Heating & Cooling

How To – Staying Warm During a Winter Power Outage

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    Every winter you hear of people dieing from storms that cause power outages and for the most part none of these accidents need to happen if you plan ahead and understand how to properly operate supplemental heating systems.

    If you are accustomed to hunting and camping in the winter months then you understand that keeping warm means following basic rules.

    First before we get started it is important to know your limits. If you find that …

    How To – Checkup Checklist for Heating Systems

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      Whether you have oil or gas heat you should inspect your systems at least once a year to make sure they are in proper working condition.

      Many oil heating companies will offer a cleaning service and perform the work in the summer to offset labor times that are normally Oil and Emergency calls in the winter.

      The following checklist can be performed by a technician or you if you feel you are capable.

      Cleaning of furnaces and …

      How To – Checkup Checklist for Cooling & Heat Pumps Systems

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        Heat Pump systems can provide a home’s full heating needs or act as a primary source of heating and when paired with the correct unit it can also act as an air conditioning system in the summer months.

        Independent Air Conditioning systems are similar to heat pumps but only provide cooling in the summer months.

        Each of these systems need specialized service at scheduled times. Some of the work you can perform on your own while …

        How To – Water Heater Timers Can Reduce Electric Costs 15%

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          Lets face it everything costs more then it did a few years ago and electric bills are just another monthly cost that will never go away (unless you go solar).  So, reducing consumption is your best bet and wasted use is something you never want happening in your home.

          Although water heaters are highly insulated and you can improve its efficiency with the use of Heat Traps and external insulation blankets your heater is running …

          How To – Heat Pump Water Heaters are they a good choice for your home?

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            A new type of heat pump water heater is now on the market based on standard heat pump technology it could provide up to 50 to 70% better efficiency then a standard electric water heater.

            The design is pretty simple to understand it basically works the opposite way that your refrigerator does.

            If you have ever had to pull your refrigerator away from the wall you saw that there are large cooling tubes on the back …

            How To – Installing Water Heater Heat Traps to Save Money

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              Heating water in your home is a year round necessity but most people don’t realize that like a leaky door or window jam loses you heat the pipes connected to your water heater can be sucking money out of your pocket.

              Anytime there is a heated and unheated substance whether it be air, liquid or a solid next to each other the heat will transfer to the cold item. In our attics and walls we …

              How To – How much will it cost to get the Blower Motor replaced in your heater?

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                HVAC Systems use the blower motor to feed warm and cold air to the rooms of your house year round. The only time they don’t seem to be working is for a few months in the fall and spring when the weather is mild enough to not need heating or air conditioning.

                Because they work so often they need to be made to run for many hours before replacement is necessary but like all things …

                How To – One Hour Home Energy Audit Checklist

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                  This quick checklist will let you evaluate many of the worst energy wasting culprits in your home.

                  It is not to be considered a be all end all survey of your home but it may point out areas that need some attention.

                  For a full energy audit you may be able to contact your local electric company for free or low cost evaluation of your home. If you do ask someone in to inspect your home …

                  How To – Wood Burning Fireplace Guide

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                    Many older homes and even some new homes have wood burning fireplaces.  For most of the year they are not much more then decoration but for those few months in the winter they can add warmth and pleasure to your home.

                    One of the biggest concerns about fireplaces is that you are actually making a conscious decision to light a fire inside your home. Yes this is a little crazy …

                    How To – Energy Saving Tips For Winter Heating

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                      If your Electric, Gas or Oil Heating bills have you wondering where all your money is going then we have a few simple tips that can reduce your costs and improve the livability of your home.

                      Unfortunately the cost to heat your home always seems to be on the rise. There are many reasons for this but due to inflation and increased costs for labor by your utility provider you can expect that prices will …