When it comes to the heating and cooling system in your home, the heat pump is an important aspect. It’s responsible for shifting air inside or out to control and maintain the temperature in your house. Getting the right size heat pump is crucial and will ensure that you have a comfortable indoor environment, an efficient system, and lower energy costs.
Discover what problems occur when you have a heat pump that is improperly sized. Continue reading →
The money-saving value of a solar power system is obvious. Whatever the initial investment might be, what the homeowner gains back in reduced utility costs over time and the tax rebates and other possible incentives, makes solar energy a clear economic winner.
But there is another financial benefit of solar that many overlook, and that’s its effect on the value of a home. Continue reading →
Knowledge is power and knowing more about your gas water heater and how it works means that you can take better control over your home appliances as well as your bills. By understanding the parts that make up your water heater, you can start to troubleshoot problems, attempt minor repairs, or just feel more knowledgeable when it’s time for a service call.
Components Of A Gas Water Heater
The following are the components of a gas water heater, where to find them, their functions and important tips. Continue reading →
How could an air conditioner possibly contribute to respiratory illness? Can being in a building with a running air conditioner really give you a cold? Does exposure to cold air make you more susceptible to a respiratory infection?
The answers to those questions are more complex than just a simple yes or no.
Your home’s insulation is like an extra layer of skin, shielding you from the elements and acting as a barrier to unwanted air leakage.
Or at least that’s what it is supposed to do. All too often, gaps, holes, breaks, warps, uncovered nooks, unreached corners and unseen crevices compromise your insulation’s integrity.
The average American home loses 20-30 percent of its heated or cooled air to leakage. Consequently furnaces and air conditioners have to work overtime to catch up with the losses – while you have to work overtime to make enough money to pay your bloated energy bills.
The concept behind an energy management system is simple. The more you know about power usage patterns the better prepared you will be to make adjustments in your energy consumption habits. These adjustments can save you money, improve your energy efficiency and reduce your impact on the environment by cutting down on your use of fossil fuels. Continue reading →
While the part they play in the overall problem is not huge, HVAC systems do release gases that contribute to global warming.
The amount emitted is generally quite small, but these gases are highly potent heat trappers, and when they reach the atmosphere they outperform carbon dioxide on a molecule-to-molecule basis by a significant margin.
Learn more about how air conditioning systems affect the ozone with greenhouses gases and how regular maintenance can help. Continue reading →
Questions about the need for frequent air filter changes are common, and it is important to get an accurate answer. The simple response is that frequent changes are necessary, but the good news is that the job is usually easy.
The exact frequency with which a change is necessary varies a little from system to system and personal living situations. Changing your filter according to the optimal schedule will help to keep the HVAC system running efficiently, and it will help to keep pollutants out of the air.
Discover the factors that determine how often you should really change your air filter. Continue reading →
Research carried out by the EPA’s Energy Star division shows that most cases of premature HVAC system failures are caused by neglect and dirt and dust due to improper maintenance. Properly maintaining your unit will not only save you money on repair and replacement, but also improve its operation and increase the life span. Continue reading →