Archive for June, 2013

What is Involved in Installing a New System?


The US federal government strongly recommends that homeowners with air conditioner units more than ten years old should replace the units. This recommendation comes with strong reasoning. The Department of Energy and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) points out that air conditioners and heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR-qualified can result in significant energy savings for the homeowner. So it makes sense to replace your old, inefficient AC unit with a new and more efficient unit. Considering your older AC unit may be a power-hungry system that makes up a substantial portion of your energy bill, … read more »

What is a Heat Pump?


If you have an HVAC system installed in your home, you have probably heard the term ‘‘heat pump’’ used. What exactly is a heat pump? Using technical jargon, a heat pump is defined as a refrigeration system that works on a mechanical-compression cycle and is used to either heat up or cool down a controlled space. The installation of a heat pump consists of two main parts, an indoor unit, aka an air handler, and an outdoor unit that is similar to an air conditioner. A compressor is used to circulate a refrigerant that absorbs … read more »

How Can I Eliminate Odors


Our homes can be incubators for all types of smells. How your home smells can affect your own mood and influence the impression guests have of your home. The smell of your home, whether good or bad, is a factor that everyone who enters the home notices. A bad odor in your home is the last thing you need. Fortunately, there are plenty of products that we can use to get rid of bad smells. The method you use to remove odors from your home depends on the cause of the odor. One common source … read more »