Keeping Your Home Comfy

How To Remove Cigarette Smoke From Central Air Vents

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If you live with smokers, the smoke from cigarettes may get in the central air vents long after the cigarette is put out. Second-hand smoke can worsen symptoms in those already prone to allergies, and it is dangerous for healthy people as well. The best way to remedy this issue is to clean the air vents, which you should be able to do yourself. Here are tips to remove the cigarette smoke from central air vents. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: rubber gloves ladder (optional) screwdriver damp rag mild bleach duster with extension...

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Getting The Most From Your New AC Unit

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If you have been paying too much to heat or cool your home, installing a new AC unit is a good idea. After all, modern AC units are hugely more efficient than their counterparts from even a few years ago. On the other hand, an AC unit is only one of the components that helps to keep your home cool. For the lowest cooling costs, you should install not just an AC unit, but you should also take care of any problems with your duct system and take steps to reduce heat gain.  Duct System As air rushes through your duct system, it exerts...

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Improving Winter Air Quality In Your Home

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With winter on its way, you have a number of preparatory tasks to accomplish, including yard work and furnace maintenance. One thing you may overlook is protecting your air quality. When the weather turns cold and you seal up the house for warmth, the air in your home may turn quite unhealthy. Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to raise the quality of your indoor environment. Plants  Certain houseplants can really improve the air that you breathe. In fact, they can lower the level of some nasty substances you inhale during the...

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Go Tankless: 4 Simple Steps To Clean Your Tankless Water Heater

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If you have a tankless water heater, you want to make sure it provides you with continuous hot water. One way to ensure that you always have plenty of hot water at your fingertips is to clean your water heater out at least once a year. Over time, minerals and hard water deposits can build up inside the heating chamber. When that happens, you’ll no longer receive sufficient supplies of hot water. You might also notice that the hot water you do get is dirty. That’s from the minerals and dirt that have built up in the heating...

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Elderly Person Live Alone Next Door To You? Make Sure Their HVAC System Has No Problems

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If you have someone elderly that lives next door to you, you need to help them out whenever you can. One way you can greatly help is to make sure they will stay warm during the cold winter months ahead. To do this, you should have their HVAC system checked to ensure there are no problems with it. Perform HVAC Maintenance The HVAC unit should be inspected and maintained to ensure it is in good working condition. The last thing you want to happen is for your neighbor’s heat to go out when the temperature is below zero. The best time to do...

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How To Add Insulation To Your Furnace Ducts

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If you feel that your central heating is not as effective as it used to be, you should fix this as soon as possible. Obviously, if your furnace is not running efficiently, you will have increased energy bills. Most people are happy to fix this problem, not only to save money, but also to reduce their impact on the local environment. This article explains a simple repair you can do to increase the efficiency of your furnace. By adding insulation to the output ducts that lead from the furnace into your home, you can reduce heat loss, increase...

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3 Must Do’s To Improve Your Air Conditioner Unit

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If your air conditioner isn’t working like it should, then you are likely paying an additional cost for your electrical bill to compensate for the poor performance of your AC unit. Air conditioners that are failing can consume more electricity as you will likely have to run your unit for a longer period of time in order to feel results. Well, rather than run your unit all day just to keep your home mildly cool, consider some at-home services that you can do that will help improve the overall performance of your AC, like the...

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2 Ways To Make Your Heating System As Efficient As Possible

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One of the most important things that you can do when winter is coming is to make your heating system as efficient as possible, mostly in order to head off a large increase in your heating bills. Listed below are two ways to make your heating system as efficient as possible. Have Your Ducts Maintained The biggest thing that you can do to make your heating system more efficient is to have your duct network checked and maintained. One big reason for this is to prevent the ducts themselves from becoming too full of debris and dust. When...

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How To Bleed A Baseboard Heater

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If you have a baseboard heater, you will prefer to bleed it at the start of the cooler weather. Bleeding a heater means to remove air and rusty water in the system for better functioning. Bleeding the system should also be done during times when the heater isn’t in use. Bleeding the baseboard heater is something a beginning DIY person should be able to do.Here are tips to bleed a baseboard heater. Prepare to Work For this project, you need:  work gloves bucket or small container garden hose flat-blade screwdriver or radiator key...

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2 Ways To Help Reduce The Strain On Your Air Conditioner

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One of the problems with running your air conditioner so much in the summer is that it places your system under a lot of strain, which can result in some very expensive service calls or even having to replace your system entirely. However, there are a few options that can help reduce the strain on your cooling system, such as the two listed below. Cover Your Windows One of the easiest ways to reduce the strain on your air conditioner is to make your house as cool as possible by other means so that your cooling system does not have to work as...

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About Me

As someone who is new to living in an absolutely frigid environment, I can honestly say that it has taken a great deal of patience and persistence to overcome the challenges associated with the climate. My family has really struggled to learn how to stay warm when it is negative whatever outside, and our HVAC contractor has been instrumental in our continuing HVAC education. He taught us how to optimize our furnace, how to stay warm when it isn't running, and how to save money on services in general. This blog is all about keeping your home comfortable, even during those frigid months.