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Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by Joey Haack on Apr 30, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Have you ever considered a heated floor system? Radiant floor heating is typically installed during the building process but can also be installed after a home is built. You can install radiant heat throughout your entire house to replace your conventional forced-air HVAC system or in specific areas to give your space a luxurious feel.

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Topics: heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 12, 2021 1:15:00 PM

As the weather grows colder, we naturally spend more time indoors. It may seem “safer” to stay inside your house, but if you’re not breathing clean, pure air, it can cause all sorts of serious problems.

Back in 2019 (AKA before COVID), Americans spent 90 percent of their time inside—where pollutants can range from two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations. Just imagine how that percentage has likely risen during this unprecedented time. Since we’re encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, we need to take some extra precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illnesses.

Your indoor air quality is vitally important to your short- and long-term health and wellbeing. Here’s a rundown on how to improve the air quality inside your home or office to help you remove the bad stuff and replace it with fresh, clean air.

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Topics: heating and cooling, indoor air quality

Your Spring HVAC System Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM

You rely on your home’s heating and cooling system almost every day, so it’s important to take care of it and plan for regular maintenance to keep it running in tip-top shape. This spring, use our HVAC maintenance checklist to keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly. 

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Topics: heating and cooling

Has Your Thermostat Been Lying to You?

Posted by Joey Haack on Feb 11, 2020 2:45:00 PM

Your thermostat is an essential part of your home, and it's important to know that you can trust it to work reliably. A faulty thermostat will misreport the temperature, which can run up your electric bill. Plus, if your thermostat is giving false information or not working at all, you’re putting your family's comfort at risk during the hot summer days and cold winter nights. 

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Topics: heating and cooling

Why Do I Need to Have My Gas Furnace Inspected Every Year?

Posted by Joey Haack on Feb 4, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Why do you need to change the oil in your car and go to the dentist? Just like your car and teeth, your furnace needs to be inspected and cleaned periodically. If you have a cavity, you can’t just let it go, or it could become very painful and cause serious issues. If you don’t change the oil in your car, it could break down permanently. If you don’t have your furnace inspected annually, you could risk your health and safety and end up burning a very large hole in your wallet.

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Topics: heating and cooling

Frequently Asked HVAC Questions

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system plays a major role in your day-to-day routine, especially in the summer and winter months. While you don't have to be an expert on all things HVAC, it is important to have a basic understanding of your system and its needs. Check out these common questions to learn more about your HVAC system. 

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Topics: heating and cooling

Should I Upgrade My Heating and Cooling System?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 31, 2019 3:01:00 PM

Are you debating between calling your heating and cooling contractor to make yet another repair or giving in and replacing your old equipment? A clean, energy-efficient HVAC system will circulate fresh air throughout your home, help maintain good indoor air quality, and can reduce energy costs. It can also enhance your comfort by running more smoothly.

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Topics: heating and cooling, maintenance

Why is it Important to Have Regular Maintenance on My HVAC System?

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 20, 2018 2:56:00 PM

Your home comfort system is a basic part of your everyday life. When it’s working, it’s probably the last thing on your mind. It’s for this very reason that regular maintenance on your HVAC system is so important. Regular maintenance makes your HVAC a home comfort system rather than a home concern system.

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Topics: heating and cooling

Should I Install an HVAC Zoning System?

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 1, 2018 2:50:00 PM

Unlike a conventional HVAC system, which heats or cools a whole house through a single control, a home zoning system allows you to heat or cool specific areas individually. This can help you stay more comfortable in the parts of your home that you’re using while saving energy and money. Heating and cooling your entire home all the time—regardless of how your family is using it—can be wasteful and expensive.

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Topics: heating and cooling

HVAC Basics: How Your System Works

Posted by Joey Haack on Oct 3, 2018 3:47:00 PM

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. In many homes, an HVAC system integrates all three of these individual functions, working together to deliver clean, fresh air throughout the year. Today, we’re going back to the basics to give you a good foundation of understanding for the next time you need to repair or replace your home’s system. 

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Topics: heating and cooling