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The Mini Split: All The Advantages Of A Heat Pump, And Then Some

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…

Those Troublesome Air Leaks: Find Them, Fix Them

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…

Considering A Geothermal Or Solar Installation? You Can Still Get A Tax Credit

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…

The Summer Blackout: Have What You Need, And Know What To Do?

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…

The Elements Of A Well-Designed Zoning System

A zoning system allows you to divide your home into separate cooling/heating zones while still using a single air conditioner and furnace. Diverse parts of the house often have different cooling or heating requirements at the same time. A sun-facing room on an upper level needs more A/C in summer than a shaded downstairs den. A family member in…

Air Conditioning Terms: Understanding The Lingo

Air conditioning terms, just like central air conditioning technology, have gotten more complex recently. However, if you’re considering an A/C upgrade, scheduling a service call or just looking for ways to improve efficiency, you need to know the lingo. Technical terms get thrown around fast at such times, and a general knowledge of the nomenclature helps you…

The Noises Your Air Conditioner’s Making Are Telling You Something — Do You Know What?

Today’s central air conditioners have gotten a lot quieter than units of just a few years ago. High-efficiency units incorporate sound-dampening technology and two-stage compressors to produce noise levels below 69 decibels. So if you hear unusual sounds coming from your air conditioner during normal operation, that could be a sign that something is amiss…

Standby Power: The Greedy Energy Consumer In Your Home

Did you know that standby power in your home can raise your electric bills by as much as $100 a year? On an individual basis, that’s not an overwhelming amount, but across the U.S., the federal EPA estimates that people spend $10 billion a year by consuming power that serves no purpose. It comes from…

Replacing Your Water Heater: 5 Factors To Consider

If you’re considering replacing your water heater, don’t base it on cost or brand name alone. There are five factors to consider before you buy. These include:

Manual J: Why The Technician Who Sizes Your System Should Know It Inside Out

Many people haven’t heard of Manual J, which is the primary tool that HVAC contractors use to size a home’s cooling or heating equipment. It’s essential when replacing a system to go through the steps this tool requires to pinpoint the right size HVAC equipment for your home. Going by the size of the existing…