What the Energy Star Most Efficient Label Means to Those in Southwest Florida

energy star most efficient labelAlthough southwest Florida doesn’t have the most extreme climate in the U.S., it does have months of pounding heat and humidity, making it one of the best places to consider Energy Star Most Efficient HVAC equipment. The U.S. Energy Star program only recognizes products that use the least amount of energy under varied circumstances. Read More »

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Adequate Attic Ventilation Prevents Expensive Damage to the Roof of Your Florida Home

attic ventilationHaving adequate attic ventilation, particularly in our climate, will help cut cooling costs and prevent serious damage to your home’s roof. Since our summers are hot and sunny, the roof takes a beating many months of the year, not only from direct solar exposure, but from attic heat as well. Read More »

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How WiFi Thermostats Give Southwest Florida Homeowners More Control Over Comfort

WiFi thermostatsWhile programmable thermostats have become popular as a way to save energy and money when compared to older manual thermostats, there are now even better options that make controlling the environment in your Southwest Florida home simple. WiFi thermostats combine the efficiency of programmable thermostats with increased intelligence and a network connection for real-time control and programming over a local network or the Internet. Read More »

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Dump That Manual Thermostat and Move Up to Programmable Thermostat

programmable thermostatsAlthough it may be simple and hard to kill, a manual thermostat in your southwest Florida home may be costing you more than necessary on monthly utility bills. If you move up to a programmable model, not only will you save money every month, but you’ll also benefit from the many other features that common programmable thermostats share. Read More »

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Fall May Be the Perfect Time to Install That New Central A/C in Your Southwest Florida Home

install new central A/CIf Southwest Florida proved to be too much for your old air conditioning system this year, you may not be in any rush to spend the money replacing it. That may be a mistake, however, because fall may just be the perfect time to install a new A/C system, for the following reasons: Read More »

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Take IAQ Seriously — It’s Affecting the HVAC System, Along With Your Lungs

IAQ and your HVAC systemWhen most people think about air quality and pollution, they think about the quality of the outdoor air. It may come as a surprise, however, that indoor air quality is often far worse than the outdoor air quality, with your exposure to harmful pollutants being up to 100 times greater inside your home than outside. Your HVAC system is often the first line of defense against irritants such as dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and smoke, and learning how indoor air quality and the HVAC system are interrelated can help you to keep the air in your home safe for your family. Read More »

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Using a Programmable Thermostat to Stay Cool or Warm, as Needed

using a programmable thermostatProgrammable thermostats are popular with those building new homes, as they’re almost always installed in new construction. But they’re gaining a lot of users in existing homes as well. A programmable thermostat works by kicking the A/C or furnace on or off at certain times of the day, depending on what temperature you want at a specific day and time. Read More »

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Your Ductwork: Why You Need an Occasional Inspection

ductwork inspectionAn essential part of maintaining the HVAC system in your Southwest Florida home is having an occasional inspection of the ductwork. Air ducts are the delivery system of your home’s conditioned air, and they’re also the method by which stale air is returned to the central equipment to be heated or cooled. Read More »

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Haven’t Used Your Southwest Florida Furnace Yet? You Still Need a Yearly Inspection

yearly inspection furnaceSouthwest Florida may not be as cold as the northern states in the winter, and your furnace may not work as hard as those in Chicago or New York, but it’s still important to keep the furnace maintained to save money on heating costs, ensure carbon monoxide safety, and help prevent common problems when you need heat the most. A yearly inspection in the fall will go a long way toward increasing energy efficiency in your home and extending the life of your heating equipment. Read More »

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HVAC Terms the Southwest Florida Homeowner Should Know About

HVAC termsKnowing what HVAC terms stand for helps you communicate with your HVAC contractor, along with helping you understand these systems better. Taken as a whole, the HVAC system is among the most complex you have for your home. When you know the most important components and concepts, it’s much simpler to communicate and make informed judgments and decisions.  Read More »

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