The 5 HVAC Mistakes You Should Avoid

You home’s HVAC system is central to your family’s comfort, so it pays to invest in cooling and heating system repairs. By making errors in your maintenance practices, you could hike up energy costs and keep your home at a less than optimal temperature. The next time you are analyzing your home maintenance habits, make sure that you are avoiding these common mistakes. You are forgetting to change your air filters Dirty air filters are a waste of energy, as they force the system to work much harder to circulate air. By changing your filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, you will keep your home energy efficient and your systems […]

3 Tips to Maximize Your AC’s Efficiency

With the heat of high summer fast approaching, many of you will be relying more and more on your air conditioning unit. We thought this would be a good time to go over a few basic tips to help you maximize your cooling system’s efficiency. AC efficiency is important considering ACs use roughly 5% of all the electricity used in the United States, despite the fact that in many states they are only a seasonal necessity. That means each year homeowners are spending more than $11 billion on their cooling system. So we’ve put together this list of simple tricks and tips for homeowners looking to get the most out […]

Spring Maintenance Tips for Proper Furnace Function

The average American home spends about 2.7% of their income on energy bills. That’s approximately $2,000 a year. This cost can be reduced by utilizing proper maintenance techniques and doing checks at the right times of year. As your primary heating and cooling system, your furnace requires routine maintenance before spring and winter to make sure it’s prepared to handle the change of season. Proper furnace maintenance comprises three main steps: Check your filter Many people are unaware that the filter of your furnace should be replaced every three to four months when it’s in heavy use. If you’re unsure about whether or not it needs replacing, look for visible […]

I’m a Big Fan of Saving Money On Energy Bills This Season

With the thermostat no longer plummeting and the sun coming out for a little while longer, it’s clear that spring is on its way. And as you switch out that thick winter coat for a light, breezy jacket and turn your heating system down, you may start to wonder how warm it’s going to be this spring. How much are you going to need to spend on your HVAC system? It’s easy to just want to break out the old AC unit and crank it up high to keep you cool. Around two-thirds of Americans have an air conditioner in their home, after all. However, it has the potential to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]