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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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How to Deal With Condensate Drain ProblemsA defective A/C condensate drain is a common cause of water damage inside homes. Condensate is simply water vapor condensed into liquid by contact with the cold evaporator coil in the A/C’s indoor air handler. Whenever your air conditioner is running it’s producing condensate — as many as 20 gallons on a humid day. As long as everything’s working right, the condensate is collected and diverted away down a line into your household drain system. If something goes wrong, however, gallons of water may end up spilled into your home — often before you even realize there’s a problem.

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Zone into the Benefits of Zoning SystemsNot all of the rooms in your Fort Wayne home are created equal — at least, not when it comes to heating and cooling demand. Your bedrooms need more attention during the night, for example, while you may have a guest room that's only in use once in a while, and a home office that needs heating and cooling during daylight hours. With a traditional central HVAC system, you can heat or cool your entire house or none of it. A home zoning system, by contrast, offers more flexibility on how to manage your home.

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Try These Houseplants to Boost Your Indoor Air QualityWhen seeking cleaner air in your Fort Wayne area home, you'll find a number of houseplants that will boost indoor air quality. It has long been understood that house plants "breathe in" carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Certain plants have more recently been found to be effective at filtering certain toxins (VOCs – volatile organic compounds) from the air. NASA conducted studies that confirmed this was the case. Here is a list of some of best detoxifying plants for helping to clean the air in your home:

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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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Have an Energy Audit Completed and Stop Energy LeakagePerhaps you just bought a house and want to make sure all is fine with its insulation and airtightness. On the other hand, you might have started to notice changes in temperature in different areas of your home that do not make sense. In either case, an energy audit is just what you need to address your concerns.

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Installing a New Furnace? Don't Let the Cost Catch You Off GuardIf you know that your furnace will need to be replaced in the near future, it's a good idea to start shopping around and figuring out your budget before the system actually breaks down. The cost of installing a new furnace may cause shell shock, since it's not a minor maintenance or repair project but a major homeowner expense.

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Renovating Your Home This Fall? Have an HVAC System PlanThe heating and cooling equipment in your Fort Wayne area home can be seriously damaged by dirt and dust. You can trace many repair issues with HVAC systems back to these culprits. If you know anyone who has ever been through a home remodeling project, they can tell you how dusty a remodel can get. Take the following precautions to make sure that you don't end up with expensive repairs after your remodeling project is complete.

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Ice Dams Are a Pain, and Expensive Too: Learn How to Prevent ThemIf you haven't had an ice dam on your roof, consider yourself lucky. These home wreckers can cause all kinds of damage to your roof, attic, ceilings and walls. They are caused when melting snow pools up behind a wall of ice at the edge of the roof. This water backs up under shingling and leaks into the attic area and along the inside of the exterior walls of the home.

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Today's Energy-Efficiency Upgrades Can Boost Home Resale ValuePerhaps you've lived comfortably in your Fort Wayne-area home for years, but you're thinking about selling your home now or sometime in the next several years.  Energy efficiency upgrades may be a major upfront investment, but they can easily add appeal and value for potential buyers down the road.

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A Damp Crawl Space: the Dirty Little Secret Under Many HomesThe crawl space under your home may need your attention. Crawl spaces are areas under the floor of a home, or part of a home, that doesn't have a basement. They're the space enclosed by the foundation with dirt below and the first floor of the home above. They're often left without insulation after construction. This can lead to a damp crawl space that can cost you a lot in wasted energy.

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UV Lights: What Kind of Maintenance Is Required?UV lights shine brightly against airborne pathogens that infiltrate your home’s heating and cooling system. Hospitals and other medical facilities have long utilized the disinfecting power of certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light to sterilize air and surfaces.

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Zoning System Shopping? Answer These Questions Before You ChooseMany homeowners struggle with a constant temperature battle inside the home. Some rooms are too hot, some are too cold, and when the thermostat is adjusted, conditions still seem to be off balance. Luckily, one particular upgrade can eliminate such problems: a zoning system.

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Increasing the amount of insulation in your attic or walls will lower your heating and cooling billsand is the least expensive way to save energy for decades to come. The two most common insulation products used in retrofit situations are fiberglass and cellulose. Fiberglass is made from silicone, while cellulose is made from recycled paper. They share some characteristics, but differ in others that may make a difference in the type you choose.

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Because the winters in Indiana can be brutal, when your furnace has quit working, you want it up and running again as soon as possible. Therefore, before calling a service technician, you may want to try to troubleshoot the problem yourself. This is especially wise since the majority of heating system failures occur due to thermostat malfunctions, blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.

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As a homeowner, you may not be familiar with the intricate workings of your furnace, but it does pay to have a basic knowledge about certain important components including the furnace filter. Understanding the role your furnace filter plays in your home heating can help save you money on repairs, heating costs and improve your indoor air quality.

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