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Then Vs. Now: Furnaces

Do you know how much the furnace has changed over the years?

Home heating has been around for a while. It started with simple wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to today's high-efficiency, natural gas-powered furnaces. As the years have gone by, heating technology has improved more and more. This means the furnace sitting in your basement could be extremely out-of-date if it is an older...
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Component Highlight : Refrigerant/R-410A

Do you know what the refrigerant in your HVAC system does?

Heating season is in full swing. Do you use a heat pump to heat your home? If so, chances are your system contains refrigerant.There are many components that make your HVAC equipment work. One of these components is your refrigeration system. Refrigerant facilitates the transfer of heat either to or from air that is...
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Snow and Your HVAC System

Have you already experienced your first snow of the year?

Are you hoping for a snowy holiday season? There's nothing quite like snow around the holidays. However, while it can create a festive atmosphere, there are some things you're going to want to keep in mind when it comes to your home comfort equipment - particularly if you have a heat pump.Some of these tips are geared at...
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What Is a Smart Thermostat

How automated is your home?

Have you given much thought to your thermostat? There are many options out there, some of which you may not know about. Some thermostats only work with single-stage equipment, others only work with single-stage equipment, others only work with a dual-fuel configuration. There are non-programmable thermostats and programmable thermostats. There are also...
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Using the Internet to Find a Contractor

How much time do you spend in front of a screen?

For years, word-of-mouth recommendations have been king when it comes to contractor recommendations. Think neighbors talking over a fence or families talking over the phone. However, the platform has changed over the past few years. Now, people are turning to the internet for their recommendations. Have you ever used the internet to hire a...
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Dos and Don’ts of Contractor Selection

Are you hiring a contractor to work on your HVAC equipment?

It's fall preventative maintenance time! Are you looking around for a heating and cooling professional to work on your gas furnace? The most important part of any installation or service call is the very beginning - the hunt for a qualified HVAC professional. Are you doing the right things to make sure that the professional you...
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What Does the Arrow on a Furnace Filter Mean

Do you know how to properly change a furnace filter?

Fall is only a few short weeks away. Do you know when you last changed your furnace filter? Changing your furnace filter regularly and properly is important for indoor air quality, your family's health, and the life of your heating and cooling equipment. Neglecting to change your furnace filter results in poor airflow and decreased...
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What Is a Manual J Load Calculation?

Did your contractor preform a Manual J load calculation?

Tons? BTUs? What does it all mean? Sizing matters when it comes to a new heating or air conditioning system. Did your contractor properly size your new equipment before installing it in your home?Rule-of-thumb measurements or basing the size of your new system on what you already have is not best practice. A contractor should...
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Changes to Air Conditioners

Do you know how much the air conditioner has changed?

When air conditioners were first used in commercial applications in the early 1900s, it operated using ice. A lot has changed since the air conditioner was first created. For one, central air conditioners use refrigerant instead of ice to cool a space.Things have been progressing at a rapid pace over the past few decades....
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Air Conditioner True/False

Decide whether the statements are true or false.

True? False? You decide.Lowering your thermostat temperature cools your home down more quickly. Closing vents and registers in unused rooms is a great way to save money. It's a good idea to briefly open a window during the winter to air your home out. If you want more cooling power, invest in a bigger air conditioner. You...
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More Air Conditioning Facts

How much do you know about your air conditioning system?

This summer has been HOT! How has your air conditioner been tackling the heat? Did you know that air conditioners have only been a widespread household staple with the 1960's / 1970's? In the grand scheme of things, that is not a lot of time at all. There may be a lot the average homeowner doesn't know about the "box that sits...
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What is Zoning

Could your home benefit from a zoning system?

We've been talking about airflow a lot. That's because it is so important when it comes to efficiency and comfort. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get every single part of your home at its ideal temperature setting. This can lead to the temptation to do things like fiddle with the thermostat daily, or close vents. However, there's an easier,...
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