We rely on HVAC professionals to clean and tune-up our heating and air conditioning systems. Most homeowners know they have to periodically replace their HVAC filters. Very few owners know they have to flush condensate lines monthly during the summer. This is a surprise to new homeowners in Florida. Learn what a condensate line does. … Read More
Heating, Cooling & Comfy All Year
Is your home comfortable all year? With reasonable fuel costs? If you said yes, congratulations. If you said no, you're not alone. We start with the HVAC concepts that influence how home heating and cooling systems work. Why?
Balancing HVAC Comfort & Costs
Because too many homeowners called my handyman business to get more insulation, without realizing this might not be the best way to lower their heating and cooling costs.
- Home Heating Concepts explains basic HVAC concepts like:
- HVAC = Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
- Sealing gaps reduces the loss of conditioned air.
- Ventilation moves conditioned air where you want it.
- Home Insulation for Comfort & Lower Energy Costs
- Insulation Doesn't Work by Itself
- 8 Smart Ideas to Keep Your Home Warm
- Baby It's Cold In Here: How to Stay Warm (or Cool) Inside
One of the most important homeowner maintenance tasks is to get your home heating and air conditioning systems tuned up each year. Benefits include:
- Lower fuel costs to run your heating/cooling systems.
- Longer lifetime of your heating and cooling systems.
- Lower risk of an HVAC emergency at the worst time!
Attic baffles play an important role keeping your home comfortable and safe. They keep space clear so fresh air can flow from the soffits under your roof eaves to the vents at or near the top of your roof, illustrated by the red arrow above.
When picking a builder in Florida, I had the opportunity to ask the building supervisor questions. One of the most important questions was “… tell me the three best ways to make the house more energy efficient”. Based on this discussion, I agreed to pay a surcharge for a radiant barrier on the roof. While … Read More
Our houses are becoming more energy efficient thanks to building codes focused on driving down US energy consumption. Similar to Energy Star appliances you see at the store, building materials like wall insulation must also meet more stringent building codes. In Florida, there are different codes based on the type of construction and where the … Read More
If you’re hungry you’ll want to cook up some burgers on a grill (no e) in the backyard. You definitely won’t find much success trying to cook anything on the wooden grille shown below (right). This is a good example of how confusing home related words like registers and grilles that mean almost the same … Read More
Your home’s indoor air isn’t as clean as outdoor air. Home ventilation using the stack effect insures the air inside your home is exchanged with outside air. Here’s an example of the stack effect that’s easier to understand. You know when you light a fireplace smoke is created. The smoke goes up the chimney based … Read More
Have you seen windmills in Holland? Or driven past wind farms with hundreds of modern windmills? They show how yesterday’s windmills have evolved to capture the wind, sunshine and more. Because sustainable energy means no matter how much we use, there’s just as much energy tomorrow. So let’s look at how
New England gets cold in the winter and sometimes that discourages homeowners from putting tile in their kitchen or bathrooms. Now there’s a solution that heats tiles, and your room from the floor up. It’s called radiant floor heating.
As spring, you know it’s time to make sure you’ve got the right air conditioning to keep you cool through the summer months. If you’ve got central air conditioning, your system will run better with a tuneup by your HVAC company. If you’ve moved recently or know last summer wasn’t comfortable, it might be time to research the … Read More
You’ve probably changed a few air filters, but have you ever taken a tour of your HVAC system and learned how it works? Chance are you haven’t and learning about heat pumps was new for me too. In the northeast we use furnaces and hot water baseboard heating systems and more recently I’ve put radiant heat … Read More