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June 11, 2019

C-Wire 101: What to Know

A c-wire is an important detail to be aware of if you’re upgrading to a new, smart thermostat. Unlike the old-school, battery-operated thermostats they’re rapidly replacing, these units incorporate intelligent technology—such as Wi-Fi connection options, a multifunctional color touchscreen display and integration into home automation systems—which requires continuous 24-volt electrical power. Short for “common wire,” a c-wire is the extra wire necessary to complete the circuit that provides that power. Many newer homes are already pre-wired with a c-wire connected […]
June 6, 2019

How to Spot Real Online HVAC Reviews

Choosing an HVAC service provider can be a difficult task. There are a lot of shady companies out there, providing subpar service, if not actually scamming their customers. How do you find a reputable HVAC contractor? You can start by looking at Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and similar sites for reviews from past customers. Be careful, though. Some companies pay people to post fake, glowing reviews of their service, to boost their image artificially. Here’s how you can tell […]
June 4, 2019

Could You Benefit from a Heat Pump?

The benefits of using a heat pump for air conditioning and heating are becoming better known. Heat pumps are widely recognized for their efficient use of energy, particularly in more moderate climates. They cool in a way similar to an air conditioner, but by means of a flipped switch, they can also heat. Air is distributed by the home’s duct system. Most heat pumps are electric powered, so they do not burn fossil fuels, which makes them a greener HVAC […]
May 30, 2019

How to Select HVAC Piping Materials

When buying a new HVAC system, there are all sorts of different components to think about. Do you want a single or variable-speed air handler? Should you use R-22 refrigerant, or R-410A? But one of the most important components is one most people hardly think about: piping. What kinds of HVAC piping materials are there, and how do you choose the right ones for your system? Here’s a brief guide. Metal Pipes The type of HVAC piping you get depends […]