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10 common furnace and air conditioning mistakes
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Saving money is always an attractive proposition, but think twice when those savings involve a do-it-yourself job on your heating and cooling system. It’s inadvisable to try and fix most HVAC issues yourself; you may end up causing more damage, leading to more expensive repairs. There are some basic maintenance activities you can perform on […]

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Lower your electric bill with a home energy audit
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Autumn is upon us, along with typical fall chores: raking leaves, cleaning gutters and winterizing your home. Consider adding a home energy audit to your to do list. Rising energy costs mean higher bills, but increasing the energy efficiency of your home could save you money this winter and  beyond. What is it? A home […]

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Is your heating and cooling system up to building code standards?
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If you are planning a major upgrade to your home, look before you leap. Your home is subject to local building codes, complex regulations that govern the structure, electric wiring, plumbing and HVAC installations. The rulebooks can exceed 1,000 pages and are frequently updated, so even if you built your own house and studied the […]

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Is radiant floor heating right for your home?
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Radiators and heating vents are fine and dandy, but what about having heat emanate from the floor itself? Radiant floor heating can be tricky to install, but many homeowners love the feeling of warm stone beneath their feet in the wintertime. Read on to find out if a heated floor is right for you. Why […]

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A brief history of home heating
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Most homeowners in the United States probably don’t devote much thought to their heating system. You just flip a switch, set the thermostat and enjoy a warm, snug home, safely insulated from winter chills. Aside from some annual maintenance and occasional repair, it’s the picture of convenience. It hasn’t always been that way, however — […]

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Lower energy costs can save you money this winter
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Lower temperatures and decreased demand for fuel mean that household spending on heating costs this winter could drop by as much as $800 from last year, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. We’re already into the winter heating season, which stretches from the beginning of October until the end of March. […]

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DOE asks consumers for help with next round of HVAC standards
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The Department of Energy is soliciting public comment regarding new regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The standards, set by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, determine what efficiency benchmarks newly-manufactured machines must meet. In a nutshell, the government wants to know if the current standards, set to take effect in […]

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Exhaust Fans May Contribute to Heat Loss
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In bathrooms and kitchens, overhead exhaust fans are used to pull unwanted airborne particles out of the room and into the atmosphere. When it’s working properly, the exhaust duct is a one-way street to the outdoors. But during the cold weather season, exhaust fans may also making it too easy for frigid air to creep […]

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