conditioner operates most efficiently Be sure the return air grill inside your house is not blocked by furniture or other items

 

  • Keep heat out of your home by closing blinds, shades and draperies that cover windows facing the sun. Close coverings on east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon

 

  • Keep your outdoor air conditioning unit cooler by planting trees or shrubs that provide shade but still allow air to flow around the unit. By properly shading the area, your system can perform up to 10% more efficiently

 

 

The following tips can help you save money on energy costs during the warm weather!


 

  • close shades, blinds and drapes to block the sun from overheating your house during the Summer months

 

  • Try to wash and dry clothes, iron and cook in the morning or later in the evening

 

  • Clean air filters during Summer
    • Dirty air filters can restrict air flow and compromise performance

 

  • Set your ceiling fan for summer months
    • In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor

 

  • Set thermostat at 78°F or higher in the summer
    • you can save 6-8% of your cooling costs for each degree above 78

 

  • Open shades, blinds and drapes during Winter months to gain the sun’s heat

 

  • Change your ceiling fan direction for warm winter comfort
    • In the winter you should rotate clockwise at a low speed to pull cool air up

 

  • Set thermostat at 68°F or lower in the winter

 

  • Put an insulating blanket on your water heater

 

  • If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when you’re not using it, and use a glass door to minimize the amount of heat that escapes up the chimney

 Air Sealing & Insulation Tips to Save Energy:

  • Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors
  • When replacing windows, choose a double-pane, solar-control low-E, argon gas-filled, wood or vinyl frame window
  • You should add insulation to your attic if you do not have a R-36 rating or better

 

Appliances & Electronic Tips to Save Energy:

  • Unplug appliances, lights, TVs, computers, etc. when not in use
  • Power strips completely cut power to any device plugged into them when switched off. So, when you turn the power strip button off, the devices are not consuming energy in standby mode
  • Replace appliances that are over 7 years old with Energy Star appliances. Energy Star-qualified products use less energy and usually offer more features than non-qualified products
  • Activate your computer’s sleep mode when you leave your desk. This reduces electricity consumption to less than 5% of full power
  • Do laundry and other energy intensive chores in the morning hours or late at night when overall energy usage is lower
  • Use a cold water detergent and try using the cold water washing cycle. It does make colors last longer
  • Install efficient shower heads that use 2.5 gallons per minute or less

 

Lighting Tips to Save Energy:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which use up to 75% less energy
  • Turn off lights whenever possible. Just a few hours a day over a year’s time can really make a difference
  • Dust your light bulbs and clean the fixture covers to get the most light out of your fixtures
  • Install motion sensors in places you might often forget to turn the light off yourself

 

Water Saving Tips in Las Vegas:

  • Keep showers under 15 minutes
  • Switch to low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads
  • Turn down the frequency of your sprinklers
  • Make sure your dishwasher is full before running it

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips For Las Vegas Homeowners

Fall Home Maintenance Tips For Las Vegas Homeowners

As the summer heat in Las Vegas finally begins to cool down in late October you should make sure your home is prepared for the cold winter nights in Southern Nevada. By following fall home maintenance tips and checklists you can assure your Las Vegas home is ready for winter. A top concern includes scheduling fall HVAC maintenance service on your heating system with Gibson Air before the cold weather arrives. If you have not set up an appointment for a furnace tune up, now is the best time to do so! Fall Home Maintenance Tips Fall is the perfect time to prepare your system for the heating season. Get your heating system ready for winter, reduce energy costs and improve home comfort with our Fall Home Maintenance Tips.   Change Your Furnace Air Filter By following fall HVAC maintenance tips like changing your air filter before the winter can offer you and your family many benefits. It’s important to change your air filter more frequently in the winter as you spend much more time indoors, by checking your filter each month you can improve your indoor air quality. According to the Department of Energy, changing your filter regularly can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency anywhere from 5% to 15%. No matter what HVAC maintenance you’re performing, whether it’s before the summer or before the winter, changing your air filter should be a priority.   Change Ceiling Fan Direction In Winter Homeowners can improve the efficiency of their heating system and keep their home more evenly heated by reversing the direction of their ceiling fans in the fall. Change...

WINTER TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOU WARM

WINTER TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOU WARM For most regions of the country, fall means forgetting about heating and air conditioning for a while. Crisp mornings and moderate temperatures during the day create a comfortable existence with lower-than-average energy usage. Right around the corner, however, is the first frost of winter and the promise of higher energy bills. Is there anything you can do now to impact your energy usage? “Absolutely,” says Paul Trotter, brand manager for American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning. “The transition period between the beginning of fall and the first days of cold weather is the perfect time to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency and weather resiliency, and service your heating system. All of these things, along with following a few other simple recommendations, can impact your energy usage.” MAKING YOUR HOME AS ENERGY-EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE DURING WINTER Install storm or thermal windows and doors. Caulk and weather strip all windows and doors. Ensure your fireplace has a tight-fitting damper. Tape and seal leaks in your duct system and coil enclosure. Consider adding insulation to your duct system. For extremely cold climates, wrap your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket. Seal gaps between heated and unheated spaces. This may be around pipes, ducts, fans or vents. Consider installing ceiling fans with reversible motors. In the winter, fans push warm air that collects at ceiling level back down into the room. Ensure your fireplace has a tight-fitting flue damper. Make sure the registers (vents) in your home are open and not obstructed by furniture. Set your thermostat to “Continuous Fan” to continuously circulate the...

