Are You Taking Advantage of These Energy Saving Strategies at Home?

Home Energy Saving Strategies

Did you know that October is National Energy Action Month? What better way to celebrate than to start improving your energy efficiency at home. There are many ways that you can work to save energy and cut electricity costs throughout the year. Below are just a few of the energy saving strategies that you can start employing at your home today to conserve energy and save more on your monthly bills.

3 Energy Saving Strategies

  1. Use your programmable thermostat properly.

Programmable thermostats can go a long way in helping you use your HVAC system more efficiently. Not to mention, the programmable thermostat makes it far more convenient to create a comfortable environment for you and your family. The key to getting the most out your programmable thermostat is to make sure that it is properly installed and that you are using the program settings correctly.

To get the most out of this device, program your thermostat to adjust the temperature a few degrees closer to the outdoor temperature while you are away. For instance, if the house is unoccupied from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, you will want to program your thermostat to adjust the temperature during this time. Then, program the thermostat to adjust to a more comfortable temperature when you return.

  1. Turn your computers and other appliances off when not in use.

Did you know that your computer and appliances still use power even when they are not on or in use? Known as phantom power, this standby power can waste a lot energy. In fact, phantom power may even account for as much as 10 percent of the average homeowner’s electricity use.

To reduce this energy waste, you can turn your appliances, computers, and other gadgets to power-saving mode. You should also aim to turn off devices when they are not in use and unplug appliances in between uses. If you have older power strips and adapters, purchase newer ones to reduce energy waste.

  1. Replace your light bulbs with more energy-efficient bulbs.

Another great way to save energy throughout the year is to make sure you are using energy efficient lighting. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household uses about 5% of its energy budget on lighting. By making the simple switch to more energy-efficient lighting, you can quickly cut down on your energy costs.

You don’t have to replace all your light fixtures or bulbs all at once. Start by replacing the bulbs in your three most frequently used light fixtures. Switch these less energy efficient bulbs to ENERGY STAR models. This alone can help you save about $75 a year. You can slowly replace each of your light bulbs until you are using energy efficient bulbs in every one of your light fixtures. Soon, you will start to see the energy savings on your monthly electric bill.

If you’re looking for more ways to save energy, consider upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy efficient model. For more information, give us a call today: (310) 836-0606.

5 Easy One-Day Upgrades for Home

One Day Home Upgrades

DIY home projects are all the rage, and for good reason! It’s easy to make some small changes that will have a big impact on your living space. Not to mention, DIY is rather budget-friendly and can be done without any hassle from a middle man. As long as you have a good attitude and don’t mind getting a little messy, you can get a lot done around your home!

No Skills? No Problem!

DIY doesn’t have to mean difficult! Take a look at these five easy projects for your home that will transform your space in just one day.

One Day Home Upgrades

One Day Home Upgrades

Need an HVAC Upgrade?

HVAC is one thing that you never want to DIY. It’s better to trust the experts who can expertly install and repair your heating and cooling system. At Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer ongoing deals on HVAC services and products. If you live in the Los Angeles area, be sure to take advantage of our specials.

4 Energy Saving Appliances/Gadgets that Pay for Themselves

Energy Saving Appliances Gadgets

Most homeowners try their best to save on energy costs, but sometimes it can be downright difficult. Luckily, technology is making it easier and more affordable to save energy in your home throughout the year. Below, we’ve put together a list of our favorite energy saving appliances and gadgets that will pay for themselves over the life of the device.

Energy Saving Appliances

  1. Energy Efficient Clothes Washers and Dryers

One of the biggest energy hogs in your home is your laundry machine. Energy efficient clothes dryers and washers, like those offered by EnergyStar, can help you use less energy on every load of clothes that you wash without sacrificing performance. Energy efficient washers use features like load sensing to ensure that you do not use more water than you need to with each load. Similarly, energy efficient dryers offer features like moisture sensing, which will automatically turn off the dryer once your load is dry.

  1. Energy Saving Outlet

When you leave your devices plugged in, this uses up energy, even if the devices are not on. An energy saving outlet like the Belkin FC7009 Conserve Energy Saving Outlet can help you reduce your electricity costs over time by turning off power to your devices when they are not in use. You can use the timer on the outlet to automatically turn power off to any devices that are plugged into the outlet once the set time has been reached. This device is only $14.95 on, but it can help you save much more than that in electricity costs in the long run.

