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Welcome to the One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Tips & Tricks Blog! Read the latest posts or explore our archives for ideas about how you can maximize your energy efficiency, extend the life of your HVAC system and make your home as comfortable as possible. You can also learn about current trends in climate control and emerging technologies in the heating and air conditioning industry.

In the average household, heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of all energy expenses. But with the right know-how, you can stretch your climate control dollar and even take care of some of your own routine maintenance. And since new HVAC systems and efficiency standards are emerging at an ever-increasing pace, it’s more important than ever before to stay on top of the latest opportunities to make cost-effective upgrades.

On the Tips & Tricks Blog, you’ll even find solutions for problems like reducing indoor allergens and cleaning up pet hair and dust – everyday annoyances that can be resolved with quick fixes related to your home HVAC system.

Bookmark our blog and check back regularly so that you know how to save energy, save money and get the most out of your HVAC equipment.



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How to Build the Perfect Fireplace Fire

  • 10/11/17

The leaves are beginning to turn and the days are getting shorter -- before you know it, it’ll be time to build that first fire of the season. If you’re a homeowner with a fireplace in your home, this may be one of the autumn rituals you look forward to
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Fire Up the Furnace and Winterize Your Home

  • 10/04/17

It’s officially autumn and temperatures are starting to drop. This mild-weather changeover is often one of the best opportunities of the year to save on utility costs. Throw on a sweater if you have to, but if you make the most of these weeks when you can go without either
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Is Your Furnace Short-Cycling?

  • 09/27/17

Fall is finally here, and for many homeowners throughout North America, the furnaces are already switching on. We hope your furnace fired up without a hitch this year, because early fall is one of the busiest times of year for furnace service. After laying dormant during cooling season, some furnaces
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Tweak Your HVAC for the Best Night’s Sleep

  • 09/20/17

One of the most important things you can do for your health and happiness is get a good night’s sleep. But if you’re having trouble with that, or would just like to make your sleeping experience a little bit better, there may be some HVAC solutions that can get you
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Does Your AC Have a Refrigerant Leak?

  • 09/13/17

As we head toward the end of cooling season, it’s a good time to assess the performance of your air conditioner. It’s not necessarily something we think about every day of summer, but occasionally paying close attention to your system’s performance is key to the early detection of common problems
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Does Your AC Have a Refrigerant Leak?

  • 09/13/17

As we head toward the end of cooling season, it’s a good time to assess the performance of your air conditioner. It’s not necessarily something we think about every day of summer, but occasionally paying close attention to your system’s performance is key to the early detection of common problems
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Repairing Your HVAC System After a Flood

  • 09/06/17

Floodwaters have receded in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Harvey, but hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings are left with extensive damage. However, hurricane season isn't over. Coastal areas are likely to suffer the impact of additional storms, as Florida braces for Hurricane Irma. 

After a flood, homeowners and workers
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Is a Swamp Cooler Right for You?

  • 08/30/17

For most North American households, air conditioning is the go-to means of keeping cool indoors. But in some regions -- mostly in the driest deserts and mountainside communities -- you might find households using swamp coolers to stay comfortable throughout the summer.

Swamp coolers are relatively rare because they only work
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Don’t Forget to Tune Up Your Furnace for Winter

  • 08/23/17

The sizzling summer drags on, and your furnace is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But this is actually the perfect time to schedule your annual furnace tune-up. There are procrastinators every year, and if you’re among them, you might find yourself having to fire up the furnace before
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It’s Not Too Early to Get Your Windows Ready for Winter

  • 08/16/17

We’re still in the dog days of summer, but the leaves will soon be turning, followed by chilly winter winds trying to infiltrate your home. As you plan ahead for winter, be sure to give some thought to the energy efficiency of your windows. 

Windows can be weak spots in the
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Show Your AC Some Love During AC Appreciation Week

  • 08/13/17

Few people need to be reminded to appreciate the miracle of air conditioning during the most sweltering time of the year, but we’re doing it anyway. It’s AC Appreciation Week -- the perfect time to reflect on how this technology has improved our lives and continues to bring innovation to
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Repainting Your Home? Color Choice Affects Energy Efficiency

  • 08/09/17

One of the great things about being a homeowner is that you get to do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to home design and decor. And if your mom wouldn’t let you paint your bedroom pitch black when you were a teenager, there’s nothing stopping you now
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HVAC Care for the Pet Owner

  • 08/02/17

Proud pet owners have to put up with a lot in order to keep their furry friends around. Pet hair on furniture and dander floating in the air are among the most irritating downsides of sharing your home with a dog or cat. But if those hairs and particles are
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A Vacation for You and Your Air Conditioner

  • 07/26/17

If you have a summer vacation coming up, you’ve probably been daydreaming about travel and relaxation, not lower utility bills. But you don’t have to choose -- by adjusting your thermostat before you leave, you can take a big bite out of your bill while taking some well-deserved time off.

How
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Why Does Your HVAC Filter Get Dirty So Quickly?

  • 07/19/17

Responsible homeowners know to replace their HVAC system filters on schedule. But sometimes, “on schedule” just isn’t good enough. If you check your filter at replacement time and find that it’s completely covered in dust, hair and other particles, you might start wondering what causes it to clog up prematurely.

There
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Stay Safe During Summer Heat Waves

  • 07/12/17

Summer is in full swing, and it brought the usual sweltering temperatures along with it. If you’re in the Western United States or in the Southeast, you’ve probably already noticed that temperatures are on the warm side of average this year.

It’s fine to get out there and enjoy
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What to Do When a Rodent Dies in Your Ductwork

  • 07/05/17

It’s a horrifying thought, but it’s nevertheless a situation many homeowners face: a mouse, rat or other small animal has died in an air duct and is spreading foul air all over the home. While the process is unpleasant, the good news is that the area can be completely cleaned
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Make Things Fresh With Air Duct Cleaning

When you do your routine daily or weekly house cleaning, you probably don’t clean every little thing in your home. Some areas may remain untouched until it’s time for spring cleaning – and the more hidden away the mess is, the more likely it is to be overlooked.

The insides of
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When It Comes to Weather, AC Units are Built Tough

  • 06/21/17

Your air conditioner is such a valuable part of your home, it seems a shame to leave it out in the rain. But it doesn’t mind -- it’s built to stand up to the elements, be it sun, rain, wind or even hail.

You might be tempted to give your HVAC
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Benefits of Replacing Furnace and AC Together

  • 06/14/17

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s good advice when you should let something be, but it doesn’t always apply to HVAC systems. When your furnace or air conditioner breaks down, it may seem like the appropriate course is to replace the system that’s broken and keep the one
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Proper Installation Key to Maximizing HVAC Efficiency

  • 06/07/17

Most homeowners don’t relish the thought of replacing their HVAC systems, but there’s a bright side when the time finally arrives. By the time an HVAC system has lived a full life, there are even more energy efficient models on the market, making it possible to achieve huge efficiency gains
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Dirty Filter? Trouble Lies Ahead

  • 05/31/17

Your HVAC system is like a respiratory system for your home. It breathes in and breathes out. And just like your own respiratory system, if it can’t breathe in sufficiently, it suffers and eventually suffocates.

The key to keeping this airflow moving is a clean filter. Unfortunately, HVAC filters are usually
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Upgrading to Double-Pane Windows is a Big Decision

  • 05/24/17

From 2012 to 2016, the IRS offered a tax credit to homeowners who upgraded their residential windows to energy efficient multi-pane models. Now that this opportunity has expired, the upfront cost of new windows is back up to the regular price, which can extend into five figures for
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Check Your Home for Damage After a Storm

  • 05/17/17

2017 is bringing its fair share of stormy weather, from hurricanes battering coastlines to tornadoes carving up the Midwest. Driving rain, high winds and occasional hail have pounded homes across North America and promise to keep up the trend until winter weather arrives.

