HVAC

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 […]

8 Green Building Mistakes

8 Green Building Mistakes

Jetson Green has highlighted 5 Common Green Building Mistakes and we couldn’t agree more. They include: 1. Wasted Resources – use scraps where possible, save materials for other projects, or donate extras to reuse centers 2. Poorly Selected and Installed Insulation – use blown-in or spray foam insulation products to […]

Workshop Space Heaters

Workshop Space Heaters

If your workshop is in an unfinished garage or basement and not attached to your central heating system, your best option is to make use of space heaters. Cool Tools brings us two of their favorites that cover a lot of different applications and one of them should work for […]

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

The SeattlePI.com explains the differences in the new super-efficient gas furnaces that are available today. It’s possible you could cut 40% off your energy bill which is a savings that anyone would welcome.

Steps to Better Insulation

Steps to Better Insulation

One of the easiest ways to save money and energy is to insulate your home properly. You may have relied on your builder to determine if your home is properly sealed but don’t. Their job is to finish the house on time and hopefully on budget which makes for mistakes […]

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

Ceiling Crawlspace Discoveries

If you’ve never peeked into your ceilings crawlspace you don’t know what you’re missing. If you aren’t the original owner of the home and you never got a chance to look up there you might find old treasures from previous families or just junk, most likely the latter. Checking out […]

4 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Stay Warm

4 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Stay Warm

Photo: Sad Furnace Day from Fensterbme The Home Depot has shared these tips for keeping your home warm this winter while saving money. 1. Regularly maintain your furnace and water heater. Regular maintenance on your furnace and water heater will increase energy efficiency in your home. By combining proper equipment […]

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

We’re always happy to see the latest newsletter from Bruce Irving in our email inbox and his latest edition doesn’t disappoint. He selects some of his favorite new products on the market but also weighs in on one of his pet peeves which is homeowners who spend big money to […]

Get Help Paying for Heat this Winter

Get Help Paying for Heat this Winter

There are some who don’t have the means to keep themselves and their families warm this summer. If you need assistance in paying your heating bills or would like to help keep a family warm, follow these recommendations.

Trane Communicates for Your Comfort

Trane Communicates for Your Comfort

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to ever think of your HVAC system and your home temperature was always set as you like it and that if there were any issues you’d be warned ahead of time instead of arriving home to this horrible scene! Trane has informed […]

Warming the Hearth and Home

Warming the Hearth and Home

It may be summer, but now is the time to hit the stores if you’re in the market for a new home heating system. Not sure whether you should invest in a furnace, boiler or heat pump? This article on DoItYourself.com explains the difference between each system and offers up […]

Whole House Fans are Really Cool

Whole House Fans are Really Cool

Got allergies? Sick of high air conditioning bills? Then consider a whole house fan! This whole house fan buying guide on Don Vandervort’s HomeTips.com explains how the fans actually improve air quality in the home while keeping it cool for less than an air conditioning system.

Swamp Cooler Maintenance

Swamp Cooler Maintenance

A horrific/gross story we recently heard about a homeowner living in Tucson, AZ will remind you to take care of your swamp cooler and shut it down when not in use. The story and shutdown steps after the jump.

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Jeanne of House in Progress goes through the steps of replacing the radiator air valve from her bathroom radiator. She reminds us to turn off the furnace and make sure your radiator has completely cooled before removing the valve. You may also want to “bleed” your radiator after replacing the […]

HVAC Is Big Business

HVAC Is Big Business

Wow! Trane was just bought by Ingersoll-Rand for $9.4 billion in cash and stock. Best known for their air-conditioning units, Trane recently sold off their kitchen and bath units and apparently they became much more appealing.

Steam Radiator Tips

Steam Radiator Tips

Steam Radiators require proper maintenance to keep them running efficiently and silently. There are a lot of opinions out there for what to do when the gurgling and clanging starts and Fixer-Upper has pulled together a nice list to help you keep your steam radiator in top shape and looking […]