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 […]

Why is My Air Conditioner Spitting Out Water?

All central air conditioning systems work in the same basic way – they use a fan to blow air from inside your house across Freon coils. The heat from the air is then released outside, as cooled air is circulated inside. If your residential HVAC unit is spitting water, there is likely a malfunction in the condensation drain. So, where is the water coming from? Whether it is a central air conditioning system or a window unit, the origin of the water is the same. The air conditioner takes in the humid air from inside your home. When this humid air is blown across the cold Freon coils, it creates […]

How to Stay Warm This Fall Without Increasing Energy Costs

With the fall season comes temperate weather in many parts of the U.S. That means that this time of year is the perfect opportunity to give your residential HVAC system a break. During the day it’s not too hot or too cold, so it’s pretty easy to stay comfortable inside your home. Autumn nights can get a little chilly, however, so you may be tempted to rely on your heating system to keep you warm. If you want to save on energy costs, it is best to delay turning on your furnace or boiler. Here are a few ways to stay comfy and cozy without turning up the thermostat. Insulate. […]

Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Today, two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Because they are so common, they are often taken for granted — that is, until yours stops working. You’re not an HVAC professional, so the mechanics of your unit might leave you confused and frustrated. Why is it blowing warm air? What’s wrong with the unit? Rather than breaking a sweat, take a look at the following helpful hints. If you’re still lost, call an HVAC service to give you a hand. Four Reasons Your AC Might Be Blowing Warm Air Thermostat is on the wrong setting Before you balk at the idea, know that this happens more […]

Why Summer is the Ideal Time to Inspect Your Heating System

You may be enjoying your air conditioning now, but summer is quickly coming to a close, which means you will soon be switching over to your heating system. It seems like eons away, but now is the ideal time to start thinking about heating maintenance and furnace repair so that you’re not left in the cold, unprepared as the temperatures start dropping. If you don’t already have regular HVAC inspections on your calendar, then here are a few of the most common heating system problems homeowners face during the fall and winter. Poor insulation. Did you know that 25% of your home’s heat escapes through small cracks and holes? These […]

3 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Immediate Repair

If you are among the two-thirds of households in the United States with an air conditioning system, chances are you AC has been on full blast all summer. It’s been a hot one, we get it. However, you might start to notice that you’re sweating a little more than you did a few months ago. HVAC units generally last for up to 15 years, but if yours is overworked, it might need a little TLC by the time fall rolls around. Fortunately, many heating and cooling companies offer low-priced, preventive maintenance service contracts for this exact purpose. For between $70 and $100, they’ll clean and service your air conditioning system […]

Help! My Hot Water Heater is Leaking!

Hot water heaters generally have a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years when properly maintained. However, there is always a chance that your water heater could sprout a leak. Fortunately, most small leaks can be easily fixed by a skilled plumber. To make the process a whole lot smoother, there are a few things you can do to help before calling your local plumbing company. What to do with a leaking hot water heater Shut off the power The first thing you should do is turn off the fuel source leading to the hot water heater. If it is a gas water heater, go straight to your thermostat. You […]

Tips to Keep Your Home Cool and Keep Your Wallet Full This Summer

Summer is almost here, and so are those wonderful sunny days and fun nights by the campfire. Unfortunately, some of those sunny days are going to make you want to spend your time indoors. While spending a day in a nice, air-conditioned house is nice for your body, it’s not so nice for your wallet. In fact, heating and air conditioning can make up as much as 43% of your monthly utility bills. So how can you beat the heat and save some cash this summer? These tips should help you out! Close windows and doors The cool air produced by your air conditioner can escape through open doors and […]

4 Tips for Lowering Heating and Cooling Costs

Did you know that heating and cooling systems account for approximately 48% of the typical American home’s energy use? This makes it the largest energy expense for most homes. The average U.S. home spends about 2.7% of their income on energy bills. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on HVAC energy use without completely melting in the summer and freezing in the winter. Below you will find some tips for saving money and staying comfortable in your home in any type of weather. Four Tips for Lowering Energy Costs Thermostats are essential for controlling heating costs. For every two degrees you lower your thermostat, you can save around five […]

A History of Air Conditioning

For most of us living in the U.S., HVAC units are a luxury we can enjoy during the hot summer months, if not in our own homes than in public spaces like restaurants and shopping malls. But air conditioning systems were not always around, nor were they nearly as prevalent as they are today. The History of Air Conditioning 1758: Benjamin Franklin and Professor John Hadley discover that the evaporation of volatile liquids, like alcohol, can lower the temperature of an object enough to freeze water. 1830s: Dr. John Gorrie builds a machine that uses compression to produce buckets of ice and blows air over them in order to spread […]

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