Modern home construction is designed to stand up
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Clean Your Windows and Screens Before the First Heat Wave

  • 05/10/17

It never seems to last long enough, but open-window weather is in full effect across much of North America. It’s the perfect time of year to give your HVAC system a break and let the natural breeze send fresh air coursing through your home.

Why not make the most of this
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Is Your Air Conditioner Tuned Up for Summer?

  • 05/03/17

It can be tough to commit to spending money on a piece of equipment that is working just fine. But when it comes to something as important as your air conditioner, a little annual TLC is the best way to keep the cool air flowing -- and it's a great
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What Do MERV Ratings Mean?

  • 04/26/17

Have you ever taken a close look at your HVAC filters when replacing them? If so, you may have noticed that each filter has a MERV rating -- and this number has important implications.

MERV stands for “minimum efficiency reporting value” and the MERV rating is a measure of how effectively
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Earth Day

Adopt an Eco-Friendly Habit for Earth Day

  • 04/19/17

Earth Day is nearly here! Have you been thinking about what you might do to recognize the event? If not, it’s not too late -- One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating has some ideas you can use to make a difference, whether you want to go big or keep it
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Mold and Mildew Can Pose Health Risks

  • 04/12/17

Mold is everywhere. In the outdoors, mold serves an important role in breaking down decaying matter. And because it’s everywhere, it’s even in our homes -- at least in trace amounts.

Tiny amounts of mold pose no serious risk to most of us, but if more substantial mold growth occurs in
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Air pollutants and allergens

Monitoring Indoor Air Quality the DIY Way

  • 04/05/17

You’re probably aware that professional HVAC technicians can install special filtration and UV light systems designed to purify indoor air. And while most indoor air can be noticeably freshened with this technology, it’s not always obvious which homes need it the most.

HVAC professionals can also conduct inspections and tests to
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Attic Ventilation Has a Role in Air Conditioner Efficiency

  • 03/29/17

Unless you have a finished attic, you probably aren’t fond of spending time up there during a hot summer day. With no air conditioning vents pumping in cool air and the hot sun beating down on the roof right over your head, attic temperatures can soar. But with proper ventilation,
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When Spring Cleaning, Don’t Forget the Fans

  • 03/22/17

Spring is here! Have you started cleaning yet?

With the frigid weather behind us, many homeowners are opening up the windows and getting into every dusty little corner of their homes, pursuing a fresh feeling for a fresh season. If you’re joining them, don’t forget to look up -- those
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Shrubbery Can Be Green In More Ways Than One

  • 03/15/17

Dressing in green from head-to-toe is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition, and it couldn’t come along at a more appropriate time. With the official start of spring just a few days later, our lawns and landscapes are ready to get in the spirit, too.

If you’re looking for a way
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Plant Shade Trees and Grow Some HVAC Savings

  • 03/08/17

There are all sorts of upgrades you can make to your home and HVAC system to make summertime cooling more efficient. But one of the most cost-effective changes takes place outside the home, and now is the perfect time to start planning for it. By planting a few trees this
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Bathroom Exhaust Fans Are Kind of a Big Deal

  • 03/01/17

They’re out of sight, but bathroom exhaust fans should never be out of mind. It’s important to have them, it’s important to use them, and it’s important for them to be installed properly.

Building code mandates ventilation for bathrooms, but it doesn’t specifically require exhaust fans. Small windows also qualify, even
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Basement Air Leaks Will Hurt You Come Summer

  • 02/22/17

Last week, we examined how “stack effect” robs homes of their HVAC efficiency by funneling warm, treated air upward through multi-level homes and allowing it to escape through the attic. This week, we’ll take a look at “reverse stack effect”, which pushes cooled air out of a home through basement
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Don’t Let Stack Effect Send Your Warm Air Through the Roof

  • 02/15/17

It’s your furnace’s job to fill your home with warm air, but the rest of your home must do its part to keep that air inside -- otherwise you’re just paying to heat the great outdoors. And when it comes to meeting this challenge, multi-story homes may get a little
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Recessed Lights May Be Robbing You of HVAC Efficiency

  • 02/08/17

Lighting design is one of the most effective ways to add drama and aesthetic appeal to a home. And when designers need light in a place where they don’t want an obtrusive lighting fixture, they may reach for recessed lighting -- to the dismay of energy efficiency experts.

Sometimes called “pot
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Don’t Let Your HVAC System Open the Door for Pests

  • 02/01/17

For an HVAC system to work well, there must be some exchange of indoor and outdoor air, which can provide an opening for the creepy-crawly critters of the great outdoors. While a well-maintained system has numerous safeguards to prevent them from getting inside, many unwanted house guests only need a
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Key Factors in Furnace Replacement Price

  • 01/25/17

If your furnace seems to be struggling this winter, you might be considering replacement before cold weather returns at the end of 2017. With nearly a year to plan, you can compare models, make informed purchase decisions and get your furnace installed well in advance of those first chilly winds.

Before
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Six Superb Safety Suggestions for Working in the Attic

  • 01/18/17

Let's face it - no one really likes working in the attic. It always seems hot up there, the space is always cramped, and you're always nervous about falling through the ceiling.

But sometimes you need to get up there for a home improvement project, especially checking on your insulation. Because
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Is This the Last Winter for Your Furnace?

  • 01/04/17

No matter how well you care for your furnace, it's not going to last forever. Components inevitably break down and all furnaces gradually lose their efficiency over time. If you wait too long, you'll find yourself spending more money on repairs and high heating bills than you would financing new,
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One Hour Wishes You Happy Holidays!

  • 12/28/16

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Purify Your Indoor Air With Houseplants

  • 12/21/16

Even though you may work hard to keep your home clean and fresh, your indoor air is almost guaranteed to be more polluted than the air outside. That's because even those products that we consider clean and safe can contain volatile organic compounds, and the enclosed spaces in which we
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Depressurize Your Home to Find Air Leaks

  • 12/14/16

Some household air leaks are so small you don't even know they're there, but when you add them all up, they can pose a major threat to energy efficiency. If you're concerned about this energy loss, you may be able to locate and seal the smallest of leaks with a
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Control Your Heating Bill With Changes Large and Small

  • 12/07/16

As we head into the coldest months of the year, you may be among the homeowners thinking about how to save money on heating costs. Fortunately, there are steps most homeowners can take to make their furnaces more efficient, their homes better sealed and their heating bills more controllable.

Whether you're
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Breathe Easy While Staying Warm Indoors

  • 11/30/16

A well-maintained furnace is the key to staying warm and comfortable all winter long. But just because your furnace is working doesn't mean your indoor air is especially clean - and if it's not, you could suffer adverse effects while taking refuge from the cold outdoor air.

Indoor air quality
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 11/23/16

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Get Cozy With Electric Blankets, But Stay Safe

  • 11/16/16

It's hard to fall asleep in an uncomfortably cold bedroom, but it's tempting to turn the thermostat down at night to save on utility bills. Homeowners who seek the best of both worlds can use electric blankets to enjoy a cozy bedtime routine while conserving energy and reducing expenses.

But like
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Finding Drafts Can Be Tricky Business

  • 11/09/16

Colder weather has arrived and furnaces are humming all over North America. If you’re like most homeowners, it’s warm and cozy throughout your home – except for where it isn’t. Drafts, the scourge of wintertime energy efficiency, are creating chilly spots and leaking away the air you paid to treat.

