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How to Warm Up a Room Without a Heater? 18 Hacks to Stay Toasty This Winter

With storms and lower temperatures taking over, you shift your activities indoors for warmth and comfort. But what to do if you live in an old house that lacks a proper heating system? Or you might want to reduce the use of heating units because of the high energy cost this winter as electricity has increased by 6.5%, and natural gas is up by a whopping 25%. Are you worried your HVAC unit can break down unexpectedly in the middle of a cold afternoon, making it quite challenging to survive the chilly weather?

In any case, it’s essential to learn how to warm up your room without a heater before you are caught in an emergency situation. Let’s look at 18 valuable tips to help you keep your space as toasty as possible.

1. Switch to Smart Heating

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If you are looking for ways to stay warm without a heater just because of the high electricity bills, then shifting to smart heating would solve your problem.

You can use a smart thermostat or a smart AC controller that works with mini-split, window, or portable units. They allow you to remotely control your unit using your phone and maintain your ideal room temperature.

These smart devices solve all your winter woes. With next-gen features, you can make sure you are not running your heat pump unnecessarily. For example, if you forget to turn your unit off when going out, it will automatically turn off using the geofencing feature. You can set schedules to avoid running your unit all the time. Plus, you can keep track of your heat pump usage. You can see your daily, weekly, and monthly usage patterns in the mobile app. This can help you make any necessary changes to lower your electricity bill.

2. Harness the Power of Sun

A woman opening blinds to let the sun in and to help warm up a room without a heater.

One natural way to stay warm without heat is to open the curtains and blinds first thing in the morning. The bright sunlight will help warm up your room in the cold weather. The natural vitamin D from the sun rays will also help counter winter blues and lift your mood. Plus, the UV light from the sun kills most of the harmful germs and improves indoor air quality. To maximize the amount of sunlight reaching your room, trim back the tree branches and remove any other obstructions. You can close the drapes at sunset to retain the warmth accumulated during the day.

3. Use Curtains to Retain Warmth

Opening the blinds in the morning will let the natural light in which will warm up your room. At night, you would want to retain that heat as much as possible. Using curtains, blinds or shades can be highly beneficial. Thermal curtains are specially designed to trap air between the different layers of fabric, creating a barrier of hot air that provides an insulating effect. This means that the temperature outside will not impact your room temperature. The blackout shades are another option that provides insulation and helps trap in hot air. Thus, thermal curtains or shades can help keep your room warm without a heater.

4. Weatherize Your Windows

Cold drafts coming through gaps and cracks in windows can severely impact your room temperature. Insulating your windows is the best solution in frigid temperatures. You can seal all the air leaks with caulking. Next, apply weatherstripping between the window frame and sash to prevent cold air from seeping in. To increase your window’s ability to retain heat, try covering it with a window film. In the end, hang curtains or draperies to minimize further heat loss.

5. Start Cooking or Baking

A man cooking on a stove top to help warm up a room without a heater

Cooking or baking not only adds a nice aroma to your home but also radiates heat to the surrounding rooms. After you are done baking, turn off your oven but leave its door open. The hot air spreads in the nearby area, giving off a toasty feeling. The hot steam from boiling water or pasta can also help warm up your room without a heater.

Note: Do not turn on the stove or your oven just to heat your home. A gas appliance gives off carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.

6. Use a Hot Water Bottle

Thinking of how to stay warm without heat? Well, you can use a hot water bottle under the sheets when it’s time for bed to have a comfortable sleep. Even when you are doing some office work or reading a book, you can keep a hot water bottle with you as it will keep on radiating warmth for quite some time.

7. Utilize the Shower Steam

If it’s possible, try keeping the door open while taking a shower. This will transfer heat from the hot shower and help to warm up your room without a heater. Plus, it will also increase humidity levels, making the air less dry and more comfortable.

8. Layer Your Clothing

Warm winter clothes

When you don’t have heating equipment, you can focus on keeping yourself warm by layering on clothes. Use a thermal base layer, then put on an insulating layer such as a sweatshirt or hoodie as a middle layer. You can put on clothes made of fleece, wool, or cotton as the last layer. As heat is lost through your hands and feet, slip on thick socks and add on warm mittens. Top everything off with a woolen cap.

9. Warm Up Your Bedding

Have you ever thought about blow-drying your sheets? Probably not. It’s an uncommon tip but nevertheless quite functional. The short bursts of hot air from your dryer can quickly warm up the sheets. You can do this every night before going to bed. Just make sure to remove it safely, use the equipment and unplug it after use. You can also try a bed heater that is specially created to blow air under the sheets, but it can be an expensive option. Also, invest in a good quality blanket to retain all that warmth. Go for a down – filled blanket as it traps the heat, or use an electric blanket. Make sure to follow the safety tips with electric bedding.

10. Add a Floor Rug

Floor rug to warm up a room without a heater

In addition to being used as a statement piece for your room, a floor rug can be used in winter to prevent heat loss through the floor. It can add underfoot warmth to the tile, wood, or concrete floor, providing a warmer surface to sit or walk on. When choosing an area rug for your room, consider its size and depth. A thicker and larger rug provides more protection against cold. A loosely woven rug will have more space in-between and won’t offer enough protection, so go for the one with a high stitch count.

11. Use Draft Stoppers

Draft stopper

A draft stopper, also known as a draft blocker, is a thick material that acts as a barrier between the outside and inside. When the weather gets chilly, you can use a draft stopper at the bottom of the window frame. You can also place them under your room doors to prevent drafts due to air exchange from the outside environment. You can roll a thick towel and use it as a draft blocker, or you can buy a specially designed one; it’s totally up to you. However, a dedicated one will give your room a neat look.

12. Focus on Insulation

When it comes to heat, a surprising amount is lost through the gaps or cracks in your roof, walls, windows, and doors. However, you can minimize this loss by focusing on home insulation. Find air leaks around your room and use caulking to fill them up. You can use different types of insulation, such as spray foam insulation to fill in the wall’s cavities and foam board insulation for the floor and ceiling. Seal any openings in the exterior wall of your room with expanding foam to reduce cold air from seeping in.

13. Inspect Your Roof

Heavy snow and rain can pose damage to your roof. This results in cold air infiltrating your room through roof leaks and affecting your room temperature. Inspect your roof and check if any shingles are broken. You can repair the damaged shingles by applying roofing sealant underneath the cracks. If any shingles are missing, then you will have to start looking for a new roof.

14. Use a Humidifier

Humidifer to increase moisture in the air

Warm air holds more moisture than cold air, so naturally, the humidity levels go down in the winter months. Having dry, cold air in your room can be uncomfortable, especially if you have allergies or asthma. A humidifier is a simple yet powerful solution. It adds moisture to the air and helps combat dry winter air in your house.

15. Seal the Air Leaks Around Electrical Outlets

Have you noticed a cold chill while plugging in your appliances? You may be unknowingly letting the drafts enter your room and affecting the room temperature. The culprit is your electrical outlets.

