When it comes to picking a gas furnace, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.
A heating system that’s too big can be a waste of energy, and might require extra-large duct work, further hurting your energy savings. On the other end of the spectrum, a furnace that’s too small won’t be able to keep your home warm.
So much is riding on your hot water heater.
Just think about your morning routine: if you want a refreshing shower, clean clothes and an easy way to wash your breakfast dishes, you need a reliable hot water heater.
But like any essential household appliance, a water heater won’t last forever. Sooner or later, it will need to be replaced. In this blog post, we’ll help you prepare for that important step.
What’s the cost of a water heater replacement?
When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.
That was Dr. Theodore Woodward of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the 1940s, advising his students to look for simple explanations before turning to more outlandish answers.
The same holds true when it comes to diagnosing heating unit issues: While there are any number of reasons why your furnace might be malfunctioning, some problems are more common than others.
Heating your home usually represents your biggest utility expense. But you can reduce the amount of money you spend on heating each year with a new, more energy-efficient furnace.
In this week’s blog post, we’ll discuss how to find your unit’s AFUE rating, to determine how much fuel it’s wasting, and whether you need a new high-efficiency furnace.
If you made a pie chart showing your home energy costs, the biggest piece of the pie would read “heating and cooling.”
Keeping your home warm each winter – and cool each summer – can account for more than a third of your annual energy usage.
And those energy bills can climb even higher if you’re using an inefficient heating system. Here are a few ways you can increase the performance of your gas furnace this winter.
When you install a new heating or air conditioning system, the company you choose may offer you an extended HVAC service contract.
These agreements can be useful, but it’s a mistake to think that they’re all cut from the same mold. In this week’s blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how an HVAC service agreement works, and what to look for when choosing one.
The official start of winter is December 21, but waiting until then to perform heating unit maintenance at your home is like putting off a big school project until the night before it’s due.
Just like starting that school project early increases your chances of getting a good grade, doing maintenance on your system ensures that it will keep you warm when wintry weather arrives.
Winter can be a pretty dry time, as anyone who stocks up on tissues with lotion can tell you.
When the weather gets cold, the relative humidity levels in your home can sink to just 15 percent.
A good humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent. Anything over 50, and your home becomes susceptible to mold, bacteria, dust mites and other pests.
And when the humidity level gets too low, things can quickly become uncomfortable in your home. You get shocked by static electricity every time you unfold a blanket, your lips are chapped, and things just feel colder.
This is where a furnace humidifier can help.
A geothermal heat pump can help chop some money off your energy bill, while also helping the environment.
But as with any major home modification, making the switch to this type of heating isn’t something you should tackle without first educating yourself.
Are you considering buying a new furnace? Don’t wait until your existing one falls apart to start shopping for a new one.
Even if your older furnace is still functioning, it’s likely to be extremely inefficient when it comes to converting energy to heat, which may prompt you to buy a new furnace sooner than you thought.