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

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

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

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



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Mold and Mildew Can Pose Health Risks

  • 04/12/17

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

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

Monitoring Indoor Air Quality the DIY Way

  • 04/05/17

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

HVAC professionals can also conduct inspections and tests to
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Bathroom Exhaust Fans Are Kind of a Big Deal

  • 03/01/17

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

Building code mandates ventilation for bathrooms, but it doesn’t specifically require exhaust fans. Small windows also qualify, even
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Six Superb Safety Suggestions for Working in the Attic

  • 01/18/17

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

But sometimes you need to get up there for a home improvement project, especially checking on your insulation. Because
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Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • 10/19/16

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


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It’s Not Too Late for a Furnace Tune-Up

  • 09/28/16

As the leaves begin to turn colors and the sweaters come out of storage, you may be trying to hold off on firing up the furnace to save money. It’s one of the mildest times of the year throughout much
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Air pollutants and allergens

Foul Smelling HVAC Air Can Have Many Causes

  • 09/14/16

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

Certain odors are temporary and harmless, while others can be persistently irritating or may
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Cat sleeping on radiator

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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Use Outdoor In-Ground Heating for Convenience and Safety

  • 02/17/16

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

  • 02/10/16

For most residents of the United States, winter heating is essential. Whether you use a furnace, a boiler, a woodstove or a heat pump, families across the country need to create warmth in their homes in order to make it through the winter. Of course, indoor heating can
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Keep Warm by Preparing for Winter Storms

  • 01/05/16

In terms of harsh weather, most regions of North America have had it easy so far this winter. But before you let this trend lull you into a false sense of security, be sure to take some time to put
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Space Heaters Making Advances in Efficiency

  • 12/03/15

Space heaters can be a convenient way to bring heat to a basement or other room that remains cold in the winter despite the best efforts of your heat and air conditioning system. They are also a good option if one member of the family likes his or her bedroom
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Gas Fireplaces are a Safe, Warm and Attractive Option

  • 11/03/15

Everybody loves a fire in the winter, but not everyone wants to deal with the trouble of maintaining a wood stove. One option that allows you to enjoy the pleasure of a fire without the hassle of wood burning is a gas fireplace. For people who have a natural gas
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Leaky Fuel Oil Tanks Are a Health and Environmental Hazard

  • 10/27/15

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

  • 10/20/15

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

  • 09/08/15

September is historically the most active month of hurricane season. With luck, we won't experience any massively destructive events this year. However, hurricanes can be unpredictable and residents of the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard need to be prepared for high winds and heavy rains affecting their homes and communities.
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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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Some Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment Can Increase Insurance Premiums

  • 06/11/15

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

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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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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Heavy snowfall can pose a danger to your home

  • 12/29/14

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