Improving the Quality of your Indoor Air

Moving homes to tighter building envelopes has led to a need to augment air filtration to ensure the quality of your indoor air remains high. Here are a few options for you to consider. High-MERV or HEPA filters These stand-alone filters are the least expensive solution. In order to be effective, you must check that …

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HVAC Filter Rating Systems

There are three different rating systems for air filters. By far the most popular is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). We’ve included here a look at the other rating systems and what they mean. Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value – MERV When it comes to filter rating systems, MERV is the gold standard. It’s the …

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Furnace Maintenance Tips

As the seasons change, it’s time to give your heating system a once-over to avoid any mid-winter freezes from dysfunctional furnaces. Regular maintenance of your ducting and furnace can reduce energy costs, and improve the efficiency and longevity of your furnace.

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When Should You Replace Your HVAC Filter?

The standard time frame for changing your air conditioner filter is every 30 days, but is this general rule true for every home? Dirty filters can cause low air flow and poor indoor air quality, so changing your filters every 30 days can prevent some of these problems. The truth is that filters may not …

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Duct Leakage Costs you Twice

Duct leaks are insidious and are one of the three biggest energy wasters in most homes. While leaks cost you through the loss of conditioned air, when these duct leaks cause negative indoor pressure, unconditioned air will be pulled in from outside and you will waste even more energy keeping your home comfortable.

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Why Turning on the HVAC during Construction is a Good Idea

The rising costs of gas and construction materials, as well as increased competition mean that small to medium construction companies have to work hard to keep costs to a minimum. One of the ways to do this is to conserve energy and water onsite. However, there are really great reasons why you should turn on the HVAC and leave it on for the duration of your build.

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Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps

These are an excellent choice as a retrofit to older homes which have non-ducted heating systems. These include homes with hydrontic heating systems, space heaters or radiant panel heaters. If you are considering an addition to an existing home and extending the existing duct work into the new space isn’t feasible, ductless mini-split heat pumps provide a good alternative. Select an Energy-Star appliance in order to ensure that you are getting the most energy-efficient option.

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