You should take the installation, maintenance and repair of your home HVAC systems very seriously. Heating and cooling equipment must be installed properly to work efficiently and safely, preventing hazards such as exposure to carbon monoxide. Your technician should be knowledgeable, experienced and careful, with both the desire and the ability to do the job…

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Tankless water heaters provide just the hot water you need and only when you need it. Unlike conventional storage-tank water heaters, with a tankless system there’s no tank holding gallons of hot water in reserve. Because water in that tank continuously cools and requires re-heating, storage heaters are not the most energy-efficient alternative. Water heatingtypically…

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What goes on inside a duct system is a mystery to most homeowners. Enclosed inside walls, hidden in the attic or crawl space, ducts get little thought until the utility bills reach critical mass. However, ducts are one of the first suspects an HVAC pro will investigate if your home’s wasting energy. Nationwide studies have…

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It’s a bad time for your air conditioning system to go down. During summer in Wichita, there’s really no good time. It doesn’t necessarily mean major downtime or a repair-or-replace scenario. Except for a few simple steps, though, only a trained HVAC contractor can safely diagnose common problems that take an air conditioning system out…

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Where central air and heating isn’t possible and a noisy, intrusive window unit isn’t desirable, a ductless mini split fills the gap. The technology matches a compact indoor air handler with an outdoor heat pump condensing unit to cool and heat an individual room without the costly installation of ductwork. This allows conditioning of renovations…

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The air leaks in your home are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That’s why the volume of heat that can enter during summer or escape during winter is so large. In a house without weatherizing, the sum total of leakage from all sources can be the equivalent of leaving an exterior…

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Federal legislators have given a big vote of confidence to home geothermal or solar installations. Geothermal heats and cools your home more efficiently than any other technology. Solar power is now the world’s fastest-growing renewable source of energy. While the time period for tax breaks covering a range of energy-saving appliances expired at the end of 2011, the 30 percent…

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Power outage in winter are usually limited to ice storms and blizzards, but a summer blackout can occur for a variety of reasons. Here in southern Kansas, high winds associated with severe  thunderstorms or even tornadoes can take down power lines. Lightning strikes can damage transformers or utility substations. During a heat wave, extreme demands on…

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