What Does the Smell Coming From the Furnace Mean?

YWhat Does the Smell Coming From the Furnace Mean?our furnace may produce a variety of odors as it runs through its first few cycles of the season, and other scents may become noticeable at any time during operation. What are these smells? It’s critical that you understand what each particular furnace smell says about your HVAC system. Immediate attention to issues may help prevent problems with furnace efficiency, mechanical breakdown and certain hazardous conditions that might crop up throughout the life of your system.

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HVAC Heating Season Lingo Defined

HVAC Heating Season Lingo DefinedWith heating season in full swing here in the Hudson Valley, the more knowledge you have about the equipment and systems that keep your home warm, the better you’ll be equipped to handle troubleshooting and maintenance, and the better prepared you’ll be to adopt energy-saving practices. Following are a few basic HVAC terms that should be helpful during our long heating season:

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Want Better Energy Savings in Your Home? Weatherize Your Windows

Want Better Energy Savings in Your Home? Weatherize Your WindowsThe Middletown region gets mighty cold in the winter. If your energy bill goes through the roof during the frigid months, it may be time to take some action to lower your heating costs.

Air leaks in your home allow conditioned air to escape and outdoor air to infiltrate, reducing your comfort level and increasing energy costs. Sealing air leaks is an easy and inexpensive way to stay cozy while reducing your energy bill, and the best place to start is with the windows.

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Learn the Parts of Your Furnace

Learn the Parts of Your FurnaceBeing familiar with the parts of your furnace gives you a basic understanding of how combustion furnaces work. Knowing the basic operation will help you communicate with an HVAC pro and lay the groundwork for basic maintenance and troubleshooting.

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How to Save Money and Get Better Sleep By Turning Down the Temperature In Your Home

How to Save Money and Get Better Sleep By Turning Down the Temperature In Your HomeWith winter in full swing here in the Hudson Valley, anything you can do to save money on heating costs is well worth the effort. One of the most effective ways to conserve energy during the winter is learning how to program your programmable thermostat for energy savings during weekdays (or whenever) when the house is empty and during the night when most people prefer cooler temperatures for sleeping.

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Here’s How to Check Insulation Levels in Your House

Here's How to Check Insulation Levels in Your HouseAn important factor in keeping your home comfortable during the winter is your insulation level. If you don’t have enough insulation in your attic or walls, you end up heating the outdoors as well as the indoors.

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Buying a Furnace Filter

Buying a Furnace FilterIt may not seem like it makes that much difference, but the type and quality of the furnace filter you use has a big impact on your heating costs and indoor air quality (IAQ) during the heating season.

All forced-air heating equipment uses an air filter to keep the components inside the blower compartment clean, essential for best performance and energy efficiency.

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Winter Safety Precautions for Your Middletown Home

Winter Safety Precautions for Your Middletown HomeHome safety should be a concern when outdoor temperatures turn cold and you’re using the heating system. You can help prevent potential damage and reduce the risk of fire or exposure to deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas by taking the following precautions to boost winter home safety.

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Signs Your Ductwork is Getting Old

Signs Your Ductwork is Getting OldYour ductwork takes a beating through the years. The metal expands and contracts as air flows through the ducts to condition your home. Likely your ducts are located in an unconditioned space such as the attic or basement, so may be subject to temperature extremes, high humidity and perhaps damage from repair persons. The point is that old ductwork doesn’t last forever, and sooner or later, it will be time to replace it.

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How Can a Humidifier Help During Wintertime?

How Can a Humidifier Help During Wintertime?Winter brings more than bitter, freezing winds and icy roads. The cold weather, along with your home’s heating system, reduces indoor humidity levels and leaves air uncomfortably dry. Adding humidifiers to your home can alleviate many problems associated with winter dryness. Here is more about the benefits of adding humidity.

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