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How Does Humidity Affect HVAC Performance?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

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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Topics: HVAC system, humidity level, hvac performance

What Are the Most Common Building Problems?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Having a brand new house can feel like a dream, since everything is new and has never been lived in or on before. Many people also feel that buying a new or newer home can lead to less issues in the future. Unfortunately, this point isn't always true. In fact, many people buy newer houses only to find a myriad of problems arise after they move in.

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.

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Topics: Common Building Problems

What Is Air Sealing?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

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.

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Topics: air sealing

Can AC Be Installed in My Home w/a Boiler?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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.

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Topics: A/C installation

Are Chemicals Affecting My Home's Air Quality?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

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.

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Topics: indoor air quality

Installing AC in a Vintage home?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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.

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Topics: A/C installation

When Considering Insulation, What Do You Need to Do?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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.

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Topics: home insulation

3 Ways to Defend Against Damage From Ice Dams

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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:

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Topics: Ice Dams

What Is a Building Shell/Envelope?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

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.

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Topics: building envelope, building shell

When Should You Have Your Heater Inspected?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Cleveland heater inspection

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