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Top HVAC News
Let’s get rolling with humor and end on a serious note – indoor air pollution and what you can do to improve the air quality in your home.
You Get What You Pay For
We’re all for DIY projects – but only when we have the skills, tools and experience to get the job done right. HVAC work is one of the tougher jobs for most homeowners.
This Pinterest page has pictures from HVAC jobs gone wrong.
Your 2019 Summer Weather Forecast
Memorial Day is, as they say, the “unofficial start of summer.” And it’s just around the corner.
Here’s AccuWeather’s assessment of the forecast made by the National Weather Service. So far, the forecast is accurate, as the Central US has been hit by heavy weather and NYC has seen 90 degrees. It’s still snowing in the Rockies.
Heat Pumps Make Sense for Northern Climates
Heat pump technology has advanced significantly in the last decade. Units can now capture enough heat in cold climates to warm a home. While there are still a stretch in the coldest parts of the county, if you live in the Northwest – anywhere but the northern Plains and Great Lakes, a heat pump might be your most economical means of heating.
This professional report explains the growing trend toward installing heat pumps in cool climates.
Cut Your Summer Cooling Costs with These Tips
This page requires suspending your adblocker, but it’s worth doing for a few minutes. It offers 8 reliable tips for more efficient cooling. They’re basic, but can contribute to significant savings of 15% or more.
Indoor Air Can Be More Polluted Than Outdoor Air
Today’s homes are built really tight to boost energy efficiency.
However, that means the air doesn’t get exchanged as often, so it becomes polluted with higher levels of carbon dioxide, allergens and other pollutants.
The EPA says, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”
That’s an eye-opener.
Opening doors and windows is great, if it’s cool outside. But if the AC is needed, exchanging air that way makes the air conditioner work much harder to get rid of the heat and the humidity.
There are other options, such as a whole-house ventilator. All the major brands make them. Here’s Trane’s FreshEffects. We’re not partial to it, but it’s just a good example.
Pro tip: A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is the right choice for cool climates. An energy recovery ventilator is better for warm climates.
Have a Great Memorial Day!
We’ll be back in June with more top heating and air conditioning stories with practical benefit for you.