Energy Efficiency and Your HVAC System



The Connection Between Energy Efficiency and Your HVAC System

When shopping around for your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC), you’ll most likely focus on costs rather than energy efficiency. So, is price or energy efficiency more important? The short answer is both. At Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing⁣, our HVAC experts share vital information about the connection between energy efficiency and your HVAC system. In this article, you’ll discover why energy efficiency matters to you.

Understanding Energy Flow

The purpose of an HVAC system is not only to warm or cool your space but to ensure comfortability and improve air quality. This is accomplished by fresh air being pulled from the outside or within the home (ventilation), which is brought into the air handling unit and drawn through filters. These filters help to remove dust, allergens, and other particles to purify the air. Then the air is sent to either be cooled or heated before cycling back out into the home. For most systems, the air moves through a network of ducts to different rooms. However, the air can also be centralized to specific rooms/areas of the house, depending on the system. 

Because there are a handful of steps before the air is purified and matched to the homeowners’ comfort, there are a number of ways to be more energy efficient with your HVAC.

Choosing the Right HVAC System

Deciding which HVAC system is right for your home can be a big decision. We asked Tureks Plumbing, a Fox Valley home-remodeling company for tips. They said that there are many factors to consider when investing in something for your home. They agree that an energy-efficient HVAC system will not only last longer but also improve home value. Plus, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. Ultimately, an energy-efficient HVAC system is the way to go if you want to increase comfort, lower bills, and reduce energy consumption. 

Here at Gilmore Air, we will always make sure to give you plenty of options for energy-efficient HVAC products. Our Placerville HVAC experts are highly skilled in working with homeowners to find the best HVAC system for you and your family. We’re not just here for an HVAC installation – we’re here to help you through the entire HVAC replacement process from start to finish.

Committed to Quality Excellence 

At Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing⁣, our team is continuously learning more about the latest Heating and Air technologies to provide you with the best HVAC service possible. Each of our certified HVAC technicians is committed to giving you a comprehensive plan to meet your HVAC comfort and energy needs. Whether you are looking to reduce high monthly energy costs, salvage your current system to sell your home, or want the most comfortable atmosphere available, we do it all.

Certified Energy Performance

Since 1979, we have been providing customers with the best service around. You can always count on us to give you honest and professional advice. We will never recommend an HVAC system that doesn’t have a long track record of exceptional performance. With the Gilmore Guarantee, you won’t have to worry about your HVAC system failing you when you need it most. If you need help selecting or replacing your HVAC system, contact Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing⁣ today.

What is The Most Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling System?



Looking for an Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling System for your home?

When it comes to heating and cooling your home, there are a number of energy-efficient options available. So, which system ranks above the rest? To answer this question, you must first understand what these systems do.

The Basic Concept of Heating and Cooling

A heating and cooling system has a simple job: the transfer of heat. Air conditioning is transferring heat out of the building during hot weather. During the winter months, heat is being produced and transferred throughout your building via the ducts. Either way, interior temperature is altered by the displacement of hot or cold air.

Very few unified systems accomplish both heating and cooling with the same equipment. Though the systems use the same ductwork for pushing air, the methods employed for heating and cooling are usually different. Frequently, a forced air furnace works alongside an air conditioning system.

A Better Alternative

The most common configuration has just been described above. There is, however, a much more efficient option that often cuts operating costs in half. If the shear use of energy were the sole consideration, the thermal heat-pump system would easily win. This employs a coolant to transfer heat either into or out of your building. An electric pump and condensing system are also used, depending on what direction the heat is flowing.

Other systems transfer heat out during the hot months. However, to provide heat during the colder months, most other systems have to generate it somehow. A thermal heat pump uses heat already in the ground.

Energy Efficiency Does Not Mean Everything

Just because a thermal system is technically the most energy-efficient, that does not mean it is the best suited for your needs. Factors like installation cost, cost to maintain and repair, operating cost, size of your building and the local climate all play a role in choosing the best option.

The team at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣ has been helping residents of the Greater Sacramento area select their systems since 1979.

Professional Expertise for Your Comfort

Whether you need a new heating and cooling system, you’re looking to improve your energy savings with plumbing⁣ or you need help with a plumbing problem, Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣ is standing by. We perform a full range of installation, maintenance and repair, and we’ve earned over 6,000 five-star reviews and a glowing A+ rating with the BBB. Call us to today to schedule your appointment.

