The Home Energy Audit – The First Step For An Energy Efficient Home

The Home Energy Audit

As a homeowner you obviously want to prevent skyrocketing utility bills. Good news; you can invest in ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. But, before you go about making drastic changes to your home, you might consider an Energy Audit by your neighbors "Apple Aire Inc". Such an audit will provide an assessment of how much energy your homes uses and evaluate how you can make your home most efficient. From here, you can begin a plan of attack for making your home more energy wise. Our professional energy audits, will give you a complete audit that could set you back $300-$700. But, fear not. The investment that you make in the short-term, could mean slashing your heating bill by 40%! Likewise you won't need another audit for another 5-10 years.

Our auditor will perform various tests that include: a thermographic scan which detects air leaks and moisture problems, a combustion safety test for your heating system, a blower door test to determine how airtight your home is, and also an insulation, appliance and lighting survey. Our professional energy audits go into great detail and do a thorough examination of past utility bills and a room-by-room examination of your residence. In terms of finding an auditor for the job, you can trust Apple Aire Inc keeping you comfortable for over 30 years. There is also the option of a do-it-yourself energy audit. Start with a list of places in your home where you feel a draft. Simply taking measures to cut these drafts, whether by door replacement or alternative methods, can save up to 30% a year. Next, assess your home for indoor air leaks.

These will typically be found at junctures of the walls and ceilings, near electrical outlets, near the edge of your flooring, by baseboards and around window and door frames. Simple caulking or weather stripping can help deal these leaks. Inspect areas, on the outside of your house where different building materials meet. Look for cracks in the foundation or the siding. Caulk any holes in faucets, pipes or around electric outlets. Then, check your furnace and replace the filter as needed. Now last but least, we know you have got no time for all these. No problem at all, that's why you need to call us and we will take care all the work you need around your home to bring the comfort for you and your family.

If not just to reduce your utility costs, tax credits are another reason to make your home energy efficient. If you add insulation or replace windows you could be eligible for tax credits up to $500. Whether you go with a professional energy audit, or a do-it-yourself project, the information you gather on your home's energy efficiency will be invaluable.

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Heat Is Not Working?

Ahh… a cold day in Denver! Wasn’t that the best feeling in the world as a child?  We know for those working, the excitement that a lot of snow brings is usually dulled by thinking about scraping off the car, driving to work on bad roads and having to deal with traffic because in your opinion “nobody knows how to drive in the snow.” What could be the worst though, is if your heat in your home stopped working on top of everything else. 

Reasons Why Your heat may stop working


Block Air Intakes

Shut-down heaters occur due to snow piles up and blocks the fresh air intakes. When your heater’s intake is blocked due to snow or ice, it causes the unit to shut down.

Block Exhaust

While heaters need to take in fresh air in order to operate properly, they also need to expel air through an exhaust. If their exhaust gets blocked due to snow or ice, it can also cause the unit to shut down.


Gas furnaces and boilers both have controls that can be susceptible to water damage, especially during heavy rains or when the snow starts to melt. If these elements experience enough water, they’ll begin to corrode and could cause reliability issues.

Bent Fans/Fins

On some occasions, snow and ice could build up on your unit’s aluminum fan and coil fins. When this happens, the weight of the build-up could cause them to bend and eventually break. If you notice a loud sound while your heater is on, bent fins could be why.


Not every one of heating and cooling systems is the same. They differ extensively in competency, performance, ability, and price. If you are not an expert, it is significant to effort with a knowledgeable licensed HVAC contractor in Denver when retailing a heating and cooling system.

Check Before You Call!

If your furnace is not running, there are a few simple things you can check before you call your heating service provider. Here are a few of our tips before you call us.

1.  A great place to start before you assume that there is a problem with your furnace is to take a moment to inspect your fuses and circuit breakers. If there are no issues with the fuses you can then work your way through the following items.

