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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

scott agran
scott agran
05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
Linda Wendell
Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
We were very happy with the service provided by Ryan Waters and his team.
Allan Smolko
Allan Smolko
04:06 13 Nov 21
They were great!
Vander Shanholt
Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
Scott was incredibly friendly and repaired our upstairs heat in short order
Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
Cindy Fischer
Cindy Fischer
01:42 12 Nov 21
Ryan, Dylan& John were awesome. Professional, personable , on-time & dependable. Thx guys
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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