When the humidity rises, it's nice to retreat inside your home where the air conditioning system has kept the air cooler and less humid. But have you ever thought about how high humidity affects the performance of your HVAC system? Here's a look.
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The are a few common things that can go wrong when a company is building a home, some of which may not be detected until years later.
Topics: Common Building Problems
When you have air leaking out of your home you're practically throwing money away. This air that has been heated or cooled using your HVAC system costs you money and when your home is full of gaps and leaks, this money is being blown out of your home's windows and doors — literally.
Topics: air sealing
When most homeowners think of central air conditioning, they picture a system that integrates with a forced air furnace and a system of ducts. If your home has boiler heating, you may assume that AC installation simply isn't an option. But while installing a standard, duct-based central air conditioning system may not work well, there are modern air conditioning systems that are perfect for homes with boiler-style heating. You can enjoy a cool home without window air conditioners, after all! Here's a look.
Topics: A/C installation
If you're not using a whole-home air purifier, there's a chance your indoor air quality (IAQ) is at risk. Environmental chemicals (aka hair spray, cleaning agents, other beauty care products, extra paint cans, etc) can create indoor pollution levels that rival -- or even exceed -- outdoor pollution levels.
Topics: indoor air quality
If you live in a vintage home with boiler heating and no ductwork, you may be under the impression that air conditioning is an impossibility. This is one occasion where you should be happy to learn that you're wrong! There are actually several alternatives for you to consider. One alternative is a minisplit system. These systems operate without ductwork and are a great choice for vintage and traditional homes.
Topics: A/C installation
Upgrading insulation is a single improvement that yields a more efficient and comfortable home interior for decades to come. It inhibits the movement of warm air into cooler environments, which is why well-installed insulation provides year-round energy savings.
Topics: home insulation
Those giant ice formations at the edge of your roof might look pretty, but they can really wreak havoc on your gutters and roof. Known as ice dams—probably because of the four-letter expletives they'll leave you uttering—these sheets of ice can lead to soggy roofing, moldy attics, and sagging gutters. Here's how to defend yourself:
Topics: Ice Dams
When you send something through the mail, you put it in an envelope to protect it. Your home has an envelope, too. The building envelope, also known as a building shell, isn't made from paper — and you wouldn't want to lick it — but it's an extremely important component of the home that shelters you. The building envelope is comprised of the physical structures that separate the interior and exterior portions of your building.
Winter is nearly upon us and you may be dreading the start of the cold weather or you may be looking forward to pulling out your cold weather wardrobe again. Either way, if it has been a while since you had your heating unit checked, you'll need to have it inspected before winter arrives.
Topics: Cleveland heater inspection