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Common Sense Approach to Saving Energy

The heating or cooling load for your home is a measurement of the amount of hot or cold air that it takes to bring your home to a comfortable temperature. This air can either be introduced to the home or removed from the home depending on the external and internal temperatures. The first analysis that needs to take place is a thorough check for any energy leaks that may be located in your home.

Check for energy waste by examining the window areas for drafts. Drafts are a sure sign of air leaks which can have a considerable effect on the cost of energy bills. The best way to check for drafts is to use a candle. Simply hold the candle near the widow areas to see if the flame blows in a certain direction. If the flame blows away from the windows, you will know that you have a potential draft situation. Windows can be caulked or weather stripped to cut down on air leakage. The outside of the windows can be helped with the use of thermal-backed window treatments that will help and prevent air from entering the home.

The next step is to perform an inspection of any crawlspaces or attics that you have in your home. Be certain that these areas are benefitting from the maximum amount of insulation. An attic or crawlspace may let an abundance of heat escape if they are not properly insulated. In addition, a well-insulated attic will prevent heat from entering the home during the summer months. This will lead to savings on the costs of air conditioning.

There are many other steps you can take in order to save on energy costs:

– Close off rooms or areas of your home that are rarely used. Any dampers can also be closed in rooms that are rarely used will also help.

– Areas around outlets and electrical switches will often allow drafts to enter a room. Seal up these areas to prevent air from entering or escaping.

– Energy efficient fluorescent bulbs can be used to replace incandescent bulbs for further savings.

– Program your thermostat to control the temperature while you are awake and inhabiting your home and to adjust itself while you are sleeping or outside the home. If your thermostat is not programmable, you may want to upgrade. The upgrade will pay for itself in the long run.

The above steps will save you money on your heating and cooling bills. In addition, you will be helping the environment by not wasting energy. Perform a complete energy audit of your home today, so that you can begin your energy savings.

Concerned about your home’s comfort or energy usage?  Schedule your FREE comfort evaluation today with Hobaica Services at www.hobaica.com

 

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Chase Coffield
Chase Coffield
18:58 03 Jul 22
July '22: Welp, of course the older AC goes out in the Phoenix summer on a long holiday weekend but Hobaica saved our holiday! Called the emergency line and they were able to get a technician (John M) on site within 2 hours. John was very helpful in explaining the situation and helping evaluate the options, very knowledgeable, informative, efficient, and of course top notch customer service.As I've used Hobaica twice in less than a year on two systems, I'll be relying on them in the future for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC needs.Nov '21: Of the 5 - 7 separate HVAC companies that came to give a quote, they were the only ones to provide more than one option based on the specific needs of the space and its use.My only criticism is regarding specifics of installation that I now have questions on, that should've been hammered out beforehand.
Elizabeth Silva
Elizabeth Silva
23:13 02 Jul 22
J. Miranda was so helpful and replied to our request right away! Called other places for emergency repair on our AC and they wouldn't be able to send someone for 3 days! Anyone who lives in AZ knows waiting that long is not an option especially during the summer! J. Miranda was friendly and took the time to explain what needed fixing. Will recommend! Thank you again!
Chad Van Haren
Chad Van Haren
20:04 02 Jul 22
Great experience receiving estimate. Quick scheduling of service. Knowledgeable service techs. Most importantly, they delivered peace of mind, which can't be purchased.
Harriet Moser
Harriet Moser
13:22 02 Jul 22
Great guys to work with. Knowledgable, efficient, professional.A follow up concern we had about our new unit was responded to quickly & well. Nothing wrong with the equipment, but it was retested and we were educated more about our new system by our tech.
Kitty Smith
Kitty Smith
11:56 02 Jul 22
Grayson Vu was a very knowledgeable and professional service tech. He was on time and took his time checking things out. He even recommended something to improve our air flow and comfort. Great company and great rep!
Karen Bender
Karen Bender
23:26 01 Jul 22
John and Jared came out today to take a look at my air conditioning unit. I live in a condo where I can’t see my unit but noticed some water dripping from the roof. They weren’t just on time, they were a little early which helped free up the rest of my day.They found that the system was running as it should be and let me know that the water was dripping because the condensation line was disconnected. Super easy fix with a little bit of glue, and they did not create worry where there was none just to add to the bill.As if that wasn’t good enough, they were incredibly nice and easy to talk to. Not nice because it’s required- just really genuine people. I was not expecting to have such an easy and inexpensive experience in Phoenix during hot, muggy monsoon season. Thank you both for making my day!
Jim Adams
Jim Adams
18:54 01 Jul 22
We recently had our air conditioning go out on Tuesday and on Friday a new unit was installed. The service has been fantastic. Could not have asked for a faster more friendly company.Zach and Gio were amazing in getting the unit installed and walking us through the new thermostat.
PHX Keeve
PHX Keeve
22:05 30 Jun 22
Grayson came out and was on time, and very nice. He took extra time to diagnose a potential problem, and even re-secured some wire mesh (to keep birds out) that had been blown off from the wind. He answered all my questions, will do business with hobaica again.
James Borsheim
James Borsheim
21:27 30 Jun 22
In every way possible, extremely professional service. Used since 2008, very pleased.

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