Thermostat and Energy Savings



Setting Your Thermostat for Maximum Energy Savings

Warm seasons usually see an increase in your AC usage. Most Sacramento homeowners have no idea that you can actually keep your house cool without necessarily paying high energy bills that are usually associated with running an AC unit.  Additionally, there is a direct correlation between your thermostat and energy savings.

For example, you can use your thermostat to cut down on your energy bills every year. This is definitely an interesting prospect for any conscious homeowner. Below are some of the ways you can use on your thermostat to keep the air cool and maximize your energy savings. 

Set the Thermostat with Care 

This is especially the case for summer seasons here in Sacramento. People tend to set their thermostats in the 60s which leads to the AC working more. Instead, find the highest temperature you can stand and use it to set the thermostat’s temperature. By increasing the temperature on your thermostat closer to the outside temperatures, you help reduce the amount of work your AC unit does. Have a question about this? Our Sacramento ac service specialists would be happy to assist you. 

Adjust your Body to High Temperatures 

You can gradually increase the temperature on your thermostat until you reach the ideal range of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Our friends at McQuillan Brothers, Twin Cities plumbing company, recommend that you should slowly increase the temperature on the thermostat by one degree every day until you get to 78°. This will allow you to gradually adjust to the higher temperatures during the summer so that you won’t need your AC unit on all the time. 

Get a SMART Thermostat

Get yourself a programmable thermostat. Our Sacramento HVAC company recommends modern thermostats are great for many homes because they can be programmed to switch the AC on when needed. Instead of keeping the AC on all the time, you will only use it when there are people inside the house. 

The thermostat can also be set to automatically regulate the temperatures inside your house depending on when you are at home. This saves on the amount of energy it uses and ultimately saves you a lot of money in energy bills. 

Find ways to keep the Thermostat Off 

There are additional ways to keep the thermostat off and save money without compromising on the comfort of your home. They include 

  • Using Ceiling Fans. A simple ceiling fan has the potential of lowering your room temperature and making it feel 4 degrees cooler. This way, you can set your thermostat high and save on energy bills. 
  • Using Blind and curtains. These prevent the sun’s rays from getting into your house. The sun has the potential to increase the temperature in your house. By using curtains and blinds, you will maintain the cool atmosphere inside the house. 
  • Using your Windows. At night when the temperatures drop, switch off your AC unit and open the windows to let in the cool air from outside get into the house. During the day, close the windows and draw your curtains to prevent the sun’s rays from heating up your home. 

Keep Your AC Healthy 

There are many ways to keep energy consumption low. With the help of the best HVAC Company in Sacramento, you can learn ways to maintain your AC unit and keep your expenses low. Contact Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing today and schedule a call. 

5 Energy Efficiency Tips



As a homeowner, you may want to reduce your energy usage as a way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Although you may not be able to discontinue use of your HVAC system, there are still ways to limit your usage and maintain a comfortable interior setting. Here are a few practical and affordable ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.

1. Reduce Your Water Heater Temperature

Reducing your water heater temperature to 130 degrees can allow you to save extra money. As you might imagine, you’ll be using less energy to heat the water. You can also wrap the water storage tank that insulates the appliance to allow more heat to be retained.

2. Use a Door Sweep

Air leaks are among the biggest contributors to loss of energy, especially under doors that connect to garages that lead to the outside. Door sweeps seal gaps and will stop the air flow.

3. Install the Proper Size of AC Unit

Central air conditioning units that are of an improper size can lead to wasted energy usage. Hire a technician to install a unit that’s the perfect size for your property. This will also improve comfort and reduce noise from the appliance.

4. Add Insulation

Insulation should be installed in the attic to prevent heat or cool air from escaping from the building. The material will also prevent heat from transferring through the roof during the summer months. This can prevent the HVAC system from working too hard. Spray foam can also be used in hard-to-reach areas.

5. Eliminate Drafts

Look for leaks that are present and eliminate drafts with the use of caulking or weather stripping to prevent air from escaping the building or from entering the home from the outside.

Our technicians are qualified to provide you with tailored solutions to meet your specific heating and cooling needs. Call us at Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville, CA, today for more information on the different types of HVAC systems we have available.

