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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

S C
S C
18:54 18 Sep 21
Had a great experience with Ac repair. Travis Vonau the repair tech explained all aspects of issues he found and spent time explaining how system works. Very punctual on time. Thanks very much for getting this repair done as quickly as possible.
Bob Albano
Bob Albano
19:53 16 Sep 21
Scott was terrific. Patiently answered questions.
Paul Lynch
Paul Lynch
13:50 16 Sep 21
Excellent service as usual. Thanks Ryan. 3 ceiling fans installed quickly and efficiently.
Frank Fairbanks
Frank Fairbanks
05:00 15 Sep 21
Great work done by a competent and friendly technician.
Linda Dupont
Linda Dupont
18:20 14 Sep 21
Justin showed up exactly on time, was professional, replaced a ceiling fan and chandelier with 2 new updated lighting fixtures - done professionally, in a timely manner, cleaned up the empty boxes etc. I would Highly Recommend requesting Justin for your service! Hobaica was recommended by my Plumbing CEO, who states Hobaica is tops in the business. Thank you! I will definitely use you again for another project!
Michael Wang
Michael Wang
06:48 12 Sep 21
Had my leaking water softener repaired by Hobaica Services. Brandon who came to the house was very knowledgeable, diagnosed the issue quickly, and fixed the problem on a second visit after the required parts came in.7/29/21 -- Called Hobaica again, this time for a rooftop AC that was leaking water into the ceiling, and was able to get an appointment for the same day. Travis arrived at the start of the time window provided, identified the source of the leak, and was able to make the repair. The service call was complete within 1 1/2 hours, including the time it took Travis to run to the hardware store to purchase a length of PVC pipe.9/11/21 -- Juan E serviced our other AC unit that turned out to be low on refrigerant. He got it back up and running quickly, blowing cold air instead of just slightly cooler than room temperature.
Simon Ring
Simon Ring
19:06 11 Sep 21
I received great service from Travis Vanau. He was friendly, gave me extremely helpful advice and was very efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend Travis or Hobaica to anyone.
Nancy Padrez
Nancy Padrez
16:42 10 Sep 21
Travis was great and did a good job installing our new kitchen faucet.We will definitely use again
Linda Yoder
Linda Yoder
19:22 09 Sep 21
Justin did a GREAT job

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