How to Prep for Winter Power Outages

How to Prep for Winter Power OutagesEven with today’s advanced technologies and the improved reliability of the electrical grid, power outages are still common, both from routine maintenance and from unforeseen events. Though the average power outage may only last minutes or hours, it is still wise to prepare for the worst, such as the aftermath of a hurricane. Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for an extended power outage:

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

Here is Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement UnitMost often, one half of an HVAC system fails, but the other component is still operational. If your outdoor compressor or indoor evaporator has given out unexpectedly, you may be wondering if it’s okay to just replace that unit and have it added to the existing system. This might seem like a smart, cost-saving strategy, but here are a few good reasons why it’s better to buy an entire system.

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The Most Important Areas of Your House to Ventilate

The Most Important Areas of Your House to VentilateIt sure is refreshing and pleasant to open up your windows on a nice spring or autumn day to let the sun and fresh air inside. Unfortunately, it’s often too downright cold or too hot and humid outside to rely on natural ventilation to boost your indoor air quality. So, what’s a homeowner with a well-sealed home to do? Read on to learn where and how to properly ventilate your home and make it more healthful year-round.

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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 KnowUV lights are small, virtually soundless and attack many offending airborne particulates that compromise indoor air quality (IAQ). UV lighting systems lower the populations of contagious viruses and bacteria indoors, and do so best when they’re installed and used according to specific guidelines.

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Heat and Humidity: Finding the Balance in Your Residence

Heat and Humidity: Finding the Balance in Your ResidenceHumidity is not typically something you worry about in the winter. After all, the air is dry enough you’re probably having to use lip balm and lotion to combat it. Why worry about humidity?

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A Guide to HVAC Heating Season Lingo

A Guide to HVAC Heating Season LingoDuring the heating season, it’s always a good idea to have some basic knowledge about your home’s heating system. You’ll be better prepared for any troubleshooting you may have to do with the equipment, plus have a better idea of what maintenance is necessary for heating equipment, and what steps you can take to save energy through the winter months. Here are a few key HVAC terms, along with some tips to go along with them:

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Water Source vs. Ground Source Heat: Understanding the Pros and Cons

Water Source vs. Ground Source Heat: Understanding the Pros and ConsA geothermal heat pump can be a great way to heat your home while saving both money and energy. But the question is, which type of heat pump should you install: water source or ground source? Both have their pros and cons. Here’s a breakdown of each.

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What is That Odor Coming From the Furnace?

What is That Odor Coming From the Furnace?Are you experiencing a strange furnace smell in your home? Perhaps it’s a big mystery for now, but once you’re done checking out our list of possibilities, you just might be able to put your finger on it. Take a look at these different odors and what they mean:

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Ice Dams Can Be a Serious Risk in the Wintertime

Ice Dams Can Be a Serious Risk in the WintertimeWhile the icicles hanging from your gutters may be beautiful to look at, the ice dams that may be lurking behind can wreak havoc on your home. It’s best to take the necessary measures to stop ice dams before they get a chance to start. Read on to learn more about how they form and what you can do prevent them.

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During Winter Cold Spells, Don’t Forget to Bundle Up Your Water Heater

During Winter Cold Spells, Don't Forget to Bundle Up Your Water HeaterYou know you can save energy by bundling up and turning down the thermostat a few degrees in winter. But did you know you could also save energy by wrapping up your water heater? Insulating a water heating unit keeps the heat inside the tank in cold weather.

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