HVAC

The Biggest Reasons To Winterize Your Home

The Biggest Reasons To Winterize Your Home

What is home sealing and weatherization and why should you take action?

Make Your Fireplace More Efficient

Make Your Fireplace More Efficient

These simple steps will provide more heat from your fireplace this winter.

Get Comfortable With This Heating and Cooling Checklist

Get Comfortable With This Heating and Cooling Checklist

Maintain a constant temperature and humidity are the keys to a comfortable home. This checklist can help.

Comparing Heating & Cooling Solutions for your New Home

Comparing Heating & Cooling Solutions for your New Home

When building a new home, it is always important to explore every option when it comes to heating and cooling solutions. While you want to provide a comfortable environment for your family, you should also consider costs, energy efficiency, impact on the environment and any added value to your house. […]

Help Choosing and Installing a Natural Gas Boiler

Help Choosing and Installing a Natural Gas Boiler

We recently received this reader question and hope some of our readers can help. Any direction you can send me to make heads or tails of quotes for new natural gas boiler installation? Munchkin or Buderus? 95% efficiency vs. less efficiency? Hot water tanks that feed off the heat of […]

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Attic fans are one of those brilliant inventions that you don’t really notice until you don’t have one. Growing up, my dad’s house had an attic fan and it made all the difference when it came to keeping the house cool, even during the peak of summer. But the real […]

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

This post is brought to you from the miserable land of no A/C. Yep — after arriving home last night from the DeWALT tool launch (more on that soon), my husband confronted me with the bad news: our A/C is out. Coincidentally, this is happening during the hottest weekend so […]

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

A sudden heat wave has descended over Kansas City, which means many of us are firing up the air conditioners–for a couple of days, anyway. Before your A/C usage peaks during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. And […]

How to Check Your Furnace and Home Heating System

How to Check Your Furnace and Home Heating System

A broken heater or bad insulation can lead to the uncomfortable situation of living in a cold house. If you’re fairly certain your windows and doors are completely shut and air-tight you’ll then need to inspect your home heating system. Follow these steps to ensure your heater is in proper […]

Upgrade Your Floor Grates For Better Air Flow

Upgrade Your Floor Grates For Better Air Flow

The devil really is in the details. A lot of DIYers (us included) get caught up in the big projects: new tile, a kitchen demo, painting, installing hardwood floors, etc. Yet if your hands are itching for a project and you’re short on time (and cash), there are a number […]

Quick Tip? Install A Furnace Filter Whistle

Quick Tip? Install A Furnace Filter Whistle

That’s right — now, your furnace can whistle while it works! Or, rather, doesn’t work, as the furnace filter whistle emits noise when your furnace filter is 50 percent clogged. Knowing when to change your furnace filter can go a long way in maximizing your system’s performance. When the filter […]

Should You Make The Switch To Radiant Heating?

Should You Make The Switch To Radiant Heating?

The majority of homeowners use a forced-air system to provide heating and cooling. Yet more and more are turning to radiant heat for several reasons, including its superior heating power, energy efficiency and, in the long-term, reduced energy costs. Radiant heating can be installed in several places, but is typically […]

Do You Have a Boiler Room Obsession?

Do You Have a Boiler Room Obsession?

Gone are the days when appliances, such as hot water heaters, are tucked away in deep dark closets. There are a bevy of manufacturers who are responding to better designed products (inspired by European manufacturers who have less room to work with and can’t always hide boilers) and creating boilers, […]

How To Keep Your Air-Conditioning Running Strong Through The Summer

How To Keep Your Air-Conditioning Running Strong Through The Summer

To help consumers add years to the life of their air conditioning system, Bill Cunningham, a home cooling and energy efficiency expert with Lennox – a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products – suggests the following tips for keeping your cool this summer: Three Signs That You May Need […]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

During the winter, a natural reaction is to turn up the heat–crank it, in some cases–to get warm air flooding through your home’s interior. But thanks to a tip from this New York Times story, I’ve been introduced to an opposite species–those who prefer to live without heat (or a […]

15 Fireplaces at the 2010 Builders’ Show

15 Fireplaces at the 2010 Builders’ Show

I love the smell of propane burning at the Builders’ Show! Fireplaces were in abundance and one in particular only Liberace could love (Swarovski crystal enhanced beauty shown above). Maybe you’ll see one to your liking in our photo gallery of fireplaces from the 2010 Builders’ Show. Coronado Stone Mantis […]

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Although you can’t seem them, ducts are one of the most important components of a home, carrying air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. If your sheet metal, fiberglass, or other material duct is not sealed properly, you could have an energy leak that is […]

Two Chimneys Santa Should Avoid

Two Chimneys Santa Should Avoid

Gizmodo usually sticks to tech but they’ve come across a couple awesome fireplaces that we wanted to share. This futuristic fireplace looks strangely at home in a rustic environment but for some reason we’re scared it would start talking to us or begin sucking everything in the room up through […]

Install a Programmable Thermostat and Save Energy and Money

Install a Programmable Thermostat and Save Energy and Money

Our old house has a gas floor heater and no air-conditioning (it’s always 75 in sunny Southern California). The thermostat seemed almost as old as the house and we’re not to sure it registered temperature correctly anymore so we just used it as an off/on switch which is inefficient and […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity today announced the national expansion of Partners in Sustainable Building, a $30 million building program dedicated to greening more than 5,000 Habitat homes across the country. Below are five simple, inexpensive energy saving tips courtesy of The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat […]