$25 Plumbing’s Guide to Saving Money in Your Rancho Cucamonga Home

No matter where you live or how big your family is, everyone can stand to save a little money now and then, especially when it comes to home expenses. The team at $25 Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning loves helping Rancho Cucamonga homeowners save money on home services. That’s why we have put together a list of our top money-saving articles for homeowners in the area.

How to Save Money on Home Services in Rancho Cucamonga

Below are some of our top articles on saving money on home improvement and expenses from deep in our blog archives:

Home Budgeting

Keeping a budget and determining how much you need to spend on different home services and systems will not only help you save money in the long run, but it will also help you make sure that you are not stuck with too many surprise home costs. The articles below offer a wealth of information on home budgeting:

  • One of the best ways to save money throughout the year is to create (and stick to) a budget. In Tips for Creating a Budget for Home Maintenance in 2017, we lay out some basic tips for creating an effective home budget for the new year. Though we may already be halfway through January, it’s never too late to start budgeting your funds. Share this article with a friend or family member who has a hard time budgeting their money.
  • The key to budgeting effectively and creating a budget that you can actually stick to is accurately estimating your monthly and yearly costs. In Estimating Your Home Air Conditioning Monthly Spending, we explain how you can estimate your air conditioning costs so that you are able to budget more effectively throughout the year. This is a great article for those who are completely clueless as to how much they will spend on cooling costs throughout the year.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips

At $25 Dollar, we are always looking for ways to save our customers money. That’s why we often offer our blog readers tips for saving money when it comes to HVAC. Here are just a couple of articles you may enjoy if you want to cut HVAC costs:

  • Proper insulation is a vital part of maintaining HVAC efficiency and saving money on heating and cooling costs. In 7 Insulation Tips to Help You Save Money, we tell you all that you need to know about effectively insulating your home on a budget. This is a great article for anyone that enjoys saving money and DIY home improvement.
  • Why You Should Be Wary of Bargain HVAC Repairs is all about why there are some HVAC services that you just shouldn’t look for bargains on. A special company promotion from a reputable dealer can be a good way to save money, but as this article demonstrates, cheap HVAC services from a bargain-rate company can lead to unnecessary charges, hidden fees, break down, and repeated failed attempts to fix your problem, which end up costing you more in the end.

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Inexpensive Ways to Insulate Your Home

Keeping an older home warm can be a challenge. Houses built before about 1940 rarely were insulated. If they were, the products likely were organic (such as cotton and wool) and have deteriorated over time. In many cases, the only good solution is to replace the insulation. It can be a bit of an expense up front, but the difference in energy used could save you a great deal of money.

Use These 7 Tips to Save on Insulation

When you’re considering new insulation, keep these seven tips in mind that will save on both money and efficiency.  

  1. Determine Your Needs for Insulation

Check along the attic to see if you have insulation at all, and if so, determine its condition. If you can’t tell from the attic, scan the exterior walls for patched holes — a telltale sign that blown-in insulation was installed.

Inspect other drafty areas of the home. If your insulation looks OK but your house doesn’t hold temperature well, consider that other areas (like windows) actually may be to blame.

  1.  Check for Old Insulation

Everything from newspaper to corncobs has been used in the past to insulate homes. The older the house, the more likely you are to receive a surprise when removing old insulation. If the material is natural and not rotting, leave it. If you find that it’s in poor condition, have it removed to prevent mold and mildew.

The biggest problem is insulation with asbestos. In many cases, it’s too invasive to remove it all – and it’s much less toxic if it isn’t moved. Homeowners also may choose to encapsulate the asbestos, since the material is only dangerous when airborne.

  1. Select the Right Form of Insulation

There are four main categories of insulation: loose fill, batts, rigid boards, and expanding sprays. Rigid boards and batts typically are used in renovations that replace walls or finish attics. Loose fill is common in old homes because it can reach tight spaces without changing the finish. Spray foam insulation is versatile, but it can be an expensive option.

  1. Know How Much You Need

The higher the R-value (the thermal resistance of the material) of the insulation you choose, the less it’ll take to complete your job. Most regions have recommended ratings and depths per the United States Department of Energy, so you’ll know that you’re getting enough protection.

  1. Know Where to Install

With older homes, most heat is lost through the roof because warm air rises. The attic usually is the first place to add insulation. Depending on the purpose of the room, insulate the floor or the spaces between the rafters for maximum effectiveness.

  1. Plan Ahead for Moisture

Make sure that you’re always aware of ventilation. Blocked gable vents and soffits can cause moisture to build up within your home and cause health and safety issues. Remember to let the house breathe.

  1. Consider Green Alternatives

There are all sorts of new ways to insulate your home — without harming the environment. Blown-in cellulose, for example, is made from old newspapers that are treated to be resistant to fire.

