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When the Furnace Quits in Winter

By the time you read this, the recent cold wave will be history and the heavy snows will have melted in Washington DC. But the spate of extreme weather may have got you wondering. Should you trust this old system to make it through the season? After all, the folk wisdom says buy your furnace

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Good News for Homeowners: Lower Fuel Bills

There’s good news, and then there’s good news! Americans will pay less for heating their homes this year than they did last year (or the year before). While there are some regional differences in the savings on fuel bills, the entire picture looks rosy, according to the U.S. government (http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=23232).The average homeowner, using natural gas

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Sign HVAC Service Contract or Not?

Should I Sign a Service Agreement? If you’re a homeowner, at some point you may be asked if you would be interested in a service contract (also called a maintenance contract or service agreement) with your heating or air conditioning company.   This brings up a host of questions. Do I need this? How much

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Indoor Climate Control: Taming Heat and Cold with a Smart Thermostat

Someone once said indoor climate control is like your heartbeat–you should only notice it when something’s wrong. As much as we’d like to ignore it, though, the fact is, our indoor ‘conditioned’ air–whether warmed or cooled–is very much under our control. There are a number of structural factors that can affect your home’s climate–such as

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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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Should You Invest In Higher SEER System?

Energy-conscious homeowners are always looking for ways to lower their electric bill. So it’s no surprise that this question pops up frequently: Should I be shopping for an air-conditioner with a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)? As with anything, there are trade-offs. You will pay a little more for an AC with a higher

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Is It Time to Change the Filter in Your AC?

 Summertime! and the AC is running . . . .  Have you changed your AC filter lately? Our experts recommend changing the filter in your air conditioning system about once a month during the cooling season. If you haven’t done it before, ask your HVAC guy to show you how. What kind of filter do

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How to Choose the Most Efficient Air Conditioner

So you’re thinking about having your air conditioner replaced. Maybe it’s noisy and expensive. Maybe it doesn’t keep the house comfortable anymore. Or maybe it’s just getting old. After all, 10 years is the maximum lifespan of central Air Conditioner these days. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that technology has made switching more attractive.

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Water Heater Uses Less Energy, More American Ingenuity.

A new General Electric water heater consumes 60% less electricity and– drum roll, please!– is made in the USA! Now that’s energy conservation with a homemade flavor. After a presidential campaign when the word jobs was repeated over and over again like a mantra, GE is bringing jobs back from China to Illinois, says an article

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Holiday Energy Savings

The holidays can sometimes feel like a month-long party– going visiting, entertaining guests, cooking and baking, shopping . . . . Too many Americans wake up on January 1 with the sinking feeling that the party has gotten a bit out of control. Well, you can maintain control in a very important area: Be conscious

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