Take a look around your house. What issues are begging for your attention? Many of us focus on the highly visible problems — a leaky faucet, for example, or a damaged window screen — and fail to notice our home’s hidden maintenance needs.
One commonly overlooked system is the heating and cooling equipment that keeps our living spaces comfortable through hot summers and cold winters. When it’s functioning well, we barely give it a thought. But when it starts to malfunction, it definitely gets our attention — and often results in costly repairs or replacements.Read More
Even if you painstakingly maintain your HVAC equipment, there comes a time when it simply needs to be replaced. And although this comes with an initial investment, you can reap the rewards in the years to come with increased efficiency and lower energy bills.
Understanding the ins and outs of HVAC equipment can be complicated. Following is a basic overview of what you will want to keep in mind while choosing and installing new HVAC equipment, with a focus on the spring and summer months.Read More
You’ve probably noticed the bright yellow ENERGY STAR labels on everything from new refrigerators to washing machines. But what exactly is ENERGY STAR? Do the benefits of these energy-efficient appliances make them worth the investment? Will they save you money in the long run?
Let’s start with some background about the ENERGY STAR program. In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program expanded over the years, and now the ENERGY STAR label can be found on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and more.Read More