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Water Heater Safety 101: What Causes Explosions and How to Avoid Them

Most of us know that the energy use associated with heating and cooling your home is quite high. In the typical American home, nearly 48% of all energy used can be attributed to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Because all of that energy use equates to high bills, you might be tempted to avoid repairing or replacing your boiler, furnace, or cooling system. But if you ignore little problems, they can quickly turn into big issues before you know it. This is especially important to keep in mind when it comes to water heaters. When you fail to recognize or address something’s wrong with your boiler or water […]

4 Ways to Prevent Heat Loss

In the winter time, you may find your home more chilly than usual. While this may seem normal to you, it shouldn’t be. You deserve to have a functional heating system regardless of the season. Here’s how to prevent heat loss in your home while you wait out the winter: Upgrading your insulation Walls and window are major sources of heat loss. Whether you install more insulation or simply make sure that there are no gaps in the existing insulation, make sure that it is up to par. This is particularly important if you live in an older home. It’s very likely that your insulation is not completely effective. Consider […]

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Having access to heated water on tap is one of the greatest conveniences of modern living. However, we often take our hot water heaters for granted and may neglect to realize when they need to be repaired or replaced. Have you had your hot water heater checked recently? Here are four reasons why you might want to do so as soon as possible: Your water heater is old Experts say that the lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. After your water heater celebrates its 10th birthday, you should at least have it inspected. It’s highly likely that you could use a new one at that […]

Understanding the 3 Components of Your HVAC System

About 48% of the typical U.S. home’s energy use comes from heating and cooling systems alone, making HVAC systems the greatest energy expense for most Americans. At the same time, few homeowners actually know the ins and outs of their residential heating system or how an air conditioner even works. However, to get the most out of your home heating and cooling appliances, it is crucial that you understand the key components of your HVAC system. If you’re a first-time homeowner, staring down an unusually large HVAC repair bill, or looking to upgrade your HVAC system in the new year, here is a basic guide to residential heating and cooling. […]

The Importance of Cleaning Commercial HVAC Systems

In order to work properly, HVAC systems must be installed properly and must undergo regular inspections. But many business owners and building managers don’t realize that their commercial HVAC systems need to be cleaned on a regular basis, too. Unlike residential HVAC systems, commercial HVAC systems are quite large and are responsible for heating and cooling huge buildings. Because these systems are so much larger, they collect more dust, debris, moisture, pollutants, and even bugs. If they are not cleaned regularly, this gunk will build up and can damage an otherwise fully operational system. Why is commercial HVAC cleaning so important? Not only will regular cleaning extend the life of […]

What’s That Smell: 3 Alarming HVAC Odors (and What You Should Do)

One cold November night you finally give in and decide to switch on your heating system. As your toes begin to defrost, however, you suddenly notice an odd odor coming from the vents. Before that nasty smell fills every room in your home, you should probably take a closer look at your HVAC unit. Chances are if you’re sensing a strong odor, something is seriously wrong. Let’s take a look at three potential HVAC odors and what they mean. Smoke or burning odor If you smell smoke coming from your vents, it can often be traced back to a mechanical or electrical problem in your heating and cooling system. Parts […]

Why Is My Furnace So Noisy?

A healthy furnace should be pretty quiet with just a few noises here and there. If your heating system is making a racket, however, it could be a warning sign that it needs maintenance or replacement. Below are just a few common noises you might hear from your furnace, what they mean, and how to address them. Banging If loud banging occurs when you turn on your furnace, there could be one of three issues. The first is that you have a ghost in the house. Once you rule that possibility out, it’s likely the duct work is “oil-canning” or flexing with the pressure change. The other potential issue is […]

Why Is My Furnace Constantly Turning On and Off?

A properly functioning furnace will automatically turn on and off to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. On average, a working furnace will switch on and off around three to six times in one hour. However, if your heating system is doing this more frequently, you may have a problem with your residential HVAC. Below you will find the most common causes of furnace malfunction. The air filter is dirty. When an air filter is dirty or clogged, it restricts air from going into the furnace, causing the whole system to overheat and shut down. Fortunately, it’s an easily avoidable problem. All you have to do is regularly check your air […]

3 Benefits of Home Humidifiers

Running the furnace throughout the winter can dry out the air in your home. A comfortable humidity level is between 35 and 50%. Whenever the humidity drops below that, you would benefit from a home humidifier. Humidifiers do a lot more than simply alleviate minor irritations like dry noses and scratchy throats that come with your heating and cooling system’s dry air. Here are three additional benefits of having a home humidifier. Humidifiers keep you healthy Believe it or not, dry air can facilitate the growth and spread of many unpleasant viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms. By maintaining a balanced humidity level in the house, you can prevent […]

Consider This Before Closing a Vent in an Unused Room

Some residential HVAC vents can be closed by adjusting a sliding switch. If no one is occupying a particular room in your house, it may seem logical to close the vent, cutting off that room from receiving the warm air flow. You might think that this would be a surefire way to reduce energy costs, but you would be wrong. In reality, closing air vents can actually hike up your utility bills and cost you more in HVAC repairs in the long run. It’s not an unreasonable theory – by closing the vent in an unused room, you can direct that warm air elsewhere in the house where it’s needed […]

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