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FAQ: Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Really Cut Cooling Costs?

Posted by Gregg on Jun 27, 2017 8:59:55 AM

We’ve probably all heard the sage advice: “Just close off the registers in the rooms you’re not using. Closing vents will save on energy costs if you’re not cooling (or heating, for that matter) those rooms.” But is that really true? And if so, how much can you actually save? We checked in with Keith Hill, resident HVAC expert at Stay Comfy to find out.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Is Your HVAC System Still Using AC Freon? It May Be Time to Upgrade

Posted by Gregg on Jun 22, 2017 12:11:01 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which includes Freon, a refrigerant once common in air conditioners and freezers. Scientific evidence determined that HCFCs are significant ozone-depleting substances. The phase-out was implemented as a result and manufacturers stopped using HCFCs in 2010. However, many appliances made and installed before that may still be using Freon.

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Topics: Cooling

What Does the MERV Rating Say About My HVAC Air Filter?

Posted by Gregg on Jun 20, 2017 2:06:46 PM

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a third-party system for rating air filters. It’s a convenient way for homeowners to compare different filters and choose what’s best for their particular situation. Essentially, the higher the MERV rating, the greater the ability to filter contaminants. We talked with Keith Hill, Stay Comfy’s resident HVAC expert to learn more.

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Topics: air filters

3 Ways To Purify Home Air Naturally So Your Family Can Breathe Clean Air

Posted by Gregg on Jun 15, 2017 9:53:31 AM

It’s no secret that fresh, clean air is ultimately important to our health. And it’s only natural to want to make sure that you and your family are breathing the freshest, cleanest indoor air possible. That’s especially true if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, or other health concerns. Here are steps to keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.

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Topics: Air quality, Electronic Air Cleaners

HVAC Rebate: What You Need to Know About Cool Cash

Posted by Gregg on Jun 13, 2017 8:59:27 AM

Never heard of Cool Cash? Heard about it but wondering just what it’s all about? You’ve come to the right place. Especially if you’re looking to save on installing a new cooling system ahead of the summer heat. Cool Cash can help you do just that—and save big!

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Topics: Cooling, Carrier

AC Leaking Water: What's Happening and Who to Call

Posted by Steph Marsh on Jun 8, 2017 10:13:24 AM

It’s 90° in the shade, your AC is working at top capacity, and now you notice—it’s dripping water. What’s going on and what can you do about it? Water leaking from an air conditioner is a fairly common issue, often easily solved, so no need to panic.

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Topics: air conditioning

How HVAC Zone Control Provides Ultimate At-Home Comfort

Posted by Gregg on Jun 6, 2017 11:54:06 AM

Keeping your home at just the right temperature during the summer can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when outside temperatures vary a lot, you can experience uneven temperatures throughout your home. It’s not uncommon, for example to have a cooler basement but warmer upstairs. Or for some homes, additions or rooms that have more or less insulation can have temperatures that vary significantly from other parts of the home. If any of that sounds familiar, you’ll want to know more about zone cooling and heating.

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Topics: Zone Heating and Cooling

How Do I Know AC Dealers Are Selling Me the Best System?

Posted by Steph Marsh on Jun 1, 2017 10:30:43 AM

When you decide to make a major investment in your home—like a new air conditioning system—it’s only natural to want to know you’re getting the best deal, the best products, and the best service for your money. That’s the reason you take the time to research your options and consult with professionals. But how can you tell if ac dealers are advising you on the best system for your situation? Here are some tips to help.

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4 Tips to Help You Manage Heat Gain in Your Home

Posted by Gregg on May 30, 2017 12:01:18 PM

Ah, summertime. Outdoor sports, gardening, picnics, so much to enjoy. And when you come in out of the sun, you want to relax and cool down indoors. But what about the heat gain in your home that taxes your AC and slows down your cool-down? There are ways to combat heat gain—here are Stay Comfy’s recommendations.

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Topics: Heat Gain

Understanding Temperature Differential and The Most Efficient Ways to Manage It

Posted by Gregg on May 25, 2017 10:57:48 AM

Winter isn’t far behind us, so you can probably remember the feeling of stepping out of your toasty-warm home into the blustery cold of a winter morning. Now that summer’s upon us, you’re likely to experience that relieved feeling of walking out of 90° heat into your comfortably air conditioned home. Both those experiences—going from cold to hot and hot to cold—are perfect examples of temperature differential.

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Topics: temperature differencial