Staying Safe While Working in Your Attic

Staying Safe While Working in Your AtticAn unconditioned attic is a dangerous place to work this time of year when temperatures can reach unsafe levels during the daytime. Besides the danger of overheating, this unfinished space poses other hazards as well, such as trip and fall accidents, electrical shocks, inhalation of insulation fibers and head impact injuries.

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The Importance of Bathroom Fans

The Importance of Bathroom FansYou may not realize it, but your bathroom exhaust fans play an important role in maintaining good air quality in your home. If they don’t work properly, are undersized or installed incorrectly, your exhaust fans won’t be effective at removing bathroom odors or:

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What You Should Know About Washable Air Filters

What You Should Know About Washable Air FiltersTempting as it is to use washable air filters for your HVAC system, doing so may backfire if you’re goal is to save money. These filters may cost you more in lost efficiency and parts replacement than disposable filters could ever add up to.

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4 Tips for Quieting Your Air Conditioning Unit

4 Tips for Quieting Your Air Conditioning UnitWhat’s that racket? Chances are it could be your air conditioning unit. It’s not out of the ordinary for A/C systems to make noise during startup or operation. Eventually, those noises may get loud enough to become a nuisance to occupants in your home and even your next door neighbors.

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What Are the Difference Between Single and Two-Stage Furnaces?

What Are the Difference Between Single and Two-Stage Furnaces?If you’re planning to replace your aging furnace, it’s good to learn more about technological advancements like two-stage furnaces that can improve your comfort and lower your energy bills. If you have a single-stage furnace now, here’s a helpful overview of how it differs from a two-stage model.

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Why You Shouldn’t Block Cold Air Returns

Why You Shouldn’t Block Cold Air ReturnsWhen you think of HVAC air distribution in your home, you probably picture the registers where conditioned air comes out and you may not even think of the return portion. Your cold air returns are the visible part of this portion, and it’s essential to keep them unblocked by any obstructions so your HVAC system can operate efficiently and reliably.

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The Best Time to Replace Your Furnace

The Best Time to Replace Your FurnaceIf your older furnace barely made it through the winter, don’t wait until another heating season is looming before you decide to replace it — do it now. Why should you replace a furnace now? So you can spend a relaxing summer without any worries about having reliable home heating next winter, and because it offers other big benefits like:

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These HVAC Components Work Together

These HVAC Components Work TogetherYour HVAC system utilizes many parts to heat, ventilate and cool your home. When one part is out of sync, it negatively affects the other parts, your energy bills and your comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY homeowner or not sure where to find the air filter slot, this basic guide to HVAC components could come in handy when you’re trying to troubleshoot problems or save energy.

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Why Tight Ductwork Is Important For Your Home

Why Tight Ductwork Is Important For Your HomeMost homeowners take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach with their ductwork systems. The problem with this approach is that it can result in problems that can cost you dearly. Here’s why tight ducts are essential for effective heating.

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Ways it Pays to Invest in Preventive Maintenance

Ways it Pays to Invest in Preventive MaintenanceWe’re always tempted to cut corners financially wherever we can. And when it comes to the HVAC system, you may be inclined to put off annual maintenance and just wait till something breaks down before you spend money on it, right? But that just isn’t a good idea.

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