When snow and dropping temperatures come around, we Midwesterners do our best to keep our homes closed tightly to keep the warm air in. The thrill of being cozy is replaced by the realization that, in our efforts to keep the cold air out, the air inside our home is becoming a bit dry and stale.
Whether in a community of single-family homes or an attached community, homeowner associations (HOA) exist to protect the property interests of everyone within a community. They establish and help residents adhere to rules and regulations that govern the appearance and other aspects of both public and private areas. That being said, HOAs can complicate HVAC requirements for individual property owners.
Knowing the truth about how to make the most of your furnace will keep you warm, save energy, and avoid the panic attack of high-power bills over the winter months.
Most of us take our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems for granted. We don’t give them a second thought until something unusual happens or one of the components doesn’t function the way we expect it to.
Not all Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractors are the same. If you spend a little time and energy up front to research your contractor choices, you will save yourself a lot of frustration in the end. Let’s take a look at things you should take into consideration when choosing an HVAC contractor.
Many of us take our comfortable, climate-controlled existences for granted. The only time we really give thought to the air conditioner or heater is when there is an issue and we are being denied the luxury of heated or cooled air. The origins of modern heating and air conditioning go further back than you might think. Here are some interesting facts that just might give you a new appreciation for the comforts we enjoy today!
The duct portion of your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is a network of tunnels and connections that disperse cooled or heated air throughout your home. Ductwork should be designed to deliver air in as direct a path as possible. Gentle turns and smooth passages accomplish this more readily than tight angles and corrugated hosing.
In order to recognize when your air conditioning system is failing, it helps to have a basic understanding of how the unit functions. The air conditioner compressor and condenser are both housed in the outdoor unit of your HVAC system which uses a refrigerant in the cooling process. Refrigerant is a low-pressure gas – freon in this case.
Being proactive about seasonal maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can save you money in the long run. Preventative maintenance can prolong the life of your HVAC units and help avoid major issues. The fall is a great time for clean-up and inspection of both the indoor and outdoor units of your system and can help avoid surprises when the first time comes to use the heat.
Improvements in building materials and methods have resulted in homes doing a fabulous job of keeping the weather out compared to older materials and practices. However, that also means they are keeping in more contaminants that pollute the air in our homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is four to five times worse than outdoor air quality.