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
Many homeowners don’t realize that making a home prep list before they leave on vacation can give you real peace of mind while you are away. Here are some ways to prepare your home mechanical equipment when you’re planning time away this summer:
An air conditioning system is a major investment that is designed for comfort and add value to your home. It’s always wise to get the expert advice of a trusted HVAC contractor about any A/C installation you are planning. Learn about the four common types of cooling systems that will help you start the decision-making process:
Homeowners considering installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in a new or existing home should know more about the federal tax credits available to reduce the overall expense of buying and installing geothermal. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are proven money savers over the long term, yet the upfront cost can be prohibitive for many homeowners. Taking advantage of the available tax credits can make your geothermal system much more affordable.
Maintaining optimal humidity in your home with a dehumidifier will help keep you comfortable this summer. Dehumidifiers come in two main types, portable dehumidifiers that can be moved room to room, or whole-house dehumidifiers that take care of the entire indoor space. The advantages of using a dehumidifier include reducing household allergens, decreasing mold or mildew growth, and preventing structural damage from too much moisture.