If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, then now is the perfect time to do it: while spring temperatures are still mild and our humid Portland, OR, summers haven’t started up in earnest yet. But there’s more to a new air conditioner than just picking a name in a catalogue and letting the contractors install it. Careful planning and preparation can ensure that you new system functions well for years to come. Poor preparation, on the other hand, can create issues you never even knew existed. Here are 3 considerations when installing a new air conditioner that you should go over with your service technician before work begins. Continue Reading
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Summer is on its way, and Portland, OR residents know that that means killer heat waves as well as high humidity. If the time has come to replace your old air conditioning system, it’s best to do it now before the temperatures get too high. But is this the right time to replace the unit? Or is a simple repair the right way to go? Only you can answer that question, but it’s best to keep a few things in mind when considering it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner. Continue Reading
The technology of ductless air conditioning (as well as ductless heat pumps) has been around for many years in the commercial sector. Ductless ACs have become more and more popular for home cooling options during the last decade, especially with smaller homes or buildings that do not have the space for extensive ductwork.
Once upon a time, the only way that people in a household could receive hot water—unless they boiled it on a stove themselves—was using a storage water heater that applied heat to a large water tank. These appliances are still common throughout the country, and they can work effectively at supplying the hot water needs of a home. But they are no longer the only choice. If you are in the market for a new water heater installation, you have a variety of options, such as solar, tankless, and hybrid water heaters. We’ll take a look at the benefits of a hybrid water heater in this post. Continue Reading
The air in your home is filled with minute particles that circulate throughout the rooms every day. Most of these particles are harmless and will not affect your comfort. But others are not so benign: dust mites, pollen, pet and insect dander, chemicals, smoke, bacteria, mold spores, and viruses can all lower the quality of your air. These pollutants are particularly harmful for people in your home who suffer from allergies and asthma.
Solar energy is a growing field, and more and more homes each year are taking advantage of the fantastic energy savings and environmental benefits of installing solar panels. However, at Imagine Energy, we understand that many customers feel initially hesitant about making the move to solar. It is a major investment compared to more familiar energy systems for heating and cooling a home, such as using electricity from a power plant or natural gas from a municipal line.
Spring is the best season to have a new air conditioning system installed. If your old AC seems like it’s approaching the end of its service life, get ahead of the warm weather and contact professionals to consult with you about putting in a new air conditioning system. HVAC experts will help you sort through your options: you have many more choices for a new air conditioner than you would have had only a decade ago.
Imagine Energy offers a wide range of air conditioning choices, and our team will assist you with finding an option for a central AC that will not only serve the needs of your family’s comfort, but also fit with your budget plans and help you conserve energy each year. Below are some of three of the cooling options we offer in Portland, OR and the surrounding areas:
- Standard split-system AC: This is most common type of air conditioning system, and is likely the one you have serving your home now. This works through an outdoor unit and an indoor unit that connects to central ductwork. If you wish to stay with this type of AC for your home, our technicians will see that you have an efficient unit installed so that it will do a better job than your old one did, even when it was new.
- Ductless mini split air conditioning: Ductless systems are just what they sound like: air conditioners that do not require a network of ducts to distribute air. Instead of a single indoor unit hooked to ducts, they use a series of small air handlers placed throughout the house to send air directly into the rooms. Ductless cooling systems have high energy efficiency and will help increase indoor air quality. They are also excellent choices if you are considering remodeling parts of your house or adding on a new room.
- Solar air conditioning: You may think that in Oregon, with its frequently overcast days, a solar air conditioner is an impossibility. Nothing could be farther than the truth! Solar ACs offer tremendous benefits even in cloudy climates. Our solar professionals are glad to talk to you about how a solar air conditioning installation can work for your home.
There are even more choices than this (such as a heat pump, which takes care of heating and cooling), so give us a call at Imagine Energy and we will help you enjoy this summer, and many summers to come, with an effective and money-saving new air conditioning installation.
Have you ever been in a house on a hot day that, despite running the air conditioning on full blast and having all the windows closed, never seemed to actually stay comfortably cool? If you’ve had that sort of experience, or something similar, poor insulation was probably at least partially to blame. Insulation is what makes it possible to maintain a comfortable climate indoors, regardless of the weather outside. If you aren’t sure about the state of your own insulation, you should keep reading. The following are just a few of the many reasons why you should keep your insulation in good condition.
