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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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Howard Homer
Howard Homer
02:47 06 Mar 21
Danny also replaced recalled thermostat. He was outstanding in all areas.
Jann Contento
Jann Contento
19:33 05 Mar 21
The entire installation crew was terrific. Ethan Cardis was the very best! Great work and professionalism.Ron J. did a terrific job. Courteous, knowledgeable, and efficient. Five-star review for Ron J. Hobaica Services 9-8-2020.Danny Unglaub serviced my system with upmost professionalism. Very customer attentive and courteous. Great work performed 3-5-2021.
Scott Condie
Scott Condie
16:52 05 Mar 21
Binh T. has come to my home several times through the past few years for check-up and service on my A/C units. He's always on time and does a great job.
Pat O'Farrell
Pat O'Farrell
18:03 04 Mar 21
We've been Hobaica heat pump and maintenance customers since 1997. Just had a semiannual maintenance visit from Amer on our very new Lennox system installed last Fall. Amer was very thorough and a pleasure to work with. Excellent service, as usual, from Hobaica.Another maintenance today (3/21) done by Scott and Travis. Again, very thorough inspection. And pleasant to work with.
Robert Elzy
Robert Elzy
00:21 04 Mar 21
Juan was very professional and personable. He took the time to answer all our questions and kept great communication the whole time.
Barb Palmer
Barb Palmer
21:46 03 Mar 21
Great service from Ryan Waters highly recommend Hobaica as always great company and great technician.
c abbott
c abbott
19:21 03 Mar 21
My tech, Michael V, was wonderful. He was not only polite and professional but, educated me about my system as well. I greatly appreciate the service. He is my A/C hero!
Mike Milliron
Mike Milliron
17:56 03 Mar 21
We have been customers of Hobaica for over 15 years. They have always been completely professional, responsive and do excellent work. .
Nathan Coury
Nathan Coury
21:57 01 Mar 21
Binh was awesome, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Gave great tips for maintenance for our equipment afterwards too. And he was right about our A/C issues we were having months ago. Highly recommend.

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