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Furnace Maintenance Checklist for Reliability, Peak Performance, and Peace of Mind

by Stewart Unsdorfer

Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Every homeowner wants their furnace in tip-top condition. Simple maintenance can get you there and pay dividends in your comfort, efficiency, and overall safety. 

But as you know, keeping your furnace running efficiently and preventing the hassles of breakdowns is not always on the top of our minds. 

As a homeowner, you have to become aware that furnace maintenance is a preventive service that involves an inspection and tune-up of your system. 

Let’s face it …

The winter months are tough enough. You don’t need your furnace to fail in the middle of the night or just not put out enough heat.  

Given most of us only call for HVAC service in an emergency or if something goes wrong, we wrote this article with you in mind.   

Many homeowners choose to hire a trusted HVAC company to prepare their furnace for the winter months, while others take the do-it-yourself approach.

We recommend an annual service check by a professional to ensure your system is ready for peak performance. However, if you're planning to take some maintenance steps yourself, the following checklist will help you successfully prepare your furnace for the winter season.

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Ideal Humidity for Maximum Comfort

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It is best considered in relation to temperature. As temperatures go up or down, the capacity of the air to hold water changes.

Suppose the humidity is consistently higher than recommended levels. In that case, excess moisture can foster mold growth, which leads to various problems, from health issues to structural damage in your home. Low, unhealthy humidity levels can cause itching and dryness. 

No matter what type of climate you live in, the levels of relative humidity in the air can affect the comfort of your home, as well as the proper functioning of your heating and air conditioning units. 

Simple solutions can help you manage the ideal indoor humidity levels in your home. Managing humidity should be a priority for every homeowner, especially when tailoring your heating and cooling preferences to meet your personal home needs.

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning, humidification, home humidity

Air Conditioning Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide (2021 Update)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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You rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable, but your A/C system requires regular maintenance to function efficiently for that to happen.

Just like any other home appliance, it's normal for your air conditioning unit to experience some wear and tear from regular use and develop mechanical problems at some point during its lifetime.

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Topics: Air Conditioners

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 Energy.gov 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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Topics: Boilers

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

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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

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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



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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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