HVAC Ideas & Information for Homeowners

green contemporary living room Pantone Released Their 2017 Color of the Year and It’s Perfect for Your Green Home
Each year the color gods at Pantone release their color of the year and, in one fell swoop, collectively dictate our chromatic futures for the next twelve months. This year, the color is Greenery, a bright, green tone that captures the hues of a lush field of grass during the first rites of spring. Pantone describes it as “nature’s neutral,” a Continue Reading
A supply register Where Should I Install Return Registers for the Best HVAC Performance?
A vent is a vent is a vent, right? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably think a lot more about the efficiency of your HVAC units, and not the performance of your air supply and return systems. But your unit’s air supply and return does a lot of behind-the-scenes work to keep your system working efficiently—and your home comfortable. Continue Reading
Close up of a radiator cover The Most Energy-Efficient Radiator Heater Covers
Your home’s big, old-fashioned radiators may have seem quaint when you moved in, but they can seriously clash with modern decor updates. But where there’s a decorating challenge, there are always solutions, and radiator heater covers have them in spades. If you’ve considered covering your radiator, you may be asking yourself if that will limit your unit’s energy efficiency. After all, you’re Continue Reading
baseboard heater How to Replace a Baseboard Heater Cover
Positioned low to the ground, baseboard heaters see a lot of wear and tear. A home’s everyday traffic can cause dents or scratches—but a ratty, rusted, or outdated baseboard heater can be a real eyesore. A quick DIY way to update your home’s decor is to replace the cover with a new, unblemished model—and it’s easy enough for most homeowners Continue Reading
Chimney sweep is with his tool on the chimney to the fireplace to turn. How and When to Hire a Chimney Sweep
Did you know that fireplace chimneys need to be cleaned and maintained just like any other piece of equipment in the home? Chimneys that aren’t properly maintained can malfunction in a variety of ways.  After enough fire burning, creosote can build up on the inside of your chimney, and if it’s not cleaned, it can catch fire. Soot build-up in Continue Reading
gas-boiler Most Energy Efficient HVAC Units for 2017
Optimizing energy efficiency helps you save money, use the earth’s limited resources more responsibly, and decrease your carbon footprint. The most important energy-related aspect of your home, especially if you live in a climate of freezing winters or triple-digit summers, is your HVAC system. The average American home’s utility bill is comprised of about 50 percent heating and cooling expenses. That’s why Continue Reading
nteriors of a modern house, living room Ask an Expert: Why Your Home’s Air Quality is So Important
Indoor air quality expert Nate Bellino believes people would be much healthier if they cleaned up the air inside their homes. And that’s exactly why he founded HomeLab, so that homeowners can easily identify sources of indoor air pollution, fix them, and then monitor and maintain that level of healthy, safe-to-breathe air. Here is his advice for keeping your home’s Continue Reading
smart-hvac Smart HVAC Systems
Want to manage your HVAC’s energy performance and functioning? Sure, you could get a smart thermostat. But that won’t rule out all your heating and cooling system’s unknowns, like when a part is getting ready to break down, or when it’s time for a little routine maintenance. But by leveraging environmental sensor technology, your whole unit, including the ducts and Continue Reading
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




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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