Temperature control is the first thing that comes to many people's minds when thinking about ways to improve home comfort. But did you know that having balanced home humidity throughout the year is essential for maximum comfort? Let's take a closer look at the humidity levels you should maintain and the techniques you can use to achieve them.
Home safety is a relevant topic for every homeowner, and it is essential that you take HVAC emergency preparedness seriously in the event of a violent storm or other emergency. To give you a head start, here are some quick tips that will help keep your home and loved ones safe and sound:
Many residential energy customers pay a flat rate for electricity no matter the season or time of day that they use it. But did you know that electricity production costs vary during the day? That's why some suppliers also offer time-variant pricing. Here's what you need to know about this form of electricity pricing.
Fall is here! Time to break out the autumn decorations and Halloween accessories. Before you get too much into the fall spirit, though, have you thought about how these decorations are impacting your indoor air quality? Here are a few fall IAQ concerns to be aware of.
In order to achieve year-round comfort while optimizing HVAC performance and efficiency, it is necessary to plan ahead for the seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. By transitioning seasons wisely, you can prepare your home and HVAC system for the winter climate and avoid a disruption in service or costly repairs. Here are some steps you can take to help the transition go smoothly and help prolong the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment.
The HVAC industry welcomes diversity in terms of a person's background, gender, and ethnicity. Even so, there has always been a shortage of women who have decided to make it their career. To illustrate the impact that women in HVAC history have had on the industry, we would like to discuss two important standouts - Margaret Engels and Alice Parker.
Heat ducts in a house are usually installed in the floor or the ceiling. But which one is preferable? Both locations have positives and negatives, depending on a number of variables.
Note: No matter where you place the ducts, fundamental facts of duct design always apply: The size of ductwork must be properly calculated to accommodate the required airflow volume and duct spans should be routed with as few sharp bends as possible.
The air filter inside your HVAC system is designed to catch harmful particles that can lower your indoor air quality. When it comes to choosing filters for your home, keep in mind that you’ll find more than a few types of air filters available. Knowing more about these filters can help you find the right type for your northeast Indiana home.
The concept of HVAC has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks used channels under marble flooring to distribute heat. However, it was until 1902 that the modern A/C idea was launched by Willis Carrier. Today's systems have experienced tremendous technological upgrades that make them significantly different from the older ones. Let's explore the recent HVAC history that has contributed to that.
Whether you've been putting off HVAC maintenance or made it a priority throughout the summer season, now that fall has arrived, there are a few fall maintenance tasks that you should definitely pay attention to. Here are five tasks we think should be your top priority.
When you have a newborn, it’s important to make sure your home is as safe as possible. While electrical outlets and stairs are common babyproofing targets, don’t overlook your HVAC system. Keep the following HVAC system babyproofing tips in mind to help your child stay safe.
Keeping your home as dust-free as possible can help prevent you from experiencing health issues. Dust can accumulate in many areas of your home, leading to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Learn more about the connection between IAQ and dust, so you can make your northeast Indiana home healthier.
Sadly, air conditioner breakdowns can occur at the worst possible times. How do you deal with the unexpected loss of comfort? What will the AC repair cost? These are the biggest worries that homeowners have to face. To make life easier for you, we've compiled the average costs for A/C repairs.
Air filters are a critical component in HVAC efficiency, performance and reliability. The average cooling and heating system circulates over 1,600 cubic feet of air every minute. A quality filter must remove damaging particulates and contaminants effectively without obstructing system airflow and reducing efficiency. For healthy indoor air quality, lowest HVAC operating costs and long system component life, air filters must be in optimum condition.
While heat pump heat is reliable and efficient, it’s also versatile. Unlike a standard gas-fired or electric furnace, a heat pump can generate comfortable warmth in several modes. While extreme temperature conditions may affect system performance, this is increasingly uncommon as today’s new heat pumps are more efficient to produce adequate heat—even if temperatures outside fall well below freezing. Here are three heating modes that ensure your home stays comfortable no matter what the outdoor conditions may be.
Comparing performance and efficiency of central air conditioners is made a lot easier if you understand the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It’s a numeral prominently shown on the yellow EnergyGuide label displayed on all new A/C units. Knowing what SEER is all about helps you make informed choices when you’re considering upgrading your A/C.
The indoor environment in your home can cause a variety of effects on hardwood floors. How these factors impact flooring depends to some extent on the operation of your HVAC system.
Wood is an organic material and, even when installed indoors, continues to respond to natural influences, particularly humidity. Here’s how this specific factor causes certain effects on hardwood floors, as well as some ways your HVAC system can limit them.
Proper ceiling fan care helps keep you stay comfortable indoors during summer weather. It can also save you money. Those big, slowly spinning blades typically move more than 4,000 cubic feet per minute of air. This makes the ceiling fan an important cooling supplement to central air conditioning.
So you've succumbed to the charm of an old house, but you've known from the get-go that your new abode entails some major expenditures to make it comfortable. Your key for comfort in your new home is the HVAC system. Here are some of the HVAC options for old houses.
Two of the most crucial parts of your HVAC system are the fans. The fan located outside in the condenser is involved exclusively with the air conditioner, and blows air over coils to release heat from the home's air. The one inside in the blower distributes conditioned air into the home. When these fans break, your HVAC system won't cool or heat your home.