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Cotton Insulation: Is It Right For Your Home?

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When it comes time to choose insulation for your home, you’re going to come across a lot of options. One of those options is cotton, which is sometimes also sold as recycled denim since it tends to be made from recycled jeans. Is cotton insulation the right choice for your home? Consider these pros and cons, and decide for yourself. Pro: Cotton insulation is made from recycled materials. If you’re trying to build a green home or minimize your waste generation, cotton is a wise choice. Read More»

How To Test The Compressor In Your Central Air Conditioning Unit

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Your central air conditioning unit runs on a type of chemical fuel called refrigerant. The refrigerant starts out as a gas that the compressor pushes out into the condensing coils, which change the gas to liquid so the fuel can travel into your home and the air handler, where the actual air cooling happens. A problem with the compressor can keep the refrigerant gas from pumping out enough, or at all, and can leave you with a nonfunctional unit. Read More»

3 Possible Reasons Your AC's Compressor Stopped Turning Over

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The compressor is the starting point in your central air conditioner after the thermostat has been set. Located in the condensing unit outside, the compressor takes an electrical signal from the thermostat and passes it onto capacitors then starts pumping out gas refrigerant that needs to enter the condenser coils for processing. A problem with the compressor can shut down your entire cooling system. A compressor can also stop turning over, which means the compressor at least attempts to start things off but then nothing happens. Read More»

Fixing A Baseboard Heater With Low-Heat Output

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If you noticed your baseboard heating is not emitting enough hot air, you will want to take steps in troubleshooting the cause for this occurrence. There are several reasons why baseboard heating may all of a sudden stop producing enough heat for the room where it is located. Try some of the following steps to repair a low or no-heat output so you can once again enjoy the warmth your baseboard heater provides. Read More»

5 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Professional Attention

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If you are concerned that your furnace is doing peculiar things, you may still not know whether or not you should call a heating and air-conditioning technician to inspect the unit. Here are a few indications that your furnace is in need of professional attention: Your furnace is not responding to your thermostat. When your furnace is operating normally and you increase the setting of your thermostat, your furnace releases hot air until the desired temperature is reached. Read More»

How a Secondary Cooling System Can Save Your AC System

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If you only have one system for cooling your home, that one system can suffer a lot of wear and tear. An AC unit cools a home by using a refrigerant to extract heat from the air in your home. This type of system requires a compressor which burns through a lot of electricity. Finding a way to cool your home with less electricity can help to decrease your cooling costs, and as long as the secondary system is efficient, you shouldn’t have to worry that your home won’t get cool enough. Read More»

Ways That Your Approach To Eating Can Keep Your Air Conditioner Usage Low

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On the surface, how and what you eat might not have much of a connection with the usage of your home’s air conditioner. However, if you’re looking for ways to end up using the A/C less during the hot summer months in order to save money on your cooling bills, it’s worthwhile to think about how you cook and even what you eat. Take a closer look at your household’s intake of food, make a few simple changes and you’ll end up using your air conditioner less – and save money in the process. Read More»

Considering Central Air For Your 1950s Home? What To Know

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Was your house built before air conditioning got popular, and no one has ever invested the money to install a central system? If so, it may be time to invest the money to make yourself more comfortable when the weather is hot instead of using a window unit. The window unit that you have to stick out of the window is unsightly, loud, and takes up space while blocking the view from your window. Read More»

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner's Condensing Coils To Prevent Overheating

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A central air conditioner’s cooling process starts outside the home in the condensing unit. When you adjust your thermostat, an electrical signal is sent to the unit’s compressor, which pumps gas refrigerant into the condensing coils. The coils change the gas into a liquid so that it can travel easily inside your home to the furnace to finish the cooling process. Condensing coils heat up while transforming the refrigerant due to the chemistry of the phase change. Read More»

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioning

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Ductless air conditioning systems are an alternative air conditioning option to traditional central units. The main difference between ductless air conditioning units and their central counterparts is the fact that ductless air conditioners, like their name suggests, do not make use of any ductwork to provide your home with cool air. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages that ductless air conditioners have to offer can help you decide whether or not they are the right fit for your home. Read More»