Monthly Archives: February 2011

Some Important HVAC ABCs

When dealing with heating, cooling and ventilation systems, designed to keep you comfortable and breathing healthy air at home here in Northern Indiana, you’ll come across the following rating systems for HVAC products. It pays to be an informed consumer, so here’s an outline of what the ratings and certifications mean to you: Continue reading

Repair or Replace Dilemma: Know Your Furnace’s Expected Lifespan

If your furnace has been breaking down on a frequent basis, or is just not providing the comfort that it used to during our northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan winters, you may be having trouble deciding if it is time to repair or replace it. If you bills are climbing higher over time for no apparent reason, this may be an indication of a problem, as well. Continue reading

Duct Sealing Basics

Many people believe creating better heating and air conditioning efficiency for their homes means upgrading to a higher efficiency HVAC system. Depending on the age of your equipment, that option could very well be a winner. But it isn’t the only way to increase efficiency and generate utility bill savings. Your home’s HVAC system works in concert with your duct system, and the simple process of duct sealing could hold the key to major improvement. Continue reading

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Duct Cleaning Contractor

Duct cleaning is an essential element of maintaining a healthy home and an efficient HVAC system. Neglecting this maintenance can cause the buildup of dust, germs and debris. This strains your system and leads to low efficiency and poor indoor air quality, one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top five health hazards in the country. Professional duct cleaning can not only increase the performance of your HVAC system and extend its lifespan, but improve your health. Continue reading

Heat Recovery Ventilators Do Double Duty

Of the many options that exist to boost  indoor air quality, one of the most thorough methods is to use a ventilation system to bring in air from outside and send out the stale air that is contained inside your home. Installing a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) in your home is one way to balance the ventilation, ensuring fresh, clean air is circulating throughout your home and maintaining proper moisture control. Continue reading

Questions to Ask When Replacing Your Water Heater

When it comes to water heaters, the worst way to replace one is to wait until your current unit goes out completely. No one likes to make a decision about an expensive piece of equipment in an emergency situation. It’s much better to do the necessary research in advance so you can consider your needs as well as the ramifications of different types of water heaters. Continue reading

High-Efficiency Furnaces: An Investment That Pays Off

Not all furnaces are created equal. They all do the same job–heating the air in your home–but some furnaces require less fuel than others to produce that heat. These high efficiency furnaces save you money on utility bills, but they generally have a higher initial price tag. So, how can you know if they are worth the investment? Continue reading

Late Winter: When Indoor Air Quality Sinks

Indoor air quality needs all the help it can muster, particularly during the winter months when we spend the majority of our time inside. There are a number of ways you can insure that your family is staying as healthy as possible during these peak indoor and amplified heating months. Continue reading

Experience Counts When Choosing a Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor

No matter which brand of furnace or air conditioner you have in your home, finding a qualified local contractor is key. Furnaces and air conditioners are manufactured in facilities with tight standards. However, in order to achieve the efficiency ratings advertised, you need to find a qualified local professional to maintain them and install new systems. Most HVAC professionals will tell you that the brand of equipment is important, but is only half of the equation. The other half is the quality of the installation workmanship. Continue reading

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