Recent Posts by Erin Vaughan

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HVAC Winter Maintenance Guide

Winter is coming. Before it was a catchphrase on your favorite fantasy soap opera, it was the longstanding motto of HVAC technicians everywhere. That’s because plunging temperatures and wintry weather can be rough on your heating equipment—and there’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold morning to find out your heater’s given out. And then... Continue Reading

Why Isn’t My HVAC Working?

Whether it’s a malfunctioning central air conditioner or a furnace that just doesn’t seem to be doing its job, a broken down heater or air conditioner is cause for alarm in anyone’s book. A faulty unit could mean a costly repair—and of course, all those uncomfortable hours waiting for it to be fixed! Of course, heating... Continue Reading

Solar Is Cheaper Than You Think

Solar, which costs an average $20,000 or so to install, probably seems like one of those far-off, "someday" items. Sure, it would be nice to reduce or even eliminate your utility bills. And you love the idea of doing something good for the environment. Plus, how cool would it be to generate energy right from your very... Continue Reading

Were My Windows Correctly Installed?

You needed new windows so you hired a contractor and had them put in replacements. Your last check is long since cashed, but now you’re starting to notice something odd: your windows are letting in cold air. And on closer inspection, there are some traces of mold just beginning to grow on the sills. You... Continue Reading

What to Expect on Your Roofing Quote

When it comes to home improvement projects, nothing makes you feel more vulnerable than a roofing repair. Even if there are no major issues and it’s just time for a roof replacement, your roof is your first line of defense against the elements—and it’s also one of the more costly updates you’ll make to your... Continue Reading

How Your Home’s Foundation Affects Heating and Cooling Costs

When most of us talk energy efficiency, we’re thinking about the things inside the home: the washer and dryer that could stand to use a little less energy, or the heating unit that’s been hanging around since the 90s. And these projects certainly make a difference—for instance, a higher rated HVAC system can save homeowners... Continue Reading

Low-E Windows and Heat Damage: Why It Occurs and What To Do About It

Low emissivity, or Low-E windows as they’re sometimes called, are windows that contain a highly reflective coating on the glass. That coating reflects both heating and cooling back into homes, which reduces solar heat gain in the summer to lower energy bills. In fact, the Department of Energy projects that installing Low-E storm windows saves the... Continue Reading

What is an HVAC Zoning System?

Ever notice how the second story of your home is always stifling, while the first floor is practically Arctic all year round? That’s not a coincidence. Homes often have hot and cold spots—places where the angle of the sun, the physics of heat, and the home design all sync up to cause temperature fluctuations from... Continue Reading

Are Your Neighbors Getting in the Way of Your Solar Power?

Do you have a right to solar power? The short answer is: it depends. The long answer has to do with your state legislation, local permitting boards and zoning commissions, and the governing rules of your homeowners' association. In many states, the government protects your right to install solar on your roof. However, where these laws... Continue Reading