Checking Your Home for Air Leaks



Air leaks in your home can have many sources, including a crack in the foundation, a hole in the attic or a door that doesn’t sit quite right against the jamb. While these leaks are certainly a kind of natural ventilation, they aren’t ideal. You probably heated or cooled that escaping air at great expense, and these leaks just make your cooling or heating system work harder.

Where Are Air Leaks in a Home Most Common?

Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ has been helping customers throughout the Greater Sacramento area achieve proper ventilation since 1979. We’ve found that many people believe windows and doors are the main culprits when it comes to air leaks. Statistically, however, the worst culprits are floors, walls, and ceilings. The next-worst offender is the ductwork.

Ductwork and Air Leaks

Inspecting, maintaining and cleaning your air ducts is important. It helps to keep your energy efficiency high and your indoor air pollution low. Energy Star estimates that about 20 percent of the air that moves through average ductwork is lost due to leaks. Leaks can be caused by shoddy installation but can also manifest over time due to wear and tear.

How Do You Check for Air Leaks in a Home?

The best way to check for air leaks in a home is to schedule a professional home energy audit. This will include a comprehensive examination of problem areas: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and more. If you’d like to conduct your own testing, a common way to do this is to burn incense after having shut down the heating and cooling system as well as any independent fans, exhausts and so forth. Note the spots that cause the smoke to drift.

Eliminate Air Leaks from Your Home

Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville would like to help make your home airtight and more energy-efficient. We can also discuss ways to achieve proper ventilation that won’t bloat your utility bill.

Our company offers a complete range of other services related to heating, air conditioning, electrical issues and plumbing. Contact us today to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Find Energy Savings in Your Home



Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Saving Energy

  • Don’t let the furnace or air conditioner salesperson sell you a unit that’s much bigger than you need.
  • Do have the air ducts checked for leakage when installing a new heating and cooling system.
  • Don’t think that “since heat rises, we only need to insulate the attic.” The floors over a basement or crawlspace, walls and windows also matter.
  • Do use ceiling and portable fans to improve comfort in the cooling season. They use very little electricity and efficiently circulate air in the house. To make the house feel cooler by doing this, you can raise the thermostat setting for your air conditioner to 85F, and still maintain the same comfort as the lower setting.

Electricity Consumption – Discover the biggest users of your home’s electricity

Air Conditioning

If your home has central air conditioning, the air conditioner will most likely be the biggest user of your electricity. While it’s used only a few months a year, the annual cost of air conditioning can be much higher than the annual cost of your refrigerator, which is typically the next largest user.

In hot climates, the annual cost of air conditioning can exceed a thousand dollars. To get a rough idea of what your air conditioning costs are, do the following:

  1. Get your electric bill for a summer month when you use air conditioning.
  2. Get your electric bill in a spring month when you aren’t using air conditioning.
  3. Subtract the spring month bill from the summer month bill—this will give you your monthly cost.
  4. Multiply your monthly cost by the number of months you use your air conditioner. The answer will be your approximate annual cost for air conditioning.

Learn the Factors That Influence Your Energy Bills

Many factors can cause differences in energy bills, so comparing your bill to someone else’s is like comparing apples to oranges.

For example, the ages of your major appliances—especially refrigerators and air conditioners—can make a dramatic difference in your bill.

In addition, if your house leaks air like a sieve while your neighbor’s house was just weatherized and insulated, you will have much higher heating and cooling bills.

Other factors that can result in significant differences in bills are the number and kinds of lighting fixtures, thermostat settings for heating and cooling, the number of loads of laundry, old refrigerators out in the garage, and hobbies which result in electricity use.

Have an older home? Find out whether you should insulate or replace your furnace

Here’s how to decide whether you should insulate or replace your furnace. First, take a look at the situation in your house. Factors that will influence your decision are the age and efficiency of your furnace, and the amount of insulation currently present in the house.

Insulation is More Cost-Effective

In general, it is more cost-effective to upgrade insulation than it is to upgrade your furnace.

Older Furnaces are Worth Replacing

However, if your furnace is old and you are planning on replacing it, you might want to upgrade the furnace.

The average lifetime for a furnace is between 15 and 20 years. The efficiency of furnaces has increased over the years, so the older a furnace is, the more likely it will be inefficient.

The average efficiency of new furnaces has increased from 63% in 1972 to 98% in 2012.

Older furnaces, and furnaces which are used a lot are more cost-effective to replace than newer or infrequently used furnaces.

