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Window Treatments That Will Improve Your AC Efficiency

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Many people focus on active cooling strategies when they equip their house to beat the summer heat. For example, most homes in the South will have an AC unit or a heat pump. While active cooling is effective, it is also reactionary: it will only cool your house down once it has already started to heat up. If you want to improve your AC efficiency, you should look into passive cooling strategies that will prevent your house from heating up in the first place.

10 March 2016

Common Repairs For Older Furnaces

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If you move into a home with an older furnace, you need to understand how the technology differs from that of a newer furnace. This will help you to troubleshoot your furnace if ever it stops working like it should. While you cannot repair every problem with an older furnace on your own, there are a few repairs that you can make on your own.  Your Furnace Stops Blowing Air

9 March 2016

5 Tips For Reducing Energy Costs During Winter

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Being able to stay warm during the cold months of winter is essential to your health and your quality of life. The key to doing so is sure to rest in the condition of your heating unit. It's advantageous to work year round to ensure this important component stays in good shape and conserves your energy. By being aware of specific tips that can aid you in accomplishing this goal, these may help reduce your costs of staying warm.

9 March 2016

How To Replace A Single Outlet With A Double Outlet

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If you don't seem to have enough outlets in a room, consider converting a single wall outlet to double outlet. Installing a double outlet also prevents safety hazards like overloaded circuits and tangled cords. Here are some tips for changing a single wall outlet to a double outlet in drywall. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves voltage tester pencil screwdriver wire strippers wire cutters wire nuts needle-nose pliers hammer 12-gauge electrical cables (black, white, and copper or green ground wire) double outlet box plate cover dry wall saw dual receptacle box  Turn off electricity in the room you are working by flipping the breaker switch that controls the power to the area.

8 March 2016

3 Reasons To Consider Installing Radiant Heat Throughout Your Home

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One of the most useful and popular types of heating systems that you can install in your home is a radiant heating system that uses either pipes or electrical pads to heat your floors and walls instead of air that is being forced through the vents. Listed below are just a few of the reasons to consider purchasing and installing radiant heat throughout your house. Fewer Pollutants In The Air

3 March 2016

Make Winterizing Your Cottage Easier And Improve Cottage Efficiency With These 2 Appliances

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Do you have a summer cottage that you don't use from the fall to spring, and you don't want to worry about checking on it after everything has been winterized? If so, there are some appliances you can install to help make the property more efficient, and to reduce worry and maintenance. Heating the house and water is often the main concern when the temperatures drop, but you don't need these amenities when the cottage is closed up for the winter.

3 March 2016

Signs Your Home Is Not Well Ventilated – And What You Can Do About It

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Did you know that the "V" in HVAC stands for ventilation? Many homeowners focus so much on their heating and cooling systems that they forget there is another important aspect to their home's air – ventilation. There are many aspects to properly ventilating a home, from ensuring that furnace exhaust is pushed outside properly to making sure that bathroom exhaust fans get rid of moisture promptly. Here's a look at some signs your home is not well ventilated -- and some suggestions for fixing the problem.

2 March 2016

Don't Let Dust Damage Your Air Conditioning Unit

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Dust collection within your home's air conditioning unit can lead to a number of problems that can lead to costly repairs and reduced performance. Understanding just some of the performance issues brought upon by excessive dust collection and some of the simple ways you can avoid this problem can help you keep your unit in better condition and keep more money in your wallet. Declined Coil And Coolant Performance Excess dust can settle on the surface of the evaporator coils and lead to widespread problems.

2 March 2016

How To Clean Your AC Condenser Unit

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Homes with central heating and air conditioning need regular servicing. One of the vital elements of any AC system is the condenser unit. The condenser unit is the exterior appliance that is usually right next to the side of the house. Most people refer to this as "the air conditioner." In fact, it is just one part of the air conditioning system. Regardless of what you call it, the condenser unit needs to be kept clean to remain operational and efficient over the years.

2 March 2016

Air Conditioners: Common Causes Of Liquid Slugging

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Liquid slugging is a condition that results when an air conditioner's refrigerant enters the compressor while it is still in a liquid state. It usually damages parts of the compressor, like the compressor motor, because these parts are designed to handle gases. Repairing or replacing an air conditioning system's compressor is usually expensive. The only way to avoid these costs is by preventing liquid slugging. This is something that requires a good understanding of what causes this condition.

1 March 2016