Go Green and Keep Your Green Where It Belongs… Your Wallet!

April 24, 2015

Reducing The Energy Consumption Of Your HVAC System Rising energy costs are almost as predictable as the fact that the seasons will change. Throughout the hot summer months and the cold winter months, your home’s HVAC unit must work a bit extra to keep you comfortable inside your home. Listed below are a couple different tips and tricks to lowering your home’s energy consumption. Keep Your System Maintained And Your Home Properly Sealed Routine maintenance of your home’s HVAC unit helps ensure that it is always running at peak performance. When filters get clogged or the system is not maintained in general, it must work much harder to keep you comfortable. A well maintained HVAC unit will run at peak performance and help ensure that it is not using more energy than necessary to keep your home cool or warm. Drafts that happen within your home from windows or doors that are not properly sealed work against the HVAC unit in your home. Drafts allow outside air into the home, whether it is cool air in the winter, or warm air during the summer. Keeping your home properly sealed is just as important during the summer months as it is...

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Allergens are Everywhere this Season…

April 17, 2015

Make Your Home Allergen Free   If you suffer from allergic asthma or hay fever, then it is important to take precautionary measures to avoid health complications this spring. Reducing indoor allergens is the best way, but outdoor setup influences the intensity of these allergens too and should not be set aside when preparing for spring. Allergy attacks occur when delicate membranes such as those found in the throat, nose and eyes get exposed to substances perceived by your immune system as a threat. Following these three steps will go a long way in ensuring your home is allergy-proof. 1. Regular cleaning While you might need to enjoy the weather when spring sets in, limiting the amount of pollen that gets blown inside the house will partly solve this menace. Regular cleaning removes pollen and other allergens that get stuck in your house. Materials that generate dust such as carpets should regularly be cleaned to help keep the house dust free. Acquiring a vacuum cleaner that has high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help when you have to clean your carpets. Still, it can be done by seeking the services of a professional company to do periodic cleaning. 2. Choose...

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Understanding Your A/C Unit Starts Here

April 10, 2015

Evaporator Coils  Evaporator coils are the lifeblood of your air conditioning. The coils help create the cool air that circulates through your system with the assistance of coolant. You must learn how the coils operate, and you can check them for damage. The steps listed in this article allow you to maintain your HVAC unit properly. What Do Evaporator Coils Do? Evaporator coils hold the coolant that changes the temperature in the house. Your coils use a steady flow of coolant that will leak when the coils are damaged. You can easily inspect these coils by removing the casing on your air conditioner, or you can ask your HVAC technician to handle this part of the job for you. Common Issues With Evaporator Coils Evaporator coils experience cracking after repeated use. The tight bends in the coils will break after the metal in the tubes wears down. You may observe leaking fluid in the bottom of the air conditioner, and you may notice the coils leaning out of their brackets. These problems are common because the coolant is so heavy. Your HVAC technician can replace the brackets, replace the coils or patch small holes in the coils. How Do You...

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Understanding SEER Ratings

April 3, 2015

SEER Rating   When buying a new HVAC unit, it is important for customers to fully understand what the SEER rating on the unit means. The SEER rating has a lot to do with how much energy is used in a home and that is a very important aspect of buying an HVAC unit. What Does The SEER Rating On Your AC Unit Mean? The SEER rating on an HVAC unit can be interpreted as the ratio between cold air output during the warm months of the year and the amount of electricity used to produce the cold air. When looking for a new HVAC unit, homeowners want to look for the highest SEER rating possible because this represents the most energy efficient unit. How Does This Rating Effect Your Energy Consumption? The SEER rating on an HVAC unit directly effects energy consumption within the home. The higher the SEER rating on an HVAC unit, the less energy that is used. In air conditioning terms, it is how many BTU’s are used per hour or per watt. A law passed in the year 2006 required all HVAC units for residential properties to have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Older...

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Air Quality Control: Take Charge This Spring

March 27, 2015

Tips To Keep The Air in Your Home Free of Dust and Pollen   Springtime brings pollen and dust into your home. You cannot anticipate how much dust and dirt will make it into your house, but you can take steps to stop it. The suggestions in this article are intended to change the way you prepare for the warm season ahead. The HVAC System Your air conditioning system must be serviced before the spring. Your technician will handle repairs, replace your air filters and check your ducts. You can call a duct cleaning service to ensure the cleanliness of the system, and you can clean your own vents to keep the dust out of the house. Caring for the HVAC system with these four steps alone makes quite a difference. Your Attic And Crawl Space You may not go into your attic or crawl space very much, but you must check these spaces before the spring. The attic can harbor dust and pollen that leaks in through the roof. You can clean this pollen on your own, but you need to ask a roofer to check the roof for problems. A roofer that inspects your roof can do small...

