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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.



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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
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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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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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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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