Research into sleep problems shows increasingly that sleep can suffer from a variety of factors, including reading electronic devices, burning candles, or drinking alcohol or eating sugar before going to bed. Another important factor that can impact your sleep is the temperature you choose for the HVAC system.
Ductless mini-splits are truly a wonder of modern technology. A type of heat pump, they offer the user the convenience of heating and cooling without the need for ducts to deliver it. That feature means they are often a perfect solution for conditioning the air in a variety of otherwise challenging situations. Here's some basic information on when to consider mini-split systems.
Before finalizing your plans for a room addition, it’s a good idea to bring in your HVAC contractor if you plan to heat and cool it for year-round use. The expertise the contractor brings will help you learn if your existing system will work, or you need to consider upgrading your HVAC system.
When you're selling a home, you can expect that any offer you receive will have a clause that allows the buyer to have the structure and systems inspected. In addition to a whole-house inspection, many buyers today are opting for HVAC-specific inspections as well.
If you have a traditional central HVAC system, it consists of two main components: the evaporator/air handler/heating unit that's situated inside your home, and the condenser/compressor unit that's located outdoors. Since it's exposed to all kinds of weather, it's natural to wonder about the possible rain affects on that HVAC unit.
If you live in a community with an HOA (homeowner’s association), it’s entirely possible that they have HVAC requirements about individual and shared systems. In most cases, HOAs enforce these rules. Considering the comfort and costs that are at stake, it’s helpful to be aware of them and conform to their guidelines.
An HVAC system may have a less than pleasant look in addition to the noise it makes that can be quite a nuisance. For those reasons, you may want to have your unit installed in an inconspicuous place. Unfortunately, that may have an adverse impact on it. Read on to learn more about why you should pay attention to HVAC placement.
Did you ever think you should be covering up the outdoor component of your air conditioner? After all, this unit contains the compressor and condenser coils and when damaged, repairs or replacement can be costly. Is it a good idea to leave it out there, uncovered, subject to the ravages of Mother Nature?
If you've chosen to adopt a tiny home — a very small but very efficient dwelling — you need to understand how to heat and cool the structure. Here are some of the more important HVAC considerations for keeping tiny homes comfortable in all seasons:
Effective HVAC design requires the integration of several individual components, all of which must work together to keep the system functioning properly. Here is a list of some of the most critical components and how they contribute to effective HVAC design:
Optimum HVAC performance and efficiency doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of proper planning and design before the system’s installed, then regular professional maintenance as the years go by. Pre-existing factors in the structure such as ductwork can also influence heating and cooling costs as well as indoor comfort. Here are some things to consider to make sure you get the most out of your HVAC system:
There seem to be apps for everything these days. If you can think of a function, there's probably an app for it. Both Apple and Google's Play Store each offer more than 1.5 million apps. That's why it's not surprising that there are even apps that apply to your home systems, including your HVAC. Let's have a look at some of the apps you might want to download to use for your air conditioner and heating.
Taking care of your HVAC system sure does pay off in lower energy bills, fewer repair bills and cool comfort on a hot summer day. What makes it even better is that most DIY HVAC maintenance tasks are easy.
Whether you are handy and do most of your home's repairs or hire someone else to do them, you need to pay attention to attic safety. Most attics are a maze of wires, pipes and cables, as well as a no-man's land of hazards, from high heat to insects to potentially harmful materials such as insulation or asbestos.
Plumbing problems are one of the most frustrating and common issues that all homeowners have to face at some point. Knowing how to handle some basic issues can help you avoid unnecessary frustration and save money.
Seeing discolored hot water flowing out of your faucet is a little unsettling, but it usually doesn't mean your water is harmful. Identifying the cause will help you decide if it's time to call a plumber.
A flooded basement isn't just messy, it can also leave you with extensive water damage that's expensive to repair. Rather than simply hoping that water doesn't get into your basement and dealing with the resulting damage if it does occur, it's wiser to take some proactive steps that can help prevent basement flooding.
In whole-house home-comfort systems, many HVAC components work together to provide both heating and cooling. Maintenance and repairs, as a result, often will correct or prevent problems that may arise in both heating and cooling.