HVAC Ideas & Information for Homeowners

Example of a Passive House What Are Passive House Standards?
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
Ask an Expert: Diagnosing Technical Failures on Your HVAC Unit
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
HVAC heating and air conditioning units Interview with an Expert: How System Sizing Affects Unit Performance
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
Humidifiers and HVAC: What You Need to Know
Too cold at home? Turn the temperature up! While it’s easy to think of heating and cooling as a simple matter of measurements on the thermostat, the truth is that your home’s humidity (or lack thereof!) plays a huge role in how comfortable you wind up feeling. It may sound a bit gross, but our body’s main cooling mechanisms use Continue Reading
Close-up of man hands setting the temperature of water in Electric Boiler Can a Hot Water Heater Blanket Save You Money on Your Energy Bills?
There are hundreds of ways—both big and small—that you can save money on your energy bills by making your home more energy efficient. Yes, even during the freezing cold months when all you want is to take a hot bath and then hibernate under your favorite blanket. You’ve probably heard about using an extra blanket to stay warm at night Continue Reading
home with glass wall Passive Solar Heating Techniques You Can Use in Your Own Home
Want to heat your home without spending a dime on electricity or fuel? It’s definitely possible. We hear a lot about high performance homes that are built with passive solar designs—building structures that capture heat from the sun and use it to keep homes more comfortable naturally, without burning up fuel. In fact, “passive homes” like these in Germany, require Continue Reading
wood burning fireplace insert Green Your Fireplace with Gas or Woodburning Inserts
According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re in for a lot more winter weather this year. Luckily for you, that means all the more time you can spend warming yourself by the fireplace. And your time in front of the hearth will be all the more enjoyable when you install a gas or woodburning insert in place of your conventional fireplace. You Continue Reading
air conditioner pipe Attic HVAC Units: What You Need to Know
As a homeowner, it can seem like professional contractors have it all figured out. After all, they’re the ones we trust to get our projects done correctly and in a timely manner! But that doesn’t mean they don’t argue over some issues in the process. Attic HVAC units are one of those subjects that contractors just can’t seem to agree Continue Reading
oil furnace How to Change the Oil Filter on Your Home Furnace
When it comes to heating repairs, some jobs are definitely better left to the pros. Is your HVAC unit smoking? It’s probably best call in a contractor for that one. But minor maintenance tasks, like changing and cleaning the filter on your oil-burning furnace, can be accomplished by almost anyone with a wrench and a can-do attitude. For optimal performance, Continue Reading
installer checking AC unit What Is an Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation?
Whether you realize it or not, there’s a lot going on beneath the hood of your air conditioner—and HVAC systems get even more complicated when you add in your home’s duct system, registers, heating units, and filters. With that much going on in your system, true efficiency is about more than just purchasing a high performing unit. You need to 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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