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energy new haven indianaWhen you shut off your appliances, electronics or other energy-consuming devices, you might think they're no longer using power. Turning off lights and equipment you aren't using is definitely a good energy-conservation measure, but even when switched off, if they're plugged in, computers, televisions, refrigerators and other electric devices are still consuming a small bit of energy, known as standby power.

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A Safety Cap For Your Air Conditioner: Without It, Your Childproofing Isn't FinishedKeeping your air conditioner safe from theft and tampering is an ongoing concern, especially for homeowners with large outdoor cooling units. Copper and valuable metal has often been stolen from cooling systems, but current trends suggest a new target for thieves: the refrigerant in the system.

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Hartman Brothers' Preventive Maintenance Plans Offer Benefits Homeowners Shouldn't MissPreventive maintenance plans have numerous benefits. Foremost, you don't have to worry about scheduling annual maintenance, your heating and cooling system will operate more efficiently, and your warranty won't be voided due to lack of maintenance. You also get the peace of mind that your equipment is operating properly and safely. In addition, regular maintenance lengthens equipment life, so your small investment today will help protect your larger investment in the long run.

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High Energy Costs? Weatherize Your Home In 5 Easy StepsIf you had high energy costs last summer, they may be even higher this year, especially if you didn't upgrade your air conditioner or make any other changes. Investing in a high-efficiency cooling system and an annual maintenance program are good steps toward reducing your monthly energy bills, but it's important not to ignore the house itself. You may not be able to avoid high energy costs if your home's cooling load is not reduced.

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Repair Or Replace: What To Do When Your Old Air Conditioner Needs To Be RepairedWith our warm spring, you've probably already turned on your air conditioner this year. Did it perform as well as you expected it to? If not, it may be time to repair or replace your old equipment. Buying a new air conditioner is certainly a big investment, so you want to make sure you get the most from your existing system. However, that old air conditioner could be costing you more money than you know. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner:

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HVAC Warranties: How They Help To Protect Your Biggest Home InvestmentsA lot of factors go into the decision to purchase home comfort equipment and select a provider to install it; HVAC warranties should be on your list of features to compare. Most HVAC equipment manufacturers have a warranty policy, but they are not all the same. HVAC contractors may also offer a separate warranty program, but not all companies do this, so if it's important to you, be sure to ask your contractor what type of warranty they offer and what equipment it includes.

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Seal Your Ductwork To Guarantee Top-Notch Home ComfortWhether you upgrade to a high-efficiency heating and cooling system or invest in preventive maintenance to keep your older system running efficiently, it's important to seal your ductwork if you want to get the most from your HVAC equipment and maximize home comfort. Air lost through leaky ducts forces your heating and cooling system to work harder and may cause some rooms in your home to be uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can affordably seal your ductwork and achieve meaningful energy savings.

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A/C Basics: Selecting The Right System To Maximize Comfort And SavingsPurchasing an air conditioner doesn't happen very often, which is one reason it's such a big decision for homeowners. If you have never installed a new cooling system, it helps to start by learning a few A/C basics. Knowing how an air conditioner works can help you select the system that makes the most sense for your home.

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Upgrading Your Air Conditioner: Features That Will Boost ROIYou have a lot of decisions to make when upgrading your air conditioner. What size should you get? How do you strike the balance between energy efficiency and the initial cost of equipment? What brand is the best? Many of these decisions come down to cost, but it's important to remember that the immediate investment can be offset by lower operating, maintenance and repair costs over the long term.

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Duct Sizing: An Important Step To Ensuring A High-Quality HVAC InstallationWhen installing a new HVAC system, you must consider more than just the specifications of the equipment itself. The layout of your home, zone systems and duct sizing are also important factors to bear in mind. If your ductwork is too small to accommodate your new equipment, it will operate inefficiently and potentially increase your heating and cooling bills. On the other hand, if your ducts are too large, the rooms in your home may not be as comfortable as you desire.

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A/C Operating Tips That Boost Savings All Summer LongAnother hot, humid Indiana summer is just around the corner. Is your wallet ready for higher cooling bills? Implementing just a few A/C operating tips can help you improve energy efficiency and control your cooling budget. You don't have to sacrifice comfort to save a few bucks; you just have to be smart about how you run your cooling system.

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Need To Control Air Quality? Try Air PurificationMaintaining good indoor air quality is important for your family's health, especially if you have a tightly sealed home. Ventilation is important for circulating fresh air through your home, and an air purification system will remove unwanted contaminants from your indoor spaces. A whole-house air cleaner integrates directly into your heating and cooling system to consistently deliver clean, fresh air to every room in your home.

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The Zoning System: A Home Amenity That Promotes Family HarmonyIn many homes, the thermostat can become a miniature, wall-mounted battlefield. One person will turn the temperature up, and minutes later a spouse or sibling will turn the temperature down – causing your HVAC system to work overtime, while leaving nobody truly comfortable. 

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The Geothermal Heat Pump: Weighing Your Initial Investment Against Long-Term SavingsIf you'd like one of the most efficient ways of heating and cooling your Indiana home, you can't do any better than a geothermal heat pump. These tap into the stable underground temperatures to deliver heated and cooled air. Temperatures above ground fluctuate a great deal, but below the surface of the soil, the temperatures are relatively stable. A heat pump doesn't use any fuel except for electricity and just exchanges or captures heat. 

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minimizing your risk of water damage fort wayne While your central air conditioner produces cool air out of sight — usually in the attic or a closet — the coils in your A/C unit are busy producing something else: Water, and lots of it. Serious water damage can result from condensation that forms naturally on the evaporator coils. A central air conditioner may produce a surprising 5 to 20 gallons of water per day — especially during a humid Indiana summer. In a properly maintained system, the condensate collects in a drip-pan beneath the air handler and drains through a hose connected to your sewer system. If the drain system fails, or the evaporator coils produce more condensate than the drain can handle, gallons of water could silently damage your house before you’re even aware of it.

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When you're choosing a new air conditioner, the two most important issues facing you are selecting the air conditioner that offers ideal efficiency, and the load calculation, which determines the right size system for your home. With your A/C, both energy efficiency and size will have financial and comfort implications for years to come.

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Every generation thinks of itself as smarter and more capable than the previous generation. While that may not be accurate when it comes to people, it certainly is the case with programmable thermostats. The new generation is much smarter than its predecessors with an array of features that make it easier than ever for you to save money.

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