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25 Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Care for Your Air

by Stewart Unsdorfer

25-indoor-air-quality-solutionsWhen it comes to indoor air quality, we're sure you would go above and beyond to keep your family safe and breathing the best air possible. 

These 25 simple solutions will bring more fresh air into your home and improve your indoor air quality and reduce those pesky household contaminants.

If you're looking for actionable tips that you can use today, then you'll love this article.

Many homes fall short when it comes to healthy indoor air quality.   

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11 Air Conditioning Myths That are Costing You Money

by Stewart Unsdorfer

11-AC-MythsWe constantly hear that when humidity turns the heat sticky, you and your home feel uncomfortable. And you might be thinking it's time to set your AC thermostat at the lowest level (for quick relief), purchase the largest unit available, or just close off vents to save energy and money.

But if this is true, why does say to keep your house warmer than average when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F only when you are at home and need cooling. It takes less energy (which means savings in your pocket) to maintain a constant temperature rather than trying to bring it down quickly.

This fact may be a wake-up call to homeowners who need to stop believing in the common air conditioning misconceptions and start saving their hard-earned cash.

Here, we explore where the air conditioning biggest myths lie and offer ways to save you money without costing you comfort, and meeting your cooling needs

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Residential Boilers: Types, Terms, Technology [NEW Guide]

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Central Featured ImageMost U.S. homes are heated with either furnaces or boilers. As the temperature starts to drop, our natural tendency is to consider if our homes are ready to handle the next heating season.

This guide is specifically geared toward the homeowner who has a residential boiler as their primary heat source or is considering an upgrade to an existing boiler. We discuss top residential boiler recommendations, advantages, boiler system home safety, service, maintenance, and much more. 

Since half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling (according to Energy Star), making smart decisions about your home's heating system can affect your utility bills (and let's not forget your comfort). We want to provide you with the most reliable, energy-efficient brands on the market, so that you can live comfortably.

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Nest E vs Nest 3 Thermostat: A Handy Guide on Choosing Between the Two

by Stewart Unsdorfer

nest-e-vs-nest-3Heating and cooling costs can be the most expensive utility in your household.

During winter months, heating costs tend to skyrocket forcing residents to either spend more on their utility bills, or sacrifice comfort for affordability by leaving the temperature at a more moderate setting. Smart thermostats can help with this challenge by saving you money and offering a level of convenience. 

In this article, I'll discuss the advantages of using a smart thermostat and the difference between the Nest E and Nest 3rd Generation.

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Cool Mist Humidifier: Adding Humidity Where it Counts

by Stewart Unsdorfer


When temperatures start dropping and you crank up the heat, the humidity level inside your home can quickly dip. Ideally your home's humidity level should not drop below 30%.

A good humidifier can help you by adding the correct amount of moisture to the air. In this article I'll cover the different humidifier choices you have today, how they operate, the pros and cons of using humidifiers, and which humidification system might suit you best. 

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HVAC Emergency: Identifying the Severity of a Furnace Issue

by Stewart Unsdorfer


Furnaces generally operate without incident when properly installed, tested, and maintained by a HVAC professional. But there may come a time you need to know the difference between regular furnace repair service and emergency furnace repair.

If you live in the Cleveland area, you understand the furnace emergency in the dead of winter. Some problems are more threatening than others and require more immediate attention. With a little investigation, you'll find that some complications are minor to fix, and others require the expertise of a professional.

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Furnace Replacement - Homeowners Guide You Can Use Today [Updated]

by Stewart Unsdorfer


If you’ve decided this is the year you’ll replace your home furnace, begin your research now so your new system is in place in time for winter.

You’ll find there are many brands to choose from, with modern features and energy-efficient options that should factor into your purchasing decision.

In this guide, we explain the most important features of residential gas furnaces (and whether you should consider converting to a gas furnace), furnace replacement and present home heating enhancements that can work together with your system.

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Replacing Furnace and Air Conditioner Together: The Definitive Guide

by Stewart Unsdorfer

replacing-furnace-and-ac-guideHome owners are often faced with the decision to replace their furnace and/or air conditioning system. Usually many are not faced with having to install both at the same time. But, as a leading HVAC provider, we are asked frequently, 

"Should I replace my air conditioner and furnace at the same time?"

The short depends. It depends on the age of your units, your local climate conditions, your home's age, the HVAC features or technology you want, and more. A "matched" system is probably the best choice but it needs to be right for your home and budget. 

If your year-round comfort matters in both your home and wallet, this may be the guide for you to explore. It's a comprehensive guide that will show you the advantages to replacing both systems at the same time. Replacing both systems — even if one is still working — can save you energy and money over the long term.

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Keeping House Cool: Experts Weigh In

by Stewart Unsdorfer


When humidity turns the heat sticky, you and your home feel uncomfortable. Many people can feel a little hotheaded when the mercury rises. In fact, according to LiveScience, "hot and especially humid weather is known to be associated with increases in aggression, as well as lower your overall mood."

As a HVAC company in Cleveland, we are frequently asked,

"What is your best tip for keeping my house cool in the summer?"

We want you to feel your best in hot, sticky weather. So, we asked experts in the field the same question. The insights received from them will help you cool down, keep your house cool, and most importantly make you feel comfortable in your home.

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Air Balancing: 15 Ways to Avoid Hot and Cold Spots (Updated)

by Stewart Unsdorfer


Air balancing will improve air circulation, increase energy efficiency and enhance the overall performance of your air conditioning and heating system. For a homeowner, it means delivering the right amount of air (hot or cold) to each room making your home more comfortable.

Air balancing for a HVAC technician is the process of testing and adjusting your system using their skill and tools of the trade. They look at your intake and output and adjust accordingly.

Rob Falke, President, National Comfort Institute -- an HVAC-based training company, adds "balancing is the single-most important step that can be taken to assure your systems produce comfort and operate efficiently." 

In this article, I'll share ways you can do-it-yourself to adjust (balance) your airflow for comfort. A comfort balance is as simple as checking whether a room feels comfortably conditioned. Then, I'll share ways that may require a HVAC professional and I'll help you understand how a technician will go about actually balancing a residential system. This may require installing dampers or moving registers.

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