November 1, 2016

Should You Shut a Room to Save Energy?

Many homeowners fall for the urban myth that closing air vents in infrequently-used rooms can save energy. In reality, shutting a room can increase your energy bills, and cause a number of other issues in your home, including: Diminished comfort. In a system with a single-speed blower fan, shutting vents can make it difficult to maintain comfort. That’s because closing vents restricts airflow in the ductwork, which causes a pressure increase in the HVAC system. The fan speed drops as […]
October 25, 2016

How You Should Get the Air Conditioner Ready for Off Season

Cooler weather is coming soon, and when it gets here, it will be time to give your air conditioner a break during the off season. Here is a brief list of things you should do to get your cooling system ready for its winter idle time.   Shut it down. When you know you won’t need your A/C anymore this year, shut the power off completely, either at the system switch or at the circuit breaker. This prevents loss of […]
October 20, 2016

5 HVAC Considerations When Purchasing a Home

When you are buying a house, you certainly want to avoid hidden costs associated with unforeseen home repairs. Since the HVAC systems are generally out of sight and out of mind, you want to make a special effort to ensure you know what you are getting. Consider the following HVAC tips to make the best and most informed decisions when shopping for a house. Age of Systems Know the age of the HVAC systems of the homes you are considering […]
October 18, 2016

Using the Whole HVAC System to Save Energy at Home

Perhaps no other system offers more ways to save energy in your home than your HVAC system. That’s great news considering that home cooling and heating accounts for up to half of your home’s energy consumption. Use these tips to leverage the whole HVAC system for maximum energy savings with no loss in comfort. Coil Cleaning Your heat pump or central air system use refrigerant circulating inside coils to extract or release heat from or into your home. When the […]