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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.


Stop Thieves From Stealing Your Air Conditioner

  • 02/28/18

Scrap metal theft isn’t going away anytime soon, and scrap thieves still have a favorite target: your air conditioner. The copper and aluminum coils, fins and other parts in your outdoor AC condenser are only worth a small fraction of the cost of the entire unit, but some thieves will

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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


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


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


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

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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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


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


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.



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.



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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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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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


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


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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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


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


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.

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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


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


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”


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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,


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.




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


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


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

Earth Day

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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
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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