When the temperature starts to drop in the winter, you'll most likely be thinking about your home's heating bill and how to keep it lower this year. Here are a few tips you can use to reduce your heating costs all winter long. Upgrade Your Thermostat Does your home have an older thermostat with basic programmable functions or one of the ancient ones that uses mercury to determine the temperature? You need to upgrade your thermostat to a more modern model to see some significant cost savings.
30 December 2016
If you live in an area where the summers don't get too hot and the winters don't get too cold, your HVAC contractor may be recommending that you install a heat pump in your home rather than a full-size furnace and AC unit. Many homeowners hesitate to install a heat pump simply because they're unfamiliar with what they are and how they work. Here's a closer look at this type of system and its advantages -- so you can make a more informed choice.
7 December 2016
With the cold weather coming, it is time to turn up the heat and forget about the air conditioning in your home. This is also a time when you will want to do some final maintenance to your AC and winterize it. You may also want to keep up with some small maintenance to ensure it is in good shape when you need it next year. Here are some tasks that you will want to do to winterize your AC and maintain it through the winter months:
11 October 2016
An air conditioning system can be one of the more important amenities for your home. However, it is a reality that you may not be very sure of what should be done to get the most out of these systems. This can lead to some potentially serious issues for your air conditioning system that can cause comfort issues for the house. To avoid these problems, you may need to learn the answers to the following couple of questions.
9 August 2016
During the summer, you may notice that the ducts of your air conditioning system begin to sweat, or develop condensation. This is usually harmless and not typically cause for expensive repairs, but it can also lead to the growth of mold and may cause rust or rot in surrounding materials. In order to prevent this condensation from forming, walk through the following four steps, or contact your local air conditioning service to have the problem solved professionally.
11 July 2016
No matter how state-of-the-art and new your furnaces, it is a good idea to do some basic maintenance every year. This maintenance is best done before winter, so you could have a fully functioning furnace when the weather starts to drop and you need to heat your house. You can have your furnace maintained by an HVAC contractor, but you can probably do most of the simple maintenance on your own.
20 May 2016
Not all HVAC issues are the direct result of a major breakdown. In a number of situations, a minor issue is causing your system to perform poorly. For this reason, you need to identify these issues quickly, so you can keep your HVAC system working properly. Damaged Fan Blades One area you need to monitor is the fan blades of the outside compressor. Leaves, twigs or other items can be sucked in while the compressor is on and these items may bend or chip the blades.
25 February 2016
Heating systems can use up a lot of energy, and can therefore cost you a lot of money. Like many homeowners, you might be looking for tips and tricks to bring your utility bills down to more reasonable levels. Luckily, there are actually quite a few different ways that you can approach this conundrum. For example: You can enhance your insulation When it comes to lowering your heating bills, one of your best options is to reduce the amount of heat that escapes your home.
15 January 2016