When Are Minimum HVAC Efficiency Standards Going To Increase?

In 2009, efforts were made by the Department of Energy to increase the AFUE or annual fuel utilization efficiency for HVAC equipment. The push to increase minimum AFUE to 90 was based on the need to reduce energy consumption. While the change from a minimum 78 AFUE to a higher AFUE of 90 would definitely

What Is Whole Home Performance?

If it is time for you to reduce your home’s energy consumption and bills each month, it is time to consider the Whole Home Performance approach. What is Whole Home Performance? Whole Home Performance is an entire home approach to energy efficiency. A Whole Home Performance evaluation and inspection will show you and your certified

Self-Diagnosing An A/C Unit Can Save Homeowners A Bundle On Service Calls

If there is one thing all homeowners fear it would be getting a bill for HVAC repairs or equipment replacements. Over time even the best of HVAC equipment brands can develop problems and need to be replaced. To determine if an air conditioner needs repairs homeowners can Diagnose HVAC Problems using a few simple troubleshooting

Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

Most people understand the importance of surge protection for their expensive electronics; in fact, many people would not dare to plug their electronics in without a good surge protector. Unfortunately, few see the need for surge protection for their heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems are expensive and have many sensitive electrical components. Repeated spikes

About Wireless Home Thermostats

WiFi Thermostats are the perfect solution for a wide range of heating and cooling control needs. Today, Internet connectivity is much more than simply surfing the web. The proliferation of mobile devices with Internet connectivity and Internet enabled household appliances have made life a lot easier. When it comes to Internet–controlled thermostats, it is now

The North American Technician Excellence Certification

The North American Technician Excellence, NATE, is a not for profit, independent association whose main purpose is to certify installation and service technicians with a rigorous knowledge–based test. Installation and service technicians sit for the core installation test and the core service test respectively, both comprised of 50 multiple–choice questions. In addition, candidates must take

Cooling Tips For Your Home

It can be a constant battle to keep the temperature of your home at a cool and comfortable level while not breaking the bank to pay your electric bill. Many families are feeling the heat, literally and figuratively, during the warmer months. However, there are some cooling tips for your home that can help create

Energy Savings Tips Can Help You Develop A Plan For Summer Savings

Summertime brings longer hours of daylight, more sunshine and higher electric bills. Air conditioning keeps homes cool and comfortable but uses a significant amount of a home’s total energy consumption. Now is the time to work on creating a Summer Energy Savings Plan to use your home’s appliances and systems effectively and efficiently while achieving

Energy Efficiency: Using Fans Vs. Lowering The A/C

It is a proven fact that home energy costs incurred in powering a fan are significantly lower than those of powering an Air conditioner. However, having an energy savings plan can go a long way in saving energy bills. With the summer sun heating up our houses, turning on the Air conditioner proves a practical

High Winds Across The United States Affecting Indoor Air Quality

The air conditioning is an important aspect of a home. It keeps the family warm during the colder months of winter and offers a cool environment in the hot periods of summer. However, the climate can affect the AC system, leading to broken parts, malfunctioning and even health issues. Wind is one of the major