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Heating and HVAC tips and advice. Find expert advice on when to replace your furnace, how to do a home energy audit, which types of home heating are energy efficient, facts about portable heaters, solar heating and more! You can also check out our tips on Air Conditioning.

As energy costs continue to increase, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to reduce costs without compromising the comfort that comes from a properly heated or cooled home. Regardless of where you live, attic insulation can help you save on energy bills by reducing the amount of electricity you use to heat or...

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When it comes to staying cool in the summer, energy-efficiency is currently a topic of concern, especially with the steady rise in energy costs. Central air conditioning can be extremely expensive during hot summer months, especially when air conditioners have to run for hours on end to keep one’s home cool when outdoor temperatures soar....

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Asbestos is a fiber that has been commonly used in building construction materials for many years. It serves as insulation and a fire retardant and can be found most prominently in older homes, pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, textured paints, and floor tiles. While useful for many products, asbestos insulation has been proven...

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As pollution levels continue to increase, quality indoor air is becoming more and more of a luxury instead of a common necessity. Allergies and breathing disorders are more common, as are the medications to treat them. As a result, it is necessary to take measures to eliminate the sources of indoor air pollution. An air...

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is up to 1,000 times dirtier than outdoor air and often contains two to five times the number of pollutants as outdoor air. This means that the average home, whether clean or dirty, is more hazardous to one’s health than the smog in a large city....

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Most people are aware that indoor pollution is an issue of increasing concern; however, many still remain unaware of just how contaminated the air inside one’s home can be if proper measures are not taken to prevent this. One of the main causes of indoor pollution is dirty air ducts. Over time, air duct components...

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Many people view air conditioners as a necessity in the summer, since air conditioners make the hot, humid, stifling days of summer bearable. Air conditioners lower the temperature of indoor air and decrease humidity, resulting in a cooler and drier indoor climate. In addition to added comfort, air conditioners provide protection from heatstroke, a life-threatening...

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As many people know, one of the worst things that can happen on a hot summer day is to have one’s air conditioner stop working, especially when outside temperatures are unbearably high. In order to keep one’s air conditioner running consistently and with as few issues as possible, it is necessary to replace air conditioning...

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SEER, AFUE, HSPF…. To many people, these acronyms sound like just that: random acronyms. However, these combinations of letters represent something important to most people living in the United States. SEER, AFUE, and HSPF are air conditioner ratings and measurements used to gauge the capabilities and energy efficiency of one’s air conditioning and heating equipment....

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When it comes to owning a new home, most first-time homeowners expect a peaceful, quiet castle that blocks out surrounding noise. However, unless builders take special care to ensure a relatively sound-proof home, homeowners may experience the same “paper-thin walls” they have dealt with in the past. To avoid this unnecessary frustration, installing acoustic insulation...

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