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 […]

How To Make Your Home Heating System More Eco-Friendly In 3 Easy Steps

Fall is finally upon us, which means families all across the country will be turning on their home heating systems soon enough. But with an increased emphasis on green living, many homeowners are looking for ways to save energy (and money) without sacrificing comfort. Fortunately, there are a number of ways, ranging from basic to extravagant, to make your fall heating more eco-friendly. Below are three simple steps to reduce your HVAC system’s environmental impact this season. Install a programmable thermostat Just think about the times when you’re at work or your family is asleep: is the heat still set to the same temperature as it is during other times […]

Should You Ever Run Your Dehumidifier In Winter?

Fall is finally here, and that means that homeowners will soon be cranking their furnaces up and running their space heaters to make their homes more comfortable. Space heating alone accounts for around 45% of energy bills, but those extra costs are often accompanied by a lot of dry air. Most of us know that humidifiers can help fix that problem and add moisture when needed. But are there certain cases that might require homeowners to run their residential dehumidifiers during winter? The answer is yes, but only in specific circumstances. If you do need to use residential dehumidifiers during the colder months, you’ll likely need them only in your […]

DIY Dangers: Why You Should Never Do Your Own Heat Repair

Whether you like it or not, autumn is right around the corner. That means that you should probably start thinking ahead to your fall heating needs. If you already do a fair amount of work around your home, you might think that you can skip your annual inspection and diagnose any issues yourself. But DIY heat repairs are always going to be a big mistake. Here are a few critical reasons to leave HVAC repairs to the professionals. Doing your own heat repair could start a fire One of the most important reasons to call your local HVAC company instead of doing your own furnace repair is that you could […]

3 Questions To Ask Before You Replace Your Home Heating System

Summer will soon be coming to a close, which means it’s certainly not too early to think about your fall heating needs. This is actually the best time of year to inquire about HVAC repairs, specifically heat repairs, since you won’t be in a huge rush to turn up the temperatures quite yet. But if you’re wondering whether you should replace your home heating system or you can get by with making some basic repairs, here are three questions you’ll need to ask yourself (and your technician). Is your furnace safe? Most importantly, your home heating system needs to be completely safe. If there’s any risk of a safety hazard, […]