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If it’s time for you to purchase a new HVAC system, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many brands, types, sizes, and prices to choose from, that you might not know where to start. One way to make the process easier is to first choose between the two mainstream systems—split or packaged HVAC. Here’s what you need… Read more
When you need a new roof, there are plenty of things to consider—choosing the perfect color, selecting a material and style that works best for your home and personal taste, and even sticking to a particular budget. And while all of these decisions matter, there’s an even more important one to consider. What lies under your roof—the attic and how… Read more
Climate control is the largest energy expense of a typical U.S. home. It’s easy to cut back a little on water use or turn off the lights when you leave, but it’s harder to make compromises when the comfort of your family and guests is at stake. Thankfully, there are small and moderate energy-saving changes you can make that translate… Read more
Choosing the right heating and cooling system for your home or property can be a dilemma, with so many available choices and price ranges. This comparison guide lists the pros and cons of each system type, along with a current estimated cost for each style. Please note that costs for each system type vary by manufacturer, and the size of… Read more
Summer is such a wonderfully relaxing season. It’s the time for swimming, vacations, cookouts, and plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately, it’s also the time for either suffering through the heat or paying outrageous cooling bills. But there’s a truth more upsetting than just the bills: if your heating and cooling system uses ducts to distribute conditioned air, you could be losing 20… Read more
If your current heating system isn’t performing up to par, it’s time to consider a repair or replacement. Furnaces are a great option for homeowners in the market for an energy efficient system. This type of heating unit can adjust its power level to meet your home’s temperature needs rather than cycling on and off like a traditional HVAC system.… Read more
In a typical house where ducts are used to distribute conditioned air, about 20 to 30 percent of that air gets lost due to leaks and holes. This results in throwing money at an HVAC system that has to work overtime to make your home comfortable. If you have high summer and winter utility bills, a room or two that’s… Read more
Gas boilers use natural gas to heat water and distribute it through a network of pipes. The pipes can lead to radiators, a fan coil unit that heats the air, or to a radiant heating system, ultimately providing warmth and comfort in your home. Gas boilers produce more heat than an electric heating element, which makes them more efficient and… Read more
Here’s something that may come as a surprise. Did you know that water heating is the second largest energy-related expense in your home?  While it’s an unavoidable expense, that doesn’t mean it’s out of your control. Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce your energy bills and take control of your water consumption—without forcing your family take one-minute showers.… Read more
While outdoor temperatures fluctuate according to the season, the temperature just below the earth’s surface remains stable year-round. A geothermal heat pump capitalizes on this stability by transferring heat between the earth and your house to provide indoor climate control during both cold and warm months. Unlike traditional gas furnaces and forced air systems, a geothermal pump moves heat rather… 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.