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We Think It’s Time to Upgrade Your Thermostat

March 20, 2015

Advantages Of Digital Setback Thermostats   Digital setback thermostats enable you to program your home to change heating and cooling patterns throughout the day. While this sounds like a high-tech and complicated device, a digital setback thermostat is actually very easy to install, program and manage. There are also several great benefits associated with the use of these new digital devices. Easy to Install and Use What is better than finding out your new gadget is super simple to install? When you purchase a new digital setback thermostat, you can easily self-install it by reading the manual. If you are still unsure about the ease of installation, it is always possible to find a professional installer to handle it for you. These digital thermostats are also very easy to program and use. The manual can easily walk you through everything you need to know, or your hired professional can walk you through it. Being digital, you will simply need to push a few buttons and then sit back and enjoy your new control. Save Energy and Money By using a digital setback thermostat, you will be choosing exactly when your heating and cooling changes occur. This precise control allows you...

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Keep Track of Your Gas Pressure

March 13, 2015

3 Reasons a Homeowner Should Check the Gas Pressure in His or Her Heating Unit   Often times a lot of things go unnoticed when we don’t really check on things as we should do to neglect. Your heating system is extremely important in giving your home a certain temperature that’s comfortable. It’s imperative you do regular checks to make sure the gas pressure is just right for your heating system. Not sure why you should take this extra step? Here are some reasons below: Check your water levels Before even checking the gas pressure itself. You should see the water levels in the feed tank. Learn how to adjust the levels and see the accuracy of the reading. Add more water as needed to get it to the right marking. This is a preliminary maintenance task you should become familiar with as you begin to test your unit for proper functionality. Most water pressure units are in the basement. Find out from your water provider where to look to do your own self-check. Raise the Temperatures This is another good way of checking the gas pressures because you can hear the sounds of the pipes as it responds to...

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Does Your Heater Need a Tune-Up?

March 6, 2015

Heating System Tune-Up     Signs Your Heating Unit Needs A Tune-Up A heating system is crucial for anyone that lives in a region, where the weather can get extremely cold. During the winter months, it’s not unusual for the weather to get below zero in certain areas, causing the need for a heating unit. Even in areas where it’s sunny most of the year, you may still need a heating unit, for the cold weather. A heating unit needs to be tuned up, in order to maintain it throughout the years. If you have a heating unit that you use all the time, then it will need a tune-up, more than heating units that are used rarely. Look for signs that your system needs a tune-up, such as pungent smells. If you’re getting a smell from the unit, then a professional needs to take a look at it. Loud noises are also something you may hear in the unit, but it’s not normal. If you hear loud noises coming from your unit, then something is wrong with it, and it needs some maintenance. Although dust may normally be in a home, a lot of dust can mean that there...

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Feel the Heat This Winter with a New Radiant System

February 27, 2015

Radiant Heating FAQ’s   Why Upgrade to a Radiant Heating System? Welcome to the technology of radiant home heating systems. The system is the most efficient way to heat your home and reducing energy bills. Radiant home heating systems operate quietly under the floors, in the ceilings and the walls. The thermal radiation distributes heat evenly throughout the house. Your feet will be delighted to walk on hardwood, stone, concrete and tile floors every day. The noise from the vents and fans blow hot air loaded with dust, pet dander and allergens throughout the home. The heat from the radiators, will rise to the ceiling, and your feet and the floors are still cold. How does a Radiant Heating System work? The house has direct heat flowing through the ceiling, the floors and the walls, utilizing water and electricity. The hot water method involves the installation of the piping with snap-in grids, or using panels with grooves, under the sub floor in the rooms of the house. The flexible piping can be anchored to aluminum strips and laid under the floors. The hot water heater or boiler circulates the water through the tubes. The electrical method is often used for...

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Is Your Heater Working Overtime?

February 20, 2015

Warm is Where the Heart Is: Heater Maintenance 101 Heaters have become a probably the most important appliance in a house. It supplies the house with all of the heat that is needed for comfortable living. This appliance, when working properly, can allow all of the residents of a house a sense of comfort and security from the harsh cold of winter nights. When a heater is malfunctioning it can test the patience of a homeowner and can affect the whole family. It is important for a heating unit to be working properly in order for it to operate as efficiently as possible. An inefficient heater can not only cost the homeowner hundreds of dollars extra a year in heating bills, but it can also be dangerous. How Do Determine Whether I Need Heater Maintenance? Many homeowners wonder if they need a new heater or not in their homes. They may have not paid much attention to the heater, and they seem to think that as long as it is producing heat then everything is fine. This is simply not the case. In fact, there are many heating units that are in operation today that are not only inefficient but also...

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