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To-Do When You Have a Dead Rodent in Your DuctworkWhen you have clean ductwork, you shouldn't notice any unpleasant odors wafting from the registers when your heating system is running. However, if you smell a foul scent whenever the blower cycles on, the most likely culprit is a dead rodent somewhere in your ductwork. A decomposing animal carcass not only smells awful, it's a breeding ground for unhealthy contaminants, so you'll want to get it removed promptly by:

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Set to Cool but Blowing Hot: Air Conditioning IssuesIf your HVAC settings appear to be correct, why in the world is your air conditioner blowing hot air? The most basic function of an A/C is to deliver cool comfort, so if you’re feeling a warm blast from the vents instead, something’s definitely amiss. It may be a simple matter you can resolve yourself or it may require diagnosis by a qualified technician. Here are some scenarios that might be at fault if your HVAC settings are blowing hot air instead of cool.

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Sizing Considerations for Buying an Air ConditionerAir conditioner sizing is a critically-important consideration when you're planning to purchase new cooling equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an A/C's size needs to match the space it's going to cool. An undersized A/C will run for extended periods, use a lot of energy, but won't cool your home's interior sufficiently for comfort. An oversized air conditioner will only run for short cycles, so it won't dehumidify effectively or cool your living space efficiently.

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Back-to-School Germs: Fight Back With Your HVACIt's back-to-school time again and you know what that means - germs! Your lovable kids are bringing them home in record numbers, which increases the likelihood that someone in your household will get sick sooner or later. Luckily, fighting germs with HVAC techniques is an easy way to survive the onslaught. Here are some of our favorites:

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HVAC system , home comfort , HVAC unit , back to school , home germs , germs

How to Identify HVAC Vents in Your HomeIf you have central, forced-air HVAC for heating and cooling your home, it relies on a network of ducts that are essential for proper air distribution through the system. The ducts themselves are routed behind the walls, ceilings or floors, so all you see are the HVAC vents that cover the duct openings. Learning how to identify these vents and understanding their purpose can make it easier to keep your HVAC system operating reliably and efficiently, and help ensure your home comfort.

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