Insulating and Replacing the Furnace is Also Smart

Also, if you insulate your house at the time of furnace replacement, you might be able to buy a smaller capacity furnace and save money on the price. The same holds true for A/C and other heating and cooling equipment.

How Big of a Furnace Do I Need For My Home?



 

Part of the challenge of finding the right furnace for your home is that you need to find the right size furnace. A furnace that is too small will have to run more often, running up your heating bill and placing unnecessary wear on furnace parts. A furnace that is too large will cycle on and off more frequently, and will also prematurely wear out furnace parts.

So, choosing a furnace that is appropriately sized for your home is extremely important.

The most important considerations when sizing a furnace is the size of your home, and the weather in your area.

The heat output of furnaces, especially gas furnaces, is typically measured in BTUs (British thermal units). A good rule of thumb for home heating is that you need 25 to 35 BTUs per square foot in the moderate climates that are typical throughout much of California, while you may need up to 45 BTUs per square foot in colder climates, such as those found north of Lake Tahoe.

So if you live in Sacramento in a home that is 1,600 square feet, you will need (at bare minimum) a heater that provides 40,000 BTUs of heat, based on the calculation below.

25 BTU per square foot x 1,600 square feet = 40,000 BTU

However, there are a number of other factors that affect furnace sizing, such as:

  • Orientation of your home: Does your home receive a lot of daylight in the winter, or is it in shadow?
  • Layout of your home: Does your home have a few large rooms, or many small ones? How high are the ceilings?
  • Windows and doors: How many windows and doors does your home have? Windows tend to allow more heat to escape than walls do, and doors that aren’t properly sealed will allow cool air to leak inside.
  • Insulation: Older homes often have poor insulation, which means that a furnace will have to work harder to compensate for the amount of heat radiating outside.
  • Furnace efficiency: Furnaces aren’t just rated by BTU output, but by their efficiency as well. This efficiency rating—sometimes referred to as AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)—is given as a percentage, and estimates how much of the heat generated by the furnace will actually be delivered into your home. A new 40,000 BTU furnace with an efficiency rating of 97% will produce roughly 38,800 BTUs of heat per hour, while an older 55,000 BTU furnace with an efficiency of 70% will produce 38,500 BTUs per hour.

As you can see, while it’s possible to make a rough estimate based on only weather and the size of your home, there are many other variables should be considered as well. That’s why it’s advisable to have a professional furnace installer take a look.

If you have questions about what furnace is right for your home, call the furnace experts at Gilmore. We’ll come out to your home, examine it and your existing heating system, and then sit down with you, answer your questions, and explain what the right heating solution is for your home. At Gilmore, our goal isn’t just to keep your home warm, but to give you peace of mind as well. So when in doubt, call Gilmore!

Sacramento Residents Report Sky High Gas Bills in Wake of Gas Leaks



Last Wednesday, PG&E detected what it described as a “high-pressure problem” in a natural gas regulator in Folsom. As a consequence, natural gas leaks developed throughout eastern Folsom, prompting as many as 80 surveyors to fan out across the area in order to find and fix the leaks. As of last count, more than 60 leaks had been found and repaired.

As repairs were being carried out, multiple homeowners in Folsom and Fair Oaks reported that they had received natural gas bills that were much higher than normal. Some individuals reported that their bills had tripled in the space of one month.

A spokesman for PG&E released a statement in which they claimed that the increases were the result of price hikes that occurred in August 2016 and January 2017, amounting to a 13% increase, as well as a surcharge that had been instituted for high volume users. However, this doesn’t seem to account for the extreme increases that many are reporting, ranging from an increase of 35% reported by one person in the Fox 40 report linked above, while another homeowner alleged that the gas bill for her home in Folsom had increased from $80 to over $300.

Obviously, the suspicion among many residents is that the natural gas leaks are being factored into their gas bills, but it’s difficult to say whether it will be possible to find any evidence for this. However, the controversy has escalated to the point where one state lawmaker, Senator Jerry Hill, has stated that he wants to launch an investigation of the Public Utilities Commission.

In light of these high gas bills throughout the Sacramento area, if you’re looking to eliminate your natural gas use and cut your electricity bill as well, the folks at Gilmore can help. We install efficient electric heating solutions. Call Gilmore and find out how we can help you cut your heating bills!