Air Quality Tips

Would you like to breath easier with less allergens and dust in your home? We are all aware of the unavoidable problem we encounter outdoors with air quality and pollution on a daily basis. We may not have much control of the outside air but what about the air in your home? We really need to take a hard look at the indoor pollution problem inside our homes, schools, and workplaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Nearly every home (96%) had at least one indoor quality problem and 86% had high levels of particles and bioaerosols. With the Las Vegas weather now changing to spring, the flowers and trees are blooming and the pollen count increasing almost daily. If you are having allergic responses to this pollen increase, you need to know that there are methods, we at GIBSON AIR CONDITIONING, can do about the indoor pollution in your home. By reducing the pollen, dust, pet dander, dirt mites, bacteria and viruses in your home, we can greatly improve the indoor air you breathe. Here are a few slight examples of how we can help you with what specifically affects you: ODORS AND CHEMICAL VAPORS An air-purification system can be attached to your HVAC unit. Contaminants are removed and destroyed before air is re-circulated in your home. SMALL, RESPIRABLE PARTICLES AND BIOAEROSOLS/MICRO-ORGANISMS An air filtration system will help to combat indoor pollution capturing even the smallest contaminants and keeping them from re-circulating back into the home’s airflow. Germicidal lights can...

Summer HVAC Maintenance Plan

SUMMER CAN BE TOUGH ON YOUR SYSTEM, WHICH IS WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO START THE SEASON OFF RIGHT. “Air conditioning performance is a direct result of how well you take care of the unit during the peak summer months,” said Paul Trotter, brand manager for American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning. “With the proper upkeep, you can expect your air conditioner to last for 10 years or more—and consistently perform at its peak throughout its life.” “One of the most important ways a homeowner can actively contribute to extending the life of his or her air conditioner is to have a yearly inspection prior to each cooling season. This will guarantee that the unit is prepared to work properly and at maximum efficiency.” establishing a maintenance plan With any HVAC system, repairs are inevitable. It is likely used 24/7, so the wear and tear on a furnace and air conditioning unit is considerable. There will be things that go wrong with a system that works that hard, but all machinery becomes worn under continued stress. This is why having a maintenance plan on an HVAC is so important. Keeping your system in proper working order, however, is just the first of many reasons to invest in a maintenance plan for your unit. The following list includes things you may not have considered. Regular cleaning and inspections. The heart of any HVAC maintenance plan is regular cleaning and inspection. These procedures are usually conducted semi-annually. These check-ups enable units to retain up to 95% of their original efficiency over time. Warranty benefits. Most HVAC maintenance plans come equipped with warranties....

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER:

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER: Spring HVAC  Maintenance Before summer begins, have your home’s air conditioning system cleaned and checked by a reputable dealer. Invest in a good quality whole-house air filtration system designed to capture a high percentage of airborne dirt and debris to protect your equipment investment. Clean or replace the filter every 30 days or per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Add insulation to your attic and weatherproof your house by covering all exposed windows and by weather-stripping all doors and windows. Keep programmable thermostats at 78 degrees (F) or higher when not at home (for each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees, you save up to five percent on cooling costs). If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider purchasing one. It’s worth the investment. Dust or vacuum the vents in your home often to ensure the free flow of cool air. Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation. Make sure the registers (vents) in your home are open and not obstructed by furniture. Close your drapes or blinds, especially when you’re not home, to keep your home cooler and save energy. If you have a whole-house humidifier, make sure the damper is in the “Summer” position. Routinely replacing or cleaning the filters will help your air conditioner operate smoothly. Clogged or dirty filters block normal airflow and can reduce a system’s efficiency over time. In addition, take a walk around your yard. If trees or other plants shade your home, make sure that leaves and sticks are regularly cleared away from your air conditioner. >> Schedule Spring Tune-Up for your Air...

Energy Saving Facts

According the US Department of Energy, 25 -40% of the energy used for heating and cooling a home is wasted.  When your HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t work as hard to reach set temperature levels, and as a result, less energy is consumed.

When replacing air conditioners or furnaces, look for ENERGY STAR labeled products. Replacing HVAC equipment that is more than ten years old with Energy star models can cut your annual energy bill into the hundreds.

Programmable thermostats will shave about 10 percent off of your heating and cooling bills, says the Alliance to Save Energy. The average annual savings is about $100

About 47% of the average household’s annual energy bills stem from heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

According to the EPA, an annual HVAC tune-up and inspection is one of the most important strategies for reducing energy consumption in your HVAC system. Just like a car, even the newest, most efficient HVAC system will decline in performance without regular maintenance from a qualified professional


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