Heating and Cooling Technology Upgrades for Your Home

April 11, 2018

Heating and cooling technology have come a long way since it was first created. As companies continue to improve their products, you may not always hear about or see the latest updates. Read on to learn about two pieces of heating and cooling technology that you’ll want to have installed in your home. Programmable Thermostats Digital thermostats have been around for a while, but the technologically advanced ones connect to your Wi-Fi for mobile app control, smart home integration, and super easy programming. One of our favorites is the Nest. Programming the Nest is as easy

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How to Properly Shut Down Your Furnace Unit When Warmer Weather Arrives

February 27, 2018

Here in Central Ohio, your furnace works hard to keep your home cozy and warm during the cool weather days of fall and winter. However, when spring arrives, the furnace can become an afterthought until heat is needed again, which is where things can go awry. Furnaces require maintenance, just like any other major appliance, so shutting it down properly in spring can ensure your unit’s longevity and optimal functioning. Here are the steps for properly turning off and tuning up furnace units. 1. Turn the Pilot Light Off Furnaces that operate on gas feature pilot

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How to Stay Warm This Winter (Besides Your Furnace)

December 9, 2017

The temperature is dropping in Columbus, and that means monthly utility bills are going up. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling costs make up almost half of the energy use in the typical home. But it is possible to stay warm without using the furnace to heat your home. These tips can help you stay comfortable this winter without spending a ton of money. Close Your Curtains Curtains have more uses than keeping your nosy neighbor from peering through the window. They can reduce your heating bill. Take advantage of the

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How to Prevent a Furnace Emergency This Winter

November 25, 2017

Skiing, sledding, ice skating and holiday get-togethers are all great things to do during winter. However, with the cold-season activities comes the cold weather. Before your furnace starts getting a daily workout in the coming weeks, here are some excellent ways to prevent a furnace emergency in your home. Change the Filters You’ll do both your heating and air conditioning systems a favor by changing the filter. Dirty filters don’t let the warm air through, meaning that your furnace has to work harder to follow the orders of the thermostat. Dirty filters not only lower the

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The Best Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

September 21, 2017

Many studies have shown that growing plants in the home has been shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, reduce blood pressure and produce a feeling of well-being. But those are not the only health benefits plants provide. According to research by NASA, many houseplants improve indoor air quality, too. That means by choosing wisely, you can reap the benefits of improved air quality while boosting your sense of comfort, too. Check out these amazing plants that remove toxins from the air. Philodendrons Philodendrons are known to remove indoor toxins, particularly formaldehyde, from the air. Formaldehyde is

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Do I Need to Maintain My Air Ducts?

July 27, 2017

Have you noticed that some homes or businesses smell a bit stale when you walk in? Perhaps it could be due to the changing of seasons and a lack of circulation, but the problem could also lie in air ducts that need to be cleaned. There are all kinds of pretty nasty things that can build up in your ventilation system, and they’re being blown around the air in your home or office on a daily basis. How do you know when to clean your air ducts so they are more efficient? Air Quality and Efficiency

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How to Troubleshoot Air Conditioner Noises

May 4, 2017

When warm weather hits quickly, your air conditioner may be kicked into full gear before you have time to think about a preseason check-up. You may suddenly notice subtle (or not so subtle) noises that you don’t remember from last year. While many noises mean it’s time for a tuneup, some can signal that you are headed for major problems unless you show your AC unit a little TLC. Here’s are some common AC noises and what they really mean: Rattling Rattling can range from a minor problem to threats to the health of your air

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How Much Money Can I Save Using a Space Heater?

March 23, 2017

Space heaters are a great way to warm up a small area or to keep your feet warm and toasty in the evenings, but they are not designed to be your primary source of heat. Many people try to cut corners and save money on their home energy costs by heating one or more rooms with a space heater while turning back the temperature setting on the furnace thermostat. But, does it really make financial sense to do so? The answer depends on your individual circumstances. House Size Matters Space heaters work best in enclosed spaces.

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Why Is My Furnace Making Noises?

March 9, 2017

Under normal circumstances, your furnace works tirelessly without complaining to keep your family warm and comfortable. But sometimes, furnaces become a little more vocal and begin making noises to alert you that something is awry. Knowing what sounds to listen for and what to do when you hear them will help you prevent major issues down the line. Be on the alert for these common sounds. Loud Clicks If you suddenly hear loud clicks coming from your furnace it could be a sign that bolts on the furnace cabinet are loose and need tightening, but there

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Are Air Fresheners and Candles Safe?

February 23, 2017

Many people enjoy burning scented candles to set the mood or to mask unwanted scents in the home. They are convenient and attractive and come in a wide selection of fragrances designed to promote relaxation, elevate mood, and reduce stress. What you may not realize is that burning scented candles in your home may be introducing a health risk to your family and affecting your air quality. Here’s the latest on possible health risks from burning scented candles. How Safe is Paraffin? Many candles are made from paraffin, otherwise referred to as wax. This is the

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