2.  Many furnaces are equipped with an emergency shut off switch that looks just like an average household light switch. These switches are generally installed at the top of your basement stairs. Many times, these switches are turned to the off position accidentally. Some of our customers find it helpful to label the emergency switch or install a colored switch plate so it stands out from your other household light switches.

3.  If your furnace has shut off you can try pressing the red reset button located at the front of your furnace by the burner. If the furnace begins to run you will have heat and should have no further problems. If you press the reset button and the furnace does not start or stops again you should call Apple Aire Inc at (303) 733-2813 and we will send a technician right away. Also be careful, it is not recommended to press the reset button more than once.


4.  Winters can be especially challenging, especially when your furnace is equipped with a side wall vent. If the vent for your furnace is plugged by snow your furnace will not work. Always ensure that the areas around your vent are kept clear of snow.



The Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance

It is true that regular preventive HVAC maintenance can improve the performance and service life HVAC systems. Households or businesses expecting cozy warmth throughout the winter should give due attention to regular maintenance that can keep HVAC systems running efficiently without consuming extra energy. When you care about your appliances, it saves you time and money. A small investment of only $16/month can really help you prevent costly repairs and replacements.

Most of the house owners do not realize the significance of servicing heating or air conditioning systems on time. Hotel managers who have to ensure accommodations for paying customers cannot afford to have an inefficient furnace or air conditioner. Apple aire Inc is here to help you keep your HVAC running throughout the year without any issues. The following are some of the benefits of undertaking our regular HVAC cleaning and maintenance service in Wheat Ridge and Denver Metro area.

Reduced repair cost

Almost every manufacturer of HVAC systems recommends that these systems should be inspected and serviced annually. Observing strict adherence to manufacturers' instruction can lead to reduced repair costs. Delaying the annual service will not only cause inefficient cooling or heating but also leads to increased utility bills. So make sure your units are inspected on time. Our HVAC repair or cleaning service is a cost-effective way to avoid expensive replacements.

Increased equipment lifespan

Heating systems or air conditioners clogged with dust and grime consume more energy to maintain the same performance. Dust accumulation often leads to early burnout and failure. Rather than spending money change-outs or replacements, invest in maintaining the overall performance of your equipment. A well-maintained HVAC system will produce the same level of heating or cooling throughout its service life. Call your HVAC contractor in Wheat Ridge today and increase the lifespan of your furnace.

Improved air quality

Dirty coils and blower parts can badly affect the quality of air. This leads to many health-related issues such as allergies and asthma. Bacteria buildup and fungi are not at all good for health. The only way to maintain air quality in your premise is to inspect and clean HVAC systems on regular basis. Cleaning heating and air conditioning systems significantly reduce contamination and help you build a healthy environment in your house.

Minor repairs and cleaning activities do not put a burden on your budget. Apple Aire's preventive maintenance service is far less costly than expensive change-outs. It's time to save energy and improve the performance of your cooling and heating units. Call us today and save on our maintenance programs to households and businesses.


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American Standard Furnaces & Why you need them

