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January 23, 2018

Tips for Staying Warm in a Winter Power Outage

We’re lucky to have relatively mild winters in our region, but even here, winter storms can occasionally wreak havoc. When that happens, it’s often the case that the power goes out just when we need it the most. The anxiety that arises in these situations is compounded in that we don’t know when it’s likely to come back on. Here are some of the reasons a power outage may occur: High winds knock down power lines. Ice breaks power lines. […]
January 18, 2018

How to Know if Your Furnace Efficiency is Right

Furnace efficiency begins with the AFUE rating determined at the factory. Short for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, AFUE is a percentage that expresses the amount of fuel consumed that actually produces heat versus the percentage lost during combustion and venting.   Mandated by federal regulations, today the AFUE standard efficiency rating for furnaces is 80%. More expensive high-efficiency furnaces that recover lost heat, however, come with an AFUE as high as 95%.   AFUE is simply the starting point for […]
January 16, 2018

Why You Should Sync Your Home’s HVAC Systems for Optimal Efficiency

If you want to save energy, it’s vital that all your home’s systems and HVAC components are working in sync. These tips on syncing HVAC systems can make optimizing your home’s efficiency easier to accomplish and help you maximize your potential energy savings: Take Good Care of Your HVAC System Regular professional maintenance is a necessity if you want your HVAC equipment to operate efficiently. To get the full benefit, you should schedule service in the spring and fall every […]
January 11, 2018

Terms to Know Before Dealing with HVAC Pros

When you need service for your heating or cooling system, you’ll have a better chance of receiving solid assistance if you can show a basic understanding of HVAC concepts and terms. Here are some of the most common things to know when communicating with HVAC pros: HVAC This stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, a catchall for anything involving mechanical and passive ways to make a home’s climate comfortable. Forced-air HVAC system While other methods of heating and cooling […]