Hiding Your Outdoor HVAC Unit Without Affecting Efficiency

Hiding Your Outdoor HVAC Unit Without Affecting EfficiencyHiding the outdoor HVAC unit by enclosing it will improve the appearance of your backyard. Even though it’s a fairly easy job, there are some considerations to keep in mind as you design and build it.

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HVAC Guide: VOCs and IAQ

HVAC Guide: VOCs and IAQVolatile organic compounds (VOCs) rank among the top air pollutants found in homes that have serious health side effects. Unlike radon or carbon monoxide, the sources of volatile organic compounds are many and the gases come from common products used for a myriad of purposes.

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4 HVAC Problems that Make Your Wonder, “Normal or Not?”

4 HVAC Problems that Make Your Wonder, "Normal or Not?"As much as we depend on your HVAC systems through the summer, it’s helpful to know which HVAC problems are normal and which require professional attention. Sometimes simple fixes you can do will solve the problem, but other times, they’re more serious.

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Do Pet Doors Affect Energy Bills?

Do Pet Doors Affect Energy Bills?If you’ve got a pet door, you may have wondered if that hole in your wall is affecting your energy use. Experts say “Maybe,” depending on how tightly it’s installed and what type of energy-efficient features it has. The fact is, not all pet doors are created equal, so if you’re thinking about installing a new one, or want to upgrade your current one, choose carefully.

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Reasons to Include Home Repairs in Your Monthly Budget

Reasons to Include Home Repairs in Your Monthly Budget As the quality of home construction and major appliances increased, it’s hard to keep in mind that they eventually will need to be replaced. It’s important to put some money into the monthly budget to cover the replacement costs of the HVAC equipment, the water heater and the roof, a home’s three most vulnerable and costly systems.

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How to Hide HVAC Elements with Interior Design

How to Hide HVAC Elements with Interior DesignHVAC elements like thermostats, registers and bulky mini-split units can be unattractive eyesores on the walls of your home, but they can’t be covered up entirely. Here are some suggestions on how to harmonize these elements with your interior design without affecting their performance.

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How to Combat Your Spring Allergies with Your HVAC System

Aah, spring allergies. It seems like most of us are allergic to something out there that blooms and puts out pollen in the spring. Allergic reactions to pollen range from mild to severe, with many sufferers needing to seek medical attention, while others even find themselves avoiding the outdoors altogether. But if you’re stuck in your house this spring to avoid pollen, you need to ensure it’s not a source of allergens. Your HVAC system can help.

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Open or Closed: Should You Shut Interior Doors When Running HVAC?

Open or Closed: Should You Shut Interior Doors When Running HVAC?Have you ever closed a door to a room while the HVAC system is running and noticed how, in spite of there being a supply vent in the room, it becomes uncomfortably colder or warmer? Why is that? The short answer is that your HVAC system isn’t designed to work that way. But read on, and we’ll explain a little more about why you shouldn’t close interior doors in your home while the HVAC system is running.

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What Makes an HVAC System “Properly Matched”?

What Makes an HVAC System "Properly Matched"?If you’re thinking of replacing some or all of your central air conditioner or heat pump, you may hear the HVAC pro talk about the importance of a properly matched system. The term refers to the compatibility of the indoor component, the air handler, with the outdoor component, its outdoor condenser.

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Eliminating HVAC Odors

Eliminating HVAC OdorsYour South Texas home has its own personality and, yes, its own familiar odors. You do your best to manage some common household odors, such as bathing your pet, cleaning the litter box, and running the ventilation fans in the bath and kitchen. But, what if your HVAC system is responsible for foul odors? Keep reading to learn how identifying and eliminating odors in your HVAC system can leave your indoor air fresher and more healthful.

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