Heating & Cooling

How To Decisions When Completing a Fireplace Remodel

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    If you have been sitting around looking at your old fireplace for half the season you may be contemplating upgrading or remodeling the outside of your fireplace and mantel to give it a new look. In this how to will look at some of the ways you can upgrade your fireplace and what precautions you need to take when remodeling your fireplace.

    The first thing you should understand is the materials chosen …

    How To Get a good deal on firewood for your home

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      Heating your home with firewood is an easy way to reduce your energy costs. Unfortunately if your property is not large enough to support large trees then you will have to look other places to obtain your firewood for the season. Many people will receive an order of firewood at the beginning of the season from a distributor. Often you can find a distributor of firewood listed at your …

      How To Repair a Fireplace Firebox

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        Overtime everyone with a fireplace will need to do some type of repairs and it is extremely important that the repairs are done right. For my own peace of mind I would not attempt any major repair to a Fireplace unless I had been properly trained by working with someone who was a professional. I have worked on wood burning fireplace, Oil Heat Chimneys, and Gas Heat Vent systems as a contractor but as …

        How To Supplement Your Home Heating With A Wood Stove

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          With the high price of home heating fuels and the often sketchy availability of Oil or Natural Gas in the Dead of Winter many home owners are looking to Fireplaces and Wood Burning Stoves as a Primary or Secondary Method of heating their home.

          In this How To we will look at the option of using a Wood Burning Stove for Secondary or Backup Heating in Emergency situations.

          There are many concerns when adding a wood …

          How To Are Humidifier Mineral Deposits clogging your Furnace Filter?

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            I wanted to go over a problem I had this winter due to a new Humidifier I introduced in our home. The winter was so cold that the HVAC System had been sucking all of the moisture out of the air. This caused problems for my family including very dry skin, dry eyes and sinuses to the point I would wake up with headaches.

            To try to get rid of the problem I went down …

            How To Gas Furnace Basics Maintenance and Servicing

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              If you have a forced hot air system then you most likely have a Gas Furnace in your home. Gas Furnaces are the most common and economical method to heat your home. They are also really easy to maintain when compared to their Oil Furnace counterparts which normally require a professional.

              If you live in a rural community gas furnaces are available even if you don’t have a natural gas line to your home because …

              How To Use a Humidifier to Get rid of Winter Headaches, Aches and Dry Skin

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                Every  Winter its the same thing. As soon as the heater starts running your sinuses and eyes start to get dry, you wake up with a dry throat and a headache and your skin gets dry.

                This is because your heater removes moisture from your home when it heats the circulating air and in addition to that it circulates dust which you end up breathing.

                If you find yourself waking up with eyes that hurt …

                How To Diagnose Heater Problems on a Carrier Model HVAC System

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                  http://www.yourepair.com/howtos/images/heating/furnace/oil-furnace.jpgIts wintertime and a lot of people are going to have problems with their heaters. Unfortunately these things don’t normally happen when its just starting to get cold and in my case I just went through a problem in the middle of January at 1am just before two big storms are expected to hit my area.

                  I am going to step you through what I did in hopes it might help you diagnose your problem on …

                  How To Reduce your Electric Bill with a Water Heater Timer

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                    While everyone is promoting the use of Compact Florescent and LED Light Bulbs to save money the reality is heating and cooling are the most expensive portions of our electric use.

                    To reduce the cost of Electric used for heating our homes most new homes will come with a programmable thermostat allowing the owner to set on and off times throughout the day and reduce heat and air conditioning use while no one is …

                    How To Prepare for the 5 Biggest Problems Facing a Home Owner

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                      Whether you are a first time home owner or have lived in one for a long time there are a few things that can go wrong around your house that you need to prepare for before they go wrong. In some cases you will be able to decide whether you want to do the work yourself or hire it out to a contractor but sometimes there just isn’t a choice and you are stuck calling …