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Seven Ways to Improve Our Indoor Air Quality

If you’re like most of us, you probably never think about the air you’re breathing inside your home— unless you have a sick child with asthma or an elderly parent who has trouble breathing. Maybe someone in the house smokes. You may do a lot of cooking on an unvented stove. But even if those

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Eight Ways to Convert Old Houses Into Comfortable Homes

 Some people love old houses. But even the most ardent lovers would admit that the HVAC system is not the best thing about their new (old) house. They swoon over the slate roof and window seats and arched doorways, but heating and air conditioning? Not so much. It’s likely that their Victorian beauty came with

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Prevent Accidental Deaths

If you want proof that carbon monoxide is dangerous, you need only remember that ‘suffocation’ with CO is the second most common method of suicide in this country. (The first is self-inflicted gunshot wounds.) Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, and 4,000 are hospitalized. Called the invisible killer, CO is

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Are You in the Zone? Zoning Your Air Conditioning or Heating System

To most homeowners, zoning is a vague concept. There are registers in the floor, right? Or maybe you have a mother-in-law apartment with its own space heater. To the pros, zoning is a serious subject. They know that zoning your air conditioning or heating system can lower your utility bill; or please roommates with very

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Conditioning the Air Includes Temperature and Humidity

It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity. If you’re wiping the sweat off your face even while the air in your house stays at 66 degrees, that old saying begins to haunt you. Humidity has to be factored into any equation of home comfort. It’s especially important if you live in a very hot area

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4 Things To Know About Mid-Season Heating Maintenance

Ah, Groundhog Day! That all-American tribute to optimism! If you’ve noticed any heating problems, don’t hesitate to call your HVAC guy. The time to act is before loss of heat. But even if you aren’t having heating problems, this checklist could help keep you warm until the end of the winter season: 1. Have you had your filters changed?

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Residential Heat Pump Comparison: Start Here

If you live in a region that doesn’t suffer from extreme temperatures, you might want to consider installing a heat pump rather than a conventional heating and air-conditioning system. Before you review the best heat pump units, here’s some background information. Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space (such as the

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Home Heating System Comparison: Decision Time!

Your old furnace is costing you money, and you know it doesn’t have much life left in it. So what’s the best method for choosing a new HVAC system? There are a number of brands out there, and they all make amazing claims about efficiency, comfort, longevity, and cost-savings. Who can you trust? ACDoctor is an independent

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