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Does Your Home Have A Heat Loss Problem?

Does Your Home Have A Heat Loss ProblemDuring cold winter months, you are perfectly aware that heating costs make up the bulk of your electricity or gas bill.

Consequently you want your HVAC system to work as efficiently and as effortlessly as possible, so you can enjoy the warmth it produces without worrying yourself to death about how rapidly the dial on your energy meter is spinning.

Unfortunately, wintertime heat loss is a common source of waste in most homes. Even well-constructed buildings are far from airtight and it is amazing how much heat can escape into the open air if sources of leakage go unnoticed.

As winter has progressed have you noticed your energy costs rising? Do your bills seem out-of-proportion in comparison to friends and neighbors? Do you notice your furnace kicking on and off more frequently than in the past? Are there certain rooms in your home that seem noticeably colder than others?

All of these indicate you have a heat loss problem and that it is significant enough to be having a measurable impact.

Learn the sources of heat loss problems.

Identifying The Sources Of Heat Loss Trouble

HeatAir leaks in homes can happen just about anywhere. The best way to detect them is to contact your local energy company and ask them to send a consultant to your home to perform a heat loss audit (this service may be offered for free). If they can’t or won’t send someone you can always hire a private home energy auditor, who will most likely do it for a relatively small fee.

In the meantime, you can look around on your own to see what you can spot. Here are a few things to check for:

Doors And Windows

Cracks and spaces here are fairly easy to find. Just stand on the other side, feel around the perimeter of your doors and windows and see if streams of warm air are escaping (or cool air is coming in). It can usually be fairly easy to fix door and window gaps with caulk or weather stripping that you can buy and apply yourself.

Other locations where gaps may be causing air leakage include electrical outlets, plumbing cuts beneath sinks and dryer vents on outside walls. All can be plugged with caulk or foam sealers (just make sure to remove the foam sealer before using your dryer).

Filters And Vents

HVAC units won’t move air properly if filters are clogged or vents plugged or blocked. It’s fairly easy to check for this and to take action to combat it, either by cleaning where you can or buying a replacement air filter when it’s dirty.

Attic Heat Loss

This can be traced to inadequate insulation, unsealed wall partitions that channel heat from below or even poor attic ventilation.


For the most part you won’t be able to tell if the insulation in your walls, floors and ceilings is adequate or has somehow been compromised. Bad insulation is a big source of leakage, however, and it is one problem a home heat loss audit can help you uncover.

Heat Loss Is Your Loss

Heat loss will make you colder, cost you money and put undue stress on your furnace to the point where its life span may be reduced.

If You’ve Noticed Heat Loss, Call The Heating Experts

Have you noticed heat loss in your home or problems with your heater? Contact the heating and cooling experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. Our licensed and professional technicians will thoroughly inspect your heater and home and provide a viable solution to your problem.

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How Much Could A New Air Conditioner Really Save You?

How Much Could A New Air Conditioner Really Save YouLet’s face it. New air conditioners are not inexpensive. In fact, they can be one of the most costly purchases that you’ll make as a homeowner. However, in Arizona, air conditioning isn’t just a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity. Thus, you want to make sure you choose the right unit for your home and understand the cost savings of a new unit which will help offset the price you will pay for it.

When you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you will be presented with various SEER rating options. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and this rating can tell you a lot about how much you’ll be paying on your monthly electricity bill. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient your system will be. This will translate into lower energy consumption and obviously lower monthly bills.

Currently, the government has mandated that all new air conditioners have to be rated at least a 13 SEER. However, the older units that many of us have are rated at 8 to 12 SEER. The most efficient units are 17 or higher.

How Much Will You Save Each Month?

So, let’s consider you spend $100 on air conditioning each month with an old 8 SEER unit. If you purchase a new 13 SEER unit, you can expect to save $38 each month. If you choose to purchase a higher efficiency unit with a SEER rating of 15, you will save nearly $50 a month. The most efficient units will save you well over half of what you’re spending each month with the old unit. Yes, this can really add up – especially here in Arizona where we run our air conditioners for most of the year. In fact, you can expect that the cost savings will substantially offset the investment you’ve made into a new air conditioner in just a few years. Let’s not forget, there are also typically utility and manufacturer rebates to save even more!

Get A Quote On A New Air Conditioner In Phoenix Area?

At Bruce’s, we can provide you a FREE, detailed quote on a new air conditioning unit. We carry the top brands and offer the best installation services in the industry. Call us today to get started and start saving now. Investments that pay for themselves over time, can’t go wrong with that right?

5 Ways To Save Big On Your Home Heating Bill This Winter

5 Ways To Save Big On Your Home Heating Bill This WinterAre you already cringing at the thought of what this month’s home heating bill will be? If so, you’re not alone. Homeowners across Arizona see their bills skyrocket when the temperatures drop this winter.

But, the good news is that there are some simple ways to slash your utility bill while still keeping your home warm and comfortable.

5 Ways You Can Save On Your Heating Bill

Saving money is everyone goal, but most of us don’t do everything we possibly can to save. Here are ways you can save your wallet now.

#1 Program Your Thermostat

Your thermostat can be a surprisingly effective tool when it comes to saving on your home heating bill. Why? Well, this is because you can set it to a lower temperature while you’re sleeping or away. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save up to three percent on their home heating bill for every degree they lower their thermostat. That’s a big savings by simply lowering the temperature when you’re at work or asleep.

#2 Replace Your Air Filters

You could be throwing dollars away simply because you haven’t replaced you system filters. This is an easy project that should be done each month. By doing so, you can reduce the load on your system which in turn saves you money!

#3 Turn Down The Water Heater Setting

If you’ve never set the temperature for your water heater, you’re most likely wasting money. This is because the factory default for water heaters is typically 120 degrees. You definitely don’t need water this hot to take a shower or to do your dishes. Since the water heater is one of the primary users of electricity or gas in a home, turning down the temperature can go a long way towards reducing your heating costs.

#4 Clear Heating Vents

House fires are caused by many things and dangers, but one of the biggest reasons can be solved before it even started. Keep all vents and your unit free of debris and vegetation. Not only will this prevent fires, it will also make sure your air is clean and the life of your system is maintained for the duration it designed for.

#5 Schedule Regular Maintenance

Preventative maintenance on your heating system is the best way to keep it working optimally. A system that is properly running will use less power and stay working longer. At Bruce’s AC & Heating, we pride ourselves on making our customers #1 priority. If you’re in need of a maintenance, call us to schedule an appointment today.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from everyone at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating Repair!