Green Living: How to Create a Healthier Home

Many Henderson locals are searching for ways to make green living a reality for their home. Between energy and water waste, toxic chemicals, allergens and the want for future sustainability of resources, green living is becoming a necessary lifestyle for homeowners. At Cal Air, we know the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful resource of steps you can take to live a greener life.

Green living in just 4 simple steps

Go natural

Green living doesn’t always have to require major lifestyle changes. Rather, living green can be a mindset to avoid products that have been heavily modified and are detrimental to your health. Organic doesn’t just stop with food. Nearly all cleaning products contain contaminants that can harm occupants. Switching to more natural cleaning solutions can prevent the release of these harmful contaminants into your home.

Modernize your home

Not only has technology advanced to create more efficient solutions to our everyday routines, but electronics companies have taken on a greener approach in recent years. If you have an older HVAC system (10 years), you’re likely using more energy to heat or cool your home than households with new energy efficient HVAC systems. The same goes for other major appliances.

Products are now being produced specifically to monitor your home’s energy consumption and provide tips on how to create a greener, healthier home. Smart thermostats work well in identifying patterns to save energy and improve the indoor air quality of your home. Other products work to remotely shut off electronics not in use. Utilize these advancements to create a green living environment in your home.

Don’t waste water

In America it can be easy to take for granted our access to a seemingly endless source of clean water. The reality is, our tap water that we use to clean, cook and bathe ourselves, is limited. Keep this and mind and honor future generations and current communities that don’t have access to clean water every time you turn a faucet on.

What you can do:

  • Take shorter showers – Start with a quick rinse. Then shut off the water entirely. Lather with soap and shampoo. Then rinse yourself off quickly for a minimal water consumption shower.
  • Take the same start and stop water use tactic with handwashing, brushing your teeth, shaving, rinsing dishes and every other application of your faucet water.

Think renewable

We’re to the point with the severity of climate change that we need to take actions to not only slow down our consumption of resources, but rather, we need to start thinking of ways to completely eliminate or reverse our carbon footprint.

One major misconception that has lead to our current state is that as a single family or person, you can’t make a difference. One individual can consume massive amounts of resources in a year’s time. Switching to even one of these routines can make a global impact, and these renewable habits are infectious and can easily create a completely green lifestyle:

  • Plant an organic garden – Organic farming actually pulls in carbon from the air and holds it in the ground. This is the quickest way to reverse climate change.
  • Utilize reusable bags when shopping – do away with wasteful plastic bags with a greener and more fashionable tote bag.
  • Start a compost pile – Not only does this reduce waste, but it can also be utilized as great fertilizer!
  • Go wind or solar – Even if you don’t have the resources to generate your own solar or wind energy, certain energy companies provide 100% wind or solar options. The more you support these efforts, the more energy companies will pursue these greener alternatives to traditional energy.

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3 Tips for Managing Heating Bills

Winter is when you find yourself reaching for the thermostat for your heater to try and stay warm during the cold weather. Although turning up the heater can come with a higher cost. We are here to make your winter a little less stressful with a few helpful tips on how to manage your heating bill. Just by doing simple things such as adjusting your heater’s thermostat, repairing air duct leaks, or calling a professional when needed, you will see a decrease in your winter heating bill.

(1) Adjust Your Thermostat

You may not think something as simple as adjusting your thermostat can help save you money on your heating bill, but it surprisingly can! Just by setting your thermostat back by one degree you can save as much as one percent for every eight hours. Another way to save money each month is to turn your thermostat down five degrees while you sleep at night. A cooler temperature at night can be offset with an additional blanket while you sleep.

You should also adjust your thermostat if you plan to travel for the holidays, or if you plan to be gone for a long period of time during the day. Believe it or not adjusting your thermostat while you are gone to work, school, or even town can save you a good amount of money on your heating bill. However the trick is how far back you set your thermostat. You should set it back at least ten to fifteen degrees to ensure that you save the most money as possible on your heating bill.

(2) Reduce Air Leaks

Air leaks are one of the largest causes of high-energy bills because they waste your homes energy efficiency. Just by examining and properly sealing air leaks in your home can save you up to ten percent each month on your heating bill. You should examine your air ducts regularly to make sure that there are not any places where air is escaping.

If you were to find a place that seems to be leaking don’t worry because air duct sealing your home is actually quite simple. All you need is time, elbow grease, and caulk. If your existing material however is ripped, damaged, or worn you may also need some weather stripping for the air duct sealing process. If you however are not comfortable with sealing your home and its air ducts alone you can always call a professional to help.

(3) Call the Experts

If you want to ensure that your heater is working efficiently during the cold winter months you may want to consider hiring a professional to work on your heating system. Cal Air can help you out with all your heating system needs. Our professionals here at Cal Air can easily evaluate your system and identify any inefficiency within your heating system. By adjusting gas pressure, replacing air filters, and having routine maintenance completed on your heating system, you can save a lot of money on your heating bill, and with the help of our professionals here at Cal Air we can make that happen.

With years of experience the professionals here at Cal Air can show you just how low-cost improvements to your heater can increase its efficiency this winter and save you some money. The people here at Cal Air are always striving to find ways to help save you money while providing you with a comfortable living environment in the process. We look forward to talking to you soon!