Use an outlet insulator – it is a foam sheet that you can place behind the outlet plate to block the drafts.

16. Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Most homeowners use a ceiling fan in counterclockwise rotation to create a cooling effect in summer. Similarly, you can use your ceiling fan in the winter to push down the warm air gathered around the ceiling. You will just have to switch the direction from counterclockwise to clockwise to warm up your room without a heater. Most fans come with a switch at the base that you can use to change its direction. If strategically placed, a ceiling fan can even draw in hot air from an adjacent room that has a heating source installed, keeping it warm.

17. Move Your Bed Away from Windows

Rearranging your room’s furniture to warm it up might not make sense, but there’s a logical explanation. The window glass cools down during the night, leading to cold air near the window.  If your bed is right next to the window, you will feel cold, affecting your sleep. Plus, if your windows are not insulated, incoming cold drafts will further exacerbate the issue. Try shifting your bed in the opposite direction, away from the windows, to stay warm without heat.

18. DIY Your Own Heater

When you don’t have an electric or gas heating system, you can DIY your own heater to make your room warm and cozy. A simple terracotta heater can work; you just need some candles and clay work to start heating your home. If that’s not an option, you can also try an alcohol heater made with isopropyl alcohol, a metal can, and tissue rolls. Another option is a DIY solar heater that uses the sun’s natural energy to warm up your room. Creating this one will require some time and effort, so keep that in mind. Keep these heaters out of the reach of children and pets and follow all the heating safety tips.

Warming up your room without a heater can be tricky, but tips such as sealing air leaks to prevent cold drafts, letting the sun in, and using thermal curtains to retain heat can be highly beneficial. Moreover, in freezing weather, switch to smart heating to maintain comfort and save on heating costs.

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How to Lower Your Electric Bill

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Apart from addressing the root causes of a high electric bill, there are a few additional steps you can take to reduce your bill even further.

1. Invest in a Smart AC Controller or a Smart Thermostat

Heating and cooling costs make up a big chunk of your total electricity bill. Smart AC controllers can help you get AC costs under control through useful features such as geofencing, humidity and temperature triggers, usage tracking, etc.

2. Always Unplug Unused Appliances

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Many modern – day energy appliances don’t shut down when given the command. Instead, they enter standby mode so they can power up quickly the next time you need to use them. The problem is that if you leave these devices plugged in, they will continue drawing energy. Over time, this energy usage adds up, leading to sky – high electric bills. So the next time you are wondering why your electric bill is so high, walk around your house and look for any unused devices still plugged in.

3. Turn Any Fans or Lights off When You Leave the Room

Fan with light in the center

Many people believe that lights and fans don’t use much energy, so they don’t bother turning them off when they exit the room. However, if you routinely leave ceiling fans and lights on, you will have a high electricity bill. So make it a habit to check any lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room. You will notice a difference in your electricity bill soon enough.

4. Invest in an Electricity Usage Monitor

If you think an appliance consumes excess electricity, a watt meter or electricity usage monitor is your best friend. An electricity usage monitor helps you determine how much electricity an appliance uses. Plug the monitor into an outlet, and then plug your appliance into the monitor. Then, run the appliance for 24 hours. The monitor will tell you its electricity consumption for 24 hours. Multiply that figure by 365 to get an idea of your yearly cost. An electricity usage monitor can help you understand why your electricity bill is so high and where you need to reduce usage.

5. Keep Your Fridge Full

Turns out, always keeping your fridge full of food can actually be good for your wallet! Food acts as insulation and helps your fridge keep food items cold. Every time you open the fridge door, you introduce warm air into it. If you already have a lot of chilled food items in your fridge, they will retain cold air and that warm air will have less of an effect. On the other hand, if your fridge is always empty, the large amount of warm air that enters every time you open it has more of an impact and it has to work harder to keep cool.

Why Is My Electricity Bill So High All of a Sudden?

If you already follow all the tips given in this article, yet your electricity bill has suddenly skyrocketed, there could be a few reasons:

6. Electricity Leak

If your bill is suddenly higher than usual, an electricity leak could be to blame. An electricity leak occurs when electricity flows to the earth through the earth wire, usually due to faulty wiring. An electric leak can be expensive and dangerous. If you turn off the main breaker for your house and your electric meter is still showing electricity consumption, you may have a leak. If you suspect a leak, contact a licensed electrician immediately. Do not attempt to fix it yourself as you can get a nasty electric shock.

7. Rising Inflation

Your electricity bill may sometimes increase for reasons not under your control. If there is overall inflation in the country, naturally, your electric bill will also increase. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do in this situation. However, you can be even more diligent about not wasting electricity and reducing your consumption as much as possible.

8. Someone Could Be Stealing Your Electricity

A sudden unexplained increase in your electricity bill could be caused by pilferage. Switching off the main breaker is a simple and easy way to determine if someone is stealing your electricity. Contact the power company immediately if your electric meter continues showing electricity usage. They will send a technician to resolve the issue.

Which Appliances Use The Most Energy In A Home?

Heaters use the most energy in a home. They account for the highest percentage of a home’s total electricity consumption. Water heaters and cooling appliances are the second and third biggest consumers of residential electricity, respectively.

A heater

Does Unplugging Appliances Save Electricity?

Yes, unplugging appliances does save electricity. The average household has 40 products constantly drawing energy. Combined, these can amount to 10% of total residential electricity use. High electricity bills are a source of great financial stress and hardship. With these tips, you can reduce the burden on your wallet and benefit the environment. It’s a win – win! Start implementing these tips and enjoy big savings in no time!

 

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When Is The Best Time To Turn On The Heater?

Fall is a magical season – a time of cozy weather, burnt orange leaves, and the delicious scent of pumpkin spice. But it’s also a time that can be most unpredictable when it comes to temperature. One moment you feel hot; the next, you are piling on layers. This can make it tricky to know exactly when to switch on your heating system. Adding the rising energy costs to this dilemma and it can feel truly daunting to decide when to turn on the heater. Some might say that cold weather automatically warrants the heat to be switched on, while others argue that it’s best to wait until the temperature drops significantly. Some believe that looking at weather conditions on a day-to-day basis is a more accurate way to decide when to turn the heat on during fall. So, what’s the right answer? When should you actually switch on your heating system? Read on and find out!

When to Turn on the Heat With Cold Weather Around the Corner

When it comes to turning the heat on, there’s no fixed temperature value, as it can vary depending on your location, weather conditions, home insulation, comfort level, and cost considerations. Here are a few things to remember when deciding the best time to turn the heat on in your house.

woman enjoying fall season with a warm cup of coffee

Your Home Temperature

According to WHO, the indoor temperature should be between 18 C – 23 C during winter. If you have children, the elderly, or people with health issues, the minimum temperature should be above 20 C degrees. If your indoor temperature falls below this range, it may be time to turn the heat on!