American Standard is considered by most to be the affordable alternative to their flagship brand, Trane, and currently offer thirteen different furnace types within three different product lines: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Like the names suggest, Silver is their least expensive series and Platinum is the most expensive, while Gold offers a mid-range option, though each has a different set of features. American Standard is a heating and air conditioning brand that manufactures residential and commercial HVAC systems. Originally formed in 1929 under the American Standard Companies banner, they were responsible for not just HVAC systems, but vehicle control systems as well as their popular brand of bath and kitchen products. In 1984, the company acquired the HVAC brand Trane and ran all three divisions until 2007. It was at this time that the company sold off the other two divisions and renamed itself Trane. They continue to sell HVAC systems under the Trane and American Standard brands, though both are now owned by their parent company, Ingersoll-Rand. American Standard’s Features Comfort Unique to Trane brand gas furnaces, and thus, American Standard units, Comfort-R is a feature designed to reduce moisture and humidity while also providing even heating throughout the home. The Comfort-R setting is designed to allow the blower fan to speed up slowly while the compressor loads. In this case, as it speeds up further, temperatures increase and moisture is removed more thoroughly. Hot Surface Igniter A durable hot surface igniter allows the burner to start electronically and safely for highly efficient operation. Unlike a standing pilot light that requires fuel for it to stay lit, the inclusion of a hot surface igniter means that there is no unnecessary gas wasted while the furnace is not in use. It’s not only an effective alternative to the standing pilot, but a safer one that won’t add unnecessary heat to the furnace during the warmer months while it’s lit. Vortica II Blower Exclusively available in Trane products and those under the Trane umbrella of brands, the Vortica II blower helps American Standard furnaces improve on air flow and noise reduction. This Vortica Advanced Air System is built using strong composite materials that resist rust, corrosion and cracking for increased durability. It also requires less fan power and, as a result, makes American Standard gas furnaces highly efficient with lower energy use. Finally, the Vortica II blower is quiet and allows for a level of comfort noticeable in not only the temperature but also in noise reduction. Finally if you’re looking for the most cost-effective American Standard model, make sure you call Apple Aire for free consultation.

How To Boost the Heat in a Cold Bedroom

Homeowners know when they're cold and they know where they are cold. They may not know how to light a pilot light, or air seal an attic floor, or balance a home heating system, but they know when they are cold. Bedrooms are often the coldest room in the house and most often people just live with it. Stick the kid in the cool bedroom, throw a couple extra blankets on the bed and tell them to finish their homework.

Dealing with a cool bedroom is frustrating. If you turn up the heat to warm the room, the rest of the house gets too warm. Shut all the heating registers except the bedroom and it puts too much back pressure on the furnace. Too often we see a household try to adjust the temperature of one room by closing heating registers in other rooms and soon they have half the registers in the house closed and the home heating system working overtime to satisfy the heating request at the thermostat.

Usually, the home heating system is designed by a professional Heating Contractor that went to HVAC school for several hours a week for a number of years. A Heating contractor must pass an apprentice program before he or she can even take the test for their journeyman license.

HVAC Education

During the educational phase of the heating and cooling training, they are taught how to do a heating load calculation on a home. They take the heating load and develop a designed heating system that includes furnace size, fan capacity, duct size, air flows, and register size. In other words, heating systems are designed to heat all rooms evenly and to work as a system with all registers open.

If you have one bedroom that is cooler than the rest of the house, one of two things has happened:

  • The heating system was designed by a contractor that barely passed the test, or
  • the heating system is broken. This is when you need to call Apple Aire

Recently, we had a homeowner complain that they got very little air flow out of the heating register in their dining room. The dining room was cooler than other parts of the house. With a flow hood, we registered a 75% decrease of air flow at the register as compared to the register in the living room. We removed the register grill, took a flashlight and mirror and looked down the inside of the heating duct.

With the mirror to see around the initial elbow, We could see that a flow damper valve was installed in the heating duct. Further inspection showed that all the heating ducts in the home had a flow damper installed near the registers. The damper in the dining room was the only one that was closed most of the way. The homeowner was not aware that flow dampers were a part of the homes heating system.

Heating Duct Damper

Flow dampers are a bit unusual in our neck-of-the-woods, We don't see them very often. Flow dampers are added to a heating system to allow manual adjustment of the flow of air to the registers. With dampers, the flow of conditioned air can be balanced so warm and cool areas of the home can be eliminated. To keep from putting increased pressure on the furnace fan motor, when one damper is closed down another damper should be opened up.

Sometimes, we believe a heating contractor may throw in a bunch of flow dampers when they lose their pencil and can't be sure of how big to make the heating ducts or how many registers need to be in a room.

6 Ways to Boost the Heat in a Cold Bedroom.

Here are 6 advises to Boost your Heat in a Cold Bedroom from Apple Aire.

Repair Heating Duct:

There is always the possibility that the duct system has a problem that can be fixed. Ducts can become partially or totally disconnected and flexible ducts can become pinched off or collapsed. This is the first and most important fix considering the cold bedroom. This fix will not only warm the bedroom but also increase energy efficiency and energy savings.

