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When should I replace my Heating/Cooling Equipment?

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services When should I replace my Heating/Cooling Equipment? Clock

Certain telltale signs indicate it's time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if:

  • Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old
  • Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old
  • Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up
  • Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold
  • No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat
  • Your home has humidity problems
  • Your home has excessive dust
  • Your heating or cooling system is noisy

It's also important to change Air Filters regularly. Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. 

*Source: energystar.gov

Will your home be cozy this winter?

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Will your home be cozy this winter? Glass

The doors and windows in your home can allow air leaks even when they are closed. Weather stripping your doors is easy and it can keep energy costs down. It'll also help you stay cozy in winter. Seal cracks around your door with weather stripping to winterize your home and keep out drafts. 

Weather stripping can help seal air leaks in areas of your home, such as doors, windows and attic access points. If you decide to take on an entire home sealing project, identify all the air leaks in your home, including those in unseen holes or pathways in your plumbing, wiring and HVAC system.

Doors require two different kinds of weather stripping: door sweeps for the bottom and self-adhesive foam for the top and sides.

source: Lowes.com