Are wildfires a threat to your home? A majority of scientists believe that climate change has increased the prevalence—and intensity—of forest fires, meaning we could see more of these hazards to come in the future, particularly in the western United States. Their reasoning? Droughts have contributed to drier than usual conditions in forests—and elevated temperatures draw water from surrounding plant life, Continue Reading
Having a water pipe freeze then burst inside your home is quite a headache. It can create a huge, wet mess, and it can also be expensive, requiring an expensive visit from a plumber for repair. If a pipe bursts when you’re not home, the resulting water can warp floors, wreck carpets, and cause mold to accumulate on or inside walls. Continue Reading
When it comes to insulating your home, you’ve probably heard about plenty of different methods. But it can be overwhelming to know which type is the best for your home, so we’ve broken it down into your 5 available options, with pros and cons for each. Before You Begin: Choose the Right R-Value Before you consider the kind of insulation, you’ll Continue Reading
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 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
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
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 A home’s everyday traffic can cause dents or scratches—but a ratty, rusted, or outdated baseboard heater can be a real eyesore.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
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
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
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
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.