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HVAC & Ventilation Considerations Before Remodeling

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning considerations before remodeling

Remodeling your home, whether it is a basement, attic, or garage, is one of best home improvement decisions you could make. Well-planned additions and remodels consistently rank in the top 10 ROI home improvements when it comes to recouping costs at time of sale. Whether it’s playroom for the kids or a full in-law suite,

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Introduction to Hot Water Boilers and Hydronic Systems

Hot Water Boiler Hydronic System - Circulating Hot Water Systems

Hydronic boilers, coming from the word “hydro” meaning water, comprise central boilers and water heaters. The hot water or steam that is produced runs through pipes into radiators, which releases heat energy into the room. Once the water or steam loses its heat, it gets sent back to the boiler to be reheated. An electric-powered

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What is Offgassing? How to Prevent Offgassing Sources

What is off-gassing and how to prevent it at home

The best way to avoid offgassing in the home is to avoid products that emit VOCs and dangerous gasses in the first place. Many building materials and household products are treated with chemicals that are slow to release dangerous gasses. In addition to avoiding certain products, it’s important to have the proper amount of ventilation

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How to Clean an Electromechanical Thermostat

How to Dust Clean Electromechanical Thermostat

The thermostat is a device familiar to every homeowner. And when it stops working, everyone in the household notices. If the heating or cooling suddenly turns off, one of the first things you should check is the thermostat. First, make sure it is set to “heat” if you want warm air and “cool” if you

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Gas Leak Warning Signs | Is Your Furnace Leaking Gas?

Gas Leak Warning Signs | Is Your Furnace Leaking Gas?

Yuck! Something smells like rotten eggs! Gas can often give off an unpleasant odor, often described as rotten eggs or sulfur. While natural gas is normally odorless, gas manufacturers are required to add a chemical called mercaptan, which gives it that distinctive smell. Smelling gas is a dangerous situation that you should respond to immediately.

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