The Most Crucial Areas of Your House to Ventilate

The Most Crucial Areas of Your House to VentilateHow much ventilation is enough and what rooms are most important to ventilate? Today’s houses are so tightly-sealed to conserve energy that ventilation anywhere is usually an improvement. However, it’s also true that certain interior spaces benefit more from venting and the right type of ventilation may differ from room-to-room. Here’s a rundown of what works best where.

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Considering UV Lights to Improve Your Home’s IAQ? Here’s What to Know

Considering UV Lights to Improve Your Home's IAQ? Here's What to KnowHospitals, water treatment facilities and many public buildings utilize the germicidal properties of UV lights. Can your home benefit, as well? Hopefully you have an efficient air filter installed in your HVAC system and replace it every month or two. While quality air filters do a good job of removing inorganic pollutants like dust and lint, however, living organic particulates like viruses, mold and bacteria aren’t neutralized by filtration. In fact, they commonly use air filter media as a breeding ground to disperse more toxic pathogens into your household air. Clearly, filtration alone isn’t enough.

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How to Control Dust Throughout Your Home

How to Control Dust Throughout Your HomeControlling dust is more of a home maintenance issue than a housekeeping issue. Dust happens–and not because you don’t keep your house clean. Even indoor spaces that are sanitized to medical-grade standards generate some dust. Most dust isn’t even dirt, per se. It’s a miscellany of tiny airborne stuff like pollen, dead skin flakes, fabric fibers, pet dander, tracked-in soil, residue from building materials and even pieces of dead insects.

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These Things Mean You’re Working With a Quality HVAC Business

These Things Mean You're Working With a Quality HVAC BusinessQuality customer service means different things in different industries. For the consumer, however, what’s consistent about great customer service is simply this: You recognize it when you get it and also when you don’t. In the HVAC industry, certain indicators tend to predict the level of service a particular provider is likely to deliver. Paying attention to these can help you avoid disappointing experiences including substandard installation or repair, poor heating/cooling performance, bad indoor air quality and potential warranty issues with the manufacturer of your system.

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Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement UnitWhat should you do if an HVAC system–either your furnace or air conditioner–malfunctions: Get it repaired with a new component or replace the whole system? Since these things have a way of happening at the least convenient time, it’s a decision that will probably put you on the spot and require a quick response.

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Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons Why

Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons WhyAmong the many potential heating system problems, furnace cold air is probably the most basic. A furnace that’s not producing any heat whatsoever is failing at its most fundamental function. This can mean something very essential is wrong–or something quite simple. For safety reasons, do-it-yourself attempts to repair gas-fired furnaces are not recommended.

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Have You Weatherized the Windows in Your Home?

Have You Weatherized the Windows in Your Home?Weatherizing windows is a cost-efficient way to prevent energy loss at those vulnerable points. Yes, installing new high-tech, energy-efficient windows you see advertised is another option. The fact is, however, the substantial expense of those upgrades takes many years to recoup through energy savings. On the other hand, a little attention to your existing windows, along with minimum investment in materials, can probably return them to acceptable energy-efficient condition. Here are some simple steps for weatherizing windows you can take here and now to help reduce heat loss and preserve indoor comfort.

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Unsealed Ducts = Wasted Money and Energy

Unsealed Ducts = Wasted Money and EnergyWhy is duct sealing a critical issue these days? First of all, energy costs are rising steadily and heating/cooling is usually the biggest single household energy consumer. Second, aging, leaky ductwork is generally considered the weakest link in HVAC efficiency. Residential ducts leak heated and cooled air at startling rates: Basic research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy reveals that fully 30% to 40% of conditioned air produced by the average home furnace or air conditioner leaks out of ductwork and never contributes to maintenance of household temperature or comfort.

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Here’s Everything You Should Know About Heat Exchangers

Here's Everything You Should Know About Heat ExchangersIn gas-fired furnaces, heat exchangers are the most critical components. A furnace burner flame does not directly heat air that flows into your ductwork and warms your house. Instead, the burner heats the heat exchanger, which in turn heats air flowing through a passageway incorporated in the component. Thus, heat exchangers effectively separate the burner/combustion chamber from the heated airflow. This design not only ensures rapid, consistent heating, it also seals combustion byproducts — including deadly carbon monoxide gas — out of the airflow that circulates through your home. Instead, these vapors are safely exhausted up the furnace vent.

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What’s That Odor From the Furnace?

What's That Odor From the Furnace?An unexplained furnace smell emitting from the vents in your heating system is never a welcome event. First, of all, furnace odors are not usually an enchanting fragrance wafting through the household. Secondly, there’s always the worry that it could be a sign of a safety hazard, too. Furnaces are designed to operate odor-free. When any furnace smell becomes conspicuous, it’s natural to wonder what it really means. It’s also important not to ignore it.

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    Jeff Paitson Jeff Paitson is a third generation business owner who continues to run the business with the same values that have been passed down from previous generations since 1922.

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