Are you considering an addition to your home? Whether it's an expanded bedroom for a family member, a screened-in porch or an upgraded man cave, a well-done addition can improve the functionality of your home, make your home more attractive or even increase its value. However, a badly executed addition can be a liability. Far too many people get deep into their home renovation project before they discover that the project is much more difficult, time-consuming or expensive than they anticipated.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
The refrigerant R-22 became popular in air conditioning units beginning in the 1950s. It helped the advance of the HVAC industry and was the predominant refrigerant for decades. Unfortunately, due to environmental issues, R-22 is now being phased out in the U.S. in favor of other refrigerants such as R-410A.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
The thought of replacing your HVAC system may fill you with dread, but the fact is, it's an opportunity to get things right. Newer HVAC systems are much more efficient than their ancestors, and above all, offer the savvy homeowner a chance to save significantly on utility bills over the lifetime of the equipment. But to get the most out of that equipment, you should be prepared to address the issue of home performance.
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Before summer rolls in and it's time to turn on the air conditioning, it's a wise idea to have your air conditioner inspected by a qualified HVAC technician. Taking this one simple step will reduce the chances of your AC unit breaking down when you need it most. If there are any loose or failing parts, your HVAC technician can catch and repair them before they get any worse.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Spring is officially here, and if you're like most people, you have some sort of spring cleaning routine in the works. Between vacuuming, dusting, and organizing, it's also important to pay attention to a system that's going to serve you as the weather continues to warm: your air conditioning. Spring is the perfect time to schedule an AC tune-up with your HVAC company.
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
When hiring an HVAC contractor, it's best to find a pro. Sure, the handyman down the street may give you what seems like a price break on air conditioning or heating installation or repair, but hiring an unlicensed contractor, or someone who isn't trained to work on your system, is asking for trouble. Here's some additional advice on why a licensed contractor is best, and some other critical questions to ask during the interview.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Purchasing efficient appliances and an energy-efficient HVAC system are only part of the home performance equation. For example, air conditioner efficiency is severely compromised if your home is so leaky that hot exterior air can infiltrate the house. The place to start is with an energy efficient structure and then match an efficient HVAC system to it.
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Once moving dust has settled and your furniture is arranged, take time to think about one of the most important energy systems in your new home: the HVAC equipment. Making sure the HVAC units cycle on and off is only the first step.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Once escrow closes and you get the keys to your new home, it's time to evaluate the status of existing energy systems. This is especially true for the HVAC system, which is responsible for about 50 percent of American households' utility bills due to heating and cooling requirements. The condition of your home's HVAC system is integral to overall household energy efficiency, interior comfort and indoor air quality which has a large large bearing on the health of your family.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Anyone who owns a home is mindful of high energy costs, especially when the outdoor temperatures are at an extreme. Those who are proactive and insulate their home will reap the reward in the long run in the form of reduced energy costs and increased comfort across the entire year.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Owning an older home can be a rewarding and memorable experience. However, it also can include a few downfalls. This is especially true when it comes to saving energy. A lack of insulation and connection to the outside can contribute to a wide range of issues, including health and safety, efficiency, and durability, not to mention an uncomfortable home and a high energy bill.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Oh, how exciting! While flipping through a Cleveland area magazine, you noticed an ad for HVAC tune-ups at an unbelievable price. You enthusiastically called the company, scheduled the service, but was a little skeptical about how quickly the technician completed the inspection. The tech was in and out in less than 20 minutes. Oh, well. They're the experts, right? And, it was a good deal after all...
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
It's that time of year when your nose starts to run, your eyes start to itch and you feel stuffy-all at the same time. Spring allergies can really put a damper on the season. The good news is there are some things you can do to help reduce your spring allergies.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
We spend a lot of time indoors these days. Most of that time, the house is shut up tight. Modern, airtight homes help to lower utility bills by preventing air leaks, but lack of ventilation in tight homes can contribute to problems with indoor air quality. Here are five ways to protect your indoor air quality.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
If you have a boiler that works to heat your home, your home may be lacking an important piece of home comfort-air conditioning. Many homeowners who have boilers for heating do not have a way to cool their homes other than ceiling fans . However, there are air conditioning choices that can work well with a boiler heated home.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
If your home or office heating bills have ticked upward in the past few months, it's probably time to upgrade your system. An increase in heating bills can result from a number of different factors. It's possible that the thermostat is malfunctioning. Aged thermostats often display temperatures that don't reflect the temperature for which they've been set. Such a malfunction often results from faulty calibration. It might be time to replace your thermostat if it's out of calibration.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Many homeowners (or soon to be homeowners) who have homes with boilers aren't sure whether they can install an AC system. The good news is that it's possible to install an AC system in many boiler heated homes. There are several approaches that can be used: ducted systems, mini-duct systems, thru the wall units, ductless systems and the old standard window AC unit.. Each approach has it's own benefits- some times you can use a combination of these approached.
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
If you're thinking about investing in an upgrade for your home heating system, don't jump right into the project. Spend some time researching what an upgrade involves. Key in on the helpful steps outlined below to ensure that you select the perfect system for your home. It is essential that you do things in order so that you get the proper results and don't waste your money!
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Proper venting is required for combustion-powered heating systems. Ventilation, which is what the "V" in HVAC stands for, is a must for the safe exhaustion of gases produced during the combustion process, as well as for the proper operation of your home's combustion-powered furnace or boiler.
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
If you're looking for a way to save on home heating and cooling costs, but you aren't sure you want solar panels on your roof, why not dig a little deeper for your energy savings? Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool your house quietly and efficiently. In fact, a geothermal heat pump could cut your energy costs up to 80% while keeping you comfortable year round.
Thursday, February 18th, 2016