If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional forced air heating, floor heaters—such as electric baseboard radiators or electric underfloor heaters—are a smart option. Both have their pros and cons, of course. Baseboard heaters are wall-mounted, ductless units that sit just above floors, which makes them easy to install and operate. Electric underfloor heaters, meanwhile, consist of radiant wires laid in Continue Reading
Whether you’re hoping to use your garage for some mid-winter carpentry projects or as another place to work out when bad weather strikes, you’ll probably find the experience a lot happier if you have some heat in the space. And that means wading through a whole lot of options! Portable or fixed? Electric, propane, kerosene, diesel or solar? Forced-air, convection Continue Reading
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 there’s the issue of Continue Reading
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 and cooling failures can Continue Reading
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
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.
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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.