Smart thermostat technology is becoming more common in the American home, with several different brands leading the way. As you may have heard, the major benefit of smart heating and cooling technology is that you can control the temperature from near or far. Think of it: You may be on the other side of the […]
Every year, accidental carbon monoxide poisoning kills an average of 430 Americans and sends 20,000 more to an emergency room or hospital. Colorless, odorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by common sources such as gas-fired furnaces and appliances, exhaust from automobiles and other internal-combustion devices, and even wood-burning fireplaces. Slightly heavier than air, […]
Even well-maintained HVAC systems eventually require replacement. Unbelievable as it may sound, sometimes an upgrade results in more savings than a repair — even if the new system costs a bit more initially. So when is the right time to think about replacing your HVAC equipment? Here are some telltale signs:
If your garage is unheated, you’re probably not inclined to spend much time there in the winter. Maybe you’ve thought about heating it so that you can make it a place for doing projects or just having a warmer place to start your car in the morning.
Most people know that making energy efficiency upgrades to your home pays off in the long run. Many people don’t know, however, that you can also get more immediate payback by taking advantage of energy efficiency rebates available in your area.
Ohio weather tends to get pretty humid, and one of the biggest places where humidity accumulates is in your basement. As moisture gathers, it can cause problems for your home. Fortunately, there’s a solution: A basement dehumidifier can work wonders. Here’s what you need to know about them:
Bathroom air quality can get stale and smelly without good ventilation. Air fresheners and candles just don’t do the trick, masking scents rather than removing them. Further, bathrooms are a major repository for excess moisture, generated by showers, running water from the sink, and flushing. Most of that moisture stays right where it is and […]
High ceilings add style and flair to residential interiors. A soaring vaulted ceiling “opens up” a room and adds an impression of elegant spaciousness to the house. However, high ceilings can also pose certain difficulties when it comes to HVAC performance and efficiency. This is particularly true in winter, when your central heating system is […]
Candles can do a lot for your fall ambiance, adding a warm glow to your home and, with scented candles, evoking fall forest or herbal scents, like pine and cloves. However, not all candles are equal. Depending on what they are made of, some may be harmful to your breathing, giving off volatile organic compounds. […]
As the baby boomers age, concern about caring for the elderly, at home and in institutional care, has come into focus. Among the factors affecting elder health is temperature. If you’re responsible for caring for an elderly individual, how do you regulate the home temperature so it’s optimum for the health and comfort of that […]