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Heat Pumps

Depending on the area where you live, there may not be a long period of time each year where your home requires constant heat or constant cooling. For most of us, however, annual temperature changes are marked enough that we need a little of both. Instead of having two separate units for each task, a…

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Geothermal heat pump

A Geothermal Heat Pump Lets Earth Do the Work

A geothermal heat pump is a form of residential heating and cooling that utilizes the relatively stable temperature found beneath the ground to heat and cool your home. It’s a form of heating that’s been around for generations but is just now catching on as green building practices and sustainable construction gain momentum in the…

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A/C unit

Changing Air Systems

Air conditioner life expectancies average about 15 years, there’s a good chance you’ll be faced, at one time or another, with the prospect of changing air systems in your residence. When it comes to an air system install, there are several factors you’ll want to take into account to ensure you get optimal performance and…

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Cooling system

Keeping Cool in the Heat Wave

While there are several ways you can upgrade to make your home more energy efficient, home cooling is one of the most energy consuming tasks your house performs and should be one of the first you look at. The following home cooling ideas are applicable in many scenarios; if implemented, they won’t just help you…

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Winter home with fireplace
Heating cooling

Environmental Heating and Cooling Ideas

The common definition of “Green” or environmental building/systems is that they do one or more of a few things. A Green product is one that doesn’t destroy earth-bound materials such as trees or natural gas. A product qualifies as Green if it does not pollute or only minimally pollutes the environment over its lifespan. Any…

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Ceiling fan

Ceiling Fan Installation

A ceiling fan can brighten up a room, and cool it down at the same time. The extra air circulation makes a room fresh, and the aesthetic accent can certainly enhance an otherwise dull ceiling. One of the oldest ways to chill out, ceiling fans are a welcome addition to any room be it classic,…

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Cleaning a Furnace Filter

Types of Furnace Filters & How to Clean Them

Furnace filters not only screen out unwanted pollens and debris from your heating furnace and air conditioning systems (HVAC systems), but they also increase the system’s productivity. By replacing them often, your air stays clean and healthy against allergens and other forms of bacteria that can be harmful to your lungs. Plus, fresh replacements keep…

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Vent Covers

Despite the increasing alternatives, forced air heating and cooling systems are still the most popular way to heat and cool homes today. Of course, the only way to get the heated or chilled air from the ventilation ducts into the living areas of your home is through air vents. These vents are necessary to allow…

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Overhead humidifier

Home Humidifiers Balance Moisture and Save You Money

Determining whether you need a home humidifier is easy. Your home should have a constant humidity level between 35 and 50 percent (a little more in summer, a little less in winter). Any time your home’s humidity level drops below that, you’d be better off humidifying the air. If you live in the Western United…

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