Central Air Conditioning Important to Home Buyers

Central Air Conditioning Important to Home BuyersWant to boost your chances of getting top dollar when you sell your home? You might want to install central air conditioning. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors revealed that central air conditioning was the most important feature to home buyers out of 33 home features listed in the survey. To be specific, 65% of buyers considered this feature very important, the survey results showed.

Central air conditioning was considered significantly more important to home buyers than other in-demand features, such as walk-in closets in the master bedroom, having a home that was cable/satellite/Internet ready, or even having an en-suite master bathroom! Even more telling: 69% of home buyers who had purchased homes with no central AC reported that they were willing to spend $2,520 more for a home with central air, according to the survey results.

Enjoy AC Now, Sell Home at Top Dollar Later

Suffice to say, having a central air conditioning system installed in your home yields more than just short-term comfort — it can also lead to long-term gain! Consider the fact that homes with central air are relatively scarce in the Seattle area due to our mild summers, and it’s easy to see how you are providing a rare feature to potential buyers.

So if you’re thinking of remodeling or making some upgrades to your home that will boost its resale value, consider having central air installed. You’ll ensure your home is hot on the market and cool during the summer.

Choose Brennan Heating

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Air Conditioning as a Home Remedy for Asthma

Did you know that air conditioning your home can help reduce the possibility of suffering an asthma attack? According to Mayo Clinic, running an AC not only reduces humidity in your home, but can also lower the amount of pollen, mold, mildew and other airborne outdoor allergens that can potentially lead to asthma symptoms. Air conditioners can also lower your exposure to indoor allergens, like dust mites.

Another important component of avoiding asthma triggers is routinely changing the air filter in heaters and air conditioners, according to Cleveland Clinic.

Other home remedies recommended by Mayo Clinic include replacing carpet with wood or linoleum, frequently cleaning bathrooms and other humid areas of the home that are more likely to collect mold spores, avoiding pets to reduce your contact with pet dander, and wearing a mask while you dust.

Another Benefit of AC

Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight were also named by Mayo Clinic as important components of staving off asthma attacks. Air conditioning can help by providing a cool and comfortable environment for indoor exercise. If your home is a comfortable temperature, you are more likely to hit the treadmill or free weights after work instead of vegging out. After all, no one wants to work out in a hot house.

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning Can Help

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning offer environmentally-friendly air conditioners and provides free energy consultations to help you find the perfect air conditioning system for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning installation and service contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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How Did Ancient Civilizations Keep Cool before AC?

Temperatures have soared in the Seattle area in recent weeks, prompting many to spring for their first central air conditioning system, upgrade an aging AC system or schedule maintenance to keep their system in tip-top shape throughout the hot months. As you find relief from the summer heat in your air conditioned home, you might wonder — how did people cool their homes before air conditioners were invented?

When in Rome…

Obviously, central air wasn’t an option in ancient Rome. However, a civilization as refined as the Romans didn’t let that stop them from inventing ways to cool their homes — well, at least the homes of the wealthy, according to Environmental Graffiti. The Romans apparently utilized their famous aqueduct system to pump water into the walls inside the homes of affluent city residents. This cool water chilled the home’s brickwork, which in turn cooled the home. If you think the Romans were ahead of curve, remember their other pioneering innovations like complex road and highway systems, the Roman arch and even many early surgical tools.

Sophisticated Fans in China

Ding Huan, of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, is remembered in history as both an artist and inventor. He applied his talents to create a cooling apparatus — a seven-wheeled rotary fan that was powered manually, the Environmental Graffiti article explained. Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty evidently admired the concept and had rotary fan wheels that were powered by water installed in his palace in an area dubbed the Cool Hall.

Persian Wind Towers

In medieval Persia, folks used wind towers to cool down. Windows allowed the tower to collect wind, while vanes inside the tower channeled the winds into the inner chambers of the tower to cool anyone inside. These handy vanes even managed to draw hot air out of the chambers as well. Towers like these can still be seen in the modern-day Middle East!

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning Can Cool You Down

While only the wealthy could usually benefit from ancient cooling technology back in the day, Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning makes it easy for people to stay cool in their homes today. We offer environmentally-friendly air conditioners and provide free energy consultations to help you find the perfect air conditioning system for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning installation and service contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Seattle Heat Wave Sheds Light on Need for AC

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In past years, many Seattle-area homeowners chose to just grit their teeth and sweat it out through the region’s short-lived hot months, but the recent heat wave striking the area so early has many buckling down and getting central air conditioning installed. And once they have it installed, they wonder why they waited so long to have their home feel like a cool oasis during the summer months.

