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Why is Shutting a Room a Bad Energy-Saving Idea?

If you’re like many other homeowners, you probably close the HVAC vents in seldom-used rooms to help you save energy. You may not realize that shutting a room upsets the airflow balance within your HVAC system, and this can cause a number of problems including: Loss of comfort. Closed vents restrict airflow in the ductwork,…

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Choosing an Air Cleaner or an Air Purifier

To some manufacturers, the term air cleaner refers to an air-cleaning device that cleans indoor air using attraction and/or impaction with media filtration. The term air purifier refers to a device that purifies, or disinfects, indoor air by neutralizing or attracting and removing germs, viruses, and other microorganisms. The honest truth is that, whether the…

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A Guide to Energy Star Guidelines

A Guide to Energy Star Guidelines

Whether you’re buying an HVAC system, dishwasher, refrigerator, or one of dozens of other appliances, it’s important to look for the blue Energy Star label. This means it’s certified as saving energy over similar models. But how does an appliance qualify for the label? Energy Star was established to encourage people to make energy-conscious decisions…

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Getting Rid of Energy Vampires in Your Residence

Are you familiar with energy vampires? No, we don’t mean the negative folks who leave you feeling emotionally drained and looking for the nearest exit. When it comes to your home, an energy vampire is actually an inefficient practice that drains money from your pocketbook. Read on for ways to keep these vampires from sapping…

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How You Can Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Off Season

The hottest months of the season are nearly over, and it is almost time to give your air conditioner a break for the late fall and winter seasons. Getting a cooling system ready for the off season requires more than simply switching the unit off, however, Here are some tasks that will ensure your air…

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Want to Lower Your Utility Bills? Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

These 4 Changes Could Mean Big Savings

The right water heater temperature is a matter of both efficiency and safety. Settings on the thermostat dial may range from as low as 100 degrees up to 160 degrees. Many people assume that the heater is installed with thermostat pre-set to the optimum temperature. However, that’s not always the case. For example, many new…

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5 HVAC Considerations for When You’re Buying a House

5 HVAC Considerations for When You're Buying a House

There’s a lot to consider when buying a house beyond just the bottom-line purchase price. That’s why the home’s HVAC equipment — new or existing — should be taken into account when negotiating the best price. You’ll be living with the daily consequences of that buying decision for quite a few years, so make sure…

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Save Water in Your Home With These Plumbing Fixtures

Save Water in Your Home With These Plumbing Fixtures

In San Antonio and the surrounding Texas areas, drought and limited water supplies can be an unfortunate part of everyday life. If you want to help conserve water in your community, while at the same time reducing both your water usage and monthly bills, you can install a number of different types of water-saving plumbing…

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HVAC Maintenance Tasks: DIY and Professional

Your HVAC equipment needs to be well-maintained to keep your home comfortable and help you avoid excessively high energy bills. While there are some basic HVAC maintenance tasks you can tackle on your own, it’s vital that the equipment receives a yearly inspection, cleaning and tuneup by an experienced professional. Here’s a look at what…

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Summer Energy Savings Can Be Yours

These energy saving tips will help you lower your energy costs this summer without sacrificing your comfort. Summers are long, hot and humid in this region, and putting these tips into practice will save you money. Have your air conditioner or heat pump serviced. A clean and adjusted HVAC system uses less energy and runs…

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