  1. Smart Thermostats

Smart and programmable thermostats can help you save more money on energy costs over time by helping you use your HVAC system more efficiently. You can program your thermostat to adjust your home temperature to better accommodate your living patterns. For instance, during the days and times that you are at work, you can program your thermostat to adjust the temperature to save energy while you’re away. When you return home, you won’t have to worry about being too cold or hot because you can use your programmable thermostat to adjust the HVAC setting to a more comfortable temperature when you plan to be home.

  1. Energy Efficient Furnaces

When the weather starts to cool down and you are tempted to turn on the heat, think about just how much energy it takes to keep your entire home warm. An energy efficient furnace can help you save more money on your electricity bills over time by using less energy to heat your home. Though an energy-efficient model will cost more than your run of the mill heater, it is a worthwhile investment as it allows you to save money every time you use the heater.

Are you in the market for an energy saving HVAC system? Brody Pennell provides a wide range of quality Carrier HVAC products and equipment, including energy efficient furnaces. Contact us today to find out how you can save money with a more energy efficient HVAC system. Call now: (310) 836-0606.

Best Bathroom Updates Under $100

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates

Do you want to change up your bathroom, but don’t want to invest a lot of money or time? There are many interesting ways you can transform your bathroom, and the best news is, you can do many different updates for under $100!

We’ve gathered together some of our favorite and easiest bathroom updates that won’t break the bank or take you months to get done. These inexpensive and simple bathroom updates will have you loving your renewed space in less than one weekend.

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates:

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates

Quality HVAC Service for Los Angeles Residents

Since 1945, Brody Pennell has been the Los Angeles area’s most trusted HVAC company, and we are proud to be the only Carrier dealer in the West Los Angeles area.

We pride ourselves on offering only the most efficient HVAC technologies available. If you’re in the market for an excellent company you can trust to help you choose appropriate home comfort solutions, then give us a call today. 310-836-0606

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Does Your Home Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Does your home have poor indoor air quality? If you haven’t had your home assessed for air pollution, it certainly couldn’t hurt to consider investing in this service. Less than ideal indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors (which we outline below), and the health effects of poor IAQ are significant. It is common for people to report headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, runny nose or sinus pain, allergy-like reactions or more serious issues such as respiratory damage. It is often difficult to diagnose that poor IAQ is causing these symptoms since they so frequently mimic the symptoms of a common cold or seasonal allergies.

To better your indoor air quality, check out the causes below and avoid or remedy them in your home. Since most people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and a large portion of that time at home, it’s important to mind the cleanliness of the indoor air in your living space.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

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Can I Add an A/C if I Have a Boiler?

Adding A/C System Boiler

Can You Add a Boiler to a Home with an Air Conditioner?

It’s a common misunderstanding: most people aren’t sure whether or not their houses can run both an A/C and a Boiler system at the same time. Since they both have totally different functions, they will consume power in unique ways, so the main concern is not whether they will actually function, but how much extra cost this will add to their utility bills. Yet, if you do it correctly, adding an Air Conditioner System to a home with a Boiler can be an excellent investment.

3 Options for Ideal A/C and Boiler Functioning

  1. Mini Split Set-Up

In an A/C system with a mini split set-up, the condenser exists on the outside while the cooler remains on the inside of the home. Not only is this an affordable option, but you also don’t have to worry at all about maintaining ductwork.

  1. Ductwork System

Your next option is one that utilizes ductwork in the home, mainly through the attic or in the basement. The ducts in these systems transport the cold air that is generated in the space that houses the ductwork to the other areas in your home you would like to keep cool through registers and/or other vents. You can also heat a home with a ductwork system, which allows you to distribute hot and cold air through one unit, rather than two separate units.

