A well-functioning furnace is a necessity to keep your family comfortably warm and avoid mid-winter breakdowns or unnecessarily high heating costs. If you have concerns about how well your furnace is performing, the approaching end of winter is an ideal time to assess its efficiency and potential lifespan.
Here are some key factors to weigh to gauge furnace performance:
The relationship between a system’s A/C tonnage and the size and characteristics of the home it’s in makes a difference in its performance.
Each ton of an air conditioner can remove 12,000 Btus of heat from your home in one hour. When you’re selecting a new cooling system, whether it’s central or portable, finding the right size is crucial for your comfort, energy costs and the lifespan of the equipment.
If you're like most homeowners concerned with your indoor air quality, you may well wonder if that air purifier that you had installed in your HVAC system is really doing its job.
Whether or not your air purifying equipment is working depends on the type of system you have.
If you already have a programmable thermostat, you may think you’re enjoying the latest advancements in thermostat technology. However, there’s another step up from being able to program your thermostat, which is the ability to program it from anywhere, anytime. Why does this matter, you may ask? Once you realize why we love smart thermostats, you’ll love them, too!
There's a well-established tradition in this country that workplaces should be safe, as free of work hazards as possible, and that they should be well ventilated so that workers can minimize exposure to airborne particulates. However, few of us give much consideration to the need for adequate ventilation and good indoor air quality in our home craft or work rooms.
Nobody enjoys placing their feet on an ice-cold floor when they wake up in the morning. Cold floors can be a constant source of discomfort during the winter. Fortunately, there are a number of approaches that you can take to make them comfortably warm.
Unlike the dirt and dust that soil your floors and furniture, you can't see most of the airborne pollutants that compromise your home's indoor air quality. But these pollutants can have an adverse effect on your health, especially when they build up over time in an airtight home.
This American Heart Health Month, learn how to prevent adverse IAQ effects, including heart disease.
February 2nd is the day when the groundhog fondly known as the Punxsutawney Phil comes out of hibernation each year to advise us whether we can expect an early spring, or if the cold winter weather will continue and we'll have an extended heating season. Groundhog Day has been an annual tradition since 1886, but how does really affect winter heating in your home?
Poor window insulation is one of the primary culprits of household energy loss. Extreme outdoor temperatures can infiltrate your home as warm indoor air escapes through your windows as well as the area around them.
Anytime a gas leak happens in your home, it’s always an occasion for alarm. It only takes a single spark for even a minor leak to have explosive consequences. As you rely on your gas furnace for warmth this winter, it’s important to know how to detect gas leaks and prevent them from happening in the future. The following offers plenty of good tips for gas leak detection and prevention.
In the dead of winter, your boiler is perhaps the most important appliance you own. It keeps your home warm and comfortable through the freezing Indiana weather. But it can also be dangerous, if you're not careful.
Here are five boiler safety tips, to make sure yours runs smoothly and safely all season long.
The easiest way to start saving money is to address your home's energy efficiency first. If your home is drafty, lacks insulation, or your HVAC system needs attention, you’ll find that cutting back on unnecessary spending could be simple and rewarding by taking care of these issues.
With the new year starting, this is a great time to think of a list of resolutions to follow. When you come up with your list, consider adding HVAC resolutions to it. This helps ensure that your home is comfortably heated and cooled throughout the year.
As you venture into the start of a new year, you may be considering a relocation of your HVAC system as part of a home redesign or out of necessity. Regardless of why you've been thinking about it, let's explore a few HVAC relocation considerations that you should make before doing so.
The holidays are a time for baking. Home-baked goods provide a perfect ending to dinner and are one of the sweetest gifts you could offer to loved ones. But if you're looking to make bakery-worthy bread, pies, cookies, or other goodies for family and friends, it's essential to understand how your indoor climate affects baking.