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Save Energy in Your Home Using Window TreatmentsAs a resourceful homeowner, you've probably thought of different ways to save energy and keep your Fort Wayne home comfortable. Professional HVAC maintenance is a good idea each spring and fall, and so is sealing the air leaks in your home's envelope. If you find you still can't keep your home comfort up and your energy bills down, maybe it's time to take a second glance at window treatments.

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Ceiling Fans for Cooling EfficiencyEven as summer winds down, the continued warm weather means most people still turn to their air conditioners for relief. The biggest downside to this is that cooling bills can remain high until nature offers more pleasant days. Using ceiling fans throughout the home will help keep you cooler and can reduce your air conditioner's workload. Here’s more about that.

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Here's How to Understand the EnergyGuide LabelCreated in the 1970s, the EnergyGuide label program was established to help consumers make more informed decisions regarding home appliance purchases. The label displays important energy efficiency information and how a specific appliance, such as your next air conditioner, compares to similar models. Keep reading so you can make heads or tails of the label information and use it to your advantage.

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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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Reasons to Pick a Variable-Speed Air Handler for Your Next A/C UpgradeThere's no better example of the idea that improvements in technology produce savings than in modern advances in HVAC technology. Perhaps the most productive advancements in residential systems is the variable-speed air handler. In air conditioning systems, it saves substantial energy while enhancing home comfort.

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Why Should You Learn Your Home's Energy Rating?Are you interested in determining your home's energy efficiency? If so, you should consider learning about the home energy rating system (HERS) index and how your home scores. This professional analysis of a home's energy efficiency is used to qualify it for the Energy Star label, energy-efficient mortgage (EEM), and certain tax incentives and rebates. After your home qualifies for these benefits, you'll have an easier time selling it. However, if you don't want to sell, a low HERS index means you'll be saving on energy, with probable comfort benefits too.

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Your Questions Answered About Setting Your Thermostat FanIf your home's thermostat is like those in most homes, the fan setting is probably on "auto," which seems to be the default in most systems. But that begs the question, what does the "on" setting mean? This isn't an idle question since setting your thermostat fan one way or the other can make a big difference in energy bills and home comfort.

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Keep Your Fort Wayne Home Efficient With Regular Duct MaintenanceWhen you're looking for ways to improve your home's energy efficiency, the network of air ducts hidden behind the walls and ceilings may not come to mind. If you haven't been keeping up with duct maintenance, holes, leaks, poor connections and a lack of insulation can rob you of 20 to 30 percent of HVAC system output.

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What Are the Benefits of Having an HVAC Maintenance Plan?You're probably familiar with the benefits of keeping your heating and cooling system well maintained. Equipment components kept in good condition perform more efficiently and can save you more money with a longer lifespan. To enjoy these benefits, you need to schedule HVAC maintenance at least once a year.

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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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Do You Know When to Change Your Furnace Filter?If you find yourself sneezing and notice dust bunnies multiplying in the corners, it's probably time to change your furnace filter. The filter is your first line of defense against airborne dust, mold spores and other particles, and changing it regularly is one of the best things you can do to boost the efficiency of your heating system. 

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