The concept of HVAC has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks used channels under marble flooring to distribute heat. However, it was until 1902 that the modern A/C idea was launched by Willis Carrier. Today's systems have experienced tremendous technological upgrades that make them significantly different from the older ones. Let's explore the recent HVAC history that has contributed to that.
When you have a newborn, it’s important to make sure your home is as safe as possible. While electrical outlets and stairs are common babyproofing targets, don’t overlook your HVAC system. Keep the following HVAC system babyproofing tips in mind to help your child stay safe.
The indoor environment in your home can cause a variety of effects on hardwood floors. How these factors impact flooring depends to some extent on the operation of your HVAC system.
Wood is an organic material and, even when installed indoors, continues to respond to natural influences, particularly humidity. Here’s how this specific factor causes certain effects on hardwood floors, as well as some ways your HVAC system can limit them.
So you've succumbed to the charm of an old house, but you've known from the get-go that your new abode entails some major expenditures to make it comfortable. Your key for comfort in your new home is the HVAC system. Here are some of the HVAC options for old houses.
Painting your air conditioner may improve its aesthetic appeal, but it could cause other issues if it’s not done carefully. Basic surface prep, followed by a couple of coats of spray paint may restore a pleasing appearance to an aging unit. However, it’s important to realize that painting your air conditioner won’t turn back the hands of time when it comes to the system’s cooling performance, efficiency or reliability.
E-commerce has grown significantly over the last few years. Almost anything you want, you can now buy online - including your HVAC system. Is it wise to make a major purchase like that through a website, though? Here's a guide to buying an HVAC system online, and what to be careful of.
Have you ever considered the benefits of installing a heat pump in your home? Heat pumps are an efficient choice for heating and cooling, and these days are being seen more and more in homes, businesses and lodging.
Read on for an evaluation of heat pump benefits, so you can decide if this technology might be for you.
Who would have thought your gardening and landscaping efforts could have an effect on how efficiently your HVAC system performs? But it's true: strategically located trees and shrubs can have a beneficial impact on your system's efficiency, and lower your energy bills.
Here's how landscaping and gardening affects HVAC performance.
HVAC piping delivers hot water, cooled water, refrigerant, condensate, steam, and gas to and from your HVAC components. Its effectiveness is largely influenced by the materials used to make it. So what materials are ideal for HVAC pipes? Read on to learn more.
With so many choices to consider, buying a new HVAC system can seem like an intimidating task. Fortunately, the following can help you narrow down your HVAC choices and find the right system that meets your home’s heating and cooling needs.
When your home is closed up and you're running the A/C to combat heat and humidity, excessive HVAC noise can be disruptive and irritating. You expect some low-level whooshing or a quiet hum when the equipment is operating, but loud noises are concerning. Fortunately, there are soundproofing solutions available to quiet down noises like these:
Egg hunts are an Easter tradition and a fun-filled occasion for adults and children alike. There's a lot of planning and prep work involved when you're hosting a hunt – like filling plastic eggs with goodies, picking the ideal hiding places, and readying snacks and beverages for guests of all ages. To ensure one and all enjoy a memorable, safe Easter egg hunt this year, be sure to take these safety-wise steps ahead of time:
There are a variety of factors that affect your HVAC. Many of these are considered when sizing new equipment, like your home's square footage, orientation, amount of insulation, number/size of windows, and others. Did you know that your furniture and home's interior finishes can also impact your HVAC system?
Warm weather may seem far away right now, but it'll be here before you know it. You'll be able open the windows for a time, but all too soon, it'll be warm enough to turn on the air conditioner. It's always a good idea to start thinking about your spring HVAC preparations. You can make a list right now of the tasks you'll need to perform to get your air conditioner ready for the long hot summer.
There are many factors that contribute to the temperature of the various rooms in your home, besides just the weather outside. There's the layout of the house, how many floors you have, placement of windows, and much more. One factor that tends to be overlooked is color. But it can have a significant impact on your home's comfort. Let's look at the temperature effects of color in your home.
The relationship between a system’s A/C tonnage and the size and characteristics of the home it’s in makes a difference in its performance.
Each ton of an air conditioner can remove 12,000 Btus of heat from your home in one hour. When you’re selecting a new cooling system, whether it’s central or portable, finding the right size is crucial for your comfort, energy costs and the lifespan of the equipment.
Nobody enjoys placing their feet on an ice-cold floor when they wake up in the morning. Cold floors can be a constant source of discomfort during the winter. Fortunately, there are a number of approaches that you can take to make them comfortably warm.
February 2nd is the day when the groundhog fondly known as the Punxsutawney Phil comes out of hibernation each year to advise us whether we can expect an early spring, or if the cold winter weather will continue and we'll have an extended heating season. Groundhog Day has been an annual tradition since 1886, but how does really affect winter heating in your home?
As you venture into the start of a new year, you may be considering a relocation of your HVAC system as part of a home redesign or out of necessity. Regardless of why you've been thinking about it, let's explore a few HVAC relocation considerations that you should make before doing so.