Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check- ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you […]

Heating & Air Conditioning – When is it time to replace?

Certain telltale signs indicate it’s time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if: Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has […]

Top 10 Home Energy Efficiency Tips

As temperatures heat up this summer, remember that energy efficiency can keep you cool while saving money and preserving the earth’s energy resources.

The average U.S. household will spend about $2,100 on home energy this year,

The EPA Phaseout of R-22

Changes in the industry. Be aware, be prepared. Get ahead of the game.

Most Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps sold around the world have been using a refrigerant called R-22. Emissions of R-22 are considered by some experts to be a significant factor in depleting the ozone layer that protects animals and people from harmful rays from the sun.

Nine Steps That You Can Take to Cut Natural Gas and Propane Use or Electricity

These steps will reduce the amount of energy that you’re using and lower your utility bills: Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat […]

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 […]