Fall is the traditional time to tackle maintenance chores to get your home prepared for the coming winter. When you're putting together a to-do list of chores, be sure to add the following essential fall HVAC maintenance tasks to make the transition from cooling to heating smoother and avoid unnecessary headaches.
Besides the mechanical condition of the unit itself, nothing affects HVAC efficiency more than the insulation levels in your home’s envelope and ductwork. Without enough insulation, heat can move quickly indoors or out, which will cost you in higher energy bills year-round.
It'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:
If 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.
HVAC purchases are probably the most infrequent people make as homeowners. The systems last for many years, don’t require a lot of attention and are mechanically complicated. When you need to replace yours, ask the contractors you interview these relevant questions.
If your sunroom is simply too hot to occupy during the summer, why not consider different sunroom HVAC solutions to make it cooler. There are practical ways to bring air conditioning to this room that are effective and affordable.
Your HVAC system works hard to keep indoor temperatures bearable during the sweltering summer. However, it’s possible for your HVAC system to work itself into an early grave in the pursuit of cooler temperatures. An overworked HVAC system can wear down well before its time and cause your energy costs to skyrocket in the process.
In the summer, bugs get everywhere. They're on your clothes, they're raiding your food... They're even in your HVAC system! And once they're there, they can use the ducts to find their way pretty much anywhere else in your home. So it's important to quash that infestation before it starts. Here are some tips for preventing bugs in your HVAC system.
Conserving energy in your home should be the responsibility of the whole family, including your children. Teaching kids about HVAC and energy efficiency helps them develop healthy, green habits that can last a lifetime. When they grow up, they'll know how to use their HVAC systems more responsibly and practice smart homeownership habits. Presently, the efforts of your little ones toward using equipment and appliances efficiently will help you save more energy and money on your utility bills.
If you're looking forward to getting away from it all this summer, you want to be sure you've left your home in good shape and minimized the chances of anything going wrong while you're gone. The best way to cover all the bases is to create a vacation plan checklist and go through it systematically. No doubt you'll set the timers on the sprinkler system and indoor lights to make the home look lived in, clear out the refrigerator and find someone to bring in the mail and water the indoor plants.
For as much as pets contribute to family life, homes with pets do have special considerations when it comes to their HVAC systems and indoor air quality. The fur and dander that cats and dogs shed does impact parts of an HVAC system, but with a little extra care, a happy coexistence is entirely possible.
The outdoor HVAC unit is an essential component of your home's cooling system, but it's built for functionality, not beauty. If you find that the sight of this ungainly metal box detracts from your home's curb appeal, there are lots of easy ways to hide it from view.
Normally, a properly functioning air conditioner makes occasional pops, hisses, rattles, and a quiet hum that shouldn't be a cause for concern. However, if you notice a loud humming or buzzing noise, your unit is probably malfunctioning. Several issues can cause a humming air conditioner. Let's take a closer look at them along with their solutions.
Online customer reviews have revolutionized the ways consumers provide input about their experience with a service provider, retailer or just about any business you can think of. But these reviews have also given businesses a whole new way to assess how well they're doing their job and to make improvements.
If you're like most homeowners, you just have a basic knowledge of how your HVAC system works. At times, this lack of in-depth knowledge can leave you wondering whether the equipment is operating normally, or there's a problem that needs professional attention.
Your home's crawl space allows access to parts of your plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems, so there will be times when you need to venture down there. When you do, proper crawl space safety is essential. In addition to being cramped, even in Fort Wayne's mild late spring and summer weather, the space can get hot and stuffy. A little preparation will keep you safe.