What to Know About Smart Thermostats and Energy Efficiency

May 1, 2024

In today’s world of advancing technology, smart thermostats are revolutionizing how we manage home comfort and energy usage. At Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical, we believe in the importance of integrating smart technology to enhance energy efficiency and reduce utility costs. Here’s what you need to know about smart thermostats and their impact on energy efficiency: 1. Remote Accessibility One of the key benefits of smart thermostats is their ability to be controlled remotely via smartphone apps or voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. This feature allows homeowners to adjust temperature settings from anywhere, ensuring that energy

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Top 2 Disadvantages of Solar Energy

February 20, 2023

Although there can be a number of pros to solar power, there are also a few cons that are worth taking into consideration. Here are the two main disadvantages of using solar energy in your home. 1. It Provides Inconsistent Results Solar energy relies on the absorption of sunlight. More specifically, it depends on the absorption of subatomic particles, called photons, which can be blocked or deterred by a number of different things. Although solar energy can be an option for almost anyone, its efficiency is affected by the location’s distance from the

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Are Boilers More Cost-Effective Than a Furnace?

December 20, 2022

It is costly to keep your indoor climate within a comfortable range throughout the year. You might be surprised that heating a home during the winter can cost two, three, or four times more than cooling it in summer. That makes finding long-term cost reductions crucial in today’s economy, and a good starting point is comparing boilers to furnaces. Let’s look at which of these systems are cheaper to run. Comparative Cost Analysis All things equal, a boiler moves the same amount of heat more efficiently than a furnace. Water is cheaper to heat than gas

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Why Fall and Spring Are the Best Time to Install a New Air Conditioner

February 17, 2022

Have you been thinking about replacing your old air conditioner with a new, more energy-efficient model? Does your AC unit no longer cool your house at effectively as it used to or are you worried that it won’t make it through the summer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is why you should start thinking about having a new one installed in either the fall or early spring. Avoid the Summer Rush Most HVAC companies are extremely busy with repairs during the summer, which generally makes this the absolute worst time

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What Is the Most Energy-Efficient Heating System for Your Home?

September 20, 2021

When it’s time to install a new heating system in your Sparks, NV, home, picking one that’s efficient is a wise move. You’ll save money on utility costs, and your home will have a smaller carbon footprint. With so many options available, here are some of the top energy-efficient heating systems to consider. Geothermal Heat Pump A geothermal heat pump is the most efficient type of heating system. It relies on the Earth’s consistent temperature six or more feet below the soil. During the wintertime, heat from the Earth is transferred into your home. These heat

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How To Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 6, 2021

Need to reset your AC unit after a power outage? Perhaps you have it on the “Cool” setting, but it isn’t emitting a cool breeze? You might think it’s just a matter of clicking a reset button like you would any other device. However, to properly reset an AC system, you’ll want to follow the steps below. Find the Unit’s Reset Button Some AC units will have a reset button, usually red in color and placed in a prominent place within the AC panel. You can also check the AC

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Many Benefits of Energy Efficient Plumbing and Heating Systems

November 17, 2020

Energy-efficient plumbing and heating systems have soared in popularity because of their beneficial features. Having one is advantageous to both your wallet and the environment you live in. The average home uses more than 20% of its energy costs on plumbing and heating systems, so this is another reason why energy-efficient appliances are sought after by so many homeowners. Here are a few more benefits of going the energy-efficient route. Be a Part of the Betterment of the Earth Some issues related to the earth are controversial, but it is undeniable that we can do more

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5 Easy Tricks to Save Energy During Autumn

October 20, 2020

With fall arriving, the leaves are changing colors, grocery stores are stocking pumpkins en masse, and the brutally-hot weather is cooling down. With cold weather, however, comes higher heating costs. Check out these five tips for saving energy this fall. Investigate Potential Window Leaks Unfortunately, windows are prime suspects for air leaks. Checking for leaks is easier than you might believe. On a windy day, turn off your home’s combustible appliances, including furnaces. Next, light an incense stick or a candle. Slowly pass your incense or candle around edges of windows, doors, and other

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Immune Systems

September 20, 2020

If you’ve noticed more allergy or asthma symptoms or more germs going through your Reno, NV, home, you might be surprised to learn that indoor air quality could be a contributing factor to your symptoms. Most people spend at least 90% of their time indoors, and much of that time is at home. Read on to discover three ways poor indoor air quality affects your immune system. 1. T-regulatory Cell Repression Your immune system contains many types of cells. One is the T-regulatory cell. Its job is to halt autoimmune responses that cause allergies, asthma and

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Benefits of an Automated Thermostat

July 16, 2020

Buying a programmable or smart thermostat can be a great decision. By automating the cooling and heating of your home, both you and your home are benefiting. Here are the main benefits of how an automated thermostat can help you: Lower Energy Bills An automated thermostat can save you a significant amount of money on your monthly energy bills. You can program your thermostat so that your home isn’t heated or cooled as much when you’re away or asleep. Every degree of adjustment saves you about 2% on your energy bills. Reduce Wear and Tear on Your

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