HVAC Ideas & Information for Homeowners

Wood Floor Vent Cover Heater Covers: What You Need to Know
As much as we love heating equipment here at Modernize, we also understand that it isn’t usually the most attractive thing in a home. Baseboard heaters, radiators, and central heating registers tend to detract from your home’s overall appeal, rather than add to it. But there is one way to cope with these common household eyesores: heater covers. Radiator and register covers Continue Reading
Feet in wool socks warming by cozy fire How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of a Fireplace
Fireplaces generate a lot of heat—as long as you’re standing right in front of them. Otherwise, they can suck all the heat right out of a room and send it up your chimney with a lot of smoke. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can increase the energy efficiency of your fireplace so it’s worth Continue Reading
Schematic Diagrams for HVAC Systems: What You Need to Know
If you know a little bit about home heating and cooling systems, you probably realize that they are pretty complicated little systems! Inside those compact units are electrical connections, fans, compressors, condensors, switches, coolants—the list goes on and on. And not every unit is built the same way. AC and heating units are kind of like cars—they share most of Continue Reading
Heating Pipes How to Repair a Furnace Flue
If you furnace just doesn’t seem to be cutting it lately, it’s time to take pause. This could be a sign that your furnace flue is corroding and needs to be replaced—particularly if your heating system is older. Your furnace’s exhaust stack, also known as the flue, vents poisonous gases from your furnace up out of your home’s interior. The Continue Reading
Pipes of a heating system What Size Furnace Does My Home Need?
Autumn is fully underway and most homes have had the heat turned on at least once. Checklists are being printed out and homeowners are starting to winterize their homes  as the weather cools. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to make sure your furnace is working—you don’t want to get caught out in the cold! Whether you’re Continue Reading
air vent HVAC Ducting Size Calculations
This one’s too big, this one’s too small, but this one is just right. Just like the three bears, HVAC systems work a lot more efficiently when the ductwork you use is the right size for your home. Install ducts that are too small, and your system will have to work harder to keep your home heated and cooled. Too Continue Reading
Check air conditioner heat or room temperature 6 Ways to Give Thanks to Your HVAC System This Thanksgiving
Your family, your coworkers, and your health—they’re all great reasons to be thankful this year. But if you’re looking for a truly unique way to express your gratitude this Turkey Day, don’t forget about your home—and more specifically, your heating and cooling system. Think about it: your HVAC system keeps you cool as a cucumber when the temperatures skyrocket, and Continue Reading
Tourist bonfire at dusk in the forest framed by stones Heating Through The Centuries
There are few things better than sitting around a campfire or fire pit with your nearest and dearest, especially when the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter. And it’s neat to think that our ancestors were doing the same thing over a million years ago. But in addition to serving as an occasion to gather with their community, Continue Reading
ecoheater What Is An Eco Heater?
Sometimes insulation and air sealing just aren’t enough to prevent temperature fluctuations in your home. Maybe you have an older house, or an addition that just isn’t as well ventilated. Whatever the reason, cold spots in your home can make things mighty uncomfortable when the weather turns wintry. When this happens, homeowners usually just pop into their local home goods store and Continue Reading
steam boiler parts Warning: Learn These Home Heating Fire Hazards
Heating your home with poorly maintained equipment is like playing with fire—sometimes quite literally! Even if you don’t have a fireplace with an open flame, you could be putting the safety of your home and family at risk. Especially if you slack off on monitoring the condition and performance of your heating systems. While heating equipment only accounts for around 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.

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