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Weatherizing Your Arizona Home

When living in Arizona, one of the certainties of life is that summers will be long and hot.  As a result the power bills will reflect the hard work the HVAC system must do to keep your home comfortable.  By taking steps in weatherizing your home, Arizona homeowners are taking a step in the right direction to lower their power bills without sacrificing their comfort.  Instead, weatherizing your home will help to increase your comfort while in the home.

Weatherizing Your Home to Prevent Winter Heat Gain

Windows are a major source of heat gain in the home.  Solar energy moves through the glass and the resulting heat is trapped inside the home.  Heat gain through the windows can be prevented in simple ways.  Install blinds or sun reflective drapes to keep the heat out of the home.  Another alternative is to add reflective film or window screens.  If within the budget, consider installing Energy Star windows which help to eliminate heat gain.

Weatherizing Your Home with Attic Insulation

Even though the attic may already be insulated, it may not have enough insulation to meet the newest recommendations.  Add more insulation to increase the R-value.  The space between the roof and attic floor can easily reach over 150 degrees in the summer.  This heat buildup penetrates through the ceiling of the room below, causing an increase in temperature..  As a result, the air conditioning system must work harder.

Weatherizing Your Home by Sealing Air Leaks

Air leaks allow the expensive cooled air created by an air conditioner to leak outside.  Insert a piece of paper, such as a dollar bill along the trim of exterior doors and windows.  Where the dollar slips out easily, you are losing money due to air leaks.  Add weather stripping or caulk as appropriate.  Also check and seal any plumbing, baseboards, exterior wall outlets and dryer vents.

Weatherizing Your Home’s Ductwork

Check the ductwork for any holes, tears or loose connections.  The best way to do this is through a qualified contractor utilizing a blower door or duct blaster. Use an appropriate mastic sealant and mesh to seal these holes.  This move alone can save over 30% of your current cooling costs.  Insulate ducts, especially those running through hot attics or crawl spaces.  Call a contractor if you need help.

In addition to these steps in weatherizing your home, some changes in habits can be beneficial.  Use the microwave for cooking instead of the standard oven when possible.  Use ceiling fans along with the air conditioning.  Turn fans off when you are not in the room.  The wind chill on your body when in the breeze will cause you to feel cooler.

Hobaica Services has been helping Arizona Home Owners save money and be comfortable since 1952.

Learn more about how Hobaica Services can lower your utility costs & improve your comfort with a Home Energy Audit for only $99 @ www.hobaica.com or 602-995-0387.

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Check Out Our Reviews . . . From Neighbors Near You

Ruth Moravec
Ruth Moravec
03:25 23 Jun 21
Scott Dale was very professional. He answered our concerns and questions. He took time to explain the necessity of the repairs. Just by talking to him, we felt confident with him doing the repairs.
Gina Buskirk
Gina Buskirk
00:09 23 Jun 21
Hobaica has now installed 2 ac units for us-each time they have been exceptional to work with. They are fair and honest with their quotes. Andy Hobaica is always available to his customers and they may have the friendliest and most competent employees. I highly recommend.Just had Hobaica come out to fix an old unit, bedroom side of house-it’s been 111-115 degrees. Ryan W came out on Fri evening to evaluate and he was back on Mon to fix! Thanks Ryan, greatly appreciated
Julie Jones
Julie Jones
23:45 22 Jun 21
We called Hobaica for HVAC repair and they came out the same day, after waiting for 2 other companies to call back after 3 days (and still no call). Ron J. was on time, quickly diagnosed the problem and had our AC fixed quickly. We will use them again and highly recommend them!
Paul McLaughlin
Paul McLaughlin
23:43 22 Jun 21
Travis Vanau was our technician and he was awesome!! We have had an AC company come out now twice through our home warranty and both times have been told everything was fine. Travis was here for maybe 15-20 minutes and informed us that it looks like we have an AC leak, and walked us through the necessary steps for proper repair. He did a recharge for us and is coming back later this week to better identify the potential leak in our system! We can’t thank you enough, Travis!
Paul Brunoforte
Paul Brunoforte
22:27 22 Jun 21
Our repairman, Bihn was terrific. Well deserving of a Five Star Review.
Alfred Tabeek
Alfred Tabeek
17:51 22 Jun 21
Brandon did a fine job clearing a clog in a drain in my master bathroom. I'm pleased with his professionalism and the quality of his work.
Melodie M
Melodie M
04:11 22 Jun 21
Hobaica came out on June 8th and 11th, 2021. The first visit was for a/c seasonal maintenance. Scott Dale did a great job explaining what might be happening with an intermittent fan noise. I'm going to record it on video the next time it happens, and call them.The second visit was to install a new hose bib. I asked for a quote during Scott's visit, and decided to book it for later in the week. Travis Vonau arrived on Friday and took care of it. All of the Hobaica team members are knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks!
Brendan Thomson
Brendan Thomson
23:49 21 Jun 21
Excellent service and explanations
Margie Russell
Margie Russell
22:27 21 Jun 21
Last week Ryan Waters was our technician sent to do routine maintenance work on our a/c unit. He arrived within the time stated. He was very courteous when we spoke to him & promptly got to work. When he finished he explained what he had done & some further issue that needed to be addressed. He put in a work order & he was back out this week to complete the service. We are extremely happy with Hobaica & Mr Waters. Ryan Waters is an excellent technician, very knowledgeable, friendly & professional.

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