Why Are Newer Furnaces So Much More Energy Efficient?

The standards for the energy efficiency ratings of natural gas furnaces have increased. The U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program now requires that new gas furnaces are manufactured to meet a rating of 90% AFUE or greater in the South and 95% AFUE or greater in the north in order to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.

How to Choose a Thermostat

A thermostat can help keep your home comfortable and help you control energy usage. Your choice of a thermostat will depend on the type of heating and cooling system you have in your home, how you want to use your thermostat and the features you want to have available.

What’s the Best Air Filter for My House?

You’re comparing the options available for a new air filter for your air conditioning system (and heating system). If people in the home have allergies, you might assume the most expensive filter is going to be the best choice. Depending on the size of your heater or air conditioner, this could be true—but it’s not likely. In many cases, […]

Commonly Asked Questions About Furnace Tune-Ups

Are they necessary? Do I need to get one every year? What do the HVAC guys actually do to the furnace to “tune” it up? There are no spark plugs to replace like a car tune-up, and my understanding is they basically vacuum out dust and inspect it. Couldn’t the homeowner do this himself? Or […]