The heating and cooling of your home relies on ensuring proper insulation levels. Many homes across the country lack in this area, and that's why owners often call on a qualified technician to check home insulation levels when energy bills are out of control. Professional assistance is always recommended, but you can also check the levels yourself. Here are a few tips to help you get this done:
Every year, Santa brings gifts to the good little boys and girls around the world, but what about the homeowners who deserve a new HVAC system for the holiday? If you've been looking for a reason to upgrade your system before the new year arrives, we're here to help you recognize a few signs that it might be time.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that can leak into your home and cause life-threatening symptoms. Since this gas doesn’t have any color or smell, it can be difficult to detect on your own. Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning, including how to lower your risk of this dangerous condition.
A warm garage makes accessing vehicles parked out there more comfortable on cold days. In many homes, however, garages also double as a workshop, a recreation room, or some other inhabited space where creature comforts in the winter are very welcome.
It’s not rocket science: Upgrading home energy efficiency reduces electricity and natural gas consumption and lowers monthly utility bills. Of course, an initial investment in purchasing and installing appropriate energy-saving upgrades comes first. Fortunately, rebate programs are available to make that up-front cost more affordable.
All that bathroom moisture from running water in sinks, flushing, and long showers can wreak havoc on your home. It sets up the perfect conditions for mildew and mold, which can damage wood framing and drywall. What's more, it can increase the overall humidity level throughout your house, making you feel uncomfortable. To avoid home humidity problems, be sure to learn more about proper bathroom ventilation.
The lingering smell of smoke indoors from the kitchen, an extinguished candle, or cigarettes can be exasperating. Air fresheners, sprays, and scented candles only mask the smoke smell temporarily. Even the time-honored tradition of opening the window only dilutes the odor without removing the smell permanently. Thankfully, there are ways to get rid of the odor permanently.
High ceilings make your home feel more spacious and more elegant, but the same grandiose design element that makes your home unique can also make it harder to heat and cool your home efficiently. Read on and learn the impact that vaulted ceilings have on your HVAC system’s overall efficiency and performance.
Elderly people are more vulnerable to temperature changes and cold weather. Besides causing the common cold, these changes can result in respiratory problems and increase their risk of stroke and heart attack. For those reasons, it's critical to know the right home temperature for elderly people as well as how to maintain it.
Basements tend to be damp and musty because they absorb moisture from the surrounding soil and through water leaks. High humidity levels in your basement can cause health issues resulting from mold growth, structural damage to your house, and damage to stored items. The good news is you can avoid these moisture issues by using a dehumidifier — but only if it's suitable for basement environments. Here's a quick guide to finding the right basement dehumidifier.
You may think all candles are created equally, but some candles should probably not be burned inside the home at all, as they aggravate respiratory problems and contribute to allergic reactions. Fortunately, there are candles that are not that harmful to your indoor air quality, and the good news is you can even make them yourself.
Constructing a new home includes dozens of different topics that you must consider in the design phase, and several of those are connected with your heating and cooling needs. For example, a forced air vs hydronic systems discussion must absolutely be on your to-do list because it's an important decision. To help you get started, we're going to highlight a few of the benefits of hydronic systems.
As a homeowner, there are so many choices when it comes to your heating and cooling equipment, that's it's often tough to know which of these you should put your trust in. Since the use of HVAC diffusers has been gaining in popularity in recent years, we thought it'd be a good idea to provide you with what you should know about these units.
As the approach of winter shifts the focus to your home heating system, there’s a natural tendency to put off any pending A/C repair work until next spring. If you’ve put up with one or more air conditioning issues during the summer, you may not feel the urgency to deal with them now, as outdoor temperatures begin dropping. However, there are several reasons why fall and winter are actually good times to schedule A/C repair work, after all.
Besides dust, invisible particles like pollen, bacteria, viruses, pet dander, dust mites, and mold may all be floating around inside your home. One of the ways you can address indoor air pollution is by investing in an air purifier. Here's a quick primer on HVAC air purifiers.
Temperature control is the first thing that comes to many people's minds when thinking about ways to improve home comfort. But did you know that having balanced home humidity throughout the year is essential for maximum comfort? Let's take a closer look at the humidity levels you should maintain and the techniques you can use to achieve them.
Home safety is a relevant topic for every homeowner, and it is essential that you take HVAC emergency preparedness seriously in the event of a violent storm or other emergency. To give you a head start, here are some quick tips that will help keep your home and loved ones safe and sound:
Many residential energy customers pay a flat rate for electricity no matter the season or time of day that they use it. But did you know that electricity production costs vary during the day? That's why some suppliers also offer time-variant pricing. Here's what you need to know about this form of electricity pricing.
Fall is here! Time to break out the autumn decorations and Halloween accessories. Before you get too much into the fall spirit, though, have you thought about how these decorations are impacting your indoor air quality? Here are a few fall IAQ concerns to be aware of.