Do you have some bad HVAC habits? Chances are, you do and aren't even aware of how they're not only costing you more in utility bills, but also possible damaging your HVAC system. Here are several practices homeowners should give the heave-ho to right away.
We've grown accustomed to checking out reviews whenever we want to go somewhere or buy something. And most of us admit to being swayed somewhat by those reviews, because if it's on the internet, then it must be right. Right?
If you ask your kids what’s important to them about Halloween, they’ll undoubtedly say it’s the candy. But when you ask the grownups about their priorities, it may be jack-o'lantern preservation. Some people put a considerable amount of energy into their creations, and if you’re wondering how to keep the pumpkin looking good, consider these tips:
Planning to host a football watch party at your home? In addition to providing hot dogs, soda, and a big screen TV, it's also important that you take care of your guests' comfort needs. And since party comfort concerns are such a big deal, let's break it down to two primary needs:
It’s sometimes tempting to use a space heater in the fall before heating season is in full swing. You may need heating in one small area only or you haven’t had the heating system serviced yet. Space heaters will supply the heat you need for a specific area, but before you go forward, consider their pros and cons.
Now that another season is upon us, it's time to think about proper operation of your heating system. Switching out the batteries as part of thermostat maintenance should definitely be on your to-do list. Today, we're going to explore why this is important and how to complete the task.
Everyone's getting into grilling these days. And why not? It's an easy way to cook for company, and you eliminate cooking odors and mess from the indoors. But grilling, as with anything using combustible fuels, should be conducted with care. We're not just talking about preventing fires and explosions, but also eliminating negative effects on IAQ, or indoor air quality.
New parents in this region may face challenges associated with baby room humidity more often than not. Humidity levels in this region fluctuate throughout the year. Summers are humid and fall and winter are dry. Too much or too little humidity is hard for people of all ages to cope with. Babies, in particular, have even less ability.
Fall is the traditional time to tackle maintenance chores to get your home prepared for the coming winter. When you're putting together a to-do list of chores, be sure to add the following essential fall HVAC maintenance tasks to make the transition from cooling to heating smoother and avoid unnecessary headaches.
Besides the mechanical condition of the unit itself, nothing affects HVAC efficiency more than the insulation levels in your home’s envelope and ductwork. Without enough insulation, heat can move quickly indoors or out, which will cost you in higher energy bills year-round.
It's back-to-school time again and you know what that means - germs! Your lovable kids are bringing them home in record numbers, which increases the likelihood that someone in your household will get sick sooner or later. Luckily, fighting germs with HVAC techniques is an easy way to survive the onslaught. Here are some of our favorites:
Attic safety is a concern at any time of year, but particularly in summer. While many homeowners avoid visiting the attic as much as possible, it’s sometimes necessary to inspect the structure, check for roof leaks or retrieve items stored there. Unfinished attics are not constructed to the same safety standards we take for granted in living spaces below. Persons entering the attic must recognize hazards and take necessary steps to guard against injury. Here are some specific attic safety issues to be aware of, especially during hot summer weather.
If you have central, forced-air HVAC for heating and cooling your home, it relies on a network of ducts that are essential for proper air distribution through the system. The ducts themselves are routed behind the walls, ceilings or floors, so all you see are the HVAC vents that cover the duct openings. Learning how to identify these vents and understanding their purpose can make it easier to keep your HVAC system operating reliably and efficiently, and help ensure your home comfort.
Just as important as the right HVAC system is the right thermostat. But what kind does your home need? There are a number of thermostat options out there, depending on your needs for home comfort, energy savings, convenience, and more. Let's take a look at which thermostat is right for you.
HVAC purchases are probably the most infrequent people make as homeowners. The systems last for many years, don’t require a lot of attention and are mechanically complicated. When you need to replace yours, ask the contractors you interview these relevant questions.
Dust mites live inside carpets, soft furnishings, clothes, bedding, and any other place where dust usually accumulates. Waste from these microscopic bugs is a significant cause of allergies. Regardless of how clean your home is, it's not possible to completely eliminate dust mites. Fortunately, there are certain dust mite protection tips you can follow to lower their numbers dramatically.
If your sunroom is simply too hot to occupy during the summer, why not consider different sunroom HVAC solutions to make it cooler. There are practical ways to bring air conditioning to this room that are effective and affordable.