Understanding Energy Efficiency in HVAC Systems

January 8, 2024

HVAC system manufacturers design them with the principle of energy efficiency to ensure consumers enjoy a comfortable indoor environment without high utility bills. But have you ever wondered what the science behind energy efficiency is? 1. System Size The market has different HVAC system sizes, with more extensive systems for large spaces and smaller designs for smaller areas. Oversized systems may frequently turn on and off while undersized systems may overwork to meet the temperature demand. This leads to high energy consumption. The size of an HVAC unit is determined by British Thermal Units (BTUs). Systems

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What are the benefits of boilers for my home?

November 17, 2023

Instead of using forced air to heat homes, boilers use radiant heating. Radiant heating is when the system heats radiators, baseboards or in-floor piping to distribute heat. While choosing a boiler for your Paxton home is a major choice, there are many benefits that this heating source offers. Even Heat Distribution Compared to forced-air systems that require a significant amount of hot air to gather towards the ceiling before it spreads out and heats your home, the heat distribution from a boiler tends to be more even. The radiant heat that the boiler produces heats all

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Pros and Cons of Installing a Furnace vs. a Heat Pump

March 17, 2023

When it comes to heating your home, there are two main options: a furnace or a heat pump. Both systems offer their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so before you decide which is right for you and your house, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each option. Furnace Pros and Cons A furnace is the most common type of heating system. It works by burning fuel to create heat and distributing the newly generated heat through air ducts. This option offers several advantages, including:

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What are 3 Big Changes in HVAC that I Should Know About for 2023?

January 20, 2023

Top 3 HVAC Changes to Watch for in 2023 Every few years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reassesses the use of HVAC products throughout the country. They will make mandatory changes based on the findings of their assessments. As we turn the page into 2023, the DOE has issued three major HVAC changes that will affect HVAC providers and their customers. 1. SEER Changes The seasonal energy efficiency ratio, known simply as SEER for short, describes how efficient an air-source heat pump or central air conditioning system is. The existing standard for heat pumps

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Why Is My AC Making My house Humid?

July 20, 2022

Besides providing you with adequate cooling, AC systems are also designed to dehumidify your home, but during wet summer months, your system may not be able to keep up with the mugginess of the outdoors. If your AC system is working but your home still feels humid, there might be a few reasons this is the case. Here are some possibilities. Your AC Doesn’t Run Long Enough Your AC system needs to be operating for it to reduce the humidity in your home. It may not be running long enough to effectively pull sufficient moisture from

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Can a Smart Thermostat Help You Save Money on Energy Bills?

April 18, 2022

Can a Smart Thermostat Help You Save Money on Energy Bills? When it comes to your utility bills, every little bit counts. A smart thermostat can be a great way to cut down on energy costs, and there are a few different ways that it can save you money. Understand What a Smart Thermostat Is A smart thermostat is a device that can be used to regulate the temperature in your home. By connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network, a smart thermostat can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet. In addition, some smart thermostats

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4 Popular AC System Designs to Consider

August 2, 2021

Getting an air conditioner for your home is a big financial investment. You’ll likely be using it for years to come, so it’s important to find an AC system that best fits your specific cooling needs rather than just the cheapest possible option. Here are four popular air conditioner system designs that most households use. 1. Portable AC System Portable air conditioners have become increasingly popular, especially in metropolitan areas where a studio or one-bedroom apartment is the norm. Portable AC units are easy to install, take up little floor space, and can be

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How To Clean Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

Cleaning your air conditioner is a time-consuming process, but it will also help your unit to run more efficiently. Knowing the proper steps involved will ensure you do not damage any of the small mechanical parts inside of your system. A few specialized tools will also make the job easier. Here are four tips on how to clean your AC unit. 1. Turn Off Power Running to Your AC Air conditioners are composed of moving parts, some of which are independently running from other systems. Even if you switch off the power button on your

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How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

January 19, 2021

Changing the furnace filter on schedule might help homeowners avoid costly problems. Clogged air filters might degrade efficiency, which means higher heating bills. A dirty furnace may even cause overheating, which could lead to a cracked heat exchanger. So, when is it appropriate to change a furnace filter? A Common Frequency Air filter companies usually suggest changing a furnace filter every 90 days. An exception would be thicker filters, which could last upwards of six months. That said, these “common frequencies” come with some caveats. Changing the filters ahead of schedule might be necessary, depending on

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Why You Need to Have Your Home Tested for Carbon Monoxide

November 18, 2020

Keeping your Urbana house safe from threats both visible and invisible is one of your most important responsibilities as a homeowner. One of the more dangerous invisible threats is carbon monoxide. Since it’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it’s impossible to detect carbon monoxide without special equipment. Making the investment of time and money, though, to have Dogtown Heating, Air & Plumbing test your residence for carbon monoxide is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. A Debilitating Enemy One of the major dangers of carbon monoxide is that it can debilitate you so that you can’t evacuate your home

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