Research shows that the air in most homes is much more polluted than the air found outdoors. You may wonder how that could be in your own home. After all, you are likely scrupulous about keeping it cleaned. But cleaning surfaces alone will not ensure you have good indoor air quality, especially in an airtight house where air pollutants can build up.
The best air filters for your HVAC system can reduce the misery you experience from the trees, shrubs and grasses that produce pollen in the fall. Surprisingly, it’s not the showy chrysanthemums that are the worst offenders. Instead, it’s all the tiny flowers you can’t see that cause most of the allergic reactions. Here's a quick guide to finding the best air filters for your home:
Fall can be a fickle season to leave home when the usual cold front is quickly followed by a warm-up that lasts for several days or longer. Picking the best thermostat settings to accommodate a wide swing in outdoor temperatures can be confusing.
Pumpkins and gourds signal the advent of fall, a season whose hallmark celebrations are Halloween and Thanksgiving. These tips might help you keep the pumpkin decorations and their cousins looking good throughout the season.
Radiant floor heating can provide a viable alternative to a conventional forced-air furnace. Blowing hot air throughout the house through ductwork brings certain drawbacks when it comes to temperature consistency and maximum efficiency. A hydronic radiant floor heating system, however, circulates hot water through a grid of tubes installed in the floor, turning the entire floor surface into a heat mass that radiates gentle, continuous warmth.
Before finalizing your plans for a room addition, it’s a good idea to bring in your HVAC contractor if you plan to heat and cool it for year-round use. The expertise the contractor brings will help you learn if your existing system will work, or you need to consider upgrading your HVAC system.
When you're selling a home, you can expect that any offer you receive will have a clause that allows the buyer to have the structure and systems inspected. In addition to a whole-house inspection, many buyers today are opting for HVAC-specific inspections as well.
Fall maintenance around the home and yard lays the groundwork for a safe and comfortable winter. Your HVAC system is essential for both during the cold months ahead. Giving it the attention it needs beforehand increases its efficiency, safety and dependability.
If you have a traditional central HVAC system, it consists of two main components: the evaporator/air handler/heating unit that's situated inside your home, and the condenser/compressor unit that's located outdoors. Since it's exposed to all kinds of weather, it's natural to wonder about the possible rain affects on that HVAC unit.
An ideal time to perform maintenance on your home’s HVAC system is the fall or spring during transitioning seasons, in the period before the heating or cooling seasons are ready to start. This fall, take these fall maintenance steps in order to make sure your HVAC system works efficiently, effectively and safely this fall and winter, and is ready to go next year when spring returns.
If you live in a community with an HOA (homeowner’s association), it’s entirely possible that they have HVAC requirements about individual and shared systems. In most cases, HOAs enforce these rules. Considering the comfort and costs that are at stake, it’s helpful to be aware of them and conform to their guidelines.
Rare is the day in winter when you can open the windows for clean, healthy air. Professional duct cleaning will reduce the indoor air contaminants that your furnace circulates through the air. Late summer or early fall is the ideal time to get rid of the accumulation of debris that lands in ducts over the years.
Winter can be the toughest time of year in our region, so you want to be sure your HVAC system is in good working order. It's always a good idea to create a fall maintenance list that includes tasks you can perform, as well as maintenance tasks for your HVAC tech. So let's get started here at the end of summer on some HVAC winter prep, before the first cold winds of fall start blowing.
An HVAC system may have a less than pleasant look in addition to the noise it makes that can be quite a nuisance. For those reasons, you may want to have your unit installed in an inconspicuous place. Unfortunately, that may have an adverse impact on it. Read on to learn more about why you should pay attention to HVAC placement.
With smart home technology advancing by leaps and bounds, homeowners today can enjoy new levels of comfort and convenience. There's a lot of potential for smart home savings on energy too, when your home's equipped with:
The technicians who maintain, repair or replace the HVAC equipment in your home use a variety of tools to complete these jobs. Some are basic items that are used by many different trades, such as a ladder, level, tube cutter, wire stripper and reciprocating saw, as well as various types of pliers, screwdrivers, hex nut drivers and wrenches. Depending on the work being performed, your technician will also likely employ specialized HVAC tools such as:
You're not just producing culinary masterpieces when you cook. You're also introducing steam, smoke, airborne particles and odors into the home's air. If you don't have kitchen ventilation, you probably know this already. Fortunately, kitchen ventilation is not that expensive to add, and it's worth the effort and cost.
Remember how skittish your pet was when you first brought it home? HVAC technicians encounter the same nervousness from animals with other people’s pets. While it can be a bit uncomfortable for the worker, it’s worse for your pet whose territory is being invaded by a stranger who carries strange tools and equipment and makes noise.