Repairing
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Exhaust Fans May Contribute to Heat Loss

  • 11/02/16

In bathrooms and kitchens, overhead exhaust fans are used to pull unwanted airborne particles out of the room and into the atmosphere. When it's working properly, the exhaust duct is a one-way street to the outdoors. But during the cold weather season, exhaust fans may also making it too easy
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Make Life Easier and Cheaper With a Smart Thermostat

  • 10/26/16

By now, you've probably read countless household energy efficiency tips designed to save you money. And one thing most of them have in common is that they all require at least a little bit of effort.

Even if the effort is as small as remembering to turn off the lights when
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Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • 10/19/16

It’s home heating season, which means homeowners should be on high alert against carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is produced anytime fuel is consumed, and it can be deadly to humans and pets.


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Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Run the Furnace

  • 10/12/16

Many people enjoy the cool, crisp air of fall and relish in pulling all those sweaters and jackets out of storage. But with those warm layers, homeowners are often tempted to maximize their energy savings in early fall when it’s
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There’s Still Time To Winterize Your Home

  • 10/05/16

You can already feel the chill in the air, but there’s plenty of time for some energy-savvy home maintenance before winter does its worst. Taking a weekend to prepare your home inside and out for heating season can make the
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It’s Not Too Late for a Furnace Tune-Up

  • 09/28/16

As the leaves begin to turn colors and the sweaters come out of storage, you may be trying to hold off on firing up the furnace to save money. It’s one of the mildest times of the year throughout much
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Do You Need Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers or Both?

  • 09/21/16

In this age of modern climate control, you should be able to achieve the Goldilocks treatment in your own home and make things "just right". But that means more than not-too-hot and not-too-cold; to control your environment to your liking, you'll also need to control the humidity level.

Air conditioners and
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Foul Smelling HVAC Air Can Have Many Causes

  • 09/14/16

Your HVAC system's primary functions are to control air temperature and airflow -- not air odors. And from time to time, you may notice that the air flowing out of your vents smells a little off.

Certain odors are temporary and harmless, while others can be persistently irritating or may
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A Time Before Air Conditioning

  • 09/07/16

Air conditioning was invented more than a century ago, and there are many in North America who have never lived in a home without it. We are so reliant on AC for comfort that it can be hard to imagine a time before you could control your home temperature with
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HVAC Fan Settings Affect Your Air Quality and Utility Bills

  • 08/31/16

Whenever your air conditioner is running, so is your HVAC fan. But it’s up to you whether the fan should continue to run after your home reaches its target temperature -- and the choice is generally between cost and comfort.

Auto vs. On

Most HVAC systems only have two fan settings: “auto”
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Ductwork Condensation Can Damage Your Home

  • 08/24/16

Well-constructed homes are designed to keep unwanted moisture out -- but what if the source of the moisture is inside the home? Attention to detail in home construction and maintenance makes a big difference in preventing condensation on ducts and vents, which can do as much water damage to a
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Spray Foam Insulation Can Eliminate Air Leaks

  • 08/17/16

You probably already know that your home’s HVAC system accounts for the largest share of your household energy consumption. But you might not know exactly where you can perform the most effective efficiency upgrades to minimize that consumption and reduce
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Think Before Closing Vents in Unused Rooms

  • 08/10/16

In many homes, the HVAC vents have fins that can be adjusted with a sliding switch. These fins can be used to direct airflow at a particular angle, but if you push the switch all the way to the side,
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A Clean Filter Makes a Happy Air Conditioner

  • 08/03/16

Smart homeowners get their home HVAC systems inspected and tuned-up twice per year. That way, the pros can take care of the maintenance and let you know if there’s anything that doesn’t look right. But the HVAC technicians usually don’t
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Short Cycling is a Big Problem

  • 07/27/16

When an air conditioner cycles on and off in rapid succession, it’s a problem called short cycling. And it’s a big deal -- short cycling not only harms the energy efficiency of your home’s largest energy-consuming appliance, it puts excess
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Indoor Air Quality Technology Can Help Pet Allergy Sufferers

  • 07/20/16

It’s hard for most people not to love dogs and cats; they’re adorable, they offer unconditional love and can be all-around great companions. But for people who are allergic to pet dander, this can be a forbidden love.


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When It Comes to A/C, Size Matters

  • 07/13/16

If you’re planning to install or replace an air conditioner, there are lots of variables to consider -- brand, price and energy rating are just a few. But whether you’re talking about a central A/C unit or a window air
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Boost Energy Efficiency With Decorative Window Treatments

  • 07/06/16

Window treatments can transform the feel of a room and be one of the most dramatic ways to beautify your home. But if you design your drapes, blinds and awnings wisely, they can also be a big part of your
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Save on A/C -- Have a Cookout

  • 06/29/16

Everybody loves to gather around the grill for a summertime cookout. But did you realize that cooking outdoors can help you keep your energy bills under control during the hottest months? Your oven and stove produce heat that escapes into your home, forcing your air conditioner to work harder. Cooking
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Consider the SEER Rating When Shopping for Air Conditioners

  • 06/22/16

Every year, homeowners try to get one last summer out of their aging air conditioners before replacing them. Some make it, others don’t. If you’re ever the unlucky one, you’ll need to find a replacement fast -- you can only
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Did You Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner for Summer?

  • 06/15/16

The summer heat has arrived, but the hottest weeks are yet to come. Is your air conditioning system cooling as effectively as it was this time last year? Was your first summertime energy bill comparable to last year’s? If the answer to either is no, the time to schedule an
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Consider Thermostat Settings Carefully for Vacant Homes

  • 06/08/16

You already know you can save a little cash by adjusting your thermostat during short vacations. But what if you’re taking an extended trip or have a vacation property that is vacant most of the time?
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Stretch Your HVAC Dollar With Cool Roofs

  • 06/01/16

There are all kinds of things you can do to boost the energy efficiency of your HVAC system -- get a system tune-up, seal your ducts, replace your insulation -- but not all homeowners know that
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Set Your Thermostat for Savings During Vacation

  • 05/25/16

If you’re getting ready to hit the road for a summer getaway, you have an excellent opportunity to save a little cash by adjusting your thermostat before you leave. Naturally, you’ll save the most money by shutting the A/C off
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Did You Remember to Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction?

  • 05/18/16

Summertime heat is rolling in and air conditioners are firing up from coast to coast. But if you live in a home with ceiling fans, there’s one more thing you need to do when you switch the thermostat from heating
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What Do Those Funny HVAC Noises Mean?

  • 05/11/16

When you turn on your air conditioning system for the first time each summer, you may remember how much you love the sound of that gentle whoosh as it kicks on and cools things down. But from time to time,
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Storm Damage Attracts HVAC Scam Artists

  • 08/29/17

Most homeowners in areas that experience severe weather know they should be on the lookout for fly-by-night roofing repair companies. These often disreputable contractors follow the trail of destruction left by hail and high winds, performing substandard repairs before abruptly
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Attic Insulation Upgrades May Increase Home Resale Value

  • 04/27/16

When you think about remodeling or upgrading your home, you probably think about things like new kitchens or bathrooms, luxurious patios or sleek flooring materials. And while these can greatly improve how much you enjoy your living space, the cost
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Make Your HVAC System More Efficient for Earth Day

  • 04/20/16

It’s almost Earth Day, and homeowners all over the country are thinking about the positive changes they can make this year to improve our ecosystem. If you’re looking for opportunities to shrink your carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse
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Costs of the Most Common HVAC Emergencies

  • 04/13/16

You never know when an emergency will strike. Unfortunately, 25 percent of American households have no savings on hand to help them pay for an emergency HVAC repair, according to a recent report. And of the remaining population that does have cash set aside, half has less than
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What is the Greenest Way to Heat Your Home?

