5 Signs That You Should Replace Your Heat Pump

Article Found on Improvenet

While freezers, furnaces and air conditioners are recognizable examples of what heat pumps are, the term is more general and applied to many HVAC systems. A heat pump is an important piece of equipment that facilitates heat energy transfer from its source to its destination. The destination is also referred to as the heat sink in more technical terms. Read more

Chimney Cleaning: How Often and How Much Does It Cost?

Article Found on Modernize

If you’re anything like most homeowners, the words “chimney sweep” mostly conjures up images of Dick Van Dyke dancing across the London skyline. But chimney sweeping is actually a vital part of homeownership. Chimneys require regular cleaning to keep them safe to use. So what does cleaning entail? And how much will it cost you, after all is said and done? Below, we’ll answer all your “burning” questions about hiring a chimney sweep for your home. Read more

How to Safely Operate a Backup Generator

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Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. It’s important to make sure generators are properly installed and operated to prevent health and safety risks for you and our crews.

Before installing or operating a generator, review the following sections for important safety information: Read more

Six Warning Signs That Your Furnace May Be Failing

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Have you ever woken up freezing on a cold winter’s night? If you haven’t accidentally left the window open, chances are your furnace has broken down—and it can be a couple of miserably chilly days to wait while your furnace is repaired or replaced. However, if you can diagnose a failing furnace before it actually goes out, you can call a technician to repair or replace the unit without having to wait in the cold! Here are a few helpful warning signs that your furnace could be taking its last breath. Read more

THE OPTIMAL HVAC TEMPERATURES TO SAVE THE MOST ON YOUR POWER BILL

When stifling summer or frigid winter temperatures set in, homeowners have a tendency to reach for the thermostat and crank it up or down in order to stay comfortable. A few weeks later, they discover that their energy bill has skyrocketed and wonder why it drastically increased.

The equation is simple; the more your indoor temperatures differ from the temperature outside, the more expensive your utilities will be. It can be difficult to find a temperature range that keeps your house cozy without raising your expenses, but fortunately, the US Department of Energy has identified some of the optimal energy-saving temperatures for your home. Additionally, we’ve outlined some tips and alternatives to heating and cooling that will make things more comfortable during the extreme seasons, without raising your bills.
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8 Ways To Reduce Energy Use At Home

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Each month, homeowners receive energy bills they wish were just little lower. Some  customers are surprised to see that despite efforts to become a more energy-efficient home, bills are still high. Often, this can happen in the summer or winter when HVAC systems are being used the most to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

If you want to lower your home energy bills, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ways you can reduce your energy usage at home to save money long term. Read more

Mythbusters: Old Homes Can’t Be Made Energy Efficient

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Myth: Old Homes Can’t Be Made Energy Efficient

The Truth:

Old homes are often known for their charm, character or historical influence. One thing they aren’t known for? Being energy efficient. That’s because we didn’t have the same knowledge of building science. We didn’t understand how tight building envelopes positively impact energy efficiency and utility savings as we do today. And frankly, we didn’t have the same level of interest in energy efficiency, either. In recent decades, energy costs have increased significantly due to greater stress on the grid, the global population boom and growing concern for environment. Read more

Pets and Heating and Air Conditioning

Article found on Maytag

Have you checked your floor vents recently?

Are you beginning to feel a chill in the air? We’re diving deeper and deeper into fall, and the weather is only going to get colder. Are you ready for chillier weather?

While we’re preparing for winter weather, it’s important to keep our pets in mind. Anyone who has a pet knows how much of a mess they can make. Messes can lead to poor indoor air quality and fuzzy furnace filters. If you have pets, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your heating and air conditioning equipment. Read more

The High Cost of Poor Workplace Temperature Control

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According to IFMA research, an uncomfortable workplace temperature is the number one complaint of office workers about their workplace environment. Actually, it’s both number one and number two (people complain most about being too hot AND about being too cold). Read more

What Size Furnace Does My Home Need?

Article Found on Modernize

Autumn is fully underway and most homes have had the heat turned on at least once. Checklists are being printed out and homeowners are starting to winterize their homes  as the weather cools. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to make sure your furnace is working—you don’t want to get caught out in the cold! Read more