What is Insulation?
Insulation is a term that encompasses any material that is used to hinder the transmission of heat between a building and the outside environment. Normally, it is a type of batting that is installed in the walls of the home. In areas like the attic, lose particles are used instead to achieve the same effect.
Heat will always move from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration. In the example above, the heat from outside, where it was already quite hot, moved inside in order to establish equilibrium. Insulation is designed to hinder the exchange of heat between your home and the surrounding area. Thus, a well-insulated home will be much easier to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A poorly insulated home, on the other hand, will have temperatures much closer to whatever the climate is outside. This is why it’s so important to keep your home insulation in good condition.
Just because you had good insulation installed when your home was first built, that doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Insulation is vulnerable to a number of different factors that can decrease its effectiveness. Animals like to use insulation for nests and the like. If a bird or small mammal finds its way into your walls it can remove or destroy a large amount of insulation. Moisture is another cause of insulation failure, resulting in mildew and rot. The problem with all of these is that insulation is hidden in the walls of your home. You can’t just have a look at your insulation and tell when it’s having problems. For that reason, it’s a good idea to have your insulation inspected at least once every one or two years.
If you haven’t had your insulation inspected before, call Imagine Energy. We provide comprehensive insulation services throughout Beaverton.
By now, most homeowners are well aware of the touted benefits of installing solar panels. Some have even investigated the claims more thoroughly, in order to form an accurate cost-benefit analysis. However, many homeowners are still unaware of how much solar panels actually save on home operating costs. It’s impossible to make an informed decision about solar power if you don’t have information on how much it can actually benefit you. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some numbers on using solar energy for your home.
Cost of Installation
The first thing that you must consider with any solar panel system, and the thing that causes most homeowners to avoid solar power, is the cost of installation. There is a perception among the populace that solar panels are expensive to install, as well as being only marginally effective. This is actually untrue on both counts. In fact, the cost of solar panel installation has fallen steadily over the last few years. It is now much cheaper to install a solar panel system than it was when the technology first started to see use in American homes. So, if perceived cost of installation is what is holding you back, we urge you to call us and see what the real numbers are.
The amount of energy savings you garner from a solar panel system is directly proportionate to the size of that system. You don’t have to get the largest system available to start seeing benefits. It all depends on how much of your home’s daily energy usage you want covered by the system. If you get a system large enough to cover 100% of your home’s energy costs, the money you save from paying your energy bill could be said to be going to covering the cost of the system. After that system is paid off by those savings, usually in 3-5 years, all money saved after that would be going directly into your pocket. Since most homes spend an average of $170 on their monthly energy bills, over 20 years you could save thousands upon thousands of dollars with a solar energy system.
If you’d like to know more about the statistics of solar energy, call Imagine Energy. We provide quality solar panel installation in the Portland area.
There has been a lot of discussion over the years about the various pros and cons of solar technology. It has been debated in the media, on the internet, and even in the halls of congress. What much of those debates leave out, however, are the individual benefits of solar energy. They are largely concerned with how solar energy will fit into society as a whole, not what it can do for you as a person. Well, we feel it’s about time we had that conversation. Read on to find out more about how installing solar panels can affect you, personally.
What Is Home Solar Technology?
Solar tech is obviously a very large and complicated field. We don’t have time to cover every single application for solar energy, so instead we’re going to focus specifically on how it can be used to power your home appliances. Things like heaters, water heaters, air conditioners, lights, and electrical grids can all be powered by solar energy. The specifics change slightly with each appliance, but all of them rely on the use of solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This energy can then be converted to electricity to power the device or, as is often the case with water heaters, even used directly without being converted.
What are the Benefits?
The number one benefit is that of cost savings. Solar energy is a free and endlessly renewable resource. You don’t have to pay anyone for sunlight, so any time you use that sunlight to power your home appliances you’re saving yourself money. Environmental concerns are also often cited as reasons to install solar panels. Most home appliances rely on electricity or natural gas, the latter of which is a fossil fuel and the former of which is often produced by burning fossil fuels. Neither of these are good for the environment, but solar energy provides a way to power your home without burning fossil fuels.
If you’d like to know more about the benefits of solar technology, call Imagine Energy. We provide services for solar panels in the Portland area.