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How New HVAC Installation Can Improve Your Home's Energy-Efficiency, and Save You Money

Homeowners are often frustrated by the rising cost of utilities, which is why it is important to make sure that your HVAC system is as energy-efficient as possible. However, if your heating and air conditioning system is more than ten to fifteen years old, then it is likely past its peak efficiency, and it would be in your best interest to replace the entire system, including your thermostat, in the near future; here’s why.   Your HVAC System is Losing Energy-Efficiency While it may seem like your 10-15 year old HVAC system was just installed yesterday, you may be surprised by how inefficient it already is. Over time, the mechanisms in your heater and air conditioner begin to wear out, and it can become harder and harder for your system to maintain the temperature within your home. To compensate, your HVAC system will have to run more frequently to keep you...

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Clever Ways to Hide Your Exterior AC Unit

While air conditioning can be a lifesaver in the summer, one thing you might not be that excited about it the look of your exterior AC unit. While outdoor units are more about function than looks, there are a few things you can do to work with this part of your yard. Here are three ways you can hide your exterior AC unit and make this less of an eyesore. 1. Plants for Coverage If your residential air conditioning unit is visible in your yard or from the street, an easy way to hide this from view is with well-placed plants. Certain options will work better than others, and greenery such as bamboo and vines can grow quickly for coverage. Just remember to keep plants at least a foot from your AC unit so these don’t interfere with the functionality of your exterior unit. 2. Creative Storage Another great way to hide...

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Residential Air Conditioning: When to Have Your Air Conditioner Replaced

Oftentimes, homeowners do not want to think about the condition of their air conditioner as they do not want to consider the cost of residential air conditioning replacement. However, eventually replacement will be inevitable, and doing so will save you money, and keep your home more comfortable. Yet, how will you know when it is time to have your air conditioner replaced? Here are a few signs you can look out for in your home. It Has Reached Old Age Perhaps the most obvious signs that you should consider having your air conditioner replaced is its age. Generally, older AC units were not meant to last longer than 15 years, and if your unit is older than this, it is likely running extremely inefficiently. You may want to consider having an old AC unit replaced before you encounter problems with it, and before it begins costing you greatly on your utility...

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What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide and Your Furnace

There are a number of reasons why a yearly inspection of your gas furnace is beneficial, but perhaps the most crucial is preventing a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a fossil fuel is burned. When your furnace is functioning properly, the carbon monoxide it creates is safely carried out of your home. Unfortunately, a leak can occur when your furnace is damaged. Calling a furnace repair company and scheduling an inspection every year can alert you to a serious malfunction before it turns into a safety hazard. A malfunctioning heat exchanger is one of the most common reasons a gas furnace develops a carbon monoxide leak. In simple terms, a heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that heats the air. The metal your heat exchanger is made of expands and contracts every time your furnace heats up and cools down. After years of use, the expansion...

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Furnace Installation: Should You Consider a New Furnace in the New Year?

The new year is officially here, and with the arrival of 2017, you may want to consider whether it is time to have your furnace replaced. Replacing your furnace now could save you a great deal of trouble down the road should your furnace suddenly decide to stop working. However, many homeowners are unsure how they will know when they are in need of new furnace installation. Here are a few of the ways you can tell that you may need a new furnace for your home. Your Bills Are Rising One way in which you can tell that it is time to replace your furnace is if your utility bills have suddenly skyrocketed compared to previous winters. While you will see a rise in your utility bills during the winter due to an increased use of your furnace, this increase should not be noticeably greater than previous years. If the...

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