You don't always need to spend a lot of money to improve the functionality of your HVAC system. Sometimes the problem is due to something small and easy to repair. Even if you don't have any HVAC experience, you can often do the work yourself, and end up increasing the efficiency of both your heating and air conditioning functions. This article explains three great ways to maintain an efficient and healthy HVAC system.
Your geothermal heating system is designed to draw heat out of the ground and into your home, providing you with constant, low energy consumption heating and cooling throughout the year no matter what the temperature outside is. However, like all appliances, geothermal heating and cooling systems can break down over time due to use and age. Thankfully, there are a couple of warning signs that can indicate when you should contact an HVAC professional to repair or replace your geothermal system before it completely fails and leaves you without the ability to control your home's temperature.
During the winter season your heating bill tends to cost more because of the increase in usage. However, there may be other contributing factors that cause your bill to rise even more than normal. For instance, older homes may have overworked and outdated heating systems that require more energy usage to heat up your home. There are some ways to lower the usage in addition to having your heating system repaired.
Now that the cold weather is here, it's time to winterize your air conditioner. Taking a few precautionary steps this winter, will help ensure that your AC is up and ready to go when the weather warms up again. Luckily, it doesn't take much to put your AC to bed for the winter. In fact, you can take care of the entire winterization process in one afternoon. Here are three simple steps you can take to get your AC ready for winter.
Heating oil delivered by your fuel company may seem like it only has one use--to heat your home. Yet, what happens when a storm cuts all the power to your home and/or your oil furnace is not functioning in sub-zero weather? Can you use the heating oil for other things? The answer is "yes," and here are some of the alternative emergency uses for heating oil. Oil Lamps Oil is extremely flammable, but if you are careful with it, you can use it in place of electricity until the power is turned back on.