Air filters are a necessary component of your HVAC system, and changing them is a fairly simple task. However, what many homeowners find confusing is choosing the best ones to suit their needs, given the vast selection of products available today. Are pleated filters better than flat ones? And what do the efficiency ratings on […]
Efficiency matters when it comes to your home’s furnace. If your furnace is old and ready for retirement, you’ll want to replace it with a more efficient model. Doing so will both improve home comfort and lower your heating bills during our long southwest Ohio winter. When buying a furnace, you’ll want to use AFUE […]
Did your air conditioner struggle to make it through last summer? If you’re looking to replace your A/C unit, now is the time to act; you don’t want to be stuck with a struggling air conditioner during a sweltering heat wave. But before you buy, there’s a lot you have to consider. In addition to […]
Heat pumps deserve a second look when homeowners are upgrading their heating and cooling systems. Able to produce both heated and cooled air, heat pumps operate much more efficiently than standard gas furnace systems, and perform just as efficiently as a central air-conditioning system.
If you turn on your furnace and it doesn’t work, the breakdown may not be such a hardship, even though an emergency HVAC upgrade wasn’t in your plans. Some of the federal tax credits for energy-efficient HVAC equipment are in place until Dec. 31, 2011. Besides receiving the financial benefit of the tax credit, the […]
When your system is in need of service or repair, it’s usually wise to obtain HVAC service quotes from more than one or two contractors. Not only does this give you a variety of professionals to choose from, it gives you a reference point for comparing equipment options and service costs.
You may have seen acronyms such as AFUE, MERV and SEER printed on home heating or cooling products. These are efficiency ratings that the industry has devised to provide you with a way to compare the equipment you’re considering. You will also notice that some contractors are certified by NATE, which is actually another comparison […]