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How Your Fireplace Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Snuggling up on a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fireplace is warming and relaxing. It can also help you cut down on energy costs in the cold season. With this source of heat though comes some indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns to note. When it comes to heating your home through the comfort [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on How Your Fireplace Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Travel Checklist: Thermostat Settings in the Fall

Before leaving for a fall getaway, check the thermostat settings for your home. Instead of leaving at the level you keep when you’re home, you might be able to change it to save energy and money. Eastern North Carolina fall temperatures can vary from being rather warm and humid to quickly changing to much cooler [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Energy Savings|Comments Off on Travel Checklist: Thermostat Settings in the Fall

How Indoor Temperature and Humidity Affect Pumpkin Decorations

When the Carolina breeze turns crisp and trees begin to display vibrant fall foliage, it is time to switch to autumnal decorations around the home. For many of us this means using real gourd and pumpkin decorations to evoke a bountiful fall harvest. This natural décor won’t stay beautiful for very long, however, if you [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Humidity|Comments Off on How Indoor Temperature and Humidity Affect Pumpkin Decorations

Effects on Air Quality: Painting Indoors

Painting is a wonderful way to breathe new life into your rooms. Unfortunately, it can also have adverse effects on air quality. Let's take a closer look at how paints can degrade your indoor air quality and the precautions you can take to avoid being adversely affected by them. Painting and VOCs Most paints release [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on Effects on Air Quality: Painting Indoors

Best Air Filters to Alleviate Fall Allergies in North Carolina

Blame the weeds and grasses for the fall allergies that make North Carolina the allergy capital of the country. It’s the flowers you can’t see that cause the problems, and with the best air filters for your HVAC system, at least life indoors will be enjoyable. Filters for Allergies The HVAC industry labels filters with [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Air Filters|Comments Off on Best Air Filters to Alleviate Fall Allergies in North Carolina

Should You Upgrade Your HVAC for a Home Addition?

As you plan your home addition, bring your HVAC contractor into the discussion before you get too far along in the process. It is possible to extend an existing system and replacing or augmenting it is always an alternative. Upgrading your HVAC system may factor into the overall design for the addition. Although it looks [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|HVAC System|Comments Off on Should You Upgrade Your HVAC for a Home Addition?

Best Way to Transition Your HVAC with the Seasons

During the “in-between seasons” in eastern North Carolina, if you’re using a heat pump to both heat and cool your home, the process for controlling comfort can get complicated during days when it’s cold at night and warm in the daytime. One of these seasons, fall, is fast approaching. You’d think it would be easy [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Thermostats|Comments Off on Best Way to Transition Your HVAC with the Seasons

How HVAC Placement Affects Efficiency

HVAC placement might be one of the last things you think about when installing a new HVAC system, but it can have long-term consequences for your system’s performance and energy efficiency. So it’s important to consider where your HVAC system’s condenser cabinet is placed and how it’ll hold up in its new location. There are [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|HVAC System|Comments Off on How HVAC Placement Affects Efficiency

Situations When HOA Affects Your HVAC

When you belong to a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) you may wonder how HVAC requirements for maintenance and repair are divided. Laws may vary from one municipality to another, as do terms of the contract between the property owner and the HOA. Therefore, there’s no blanket rule that applies at all times in all places. However, [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|HVAC System|Comments Off on Situations When HOA Affects Your HVAC

Ways Rain Might Affect Your Home’s HVAC System

Rain is usually a great thing, right? But in overly wet areas, sometimes it can be a bit much, causing damage to our landscapes and even our homes. The fact is, rain may even adversely affect the HVAC system at times. Here are a few scenarios where you might need to find a solution for [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on Ways Rain Might Affect Your Home’s HVAC System
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