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furnace maintenanceYour heating system needs annual maintenance to increase its dependability and life cycle. Many homeowners only start thinking about their furnace when the outside temperatures begin dropping. Unbelievable as it may sound, late summer and early fall are the best times to have a professional inspect your heating system.

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painting your air conditionerPainting your air conditioner may improve its aesthetic appeal, but it could cause other issues if it’s not done carefully. Basic surface prep, followed by a couple of coats of spray paint may restore a pleasing appearance to an aging unit. However, it’s important to realize that painting your air conditioner won’t turn back the hands of time when it comes to the system’s cooling performance, efficiency or reliability.

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low refrigerantYou can think of refrigerant as the blood of your air conditioning system. When the system runs low on this vital fluid, it can't operate at optimum performance. As a result, you may notice changes to your home's comfort levels. Watch out for these signs of your A/C system having low refrigerant.

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IAQ affectsYour indoor air quality can be compromised by many things -- pet dander, pollen, dust -- and among the worst offenders, volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs can be harmful to the health of all living creatures, so they should be contained whenever possible. These substances are found in many things, including pressed wood, solvents, fragrances, household chemicals and paint. That's right -- paint is one of the worst offenders when it comes to off-gassing VOCs.

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replacing insulationReplacing insulation may enhance indoor comfort and increase energy savings. The question is: When is replacing insulation actually required? Under normal conditions, insulation materials don’t “wear out” or simply deteriorate. However, when affected by specific events, insulation may degrade and no longer effectively inhibit heat transfer. Also, other factors must be considered such as advances in composition and manufacture of insulating materials now on the market.

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indoor air qualityThere’s a proven connection between indoor air quality and the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. While your air conditioner and furnace might seem to be principally designed for comfort-control, actually, the system as a whole plays a major role in reducing airborne particulates and allergens, as well as controlling humidity inside the house.

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energy billsDuring the summer, you may notice a sizeable spike in your electric bill, especially after a strong heat wave. These tips can help you with energy savings even when the thermometer climbs. Most experts agree that 78 degrees F in the daytime is a livable setting that will cut electrical use. By easing into it and implementing these suggestions, you can have lower bills and a comfortable home.

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Know Which Online HVAC Reviews to TrustGlowing and glowering online reviews are a surefire indicator of the quality of products and services that an HVAC contractor provides, right? Well, not necessarily. Unfortunately, some unsavory vendors hire people to create false reviews for their businesses or competitors. The good news is fake online HVAC reviews have some telltale signs. Here are a few.

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Can Gardening Improve Your HVAC Performance?Who would have thought your gardening and landscaping efforts could have an effect on how efficiently your HVAC system performs? But it's true: strategically located trees and shrubs can have a beneficial impact on your system's efficiency, and lower your energy bills. Here's how landscaping and gardening affects HVAC performance.

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What to Know About C-Wire If you’re upgrading your HVAC thermostat, it’s a good thing to find out in advance if your existing system provides a c-wire. Today’s smart thermostats provide a great deal more options and convenience such as wifi connectivity and a bigger, brighter, multi-functional control screen. These improvements typically draw more electricity than the existing thermostat you’re replacing. The c-wire (“c” stands for “common”) is an important extra electrical wire that enables continuous 24-volt power to operate newer smart thermostats. If you don’t have one installed with your existing model, you’ll probably need to have it installed in order to adequately power the new unit.

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