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.
The thermostat is the HVAC system's command center. If your home has heating and cooling problems, a malfunctioning thermostat is a likely culprit. Fortunately, most thermostat problems aren't major, so you'll probably just need to adjust your existing one rather than getting a new one. Here are the possible reasons behind your device getting off schedule, along with the steps you should take before calling a professional.
Installing UV lights (ultraviolet) in your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system will increase your home’s air quality easily and affordably. Ultraviolet light comes from sunshine and has a sanitizing effect on the organic matter it contacts. Installed in your home’s HVAC system, you’ll achieve the same benefits.
Did you ever think you should be covering up the outdoor component of your air conditioner? After all, this unit contains the compressor and condenser coils and when damaged, repairs or replacement can be costly. Is it a good idea to leave it out there, uncovered, subject to the ravages of Mother Nature?
When you think of uses for a surge protector, shielding your computers, televisions and electronics from storm-related power fluctuations might come to mind. While surge protection can protect these costly items, it's also vital to safeguard your appliances and essential equipment like your air conditioner.
A malfunctioning boiler can throw your Fort Wayne home into chaos. Unfortunately, boiler problems tend to occur during the winter following the long periods of inactivity. While you can easily fix some problems yourself, others will need the knowledge and expertise of a professional. Let's take a look at some of the most common boiler problems you should watch out for.
If you've chosen to adopt a tiny home — a very small but very efficient dwelling — you need to understand how to heat and cool the structure. Here are some of the more important HVAC considerations for keeping tiny homes comfortable in all seasons:
These days, it's more important than ever to lower your energy bills. Unfortunately, there are several energy myths in circulation that can make it difficult to do so. Let's take a look at a few of these myths so that you'll finally know the truth.
Pests in your home can bug you to no end — pun intended. They bring in germs, buzz around your head, and even clog up your HVAC unit. How do you bug proof your home to make sure you have peace of mind? You can start with these simple tips:
Effective HVAC design requires the integration of several individual components, all of which must work together to keep the system functioning properly. Here is a list of some of the most critical components and how they contribute to effective HVAC design:
Optimum HVAC performance and efficiency doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of proper planning and design before the system’s installed, then regular professional maintenance as the years go by. Pre-existing factors in the structure such as ductwork can also influence heating and cooling costs as well as indoor comfort. Here are some things to consider to make sure you get the most out of your HVAC system:
If you use a greenhouse to grow flowers, vegetables, or other plants year round, you know how important it is to control the conditions inside the building. Greenhouse ventilation is an essential technique used by successful greenhouse growers. Here are some suggestions for the best ways to achieve proper greenhouse ventilation:
Many pet owners take pet-proofing measures, such as keeping electrical cords out of reach or covered, but it is easy to forget to extend those safety measures to the home’s plumbing. Here are tips for caring for the pipes and drains in your pet-friendly home:
As much comfort and enjoyment they bring, backyard swimming pools can be energy hogs. Depending on its size, pool energy use can rival your water heater and even air conditioner for power consumption throughout the summer. Fortunately, there are practical ways to lower those costs.
There seem to be apps for everything these days. If you can think of a function, there's probably an app for it. Both Apple and Google's Play Store each offer more than 1.5 million apps. That's why it's not surprising that there are even apps that apply to your home systems, including your HVAC. Let's have a look at some of the apps you might want to download to use for your air conditioner and heating.
Air conditioners, like every other piece of equipment in your home, have their span of days and then it's time to replace them. Fortunately, they do last a long time — on average, 10 to 15 years. In fact, the age of your A/C system may be one key indicator that it's time for to replace it.