Green Your Fireplace with Gas or Woodburning Inserts

Article Found on Modernize

Those cold, dreary winter days are finally upon us. Luckily for you, that means all the more time you can spend warming yourself by the fireplace. And your time in front of the hearth will be all the more enjoyable when you install a gas or woodburning insert in place of your conventional fireplace. Read more

11 Innovations Shaping the Future of HVAC

Article Found on BuilderOnline

With the rise of smart home technology adoption, home buyers increasingly expect new homes to be equipped with the latest technological advances, and the HVAC system is no exception. The entire HVAC industry is undergoing a technological revolution to keep up with the demand of home buyers and builders.

These new solutions help with efficiency, cut costs, and improve client satisfaction. Many of these technologies are still on the drawing board, but there are some you can take advantage of now to boost your homes’ comfort levels. Read more

How To Protect Your Home From Indoor Air Pollution

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While people have started to wake up to the fact that they need to be more concerned about the quality of their indoor air, it still doesn’t seem to be enough. While the Environmental Protection Agency has cited the main cause of this type of pollution being linked to sources that release gases or particles, these are not the only causes. Inadequate ventilation is also a problem yet another major problem is the quality of air filtering through ventilation systems. Read more

The Biggest Reason Your Heating Bill Is Too High

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Winter is coming. With temperatures outside dropping, many homes will start to see their heating bills increase. Learn what factors can cause your bill to go up and what you can do to lower it while still keeping your home warm. Read more

Top 10 Causes of HVAC Airflow Problems

Article found on Aristair

Airflow issues are among the most common HVAC problems. If you suspect you have HVAC airflow problems, you’re probably experiencing one or more of the following symptoms Read more

How Can I Tell That My Furnace Filter Needs to be Changed?

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Signs your furnace filter needs changing:

  • The filter is noticeably gray in color, and you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter media.
  • Your home is dustier than usual.
  • Your heating or cooling system is cycling longer than it usually does.
  • Your current filter has been in use longer than the manufacturer’s recommendation (anywhere from one to six months, depending on your filter). Read more

How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of a Fireplace

Article Found on Modernize

Fireplaces generate a lot of heat—as long as you’re standing right in front of them. Otherwise, they can suck all the heat right out of a room and send it up your chimney with a lot of smoke. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can increase the energy efficiency of your fireplace so it’s worth burning all that wood. Read more

THE BATTLE OF THE HOME ENERGY SOURCES: GAS VS. ELECTRIC

Article Found on BuilderOnline, written by Lydia Lee

Troon Pacific, a San Francisco–based developer of high-end residences, just put its latest project on the market: a $45 million, 9,500-square-foot house in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood. The kitchen of this LEED Platinum-certified home has not one, but two cooktops: a 36-inch Gaggenau gas cooktop and a 15-inch Gaggenau electric induction cooktop. “Induction is the most sought after by chefs, because the heat can be so well controlled,” says Greg Malin, CEO of Troon Pacific. “But the market in the U.S. hasn’t quite broken out yet, so we have both, to let people choose how they want to cook and expand in the directions they want to. Read more

Warning: Learn These Home Heating Fire Hazards

Article Found on Modernize

Heating your home with poorly maintained equipment is like playing with fire—sometimes quite literally! Even if you don’t have a fireplace with an open flame, you could be putting the safety of your home and family at risk. Especially if you slack off on monitoring the condition and performance of your heating systems. Read more

How Often Should You Have a Furnace Inspection?

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Before the cold weather hits, experts recommend having a professional service your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need it most.

HVAC experts say an annual furnace inspection and service will prolong the life of the system, save energy and decrease health risks.

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