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3 Reasons to Teach Children about HVAC and Energy Efficiency

Teaching children early about using HVAC systems wisely has a lifetime payoff that helps them and the planet. As the largest single energy user in homes and buildings, it’s important that children learn early about saving energy at home. 1. Energy Efficiency Children learn by example, so it’s important to practice habits like keeping exterior [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:52:28+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Energy Savings|Comments Off on 3 Reasons to Teach Children about HVAC and Energy Efficiency

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Your HVAC System

Here in North Carolina, summer’s the season when mosquito repellent is a good idea outdoors. Measures to avoid bites include limiting time outside—particularly in the a.m. and late afternoon/early evening hours—wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as well as applying mosquito repellent to exposed bare skin. Inside your house, you have an additional ally that [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:52:59+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Air Conditioning, HVAC System|Comments Off on Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Your HVAC System

Causes for Short Cycling and How to Prevent It

In typical summer heat, you should be able to hear the central air conditioner turn on, run at least 10 minutes, then shut off again. If the A/C is turning on more frequently and cycles last less than 7 minutes, you probably have a short cycling unit. Short Cycling Concerns Short air conditioner cycles are [...]

By | 2018-05-10T14:25:04+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Air Conditioning, Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on Causes for Short Cycling and How to Prevent It

Maintaining Your HVAC in a Home with Pets

Your HVAC system makes your home comfortable for you and your pets, but did you know your furry friends could actually be a bit hard on your air conditioning and heating system? It's good to be aware of some of the potential trouble spots that our four-legged friends can create in homes with pets, and [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:53:59+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Indoor Air Quality, Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on Maintaining Your HVAC in a Home with Pets

Synonymous or Not: HVAC and A/C?

Quite a few HVAC terms have made their way into the vocabulary of homeowners. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and while each component has a separate function, they all work together in typical home heating and cooling systems. Air conditioning (A/C) is a dynamic part of many HVAC systems, especially in warm, [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:54:39+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Air Conditioning, HVAC System|Comments Off on Synonymous or Not: HVAC and A/C?

Go Green: Planting Trees Can Lead to HVAC Savings

Long before the widespread use of home cooling and heating systems, people used landscaping to manage home comfort. Even with the most advanced and energy efficient system in place, you can still get HVAC savings from using trees strategically. However, there are pros and cons to consider. Pros: What a Tree Does for HVAC Systems [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:48:10+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Energy Savings|Comments Off on Go Green: Planting Trees Can Lead to HVAC Savings

Know These Common HVAC Problems

Are the HVAC problems you’re noticing serious matters that require professional service, ASAP? Maybe ... maybe not. Some apparent heating and cooling issues may be just normal functions or simple matters you can handle yourself. If there’s serious doubt, rest assured that qualified quick service is only one phone call away. Before you jump to [...]

By | 2018-03-27T16:45:54+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Home Safety|Comments Off on Know These Common HVAC Problems

Why Cleaning Your A/C’s Condensate Drain Line is Important

Did you know that your air conditioner not only cools your home, but also removes humidity so that your indoor air quality is more comfortable? That's really important during our humid summers, when relative humidity climbs in our homes and makes us feel too warm. Humidity keeps moisture from evaporating on our skin so that [...]

By | 2018-03-27T16:45:55+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Air Conditioning, Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on Why Cleaning Your A/C’s Condensate Drain Line is Important

Air Exchange Rate: What to Know

Your indoor air quality and overall comfort rely heavily on a specification called “air exchange rate.” Your HVAC system continuously delivers new air volume to every room through supply ducts while removing air through the return ductwork. How many times this turnover occurs in one hour in any given room is the air exchange rate. [...]

By | 2018-04-19T14:40:36+00:00 April 19th, 2018|HVAC System, Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on Air Exchange Rate: What to Know

Crawl Space Safety Recommendations

Is crawl space safety an issue in your home? Most people visit that cramped, creepy zone under the house as seldom as possible. However, at certain times, you may need to venture down there or personnel who come to your home—HVAC service technicians, plumbers or electricians—may require access to the crawl space. That’s why it’s [...]

By | 2018-03-27T14:23:28+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Home Safety, Service & Maintenance|Comments Off on Crawl Space Safety Recommendations
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