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Jul 21, 2014 4:47:00 PM by Ron Musser - 0 comments

Does it Pay to Adjust Your Thermostat?

ThermostatMYTH: There is no benefit to constantly adjusting your thermostats when you don’t need as much heating or cooling…such as at night or when nobody’s home.

Many people believe that while this may make sense in milder weather, it doesn't work so well in extreme cold or high heat and humidity conditions that we have in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware Valley. The thought here is that when its very cold, the energy required to recover and reheat a space from adjusting the temperature down will negate any savings.  The same mindset believes that when trying to cool the older homes in our region, they are too inefficient to constantly let the temperature and humidity rise.  The energy to remove the humidity and return the home to a comfortable temperature isn’t worth the effort.  

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Mar 14, 2014 9:21:05 AM by Steve - 0 comments

How Efficient is your Home? Find out here!

If your like me, you are always trying to find ways to save money. I always do the little things, like making sure I turn the light off when I leave a room, putting my computer at the best Power Saving settings and some other simpler energy saving methods to keep my bills low.

Here is a Easy Home Efficiency Solution

However, I know that I can be, most likely, running more efficient. I found a useful tool on the Energy Star Website that allows you to, with a little bit of information about your home, find out how you measure up when it comes to efficiency. It's called the "Home Energy Yardstick"

Click here to use the tool

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Feb 27, 2014 10:20:19 AM by Steve - 0 comments

A Day on the Job with ECI Comfort

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Feb 21, 2014 12:09:10 PM by Steve - 0 comments

Featured Video of the Week - Home Energy Assessment

Here is the first of a series of videos that we will be showcasing every week on the ECI Comfort Website. We hope to not only show you the services that we offer, but to share great tips to help you improve the comfort of your home. This week we feature a video of a Home Assessment that ECI Comfort performed at the Morgan residence in the Parkwood section of Philadelphia.

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Jan 29, 2014 11:21:51 AM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

Insulate your wallet against Winter Heating Bills

Growing up, we were always told to put on a cap in the winter – we lose most of the heat from our bodies from our heads – same thing with your home. Protecting the top of our homes during the winter is like putting on a warm cap.

Our homes act like a big chimney, the taller the home, the greater movement of air, which is called stack effect.

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Jan 23, 2014 9:12:42 AM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

What the Window Companies don't want you to know

Windows are a very important part of our lives - they allow us to see what is going on in the world, they let in sunshine, and they light our houses so we don’t have to use electricity during the day. We need windows.

But they are a mixed blessing. They have very low insulation values so they cost us a lot more than a plain wall would cost to heat and cool. Also, this low R-value means the surface is cold so we can feel cool standing next to them, and they have a lot of moving parts, which means they can leak air.

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Dec 20, 2013 10:19:22 AM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

The High Cost of Leaky Duct Work

According to studies, leaky duct work increases total cooling and heating energy usage by as much as 30%. That’s 30 cents out of every $1 you pay in energy bills. Over the course of a year, this can add up to hundreds of wasted dollars.

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Dec 17, 2013 9:04:43 AM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

The importance of Air sealing your home

In typical homes, air leaks are often found at cracks, small holes, and penetrations for plumbing, wiring, lighting, and ductwork. Together, these leaks can add up to as

much air loss as having an open window! It’s easy to imagine how this can increase a homeowner’s utility bills and reduce comfort.

Sealing a home’s envelope—its exterior walls, ceiling, and floors—is an important step in controlling the indoor environment and lowering energy bills. The goal is to reduce air leakage as much as possible, while providing ventilation as needed for fresh air. In other words, “build it tight and ventilate it right.”

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Dec 3, 2013 4:44:32 PM by Steve - 0 comments

The Morgan Project

Home Energy Assessment, Energy Saving Tips, Solutions - Parkwood, Philadelphia from ECI Comfort on Vimeo.

Paul Giorgi of ECI Comfort paid a visit to Kevin and Brittney Morgan of Parkwood in Philadelphia to perform an Energy Assessment. Paul who is a Comfort Adviser at ECI Comfort is a BPI Certified Building Analyst. During his Assessment, he uses specialized tools that can monitor efficiency levels throughout the house. These tools provide evidence that show the homeowner visually, the areas in which they can improve.

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Nov 26, 2013 9:30:45 AM by Paul Giorgi - 0 comments

Investing in an energy efficient retrofit of your home

Residential and commercial buildings consume over 40 percent of the overall energy usage in the United States. These buildings represent a huge opportunity to reduce our nation’s overall energy usage as well as it dependence on foreign sources of energy.

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