If you have ever stood in the aisle of a home-improvement store trying to decipher the ratings printed on a furnace filter, you know that finding the right filter for your home can be complicated. A number of factors go into determining a filter’s effectiveness and efficiency. Understanding these factors can help you select a filter that will improve your …
Have you ever thought about how much it costs to keep your home’s water heated? Even if your house sits empty most of the day, your storage water heater is still using energy. It burns energy while you’re sleeping, too, and while you’re away on vacation.
Duct cleaning has almost become the newest fad in home maintenance. Self-proclaimed “specialists” go door to door proclaiming the benefits in heating and cooling efficiency that can be brought about by having your HVAC system’s ducts cleaned. While some of this is based upon fact, much of it is based upon hearsay and anecdotal data.
Whether you’re in northern Indiana or southwest Michigan, everyone wants to save on energy costs. Of course, how you go about it greatly depends on the unique circumstances of your home. With that in mind, there are a few common trouble spots that you can evaluate to help develop a successful energy-savings plan:
Insulation is rated according to its ability to resist the flow of heat from one space to another. This rating, known as R-value, is an important factor to consider when deciding which insulating material will provide the most effective heat barrier for your home.
Deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace can be difficult. On one hand, the high upfront cost of a brand-new furnace can be daunting. At the same time, a number of benefits come along with a new furnace, including lower energy costs, improved comfort, reduced environmental impact, quieter operation and fewer breakdowns.
Finding a qualified contractor in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan can be a simple process if you know what to look for. Certain affiliations, certifications and awards can tip you off to which contractors offer the best in high quality service, design and installation — for example, NATE certification and the Technical Seal of Safety.
When the time comes to change your air filter, you want to choose the best possible product. One size won’t fit all, and efficiency levels vary, which can make choosing difficult for most northern Indiana and southwest Michigan homeowners. With that in mind, let’s simplify the process by taking a closer look at the efficiency rating known as MERV, and …