Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be released by HVAC units, portable chemical heaters, and gas appliances and heating systems. Most people assume they’re safe from harm if their heaters are running normally, but in reality, any heater that hasn’t been properly maintained can put the home and its occupants at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, if the furnace’s heat exchanger cracks, it can leak fumes into the home, presenting a serious issue that may go completely unnoticed. Venting issues (such as a pipe that breaks or gets blocked) can also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more
One of a wildfire’s greatest threats is its harmful impact on air quality. Even after the flames have been extinguished, air quality in the immediate and surrounding areas can remain unhealthy for some time. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your home from fire-related air pollution. Read more
There are several ways to heat and cool a home, from traditional central heating to portable and wall-mounted air conditioning units. However, there’s one option many homeowners haven’t heard of: ductless mini-splits. While they aren’t new (they’ve been used in Europe for decades), mini-splits have only recently started to gain prominence in the United States, which is why they still aren’t very well-known.
Even if you have heard of ductless mini-splits, you may not fully understand what they are, how they work or whether they’re a good option for your home. Read on to learn more about this exciting HVAC application. Read more
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It’s autumn once again—the season of scarves, colorful leaves and pumpkin everything. However, with winter right around the corner, it’s also a time to prepare for the upcoming cold, wet weather. One of the most important aspects of winter preparation is making sure your furnace is in proper operating condition, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. To help you hit all the bases, we’ve asked seven Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to provide their furnace-related tips. Read more
If you think about it, there are a lot of similarities between your body and your home. For example, each contains a network of systems that allow the whole to function as needed. With a little imagination, you can draw parallels between your home’s plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems and your body’s circulatory, nervous, and respiratory systems. Read more
Preparations for summer are underway. Maybe you’ve been dusting off the grill, opening the patio umbrellas and cleaning the pool. But as you turn your attention to the outdoors, don’t forget about your indoor comfort. A functioning air conditioning system plays a big part in helping you enjoy the lengthy, languid days of summer. To help you stay cool this season, we’ve collected the following tips and articles on HVAC maintenance and repair. Read more
Before hiring a company to install your new furnace or air conditioner, there are several things you’ll need to inquire about, from licensing and insurance to scheduling and payment. However, there are a few questions many homeowners don’t think to ask, but should. Here are five things to ask an HVAC installer:
- What’s included in your estimate?
When reading an HVAC installer’s estimate, make sure it addresses the big picture. In other words, it should take into account all aspects related to your home HVAC system, not just the unit itself. Since the heating or cooling unit is merely part of the larger whole, failure to address other important system aspects (such as ductwork) can result in subpar performance following installation. Read more