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VIDEO: Weatherize Your Home for Energy Savings
Sun 12/28/08 11:04:35 am

Richard Reynolds of Handyman Network offers tips on how to increase your energy savings this winter. Learn How To Winterize Home Handyman Tips Energy Saving Winter Cold Weatherize Your Home

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How to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs without Cutting Comfort

(ARA) -- Heating and cooling systems account for 56 percent of energy used in a typical home, making it the largest energy expense for most households, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Making smarter decisions about your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can help you save money on your monthly utility bills.

American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning has developed several tips for cutting your heating and cooling costs without cutting comfort.

Install a programmable thermostat.

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Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. During winter months, you can save nearly 3 percent of heating costs for each degree your thermostat is lowered. In the summer, cooling costs are cut up to 6 percent per each degree you raise the thermostat. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust temperatures throughout the day, ensuring greater energy efficiency and enhanced comfort. Some thermostat models even allow homeowners to pre-program desired temperatures for specific times of day. You can save costs by easily adjusting the heating and cooling settings for when times when you’re waking up, leaving for work, sleeping or going on vacation.

Upgrade to variable speed heating or cooling.

Depending on your comfort needs and where you live, you can choose from a variable speed furnace or air handler. Both work with the outdoor unit to ensure the greatest energy efficiency and consistent comfort throughout your home. "Variable speed" refers to how a furnace or air handler's indoor blower motor runs. A two-stage, variable speed furnace or air handler operates at an energy-saving lower speed and a higher speed, when needed, for more consistent air circulation. With steadier, variable speeds, these indoor units don’t have to turn on and off as frequently, which reduces temperature swings and may help to lower your heating bills.

Consider a hybrid system.

Hybrid HVAC systems bring together two different fuel sources, typically a gas furnace and an electric heat pump, for more efficient heating and cooling. A hybrid system is calibrated to automatically switch between the furnace and heat pump depending on which offers the most economical power for your heating or cooling needs at any given time. Cost savings can be significant. In fact, American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning’s Heritage Hybrid comfort system can deliver up to 50 percent savings over a comparable 10-year old system.

Check your filter every month.

It is especially important to check your filter during heavier usage periods such as winter and summer and, at a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool -- wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt buildup in your system. Some programmable thermostats will even remind you when to check your filters.

Get the best energy efficiency ratings.

Your heating and cooling system's components should have the highest possible energy efficiency ratings. The higher the rating, the more efficient the product and lower your energy bills can be. Make sure your components meet the following minimums:

* Furnaces: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings of 80 or higher

* Heat pumps: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings of 7 or higher

* Air conditioners: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of 13 or higher

By following these few easy tips, you and your family can cut energy costs and enjoy cleaner and more comfortable air all year long. For more information on how to cut your home’s energy costs without sacrificing comfort or to locate an independent American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning dealer near you, visit

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Manufactured Housing Site Preparation & Installation

What do you need to have ready when your manufactured home arrives at your home site? .... What happens next?....

We are proud to offer the most effective way ever to learn about the step by step process involved in properly installing a manufactured home; A great five-part video series with George Porter, the industry's most respected installation specialist.

Mr. Porter leads you through a two hour viewing experience that will prepare you for the numerous operations and complexities involved in the installation of the modern manufactured home.

Video #1 - Site Preparation & Foundations

This 30-minute video takes you through the basics of soil types for preparing your site with adequate drainage. You will also learn how to determine size of footings needed to hold the weight of your home.

If you want to enjoy your home for years to come the foundation must be set on a properly prepared surface. With this video you will know exactly what will be required when it comes to preparing the ground for your homes installation.

Video #2 - Home Installation

In this video you will preview what will take place once your home has been delivered to your site. You will see how a home is rolled onto a concrete foundation and installed properly. You will learn how to be sure your home is level and how inspect for a tight seal at the marriage lines between sections.

Video #3 - Exterior Trim-Out

This lesson demonstrates the correct method for finishing exterior end-walls with vinyl siding. Also featured is the best method for connecting the electrical and water between the homes sections. Other topics covered are:

  • installing the drainage system
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  • air conditioning installation

    This video will provide everything you need to know about the finish operations on, under and around the outside of your home.

    Video #4 - Interior Trim-Out

    Learn how to interconnect the "marriage line" between your homes sections. See the best way to trim out the and interior walls. You'll learn the basics from methods for taping and texturing sheet rock walls. to how they will install interior doors and moldings. Correct carpet fitting cutting and seaming are discussed. along with installing ceiling fans and much much more.

    Video #5 - Final Inspection

    This walk-through will show you how to inspect your home and what to look for. This is an important step making sure everything has been done properly. In this video you will learn how to do a thorough inspection from top to bottom. Areas covered are: siding, windows, marriage line, kitchen cabinets, interior doors, gas connections, appliances and much more. This video is an invaluable tool for making sure your home has been set-up properly. If there is a problem or something needs to be repaired this is the time to point it out and write it down. By understanding the walk-through process and following a simple method for inspecting your home you will not overlook any aspect of home construction. This will ensure everything has been inspected and properly installed before you move into your new home.

    After viewing all five videos you will have what it takes to tackle your site preparation with confidence and peace of mind. Even if you're not planning on doing the work yourself, this information will help you understand the entire process. This will give you an edge when choosing sub-contractors and help you make sure the site preparation is done properly.

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