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How to Hire a HVAC Company - Comprehensive Checklist

by Stewart Unsdorfer


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


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...


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


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

Central Heating & Cooling: Guide to Installing a Central A/C

by Stewart Unsdorfer


This guide has everything you need to know about installing a central air conditioner.

It will walk you through the process and terminology as you plan to have your central A/C installed.

If you want to alleviate the problem of which air conditioning system is right for you, how they work, sizing, installation and what to expect when your technicians get started, you're in the right place.

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Improve Energy Efficiency With the Right Thermostat for Home

by Stewart Unsdorfer


Improving your energy efficiency, whether it's your heating or cooling, is a year long battle.

But it shouldn't be...

Home comfort definitely begins with the right thermostat and setting. The setting can also help make your home more energy efficient.

This article will go through the different thermostats available on the market, how to select the right thermostat for your home, and how to use a programmable thermostat step-by-step.  

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Topics: Thermostats

Ultimate Guide to HVAC System

by Stewart Unsdorfer


This is the most thorough guide to understanding what is a HVAC System.

In this new guide you'll learn popular heating and cooling systems for your home, terms and technology, tips to keep your system running efficiently and when it is time to repair or replace your HVAC.

It's no secret that your heating and cooling is the most important element for your home. 

In fact, it's no joke to lose your heat on a frigid winter night or have no A/C during the worst heat wave in the summer. 

Bottomline line?

If you want your HVAC in working condition year round, understanding your HVAC system is a must.

Let's dive in before any one gets too hot or too cold...

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Topics: HVAC Guides

11 Steps to Follow Before You Turn on the Air Conditioner

by Stewart Unsdorfer

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Some years in the Cleveland area, it seems we have two seasons: winter and summer. We sometimes go from frigid temperatures and very active use of our furnace or boiler system right into blazing heat and regular use of our air conditioners.

While it seems this year that we may actually enjoy some spring weather, we all know that a break in the weather means summer is coming — and coming fast!

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning

Why is My A/C Running Constantly?

by Stewart Unsdorfer


I think you'll agree with me when I say:

Being hot and sticky in the summer months is bothersome and when your A/C runs constantly it can become costly and annoying.  As we approach the summer months, it is a great time to troubleshoot the common causes of your A/C running all day before you get hot under the collar.

It turns out, if your air conditioner seems to be running constantly, there are a few quick troubleshooting tips you can follow to either fix the problem or at least find the source of your problem...

And in today's post I'm going to show you exactly what to look for (many of the issues can be taken care of) and ways you can prevent them from happening.

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning, Energy Savings

Spring Cleaning Checklist (Room to Room) Starts with HVAC

by Stewart Unsdorfer


We've all heard the term Spring cleaning before...

a practice of thoroughly cleaning your home from top to bottom.

But are you cleaning it as good as you can?

This checklist has everything you need to know about Spring Cleaning. So if you want your family breathing cleaner air, reduce harmful allergens and be safe, you're in the right place.

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Check for Air Leaks Now Before the Hot Weather Arrives

by Stewart Unsdorfer


Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? (Department of Energy)

Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter can waste a lot of your energy dollars. 

It's like tossing cash out the window!

Why take the risk?

Now is the perfect time to make sure your home is optimized to keep your home comfortable. You want to keep the cool air inside before the summer heat rolls around. One of the best ways to do that is check for any air leakage.

25% of your home's heat is lost through small cracks and holes throughout your home. Taking the time to make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated will lower your total energy usage. Similarly insulating your attic and walls, and sealing cracks and openings will prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

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Topics: Central Air Conditioning, Cooling Tips

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