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December 29, 2015

Understanding the Basics of a Variable-Speed Furnace

A variable-speed furnace offers more comfort, increased energy savings and greater longevity than a single-stage heating system. The term “variable speed” refers to the motor inside the air handler that powers the fan. These types of motors embed the most advanced motor technology available in residential HVAC systems. Variable-speed motors are actually electronically-commutated motors (ECMs), and use electricity differently than the more common permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor used in HVAC systems. ECMs use inverters to change the power from […]
December 22, 2015

Should You Consider Adding Ductless Mini Splits in Your Home?

If more conventional HVAC systems aren’t the best solution for your home, a ductless mini split may offer an energy efficient and convenient solution. This is an innovative solution that combines the same performance and comfort that central systems provide, minus the ductwork. Ductless systems are available as air conditioners and heat pumps, and the latter will double as a heating system. The two main parts for either are the indoor air handlers and the outdoor condensers. A narrow conduit […]
December 17, 2015

Want to Perform a Home Energy Evaluation? Use this Checklist

For homeowners who want to save money on their monthly energy usage, a home energy evaluation is an excellent first step. This type of evaluation shows you where you are using or losing energy and gives you the opportunity to correct problems that can drive your costs up. Check the insulation: Insulation keeps warm air inside during the winter and outside during the summer. Check your walls, ceilings, floors, foundation, attic, and basement for the proper amount of insulation. Pay […]
December 15, 2015

How to Know if Your Ductwork Needs to be Replaced

Ductwork, like anything else, ages and deteriorates, and sometimes needs repair and even replacing. Since your ducts are out of sight, you should inspect them or have them inspected every few years. Following are some of the criteria you can use to determine whether you should consider replacing your ducts. Age How old are your ducts? If you have an older home, chances are the original ducts were not of the highest quality, and weren’t meant to last for the […]