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Can I save money by closing off HVAC vents in rooms I don’t use a lot?

The practice of closing off vents in parts of your home that aren’t being used in order to save money dates back to when homes were heated from a central location, like a fireplace.  Back then it worked.  Today homes are equipped with central heating and air conditioning systems, by closing off the parts of…

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How can I save money on a heating or air conditioning system?

Will the lowest priced heating and air conditioning system end up costing you money in the long run with high operating costs or by needing to be replaced sooner? Will the lowest priced system provide the comfort you expect? Before you make your final decision, you should consider operating costs and efficiency ratings. Comparing energy…

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What are some signs that might indicate I have a problem with my HVAC system?

While not always, you may notice an abnormal noise coming from the system, your heating or cooling system running non-stop, or warm air/cool air coming from the vents during the opposite season.   Abnormally high utility bills are also a common indicator. Problems can be caused by a number of different factors.  The most common include:…

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How long should my furnace last?

This depends greatly upon how well it is maintained but in general the average life of a furnace is 15 years. But I can’t stress enough that the better maintained your furnace is, by having seasonal check-ups performed every fall, the longer you can expect it to last. My rule of thumb is when your…

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How important is an EnergyGuide Label?

The EnergyGuide label is important when shopping for an energy-efficient product.  The U.S. government requires manufacturer’s to affix the label to a variety of products to provide a way for consumers to compare the energy use of similar appliances. The label helps you understand and compare the estimated yearly operating cost based on the unit’s…

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Why do I need to clean my filter regularly?

Regular filter replacement helps your heating and cooling system operate at peak levels and improves indoor air quality.  It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper air flow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens and germs.  Depending upon the type of filter you have, you may require monthly or less…

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What are some examples of contributors to poor indoor air quality?

Many factors can cause poor air quality in your home. Some common contributors are listed below. Although you may not have all of these occurring in your home, by addressing the ones you do, you can increase your air quality and overall home comfort. Irregular maintenance. Lack of regular maintenance on your heating and cooling…

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How can I improve the ventilation in my home?

Make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient by improving ventilation. Here are few “around the house” tips to boost ventilation:  Vent moisture to the outside from the bathroom and laundry room. The bathroom produces more moisture than any other room in your house. If you cannot vent the bathroom to the outside, install a vent…

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Is a heating & air conditioning system with more capacity always better?

No. A larger system with more capacity actually delivers less comfort and costs more to operate. An air conditioner is at its least efficient when it’s first turned on. A system with too much capacity will run in numerous short cycles, turning on and off repeatedly, therefore causing it to be less efficient. Also, keep…

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How can I identify the reasons for high home energy costs?

Various factors drive operating costs for your heating and cooling system.  The local climate, your area's electric (or gas) rates, even how often doors and windows are opened and shut affect the costs to run your heating & cooling system. Know the factors, so you can save money on electric bills and maintenance. Of course,…

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