If you need help insulating your home, consider calling the experts at 25 Dollar Plumbing. We would love to help you save money and keep your home more comfortable by improving your home insulation. Contact us today for more information.

The Bryant Housewise Thermostat: A Closer Look

Bryant Housewise thermostats are a triumph of interactivity and diversity. With this innovative control and monitoring device Bryant has moved beyond the cutting edge into a new realm of superior function, and homeowners are the ones benefitting the most from the arrival of this outstanding HVAC product.

Interested in the Housewise? Here’s what it could do for you …

Wi-Fi Technology Comes to Thermostats

By connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network, the Bryant Housewise thermostat converts itself into a fully functional and interactive online portal. Once you’ve downloaded the Housewise app to your smart phone or tablet unlimited access from unlimited distances is granted, and you’ll be able to program your thermostat just as effectively as if you were standing directly in front of it using the manual touch-screen display.

Naturally the ability to program your thermostat from a distance will allow you to save enormously on energy costs, since your heating and cooling system can be programmed to switch on only when it’s needed and not a moment sooner. Let the Housewise know when you plan to be home, and what temperature you desire when you get there, and it will take care of the rest.

Remotely or up-close, the Bryant Housewise thermostat display will provide you with a treasure trove of valuable data in high-resolution graphics, including:

  • Indoor temperature and relative humidity
  • Outdoor temperature and current weather conditions
  • Forecast of future weather conditions
  • Information about recent patterns of energy use
  • Timer functions
  • Monthly energy consumption reports
  • Real-time statistics to help track HVAC system functioning
  • Energy saving tips and recommendations

All of this and more in a sleek, black, framed package that will aesthetically enhance any wall space.

Housewise Installation

You won’t have to install the Housewise thermostat on your own. After you make your purchase your authorized Bryant dealer will send a technician out to handle that process— and if you’re in Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Claremont, Fontana or Glendora that would be $25 Dollar Plumbing, Heating & Air.

Call or email to speak with us about the Housewise, and after further consultation we’ll provide you with an affordable quote that covers the thermostat plus all installation costs. For our technicians installing the Bryant Housewise thermostat is old hat, and on the day of the installation we’ll walk you through the set-up and operation procedures so you’ll be fully prepared to use the Housewise right from the first day.

In addition to conventional air conditioning/heating combos, the Housewise is also compatible with Bryant’s Hybrid Heat gas furnace/heat pump system. It can also be linked to humidifiers, dehumidifiers and/or ventilators for comprehensive air quality management.

Get Wise with the Housewise

For functional ease and convenience of use the Bryant Housewise thermostat is a winner.

But even more importantly it is a cost-reducer—studies show the Housewise can save a homeowner up to 20 percent annually in energy costs, which means this amazing technology will pay for itself many times over after it takes over your heating and cooling management duties.

If you’re in the market for a new thermostat and the Housewise intrigues you (and how could it not?), please contact $25 Dollar Plumbing, Heating & Air soon for further information.

And continue to follow our blog for more timely discussions about your heating, cooling, plumbing and air quality management needs.

Energy Savings Tips For Making A Summer Energy Saving Plan

Technician “Shut the door! Were you raised in a barn?” What parent has not heard or said that expression at some point in his or her life. When the cost of air conditioning is so expensive, children coming in and out leaving doors open to release air conditioning to the yard is a big problem. Take the time before hot weather comes to sit down together and get the kids involved in doing Internet research for energy savings tips and ideas. Use them to develop your family’s Summer Energy Savings Plan and get everyone committed to following it to save money.

Everyone in the family needs to participate to make the plan work. These tips are items even the youngest family members can handle.

Throughout the House

•Leave interior doors open to promote cool air flow throughout the house.
•Keep outside doors and windows closed.
•Use natural light in the daytime. Save overhead lights and lamps for nighttime.
•Make sure your air vent is open and not blocked by anything.
•Take short showers instead of long, hot baths.
•Do not leave water running when brushing teeth. Turn water faucet to cold setting when brushing.
•Do not stand and look in the refrigerator while holding the door open. Get what you want and close the door quickly.
•Turn music and television off if you are not listening or watching. Turn off the computer when you are finished with it instead of leaving it in sleep mode.

Appliances

Train all family members old enough to use the following appliances to use them according to these energy saving guidelines:

•Run the dishwasher only when full. Turn off after the wash cycle.
•Wash all clothes in cold water. Wash only full loads unless you adjust the water level on the load.
•Use dryer only when you will be drying multiple loads. Once it heats for one load, it takes less energy to heat again
•Clean the lint filter after each load.
•Do not open the oven when cooking as a quarter of the heat escapes.
•Microwave more in the summer and use the stove less. It used half the energy.
•If you have a pool, turn the pump and filter off at night.

Call for additional information on how energy efficient HVAC system replacement will also save money in HVAC Energy Savings Home Energy Savings this summer. Then you are ready to put your Energy Saving Plan into action.