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Air Leaks: Ways to Detect ThemAn essential component of residential energy efficiency is home weatherization. While this involves comprehensive insulation, it also calls for an airtight home, one where both heat energy and air is kept from transferring between inside and outside. Finding and sealing air leaks is essential if you want your home's heating and cooling system to condition your home effectively and efficiently.

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Ways to Increase Air Conditioner Efficiency | Hartman BrothersIt seems as if we hardly get a break from the costs of heating our homes in winter before it's time to turn on the air conditioner and watch our cooling bills soar higher again. But the savviest homeowners in the Fort Wayne area know there are ways to keep those bills at a reasonable rate by practicing air conditioner efficiency. Here are some ways you can run your A/C more efficiently and save on your utility bills.

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Air Balancing: Why You Need ItIf you’ve noticed your HVAC system running longer than normal or if certain areas of your Fort Wayne home always seem cooler or hotter than the rest, you could have an air balancing problem. Your heating and cooling system needs to be able to deliver hot or cold air to all parts of your home evenly. When this doesn’t happen, it indicates that the air from your HVAC system isn’t being distributed properly throughout your home.

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Evaluate Your Home for Heat Loss Before it Costs You this WinterYour home’s heat can escape through gaps and even the smallest cracks, but heat loss doesn’t stop there. Heat travels toward cooler areas, and if its path isn’t properly blocked by insulating materials, it will be conducted and transmitted out of the home through exterior walls and window glass. By discovering heat’s escape routes and eliminating or reducing them, your home will feel more comfortable, your heating system won’t have to work as hard and you will save money.

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Helpful Advice When it's Time for a New Furnace in Your HomeIs your furnace 15 years old or older? Has it needed frequent repairs? Did it struggle to make your home comfortable last winter? If yes, maybe it's time you thought about buying a new furnace. To make sure you get the best value for your money, use the following tips when shopping for a furnace.

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What's the Average Electrical Usage for Single Family Homes?You count on electricity to operate a variety of appliances in your home. Utilities are often the second highest bill you have to pay every month, second only to your mortgage. If your bills seem like they're constantly climbing every month, read on to discover how you can lower your them today.

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Find Out How UV Lights Can Prevent Household MoldThe accumulation of mold in your home can have a negative effect on the quality of your air, and it can be especially harmful to any household members who suffer from respiratory issues, such as allergies or asthma. One way to control mold growth is by installing UV lights, which can work by either filtering mold from circulating air or preventing buildup in your HVAC system.

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Regional HVAC System Efficiency Standards Are Going to RiseFor more than two years, there has been a legal battle between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several HVAC trade organizations over regional HVAC system efficiency standards. The long-running dispute has come to a close with a recent court decision that accepted a joint settlement agreement that was filed on March 11.

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Reduce Electricity Usage in Your Indiana Home With These Easy-to-Follow TipsAfter a particularly severe winter, many of us here in Indiana were thrilled to see the season of heating bills ending. However, the summer is right around the corner, and air conditioning will soon become a necessity, driving costs up again. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this increase by making your home more efficient and lowering your energy consumption. Here are a few tips to get started and reduce electricity usage in your home:

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The Energy Star Most Efficient Label Points to High-Efficiency HVAC OptionsWant to save money on your utility bill and keep your home comfortable all year? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manages the Energy Star program to guide consumers in the purchase of a variety of energy-using electronics and appliances, including residential heating and cooling systems. In the last year or so, the EPA realized that so many products were qualifying for the Energy Star that it had lost its edge when it comes to singling out the best of the best. That's why the federal agency developed the Energy Star Most Efficient program. When you purchase a central A/C, heat pump or furnace that's marked as Most Efficient, you know you have a product that will begin saving you immediately on energy bills, and keep saving throughout its service life.

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