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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Are Your Ducts Sealed? If Not, You’re Wasting Energy and Money

Are Your Ducts Sealed? If Not, You're Wasting Energy and MoneyIf your home is like many others, around 20 to 30 percent of heated or conditioned air passing through your ductwork is lost because of poor connections, leaks, and holes. As a result, it becomes difficult and more expensive to keep your house comfortable. Let’s look at why duct sealing is a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re looking to reduce energy usage and costs.

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Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower Your Home’s Temp

Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower Your Home's TempDo you sometimes have trouble sleeping? Sleep experts say there are a number of reasons people experience sleeplessness: too much caffeine, drinking alcohol before bedtime, trying to sleep with lights and electronic devices on. But one reason for sleeplessness that you may not know about is that the heating system is set too high.

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Avoid Costly Damage by Preventing Winter Pipe Bursts

Avoid Costly Damage by Preventing Winter Pipe BurstsAny Virginia resident can tell you that it gets cold here in the winter, so it’s vital that you take steps to prevent pipe bursts. How do you protect your home? Start by incorporating some of our favorite tips:

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Water Heater Sizing: Does Your House Need More Than One?

Water Heater Sizing: Does Your House Need More Than One?Upgrading from a storage tank-style water heater to a tankless or on-demand appliance can help lower your household energy usage. Before you have that new water heater installed, though, you need to consider whether your home needs more than one. You can start by comparing how the two different types work:

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Solve Problems With a Humidifier Throughout the Heating Season

Solve Problems With a Humidifier Throughout the Heating SeasonAs the weather gets colder, humidity levels reduce and the air gets drier. That may cause or aggravate a number of cold-weather ailments such as dry skin, itchy eyes, and allergies. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air. So how are they beneficial? Read on to find out the advantages of using a humidifier during the heating season.

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Is Your Ductwork Getting Old?

Is Your Ductwork Getting Old?You can’t have an efficient, high-performing HVAC system without a tight system of ductwork. If ducts are leaking or blocked, your rooms won’t get all the conditioned air that you’re paying to heat or cool. Yet, ducts are like any other mechanical system; over time, they will age and deteriorate. A homeowner who can detect whether he or she’s got old ductwork that’s no longer doing its job will be better equipped to address the situation.

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Replacing the Furnace Motor: Deciding Between ECM and PSC

Replacing the Furnace Motor: Deciding Between ECM and PSCIf you’ve been told you need a furnace motor replacement, it could be good news. Chances are, the existing motor in your furnace blower is an old-fashioned PSC (permanent split capacitor) type that was the industry standard for decades. These outmoded motors consume as much as 500 watts of electricity, adding significantly to your heating costs. Today, the improved option for furnace motor replacement is an ECM (electronically commutated motor) unit. Smarter technology incorporated in these motors draws only about 80 watts of electricity. That means a big load is taken off your monthly utility bill.

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Winter Safety Precautions for Your Chesapeake Home

Winter Safety Precautions for Your Chesapeake HomeWhen most homeowners think about winter home safety, they think about keeping their walkways clear and being careful around fireplaces. These are good precautions, but there are a few more that should be added to your list.

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Learn the Basics About Load Calculations

Learn the Basics About Load CalculationsThe load calculation that HVAC professionals conduct before installing a new heating and cooling system provides critical information about its sizing. In order to operate most efficiently and keep the home comfortable, all HVAC systems must match the conditioning load the home requires.

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