Air Conditioning Ducts: What's Lurking Inside Your Air Vents?

If you suddenly experience severe skin and respiratory allergy symptoms that make you feel sick and lethargic, check the condition of your home's air vents. Dust and other airborne allergens can block the insides of your air vents over time. Eventually, the contaminants travel to your cooling system's air handler. If you don't take steps to clean out and sanitize your air vents, they can damage or cause problems with your cooling system.

2 Great Tips For Using Your Smart Thermostat

After you install that sleek glass smart thermostat, you might feel like your heating and cooling troubles are over. After all, since that state-of-the-art device learns from your actions and allows you to adjust settings wirelessly, you might feel like programming and maintaining your new system will be a breeze. Unfortunately, some homeowners develop bad habits early on or overlook system features. Here are two great tips for using your new smart thermostat, so you can use your device to its full potential:

Want To Reduce Your Heating & Cooling Costs? Consider A Geothermal Heat Pump

In the United States, heating and cooling costs are attributed to roughly half of a home's energy bills. Due to this, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce the costs of heating and cooling their homes. One way to reduce energy costs is by using a geothermal heat pump. This type of system uses a fraction of the electricity that electric heaters use, and doesn't require constant refills of fuels.

Is Your A/C In A Deep Freeze? Here's How To Thaw It Out

On a hot summer's day, ice is something you should see in a tall glass of iced tea and not on the outside of your air conditioner or heat pump. It goes without saying that seeing ice on your A/C is highly unusual and, in most cases, a key indicator of a problem that needs to be taken care of. Why Does It Form in the First Place? As your A/C system removes latent heat from the surrounding air, it's also condensing moisture that was once trapped in that warm air.

Making The Exchange: What You Should Know About Heat Exchanger Damage

A cracked heat exchanger is a serious concern because it is a vital part of the furnace operation. If a recent furnace inspection revealed a crack in the heat exchanger, your HVAC service technician may recommend that you replace the exchanger. In some cases, though, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire furnace. It's helpful to understand the basic function of the heat exchanger and the risks of the damage before you make a decision.

4 Things You Need To Know About Sewage Backups

A sewage backup is a homeowner's worst nightmare. This problem is not only smelly and disgusting, it's also a difficult mess to clean up. Here's what you need to know about this plumbing emergency.  How dangerous is sewage? Sewage is full of dangerous germs that can make you very sick. The bacteria that cause serious illnesses like Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Leptospirosis are all present in sewage. A wide variety of fungi and parasites are also found in sewage.

Save Money By Avoiding 5 Home Heating Mistakes

For most homes, heating costs make up at least half of the total monthly utility bill. Because of this, many homeowners look for every means possible to save energy on home heating. Reducing your home heating costs can be as simple as changing a few bad habits. Here are five common home heating mistakes to avoid. Turning The Thermostat Up Too High Very few people are comfortable in a home where the temperature is 80 degrees or more.