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Why You Need to Upgrade Your HVAC for Home Additions

When it comes time to build an addition to your home, there are a ton of decisions that must be made. You get to decide the layout for the room, what color you’ll paint the walls, and where everything will be placed. A more practical choice to make, of course, is the addition’s HVAC needs. From whether upgrading your HVAC system is possible to an extension of your current system to installation of an independent setup are all options to…

Preparing Your Home for Winter: HVAC Edition

It’s that time of year again — those long summer days will soon be over, and before you know it you’ll be relying on your heating system to keep you toasty throughout the colder months of the year. Although you may be dreading the increased energy costs, there are ways you can lower your heating expenses. What’s more, by following these simple steps you’ll improve your indoor air quality and extend the life expectancy of your HVAC system. Winter Prep…

When HOA Affects Your HVAC Requirements

For all the good they do, HOA associations can complicate the HVAC requirements for property owners. Homeowner associations exist to protect the property interests of all their owners. Central to their efforts are strict rules and regulations that govern the appearance and upkeep of the public and many of the private areas. Although federal law requires a heating system in every dwelling unit, they don’t stipulate that homes have air conditioning. Cooling Solutions If your community has restrictions covering the…

4 Ways Smart Homes Save You Money

Smart technology seems to be everywhere these days from our cellphones to most of the systems in our homes and cars. Smart technology allows us to streamline procedures and adds to convenience, but it can also boost efficiency and help save energy. Here are four capabilities that lead to smart home savings: Wi-Fi thermostat A Wi-Fi thermostat is a vast improvement over a programmable thermostat. For one thing, it’s a lot easier to operate. You just load an app and…

Your Pets Should Treat HVAC Technicians Well

If you have pets, especially dogs that are easily excitable, aggressive, territorial or protective of you and your home, inviting an HVAC technician or other type of tradesman into your residence can be a special challenge. Not only do you not want a visitor to be attacked or bitten for his or her own sake, you certainly don’t want to face a lawsuit. You, and other pet owners, should follow these tips for times when an HVAC technician or other…

How to Quiet Your Home’s A/C

Noisy air conditioner? The best option, whether yours makes noise from the indoor component or the outdoor compressor, is to upgrade with a modern HVAC system that features noise abatement technology. But if you’re not ready to go that far, there are some other things you can do for quieting A/C noises. The first step is to pinpoint the cause of the noise, which can derive from a whole range of issues. Why Is My A/C So Loud? Among the…

Water Pressure Problems and How to Solve Them

Low water pressure problems are an ongoing annoyance. Showerheads and faucets don’t perform properly when pressure is below specifications. Toilet tanks take forever to refill; washing machine fill cycles are very slow. Because pressure through the water heater tank is reduced, the waiting time for hot water to reach a faucet or other fixture is also extended. “Normal” water pressure in a residence varies according to the municipal water supply and the size of the house. However, it’s generally agreed…

A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

You may not realize it, but at any given time, there are tons of techniques that you can utilize to help you conserve water, and save money in the process. We’d love to help you out, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips that you can begin to implement right now. Just take a look: Check for Leaks A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but even a very slow drip will quickly add up…

The Most Important Areas of Your Home to Ventilate

Lingering odors, stuffy rooms, germs and moisture problems — a lack of daily air exchange has very unpleasant side effects for your comfort and health. In fact, most homes harbor at least one serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, according to the EPA. With a little effort and the right ventilation strategy, you can bring a breath of fresh air to your home in the rooms that need it most. Breath of Fresh Air You may fiddle with the thermostat…

Find Out Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

If your central HVAC system quits working, it’s most likely due to a failure of either the outdoor compressor or indoor evaporator, but not both. Before you decide to save money by replacing the failed component instead of buying a whole system, it’s important to consider the following factors. Energy Efficiency The efficiency ratings for new central HVAC systems are based on two matched components that work in tandem. Your HVAC system might function if you replace only one component,…