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The Ultimate Carbon Monoxide Guide [What You Need to Know]

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Carbon Monoxide is difficult to detect. It's been coined the "silent killer" for a reason. It doesn't have a smell, color, or taste. 

It can be found in your home from your fireplace, gas ranges and furnaces. The build-up indoors can poison people and their pets who breathe it. In a five year span, 2010-2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest number of deaths each year occurring in winter months.

As a licensed heating and air conditioning company, our commitment encourages us to share the consequences of this deadly gas and ways to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans: A Homeowners Guide

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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This guide has everything you need to know about your bathroom exhaust fans.

Benefits.

Types and costs.

And resources that cover everything related to bathroom fans.

In other words:

It's a one-stop-shop for homeowners looking to understand, purchase, and install their bathroom fans. From safety to odor control, there are many reasons why having bathroom exhaust fans in your home are an essential necessity. 

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Air Balancing: 11 Ways to Avoid Hot and Cold Spots

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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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. 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. 

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide (2018 Update)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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

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

21 Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Care for Your Air

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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When 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. 

The solutions are simple that 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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Furnace Repair: 19 Common Furnace Problems (And How to Fix Them)

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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There is nothing worse than waking up cold in the middle of the night.

It's one thing if you just need to pull the covers up. It's a whole different issue if your furnace is working poorly or not working at all.

With a little do-it-yourself experience, you can troubleshoot and repair your furnace yourself. Your best bet though, is to have a maintenance check list for your heating system to avoid the problem.

Today I have something that will make you feel like you have the knowledge to tackle some furnace repairs:

19 common furnace problems and how to fix them right now.

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Topics: Furnaces

Furnace Replacement Guide Homeowners  Can Use (Today)

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, furnace replacement and present home heating enhancements that can work together with your system.

Ready to dive in?

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How to Hire a HVAC Company - Comprehensive Checklist

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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A heating and cooling system provides comfort to your entire home. It is an extremely complex unit and requires indepth knowledge to install properly, but how do you know which HVAC company is right for you? 

Experience? Credentials? References? 

Truth is - all of these are important. But, here's the kicker: you should never use any single resource to determine your choice.

Because all of them matter.

And today I have something that will help you make a smart choice and hire a HVAC company best for you:

24 top questions to ask before you hire your next HVAC Company.

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Humidifier Water Panel - Best Time to Change is Now and How To 

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Have you noticed a runny or stuffy nose lately?  How about watery or itchy eyes?

You may think only spring time with its blooming trees and flowers is the cause of your allergies, and you'd be right. But, many of those same symptoms can show up in the fall and allergy sufferers will be miserable.

Ragweed is the most common cause of fall allergies. "Depending on where you live, ragweed-fueled fall allergies can start in August or September and continue through October and possibly November." 

According to accuweather, many regions throughout the United States are taken over by ragweed and mold spores, even when most plants begin to abscise for the winter. 

But you're not here for the weather report; (however unusually warm weather will extend the season for fall allergy sufferers in eastern US), you want to know more about your humidifier water panel:

When to replace it, how to replace it and why you need to change it today...

Why?

Because it can help you with your allergies.

And a whole lot more...

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Topics: Humidifiers

Residential Boilers: How to Choose the Best For Home Heating Today

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Most 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 article/guide is specifically geared toward the homeowner looking for more information on residential boiler systems; common boiler fixes, features, considerations before a new purchase, energy efficient upgrades and top brands.

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 have an effect on your utility bills.

And let's not forget your comfort.

Now is the ideal time to check your boiler and make sure it is working properly. If it isn't, or if it is getting old, you might consider purchasing one of the newer boilers on the market. 

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Topics: Boilers

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