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Product Deep Dive: Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home from anywhere you can access internet, and Nest products have become quite versatile since they were acquired by Google in 2014, adding new online apps and services to support it’s features. Their competitor, Ecobee, likewise has added a new suite of products within the Smart home industry, and have grown to include not only Smart thermostats but home security, speakers, and accessories as well. While you can now buy these Smart devices online, the installation is somewhat tricky, which is why our customers prefer an expert to install them. To learn about the different Smart Thermostat products we offer, check out the links below:

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Product Deep Dive: Security Systems

Another home feature that continues to increase in quality, and decrease in overall cost is Home Security. Ring, Nest, and Arlo Pro doorbell alarm systems have designed easy and sleek solutions for the every day customer to install – and we’re happy to help walk you through setting up the Apps. Or if you’re looking for something even more secure, you can also take a look at the Schlage Deadbolt system – which is a more localized approach to security, and does have smart features available. Check out the links below if you’d like to learn more about each product:

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Product Deep Dive: LED Lighting

One key example of a simple and cost effective innovation is Light-Emitting Diodes, or LED lighting. While LED Lighting can really be found almost anywhere – grocery stores, hardware stores, or online for smart lighting, check out the following products by Philips: https://www.philips-hue.com/en-us/products/smart-lightbulbs. If you’re curious to learn more about how this works, feel free to read up on the ‘Hue Bridge’, here: https://www.philips-hue.com/en-us/p/hue-bridge/046677458478#overview.

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Product Deep Dive: SMART PRODUCTS

We’re living in the era of the smart home, however the term “Smart technology” implies an important distinction – that the appliance or electrical device can be controlled by an app, remotely. Each of our smart home solutions highlights two important tenants to SUNTEX infrastructure – innovation and environmental efficiency. These types of installations may add to the sticker price of the system, however they can mitigate your energy consumption significantly, and thus allow you to save money long term. Over the next several days, we’ll explore each of these products in greater detail – so if you’re curious to learn more, stay tuned!

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Product Deep Dive: Racking Equipment

While not everyone will be interested in the literal nuts and bolts of a project, in case you are curious just how a solar panel is mounted to a roof-top shingle, feel free to check out our Racking Manufacturer’s website. UNIRAC is an industry standard for Solar racking equipment (the part that will attach solar panels to the roof top). To learn more about UNIRAC products, see here:

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Product Deep Dive: Microinverters

Just a few years ago, Micro-inverters were used almost exclusively with commercial projects. Their job is to optimize the amount of sun from each solar panel, convert the energy from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) that can be used in your home. It’s easy to confuse microinverters with power optimizers, so here’s a quick post from Energysage on the key similarities and differences between the two: https://www.energysage.com/solar/101/microinverters-vs-power-optimizers/.

Today however, microinverters and power optimizerrs are becoming more of an industry standard because of their increase in efficiency, and to some extent for their sleeker style as well (as compared to a string inverter system). Solar panels may be the most visible item, but it’s the inverter that does all the real work. Choosing the right inverter technology for your project is a critical decision you make when going solar. Luckily, there are a few products in the solar industry that make it easy on us, and our Company-favorite is the Enphase Microinverter. These microinverters offer the most advanced inverter technology on the market, which means higher production, greater reliability, and unmatched intelligence. Below are links to the Enphase Energy Microinverter website (along with the spec sheet for reference) that we use for solar installations:

ENPHASE COMPANY INFO: www.enphase.com

ENPHASE MICRO-INVERTER SPEC SHEET: https://enphase.com/en-us/support/enphase-iq-7-and-iq-7-plus-micro-data-sheet

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Product Deep-Dive: Solar Panels

Product quality is important to us, and luckily in the solar market, it doesn’t always counteract Product Cost. Using locally sourced materials and products are part of our company fiber.

Thus, we proudly use Mission Solar panels for most of our Solar-Panel System installations and we have provided their website for more information on how these panels are manufactured, with a special video featuring how they’re built with Texas weather in mind.

When Mission Solar Panels are not available however, we will substitute for other high-quality panels that are not manufactured in Texas, such as REC Alpha solar panels, or Hanwha Q-cells. For more information about these specific panels, please check out the following links from Solar Electric Supply:

If you’re curious to learn more, you know what to do – ask us for a free quote for your home, today!

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Product Deep Dive: Gutters

Typical gutter replacement can cost between $500-$1500+ for a one-story home, depending on the square footage of course (https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/gutters/install-gutters-and-downspouts/), and slightly more if you would like to add a rain-water catchment system. Our gutter products are often custom-made, so if you have a question about a specific look/system, please note it and we will provide more information on that particular style within our free quote – though most variation consists of gutter size and color (often they’re made from metal, though vinyl gutters are often used for commercial buildings). Give us a call today!

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Product Deep Dive: Owens Corning Insulation

Insulation is essential in the energy discussion, and can save you a lot of money on your energy costs. Particularly since Texas gets extreme weather in the winter and in the summer, proper insulation can trap heat in your home – even if your power is cut off – and will also keep your home cool in the summer – even during triple-digit days.

Insulation isn’t exactly one of the sexier topics in the Home Improvement industry since you’ll hopefully almost never see it, however I can’t stress it’s importance enough in keeping your house, well, insulated! If you decide you’re interested in allowing us to conduct a site survey, and hearing a quote, please check out the Owens Corning website and provide a free quote upon a site inspection – https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/insulation/residential.

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Product Deep Dive: Owens Corning Roofing

We’ve discussed roofing in prior blogs so you know what to look for, how to look for it, and why when it comes to roofing – but there are a couple of key facts that bear repeating: 1) According to https://roofingcalculator.com a typical roof lasts about 30 years, while https://www.consumerreports.org states it’s anywhere from 10-90 years depending on the quality. That’s the difference between replacing a roof in your lifetime or not – so quality is a pretty big deal. 2) Roofing improvements are essential for home value, and can have long-lasting impacts to everything inside your home as well as heating/cooling, so it’s important to consider whether your roof needs replacing at least once in your lifetime, per home – if you move, you’ll definitely want to check out the roof before you make a purchase!

Here are a couple of quick reference points on what to look for if you need to replace your roof – especially if you’ll need a new roof prior to making a solar-panel system investment (otherwise, you’ll just have to remove the solar panels to install the new roof when applicable, and then re-install them later). Check out the following video from Consumer Reports which discusses a few things to look out for, and discusses different asphalt shingle roofing styles and different features of each: https://www.consumerreports.org/asphalt-shingles/best-roofing-shingles-from-consumer-reports-tests/.

If you’re interested in hearing a roofing quote or a roofing + solar quote, please pick out your favorite Owens Corning roofing style here – https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/roofing/shingles – and let us provide a free quote that you can compare to other contractors in the area.

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