Personal Preference

The WHO recommended temperature value above may not cater to everyone. You may have a different comfort threshold. If you are someone who doesn’t feel that cold, even if it’s below 18 degrees, you don’t have to turn on the heat. You can continue saving energy! On the other hand, if you feel chilly and uncomfortable when it’s 25 C indoors, you can definitely use your heating unit. Your personal comfort should be your top priority.

Sleep Temperature

The ideal sleeping temperature is accepted to be around 18 C. For a comfortable sleep, it is recommended to keep your thermostat set between 15 – 19 C degrees.

In case your bedroom temperature goes below 18 C at night, you can turn on the heating system for a few hours. To save on energy, try turning the thermostat back 7 – 10 degrees from your daytime settings. For instance, if your thermostat is set to 20 C during the day, you can lower it to 17 C at night. You can also use warm bedding and a blanket to keep yourself comfortable without cranking up the heat.

What Is The Best Thermostat Setting For Winter?

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The ideal thermostat settings for winter are between 20 – 22 C when you are at home. This range is a perfect balance of comfort and energy savings. You can save even more when you are away or sleeping by turning the thermostat back 7 – 10 degrees from your usual temperature settings.

Tip: Manually adjusting the thermostat for separate daytime and nighttime settings can be a hassle. A smart thermostat or a smart AC controller that works with a mini – split, window, or portable heat pump can help automate your home climate. With these smart devices, you can easily set schedules, and your temperature settings will be applied automatically at your set timings.

What To Do Before Switching On Your Heating System

Before turning on the heat, you need to take a few important steps, like checking the heating system and making sure your house insulation is at par. With the proper preparations, you can easily stay warm and cozy in the winter season.

  •  Upgrade Your Thermostat
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  •  Find & Fix Air Leaks

You might not pay attention to small air leaks, but they can significantly affect your home comfort and energy bills in the longer run. Cold air can infiltrate your home through cracks and gaps, while hot air from your HVAC unit can easily leak out. Finding and fixing air leaks in your home can help lower your energy costs by an average of 15%.

Drafts are commonly found around doors, windows, pipes, floorboards, chimneys, ductwork, and wiring holes. You can use caulk to seal small gaps around your home. To fill in the leaks in doors and windows, apply weatherstripping. Silicone – based filler can be used to fill the cracks in your floorboards. Also, check for leaks around your air ducts. You can use foil tape or apply duct mastic to cover the duct holes and prevent heat from seeping through.

  •  Perform Tune – ups

One of the best ways to ensure your unit is running at its best is by performing regular HVAC tune – ups. This means cleaning AC filters and checking for any signs of damage, leaks, or wear and tear. If necessary, schedule a maintenance check with a professional technician. This helps detect any issues, such as unusual HVAC smells or sounds.

A repairman fixing mini-split heat pump
  •  Test Run Your Heating System

After you have performed the tune-ups, do a practice run before it gets cold. This helps to detect any issues early on and prevents you from suffering in the cold due to a faulty HVAC system.

  •  Increase Your Home’s Humidity Levels

As the temperature drops, the humidity levels also plummet. And when you are going to turn the heating unit on, it is going to further strip the moisture from the air. Dry winter air can cause various health issues like an increase in allergies, dry skin, respiratory problems, and nose bleeds. Moreover, it can also pose damage to your wooden floor, furniture, and walls. To increase humidity in your home, you can bring in houseplants, air dry your clothes or invest in a humidifier.

  •  Check Safety Alarms

Smoke alarms are one of the most important safety devices in your home. In case if anything goes wrong when heating, you need your smoke alarm to work. In order for them to perform their job, they require routine maintenance. Not regularly checking your smoke alarms increases the possibility of their failure, and that can put you in harm’s way. So, it’s best to test your smoke alarms before the heating season starts to ensure they are working fine. If your alarm or the detector uses a battery, check if it needs replacement.

How To Delay Putting The Heat On?

Due to increasing power prices, you may be reluctant to turn on your heater until you really need it in a bid to save on bills. However, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable in your own home. Here are some steps you can take to keep yourself warm without any compromises. You can also apply these tips to make your home more energy efficient when the heating is on.

  •  Let the Warmth In

To improve warmth in your home, consider opening your drapes or blinds in the morning to let the sunshine in. This will help accumulate heat during the day, and you can close them at night to retain warmth.

  •  Invest in a Room Heating Unit

Running your central HVAC system in the fall may lead to energy wastage as your whole house may not require heating. A better way to keep warm without driving up the bills is to perhaps invest in a small space heating, portable heat pump, or consider HVAC zoning. The best part about portable heat pumps is that you can move them from one room to another when needed. It works like any other heat pump by drawing in heat from the outside air, then circulating it inside.

  • Get Thermal Curtains

Thermal curtains can trap the air between the different layers of fabric, providing an insulating effect. This means that the temperature outside will not affect your indoor environment.

thermal curtains
  •  Layer Your Clothes

Putting on some extra layers is an obvious way to regulate your body temperature and stay warm without a heater. A sweater or a cardigan can definitely keep you comfortable on chilly fall evenings, allowing you to save the big switch for a later date.

  •  Use Floor Rugs
A simple yet comfortable living room

Floor rugs have long been valued as an aesthetic element, but beyond their decorative function, they serve a practical purpose, helping to minimize heat loss. Floor rugs work by trapping tiny pockets of air between the rug fibers, slowing down the flow of heat from one side of the rug to the other. So, invest in a thick rug with a high stitch count; your feet will surely thank you.

  •  Make Use of Draft Stoppers

Using a draft stopper at the bottom of the doors and windows is one of the simplest ways to keep your home warm. This prevents cold air from seeping into your home.

What if Your Heating Unit Doesn’t Turn On?

Sometimes, when you turn on your heating unit after a long summer, it doesn’t function properly. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you deal with heating problems:

Check Your Thermostat – One common issue why your thermostat isn’t working is lack of power. If your thermostat is battery-powered, try replacing the batteries. For hardwired systems, check the circuit breaker and reset it if it has tripped. Also, check for blown fuses and call an HVAC technician for replacement if that’s the case. If that doesn’t solve the issue, try resetting your thermostat.

Clean Your AC Filters – The AC filters need regular cleaning for efficient performance. If you haven’t inspected them before turning the heater on, your unit may have trouble functioning properly.

Check Your Outdoor Unit – When your heating unit isn’t used during the summer, dirt and debris can get stuck in the outdoor unit and cause issues. Clean the outdoor unit before turning the on unit. Also, trim vegetation around it to prevent leaves or twigs from getting inside.

Remove Obstructions – Move furniture pieces that are blocking the vents so there is no airflow issue and warm air can easily circulate around. Also, ensure your thermostat is not behind a curtain or a furniture piece, as this blocks airflow, leading to incorrect temperature measurements.