 

System Balancing Can Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Performance



Comfort—it’s why you have a central heating and air system. But if all rooms don’t cool or heat equally, your home may be a candidate for system balancing.

System balancing is all about carefully balancing airflow throughout your home.

Balancing your system means measuring and adjusting the volume of airflow into each room through a system of ducts in your home. Creating this balance is critical to maintaining comfort. As hard as this may be to believe, it’s not uncommon to find systems 30% to 50% low on airflow.

A number of tests using specialized tools are used in balancing your system:

  • Air balancing hoods measure the amount of air at each grille.
  • Hygrometers measure system temperature and humidity.
  • Manometers measure system pressures.

Static pressure is one of the key vital signs of your comfort system. Think of it like a doctor’s visit. Someone always checks your blood pressure. That’s your system’s static pressure. Measuring static pressure helps identify any significant blockage or leakage. Cracks in your home’s infrastructure, such as pet doors and poorly sealed windows and doors, all contribute to temperature loss or gain.

By measuring airflow, a certified technician can see your system’s performance, and then diagnose, repair, and balance the duct system for maximum performance. Many systems have dampers located at specific duct points. These dampers slide open or shut to increase or limit the airflow through certain ducts. Adjustments can increase balance.

Ductwork must also be checked for leaks, holes, and crushed areas.

Your ductwork must be manually checked for any holes or crushed areas. The more accessible your ducts, the easier it is to perform balancing. Leaking in your ducts leads to a loss of air supply, which will directly affect the temperature in your home.

Because rooms are different sizes, different amounts of air are needed to heat or cool one compared to another. This sometimes means adjusting registers. A small room may only need its air register opened halfway to heat or cool it, while larger rooms may need registers fully opened to achieve the same temperature. The end result:

  • The same temperature in every room
  • Cleaner air
  • Better humidity control
  • And real energy savings with the equipment you have on hand

If the rooms in your home aren’t cooling evenly when you run your air conditioner, with one room sweltering while the next sends you running for your sweater, then your central AC system is due for system balancing. Call the experts at Gilmore to schedule a system balance for your home, and start enjoying the full level of comfort that your AC has to offer.

How Much Does It Cost to Run Your Home AC in Sacramento?



You probably have a rough idea of how much it costs to run your air conditioner, based upon how much your power bill rises during the summer months. But do you actually know how much energy your AC uses?

When you purchased your AC, it likely came with a yellow EnergyGuide sticker featuring an estimate of its yearly operating cost. However, this likely doesn’t factor in the electricity used by circulation fans. Secondly, as your air conditioner ages, it will become less efficient and require more electricity to produce the same level of comfort.

Thankfully, you can determine exactly how much it costs to run your AC by simply checking your electric meter and doing a little math.

You can determine your AC’s electricity consumption by comparing your energy usage when it’s on versus when it’s off.

Our goal here is to figure out how much electricity your air conditioner uses. We’re going to accomplish this by measuring how much electricity your home uses when the AC is running, and then see how much less you use when the AC is off. The difference between these two figures will indicate your AC’s electricity consumption.

First, you need to establish a baseline by shutting off your air conditioner, and seeing how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity your home uses. Once your AC is off, go find your electric meter.

Electric meters provide an ongoing measurement of your home’s electricity consumption. Much like the odometer of your car, it doesn’t reset. So in order to figure out how much electricity you use in a given length of time, you need to take two readings and find the difference.

You’ll need to know how to take a reading from your electric meter.

If you live in Sacramento, you likely have a smart meter installed by SMUD that looks something like this:

 

The display will alternate through four or so readouts. The readout you want is the one that shows “020” to the left as shown above. The larger five digit number is your home’s current total electricity consumption, as measured in kWh.

If PG&E is your energy provider, you will likely have a smart meter manufactured by Landis+Gyr or GE. Visit PG&E’s “Read a SmartMeter” page for information on how to read it. If you still have an old-style analog meter, read PG&E’s guide on reading analog electricity meters.

Regardless of what type or model of meter you have, they all work more or less the same. Once you understand how to read your meter, you can begin.

All you need to do is to write down your current energy usage. Then, wait exactly one hour, and check your meter again and write down the new energy reading.

Take your new reading, and subtract your old one from it. If your first reading was 05352, and your second was 05371, then 5371 – 5352 = 19. This means your household uses 19 kWh of electricity per hour with the AC off.

