HVAC

The Hype on Heat Pumps

The Hype on Heat Pumps

Even with the mild fall (Thanksgiving in NYC was 67 degrees!), you’ve probably already fired up your heat this year. If you’re not as warm and cozy as you’d like it might be time for a new heat pump. Here’s how a heat pump works and if you are looking […]

Radiator Reuse: Food & Drink Warmer

Radiator Reuse: Food & Drink Warmer

This ingenious ceramic food & drink warmer makes use of your radiator heat and may save just a bit on your electric bill.

Homemade Garage Heater

Homemade Garage Heater

Here’s an ingenious solar heater made of painted soda cans, plywood, and some plastic tubing. The builder wanted a cheap solution to bringing some hot air into his garage. It may not make a huge difference in temp but it certainly qualifies for a build-it-yourself solution.

Installing a Bathroom Vent and Exhaust Fan

Installing a Bathroom Vent and Exhaust Fan

This catskill houseblogger faced a problem that many homeowners with older homes must deal with and that is proper bathroom ventilation. His bathroom is located in the middle of the home which makes this problem a bit more complicated but his installation went smoothly and it all started with determining […]

Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance

Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance

Inspect and service your furnace before it gets too cold. You’ll lean heavily on your furnace all winter long and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your furnace is in top shape is worth every penny spent now.

Sandblast, Prime, and Paint Your Radiator

Sandblast, Prime, and Paint Your Radiator

You can cover your radiator but we like homeowners who choose to sandblast, prime, and paint their classic heaters, even if it does require a hoist to get the beast back up to the second floor.

Installing Central Air-Conditioning in an Old Home

Installing Central Air-Conditioning in an Old Home

From the houseblog The Old Man and the Street, which chronicles the life of a 1912 Arts and Crafts Foursquare, comes an excellent explanation of what they did to install high-velocity air-conditioning in their 1912 home that had no existing ductwork and while they continued to live there. This type […]

Clean Your Air Conditioner

Here’s a how-to video for cleaning the compressor on your outdoor air conditioner. It’s a simple process that will save you money and create a more efficient and cooler running AC unit.

Misting Fans

Misting Fans

As seen on TV or at a football game near you, these misting fans can keep you and your family just as cool during a BBQ or backyard ball game. Just plug it in and use it as the top of a 10 gallon cooler filled with water and you’ve […]

DIY Air Conditioner

DIY Air Conditioner

In keeping with the summer theme this week and the need to cool down – if you find yourself in desperate need of cool air but your AC is on the fritz then you can do what this guy did and create your own air conditioner from a fan, garbage […]

Kickspace Heater

Kickspace Heater

In addition to toekick drawers, here’s another way to utilize the space between your kitchen cabinets and the floor. Install a kickspace heater like these from Myson.