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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Troubleshooting for the Most Common Furnace Situations

Troubleshooting for the Most Common Furnace SituationsA problematic furnace can leave you dealing with hot and cold spots in different areas of your home, insufficient warm air output, or even a complete lack of heat. Before you call an experienced HVAC professional for help, try these furnace troubleshooting tips for common situations.

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Is Your Home Ready for a Heating System Upgrade?

Is Your Home Ready for a Heating System Upgrade?One of the hardest things to figure out in managing a home is when to replace essential systems. This is especially challenging with a home heating system, since it plays such an essential role in home comfort and safety, not to mention budgeting. So how can you tell when it’s time to retire your home heating system? Following are a few tips for determining whether to continue maintaining and repairing an older system or to replace it with new equipment.

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Finding the Right Balance Between Heating and Humidity

Finding the Right Balance Between Heating and HumidityThe amount of humidity in the air fluctuates with the seasons. Winter air is always drier because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, and running your heating system dries out your indoor air even further. When the moisture level falls too low, it can start to negatively impact your household and your family’s comfort and health. To strike a balance during heating season, humidity should be kept in the 30–50 percent range.

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