  • 04/06/16

If you want to live in a green home, the efficiency of your heat and air conditioning system is the most important factor. That's because heat and air conditioning accounts for nearly half of the energy consumption of the average American home. Read on to learn how to get the
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How to Keep Your Hardwood Floor Warm

  • 03/30/16

Hardwood flooring is one of the most elegant features a home can have. Unfortunately, the wood can also be unpleasantly cold in the winter, and is prone to warping if you aren't careful about how you heat it. Read on for tips about how to get the most out of
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Learn About the Next Big Breakthroughs in HVAC Efficiency

  • 03/23/16

Improving our energy efficiency has benefits for residents across the United States. By reducing the amount of energy we use to power the nation's heat and air conditioning, we also reduce our fossil fuel consumption and accompanying contributions to climate change through carbon pollution. What's more, the less electricity and
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Use Heat Mats to Prevent Ice Buildup on Your Roof

  • 03/16/16

Snow and ice on your roof can cause major problems during the winter. Too much snow can actually collapse a flat roof, and ice buildup around the rim of the roof can block gutters and cause water to seep into your home. That's why some owners find it worthwhile to
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Green Building Boom Means Big HVAC Savings

  • 03/09/16

American housing stock is more energy-efficient than ever, and the trend is only poised to accelerate. The green sector of the construction industry is actually growing faster than conventional building, according to the United States Green Building Council. What does that mean for you? Next time you purchase a home,
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Can You Vacuum Seal Your Home for Maximum Insulation?

  • 03/02/16

Nothing beats insulation for conserving your treated indoor air and keeping heat and air conditioning bills to a minimum. Homeowners have a range of options when it comes to insulating their homes, from extensive fiberglass installations to spot-work with spray foam to patch up leaks. But
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Department of Energy Releases Most Far-Reaching HVAC Conservation Rules Yet

  • 02/24/16

The federal government is continuing its push toward greater national energy efficiency. Late last year, the Department of Energy released a new set of rules governing commercial furnaces and air conditioners, which according to the agency is the “largest energy-saving standard in history.” Whether the regulations
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Use Outdoor In-Ground Heating for Convenience and Safety

  • 02/17/16

Have you ever thought about extending your heat and air conditioning system outside your home? Usually, homeowners do everything they can to keep their precious treated air indoors. However, some families are using outdoor electric or hydronic heating to help keep snow and ice from accumulating on their
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Working Smoke Detectors Can Save Your Life

  • 02/10/16

For most residents of the United States, winter heating is essential. Whether you use a furnace, a boiler, a woodstove or a heat pump, families across the country need to create warmth in their homes in order to make it through the winter. Of course, indoor heating can
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Smart Chairs Can Be a Valuable Complement to Your HVAC System

  • 02/02/16

Sometimes it can seem like your furnace has a rather blunt, if effective, approach to heating your home for the winter. You set the thermostat, and the heater works to bring the entire home to the desired temperature. It’s possible to fine-tune the process to some extent with
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Insulate Your Windows with Bubble Wrap and Water

  • 01/28/16

Sometimes, the best solutions to your heat and air conditioning bills can also be the simplest and least expensive. Take your windows, for example. Insulation is one of the most important factors when it comes to conserving HVAC energy, and your windows are no exception. You can spend
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How to Resolve Heating Disputes with Your Family

  • 01/26/16

It's an unfortunate fact of life – not everyone who shares a home has the same room temperature preferences. And sometimes, minor disagreements with your family members or roommates over the heat can boil over into full-fledged arguments. Instead of living in conflict, read on for some tips on how
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Keep Your HVAC Bills Low with Better Insulation

  • 01/21/16

The average American household expends far more energy on heat and air conditioning than any other home system. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but it beats sweating bullets all summer long and freezing in the winter. There are a number of steps that homeowners can take to
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American Homes Continue to Get More Energy Efficient

  • 01/19/16

Energy conservation may not be at the forefront of every homeowner’s agenda, but the nation’s housing supply is becoming more efficient whether you’re paying attention or not. It’s a good thing, too, because our homes are getting larger as well.
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Simple Tips to Improve Your Radiator Efficiency

  • 01/14/16

January can present a devilish dilemma for many of us. Plunging winter temperatures mean that families rely more than ever on their furnaces and boilers, but paying the bills for all that heat can take a big bite out of
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Conserve Energy With a Radiator Reflector

  • 01/12/16

When it comes to battling high energy bills in the winter, it helps to find every little advantage you can. There are plenty of expensive ways to reduce your heat and air conditioning spending, like replacing your windows, replacing your
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A Home Humidifier Can Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

  • 01/07/16

For too many Americans, winter is synonymous with dry skin season. Chapped lips, peeling hands and itchy legs are frequent consequences of spending time in the dry, cold air. Even in the warmth of your home, dry air can persist
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Keep Warm by Preparing for Winter Storms

  • 01/05/16

In terms of harsh weather, most regions of North America have had it easy so far this winter. But before you let this trend lull you into a false sense of security, be sure to take some time to put
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Have a Happy New Year!

  • 12/31/15

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Homeowners Are Finding HVAC Help on the Internet

  • 12/29/15

When you need help with your heat and air conditioning system, where do you turn? It’s best to have a preexisting relationship with a qualified HVAC company so you don’t have to scramble in an emergency, but real life doesn’t
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

  • 12/24/15

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Don't Let Your Winter Heating Create a Breeding Ground for Fleas

  • 12/22/15

Winter is the season for firing up your home heater and relaxing indoors, safely buffered from the cold winds blowing outside. Unfortunately, a comfortable indoor environment for you can also mean an attractive home for less desirable residents from the
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Check Out Energy Star’s Most Efficient HVAC Equipment of 2015

  • 12/17/15

Looking for a good place to invest your holiday bonus this year? Consider giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving with serious efficiency upgrades to your heat and air conditioning equipment. By reducing
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Give Yourself the Gift of Comfort for the Holidays

  • 12/15/15

The holidays are nearly here, and family and friends will soon be pouring in to help you celebrate. If you’re hosting the party for Christmas or New Year’s, you might consider the state of your home comfort equipment as you
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Stay Warm and Save Money with Zone Heating

  • 12/10/15

Utility bills are a constant battle. A savvy homeowner will search out every available option to cut back on heat and air conditioning costs without sacrificing comfort. One way that you can save energy while gaining the ability to fine-tune your home heating strategy to meet the needs of everyone
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Use This Winter's Fuel Savings for Efficiency Improvements

  • 12/08/15

Low fuel prices and a relatively mild winter forecast have officials projecting big savings in consumer heating costs this winter. If those predictions hold true, it will be a huge boon to homeowners across the nation who could gain some major wiggle room in their household budgets. However, just because
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Space Heaters Making Advances in Efficiency

  • 12/03/15

Space heaters can be a convenient way to bring heat to a basement or other room that remains cold in the winter despite the best efforts of your heat and air conditioning system. They are also a good option if one member of the family likes his or her bedroom
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Is Your Heating System Making You Ill?

  • 12/01/15

Most Americans rely on their heat and air conditioning systems to stay safe and comfortable. The harsh winters that hit much of the United States would not be tolerable without furnaces, boilers and heat pumps to keep us warm. A recent review of scientific literature, however, has suggested that central
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Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 11/26/15

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Bringing Heat to Your Finished Basement

  • 11/24/15

A finished basement can be a big upgrade to any home. You can use the reclaimed space for a family room, an office, an extra bedroom or even a separate apartment to rent out. However, it takes a lot of work to bring an unfinished concrete storage space up to
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Are Your Pets Running Up Your Energy Bills?

