An AC unit should not be seen as a standalone system. Instead, you should look at it as an active cooling system that can benefit from some passive cooling strategies. Active cooling refers to something that uses electricity to cool your home, and passive cooling refers to something that taps into natural phenomena to either cool your home down or prevent it from heating up in the first place. Because you do not have to pay for the energy not used in passive cooling, you can decrease your cooling costs by implementing them in your home.
14 July 2017
Are you worried about your older plumbing system breaking down or failing altogether? Here are some things you can do to keep it in good shape as it ages throughout the years: Wrap the Exterior Pipes If you live in an area that freezes during the winter, you should wrap any plumbing pipes that are exposed to the outdoor elements with thermal heat tape or insulation foam tubes. This will help prevent them from freezing and bursting when the temperatures drop so you won't have to face any expensive repairs once things start to thaw out.
28 June 2017
Your furnace and air conditioner do you the service of keeping your home comfortable. But if you're not careful, these systems can cause more harm than help. Follow these HVAC safety tips with using and working around your system so you don't accidentally fall prey to injuries -- or worse. Never ignore a bad smell. The only odor you should ever notice coming from your HVAC system is the faint smell of scorching dust the first time you turn your furnace on for the season.
13 June 2017
Air ducts are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance, and that can be a big mistake. Many times, homeowners do not realized that air ducts should be cleaned regularly. There are many benefits to air duct cleaning, such as: Help with Allergies If you neglect your air ducts for an extended period of time, it won't take long for dust and debris to build up. Then, when you run your air conditioner or heater, the air entering your home will pass through all of the build-up before entering your home.
30 May 2017
If your home has a steam boiler, you may be considering switching over to forced air heating when the boiler gives out. After all, boilers are often thought of as outdated since forced air heats up a home more quickly and is cheaper to install. However, boiler heating is not quite the dinosaur some people would have you believe it is. There are some reasons to reconsider keeping your steam boiler heating system.
14 April 2017
Having pets can bring a lot of joy to your life. But your furry friends can also lead to odors—and even reduced HVAC function. As a pet owner, you should follow these tips both to protect your HVAC system and keep your home smelling fresh. Use a HEPA filter. Inexpensive, fiberglass air filters might be okay for homeowners who don't have pets, but they're not what you need. A HEPA filter may cost a little more than a standard filter, but it will also do a much better job of trapping pet hair and dander.
5 April 2017
This spring, as you prepare to really clean your house, make sure that you add the tasks below to your to-do list. These tasks will help you improve the energy effectiveness of your HVAC system this summer when the heat really hits. #1 Open Up & Clean Your Vents If you closed the vents inside of your home that your HVAC system used over the winter, now is the time to open them up.
13 March 2017
It's a given that something as central to your home as an HVAC unit is going to affect the home's value. However, if you are about to sell your home, be aware that your HVAC unit can have some interesting effects on the value due to some unexpected issues. Addressing these issues can help mitigate any negative effects and promote any positive effects. Sound Pollution You're likely used to the hum of your HVAC unit by now, but others could find it too loud.
3 March 2017