Deciding To Turn On The Heater

If you are wondering when it’s time to start warming up in the fall, just keep in mind that there is no hard – and – fast rule for when to turn on the heater. Whether you choose to leave it off until temperatures drop significantly or turn it on as soon as fall hits is a personal decision that depends on your specific situation. If you are looking to save some bucks before the freezing weather, you can delay turning on the heat by letting the sun in, weatherizing your home, or sliding into a cozy blanket. And once you have decided that it’s time to crank up the heat, be sure to invest in smart climate control devices to keep your heating bills in check without compromising on your comfort.

 

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11 Reasons Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

Ever – increasing electricity bills are a great source of frustration and economic insecurity. With the extreme changes in the climate, it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t keep up with the skyrocketing electric bills. However, don’t lose hope just yet! There is a lot you can do to lower your electric bill. For example, switching to a smart thermostat or smart AC controller for automated heating/cooling can save you a lot on bills. Read ahead to find out why your electric bill is so high and how you can get it under control. With these handy tips, you will be saving big bucks in no time!

Causes Of A High Electric Bill

While you may think you are doing all you can to save electricity, you may have picked up some unfavorable habits over the years that are making your electricity bill skyrocket.

1. You are lazy about AC maintenance

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Air conditioning costs account for 17% of total home electricity expenditures. In more humid climates, this figure increases to 27%. Neglecting maintenance can make this number grow exponentially. For example, if your AC filters are blocked, your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cooling, thus consuming more electricity. Moreover, regular AC maintenance will also save you expensive repairs down the line.

2. You Have Leaky Doors and Windows

Windows and doors are major sources of air leaks. Even when your walls are well – insulated, if the weatherstripping or caulking on your doors and windows has worn out, your air conditioner or heater will struggle to do its job properly. As a result, it will have to work overtime, leading to an increased electric bill. Before you start loading up on caulk and weatherstripping, it’s important to know exactly where the air leaks are. Read this handy blog on finding and fixing air leaks to ensure your electricity bills stay as low as possible.

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3. You Use the Most Energy During Peak Times

If you have been wondering why your electricity bill is so high despite limiting your usage, look at when you consume the most electricity. Electric companies charge higher rates during peak times to limit excess energy consumption. Therefore, if your electric bill is still too high, you can save your electricity bill by not using the electronics at the same time as everyone else!

In summers, peak hours are usually between noon and 6PM when everyone is blasting their aircon units at full. Simply limiting usage during this time, or running your AC at a higher temperature, can make a difference and help you lower your electric bill. Other than the aircon unit, avoid using the washing machine, vacuum, dishwasher, and other appliances at peak hours to keep your energy consumption in check.

4. Your Home Is Inadequately Insulated

Inadequate insulation could also be the reason why your electric bill is so high. As a general rule, heat travels from areas with a higher temperature to areas with a lower temperature. Consequently, indoor heat is trying to escape outdoors in the winter. As a result, your air conditioner struggles to maintain a cooler temperature during the summer, and your heater struggles to maintain a warmer temperature during the winter. Proper insulation prevents heat transfer through conduction, convection, and radiation – making it easier for your air conditioner to maintain your desired temperature. Your AC no longer has to run overtime to heat or cool the room. This saves energy and prevents a high electric bill.

Electric Bill, Mechanical Engineering5. You Have an Old HVAC System or Other Old Appliances

Old air conditioners use a shocking amount of electricity. An average air conditioner can last for 10 – 15 years. After that, as they get older, individual parts, such as the compressor, become less efficient. Older compressors use considerably more electricity. As Energy Star regulations become stricter, newer air conditioners have a much higher EER and SEER rating than older ones.

Apart from air conditioners, older appliances, such as refrigerators or washing machines, can be massive energy hogs. Natural wear and tear decrease the efficiency of older appliances, and they have to run overtime and draw excess electricity. As technology improves, newer appliances are becoming more efficient. An old refrigerator consumes 35% more energy than an Energy Star certified refrigerator. Get rid of appliances when they have reached the end of their lifespan. If you don’t, you will spend more on expensive electricity bills.

6. You Run Your Hot Water Heater at a Very High Temperature

Your water heater’s temperature could be why your electric bill is so high. Water heaters account for 14 – 18% of your total utility bill. Thus, you can save a lot on your total electricity bill if you cut down on water heater costs. But unfortunately, most households keep their water heater at a higher temperature than required. Most water heaters come with a preset temperature of 60C. However, experts say you can safely set them to a temperature of 50C. Setting your water heater at a lower temperature will reduce energy consumption and prevent scalding injuries!

Another ingenious method of saving money on your water heater bill is insulating it with a water heater blanket. This will prevent heat loss, and the water heater will not have to work hard to maintain the desired temperature.

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7. You Keep a Spare Fridge

Many people like to keep a spare fridge in the basement, unaware that it could be why their electric bill is so high. However, even if you are not using your extra fridge, it consumes energy if plugged in. If your spare fridge is mostly empty, consider if you need it at all. If you must keep an extra fridge, ensure it is always full of something, or unplug it. So the next time you wonder why your energy bill is so high, look at the spare fridge lying in the basement and consider flipping it.

8. You Still Use Incandescent Light Bulbs

If you are still using incandescent light bulbs, they could be the main culprit behind your high electric bill. Incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of energy compared to LED bulbs. It is estimated that the average household could save €200 per year by switching to LED bulbs. Not only are LEDs cheaper, but they are also very long – lasting. Once you invest in them, you won’t have to change your lightbulbs for years. So what are you waiting for? Make the switch now!

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9. You Frequently Use the Dryer

Using the dryer for every load of clothes is a major cause of high electricity bills. A simple clothesline can make a drastic difference if you want to lower your electric bill. Each hour of using a dryer costs anywhere between 24 and 72 cents. So if you use your dryer for every load of laundry, the cost can quickly add up. To avoid these costs, whenever the weather is good, skip on the dryer and hang the clothes outside to dry. Your wallet will thank you!

10. You Cool Your Entire House Even When You Don’t Need to

Most people only occupy 1 – 2 rooms at a time. However, they still turn on the air conditioning for the entire house. This is a massive waste of electricity and leads to excessive bills. To get around this dilemma, you can create HVAC zones. HVAC zones use dampers to let you divide your house into zones and set a different temperature for each. Your AC will no longer have to work unnecessarily to cool your entire home.

11. You Use Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine Too Frequently

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Appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines are notorious energy hogs. Apart from their energy consumption, they also need loads of hot water, thus increasing your water heater usage. Fortunately, saving money on washing machines and dishwashers is very easy. You just need to be a bit more responsible. For example, never run your dishwasher for a small load of dishes. Instead, wait for it to fill up completely, then run it at the end of the day. You also don’t need to run your washing machine every day. Instead, keep a designated day or two to do the entire week’s laundry. These simple and easy steps will greatly help you lower your electric bill.