  • 11/19/15

Pets can be a joy and a comfort. In many households, they are considered members of the family. However, pets can also be expensive, sometimes in ways you may not have considered. In addition to food and veterinary care, many people end up paying more for their utility bills because
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What to Expect from Your Home Energy Audit

  • 11/17/15

A residential energy audit is one of the best ways to cut back on your heat and air conditioning bills. When a qualified inspector comes to your home, he or she will identify various ways in which your home falls short when it comes to efficiency, and make recommendations for
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When to Consider Replacing Oil or Electric Heat with Natural Gas

  • 11/12/15

The sting of winter is two-fold – families in much of the United States endure bitterly cold weather, and have to shell out a fortune in heating bills while they are at it. If you still use oil or electricity to fuel your furnace, however, you may have an option
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Winter Heating Costs Could be Lowest in Years

  • 11/10/15

There's good news in the air for your heat and air conditioning systems – residential heating costs this winter are expected to be at their lowest level in years, thanks to low fuel prices and what is projected to be a relatively mild cold season. An ongoing boom in natural
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Smart Home Features Soaring in Popularity

  • 11/05/15

The smart home revolution is well on its way. The ability to automate and control various facets of your home environment, and in particular your heat and air conditioning system, is already quite popular in the United States and around the world, and is only poised for more growth. One
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Gas Fireplaces are a Safe, Warm and Attractive Option

  • 11/03/15

Everybody loves a fire in the winter, but not everyone wants to deal with the trouble of maintaining a wood stove. One option that allows you to enjoy the pleasure of a fire without the hassle of wood burning is a gas fireplace. For people who have a natural gas
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Congress Could Allow Mortgage Lenders to Reward Home Energy Efficiency

  • 10/29/15

In many ways, maintaining an energy efficient household is its own reward. By using less energy in your home, you produce fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and you save money on your heat and air conditioning bills at the same time. Legislation that is currently pending before
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Leaky Fuel Oil Tanks Are a Health and Environmental Hazard

  • 10/27/15

Your heat and air conditioning system comes with a number of ongoing costs: fuel bills, repair, maintenance and so on. But for homeowners who heat their homes using oil, there's an extra cost that many may not be aware of – the oil tank could spring a leak
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How to DIY a Smart HVAC System

  • 10/22/15

Smart thermostats are all the rage. They increase your energy efficiency, save you money and are fun to play with as well. But true gadget enthusiasts can take their climate control even further by creating their own DIY command center for their heat and air conditioning system. A product called
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Clean Your Chimney Before Winter Starts

  • 10/20/15

With the crisp fall breeze in the air, you'll need to fire up your home heating system before you know it. That also means you should have your furnace or boiler serviced before you turn it on for the winter. But there's another aspect of heat and air conditioning maintenance
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How to Protect Your Central Air Conditioning System in the Winter

  • 10/15/15

After enduring a long summer pumping cold air through your home, your central air conditioning system is finally enjoying a much needed respite this fall. Out of use shouldn't mean out of mind, however – there are some important steps you should take to protect your AC unit over the
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How to Delay Turning on Your Furnace in the Fall

  • 10/13/15

Autumn means beautiful foliage and temperate weather in many areas of the United States. The season can also be a good opportunity to give your heat and air conditioning system a break. Although those October nights can start to get chilly, you can take certain steps to stay warm and
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Get Your Furnace and Boiler Inspected Before Winter

  • 10/08/15

The summer sure flew by in a snap. It feels like just yesterday you were lounging in your backyard pool, but believe it or not, it's almost time to turn on your furnace or boiler for the winter. Before you do, it's important that you have your equipment
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Geothermal Heat Pumps Gaining Popularity

  • 10/06/15

The market for geothermal heat pumps got a big boost this year when the Seattle Public School system decided to install the high-efficiency heat and air conditioning systems in some of their buildings. Seven schools now have or are implementing geothermal heat, with more potentially on the way. The district
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Federal Government Considers New Gas Furnace Standards

  • 10/01/15

Hold onto your heat and air conditioning system: New federal standards for gas furnaces could be on the way. The likely result of updated regulations would be that consumers would pay more for new gas furnace equipment, but could make up the extra cost in fuel savings over
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Repair Tips for Your Radiant Floor Heating

  • 09/29/15

Radiant floor heating can provide many advantages over traditional furnaces and boilers. The home heating system, which uses panels under your floor to distribute warm air through your rooms, heats homes more evenly and efficiently than most conventional forced-air or radiator-based setups. Of course, like any component of your heat
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Go Green and Save Money with a Passive Home

  • 09/24/15

There are dozens of ways to boost your home efficiency and cut down on your heat and air conditioning bills. The most effective method of all, however, is to construct your home to be as green as possible from the start. So-called passive homes use extensive insulation and take advantage
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HVAC Market to Grow to $155 Billion by 2022

  • 09/22/15

When it comes to heat and air conditioning units, the more the merrier. That's the message of a recent report on the HVAC market, which is projected to grow to a stunning $155 billion annually by 2022. According to the report, published by Transparency Market Research, heat pumps
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Integrated Systems Approach for Improved Comfort and Savings in Home HVAC

  • 09/17/15

Your HVAC system has a variety of different functions, all geared toward maintaining comfort in your home environment. There's the furnace, boiler or heat pump to keep you warm in the winter time, and on the other hand, there's the air conditioning system to help mitigate the summer heat. The
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What Obama's Clean Power Plan Means for You

  • 09/15/15

America's Clean Power Plan is on the way, and it's poised to be a game-changer. The plan, finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in August, aims to reduce carbon emissions by limiting the amount of fossil fuels that states can burn for power generation. If the restrictions play out as
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How to Retrofit Your Home for a Central Air Conditioning System

  • 09/10/15

Did you just suffer through another sweltering summer without air conditioning? The world endured the hottest July on record in 2015, and with temperatures projected to keep on rising, even families who have made it this far without a central air conditioning system might find themselves rethinking their
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Protect Your Air Conditioning System During Hurricane Season

  • 08/25/17

As residents of the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard know all too well, hurricanes form every year and bring destructive winds, drenching rains and flash flooding to coastal communities. Storm preparation is a part of life for those who live in vulnerable areas, from boarding up windows to stocking bottled
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How to Beat Allergies During Ragweed Season

  • 09/03/15

Sometimes, your sinuses just can't catch a break. It seems like just yesterday that allergy sufferers across the nation were struggling through a spring “pollen tsunami.” Now, just when you've finally stopped sniffling and sneezing, it's time for ragweed season and a whole new round of crippling allergies.
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When Do You Need to Change the Coolant in Your Air Conditioning System?

  • 09/01/15

If you're lucky, you'll never have to change the coolant in your air conditioning system. The equipment is designed with a closed loop – if nothing goes wrong, the coolant should last for the life of your AC unit. However, there are occasions when the air conditioning system could leak
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Use Mist to Cut Down on Air Conditioning Bills

  • 08/27/15

Sometimes it feels like summer could drag on forever. With 90-plus degree days the norm in many parts of the country, a well-functioning air conditioning system is a must. Unfortunately, large electricity bills often go hand-in-hand with hardworking AC units. One novel strategy to beat the heat while keeping expenses
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Federal Legislation Could Help You with HVAC Efficiency

  • 08/25/15

The average homeowner pays more for heat and air conditioning than any other utility. If you're sick of shelling out a small fortune for your HVAC bills, there's some good news. Currently, Congress is considering legislation to improve the Title I Home and Property Improvement Loan Program, which
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Fill Up on Home Heating Oil to Lock in Low Prices

  • 08/18/15

It's hard to believe right now, but in just a few short months, families will start firing up their boilers and furnaces to ward off the winter chill. There's no better time than now to act like a boy scout and be prepared. Heat and air conditioning costs account for
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Use Variable Speed Blowers to Optimize Your Central Air Conditioning System

  • 08/13/15

Your central air conditioning system has two primary functions: to produce cool air, and to circulate that air throughout your home. For the second task, the unit has a fan that pushes treated air through your vents. Most central air conditioning systems have two fan settings, which force you to
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How to Stay Cool While Limiting Your Electric Air Conditioning Bills

  • 08/11/15

With the dog days of August upon us, families across the nation are relying more than ever on electric air conditioning to keep cool. A blast of AC can be a lifesaver on a hot day, but if you enjoy too much cold air, you can end up draining your
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Do You Prioritize Cost or Comfort in Your Air Conditioning System?

