Dealing With Sky-High Heating Bills? This May Be Why.

Although spring may be right around the corner, many Americans are still dealing with bitter temperatures and even snow and ice. That means having reliable home heating systems will be a necessity for many homeowners for the next month or so. But all that heat comes at a cost. In fact, the average American household spends approximately 2.7% of their income on energy bills, averaging out to around $2,000 per year. And if your heating bills seem to keep climbing, that can throw your entire budget out of whack. But what could be causing your energy bills to skyrocket? Here are a few reasons you might not have thought about. […]

Healthy Homes: The Benefits of Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

If you live in a particularly muggy or dry climate, you probably understand the importance of balancing the amount of moisture in your home. Having too much or too little humidity can lead to certain health problems. Even if you live in a temperate climate, the temperature and humidity changes that present themselves in summertime and wintertime can be detrimental to your overall well-being. In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at how humidifiers and dehumidification systems can help improve your family’s health throughout the year. Health Benefits of Humidifiers Reduces dry skin: This health benefit may sound rather superficial, but for many, dry skin can be a huge frustration. […]

Furnace FAQs: Your Heating Questions, Answered

In most parts of the country, residents have at least a month or two (if not more) left of winter weather. During this time, homeowners rely on their home heating system to function properly. If it needs to be repaired or replaced, you could very well be left out in the cold. That’s why it’s so important to educate yourself on some of the HVAC basics. We hope this heating services Q and A will help. How can I tell when my furnace needs to be replaced or repaired? This is one of the top questions homeowners want to know about. Furnace repairs and replacement can be costly and if […]

Ye Olde HVAC: Heating and Cooling Problems In Older Homes

No matter how new your home is, you may run into HVAC problems at some point — especially if you neglect to have your HVAC system serviced regularly. But in older homes, issues with heating, cooling, and overall air quality can be a common problem, even if you do perform proper maintenance. Whether you’ve just moved in to a historic home or you’ve been living in a house built during the first half of the 20th century for years, you may want to pay attention to this list of common HVAC problems. Steep Utility Bills The typical U.S. household can attribute about 48% of their energy use to heating and […]

Heat Pumps: How To Stay Warm In Winter and Cool In Summer

Many people believe that the more BTUs a furnace has, the better it will be. This isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, most homes will do well with a modest 60,000 BTU heating unit. Anything greater than this in a small home will heat up the house too quickly, resulting in an automatic shut off. Like cars and computers, your furnace takes more energy to turn on than it does to continue running. This could result in some serious energy bill spikes. You might not believe it, but sometimes a furnace isn’t even your best heating option. This is especially true for individuals living in more moderate climates. A heat […]

5 Ancient Ways To Stay Warm When Your Heat Goes Out

If you want to stay cool in summer and warm in winter, you’ll need to learn a bit about the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in your home. Many people take for granted the comfort of a warm home in the cold months. Or they do until their heating system breaks. Likewise, many people stay cool in summer, but just assume their air conditioning will always work. Some HVAC experts claim that up to 75% of house calls in the winter involving no heat are directly linked to lack of maintenance. Before HVAC, though, humanity was exposed to the extreme temperatures of their environment, and as a result […]

Helpful HVAC Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

In modern society, most people rely on their heating and cooling systems to keep their homes comfortable all year round. After all, two-thirds of all U.S. homes have an AC unit to cool off their properties in the warmer months. But how much do you really know about your cooling and heating services? If you need to have HVAC repairs performed or have a question about your system, it may help to know some of the most common terms your technician uses. We’ve put together a helpful glossary below. AHRI: An abbreviation for the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. AHRI is a trade association that creates regulations for measuring and certifying product […]

3 Signs Your Heater Is About To Bite The Dust

Winter is nearly here, which means that most homeowners need to rely on their home heating systems to keep their families warm and cozy. Unfortunately, your heater might not be quite as reliable as you’d hoped, particularly if it’s older or in dire need of heating unit repairs. And if you don’t get those heat repairs taken care of now, you might be left out in the cold this winter. Wondering when you need to place a call to your HVAC services technician? Equate the following three signs with a big red flag that prompts you to contact them right away. Strange noises Your ears can tell you a lot […]

How To Save Money On Heating Repairs (Without Resorting To DIY)

Home heating expenses can add up quickly, so it’s understandable that you’ll want to save as much money as you can on HVAC maintenance and repairs. However, if your stinginess is keeping you from making necessary repairs (or you’re having them done incorrectly or inefficiently), you may end up spending a whole lot more in the long run. That said, there are some ways you can save money on heating repairs this year, either by reducing their severity or the need for them altogether. Below, you’ll find just a few of these ideas — and none of them require the dreaded DIY project. Schedule annual inspections early: In many cases, a yearly inspection […]

How Short Cycling Can Leave You Cold And Confused

It’s that time of year. Leaves have changed and are now dropping off the trees in great quantity. You might have already woken up to find frost on your window from the chill of night in late fall. Winterizing your home is an important step toward having a cozy, carefree winter. In fact, some HVAC workers report that up to 75% of the calls they receive where the homeowner’s heat isn’t working during winter relates to lack of proper maintenance. When you leave your heater unserviced for any length of time, it can stop working suddenly for what seems to be no reason at all. Of course, there always is […]