 

 

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Solar Powered Air Conditioners: A Comprehensive Guide

The Sun has been a source of energy in our cosmic system for billions of years. The history of humans using the Sun as an energy source is as old as mankind itself. It helps to grow food, for warmth, for fire, and for other uses across different continents. With the passage of time and advancement in technology though, we have been able to harness the immense potential of the sun in the form of photovoltaic cells and use it for much greater purposes. The Sun’s rays can now be converted into electricity, and be used to power our homes and appliances at a fraction of the environmental impact as compared to conventional sources. In this era of sustainability, this serves as a major driver for the growth of solar power.
What started as a niche application of this concept, has now turned into mass scale implementation of solar power. One such application of this renewable energy source is in air conditioning, through solar air conditioners. These heating and cooling appliances can work by using the sun as an energy source. Reduced energy bills and minimal environmental impact are just some of the benefits which this energy source provides. If you are like most homeowners and your air conditioner is powered by electricity from the grid, it’s likely that you will notice an increase in your bills considering the recent energy price hike. With solar – powered air conditioners you can harness the sun’s natural energy to maintain an ideal home climate while saving on energy bills. Let’s read on and find out all there is to know about solar air conditioning.

Why We Need Solar Powered Air Conditioners?

Solar powered AC.

With solar – powered AC units, you may still need to use electricity from the main power grid, but your consumption will drop up to 50%, depending on your climate. So, with solar power AC, you can save tremendous amounts of money on AC bills. This also helps to offset the initial high installation costs of solar panels Switching towards solar powered central air conditioning or installing solar powered window or portable air conditioners can be a great step towards fighting the current climate crisis.

Benefits of Solar Air Conditioning

The solar panel air conditioners provide several advantages. The only downside is that they require a high initial investment.

1. Increases the Value of Your Property

In addition to environmental benefits, solar panel air conditioners can also help increase the value of your home. The buyers are willing to pay more for homes with solar air conditioning.

2. Saves on Bills

With solar – powered AC units, you may still need to use electricity from the main power grid, but your consumption will drop up to 50%, depending on your climate. So, with solar power AC, you can save tremendous amounts of money on AC bills. This also helps to offset the initial high installation costs of solar panels.

3. Reduces the Energy Demand

Conventional AC systems operating during the hottest days can overload the electricity grid, leading to power outages in summer. Solar air conditioners are particularly helpful as they lower the demand during peak usage by shifting the load from the main grid. This can help reduce the frequency of power blackouts and brownouts.

4. No Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As solar energy is a renewable source, the solar power air conditioning units reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. This, in turn, helps to lower the emission of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.

Even with solar – powered air conditioners, there are a few different options available. These differ based on the mode of power that the air conditioner is getting. Let’s see them below.

  • DC Powered Solar Air Conditioners

Also known as conventional solar – powered air conditioners, DC solar air conditioners run on direct current (DC) electricity, meaning that the solar panels are directly wired to it. They can run through the batteries, which are charged through solar power; therefore can run entirely off – grid. They use solar panels, photovoltaic panels to collect sunlight and turn it into electric energy. This type of air conditioner provides a few major advantages, which are:

  • As a solar panel produces DC electricity, running such an air conditioner directly off the solar panel will not be a problem.
  • DC – powered solar air conditioners are the go-to option for complete off-the-grid living and you can run them with minimal extra equipment cost, as in AC – powered air conditioners.
  • They are easy to install and maintain.

The disadvantage of such a system is that you would need a hefty battery bank to supply power for night time operation. The other option is to use a rectifier device to convert the AC electricity from the power mains to DC and then run the air conditioner. Still, it defeats the whole purpose of a solar – powered air conditioner!

  • AC Powered Solar Air Conditioners

Alternating Current is the more well – known solar air conditioner. For AC air conditioners to run with solar power, you need a device known as an inverter, converting the DC from the solar panels into AC. The inverter is an integral part of such a setup. Moreover, the solar powered air conditioner then uses up the energy stored in a battery after passing through the inverter. Due to this reason, AC powered solar air conditioners provide the following advantages:

  • These air conditioners can also be tied up to the grid power and run as a standard air conditioner. You don’t require an extra equipment since this air conditioner can run on AC power.
  • The primary advantage of such a system is that you can run it with grid power and solar panels.
  • If these ACs are tied to the grid, you can give excess electricity produced back to the grid and get credits for it by a process called net metering.
  • Hybrid Powered Solar Air Conditioners

Hybrid solar-powered air conditioners can run on both DC and AC at the same time, seamlessly. Such units can be connected to both the solar panels/batteries directly and to the grid at the same time. The unit can then use the appropriate power source according to the time of day and power load.

  • There is no additional equipment, such as an inverter, which means the total costs are also less.
  • They can switch between solar power and grid power smoothly.
  • They are very flexible to operate during all times of the day and seasons.

The disadvantage of this system is that if your batteries are not charged and installed it off-grid, it won’t work at night.

How Does a Solar AC Work?

A solar air conditioner combines solar electricity and air conditioning. In simple words, it takes energy from the Sun and uses it to power your AC to cool your space!

A solar panel is a device that captures the power of the Sun. It converts the Sun rays into electrical energy. This energy can then be used directly or stored in a battery. This is known as DC power. A solar – powered air conditioner then uses this DC power, either directly as DC or after conversion into AC (using an inverter), and heats or cools your home. Instead of using grid energy, a solar – powered air conditioner uses the energy of the Sun. It can use the grid energy, though, if needed.

The solar AC units collects energy in two ways: photovoltaic (PV) systems or solar thermal systems. Solar PV systems use photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, while solar thermal systems work like solar water heaters. They use up the sun’s energy to heat up water which then changes the refrigerant into a heat-absorbing gas that provides air-conditioned air to your home.

Factors to Consider When Shifting to Solar Powered AC

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a solar power air conditioner for your home.

  • Climate Conditions

Areas that receive more sunlight around the year and have longed summer season will only require a few solar panels. On the other hand, if you are in a location that gets less light will need more panels and a bigger battery for backup to harness the sun’s energy.

  • Size of Your Home

If your home is larger, it will need more AC capacity for air conditioning the entire space. So, you will need more solar panels as compared to a smaller area. On average, most homes need 10 to 20 solar panels to cover all the electric appliances.

  • Battery

If you live in a mild climate that doesn’t get much sunlight, it’s best to invest in batteries. Opting for batteries is also a good idea if you want to go completely off – grid so you can store solar energy for the night and on cloudy days.

What Is the Make Your Solar Powered Air Conditioners Smart

Saving energy with solar powered air conditioning is one step; save even further with smart air conditioning! Pair your mini – split, window, or portable air conditioner with a smart AC controller for home climate automation and greater savings. Smart AC controllers can help you save up to 25% on electricity bills. Moreover, you can also control your solar – powered AC unit from anywhere using your phone, set weekly schedules, enable geofencing or set other intelligent triggers for your home cooling and heating!

Is Switching to Solar Air Conditioning Worth It?

Solar-powered AC’s can be a game – changer. With modern, efficient air conditioners, powering through solar energy is becoming more simple year after year. Considering environmental benefits, energy savings, and tax credit, solar powered air conditioners are an exceptional choice for heating and cooling requirements.

