An increased interest in going green has led to a number of energy-saving myths that make people believe they are doing their part to cut energy costs, when in fact they are doing little to lower energy costs and use. Here are six myths you may believe and the realities about them.
Thoroughly insulating your home is a double-edged sword. As it helps you retain heat, it also retains moisture. As a result, you may encounter moisture-related problems such as structural damage and mold growth. A ventilation system such as a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) can help you avoid these issues. Here's how it works and how it could benefit your home.
If you have ever walked from one area of your home and noticed a temperature change, that is not unusual. Many things, including the number of windows, the direction it faces, the presence of heat-producing appliances and insulation, affect a room’s climate. A zoning system is a solution that can save energy and keep you more comfortable. Here’s how.
A power outage that leaves you without lights, hot water and heat can compromise your comfort and safety if you're not prepared. There's no way to predict how long an outage might last, but planning ahead and having a three-day supply of necessities on hand can make it easier to cope.
Just as making some positive personal changes will probably make the coming year more successful, adopting a few HVAC resolutions can make it more comfortable and energy-efficient, as well. Changing the way your heating and cooling systems are maintained and operated not only ensures you get the efficiency and performance designed into the furnace and air conditioner, it also maximizes the system’s expected service life and keeps your warranty valid. So while you’re making a list of a diet and exercise resolutions — as well as resolving to get that garage better organized — keep these HVAC resolutions in mind for a more economical and pleasant year.
Fort Wayne’s winters are milder than many other cities, but having a working furnace is still very important. Dry air is the main obstacle presented by most heating systems, but humidifiers easily take care of that problem.
A ductless mini split is a type of heat pump designed for single rooms or small areas of the house. They can be very helpful if you're adding a new space or room onto your home that isn't connected to your regular HVAC system. Here are five important things to know about the ductless mini split.
If you think that flimsy air filter in your furnace is going to clean your home's indoor air this winter or even next summer, think again. For comprehensive air cleaning in an indoor environment, a very high-efficiency air filter or a dedicated air-cleaning system is needed, or both. A standard furnace or HVAC filter won't remove anything but the largest particles from the air, allowing smaller particulates such as mold spores, bacteria, dust mites and pollen to pass through the filter and enter household air.
Just like a car, your water heater needs attention and tune-ups in order to continue working efficiently. Draining and flushing out sediment from your water heater is an important task. Not cleaning out the sediment regularly can lead to many problems.
Improving your home's energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways to beat the costs of staying warm in Fort Wayne, where winter temps dip well below freezing. Many of the steps you can take to do this are simple and budget-friendly.
The changing seasons may be beautiful, but for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, transitioning from winter to spring or summer to fall can be the most miserable time of the year. Maintaining good indoor air quality this fall can help ease the sniffling and itching as well as improve your overall health. Take this three-pronged approach to improving the overall quality of your Fort Wayne home's air this fall.
Many home maintenance tasks keep your home in better shape as cooler temperatures arrive. Although it is very important to have your HVAC system serviced in fall, your home maintenance list should extend beyond that. Here are tasks to add to your list.
Fall brings a pleasant break from summer heat, but it also gives rise to more respiratory symptoms for many people. Allergies are commonly the culprit this time of year, rather than the common cold, and improving indoor air quality can help. Here's what you can do.
The ducts that deliver conditioned air to all the rooms in your home are hidden from view, so you may not realize how their condition impacts your comfort. If the ducts are leaky or not properly insulated, as much as 30 percent of your HVAC system's output may not arrive at the registers. Professional duct sealing can eliminate this needless waste and boost your day-to-day home comfort.
When your HVAC system breaks down, you are faced with two options: to repair or to replace. Knowing which option to choose can be daunting. To make the decision less confusing, take the important factors below into consideration.
Is your bathroom properly ventilated? Even if you've got an exhaust fan installed, you may be surprised to learn that your system still isn't doing your home a lot of good. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to evaluate your existing bathroom ventilation and make the necessary improvements to protect your home's building components and your family's health. Read on to learn about proper bathroom ventilation.
While you probably take it for granted, there's no denying the outdoor HVAC unit of your central air conditioner or heat pump isn't exactly winning you any landscaping awards. It does serve an essential function, though, keeping your family cool throughout the summer, and if it's a heat pump, warm in the winter, too. However, wouldn't it be nice to hide or otherwise camouflage your outdoor HVAC unit? This also would serve the purpose of eliminating a temptation for potential thieves.
The nature of heat energy is to move from a warmer to cooler place. That's why heated indoor air seeks to exploit leaks and poorly insulated places in your home's envelope to move to cooler outdoor air during the winter. Read on to learn how to solve these common problems and many more that may be contributing to hot and cold spots in your home.
With higher outdoor temperatures and increased moisture, indoor humidity issues are generally a summertime problem. Though, with many Fort Wayne area homes sealed up tight to save energy and enhance comfort, an indoor humidity problem can be a year-round nuisance that traps moisture inside.
Summer is finally over and fall, our favorite season in Indiana, is here! Now you can enjoy the cooler weather and your air conditioner can enjoy a little break. To help you maximize savings on your energy bill, we've compiled a few tips on when to run your A/C this fall and when to let it rest.