  • 08/06/15

It's a dilemma that everyone who lives in a warm region is all too familiar with – how do you balance cost savings from your air conditioning system with maintaining a comfortable indoor environment? There's nothing like some sweet, cooling air conditioning on a humid summer day, but run the
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Home Design Affects How Much Electric Air Conditioning You Need

  • 08/04/15

Every summer, families across the country shell out a pretty penny for their electric air conditioning. For many people, the payout is worth it – who wants to sit around in the heat for months? While there are a number of adjustments you can make to your habits that can
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You Can Be Liable for Unlicensed Heat and Air Conditioning Installation

  • 07/30/15

Purchasing a new heat and air conditioning system can create a huge boost to your home efficiency and a dramatic drop in your energy bills. New HVAC systems are more reliable, more effective and more efficient than ever. However, a word of caution if you are considering upgrades
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Why Freon for Your Air Conditioning System is so Expensive

  • 07/28/15

Have you been shocked at a recent maintenance bill for your air conditioning system? The culprit may be in your coolant. If your air conditioning system uses Freon, there's bad news for your pocketbook: the cost to replace the chemical has been skyrocketing, so it will be an expensive fix
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Thinking About a High-End Air Conditioning System?

  • 07/23/15

Do you ever wonder how the rich and famous cool their homes? Imagine efficiency ratings taken to the extreme. Geothermal heat pumps. Multiple air conditioning systems in the same house. If you want an HVAC system you can aspire to, read on to learn how some of the wealthiest people
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Changing Filters is Essential to Air Conditioning Maintenance

  • 07/21/15

Air conditioning is a lifesaver in the summertime. There's nothing like a blast of cold air to bring relief from oppressive heat and humidity. Your AC unit won't keep you cool forever all on its own, however. It's important to perform regular air conditioning maintenance to keep your system running
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Save Money With a Remote Control Air Conditioning System

  • 07/16/15

You rely on your air conditioning system in the summertime, but the bills can be a handful – Americans spend $24 billion every year to cool their homes. Fortunately, smart technology can help you save money on your cooling bills, and for more reasons than you might think. New air
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How to Buy the Right Size Central Air Conditioning System

  • 07/14/15

When you’re shopping for a new central air conditioning system, there are a lot of factors to consider – like efficiency ratings, brand reputations and the amount of money you feel comfortable spending. Another variable you need to take into account is the size of the unit. Pick the right-sized
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Department of Energy Investing in Heat and Air Conditioning Technology

  • 07/09/15

There will always be a demand for better, more efficient heat and air conditioning technology. The less energy we consume to heat and cool our homes, the more money we save. Plus, we can reduce our impact on climate change by burning fewer fossil fuels to meet our home comfort
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Should You Keep Your Vintage Air Conditioning Systems?

  • 07/07/15

Vintage is in. Old-school record players, furniture, cars and other reminders of yesterday are as popular as ever, blending style and functionality in a way that appeals to retro-savvy consumers. One place where you don't want a blast from the past, however, is in your HVAC setup. Vintage air conditioning
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Routine Cleaning is Crucial to Air Conditioning Maintenance

  • 07/02/15

With the summer cooling season now underway, air conditioners across North America are humming along to provide precious household cooling. Millions of people rely on AC in the summer, but the cooling units won't work forever without a little care and attention. With regular cleaning, you can ensure that your
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What the SEER Rating Means for Your Electric Air Conditioning

  • 06/30/15

When you're in the market for new electric air conditioning equipment, one of the most important factors you need to consider is the SEER rating. SEER, which stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” measures how much cooling power you get for every unit of electricity that goes into the machine.
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Student-Designed Heat and Air Conditioning System Maximizes Savings

  • 06/25/15

Are you tired of pricey heat and air conditioning bills? There could be an HVAC system in the future that can reduce your expenses to a miniscule amount – and it's all thanks to a few college students. Students from the University of Minnesota created a system for a Department
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How to Avoid Headaches Related to Air Conditioning

  • 06/23/15

Does air conditioning cause headaches? Unfortunately, for some people the answer is yes. AC is a necessity during the summer in many parts of the country, but too many homeowners and office workers pay the price. Read on for some reasons why air conditioning could be causing your headaches and
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Eliminate Air Conditioning and Heat Bills with Micro-Trigeneration

  • 06/18/15

There's a new technology poised to change the way Americans produce and pay for electricity. Instead of bringing in power through electrical lines, homes are popping up with their very own backyard power plants. These units, called micro-trigeneration systems, use natural gas to create electricity, saving the consumer money on
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Choosing Fan Settings for Your Air Conditioning System

  • 06/16/15

Your air conditioning system doesn't just produce cold air. It also uses a fan to circulate the air around your home, allowing you to enjoy cooler temperatures in every room. However, there are usually several fan settings, which can be confusing to homeowners who aren't familiar with how their air
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Some Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment Can Increase Insurance Premiums

  • 06/11/15

Are your homeowners insurance rates spiraling out of control? Your HVAC system may be to blame. Insurance premiums vary depending on a variety of home elements, and your heat and air conditioning equipment is no exception. Certain systems have higher value or risk factors and therefore cost more to insure.
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Water-Source Heat Pumps Provide Inexpensive HVAC

  • 06/09/15

Here's a secret for people looking for a new idea to reduce their gas and electricity bills: You can take care of your home heating and cooling needs with nothing but a little water. Well, water and a heat pump. If you live close enough to a body of water,
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Save Energy by Fixing Basement Leaks

  • 06/04/15

You probably already know to check your attic for leaks and add insulation to keep hot air from escaping your home. But did you know that you can lose almost as much energy through the basement?  Cellars and underground spaces often get overlooked in the quest for energy efficiency, but
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Keep Cool and Save Money by Using Fans

  • 06/02/15

It's the same dilemma every summer: do you sit around in the heat and sweat away the season, or do you crank up the air conditioner and pay a fortune in electricity bills? Fortunately, you don't have to make a zero-sum choice between your comfort and your pocketbook. With some
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Learn About AC Technologies of the Future

  • 05/28/15

Air conditioning can be a life-saver in the summer, giving you an opportunity to escape the oppressive heat and humidity and rest in comfort indoors. Currently, central air systems and window units do a decent job at cooling your home, but they can create some unsightly utility bills. However, a
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Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Home Cooling

  • 05/26/15

Most of us depend on our home's AC system to keep us comfortable when temperatures rise, but how much do you know about the equipment that keeps the summer heat at bay? Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's infographic to learn all you need to know about home cooling.