 

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Innovations in HVAC Technology: How Technology is Influencing HVAC for the Better

The HVAC industry has massively progressed since the invention of the first electric furnace in 1861. From burning wood to next-gen AI-based automated heating systems, the race toward highly intelligent, fully automated HVAC technologies is still on. New players are entering the scenario and taking the game of innovation to the next level. Technology is without a doubt a major contributor to the growth of the HVAC industry. It is playing an important role in satisfying the growing demand for energy-efficient solutions. The global HVAC system market is expected to grow from USD 202 billion in 2020 to 277 billion by 2025.

While the initial development in HVAC technology focused on mechanical advancements and increased efficiency, the current focus has also majorly grown towards sustainability, comfort, and energy-saving. This is extremely important considering the current impact on our climate and the rise in demand for efficient heating and cooling systems. Let’s take a look at some of the latest advancements in technology that are taking the present day HVAC system towards a brighter future.

1. Smart HVAC Technology- Automation is the Way Forward!

Think of your air conditioner automatically turning on exactly 15 minutes before you reach home from work. Whether you achieve this through scheduling or geofencing, smart technology offers ample convenience allowing you to set triggers and control your HVAC system from your mobile device. With these Wi-Fi connected devices, you don’t even need to be home to send commands to your unit!

Smart ACs, smart controllers, and programmable thermostats offer numerous benefits. Along with comfort and convenience, you can achieve energy savings by setting triggers to activate your HVAC unit exactly when you need it. This ensures that the unit would not be running unnecessarily throughout the day and thus saving energy.

With smart technology, completely automated homes are also becoming a reality. Now, your HVAC unit can be connected with other smart appliances in your home and behave automatically based on climate conditions, preferences, and settings. As an example, when it’s sunny and hot outside your blinds may turn halfway down, the AC may turn on a cool, low fan setting to preserve energy while your ceiling fan can turn on to circulate air at low power. Moreover, you can also give voice commands to your air conditioning unit. All appliances can be interconnected and adjusted according to each other!

2. Geothermal HVAC Systems – Sustainable Technology

Geothermal HVAC Systems loops in ground. An advanced HVAC technology

Sustainable or green technology is the talk of the present and the future. In the HVAC industry, this means keeping the natural flow of air in mind and relying on a more efficient system.

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are an excellent option to start reducing your carbon footprint. Their major emphasis lies on naturally cooling a house using heat pumps, water, and an underground piping system. They exchange heat with the ground and no refrigerant is used, which makes them highly environmentally friendly.

During winter, the heat from the ground is absorbed and transferred into a building while in summer the heat is transferred to the ground after being absorbed from the building. Geothermal systems are expensive to install but they deliver double to four times the efficiency of other systems.

3. Ductless HVAC Systems – Efficiency & Savings

Ductless HVAC Systems for efficient HVAC technology

Energy efficiency is the key to the HVAC systems of the future. Ductless systems are quickly becoming the system of choice as they are super efficient and their installation does not involve extensive ducts. This makes them easy to install and cost effective.

Another benefit of ductless systems is their zoning capability. In the case of a ductless system, you do not need to heat or cool an entire home, but you can simply heat or cool a particular zone.  These systems are very efficient with great seasonal efficiency ratings.

Ductless HVAC systems can be installed from moderate temperature zones to harsh temperature zones. The already efficient ductless system can be made more efficient by the use of smart AC controls. These smart AC controls are brand and type independent and you can control your ductless system from anywhere. Moreover, users can benefit from intelligent smart AC features such as geofencing, scheduling, comfy mode, and more.

4. Thermally Driven Air Conditioning – Go Solar

Solar Air Conditioning Systems HVAC technology

Thermally driven air conditioning is a new HVAC technology picking up on the need for sustainable systems. It provides an energy-efficient cooling method and can be used as an alternative to traditional air conditioners. Instead of electricity, this system utilizes solar energy for cooling, and if unavailable then natural gas kicks in. This completely eliminates electricity costs!

While this HVAC technology is not extremely widespread, it is a great glimpse into an eco-friendly future. Thermally driven air conditioning systems remove heat with evaporation at low pressure. They are extremely effective and efficient however a high temperature (around 350F) is required to generate electricity from the solar panels.

5. Dual Fuel Heat Pump Technology – Efficient HVAC

Dual Fuel Heat Pump HVAC Technology

A dual fuel heat pump is an excellent system for homes in areas where the electricity rates are not too high and during winter the temperature does not fall below freezing point. This advanced HVAC technology utilizes a combination of a gas furnace and a heat pump to provide efficient, cost-effective heating and cooling.

If the outdoor temperature is above 35 degrees, the heat pump utilizes electricity to pull in heat from the outside air. This is extremely cheap compared to firing up the furnace. Although, once temperatures are below 35, gas is used to create heat for higher efficiency.

When the weather is cool, such as in spring, the dual fuel heat pump comes in handy to distribute air. Even during summer, the heat pump circulates the refrigerant through the furnace’s air conditioning coil to blow cool air! This system has a high upfront cost but this can be recovered through energy savings over the next few years.

6. Zoned HVAC System – Customize Temperature According to an Area

HVAC technology zoning with multiples zones in a house and cielo breez plus

An HVAC zoning system divides a house into different areas, each of which can be individually controlled by a separate thermostat. Different temperature settings may be required in different parts of a home and by utilizing zoning you can achieve the best temperature for each area. This is especially important to decrease usage in empty rooms. Zones can be applied to central air conditioning systems, VRF systems, or ductless systems. Zones can easily be installed in existing systems also by utilizing a zone control panel. Apart from the latest innovation in HVAC technology, the latest trends in HVAC service and service delivery are also helping both the service providers and the end-users. Here are the latest trends in HVAC service delivery:

7. Predictive Maintenance – Stay Alert

HVAC System Maintenance. HVAC technology promises predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance, utilizing IoT and AI is revolutionizing the upkeep and maintenance of HVAC technology. HVAC repairs, maintenance, and installations can be extremely costly. Nobody wants to go through unnecessary maintenance nor take on the hassle and cost of fixing an issue. This makes it imperative to stay alert and be able to predict when maintenance is needed before a serious issue arises!

Smart HVAC technology senses data on air quality and equipment status to be able to predict the right time for maintenance.  This helps to fix any problem or indication before it has already occurred and caused serious damage. Other than monetary benefits you can greatly benefit from improved air quality at all times and better comfort and a safer home with predictive maintenance!

8. HVAC Energy Analysis Software – Make Informed Decisions

Energy Analysis Software HVAC technology

Energy analysis software can be extremely useful in helping owners or constructors to implement the most efficient and least costly HVAC system. This software can analyze and predict a building’s lifetime energy use and calculate savings in comparison to other HVAC systems.

Furthermore, previously HVAC users had to keep a check on their bills, energy consumption, and other related data manually. It was a hassle but with the advancement of HVAC technology, analytical software helps you to stay on top of any data related to your HVAC system. Through various software, you can check your energy consumption and track the efficiency of an HVAC system. This is greatly helping consumers make educated decisions concerning their HVAC system and cut down on energy costs.

