Energy-efficiency is an important trend today among homeowners, not only because energy-efficiency is better for the environment but because it’s also better for your wallet. If you’re getting ready to replace your furnace this fall before the cold weather starts, you may want to consider a hybrid model. These are some things to consider before you start.
Do you have a somewhat unpredictable climate?
If the most reliable thing about your weather is that it will probably change in the next hour or two, a hybrid furnace system with a dual-speed fan could be a big energy and money saver. A hybrid heating system can be set to handle the cooler temperatures that come with an elongated autumn or mild winter weather using an electric heat pump. Once the temperature dips closer to freezing, you can switch the unit to propane. This lets you conserve the expensive propane for the …Read More
A good HVAC technician will recommend a furnace that’s correctly sized for your home. However, some homeowners demand a larger furnace because they (falsely) believe it will keep their home even warmer or will operate more efficiently. This is just not a good idea. If your HVAC contractor recommends a furnace of a certain size, trust that that is the size you need. Installing a furnace that’s too large can cause the following issues.
High Energy Bills
A furnace that is too big for your home will end up turning on and off very often. As soon as it gets burning in its peak-efficiency range, it will be time for it to turn off again. This short-cycling requires a lot more energy, so your utility bills are likely to shoot up. Once the too-large furnace is installed, no amount of scrimping and insulation will bring your bills back down to …Read More
Portable and window air conditioners are two alternative cooling options to central air conditioning systems which are designed to cool a much smaller area. Because they each possess their own unique method of operation, portable and window air conditioners also have a distinctive set of features and drawbacks. Understanding what each type of air conditioner has to offer you can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.
Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners, like their name suggests, are very easy to move around your home. This also means that they are extremely easy to install, as they simply have to be plugged into an electrical outlet and a vent. This means that you can take a portable air conditioner with you from room to room as needed very easily. Additionally, portable air conditioners do not take up valuable window space, allowing natural light and fresh air into …Read More
You know how comfortable your home can feel with an effective air conditioning system. But, your comfort level is not the only reason why maintaining your air conditioner is a good idea. The following are 4 healthful reasons you should keep your AC in tip-top shape.
1. Protection Against Excessive Heat
Heat, especially excessive heat, could possibly lead to ailments like heat exhaustion, which is characterized by the following:
- A feeling of confusion or dizziness
- Your urine might appear darker than usual
- You could faint or feel very tired
- Pains like headaches or abdominal cramps
- You might feel the urge to vomit or will do so
Your AC can help prevent the ill effects of excessive heat.
2. Keep You Happy and Content
You want a happy home, right? Well, studies show that mood can be elevated by controlling the temperature in your home. The best temperature is 72 degrees…Read More
If you have a traditional HVAC system with a ventilation system that spans your building, then then you might have worried about dirty air ducts from time to time. However, you might not be sure exactly how dangerous some dirty ducts can be. Are they a serious health hazard or would you just be wasting your money by hiring a cleaning service? To help give you some guidance on what to do in your situation, here is a list of common dangers associated with dirty ducts:
- Dust – Your biggest concern is probably going to be whether or not dirty air ducts are dangerous to your health. The good news is that ducts with a bit of dirt and dust inside them aren’t particularly dangerous to the average person. Even if you frequently use HVAC in your home, the air quality will not take a severe dip. You might experience
Sky-high heating bills can completely undermine your budget in the winter. But so many methods for saving on heating require you to spend money in order to save! Instead of spending hundreds on special insulating curtains or spray foam insulation, try implementing some of these cheap, easy ways to save on heating. They all cost less than $5!
Replace your furnace filter.
If your furnace filter is clogged and dirty, your furnace filter has to work extra hard to push air through it. Replacing yours is sure to reduce your heating bills throughout the season. While there are expensive furnace filters, a simple, disposable fiberglass filter will work just fine in most cases, and these only cost $1 – 2. If you have allergy problems and want to make sure all mold spores are being filtered out of your air, you can splurge on a pleated cotton filter for about …Read More