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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Find a Reputable HVAC Contractor With These Tips

Find a Reputable HVAC Contractor With These TipsWhen you hire an HVAC contractor, you’re essentially putting your family’s safety and comfort in their hands. This makes it vital to vet HVAC contractors before you make a choice. Here are some helpful tips on how to find a contractor you can rely on:

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Good Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Good Ways to Detect Air LeaksIf you live in an older home, you likely know how air leaks play havoc with your air conditioning and heating efforts. Walking around your home, you may feel cold drafts in the winter, while in the summer, humidity intrudes from the outdoors, necessitating running the air conditioner at a lower temperature than might otherwise be necessary.

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Air Balancing: What You Should Know

Air Balancing: What You Should KnowAir balancing restores the equilibrium of comfort and efficiency throughout your home. When your central HVAC system was installed, the volume and velocity of air circulating throughout the system was carefully calculated to ensure that each room maintained a consistent temperature.

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Attic Insulation: Everything You Need to Know

Attic Insulation: Everything You Need to KnowWhen your attic lacks sufficient insulation, you’ll find it difficult to stay comfortable and you’ll pay higher-than-necessary heating and cooling bills. For maximum energy efficiency in this climate zone, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends insulating your attic floor to R-60.

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Tankless Water Heaters Pros and Cons

Tankless Water Heaters Pros and ConsIf you have a storage tank water heater that’s due for replacement and you’re thinking about switching to a tankless water heater, it’s a good time to learn more about the pros and cons. The first advantage of going tankless is the flexibility it gives you, which includes a choice of electric and gas-fired models, and a range of sizes from smaller units that can serve a single bathroom, to higher-capacity whole-house units that can supply enough hot water for three simultaneous showers.

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Lower the Heating Load in Your Home

Lower the Heating Load in Your HomeYour home’s heating system works hard during the winter months, so it endures a lot of strain and wear. You can help extend the equipment’s lifespan and reduce the likelihood of mid-season breakdowns and costly repairs by lowering your heating load.

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Zoning Systems: Comfort Control in All the Rooms of Your Home

Zoning Systems: Comfort Control in All the Rooms of Your HomeNot many homes rely on one thermostat to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the house. If you live in a one-room log cabin, maybe, but otherwise, probably not. But don’t despair – you can install a zoning system in your home and achieve perfect comfort control in every room in the house.

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