#1 Thing Homeowners Should Do Before Replacing Their Air Conditioner or Furnace

Before purchasing a new air conditioner or furnace, homeowners should first examine their home’s ductwork to ensure its in good working order. That’s one of the key points made earlier today by HVAC expert Ken Summers speaking at the 2019 National Home Performance Conference being held this week in Chicago. Summers, co-founder of Comfort Institute, an international home performance research, training and consumer protection organization, highlighted the importance of taking a whole-system approach to heating and cooling systems rather […]
Smart Thermostats

3 Reasons Your Smart Thermostat is Not Saving You Money

One of the advantages of the new smart thermostats is that you can program them to raise or lower the temperature of your home while you are away, for example, at work, for up to eight hours at a time. This should pay off in the form of saving you money on your energy bills. Keep in mind that you don’t need to spend $300 or more on a smart thermostat in order to save money. A $50 smart […]
Reduce Your Utility Bills

5 Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Bill

With summer just around the corner, you are probably looking forward to many things, including vacations, warm weather and outdoor fun. One thing you probably aren’t relishing, however, is a big air conditioning bill. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent that from occurring. Here are five ways that you can lower your energy bills this summer. 1) Replace Your HVAC Air Filter Your home’s HVAC system has its own air filter that helps to prevent dust from […]
New HVAC equipment

3 Questions (And More) to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit

Recently, a local news station published a story for homeowners, “3 Questions to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit.” The article was decent, but it was not great. Click here if you want to read it. Here were the three questions according to the news station article: Is the unit the right size for your home? What is the proper SEER rating for your home? What maintenance will be involved with my unit? The above questions are good, but they overlook critical […]
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3 Reasons Why Homeowners Love Home Performance Contracting

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is more than just your box-shaped equipment. The whole home is the HVAC system with three main components. They can be explained referencing a three-legged stool. What is the Three-Legged Stool of HVAC? Leg 1: HVAC equipment (furnaces, AC units) Leg 2: Ductwork Leg 3: Thermal Envelope Reason #1: Ensure No Problems Arise in the Future “Extreme” Season (e.g. Winter, Summer). Be a proactive homeowner. View the fall and spring as your proactive seasons to ensure your home remains […]
Fall Season for HVAC

HVAC is a Seasonal Business, What Homeowners Should Do in October

The hot summer months are ending which means the cold winter months coming. That’s how HVAC goes. It’s a seasonal business, and heating and cooling (HVAC) is top of mind for homeowners during these times. Unfortunately, what is less known among homeowners is what to do in the Fall and Spring (a.k.a. “shoulder”) months. These times in between Summer and Winter are great opportunities to prepare for the next extreme temperature season. READ NOW: Think Outside the (Seasonal HVAC) Box Use months […]
HVAC Contractor Helping Homeowners

Got Home HVAC Issues? Consider a Whole-Home Comfort & Health Evaluation

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) issues in houses can be a real pain for homeowners. They make your home uncomfortable, and they usually force you to pay money to fix them that you don’t want to spend. To make matters worse, the typical “fixes” for HVAC issues don’t always work. When that happens, you now have HVAC issues PLUS an empty wallet and maybe a bit of remorse for hiring that contractor that took your money and failed to […]
Overlooked Ductwork Impact on Homes

3 HVAC Issues Associated with Ductwork

Homeowners and contractors often overlook the impact of ductwork on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) issues in homes. People seem to always think the problem has to do with the HVAC equipment (e.g. furnace, AC unit). However, the equipment can be operating fine, and you can still have common HVAC issues such as dust/allergies, hot/cold spots, and high utility bills. Issue #1: Dust and Allergies Associated with Bad Ductwork Improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home by sealing […]