 

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New Boiler Efficiency Standards on the Way

  • 05/21/15

Radiator enthusiasts, take note – the Department of Energy is currently considering updating the efficiency standards of household boilers, which would mean newly manufactured models would boast more heating power and use less fuel. Boiler and steam heating standards were last updated in 2008, and the federal government thinks it's
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How to Protect Your Indoor Air From Spring Pollen

  • 05/19/15

Are you suffering from itchy eyes, a runny nose, coughing, sniffling and sneezing? This year's spring allergy season is a doozy. A variety of factors have combined to create what experts are calling a "pollen tsunami," especially in the northeastern United States. You don't have to break your budget on
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Spray Foam Insulation Can Save You Money

  • 05/14/15

Sometimes it seems like you can't get a break on your energy bills. Just when the winter heating season starts cooling off, the summer cooling season starts heating up. However, you can make a big impact on those HVAC bills all year long by improving the insulation in your home,
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Save Energy with Ductless Air Conditioning

  • 05/12/15

Summer temperatures are rising, which is never good news for your pocketbook. Climate control is the largest single utility expense that most households face, and for good reason: it takes a lot of energy to cool down all that air inside your home during the summertime. However, you can stay
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What Type of HVAC Should You Use for Your Home Addition?

  • 05/08/15

Congratulations on planning an addition to your home! You'll get the benefit of extra space, laid out just the way you like it. But while you’re creating the blueprint for this exciting add-on, don't neglect your heating and cooling infrastructure. It's possible to simply extend your current HVAC system into
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Get Your Air Conditioner Tuned Up for Summer

  • 05/05/15

It's hard to believe, but summer is almost here. You can finally quit worrying about furnace breakdowns and heating bills – only to shift your attention to your air conditioner instead. You may not have cranked up the AC yet, but there's no better time to have the unit serviced
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Landscape Your Yard to Save Energy

  • 04/30/15

Want to cut back on your energy usage? Think outside the box – or in this case, outside the house. One strategy for reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and saving money on utility bills is to landscape your yard in a thermally-friendly way. Take advantage of the sun, block
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Heating and cooling systems: what to look for when buying a new home

  • 04/28/15

When you're in the market for a home, there are a lot of boxes to check off. Right neighborhood? School district? Good yard? Somewhere near the top of your list should be the quality of the home's HVAC system. Read on for tips on what to look for when evaluating
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Earth Day heating and cooling tips

  • 04/22/15

Happy Earth Day! This year, why not do your part to protect the planet by looking for ways you can save energy in your HVAC system? Heating and cooling account for the single largest energy input in the average family's home, so it's the area in which cutting back can
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A Perfect Fit: One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning Unites with TV’s Mike Rowe

  • 04/10/15

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® and Mister Sparky® are North America’s most trusted home services brands thanks to the skilled, hardworking tradespeople who proudly wear our uniforms. That’s why we’re equally proud to announce a partnership with Mike Rowe, creator and executive producer of CNN’s “Somebody’s
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Protect your family from indoor air pollution

  • 04/07/15

Car exhaust. Smog. Industrial pollutants. Pollen. Sometimes, the air in the great outdoors doesn't sound all that friendly. If you hear about pollution and think you're better off just breathing in the air in your house, you're not alone. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception. As it turns out, indoor
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Spring is a great time to replace your furnace

  • 03/26/15

After a winter of heavy lifting, home boilers and furnaces are finally starting to get a break. As springtime temperatures continue to rise, heaters will soon go dormant until next fall. However, that doesn't mean out of sight, out of mind. In fact, if your furnace or boiler is aging,
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Wood pellets save money

Heating your home with recycled wood pellets

  • 03/24/15

Tired of paying to fill your oil tank? Is natural gas not an option? One economical alternative is to heat your home by burning wood pellets. The idea is similar to a wood-burning stove, but pellet technology takes advantage of waste products that would otherwise be discarded. You can feel
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House frame with tools

Open building makes heating and cooling maintenance simple

  • 03/17/15

Performing maintenance on your heating ducts can be messy, and sometimes accessing parts of the system can be nearly impossible without opening your walls. Fortunately, home builders and researchers are working toward a solution. One concept gaining momentum is that of open building, which focuses on flexibility, ease of access
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Heat pump

New technology makes heat pumps an option in colder climates

  • 03/12/15

Do you love the idea of heat pump technology, but live in a climate that's a little too cold? Air-source heat pumps are clean and efficient, but many older models don't work as well when outside temperatures drop below 40 degrees. Fortunately, that is changing. New advances in technology mean
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corn biodiesel

Using biofuel to heat your home

  • 03/05/15

What if you could heat your home using vegetable oil? In fact, biodiesel is already a viable fuel for home heating, and homes that use an oil furnace can switch to using a blend of biofuel with little to no hassle. Read on to learn more about this environmentally-friendly heating
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Fire in fireplace

A brief history of home heating

  • 03/02/15

Most homeowners in the United States probably don't devote much thought to their heating system. You just flip a switch, set the thermostat and enjoy a warm, snug home, safely insulated from winter chills. Aside from some annual maintenance and occasional repair, it's the picture of convenience. It hasn't always
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Rocket mass heater

Upgrade your woodstove with a rocket mass heater

  • 02/26/15

Are you ready to take your wood-burning stove to the next level? It's time to try a rocket mass heater. A good woodstove can be a cost-effective way to heat your house in the winter, especially if you have a cheap or free source of firewood, but a
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Lower your thermostat

Turn down your thermostat to lose weight

  • 02/23/15

Do you need another incentive to turn your thermostat down? If saving money on your utility bills and decreasing your dependence on fossil fuels isn't enough for you, recent research suggests that you can lose weight by knocking the temperature down by a few notches. We all want to be
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Cardigan sweater

"Super-sweaters" could lower your heating bills

  • 02/19/15

Here's a novel way to save money on your home heating bills: Wear a sweater. No, not just any sweater. A team of researchers at Stanford University is working on clothes that purport to be so warm you might not need a furnace at all.

Let Your Body Heat Work for
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Heat recovery ventilator

Improve indoor air quality with a heat recovery ventilator

  • 02/16/15

By now, you’ve insulated your house down to the last crack. Not even the tiniest draft of air can escape to the outdoors. That’s great! It means you're saving money on your winter heating costs. Unfortunately, it also means that your indoor air quality could suffer. All the dust, debris,
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Home geothermal heat pump

Geothermal heat pumps offer big energy savings

  • 02/02/15

Are you interested in the cutting edge of energy efficiency? For most households, the top-of-the-line when it comes to slashing heating and cooling bills is a geothermal heat pump. Take advantage of underground temperatures to heat your home in the winter, cool it in the summer and even supplement your
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Adjusting thermostat

Making small changes could lower your energy bills

  • 02/05/15

With global carbon dioxide levels rising to dangerous heights, experts are predicting that climate change will wreak havoc with human lives in ensuing decades. But if the nation could reduce its energy use, particularly regarding burning fossil fuels, we might be able to delay or mitigate some of the damage.
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Home heating and cooling

Tips on finding the right heating and cooling contractor

  • 02/02/15

Choosing the right heating and cooling contractor is an important decision. There are many things you should consider before deciding whom to trust to install this important equipment in your home. This should not just be a one-time business transaction, but an ongoing relationship with a company you rely on
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Lower utility bills

Buying a bigger home may not mean bigger energy bills

  • 03/26/15

Do you need more space for a growing family? One of the tradeoffs to buying a larger home is having to pay more in utility costs for heating, cooling and other appliance use. However, advances in energy efficiency mean that you can offset some of that increased consumption. That means
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Flooring installed over radiant heating

Is radiant floor heating right for your home?

  • 01/29/15

Radiators and heating vents are fine and dandy, but what about having heat emanate from the floor itself? Radiant floor heating can be tricky to install, but many homeowners love the feeling of warm stone beneath their feet in the wintertime. Read on to find out if a heated floor
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Save energy and reduce use

Are you too busy to save energy?

