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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Clues That Your Ductwork is Getting Old

    Most Central New Jersey homeowners don’t pay much attention to their home’s ductwork, especially when it comes to how long it’ll last. Contrary to popular belief, HVAC ducts won’t last forever — in fact, it’s not out of the ordinary for ducts to deteriorate within 10 to 15 years of regular use. If your HVAC system is using too much energy or you can’t seem to keep your home at a comfortable ...
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  • Lower Energy Bills are a Gift to Yourself This Season

    This holiday season (and indeed throughout the winter), reward yourself with the gift of lower energy bills. And what better time than the high-dollar heating season to save a few bucks? Following are some time-tested energy-saving tips for your home: Let the sunshine in. Open up blinds, curtains and drapes on sunny days. Those rooms will warm up several degrees and all for free. Your furnace or ...
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  • Replacing the Furnace Motor: ECM or PSC

    If you’re considering replacing your furnace in the near future, you’ve got a variety of different options you can choose from. One option that can greatly affect energy efficiency is the furnace’s blower motor. There are two main choices when it comes to furnace motor replacement: PSC or ECM. We’ll discuss the differences between the two motors and look at the benefits of each. First, a brief ...
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  • Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors are in Working Order

    In New Jersey, where many of us ward off the winter chill with gas furnaces and fireplaces, it’s essential to take steps to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide detectors can help you do this, but only if they’re working correctly. Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives While well-maintained modern fuel-burning appliances are extremely safe, on rare occasions they can ...
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  • Deciding Between an Air Cleaner and an Air Purifier

    Indoor air pollution in the average home is often worse than outside air because pollutants become trapped — exacerbating allergies, eczema, asthma attacks, causing illness, and more. So, it’s understandable that you’re shopping for an air cleaner or air purifier to make your central New Jersey home more healthful. To decide upon the right system for your needs, it’s first necessary to acknowledge ...
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  • 5 HVAC Considerations When You're Purchasing a House

    When you are buying a house, you certainly don’t want to inherit someone else’s problems. You’re probably on the lookout for leaky roofs, leaky pipes, and checking the basement for signs of water damage. Before you decide on your new home, have you given any thought to the HVAC system? Read on to learn why you should. Age of Systems One of the key indicators of when an HVAC unit should be replaced ...
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  • Is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary?

    For many homeowners, air ducts are “out of sight, out of mind.” But your ductwork is a critical part of your central home HVAC system: all the air in your home circulates through them if it’s being heated or cooled. With that air circulation comes dust, which can gather in your ducts and later blow out through your vents. Duct cleaning is available from your local HVAC technicians, but is it worth ...
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  • Using Ceiling Fans to Improve Cooling Efficiency

    Boosting the efficiency of your cooling system can pay off in reduced monthly costs and improved indoor comfort. A ceiling fan offers a relatively easy and low-cost way to achieve this increase in overall cooling efficiency. Using a Ceiling Fan A ceiling fan increases the circulation of the air in the room where it is used. This additional air movement has benefits that will improve cooling ...
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  • How Can Indoor Humidity Affect Your Body?

    You can see the effects of indoor humidity if you have a humidity problem: Condensation on walls and windows, musty smells, or perhaps dry, itchy skin and lots of static charge. But while humidity can certainly have a large impact on your home, you shouldn’t ignore the potential impacts on your health. Here are a few effects that dry or humid air can have upon your body. High Humidity Humid ...
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  • Learn How to Understand the EnergyGuide Label

    These days, the energy efficiency of an appliance or other energy-using product is one of the top criteria that consumers consider before purchasing. Fortunately, the federal government, in a program run jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, long ago devised the EnergyGuide label. The EnergyGuide program, along with the related Energy Star program, go a long way ...
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  • How to Prep for Severe Weather During Hurricane Season

    You can prevent some of the damage the heavy rain, strong winds, and lightning cause during hurricane season by preparing your cooling system ahead of time. Keeping the outdoor condenser as safe as possible provides a safety net for this vulnerable component of central cooling systems. Trim the trees. Remove any tree or shrub branches that hang over or near your home to reduce the danger they pose ...
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  • Solar Shades to Lower A/C Costs

    Windows enhance the aesthetic appeal of a home by providing natural light and making rooms feel larger. However, the downside to windows is they can reduce your home’s energy efficiency in summer months due to solar heat gain. Here is more about this and how solar shades can help. Solar Heat Gain Heat gain usually refers to the amount of unwanted heat entering the home during warm weather. Heat ...
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  • Timeline of HVAC Replacements and Maintenance

    Just like any complex machinery, your HVAC system needs periodic maintenance. Most HVAC systems can last a long time if they’re properly cared for. In fact, furnaces last up to 20 years on average, and A/Cs last an average of 15 years. By following an HVAC maintenance timeline designed to maximize the life of your system, you can ensure that your Hamilton-area home is comfortable for many years to ...
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  • Keep Your Home Clean of Mold and Bacteria

    No homeowner wants mold in their home, and it can be frustrating to see it appear apparently out of nowhere. If you’ve got a mold infestation in your home, the good news is that it’s controllable — and preventable. Here’s what you need to know: Mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria growing in your home can all have significant impacts on your health. These can trigger allergies, exacerbate ...
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  • How to Start Your Repair or Replace Conversation

    When one of your HVAC system components breaks down, you can face a difficult decision of whether to repair or replace it. A trusted HVAC professional is your best source of advice on which is the best option for your particular situation. The following questions and answers on the topic can help you get that conversation started. Is there a simple method of weighing repair vs. replacement costs? ...
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