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 over $115 a year on Continue Reading
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 room to room. Inconsistencies like these Continue Reading
Homeowners can save themselves a lot of time, energy, and money by performing some basic regular maintenance on their HVAC systems. To get a feel for what that entails, we enlisted James Richmond, of Richmond’s Air in Houston. He runs us through the basics of HVAC upkeep, plus some information on how to choose a contractor and what to expect when Continue Reading
Sometimes you just need the basic information about your system, without a lot of extra fuss. Today we spoke to Chris Strand, the CEO of Stan’s Heating and Cooling here in Austin, Texas, for a no-frills guide to residential heating and air conditioning replacements and repairs. We covered everything from what to expect from your contractor, to how much to Continue Reading
A screened-in porch is the best of both worlds—all the comfort of the indoors with the fresh air and exterior views of the world beyond the windows. But extreme temperatures can make it difficult to use your porch year round. After all, sweating or shivering is no way to enjoy the outdoors! Thankfully, there are ways to take your dining, Continue Reading
With sweltering summer temperatures just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a new HVAC system. If you’re in the market for a new unit, your priorities are probably efficiency and cost first and foremost, but there’s also another factor that you might not have considered yet. Based on the location of your system, as well as its size Continue Reading
Homeowners, beware. As summer approaches and the temperature rises, your utility bills are about to do the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will reduce your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort. So before you crank up the AC, check out our top energy-efficient tips—and use those utility bills savings on a summer vacation instead. Continue Reading
What if you never had to turn on the heat or AC in your home? How much would you save on heating and cooling costs throughout the year? Probably quite a bit. The Department of Energy estimates that heat and air conditioning use make up almost half of the average household’s energy bills. That means that if you could survive Continue Reading
Anyone who’s ever looked into making a minor repair on their air conditioner or furnace will tell you: HVAC units are complicated! Compressors, motors, fans, drain lines—there’s a lot going on in your home’s system. Today we talked to HVAC repairman Chris Tinney, to address the more technical side of repairs and find out more about some exciting new products Continue Reading
You can have the most highly rated system around, but unless it’s sized correctly for your home—and installed with the right ducting system—it may not be running as efficiently as it could. That can wind up raising your cooling bills and causing other problems down the line. Today we talked to Roland Bazan, the owner of Roland Bazan Heating & Air Continue Reading
HVAC information for homeowners
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, a mouthful more commonly referred to as HVAC (H-vack) systems, keep our homes cool in summer and warm in winter. The three components of types HVAC system include air conditioning, ventilation, and heating.
HVAC tips from Modernize
Because these systems typically make up a large chunk of your utility bill, it’s important to make sure yours is always running as efficiently as possible. Basic HVAC maintenance includes regularly changing filters and having a professional visit one or two times per year to look for any issues. Homeowners wanting to greatly improve their system’s efficiency may also look into sealing up leaks and cracks where air is escaping, installing energy-efficient windows, and installing new units. Want more HVAC information and ideas? You’ve come to the right place.