9. Virtual Reality – Training for HVAC Professionals

Virtual Reality hvac technology for training

While viewing advancements in HVAC technology, it is also important to note the developments in technology for training HVAC professionals. In an era where you can get assistance from HVAC professionals remotely, HVAC professionals can also benefit from technology and can be trained for exceptional circumstances through virtual reality.

Virtual Reality training has proven to be cost-effective for organizations because professionals can first use virtual components and develop their skills before moving to the real world. It doesn’t only save money but saves time as well. With the help of a virtual simulator, technicians can look into the process of installation of the HVAC system or troubleshooting of the new system. A large group of people can be trained through virtual reality in lesser time and with less equipment.

Furthermore, for advanced or dangerous technology, VR training also provides safety for beginners. It can also be a great tool to practice real-life, dangerous situations. Virtual reality is not the only application for training, it’s growing to find its purpose in many more use cases also!

The Future of HVAC Technology

From manual buttons, dialers, remote controls to controlling your HVAC system via voice commands, technology has come a long way.

HVAC is bound to embrace new technologies. The smart home trend is here to stay. AI in the form of machine learning is going to thrive. Fully automated, super-efficient, self-learning and sustainable HVAC systems are the future. Optimization in every aspect of the supply chain is the new normal.

 

Via: Cielo Wigle

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Explaining The 4 Categories Of Swimming Pool Covers

If running costs and safety are important to you then a swimming pool cover is an essential consideration for any pool, indoor or outdoor. Amazingly evaporation causes 70% of pool heat loss. A cover helps to prevent heat loss by sitting on the water, minimizing air contact and stopping your pound notes escaping into the atmosphere.

Another benefit is maintenance becomes less time consuming as the cover decreases the amount of dust or leaves entering your pool, giving you more time to enjoy your swimming, and less time to resent the cleaning.

So what kinds of covers are there?

There are four main types of pool cover:

  • Geobubble / Solar cover
  • Isothermic / Foam cover
  • Blade / Slatted covers
  • Winter / Safety covers

The majority of our clients choose the Geobubble Solar cover with Blade/Slatted covers being the premium option when you want design and functionality combined.

What is a Geobubble™ Solar Cover?

Bubble covers are made from two types of polyethene film. One flat level and one bubble level which enables the cover to float. It is the ‘value-for-money’ option, since it minimizes evaporation, heat loss and debris entering your pool. It is also the fastest to be delivered in just 3-5 working days upon order and we can make it bespoke to fit exactly your pool needs.

Bubble covers are traditionally manual; thus we recommend a roller to ease your life when putting the cover on and off your pool before you swim. A reflective (protective) cover is also recommended to be placed on top of your solar cover after your swim to protect it from the sun!

What is an Isothermic/Foam Cover?

An Isothermic/Foam cover is considered to be the most suitable for heated pools, due to its isothermal qualities and long lifespan when used intensively in private/public pools and spas.

It is the ‘dedicated’ option in the solar cover family for minimizing heat loss. It also has the same delivery time in just 3-5 working days upon order and can be made bespoke to fit exactly your pool needs.

What is a Blade/Slatted Pool Cover?

A slatted pool cover consists of a series of PVC or polycarbonate slats that float on the surface of the pool. The slats sit on a motorized reel, housed in a cover pit, cover cave or a special bench, meaning there is no ugly manual pool reel at the end of your pool.

Like most automatic covers, they are usually operated by turning a key switch which clients often locate in view of the pool.

In terms of achieving a balance of excellent thermal efficiency, aesthetics, ease of use and longevity, a blade/slatted cover is what we believe is best suited to most luxury pools. It has better U-values than most other cover types and the ability to conceal it under paving or a deck when rolled up makes for a far nicer appearance.

PVC slats are the more cost-effective of the two options and come in a variety of colors. Polycarbonate slats are tougher, more resistant to heat, have a longer warranty and more available colours, but they also have a higher ticket price, being on average 20% more expensive than the PVC option.

What is a Winter/Safety Cover?

One of the most important things to bear in mind for families with younger children and pets is safety.

Safety covers are comprised of high-strength PVC reinforced fabric which is fixed to an aluminum “leading-edge” bar which pulls the cover along the width of the pool. Safety covers should be strong enough to endure any accidental slips, even by an adult. The fabric has a high gloss lacquer on both sides and contains a high tensile polyester scrim reinforcing layer to guard against tearing.

The material has a life expectancy of approximately 7-10 years. Apart from UV and wear & tear, the most common cause for a reduced fabric lifespan is the incorrect use of pool chemicals.

 

 

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Q-ton Air To Water

Q-ton delivers outstanding performance and environmental benefits to a varied number of applications and is exceptionally energy efficient, resulting in big reductions to both power and carbon emissions.

Q-ton uses the safe and highly efficient CO2 as a refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly as it is a natural gas and does not contain harmful ecological impacts compared to other products using standard refrigerants. Furthermore, the Q-ton provides a constant hot water supply from 60°C to 90°C and maintains full capacity at a low ambient temperature, therefore having the additional benefit of no requirement for a external heating source resulting in reduced installation time and costs.

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7 Affordable, Stylish Gunite Pool Features to Consider

Are you planning a gunite swimming pool and want beauty and functionality—without busting your project budget? The good news is that an affordable gunite pool can have style and personality too. While the sky’s the limit on how much you can spend customizing a gunite design, no one has to. A number of features are not only attractive and functional, but reasonably priced. As you research inground pool prices, here are seven features to consider. Every one of them will add visual intrigue and pleasing aesthetics to any aquatic resort. The final cost of each will depend on the size, style, quantity, and local pricing in your local market.

1. Multicolor LED Lighting

One low-cost, “brilliant” idea for enhancing your pool’s appearance relates to how you illuminate it. In recent years, the advent of LED pool lights has been a game-changer. Using light-emitting diodes, this technology transforms any pool with an array of vibrant colors each evening. With the touch of a button, you can “paint” your pool & spa in a single color—not only white and blue, but in green, gold, pink, or purple. For even more drama, set the LEDs to rotate through a spectrum of colors. But for the ultimate in scenery and ambiance, go for an LED “light show.” Preset, themed programs such as “Gemstone,” “Tranquility,” and “Cool Cabaret” cycle in hundreds of colors that flash and dance around your pool at various speeds. As a bonus, LEDs cost less to maintain than old-school incandescent pool lights. LEDs are incredibly energy-efficient, and they will ensure many years of dazzling performance.