The first step is the inspection of the duct leading from the plenum to the register to be sure it is securely connected. Also, look for holes, crimping, or collapsed areas. Heating ducts damaged by animals is also a possibility that you should be looking for.

Disconnected heating ducts can be reconnected, but damaged heating ducts most often need to be replaced as they are difficult to repair.

Check for a Damper:

The sneaky heating contractor may have placed a damper in the heating duct and kept it a pretty good secret. Look and feel inside the duct by removing the register cover. Also, remove insulation from the outside of the duct, especially near the register and check for the telling signs of a damper. A metal rod with a small handle and a few anchor screws indicate a damper inside. Open the damper and your cool room problems may be over.

Balance Room Pressure With a Cross Over Duct:

Now we need to talk about room pressure and balloons. Crack the bedroom door open about an inch, turn the furnace on and see if the pressure builds up in the room and closes the door.

The heating system is a circle of air. Air is heated in the furnace, pushed through the heating ducts into a room and then sucked by the same furnace, out of the room, back through the return air duct to the furnace. If the air in the room cannot get back to the furnace, the room builds air pressure, like a balloon, which restricts the flow of conditioned air into the room in the first place.

With an increase of pressure in the bedroom, the conditioned air is forced through a different duct and into an adjoining room.

To fix the potential problem, many homes have cross over ducts installed in the ceiling or over the door that allow the air in the room to get back into the hallway even when the door is closed. In some larger, higher priced homes, they may have eliminated the room pressure problem by installing a return air register in every room.

To balance the room pressure and stop this problem, the two most used repairs are installing a crossover duct through the wall over the door or simply cutting the bottom of the door off so there is a wider gap between the door and the carpet. If this sounds complicated, make sure to dial the experts' number (303) 733-2813

Increase the Size of the Duct:

Maybe the Heating Contractor ran out of 8 inches ducting so they decided 6 inch was close enough. There is a real possibility that the back bedroom is cool because the heating duct system was not engineered correctly. When this happens, the best fix is to correct the mistake and replace the duct with a larger one. If the home is fairly new and the Contractor is still around, you might get this done as a freebie.

In this way, the cool room will get a larger share of the air coming from the furnace. This repair can still be a do-it-yourselfer if you're willing but most of the time Apple Aire are the right people to call. Heating duct material, both rigid and flex, can be purchased at your favorite home store. Some zip ties, a few sheet metal screws, a sharp knife and a pair of tin snips should do the trick.

If the heating duct size is simply too small to service the room, besides replacing the duct with a larger one, the only other fix that might work is installing a booster fan in the duct or adding a complete second duct and register.

Duct Booster Fan

Place a baffle in the heating plenum:

This adjustment can be very effective - especially in a manufactured home. A section of the main heating trunk ( the plenum ) needs to be opened up so a metal baffle or shield can be placed in the main trunk line that will direct more air into the heating duct that goes to the cold room. This is a very effective way to grab more of the conditioned air that passes down the main heating trunk and direct it in the direction you want it go. This is an inexpensive and permanent fix that works very well. 

Install a Booster Fan in the Duct:

This approximately $30 part won't create more heat, but it will pull more heat to the cool room. The booster fan should be installed as close to the offending room as possible and can be wired directly back to the furnace fan so the booster fan will run each time the furnace comes on. Installing it can be a pain make sure you consult HVAC contractor. A section of round metal duct either needs to be dropped down or added to the system. Be sure the duct system is air sealed or this added fan will pull unconditioned air into the system and lower your energy efficiency.

We know dealing with a cold spot in your home can be a frustrating ordeal. Hopefully, we have provided some solutions to the problem that will work for you and your home. The home heating system was designed to provide the comfort you are expecting and deserve and, with a little T.L.C., will provide years of energy efficient service.

Thank you for stopping by Apple Aire Inc, hope to see you again soon, make sure you get in touch.

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