Now it’s time to figure out how much electricity your air conditioner uses.

You don’t want to do this experiment when it’s cool enough for your AC to not run. Wait until the hottest part of the day, when your air conditioner is running consistently. You may want to turn down the target temperature a bit to ensure that it stays on.

Once your AC is running, take a new meter reading. Then wait one hour, and take a second reading. Subtract the first reading from the second, as before, to see how much electricity your home uses with the AC on.

Now you should have two figures: the amount of energy your home used with the AC off, and the amount of energy used with the AC running. As an example, let’s say that we used 19 kWh when the AC was off, and 22 kWh when it was on. If we subtract ‘AC off’ figure from the ‘AC on’ figure, we find that our hypothetical air conditioner uses about 3 kWh of electricity per hour.

If you wish to obtain a more accurate measurement of your AC’s energy usage, use longer intervals for your readings. For instance, take a 3 hour baseline reading, and a 3 hour ‘AC on’ reading, subtract the former from the latter, and then divide by 3 to get the hourly AC electricity usage. This is especially useful if you have a smaller AC unit that doesn’t have a very large energy draw.

Once we know how much electricity the air conditioner uses, then we can determine how much it costs to run it.

Now, you need to identify your current electricity rate. If you have SMUD, this is pretty easy, as they’ve eliminated tiered pricing. Between June 1 and September 30—when you use your AC the most—SMUD currently charges $0.1291 (about 13 cents) per kWh. Outside of this period, SMUD charges $0.1128 per kWh.

If you have PG&E, this is trickier, as you’ll need to identify whether you’re on a tiered rate plan or time-of-use plan. You may need to refer to your electricity bill to determine this. Under a tiered plan, your rate can vary according to how much electricity you use, while time-of-use plans adjust the rate according to the time of day.

As of June 2017, PG&E charges residential tiered plan customers $0.19979 per kWh for use under your daily baseline quantity, and $0.27612 for every kWh over the threshold (up to 400% of the baseline). For time-of-use rates, refer to your PG&E statement.

Once you know how much you’re charged per kWh, take that amount and multiply it by how many kWH your AC used in one hour.

If our hypothetical AC that used 3 kWh is owned by a SMUD customer, then one hour of AC usage costs about 39 cents (3 kWh x $0.1291 = $0.3873). Keep in mind, this is how much it costs to run your AC continuously for one hour. If you set your thermostat’s target temperature higher (72 or 74 degrees, rather than 68), then your AC won’t run as much. Also, ACs cycle on and off as the temperature in your home changes, and on cooler days your AC will not run as often or as long as on hot days.

But with a little creative math, you can get a rough idea of how much your AC typically costs to run. If you leave your air conditioner on for 16 hours out of the day, and observation tells you that it runs for about half that time (50% of 16 hours), then you can take your hourly consumption cost, and multiply it by the number of hours the thermostat is on and the percentage of the time the AC runs to estimate the daily cost:

$0.3873 x 16 hours x 50% (0.5) = roughly $3.10 per day, or $92.95 per 30-day month

If you live in a particularly hot area, or you keep your home at a cooler temperature, then adjust the percentage on-time accordingly. If you think it runs about 70% of the time, then:

$0.3873 x 16 hours x 70% (0.7) = roughly $4.34 per day, or $130.13 per 30-day month

If you find that your aging air conditioner is costing you more than you realized, then it might be time to upgrade to a new energy efficient air conditioner. To find out how Gilmore can help you get your cooling costs under control, give us a call at 888-868-2316, or request a phone call with our website’s convenient appointment scheduler.

Freon Prices Are Soaring… And They’re Never Coming Back Down



 

Back in October of last year, we posted a blog post about the upcoming ban on R-22, better known as Freon, a refrigerant used in many older air conditioners. In the post, we discussed how an agreement made back in 1987 is pushing R-22 out of the marketplace permanently, with a final comprehensive ban taking effect in 2020.

At the time, we predicted that R-22 prices, which had already been rising, would soar over the next couple years as 2020 approached.

Well, according to news stations across the country, Freon prices are indeed soaring:

These news outlets and others are reporting ever climbing prices for the precious resource. One Wisconsin homeowner was quoted a price of $900 per bottle, while the owner of a heating and air company in North Carolina quoted a price of $800 per jug, with it costing over $2,000 to repair and fully charge a system using R-22.