2. A Bubbler—or Two or Three

Add a dash of frothy bling to your pool water. Bubbler fountains bring motion and interest to your aquatic retreat even when it’s not in use. Entertaining poolside? Just switch on your bubbler fountains for a lovely, soothing sight. Bubblers can go into a pool’s top step. But by far, the favorite location is a tanning ledge. Accenting the shallow ledge with one, two, or three of these fountains not only looks great, it provides a visual cue to recognize the ledge’s shallow depth. Bubblers are trending more than ever when it comes to modern pool design. With a low price point, these fountains can fit into most gunite pool budgets. The playful feature is priced low enough that you can add a pair or trio of them to enjoy. Splurge a little, and you can add LEDs to light them up when the sun goes down.

3. Cascade Water Features

For some splashy spirit, include one or more cascade water falls on your pool. These affordable fixtures emanate a small, continuous sheet of water that flows into the pool below. The plumbed fixture mounts to the pool’s “bond beam.” Bond beam is a section of pool wall that extends at least 6 inches above the pool. On the shortest bond beam—just half a foot—it’s possible to include one special kind. This particular style produces an arcing cascade. The water moves upward and out before falling onto the pool’s surface. However, the two other kinds are used far more frequently. One has a sheet that descends straight down in a sleek fashion.

The other kind produces a sheet that arcs; it travels several inches or more outward and over the pool before hitting the surface. To accommodate one of these common versions, the bond beam must be at least one foot high. The final cascade effect will be even better if the beam is 18 to 24 inches high. When it comes to width, most cascades run 12 to 18 inches. Custom versions span several feet. Although a single cascade looks great, many pool buyers prefer two or three mounted at set intervals across the bond beam. Most cascades will produce flat, sheer sheets of water. Their smooth surface will catch the sunlight and make them virtually shine. For a different cascade look, a broken “raindrop” style is also available.

4. Umbrella Via Sleeve

Bring comfortable shade and a bright pop of color to your pool area. Integrating a sleeve to hold an umbrella pole is a simple, effective way to make both possible. During construction, your builder can incorporate a hidden sleeve. Later, when your pool’s complete, pop in the patio parasol of your choice. Since the sleeve is always present, it’s easy to add or remove the umbrella as you wish. You can request one or more umbrella sleeves in various spots around your pool or spa. For example, the sleeve can be inserted into the pool coping around the spa. There, an umbrella can block some of the sun’s rays while you hang out in the bubbling water. However, the hands-down favorite approach is for sleeves to go into tanning ledges. Pool owners appreciate having an umbrella on the ledge for some sun protection. An umbrella sleeve is a genuine bargain. Once the sleeve is ready, buy a patio umbrella in any price range you like. Now you have a colorful, stylish, convenient way to beat the heat for minimal cost.

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5. Raise the Spa

If you are already planning a gunite spa with your new pool, take it—literally—to the next level. Building a spa even just 6 inches above the pool will draw more attention. Raise the spa 12 to 18 inches, and it transforms into a bolder focal point. This added height enhances the spa’s aesthetics. Here’s how: As spa water overflows down a foot or more to the pool surface below, the spillway creates an attractive “water-in-transit” effect. As a bonus, some spillover designs generate soft gushing sounds as they hit the pool surface. But again, these wonderful effects are not possible with a spa that’s level with the pool or raised a mere 6 inches. A spa that’s at least a foot above the pool boasts another decorative treat: The spa will reveal its upper dam wall—the barrier that separates the spa water from the pool water. This section of exposed spa dam wall becomes a backdrop for showcasing colorful pool tile, specially arranged tile patterns, or decorative stone. Elevating your spa may also elevate your backyard experience. As you relax in the hot bubbling water, the higher perch provides a better view. From the comfort of your raised spa, you will enjoy the views across your pool surface, surrounding landscape, and any distant vistas.

6. Jets on Deck

How about some liquid “eye candy” along with an aural ambiance that your ears will appreciate? With deck jets, you will relax watching graceful streams gently hit your pool’s surface. These moving arcs glisten in the sunshine as their spray falls onto the water below. With several on a pool, you may hear lovely sounds as well. Pool deck jets project several feet upward, and some can go taller. As the emanating arc descends, the tubular shape diffuses and spreads into small droplets. Whether they accent a chic geometric pool, classic Roman/Grecian, curvy tropical lagoon, or any other pool style or pool shape you pick, deck jets will bring extra motion and character to the setting. Best of all, deck jets can be had for surprisingly little. With an economical price point, you can introduce one or more of these playful features into your pool and deck design.

Note: Avoid confusion between the modest deck jet and its high-cost cousin: a laminar. Equipped with its own motor, a laminar emits a highly uniform, glass-like arc. This pricier option can also be internally illuminated with LEDs.

7. Ready-made mosaics

If the Greeks and Romans could enjoy the beauty of mosaics, so can you! Now, handcrafted tile mosaics rank on the list of stunning, expensive pool features. It’s true, “custom” mosaics are essentially original works of art that command big price tags. However, you can achieve some of the looks of fancy mosaics—for a fraction of the cost. Many off-the-shelf mosaics are available for a gunite pool’s floor, walls, ledges, benches, and steps. These versions are easy on your wallet and come in colorful, whimsical, and sophisticated designs. The wide assortment of standard images will make choosing your pool mosaic big-time fun. Sea creatures such as fish, crabs, turtles, and dolphins are among the most popular.

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Submission Of Applications To The Photovoltaic Installation Plan For Electric Vehicle Charging Has Begun

The start of submitting applications to the Sponsorship project for the installation of a photovoltaic system for charging an electric or plug – in hybrid vehicle ” is announced . The amount of the sponsorship for the installation or expansion of an existing photovoltaic system amounts to €750 per kW, with a maximum sponsorship amount of €1,500 per vehicle.

The Plan was announced on 20/04/2022 in order to give the opportunity to the interested parties to proceed with the implementation of the corresponding investment. The Plan’s budget amounts to €1.5 million and is part of the efforts of the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry and the Government in general to promote electrification and sustainable transport.

In addition to the installation of the photovoltaic system, the Plan provides the beneficiaries with the opportunity to purchase and install a charger, convert the electrical installation of the house from single-phase to three-phase and purchase a battery to store the energy produced by the photovoltaic system. Beneficiaries of the plan are natural persons who live in a house and are owners of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The Scheme has retroactive effect from 01/02/2022 (date of connection of the photovoltaic system) and will remain open until 20/12/2023 or until the available budget is exhausted.

The amount of the sponsorship for the installation or expansion of an existing photovoltaic system amounts to €750 per kW, with a maximum sponsorship amount of €1,500 per vehicle.

Discretionary costs are financed as follows:

‒ Purchase and installation of a charger, €600.

‒ Conversion of electrical installation of the house from single-phase to three-phase, €450.

‒ Battery purchase/installation, €750 per kWh, with a maximum sponsorship amount per application of €2,000.

The Grant Scheme is included in the Recovery and Resilience Plan “Cyprus to avrio” for the period 2021–2026, and is funded by the EU.

 

All information about the Plan and access to the application process are posted on the website of the RES and EXE Fund: www.resecfund.org.cy/ev_charging_2022

 

 

Source: Ministry of Energy Commerce and Industry

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