  • 01/26/15

Looking for ways to save energy around the house is one of the most important things a homeowner can do. You save money on your utility bills — sometimes hundreds of dollars per year — and help the environment at the same time. Efficiency features can increase the
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Cat sleeping on radiator

Radiator maintenance tips to keep you warm this winter

  • 01/22/15

The dead of winter is no time for a radiator malfunction. But steam heating systems do not always comply with man's wishes, and sometimes you find yourself with a malfunctioning or broken radiator at the worst time. If your house isn't heating properly, or if you hear banging in the
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Hands holding propane gas burner ring

Low propane prices mean big winter savings

  • 01/19/15

Consumers who heat their homes with propane are singing a happy tune this winter. Even as extreme cold grips much of the country, propane users are getting a bargain on their heating bills. That's good news for families who use propane for their furnace or boiler, not to mention for
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Thermal image of a home

Energy mapping promotes energy efficiency

  • 01/15/15

Are you considering an energy audit? It turns out that somebody might be conducting a drive-by efficiency review of your home even as you read this. Don't worry - no one will come to your home without your permission, or even knock on your door. Instead, a company
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Carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide safety tips

  • 01/12/15

Every year, more than 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 20,000 visit the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The danger is greatest in wintertime, because your furnace and other fuel-burning appliances can emit the odorless, colorless and tasteless gas,
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Man wrapped in a blanket

Debunking home heating myths

  • 01/08/15

Every homeowner likes saving money on winter heating bills, and there are plenty of ways to winterize your home and upgrade your HVAC equipment to maximize your savings. However, in your quest to reduce your winter fuel costs, don't be fooled by some common home heating myths which
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Energy bill

How to buy an energy-efficient home

  • 01/05/15

When you're in the market for a new house, there are a lot of factors to consider -- the school district, the number of bathrooms, the backyard swimming pool. But don't overlook one important consideration that could make a difference of thousands of dollars over the life of the home:
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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year!

  • 01/01/15

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Heavy snowfall can pose a danger to your home

  • 12/29/14

Winter arrived early this year, with over six feet of snow already falling in Buffalo over a three-day period at the end of November. While snow can be a blessing for children who get to stay home from school and play all day, for the rest of us it means
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Fireplace and Christmas stockings

Merry Christmas

  • 12/25/14

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Home energy audit 101

Everything you need to know about home energy audits

  • 12/22/14

Having an energy audit is the first step to increasing the energy efficiency of your home. An audit can help you locate areas in which you can save money. The U.S. Department of Energy provides this infographic that explains what the auditor will do, the tools he or she will
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Lower oil prices

Plunging oil prices lead to lower heating bills

  • 12/18/14

The price of oil has been dropping precipitously this fall, both in the United States and around the world. While analysts had previously predicted that oil would be about 6 percent cheaper than last year, prices are falling faster than anyone expected and could drop 15 percent or
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Feet of family enjoying fireplace

Wood stove and fireplace safety

  • 12/15/14

When the wintertime chill sets in, many households turn to a wood stove or fireplace to provide part of their home heating needs. There's something about the warmth and romance of a wood fire that radiators and heating vents just can't duplicate. But families who want to hunker down around
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Municipal code book

Is your heating and cooling system up to building code standards?

  • 12/11/14

If you are planning a major upgrade to your home, look before you leap. Your home is subject to local building codes, complex regulations that govern the structure, electric wiring, plumbing and HVAC installations. The rulebooks can exceed 1,000 pages and are frequently updated, so even if you built your
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Windows protect against cold weather

Your windows can help lower your heating bills

  • 12/08/14
The mercury is dropping and families are gearing up for another long winter. While it’s uncertain whether this year's winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex-fueled conditions that much of the country faced last year, people in colder parts of the country can still look forward to snow,
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Green home comparison

Green homes sell faster - and at higher prices

  • 12/04/14

Thinking about selling your house? One aspect to consider before putting it on the market is what kind of energy-efficiency features you have to showcase. If you can demonstrate to potential buyers that your home is equipped to save energy and keep utility bills to a minimum, you can sell
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climate zone map

The best heating options for your climate

  • 12/01/14

As winter settles in, plummeting temperatures outside mean it's time for households across the country to start firing up their heaters and furnaces. Since winter heating costs are usually the single largest expense on the average family's energy bills, it's important to look for the most efficient appliances
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 11/27/14

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DOE asks consumers for help with next round of HVAC standards

  • 11/24/14

The Department of Energy is soliciting public comment regarding new regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The standards, set by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, determine what efficiency benchmarks newly-manufactured machines must meet.

In a nutshell, the government wants to know if the
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Nest thermostat

Can a smart thermostat save you money?

  • 11/20/14

Homeowners hoping to save on energy costs this winter might benefit from buying a smart thermostat to help cut down on their heating usage.

Smart thermostats monitor your home activity, then program themselves to accommodate your heating habits while shaving down bills at the same time. They go a step
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Air pollutants and allergens

Protecting your home's air quality in winter

  • 11/17/14

During the long winter many of us end up huddled inside with the windows shut tight and the heater blasting. But while enjoying the protection from the elements, don't neglect to monitor your indoor air quality. Chemicals, heaters, pet dander and other irritants can cause respiratory and other health problems,
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Heating and cooling system maintenance

10 common furnace and air conditioning mistakes

  • 11/13/14
Saving money is always an attractive proposition, but think twice when those savings involve a do-it-yourself job on your heating and cooling system. It’s inadvisable to try and fix most HVAC issues yourself; you may end up causing more damage, leading to more expensive repairs. There are some basic maintenance
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Caulking windows can save you money on heating

Winterize your home for comfort, safety and savings

  • 11/10/14

The days are growing cooler and winter will arrive sooner than some of us would like. This is a good time to call an HVAC expert to make an annual check on your heating system and perform any necessary maintenance.  Here are some additional ways to ensure your home is ready for winter.


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Lower energy costs save money

Lower energy costs can save you money this winter

  • 11/06/14

Lower temperatures and decreased demand for fuel mean that household spending on heating costs this winter could drop by as much as $800 from last year, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

We're already into the winter heating season, which stretches from the beginning
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Everything you need to know about home heating

A crash course in home heating

  • 11/12/14

You rely on your heating system to keep your home snug in the winter, but how much do you really know about it? Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's infographic to test your knowledge, learn the facts and get helpful tips on making the most of your energy dollar
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Answers to your HVAC questions

Commonly asked heating and cooling questions

  • 10/30/14
Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of your home’s most complex, vital and least understood pieces of equipment. Read on for answers to some of the questions most often asked by homeowners.

Should I replace my HVAC system?
This is the most common question people have, since it
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Get your home heating in shape for football season

  • 10/27/14
Football season is synonymous with chilly temperatures. Get your home's heating and cooling system in shape for Sunday game-day parties before the wintry weather really kicks off. Check out these tips for both cold and warmer climates.

Tips for cold climates


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Disposable fiber glass furnace filter

Finding the right furnace filter

  • 10/20/14

It's important to know how to properly maintain your heating and cooling system. You should call an HVAC professional for any repairs and to perform a yearly checkup on your system, but there are some simple things you can learn to do yourself, like changing the furnace filter.  Filters have
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A thermograph as part of energy audit

Lower your electric bill with a home energy audit

  • 10/20/14

Autumn is upon us, along with typical fall chores: raking leaves, cleaning gutters and winterizing your home. Consider adding a home energy audit to your to do list. Rising energy costs mean higher bills, but increasing the energy efficiency of your
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Maintain your HVAC system

Regular home maintenance can prevent expensive breakdowns

  • 10/20/14

There are things you can do anytime of the year to save money and make sure your home is operating as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips from Dave Borowski, Director of Technical Training at Direct Energy Services:


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