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How to Make a Whole-House Plan for Energy Savings

Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy in your home requires much more than just investing in a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. While that’s important, it must go hand in hand with other steps in pursuit of consistent and significant energy savings. Those steps include proper installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment, weatherization in the form or effective air sealing, insulation and ventilation, and good energy-saving habits. Let’s take apart an effective whole-house energy-saving strategy: High-efficiency…

Common A/C Condensate Drain Problems

During the normal cooling process, your A/C extracts water from the air and sends it outdoors through the built-in drainage system. Problems with the drain system can result in unpleasant odors, mold growth that degrades your indoor air quality, or even HVAC equipment and property damage. Here’s how to deal with three of the most common drainage system issues that develop, so you can avoid messy cleanups, prevent costly repairs, and maintain a healthier air supply. Dry Drain Trap Your…

Here’s What the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Tells You

It can be quite a lengthy process to research the features and energy efficiency stats of different HVAC systems and appliances. If you want the best deal and system for your home, vigilant homework is required. Fortunately, there’s a bright yellow tag attached to most energy-using HVAC systems and appliances that make the job easier for you. Read on to learn how the EnergyGuide label can help! EnergyGuide Information The EnergyGuide label is part of a federally-mandated program designed to…

A Timeline of HVAC Replacement and Maintenance

When you buy a new HVAC system, you want it to run as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. But the only way to do that is to keep it properly maintained throughout its lifetime. If you don’t take care of it, it will run down and begin using more energy. To prevent that and keep your system in top shape, here’s a basic HVAC maintenance timeline to follow over the system’s lifetime. Every month                            Check your air…

How to Take Care of Your Windows

When you think about your windows, you probably appreciate the light they bring in and the glimpses of the outdoors they give you. Most likely, you don’t picture them with energy dollars flying out. However, if your windows aren’t properly maintained, that’s exactly what could be happening. If you think about it, a window is basically a hole in the wall with glass in it. Holes let air in and out, and glass does nothing to stop heat from moving…

Here’s How to Troubleshoot Your A/C

Your air conditioner is a complex system of motorized parts, electrical components, refrigerant, fans, and more. If one part is too dirty, out of whack, or has simply gone kaput, your A/C won’t operate efficiently or, perhaps, it won’t work at all. Try these troubleshooting tips before you call your HVAC contractor. Unit Doesn’t Run The first component to check if your A/C isn’t running at all is the thermostat. Make sure it hasn’t been turned to HEAT accidentally. Adjust…

Here’s How to Decode HVAC Air Filter Ratings

How do you know how effectively an HVAC air filter will safeguard your indoor air quality? The MERV rating was designed to provide a quick basis of comparison between different filter types. Expressed as a number between 1 and 16, MERV actually stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The higher the MERV rating for a filter, the more efficiently the filter performs. As long as your air conditioner or furnace is running, it’s pushing air through the HVAC air filter.…

Improve Your Attic or Basement with These Tips

For maximizing home energy savings and comfort in summer, turn your attention to the basement and attic. These areas are common sources of energy loss and any improvements made will help you save money. Here are some tips. Moisture Control Basements and attics often suffer from high humidity. Any area of the home that remains damp will increase humidity throughout the rest of the home. This decreases comfort and makes your home feel warmer, which means your air conditioning costs…

You’ll Want Clean A/C Coils this Summer

In the summer, few things are more infuriating than an air conditioning system that’s cooling your home inadequately or not working at all. You can avoid such inconveniences by performing some maintenance tasks, such as cleaning your air conditioning coils. Clean A/C coils can make a significant difference in your system’s performance. Why are Clean A/C Coils Important? Your air conditioner has evaporator and condenser coils that absorb indoor heat and release it outdoors. Dirt buildup on the coils prevents…

Learn Important Terms for HVAC Cooling Season

If you experience cooling system troubles this season, you’ll have an easier time describing the problem and understanding the diagnosis and remedy your technician recommends if you know some relevant HVAC terminology. We’ve put together a list of frequently-used cooling-specific HVAC terms that can help. SEER — This is an acronym for the efficiency rating given to cooling equipment, and it stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It gives you the ratio of the equipment’s cooling output divided by its…