Humidity and Energy Bills

How Does Humidity Affect Energy Bills?

How Does Humidity Affect Energy Bills?

Humidity plays a vital role in the overall comfort of your home. But, how exactly, does it impact your energy bill? Today on the blog, our team of HVAC professionals shares the correlation between humidity and energy bills.

How Does Humidity Affect Energy Bills?

Humidity plays an important role in the overall comfort of your home. You can easily tell whether there is too much or too little humidity in your house. During the cold season, for example, the amount of humidity in your house will dictate how easier it will be to warm the interior. The same case applies to warm seasons, where the level of humidity affects how easy your AC unit works. 

The humidity in your home has the potential to affect the amount of money you spend on your energy bill. Given that we all want to spend less money on our energy bills, it is important to understand how humidity and energy bills affect your air conditioning system. Our Folsom, CA heating and air conditioning specialists share the different ways humidity affects energy bills.

How Does Humidity Affect Energy Bills?

It Affects Your Sacramento AC System 

Your air conditioner removes excess air and moisture from the atmosphere of your house. Any excess in these two will leave you feeling uncomfortable. 

You may feel your skin getting clammy from the excess moisture. You may also see your windows looking foggy. This usually happens when the moisture, which is evaporated water, lands on your windows. Finally, you may get a musty odor usually caused by excessive dampness. 

When this happens, most people turn to their air conditioners to regulate the atmosphere and get you to the level of comfort that is good for you. The truth, however, is that excessive humidity in your house can overwhelm your AC. The system might end up doing a lot of work without actually changing the conditions in your home. 

Our HVAC Placerville specialists explain that your house will continue feeling warmer and uncomfortable, and you will keep your AC unit running. This keeps the meter running, thus increasing the amount of energy you spend. 

It will affect your system’s Cooling Capacity

You might be tempted to buy a bigger AC unit to combat the levels of humidity in your house. This is especially the case when you feel that your current AC is not performing as expected. 

However, bigger AC units do not do very well in removing excess moisture from your house. We asked our neighbors over at Headwaters Building to explain their thoughts were on this. These commercial builders explained that since the AC unit is bigger, they will use more energy to start a cycle. The big and more powerful units also only run for a short while. Therefore, they keep turning on and off repeatedly. This will cost you more money in energy bills in the long run. 

The Best Solution for Excess Moisture 

The best solution for dealing with a more than necessary humid home is to get a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from your house. Most modern AC units have a humidifier and dehumidifier. Each work by providing or removing humidity to create the right conditions for comfort in your home and ease the amount of work done by your AC unit. 

If your unit does not have a dehumidifier, you can have a technician attach a dehumidifier during the next residential AC tune-up to keep humidity levels in check. 

 

Get the best Technician for your AC unit 

According to EPA, the humidity in your home should range between 30-50%. You can trust Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing will deliver quality residential ac maintenance and keep your unit ready to keep your humidity levels in check. Have you been searching for heating and air conditioning near me? Look no further. Contact us today and we will gladly service your AC unit. 

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3 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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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.

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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” explains Saint Paul HVAC experts at McQuillan Bros. 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.

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Gilmore Participates in PG&E and SMUD Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

One of the most effective means of reducing your heating and cooling bills year-round is by ensuring that you have a modern, energy efficient home. Many homes use far more electricity and natural gas than necessary for heating and cooling purposes due to poor insulation, air leaks, and particularly the use of older, inefficient HVAC systems and water heaters.

However, we understand that the cost of upgrading your home, especially the installation of a new air conditioner or furnace when your old one still works, is prohibitively expensive for some households. This is why Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing is proud to participate in energy efficiency rebate programs offered by PG&E and SMUD.

Through these programs, you get paid by your energy provider for installing home upgrades that improve the energy efficiency of your home. Some of these rebates can actually be quite sizeable, and a single household can claim multiple rebates. Read on for more information on how to claim your rebates while working with Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing.

 

SMUD’s Home Rebates & Energy Solutions Offers

SMUD understands just how much it costs to heat and cool inefficient homes. This is why they offer a wide range of rebates, with gas-heated homes being eligible for up to $5,000 in rebates, while electric-heated homes being eligible for up to $8,000 in rebates.

If you check out SMUD’s Energy Solutions page, you can see a list of some of the biggest rebate options they have. The amounts of most of the rebates depend upon the amount spent and other factors. While we cannot fulfill all of the services they offer rebates for, we are eligible contractors for most of them, including the following:

  • HVAC Replacement (AC and/or Heat Pump): $500 to $850
  • Ductless Mini Split: $250 to $1,000
  • HVAC Downsizing ($100 per ½ ton reduction): $300
  • Attic Insulation: Up to $2,000
  • Wall Insulation: Up to $1,000
  • Crawlspace Insulation: Up to $500
  • Duct Sealing: Up to $500
  • And much more.

To take advantage of these upgrades, you’ll need to start by contacting us by calling 888-868-2316, or sending us a message through our appointment request form. We’ll need to have an evaluator come out and survey the condition of your home, and then sit down with you and put together an upgrade plan featuring multiple upgrades.

You cannot apply for a rebate by simply getting a single upgrade and applying after the fact. The upgrades must be performed as part of a comprehensive plan put together by our experts, and then submitted to SMUD for a pre-approval. Failing to get pre-approval will disallow you from taking advantage of the rebate program.

PG&E Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Program

The PG&E Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade is very similar to SMUD’s program in terms of what it offers and how it works. Homeowners who take advantage of the basic home upgrade option are eligible for up to $2,500, as long as they install three or more of the listed upgrade. Those who participate in the advanced home upgrade can qualify for up to $5,500 in benefits.

Some of the basic upgrade rebates available include:

  • Attic Insulation & Plane Air Sealing: $500
  • Efficient Gas Furnace (95% AFUE): $400
  • Efficient Gas Furnace (92% AFUE): $350
  • Floor Insulation $400
  • Wall Insulation: $400
  • Duct Replacement: $350
  • Duct Sealing: $200
  • High Performance HVAC Install: $200

To maximize your savings, take advantage of some of the advanced home upgrade options, which include optimizations like a cool roof, interior and exterior efficient lighting, and more. For more details, check out PG&E Home Upgrade FAQ, or contact Gilmore and make an appointment to meet with one of our home upgrade evaluators.

As with the SMUD program, to obtain a rebate from PG&E, it’s necessary to have us come out and perform an energy assessment of your home, and then develop an upgrade plan that is approved by PG&E.

Also, be sure to speak with one of our representatives if you’re interested in financing your upgrades. There are many assistance programs available through Gilmore, your energy company, and even the state of California. Talk to us for more information!