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Please enjoy the various posts and projects in Alpine Heating And Coolings blog. I will be the first to admit I am not a very good writer or even a good speller for that matter, but I do enjoy my trade and enjoy posting about the various projects we do in and around Skagit County, Washington. I hope there is some useful information somewhere in here (Alpines BLOG) for you. Please feel free to leave comments and or to contact me with any questions.

Gary Kirkendall

Angie’s List SUPER SERVICE AWARD

Angie’s List SUPER SERVICE AWARD

Alpine Heating And Cooling is an award winning company

We have been awarded the Angie’s List SUPER SERVICE AWARD for 2014. Only the top 5% of the HVAC service contractors can receive this award. We try very hard to make our customers happy, and sometimes hard work pays off. Thanks for all the great reviews, we will continue to provide great service to Skagit County.

If you need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater, we have you covered. We install and service them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and Camano Is.

Tips for Saving Money

5 Tips for Saving Money on Your Utility Bill

By Hannah West

From solar energy to efficient washers and LED bulbs, there are more and more ways to save money on your monthly energy bill. Unfortunately, those solutions require an up-front investment that isn’t practical for many people. Here are a few ways to save on your bill today without having to dish out first.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Heating water accounts for most of the energy that your washing machine uses. You can buy cold-water detergents that will get your clothes just as clean, and you don’t even have to separate into lights and darks like you do when you plan on using the warm setting. The heating rule is also true of the dryer, but that one’s a little harder to get around. However, if you’re truly determined to save, of course there’s a solution: get old-fashioned and hang them up to air dry.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Turn off the air conditioner or heat in a room that you don’t plan to use for a while and shut the door on your way out. Make sure to raise the temperature when you leave the house (or if it’s cold outside, lower it) to preserve the energy you normally would use making everyone comfortable. It may not feel great for the first few minutes when you return, but you can always adjust and get cozy or cool again within no time. If you live in a cooler climate, try using standing fans, which don’t require nearly as much energy as air conditioning systems.

Make sure to set your winter and summer thermostat accordingly. On the heat setting, it should be around 72 but on the cool setting, 76 can be perfectly comfortable. Always keep your vents clean for best results and savings.

Take Advantage of Off-Peak Hours

Learn about your utility company’s time of use rates. Usually, energy use is highest in the few hours after work and in the morning while people are getting ready for the day. Because it’s more in demand at those times, the rates are higher than in off-peak hours. If you can significantly reduce your energy use in peak hours, you could end up slashing down your bill.

Don’t Forget the Windows

With effortless air conditioning at our fingertips, sometimes we forget the difference it can make to open the windows and let a breeze blow through on a mild day. If this isn’t an option for you, don’t forget the many other roles that windows play in your indoor air temperature. For one thing, they allow heat from the sunlight in. In the winter, the sunshine can help you heat up your house. But in the summer, you may want to close window coverings in the area that the sun shines brightest into your home.

Make sure to properly weather strip your windows and doors to seal air leaks in your home. This will stop cool air from leaking in during winter, which can help you save on your heating bill.

Turn off Devices

With the number of electronic devices we use every day, it’s easy to overlook the ones we leave plugged in or turned on when they’re not in use. You could buy a smart power strip that will save you money in the long run, but the cheapest way to take care of this is just to make a habit of turning off and unplugging devices when you’re finished with them for the next few hours.

Appliances account for only a small percentage of our energy use at home, but TVs, at-home gaming devices, and desktop computers are the biggest energy-suckers, so be particularly mindful of those. If you don’t want to run around unplugging individual devices, use the extra regular power strips you have lying around your house so that you can turn off several devices with one action.

To learn more about cutting down on your utility bill, head to Modernize.com.

Bubba Sudz Car Wash

FREE Bubba Sudz Car Wash Promotion

Every year we try to do this promotion with Bubba Sudz car wash. Its a great way to get a FREE car wash and keeping your air conditioner or furnace in tip top shape. This is a limited time offer.

Major Milestone

truck6Thanks to a Muhammad Umair a very talented web programmer we have got our WordPress BLOG directly connected to our Facebook and Twitter account. If you need any help give him a try. Very talented person.

2011 Tax Credit Extended Thru 2012

On January 3, 2013 President Obama signed legislation designed to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and keep rates from increasing for every American who pays taxes. In Addition to its many other tax provisions, the bill retroactively reinstates the 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment that expired at the end of 2011.

Read the full document here.

Heating And Cooling Skagit County

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Erratic Furnace issues

There is nothing worse for a technician than to get dispatched to a no heat call and then upon arrival finding out the furnace is working correctly. He will run it through all its cycles several times and find absolutely nothing wrong with the furnace.

Furnace Control Board

Furnace Control Board

And of course if the technician leaves without finding the issue the customer will call back within days and complain the furnace is not working again. This is very frustrating for both the technician and the customer, especially if he shows up for the 2nd time to find the furnace is still working just fine. We have found under these circumstances that the furnace control board is more than likely the issue. The picture above shows what appears to be a perfectly good control board.

Furnace Control Board under.

Furnace Control Board under.

Its after you flip the board over and inspect it that you will see a hot spot on the board. Its hot spots like the one above that will cause intermittent issues with the furnace operation. Sometimes the furnace works great .. other times it short cycles and blows cold air. These issues will get gradually worse over time. Simply turning the board over can save a technician a lot of time.

The hard thing to overcome for a technician is being 100% confident that this is the issue with the furnace, after all it is a expensive repair. But in almost every case that we have changed the control board under these circumstances the erratic operation went away. And if you do not change the control board you may end up with a possible fire hazard as shown above.

Heating And Cooling Skagit County

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Otter Damaged Flex Crossover

OK .. I know I have posted this type of damage before, but just in case some of you don’t know what your crawl space looks like I thought i would post another picture.

Damaged Cross Over

Damaged Cross Over

In this case this is a mobile home located on a beach front, otters have been coming in under the home and having some fun with the crossover. The crossover delivers heat from one section of the home to the other section of the home. Cutting into a crossover will cost you dearly in energy costs if its not repaired. So we removed the existing flexible ducting that made up the crossover and replaced it with metal.

Heating And Cooling Skagit County

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.