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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.


Seven Ways to Cut Costs While Staying Warm

  • 12/20/17

When the weather outside is frightful, your trusty HVAC system makes the winter months bearable. But that comfort comes at a cost, and you could get a case of utility bill sticker shock after an especially cold month. 

Keeping your home heating costs to a minimum doesn’t have to be complicated.


Don’t Let Indoor Air Quality Suffer This Winter

  • 11/22/17
Cold weather is here and it’s only going to get colder. Gone are the days of opening up the windows to fill your home with fresh air -- in many parts of the country, you’re about to stay huddled up indoors for the next several weeks. And since you’ll be
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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

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


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


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


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


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.



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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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


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


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


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.



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,


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


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.

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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.


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


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


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


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


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”


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

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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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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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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?


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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


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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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,

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
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.

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

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

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

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

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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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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