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  • Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

    Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

    August 14th, 2018
    Survive the summer with these easy heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance tips. Replace the Filter The best way to avoid potential HVAC problems is by checking the filter every month! Now is the perfect time to check the air filter and set a repeating calendar reminder to inspect it every 30 days. We highly recommend cleaning or replacing
  • Why You Should Call a Professional to Install Your Thermostat

    Why You Should Call a Professional to Install Your Thermostat

    August 10th, 2018
    How long has that same thermostat on the wall of your home stared out at you? “It was here when I moved in.” “I think it was here when I moved in.” “Uhm, I don’t know. A long time, I guess. Does it really matter?” If your answer is a variant of those above, then you need to consider scheduling installation of
  • Pros and Cons of On-Demand, Tankless Water Heaters

    Pros and Cons of On-Demand, Tankless Water Heaters

    August 7th, 2018
    When it’s time to start looking for water heater replacement options, you may be considering switching to a tankless, or on-demand, water heating system. While tankless water heaters take up less space and can save you a lot of energy, there are some things to keep in mind, such as higher upfront costs and the possibility that they won’t produce
  • What Are VOCs?

    What Are Volatile Organic Compounds? VOCs and Your Health

    August 3rd, 2018
    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing organic chemicals that get released into the air and can cause a variety of adverse health effects. VOC concentrations are almost always higher indoors due to their presence in many household products combined with poor ventilation. These common household products all release harmful VOCs into the air while you are using them, and to
  • Attic Air Sealing and Insulation Tips to Minimize Attic Energy Loss

    Attic Air Sealing and Insulation Tips to Minimize Attic Energy Loss

    July 31st, 2018
    Insulate your attic to minimize heating and cooling costs all year round, increase comfort, minimize the stack effect, and extend the lifespan of your air conditioner and furnace. It’s one of the best ways to reduce energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, attic insulation improvements (combined with air sealing and proper HVAC maintenance) can cut your heating
  • Xeriscaping (Dry Landscaping) Around Outdoor HVAC Unit

    Xeriscaping (Dry Landscaping) Around Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

    July 27th, 2018
    What is Xeriscaping? Xeriscaping is a water-saving landscaping style, great for dry climates, improving drainage, reducing lawn upkeep, and enhancing beauty. The term combines the Greek word “xeros,” meaning dry, with the Dutch word landscaping. Xeriscaping can range from simple to complex. While you might be conjuring up images of cacti and harsh desert landscapes, there is a diverse range
  • What You Need to Know About the EPA HCFC-22 (R-22/Freon®) Phaseout

    What You Need to Know About the EPA HCFC-22 (R-22) Phaseout

    July 24th, 2018
    The most common type of refrigerant used in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment is HCFC-22 (or R-22). If your air conditioner or heat pump was manufactured before 2010, it most likely uses R-22 refrigerant. (You can find out what type of refrigerant your air conditioner or heat pump uses by checking out the nameplate on your outdoor condenser unit.) Due
  • How to Inspect Air Ducts for Leaks

    How to Inspect Your Air Ducts for Leaks

    July 20th, 2018
    One of the major disadvantages when it comes to central air conditioning is the ductwork. According to the U.S. EPA, the average duct system loses around 20% to 30% of its air to holes and leaks in the ductwork. If your ducts are located in the basement, attic, or other unconditioned areas of the home, you could be losing a
  • Why Does My Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?

    Does My Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?

    July 17th, 2018
    With summer in full swing, many homeowners are wondering whether or not they need to recharge or refill their refrigerant. We are often asked, "Why does my AC need more refrigerant?" and the answer is simple—there is a leak somewhere in the refrigerant line. If you are low on refrigerant, make sure your technician finds and fixes the leak instead
  • Air Conditioning Fun Facts

    7 Fun and Interesting Air Conditioning Facts

    July 13th, 2018
    HVAC systems are a luxury that many of us take for granted. It has impacted our way of life in ways too numerous to list here. Let’s take a look at some of the ways HVAC technology has improved our comfort and health. You may not think HVAC systems are the most interesting thing in the world, but these facts
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