With fall weather approaching, it won’t be long before it’s time to turn off the AC for the season. Homeowners often ask if it’s worth it to cover their outside unit for the winter months. While many HVAC pros say it’s not absolutely necessary, it's worth a discussion. Here are some of the reasons both for and against investing in an air conditioner cover.
Fall is coming quick and now is a great time to make sure your furnace is ready for the winter months ahead. To get started, here’s a checklist for winterizing your whole HVAC system. Beyond getting your current system ready for winter, this is the time of year that a lot of homeowners are thinking about replacing or upgrading an aging furnace. If you’re thinking along those lines, then you’ll want to seriously consider a high-performance motor — or ECM.
We often think of air pollutants as being outdoors. While that’s true, there are also plenty of common indoor air pollutants that can affect your family’s comfort, health, and even safety. It can be easy to forget or overlook these indoor irritants, so we’ve created a list of some of the most common air pollutants and their causes. If you have any of these issues in your home — we have a great idea for cleaning things up.
Freon® is the trade name of a group of refrigerant gasses that have been in use since the late 1920s. Freon products have been used extensively in commercial applications, such as food storage, processing, and transportation. Most homeowners are familiar with Freon’s use in refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units.
Freon gasses fall into the categories of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFs), which have been found to negatively affect the earth’s ozone layer. As a result, they have been in the process of being phased out since 1987 as part of the Montreal Protocol. That’s raised a number of questions for homeowners as they look to repair or replace household appliances, especially air conditioning units, that use Freon.
Here’s what you need to know to decide how to handle your Freon-based AC.
What is a Plasma Air Purifier?
Plasma purifiers were originally designed for use in hospitals because of their effectiveness in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other allergens. They were also quite large and not feasible for in-home use. However, in recent years the technology has improved and plasma air purifiers are now much smaller, and consequently have become more practical for home use. They’re installed as part of your overall HVAC system and use a combination of ionization and very small filters. Together they eliminate dust, smoke, and pollen, which other types of purifiers can miss.
Topics: Air quality
Are you thinking about adding a central air conditioner to your home? Or maybe you’re ready to upgrade your current central air? If so, it’s wise to think ahead and ask what adding or upgrading means in terms of compatibility with your current furnace. The answer can depend on a number of factors. Let’s start with the basics and work our way to the more complex.
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.