Closing an Unused Room to Save Energy: Is It Really Such a Good Idea?

If you have a home with infrequently used rooms, it may seem that closing the air vents in those rooms would be a simple and effective way to keep your heating system from wasting energy to keep them warm. However, there are a number of factors that can make closing a room to save energy counter-productive.…

The Copper in Your Heat Pump Condenser: Thieves Consider It a Precious Metal

As the value of copper steadily increases, so does the likelihood of theft. A/C and heat pump condenser theft has recently become a very real and serious problem across the United States. Since outdoor heat pump condensing units contain a good amount of copper that’s typically worth up to $100 when sold, your outside unit is an attractive target to thieves. While some thieves will strip your unit of copper on site, others will pull up a truck, cut the unit’s refrigerant…

Does Your Ductwork Need a Comprehensive Cleaning? The 3 Red Flags

There is conflicting information regarding duct cleaning and whether it’s necessary in the average home. Here is what federal EPA experts know for sure: a clean duct system may increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and improve your home’s indoor air quality, if the ducts are particularly dirty or clogged. Basically, ducts only need to be cleaned on an as-needed basis, so you should be wary of anyone who says ductwork cleaning needs to be done regularly.…