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October 13, 2015

Four Tips to Creatively Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

An outdoor HVAC unit is a necessity for homeowners with a whole-house air conditioner, but this bulky box can mar the otherwise tranquil landscape of your yard. You can hide this unit in several ways, but there are some important considerations to take into account as well. Use these tips to find the right solution for your landscaping. Leave Room to Breathe Ventilation is the most important consideration when you’re concealing your HVAC unit. Whether you use shrubbery, a commercial […]
October 8, 2015

Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature to Save Money This Fall

Lowering the temperature on your water heater by 10 degrees shaves up to 5 percent off your water heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Water heater manufacturers often set the temperature of their water heaters to 140 degrees. So, there are plenty of energy dollars to keep in your pocketbook by turning down water heater temperature. Keep reading to learn how. Lower Temperature, More Savings The federal Energy Star program suggests that 120 degrees water temperature suffices […]
October 6, 2015

Repair or Replace Your HVAC System This Fall: You Decide

Fall is the time of year to prepare your home for the heating months. If your HVAC system barely made it through last winter or summer, or if you’re facing a repair-or-replace decision, now is the time to act. Keep reading for professional pointers. Cost of Repair vs. Replacement The repair or replace dilemma generally centers around costs. Repairing your HVAC system probably costs less than replacing it. If it’s an expensive repair, though, you may consider that replacing it […]
September 24, 2015

What Are Some Signs Your Home Has a Humidity Problem?

Home humidity problems degrade indoor air quality, increase energy bills, and may actually damage your home and possessions. High indoor humidity also encourages the growth and spread of many microorganisms that affect health and comfort. Look for the following signs to determine if you have a home humidity problem. Mold and Mildew High indoor humidity invites mold and mildew development. Black, green, and pink spots on walls and ceilings are sure indicators you have a home humidity problem. Even common […]