A conventional tank type water heater can last upwards of 15 years if it’s taken care of properly. However, if you don’t perform regular maintenance and watch for corrosion, you could be cutting that lifespan in half. Both gas-fired and electric water heaters can suffer from corrosion of the steel exterior tank if the sacrificial anode is not maintained. The sacrificial anode is a piece of catalytic metal that is inserted in the center of the tank. Its mission is to … Continue reading
There are many ways homeowners can improve the comfort of their home and save money while doing it. One way is to add a zoning system to an existing forced-air cooling and heating set-up.
The humidity levels in your home are important for both air quality and comfort. The optimal humidity level during the cooling months is between 40 and 50 percent, depending on personal preference. If there is too much moisture in your home’s air and its humidity exceeds 50 percent, you could experience discomfort and other issues. To combat high humidity problems in your home, consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of accidental poisoning death in North America. CO detectors are just as important as smoke alarms. You need at least one to make sure your family is safe from this deadly colorless, odorless gas. Most codes require carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s what you need to know before purchasing one or more CO detectors.
New energy efficiency standards for furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and other HVAC appliances will soon come into force. Some of the jargon used to discuss the new standards can be confusing. Here are some useful energy-efficiency terms to know when trying to interpret information on the upcoming changes. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) How efficiently air conditioners and heat pumps cool your home. AFUE (Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency) The measure of efficiency, in percent, of gas and oil-fired furnaces. … Continue reading