At its most basic level, your home is a barrier between you and the elements. But it’s not a hermetically sealed container. Like you, it needs air to function well. In a sense, you could say your house needs to breathe — to have an exchange of air between the indoors and outdoors.
Your heating and cooling (HVAC) system is a fundamental component of your home. It’s also one that you will typically spend more to purchase, install, and maintain than almost any other part of your home. It just makes sense that you want to hire the best professionals you can. But how to decide on the best pros for you? Here are some tips to help make sure you’re hiring the right experts.
Topics: System Maintenance
The “smart home” is the trending standard for homeowners. It seems everywhere you turn there’s a new device, a new company, a new “best of” for home protection, connection, and safety. As with so many trends, not every device or company is created equal. Before you invest in the latest “must have” device, take a look at what Carrier’s Cor® Home Automation has to offer. It may be the only product you need to raise the IQ of your home.
Topics: Smart Home
Heat rises. It’s a concept taught in grade-school science class and one that can prove to be a problem for some homeowners. It’s not uncommon for upper levels of a home to be harder to cool than lower levels. A typical solution is to lower the thermostat temperature to compensate, but that can have the whole family grabbing sweaters just to stay comfortable on lower levels. And guess what that does to your energy bill? Here are some situations where zone cooling might be the solution.
Air conditioning experts are partners in helping maintain and service your entire HVAC system. They love to talk about the ins-and-outs of heating and air conditioning, and not just when they're making small talk during a seasonal tune-up. So, since you may not have one to talk to for a few months, here are six tips those pros really want you to know to help keep your system running smoothly for years to come.
While air duct cleaning isn't required (like changing your filters), there are definite benefits to having your air ducts cleaned occasionally. Clean air ducts can mean fresher indoor air; more efficient heating and cooling; and removal of contaminants that can aggravate allergies or asthma.
They’re called the “dog days” of summer — the hottest days of the year. They usually start mid-July and continue, well, they can continue for quite a while here in the upper Midwest. It’s the time of year we’re all looking for ways to keep cool, especially when we’re at home. But, hopefully, we don’t have to spend a fortune doing so. There are actually quite a few home cooling options for homeowners that won’t break the bank.
Summertime is filled with high temps and high humidity, certainly the time to get the AC going full blast. But what if you don’t have central air? Or you have it, but it just doesn’t seem to handle the indoor humidity the way you’d like? At what point does it make sense to add a dehumidifier to your home? How does a dehumidifier work? What are the signs that you might really need one? These are the questions we’ll tackle today.
Topics: humidity control
Ductless air conditioning systems go by many names: DLS (ductless split system), DFS (duct-free split system), and mini-splits. But they all solve the same problem for homeowners: they provide efficient, comfortable cooling where a traditional system can’t. Ductless systems are becoming increasingly popular, although they’ve been around since the 1970s. Still, many homeowners aren’t that familiar with what great problem-solvers these units can be. Here are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about ductless systems.
Topics: Zone Heating and Cooling
Air conditioner on the fritz? It always seems to happen when it’s hottest and muggiest, right? Or on the weekend! So, when can you avoid an AC repair, and when do you have to call the pros? Here are some tips to help you diagnose the problem.