Smoothly operating furnaces and air conditioners are fairly quiet, and the noise they do make is usually consistent and unobtrusive. So when you hear noises that are loud, grating or out of the ordinary, it could be a sign that something has gone wrong.
Energy costs are a significant expense of home ownership. Maximizing efficiency can help you save money while making your home more comfortable. However, it takes more than simply finding the right balance on your thermostat. While controlling the temperature is part of the solution, there are other steps you can take to make your home energy efficient without sacrificing...
Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money (and energy). But you won’t automatically save energy or money simply because you have one installed. You've got to understand how they work, and program them to maximize your savings.
Annual furnace inspections might seem fussy or a nuisance, but they’re just the opposite. Just like regular maintenance for your car, like changing the oil and inspecting the tire wear, regular maintenance and tune-ups for your home comfort system are important. Read on for some of the benefits you can expect from an annual inspection and tune-up.
Investing money in a high-efficiency HVAC unit won’t do you a bit of good if your ducts leak air. Duct leakage results in wasted energy and higher utility costs because the warm or cold air you are paying to condition slowly bleeds into your walls and floors. It never reaches the actual rooms in your home!
We all want a more comfortable home. Most of us suffer from poor air quality. You can improve your home comfort level with just a few minor adjustments. 1. Seal leaky ductwork and upgrade your insulation. Sealing leaks helps eliminate conditioned air loss and so does upgrading your insulation. About 40% of your energy is
If you notice your air conditioner turning on and off frequently, this could be a sign of a major problem, and you should address it right away. This behavior is known as short cycling. It wears out the air conditioner's compressor, which can be very expensive to repair or replace. If you think your air conditioner is short cycling,...
Avoid an unpleasant surprise by taking a moment to understand the warning signs that your air conditioner may be failing and the steps you can take to prevent a breakdown before it happens.
Many homeowners blame their heating and cooling system for high utility bills or poor temperature maintenance. In truth, it’s often not the fault of the system, but with leaking air ducts.
Before the cooling season arrives, the following steps should be taken to ensure your air conditioner is clean and in good working order and will not make your allergy problems worse.