How To Optimize Your Energy Efficiency This Winter



Saving energy this winter doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, there are several low-cost ways to optimize energy efficiency during the cold winter months. Here are a few:

1. Cover Your Home’s Windows

Drafty windows can reduce your home’s energy efficiency. If new windows aren’t in your budget this year, don’t worry. You can seal drafty windows by taping heavy plastic over them.

2. Reduce the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater

Adjust your hot water heater to a warmer setting. A comfortable setting is 120 degrees. By taking this action, you can optimize your energy efficiency and prevent hot-water burns.

3. Use LED Holiday Lights

Decorating your home for the holidays can raise your electricity bills. When you decorate your home with lights, be sure to invest in LED lights. For the most savings, be sure to buy lights that are certified by ENERGY STAR.

4. Use Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

A wood-burning fireplace can provide heat for a fraction of the cost of raising your thermostat. Be sure to open the fireplace dampers and close the doors in the room.

5. Adjust Your Thermostat

It feels good to come home to a warm environment, but keeping your home warm all day can result in an expensive utility bill. When you’re not at home, reduce the temperature on your thermostat.

6. Seal Your Fireplace

Like windows, fireplaces can get drafty. This is especially true if your fireplace isn’t sealed properly. Inspect your fireplace for drafts. Seal or caulk any areas that cause heat to escape from your home.

7. Clean and Maintain Your Heating System

A dirty heating system can adversely affect your home’s energy efficiency. Optimize your heating system by replacing your filters as needed. To maintain your heating system, schedule an appointment with Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣.

Our technicians at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣ can help you optimize your energy efficiency. Services include professional furnace repair and furnace tune-ups. Call us to schedule an appointment for one of our services in the Placerville area.

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.

Understanding Air Conditioner Efficiency Ratings



Air conditioning annually consumes more than 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, costing homeowners more than $29 billion annually. That’s why understanding your air conditioning system’s efficiency is a matter of common sense.

Your air conditioner makes your home cooler by moving heat from inside your home to the outside. The compressor motor uses most of the energy making this happen. Compared to the energy consumed by the compressor, your air condition system produces about 3 times the cooling power. But how efficient is your air conditioner?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The most common measure of efficiency is SEER, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio–you’ve likely seen the SEER mentioned on the bright yellow “EnergyGuide” stickers that are found on appliances such as refrigerators and water heaters, as well as air conditioners. SEER is a measure of how many BTUs a system produces while consuming one watt of electricity—the higher the SEER number, the more efficient the air conditioner. Just as ‘miles per gallon’ is used to compare car efficiency, SEER allows you to compare the energy efficiency of various AC units.

As of 2015, air conditioners sold in California must now have a minimum SEER rating of 14. However, higher efficiency units of 18 and even 26 SEER are available. But keep in mind, a higher SEER unit will not blow colder than a lower SEER unit. A high SEER rating means that the air conditioner will deliver the same cooling power for less money. For example, a 16 SEER system can save an estimated $2,000 in annual operating costs.

Other AC Efficiency Ratings to Consider

Depending on your climate, you may want to consider other efficiency rating measures. For example, in hot, dry climates, you should look at the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). The EER is calculated assuming a steady outside temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit, while SEER is calculated using a temperature range of 65 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

EER is a better standard to use in areas that tend to be very hot—95 degrees or higher—for long periods of time, as EER gives a sense of how well an AC works at peak operating conditions. On the other hand, if the average summer temperature in your area is between 80 and 90 degrees, then SEER will be more relevant for you.

If you live in a hot, humid climate, you need to consider how well a system can dehumidify indoor air. We perspire to provide natural cooling through the evaporation of perspiration from our skin. Drier air, up to a point, improves the comfort you experience indoors. Generally speaking, air conditioners are designed to create a 40% to 60% relative humidity in your home.

There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Efficiency Rating

There’s no ‘best’ SEER rating for everybody. Your individual AC operating habits, the size of your home, the condition of your home’s ductwork, and your personal savings goals all have a role in determining the optimal system efficiency choice for your air conditioning system.

If you have questions about how to select an air conditioner that’s ideal for your home, call the experts at Gilmore. We offer free consultations, and can perform the measurements and calculations necessary to find the unit that will save you the most money, while providing the level of comfort you desire.