How to Avoid the HVAC Zeros (and Find Your Hero)
There’s a host of occupations that have gotten a bad rap over the years. Often stereotyped as unscrupulous or shady, if you thought about it for a second you could probably call to mind a few jobs with bad reputations: auto mechanics, lawyers, used-car salesman, politicians. Some even put HVAC contractors in this bunch. Obviously, there are “bad apples” in every industry, across every job demographic. And as much as we hate to admit it, there are some chiselers in the HVAC fi
Why Isn’t My Heater Heating?
Sleigh bells are ringing, Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and you are freezing your behind off! Unless you’re literally sitting in a snowbank, this means the heater ain’t working. So, after you put on a couple extra sweaters, but before you call the HVAC professional, there is a host of usual suspects to check off the list of probable malfunction causes. Troubleshooting and fixing some common problems regarding the furnace is not out of the realm of possibility; it’s not
Save Scratch with Zoned A.C.
Imagine if every light bulb within your home was operated using only one switch. This might be a nice scenario when it’s bedtime, but during the evening it would be impractical and play out as a giant waste of electricity with every bulb illuminated. This “one switch” example is a metaphor that gets bandied about by HVAC professionals when differentiating between central and zoned HVAC systems. Central A.C. is the all-lights-on approach, whereas a zoned system is the procedur
Heat Poor in the Energy Rich USA
For tens of millions of Americans the winter is a time for layering up, staying in and shoveling out. From blistering winds to icy roads to unrelenting snowfall, Jack Frost can also be a burden in the guise of home heating bills. Obviously, heating costs are more burdensome in Kalamazoo than Key West but according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration the average consumer will bear increased heating costs due to higher fuel prices and colder weather forecasts. This sc
Don’t let the lull in temperature lull you to sleep.
As the temperatures begin to fall it’s getting close to that time of year when many of us get a break on utility bills for a short stint. The thermostat is turned off and we enjoy the type of weather those lucky enough to live in places like San Diego enjoy year-round. Not too hot, not too cold, just right and no need for HVAC. This lull in temperatures can lull us to sleep. Many of us will see the first cold snap within 45 to 60 days -Noooo! Is your system ready? It’s be