3 Important HVAC Terms To Understand For Your Home's Energy Efficiency


Due to the different tasks to maintain your investment, owning a home can be challenging. However, proper cleaning and maintenance ensures that your home remains valuable, functional, and efficient. Considering that an estimated 48 percent of your home's total energy usage stems from heating and cooling, understanding and maintaining your heating and air conditioner is smart. Using this guide of common HVAC terms, you will have a better understanding of your home's heating and cooling operation and energy efficiency.

10 February 2016

3 Things You Should Have A Plumber Check Before You Buy Your New Home


If you think you've found your dream home, then you may be eager to sign on the dotted line, make the house legally yours, and move right on in. Plumbing issues can make any home unwelcoming, and you don't want to move into your house only to find out that the washer leaks or that your home has outdated plumbing. Since any plumbing issues you encounter after you buy your home will either have to be taken care of by you or in a drawn-out legal battle with the previous owner, it's wise to have your potential home's plumbing issues examined prior to purchasing.

4 January 2016

The ABCWs Of Staying Warm While Waiting On A Heating Repair Service In The Winter


With the bitter cold blowing outside and your heating system under a fair amount of stress to keep the entire house warm, don't be at all surprised if your trusty home heating system just happens to fail at the worst time possible. When a home heating system goes out in the middle of winter, getting in touch with a heating repair service will be your first logical step, but once you have someone on the way, it will become your primary concern to keep everyone warm in the meantime.

1 January 2016

8 Steps To Prepare Your Window A/C For Winter


To keep energy costs low during the winter time, many homeowners opt to store their windows air conditioners until the weather warms up again. If you are planning to follow suit, it is important that you take the time to properly prepare the air conditioner for storage. Here are several tips are ensuring your air conditioner is properly prepared.  Turn it off. In the few days leading up to removing the air conditioner unit from the window, you need to ensure that it is not used.

31 December 2015

Boost Your AC Efficiency With House Fans


The acronym HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When most people take steps to heat and cool their home, they focus on heating and cooling as in installing a furnace and AC unit. These units can improve the comfort in a home, but they can also cost a lot of money. In fact, the two most expensive home appliances to operate are the AC unit and the furnace. If you want to cool your home more efficiently so that you can save yourself money, you should use a house fan to help cool your home.

29 December 2015

Build A Custom Cover For Your Air Conditioning Unit For Winter Protection


Your air conditioning unit goes through a lot through the year. Although it isn't used during the winter, the abuse it sustains can be damaging resulting in costly repairs before you can use it for the summer. To prevent the winter damage, cover the unit with a custom-built wooden cover. This cover will protect it from falling ice, freezing rain and hail. Below, you will learn how to build a custom cover to fit your unit perfectly.

25 December 2015

4 Tips For Keeping Your House Warm This Winter


As the weather gets colder many people are wondering what they can do to keep their houses warm. It may seem like the only way to keep everyone in the house comfortable is to crank up the heat, thus, making your gas bill incredibly expensive. Luckily, there are some things that you can do in the winter to keep your house comfortable without breaking the bank. Here are a couple simple tips.

23 December 2015

How To Discharge An Air Conditioner's Start Capacitor Ahead Of Testing


Central air conditioning units involve several electrical elements that keep the moving parts working as the refrigerant fuel moves through the system. One of those electrical elements is the start capacitor, which helps start up the system when you turn down the thermostat.  If your air conditioner has stopped cooling efficiently or altogether, the unit might have a failing or failed start capacitor. You can test the capacitor yourself with an ohmmeter or multi-meter with a capacitor setting.

21 December 2015

5 Benefits Of Mini Split AC Units


If you've traveled to Asia or Europe, you've most likely noticed and used mini split air conditioner units in your hotel or vacation rental. These small, wall-mounted AC units have long been popular in other parts of the world and are now gaining popularity in the United States as well. If you are looking into your options for a new AC system, you may want to keep these benefits of mini split air conditioning units in mind:

17 December 2015

3 Problems A Bad Filter Can Cause With Your Furnace


If you've noticed that your furnace hasn't been working in its usual way, it can often be traced back to one or two reasons. One component which many homeowners easily overlook that can cause heating problems is the furnace's filter. Changing and keeping the filter clean can easily solve several problems. The three following problems are often traced to a clogged or damaged filter. Furnace putting out little or no heat:

16 December 2015