Your 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.
Painting 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.
You 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.
Your 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.
Replacing 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.
This summer is shaping up to be a scorcher. When the record high temperatures are forecasted, nothing feels better than cranking up the AC and relaxing in the comfort of your home, at least until you see your HVAC summer energy bills.
There’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.
During 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.
Glowing 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.
Insulation is essential in winter, to keep heat inside your home. But what about summer? When the weather is warm, insulation can still help keep your home comfortable and save you energy.
Here's a look at the importance of summer insulation.
Summer is drawing near. Soon it will be time to turn on the A/C and turn down the thermostat. Only your thermostat's not working properly! What do you do?
Here are four common thermostat problems in the summer and what to do about them.
E-commerce has grown significantly over the last few years. Almost anything you want, you can now buy online - including your HVAC system. Is it wise to make a major purchase like that through a website, though? Here's a guide to buying an HVAC system online, and what to be careful of.
Have you ever considered the benefits of installing a heat pump in your home? Heat pumps are an efficient choice for heating and cooling, and these days are being seen more and more in homes, businesses and lodging.
Read on for an evaluation of heat pump benefits, so you can decide if this technology might be for you.
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.
Although your home's HVAC system is built to last a long time, its operational lifespan has a lot to do with the way it's used and maintained. To help you improve its longevity, we've compiled a few quick HVAC preventative maintenance tips for you.
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.
Another hot, humid Indiana summer is just around the corner. Getting prepared in advance can make your home a cool and comfortable haven from the heat this year. Following our summer HVAC guide can help you prepare:
Do you want the peace of mind provided by a preventive maintenance HVAC contract, but you're wary of signing a service agreement? Understanding what an HVAC contract should contain can help put your mind at ease about signing and ensure you receive reliable service. Here's what you should expect to see:
Are you planning a family vacation once the kids are out on summer break? If so, be sure to include your HVAC system in your plans, and you'll avoid energy waste and keep your costly comfort equipment safe from harm. Here's a handy HVAC vacation checklist to follow:
Under normal conditions, you shouldn't have to add refrigerant to your HVAC system. The refrigerant doesn't get consumed – it travels in a loop through the system, absorbing heat at the indoor evaporator coil, and releasing it at the condenser coil into the outdoor air. When there's an HVAC leak, you may be able to detect it by these telltale signs: