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HVAC Tips, Ideas, & Information for Homeowners

As a homeowner, having options is great—you wouldn’t want just one paint color to choose from, would you? But it also makes the purchasing process a little bit more complex, especially when it comes to important decisions, like saving energy throughout your home. And when you decide to offset some of your utility costs with a solar hot water heater,… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
As a homeowner, it can seem like professional HVAC 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 systems are one of those subjects that contractors just can’t seem to… Read more
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… Read more
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,… Read more
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.… Read more
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… Read more

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.