The early warm weather has been a strange phenomenon for the Seattle metro area. Phoenix and Seattle don’t have much in common weather-wise, but as early as May, Seattle was surprisingly toe to toe with Phoenix for hottest temperatures for major U.S. cities at 87 degrees, according to Komo News.

Hot and Hotter

If that weren’t toasty enough for our usually mild area, starting in late June and stretching into early July is a period of unusually excessive heat. The National Weather Service issued a warning July 1 to those in the Seattle area that an extended period of hot temperatures combined with high humidity could be dangerous, putting locals at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Komo News predicted record heat.

Those who are active outdoors were advised to limit their activities to the cooler early morning or evening hours and to spend as much time as possible in air conditioned environments. This makes for a balmy Fourth of July, a time of year when many of us have worn heavy coats, bundled up in blankets, and sipped hot cocoa while watching fireworks. If this summer is already shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, imagine what August has in store!

How Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning Can Help

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning provides much-needed relief from extreme heat by providing air conditioners, air conditioner installation, and service in the greater Seattle area. You can feel good about your decision to stay cool because we provide environmentally-friendly products that can help you conserve energy and reduce your cooling costs. Set up a free energy consultation or learn more about our products and services when you contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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5 Ways to Save Big on AC Costs This Summer

5 Ways to Save Big on AC Costs

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Heating and cooling costs represent approximately 56% of total energy usage for the average homeowner, and with higher summer temperatures come higher air conditioning costs. While some of this added cost is unavoidable as we slip into the hotter summer months, homeowners can take a few important steps to shave dollars off their AC bill.

1. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Central Air

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, central air is more efficient than individual room air conditioners, particularly if you need to cool your whole home. Cooling the entire home becomes a priority not only for homeowners who have multiple rooms that need cooling, but also for those who frequently entertain guests during the summer months. By replacing a 10-year-old air conditioning system with a modern, high-efficiency system, you can save 20% to 40% on the cost of cooling your home. For older cooling systems from the ‘70s, the savings can be even greater.

2. Plant Trees to Shade Your Home

Strategically planting deciduous trees near your home does a lot more than add curb appeal—it can also help you save on your energy bill. Trees can reduce a home’s energy usage by as much as 30%, providing cooling shade in the summer and allowing the sun to warm the home in the winter when the leaves fall, according to MSN Real Estate. Shading your AC unit is also a good move for energy savings.

3. Treat Your Windows

Aside from serving as décor, window treatments can lead to significant savings on your cooling bills. Awnings, blinds, drapes, reflective films, insulated panels, mesh window screens, shades, and shutters are among the many options for reducing the amount of sun that enters and heats up your home. Awnings alone can reduce the amount of heat gain from the sun by up to 65% for south-facing windows and up to 77% for west-facing windows, according to the Energy Department.

4. Program Your Thermostat

Setting your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away at work or on vacation leads to major cost savings. Consider setting your thermostat to about 78 degrees when you’re at home and about 88 degrees for the eight hours you’re away at work. You’ll save about 1% off your energy bill for every degree warmer you set your thermostat, according to Spark Energy .

5. Change Your AC Filter

As a rule of thumb, you should change your AC filter once every three months at a minimum to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner. Not only is this a vital part of maintaining your AC system, but replacing a dirt-congested filter with a clean one can lower the amount of energy your AC consumes by 5% to 15%, the Energy Department explains.

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning offers environmentally-friendly air conditioners and provides a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning installation and service contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Efficient HVAC for Your Home

Efficient HVAC for your homeDid you know that up to half of the energy your home consumes comes from your heating and cooling units? Make a smart decision this summer and save money by following these efficiency suggestions from Energy Star:

Change Your Air Filter

Change your air filter monthly for more efficient HVAC use, especially during the winter and summer months. Dirty filters reduce air flow, causing your system to expend more energy in order to maintain your indoor temperature. Dust and dirt can also build up in old filters and may even result in HVAC equipment system failure.

Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment

Be sure to tune up your HVAC equipment every year. Tuning up your furnace or air conditioner not only improves efficiency and comfort, but also reduces the likelihood of mechanical problems.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know that limiting the use of your HVAC equipment can save you over $170 each year? Programmable thermostats make it easy to set your HVAC equipment to run on a schedule. This way, you can arrange for your equipment to run less frequently when you’re not home and then start up again in anticipation of your arrival.

Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts

Heating and cooling ducts are notoriously inefficient. In fact, sealing your ducts can save you up to 20% a year.

Find a Quality Contractor

Sloppy HVAC installation and maintenance can cost you hundreds on your energy bill!