Some areas have seen price increases of 300% in the last year, while a Wisconsin technician claimed a year over year cost increase of 500%.

Soon, increasingly expensive R-22 Freon will simply become impossible to find.

For those needing to have their air conditioner topped off, you’ll be happy to know that we are always offering a great deals on AC checkup and top-off services.

Frankly, the reality is that within the next three to four years, it will become impossible to recharge systems that use R-22. We simply won’t be able to acquire it anymore, once existing supplies run out. And even before then, most homeowners simply won’t be able to afford the cost of Freon, even if it is available.

If you own an air conditioner that uses R-22, it’s time to start considering installing a new air condition system that uses R-410A. If you would like to learn more about the cost of an air conditioner installation, and the benefits of purchasing a new, more efficient AC, contact the experts at Gilmore Heating Air & Solar by giving us a call at 888-868-2316, or schedule an appointment using our online system.

We know that this is a challenging time for homeowners battling rising coolant costs, but we guarantee that we will provide you with the best possible support and service.

Ways to Stay Cool Without Central AC



 

There are many days in Sacramento and much of Central California where it’s impossible to function without the use of an air conditioner. As of July 23rd, we’ve had 8 days with high temperatures above 100 degrees, and 21 out of 23 days have had highs of 90 or more.

When it’s that hot out, it’s absolutely necessary to have a functioning AC, as cracking a window is only going to make your house warmer. However, when we look to the homes of yesteryear, we find that our forebears were experts at taking advantage of cool evenings, and utilized a number of other clever innovations to keep indoor temperatures down.

Would you like to cut your cooling costs? Here are just a few ideas for decreasing your reliance on your air conditioner and reducing your electricity bills.

Create cross drafts to pump in cool evening or morning air from outside.

Have you ever walked through a home or building a felt a strong breeze flowing through? This is accomplished by creating a “cross draft.” Cross drafts are formed when two openings are created—such as with two windows, or with a window and door—that are spaced apart and align with one another.

A cross draft is great for rapidly pumping hot daytime air out of a home and replacing it with cooler evening air. If you’ve left your air conditioner off during the day, creating a cross draft is a much more cost efficient way of cooling your home off.

This is easiest to accomplish if you live in a narrow shotgun style home in which the front door aligns with a back door or bedroom window; these can be used to create a cross draft that runs through the entire home. But, any room in which a room has windows or other openings on two opposing walls can be opened up to create a cross draft.

If you have an openable skylight, use a fan to push hot air up and out.

Back in the 1800s and early 1900s, the occasional home featured a cupola, a small turret-like structure with open sides that allowed hot air to escape out the top. This effect can be recreated if you have skylights which can be opened. To maximize this effect, position a fan under it, blowing up and out the skylight. This will create a vacuum which pulls cool air in through open windows.

Make the most of your porch—overhangs help shade the front of your home.

If you ever walk through Midtown Sacramento, you’ll find many homes from the turn of the century through the ‘30s and ‘40s which feature large porches. Some homes even have porches that wrap around one or both sides.

Porches have a dual benefit. First, they create a comfortable, shaded area to sit outside when the weather is good. Secondly, the roof over a porch shades the front wall and windows of the home, reducing the amount of sunlight absorbed by the home as heat.

If your porch has minimal protection, see what options you have for installing or extending porch overhangs. You can also visit your local hardware store, which likely carries outdoor shades designed for installation on patios and porches.

Go old school with window awnings.

If you ever look at photos of apartment buildings and homes from the turn of the century, you might notice that it wasn’t unusual for windows to have awnings installed above them.

 

These fabric coverings reflected sunlight and shaded windows and the rooms they opened onto. Some homes even had awnings installed over their porches in order to maximize the cooling potential provided by the roof overhanging the porch.

We are fortunate to live in an era in which we can take technologies like air conditioning for granted. And if you live in Central California, then it’s imperative that you get your air conditioning serviced if it isn’t working correctly. That’s why Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing is here—we’re just a phone call or an email away.

But it’s also possible to stretch your cooling budget by taking advantage of some of the time-tested strategies described above. Gilmore can also help you find new opportunities to control your cooling costs, such as by installing a new energy efficient air conditioner. Give Gilmore a call, and we’ll help you find the best way to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer, without breaking the bank!