3 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient



Whether it’s summer or winter in Northern California, you want to save money when it comes to your HVAC costs. Being aware of a few things can help keep you warm or cool while bringing down your monthly bill. Here are three tips that we at Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ want to share with you.

1. Choose Energy Star Appliances

Replacing older equipment with more recent models can save dollars. For example, a new air conditioning unit can replace an older model and save as much as 20% to 40% on monthly utility bills. Although air conditioners are meant to last more than 10 years, newer models have better SEER ratings and are more efficient. You might consider replacing your AC if you have:

  • Unreliable system operation
  • High energy bills
  • Increasing repair costs
  • A failed unit

Whether it’s heating or air conditioning, there comes a time when getting repairs is too costly. New equipment will be more efficient. However, you should remember to size the unit correctly for ultimate efficiency. Meanwhile, regular servicing of older models will make them run more efficiently.

2. Seal the Outside of Your Home

Part of your home includes the outside outer walls, windows, ceiling, and floor. This area is called the “envelope” or “shell.” Have a skilled contractor seal and insulate the exterior to make your home more energy efficient. This could save more than $200 a year in your cooling and heating costs.

3. When Temperatures Are Mild, Use Windows and Fans

Aside from using a programmable thermostat when you are away, you can take steps to keep the air moving naturally. Open windows in spring and use ceiling fans or portable fans on warmer days. You can also consider cooking outside on hot days, using a grill to avoid heating up the interior of your kitchen.

At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville, CA, we specialize in heating and cooling services. Give us a call if you need service or have questions.

Maintain a Healthy Home by Reducing Indoor Pollutants



It is a fact that indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air. Even with fire season and the summer sizzle outside, the irritants inside of buildings and homes are more prevalent.

Evaluating Ventilation Improvements

Utilizing outdoor air improves indoor breathing quality. Furthermore, it helps prevent the overuse of your heating and cooling system. The weather does not always allow people to open up their home. But, taking advantage of cooler breezes saves on energy cost and improves air quality.

You can also use attic fans. However, utilizing attic fans is not always possible on hot days. Warm air rises, and the fan only tends to make it worse. However, when not at home, attic fans filter fresher air into a stuffy home and improve overall air quality.

Another method available is air conditioning units. Air conditioning units with vent control increase the ventilation rate. They draw outdoor air and cool it for indoor use. Or, consider fans. Exhaust fans remove contaminants directly from specific rooms.

Here is a breakdown of how to improve indoor air quality using the outdoor air:

  • Open windows and doors
  • Use attic fans
  • Install a quality air conditioning unit
  • Use fans for specific rooms

Short-Term Pollutants

Short-term activities cause a drastic decrease in air quality. Cooking, welding, sanding, painting or paint stripping are all parts of owning a home and enjoying hobbies. However, each produces high levels of irritants and pollutants.

Utilizing ventilation methods or moving the activity outside is best for everyone. Also, heat recovery ventilators, or air-to-air heat exchanges, brings outdoor air indoors.

Analyzing Air Cleaners

Air cleaners are part of a long-term plan for indoor air quality. Maintaining the AC is part of manufacturer directions to remove pollutants from the air.

Houseplants are natural air cleaners. A reasonable number of shrubs, bushes and other greenery remove a significant quantity of irritants from offices and homes.

Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ serves Placerville, California, and the surrounding areas. Indoor air quality matters to us. We find and seal leaks, track unpleasant smells, and repair faulty units. Our crew wants to ensure that you remain healthy in your home or business. We also provide heating and plumbing services. Give us a call today to learn more.