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Reasons Air Balancing is Important

If your home needs air balancing, you probably already suspect something is wrong. When your HVAC system becomes unbalanced, indoor comfort, energy efficiency and monthly operating costs are affected. The system integrates two ductwork branches: supply and return. Supply ducts deliver heated or cooled air to individual rooms while the return ducts remove air and [...]

By | December 14th, 2017|HVAC System|Comments Off on Reasons Air Balancing is Important

How You Can Be Maintaining Your Furnace

No doubt about it, a well-maintained furnace will heat your home more effectively and efficiently than one that's been neglected. But that's only part of the story. Many homeowners leave all the furnace maintenance to the professional HVAC technician who visits each the fall or winter. But maintaining your furnace also needs your help. Take [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|Furnaces|Comments Off on How You Can Be Maintaining Your Furnace

4 Qualities of a Good Heating Contractor

Considering what’s at stake when choosing a heating contractor, it’s helpful to have guidelines to follow. Your HVAC system is an integral part of your home. Knowing a highly trained, skilled, and responsible company is at your side assures you that the work will be done right and on time. When choosing a contractor, consider [...]

By | December 7th, 2017|Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on 4 Qualities of a Good Heating Contractor

How Often Should You Replace Detectors?

Carbon monoxide poisoning in the home is not common, but if you have any fuel-powered appliances, you should maintain CO detectors. CO is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and a monitor is the only way you can be sure to detect it when it reaches levels that may sicken or even kill people and pets. Smoke [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Home Safety|Comments Off on How Often Should You Replace Detectors?

Ways Sleeping Temperature Affects Your Health

There's really nothing like a good night's sleep and when we don't get it, we pay the price. Fortunately, new research is revealing some of the secrets of getting good sleep, and we can reap the benefits. One of the major revelations of recent years is how sleeping temperature affects how well we sleep — [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Air Conditioning, HVAC System, Thermostats|Comments Off on Ways Sleeping Temperature Affects Your Health

When Using a Ductless, Mini-Split System is Best

Ductless mini-splits systems are rapidly becoming the cooling and heating system of choice for individual rooms or other limited zones inside the house. Over the past two years, sales of these highly efficient, compact units have increased 13% in the U.S. and continued growth appears inevitable. Here’s how many homeowners today are taking advantage of [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Ductwork, HVAC System|Comments Off on When Using a Ductless, Mini-Split System is Best

Air Pollutants and How They Get Into Your Home

Most people are surprised to learn that their homes might have higher levels of air pollutants than large cities with traffic-filled streets. Many common household products contain harmful pollutants. Pollen and mold spores come from the outdoors through doors and windows, along with shoes, clothing and pets. Insects and vermin seek food and shelter indoors [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on Air Pollutants and How They Get Into Your Home

Ways to Heat Cold Rooms in Your Home

Are you dreading some of the rooms in your home as cold weather approaches? For your notoriously colder rooms, maintain a comfortable home this season without resorting to turning up your thermostat every chance you get. Try these low-cost solutions to save hassle, money, and energy. Schedule a Fall/Winter Check-up An annual fall/winter check-up is [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Home Safety|Comments Off on Ways to Heat Cold Rooms in Your Home

How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC for Winter

Just because winters tend to be mild in our area is no reason to neglect seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system. Temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter are not uncommon, and though cold spells may not last long, you don't want to be caught with a malfunctioning furnace or heat pump in [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|Home Safety|Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC for Winter

Smart Heating Systems for Your Home

Winter is coming — It's important to be able to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, heating your home can cost a lot of energy and money. However, there are ways of maximizing your home comfort while minimizing your energy usage by investing in a smart heating system. Here are two smart systems to consider: Programmable [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|Energy Savings, HVAC System|Comments Off on Smart Heating Systems for Your Home
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