  1. High Velocity Attic Air System

If you feel that ductwork is too invasive or space consuming and would like something smaller and more manageable, then consider a high velocity attic air system. Instead of ducts, it utilizes smaller and more manageable tubes. These small tubes are more efficient in transporting cool air to each room and are completely silent during operation. In addition, compared to the ductwork systems, the high velocity attic air systems look more aesthetically appealing in construction. These systems are a bit pricier than the above options, but you will come away with more efficiency (and money savings on your utility bills!) in the long run.

Smart Synchronizing

So, as you see, it is possible to have an air conditioning system and boiler in one house without compromising the function of the other. A good tip is to install them relatively far away from each other and make sure that they don’t share any components, such as ductwork.

If you found this article helpful, then be sure to follow our blog so that you can keep up with more homes related tips, including A/C related advice and information. We’ve been serving the Beverly Hills and surrounding areas for over 65 years and know a great deal about HVAC systems. We’re here to help you learn how to have better cooling and heating within your home, and are available to answer your questions directly, or provide an in home evaluation. Call us today with any questions! (310) 836-0606.

5 Reasons You’re Losing Money While Cooling Your Home

Stop Losing Money While Cooling Home

Did you know that the average home in Los Angeles spends approximately $2000 a year on energy bills, which is mostly comprised of the home’s cooling bills. In fact, cooling can account for almost 60% of the total utility usage in your home.  

Fortunately, there are a few predictable ways that you may be losing energy while cooling your home. Below we explain further what you can do to stop losing energy while cooling your home.

Improperly Sized A/C or Other Cooling Systems

If you have a cooling system that is either too large or too small for your home, then it may be having trouble keeping up with properly cooling the square footage of your home, requiring your system to expend more energy than needed. If you have the incorrect sized cooling system, consider replacing it with a better fit. This way you will lose far less energy and your system will have a longer and more effective lifespan.

Improperly Insulated Attics

Your attic is probably the most important place in your home to worry about proper insulation. Since the attic is essentially a giant empty space in your home, it has a tendency to draw cooled air up and out if there are holes, gaps, or weak insulation. By having your attic properly insulated, you can rest assured that your conditioned air will stay exactly where it should be.

Holes and Gaps in Exterior Walls

Even though they are small and even sometimes undetectable to the eye, any holes, gaps, or leaks in exterior walls can cause a major influx in energy costs. This is because any gaps or holes draw out cool air from the indoors and allow warmer outdoor air to sneak inside. Be sure to check your walls thoroughly for any areas where outdoor air may be able to come in, and seal these areas up immediately.

Drafty Windows, Doors and Floorboards

Another area where you should be mindful of any leaks, drafts, gaps or holes, is around doors, windows and floorboards. Easily check for drafts or leaks around these areas by slowly running a lit incense stick or candle closely around the perimeter of your home. If you notice the smoke or flame quickly divert towards the opposite direction, that means there is a draft. Do an inventory around these areas and check for any old or worn weatherproofing or caulking and replace with new as needed.

Neglecting Regular HVAC  Maintenance

Having your cooling system checked out by a professionally trained HVAC technician is crucial to keeping your system in proper working order. A system that hasn’t had regular maintenance doesn’t only operate inefficiently, it also is at risk for broken parts or premature breakdown.

If you’re in need for a maintenance check on your cooling system, call us today at 310-836-0606. We’ve been serving the L.A. area for over 70 years, so we know a thing or two about keeping comfortable in the Greater Los Angeles area.

For more information on how to keep your home cool and comfortable and energy efficient, check out these informative videos from Carrier. These cover everything you need to know, from what SEER means to how to improve the quality of your home’s indoor air.



What’s the difference Between Manual and Electronic Thermostat Controls?

Manual Versus Electronic Thermostat

Many people in Glendale who are concerned about energy savings are often on the lookout to find the best possible solutions to make their home efficient, without having to compromise on comfort.

Oftentimes, one of the first questions that comes to mind is: what is the difference between manual and electronic, or programmable, thermostats. While they both do essentially the same things, regulate temperature fluctuations within your home so you stay comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside, they do have a few differences. Read on to learn more.

Manual Versus Electronic Thermostat

Manual Versus Electronic Thermostat

For more information about thermostats and other home-comfort related products that we offer, give us a call, or visit our products page. At Brody Pennell, we have been in the HVAC business for over 68 years, so our knowledgeable and helpful HVAC technicians can help you to find exactly the best comfort solutions for you and your loved ones’ needs.

