What’s Your Expert Likely to Do During a Furnace Inspection?

furnace inspectionNow that the heat of summer has passed, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming heating season, which will be all too soon in the Cincinnati area. While the weather is still mild and your HVAC contractor is between busy seasons, it’s a good idea to schedule a fall furnace inspection and have routine maintenance performed on your system. Continue reading

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Maintenance Plan or Warranty: How Do They Compare?

maintenance planThe condition of your HVAC system is important to your comfort and safety throughout the year. Maintenance plans and warranties are available to protect your HVAC system, but how do you know which one to choose? There are several key differences between each of these protection options that help you understand the value of each of them. Continue reading

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Do Your Homework Before You Shop for a New Furnace

new furnaceWhen you shop for a new furnace, the two most crucial factors to consider are the size of the furnace and its energy efficiency. Of the two, paying special attention to the sizing process will help you get the best performance from the system. Continue reading

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Get Chimney Repairs Completed Before the Cooler Ohio Temperatures Arrive

chimney repairsIf you’ve put off making chimney repairs through the warm season, don’t delay any further. As cold weather approaches, the chimney should receive its annual inspection and any outstanding maintenance issues should be resolved. Continue reading

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Balanced Humidity: A Topic Most Cincy Homeowners Avoid But Shouldn’t

home humidityLike many home comfort issues, balanced home humidity is a matter of “not too little, but not too much.” Getting it just right in all seasons, however, doesn’t happen naturally. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends limiting indoor humidity to the range of 30 percent to 60 percent. Here in southern Ohio, high humidity’s a summer issue. Keeping humidity above 30 percent can be a challenge during cold dry winter weather. Continue reading

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The Quality of Your Home’s Indoor Air Has a Direct Impact on the HVAC System

indoor air impacts HVAC systemThe recent trend toward energy conservation has led to tighter home construction and more effective weatherization. Unless there’s ample ventilation, today’s homes can trap a cocktail of pollutants indoors, including biological contaminants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens and a host of airborne particles. All types of indoor pollution can affect health and well-being, but high levels of airborne particles have a direct impact on the HVAC system. Continue reading

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Make the Most of Your Cincy Home’s Indoor Air Quality With These Pointers

improve indoor air qualityIt’s true: pollution is a major problem. But what you might not know is that the air inside your home may be more toxic than the air outside is. Experts now believe that pollution is typically far worse in the average American household than it is outdoors. The rise in residential air sealing has played a large role in this switch. Homes are now so airtight that more contaminants are getting locked in. Continue reading

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Getting the Right Filter for Your Furnace

right filter for your furnaceEver breeze through the air filter aisle of your local home improvement store, only to be flummoxed by the sheer variety of filtration media available? Choosing the right filter for your furnace is crucial for maintaining its performance and your home’s indoor air quality. Below are some of the most common furnace filters you’ll see on local shelves, along with a few performance statistics: Continue reading

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3 Reasons to Hire a Handyman for Adding Insulation to the Attic of Your Cincy Home

handymanAdding attic insulation pays off in both summer and winter. During the winter season, it keeps naturally rising heat energy from conducting through the ceiling and warming the attic instead of your living spaces. In summer, attic insulation prevents a hot attic from heating rooms below and keeping the air conditioner in overdrive. Since most houses built over 10 years ago are under-insulated by today’s standards, upgrading insulation is a worthwhile energy conservation measure. Adding attic insulation to your home isn’t rocket science, but is it a job you want to tackle yourself?
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How to Use Energy-Efficient Lighting to Reduce Home Utility Bills

energy-efficient lightingLighting your home makes up about 10 percent of your general energy consumption. That may not seem like much, but if you’re looking to lower energy bills, it can be a good place to start. Traditional incandescent bulbs are incredibly inefficient. Around 90 percent of the energy they use is given off as heat rather than light. Fortunately, there are several much more energy-efficient home lighting options available. Replacing some or all of your existing bulbs with more efficient ones can lower energy bills significantly.
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