Choose Brennan Heating

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle HVAC contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Helping Your Air Conditioner Make It Through Summer

The warm weather season has officially arrived and most people are welcoming it with open arms! But if something goes wrong with your air conditioner, you could end up sweltering and cursing that beautiful sun. To make sure this doesn’t happen, follow these simple tips:

Schedule a checkup

Schedule a checkup with Brennan Heating. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN (273-6626). A professional will know which pieces of the unit to check to ensure it is in good working order all summer long.

Look for air duct leaks

Pesky leaks in the air ducts can allow air pollutants into your home, wasting energy and costing you money. A contractor can use tools to check for leaks, and they can be fixed with air-duct sealant.

Check The Refrigerant

Be sure to use the proper amount of refrigerant. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has estimated that up to 90% of home air conditioners run inefficiently due to overcharged or undercharged refrigerant levels. Air conditioning units require a precise balance in order to run correctly.

Inspect the Air Conditioner Outside

The motor for central air conditioning units is outside the home. It’s exposed to the elements and the typical wear-and-tear that comes along with it. Have your contractor ensure everything is in working order and be sure to not surround the air conditioner with high plants or tall flowers.

Contact Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your Seattle air conditioner needs! Call us at 1-877-273-6626, email info@brennanheating.com, or contact us online!

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Air Conditioning Can Save Lives

Air Conditioning Can Save LivesA new study has shown that not only can air conditioning improve quality of life, it can also save lives. According to the study, over the past half-century, the use of air conditioning has contributed to the decline of heat-related deaths in America. An article in the Washington Post explains the new discoveries.

About the Study

The MIT Department of Economics conducted a study in December of 2012 to determine how people have adapted to climate change over the 20th century. The study found that deaths due to heat dropped roughly 80% between 1900-1959 and 1960-2004. The findings also concluded that the widespread adoption of air conditioning in residential homes was the main reason for the decline.

What do these findings mean?

Climate change is affecting people all over the world by causing heat-related deaths that could be prevented. Since residential air conditioning is now known to be the best technology for mitigating the problem, it can also be used to help reduce heat-related deaths abroad.

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning service contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Choosing a Quality Heating and Cooling Contractor

Looking to prepare your home for summer heat? Choosing a quality air conditioning contractor can save you time, money, and stress. Follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Choose an Established Business
    Older, established companies often have more experience and a better track record.
  2. Look for State Licensing
    By law, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors must be state licensed and fully insured before charging you for work on your cooling or heating system. These laws were created to protect you from the use of substandard materials and shortcuts that could endanger you or your property.
  3. Fully Bonded and Insured
    Mistakes happen. If you discover that your property has been damaged due to a mistake made by your contractor, it is important to ensure they have insurance that will cover the necessary repairs.
  4. Don’t Confuse EPA Certification with State Licensing
    Environmental Protection Agency certification is not the same as state licensing. While an EPA certificate is important and signifies an environmentally responsible product, it does not qualify your contractor to work on your cooling and heating system.
  5. Keeping Up with Technology
    Make sure your contractor has kept up with their research. Industry guidelines for heating and cooling systems are always changing. Working with a contractor who is behind on technology could lead to a bad investment and cost you money in the long run.
  6. Eco-Friendly Products
    Your heating and cooling systems can be environmentally responsible! Did you know that Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s) frequently used in air conditioning and heat pump refrigerants have been linked to the destruction of the earth’s ozone layer? Quality contractors use environmentally safe products and are specially trained to recover, recycle, reclaim and dispose of used refrigerant.
  7. Ask For References or Testimonials
    A quality contractor should have nothing to hide and will happily provide you with testimonials or references.

Try a Free Energy Consultation

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning service contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Eco-Friendly Air Conditioners

Eco-Friendly Air ConditionersDid you know that most air conditioners and heat pumps use an environmentally harmful refrigerant called Freon R-22? In fact, many experts have labeled Freon R-22 as a major cause of ozone depletion. Ozone depletion exposes humans, animals, and plant life to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays and can increase rates of skin cancer.

The Dangers of Freon R-22

The good news is that as a consumer you now have the option to choose an environmentally-friendly air conditioner that uses a different component called R140-A. This is just as effective as R-22 yet does not pose the same environmental threat. Best of all, making the switch to an eco-friendly air conditioning system is also more affordable. As more R-22 units are being removed from the market, their maintenance costs are beginning to skyrocket. So why not invest in an eco-friendly air conditioner and save both the environment and your money at the same time?

Choose an Eco-Friendly Alternative

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning service contractor contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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