Want to Go Green? Follow These 8 Social Media Accounts

green bloggers to follow to support your eco journey

While most people want to live healthy and sustainable lifestyles it is often very difficult to do so. Mostly it is because they do not have the right information. Other times the information and advice available is too extreme to be followed at beginner level. It is important to find simple practical information that leaves you feeling inspired to act rather than freaked out! We have compiled a list of green bloggers who will help you make the transition smoothly and successfully.

8 Green Bloggers That Can Help You Live a Greener Life

1. The Greenists

This blog has a very peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. The Greenists is focused on environmental sustainability. It shows its readers how to make simple life changes that have great positive impact on the environment. They cover beauty, food, home care and pets. The beauty of this blog is that its advice is very simple and hence easily actionable.

2. Reduce Footprints

As the name suggests Reduce Footprints focuses on reducing our Eco footprint. It focuses more on community level actions and how together we can change the world. It keeps its readers informed of what the rest of the world is doing to make the world a better place as well as any new threats to the environment.

3. Groovy Green Livin

This is a great blog that is focused on how to live a natural life. It focuses on the products we consume in our day to day life. These include natural personal care products like sunscreen and lotion. It also includes natural and safe products for our pets as well. It has several ‘how to’ articles on how to make most of these products.

4. EnviroGadget

EnviroGadget has a really cool theme behind it. The blog provides its readers and customers with environment friendly gadgets. They have an online Eco Gadget shop where you can find gadgets that are not only efficient but also protect the environment. The also talk about the latest trends in Eco-friendly technology.

5. Eco Mama’s Guide to Living Green

This is a day to day guide on green living. It shares great ideas on how we can live sustainable lives through our food and the products we use to take care of our bodies and our homes. Eco Mama also shares product reviews on Eco-friendly products and discusses the latest news and trends regarding the environment.

6. Green Living Guy

Seith Leitman is the Green Living Guy. He keeps his readers informed on the effects of decisions and activities of the corporate world on the environment’s well being. He backs up his information with well researched statistics and evidence. If you want to get an informed view on the effects of corporations and the government on the environment the Green Living Guy is who you need to be following.

7. Tiny Farm Blog

This is another awesome blog. As the name suggests it is about farming. Tiny Farm Blog gives you simple reliable advice that you can use in your garden. It covers just about every step of the growing process so if you are thinking of growing your own food start following this blog. The great thing about it is the wide variety of crops covered so almost everyone can get great advice here.

8. My Zero Waste

Waste management is a very big part of environmental conservation. My Zero Waste is a family blog that seeks to minimize waste from our homes. It gives several useful tips on how to reduce our overall consumption. It also teaches how to reuse what we can and recycle our waste into products that add value to lives. It is definitely worth following!

The truth is going green is not very easy. You are going to need determination, perseverance and moral support to make it a lifestyle. We hope that these green bloggers and social media accounts will give you forums where you can chat with like-minded individuals and get the moral support you need.

When you’re ready to make your home greener, contact your local Los Angeles HVAC leaders, Brody Pennel, for an energy efficiency audit and effective HVAC maintenance to minimize your carbon footprint.

Top Ways to Save Energy at Home this Summer

Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Extra energy costs are bad for both your bank account and the environment, and most people assume that these increased cooling costs are just part of getting through a Greater Los Angeles area summer. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Take a look at our ideas for ways to save energy at home this summer. From basic maintenance to clever energy-saving strategies, we’ve got you covered,

This season, don’t let the rising cooling costs of summer get you down. In this post, we have gathered together several ways that will help LA homeowners save energy on cooling costs, even during the hottest days of the year. Read on to find out how you can keep cool all summer long, without running up your home energy bills.

Home Energy Saving Tips:

Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Along with heating and cooling services, we at Brody Pennell also offer a large variety of air purifying products and services, which help ensure that your home has good indoor air quality. Call us at 310-836-0606 for more detailed information on our electronic air cleaners, and more!

We have been selling, installing and replacing HVAC systems for over 68 years in Los Angeles, California, and offer flexible payment options. Give us a call to find out more.