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What is a variable speed motor as it relates to my home comfort system?

“Variable speed” refers to the fan motor inside the air handler.   Variable-speed blower motors are designed to provide greater comfort through reduced initial air velocities and noise. When the unit first turns on, the blower operates at low speed, which not only provides less noise than a single-speed blower, but also allows the compressor and…

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Should a thermostat be set to “auto” or “on”?

The “auto” setting is preferred, as well as the most used and most efficient setting. In this setting, the fan will only operate when the temperature requires it. There are advantages, however, to using the “on” setting. In this setting, air is constantly filtered through your unit’s air filter, and constantly circulating air results in…

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Besides changing my filters, what maintenance should I do on my HVAC?

Most maintenance should be performed only by a qualified service technician, however, there are a few things you can do to ensure optimal performance.  Keep ground mounted outdoor units clear of debris, clutter and weeds; this can reduce the airflow of the unit.  Use caution with weed trimmers around the unit to prevent damaging control…

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Is heating & air conditioning system maintenance really important?

Absolutely. According to a major manufacturer of heating and cooling systems, Carrier, proper maintenance can help your unit last for years longer. On the flip side, a neglected system loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep. So that “green” machine that you bought to stay cool (or warm) could…

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Do I really need to have my air ducts professionally cleaned?

The duct system in your home is the vehicle through which heated and cooled air is distributed throughout your home. If your ducts are dirty, dusty or contaminated with molds or fungi then the air you breath will also contain these substances as well. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned can contribute to better health,…

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Why is humidified air good for you and your home?

Adding moisture to the air in your home helps raise your indoor humidity level, counteracting dramatic drops as a result of constant heating.  By restoring an ideal humidity level of 45 to 50%—the level recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—your indoor environment may feel warmer, lessening the need to crank up the heat,…

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What are some things I can do to take care of my faucets and sinks?

Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day. Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes and surrounding areas.…

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Why is water backing up into my sink while I run the dishwasher?

There is usually a connection between the dishwasher and the drain from the garbage disposal. Food left behind in the garbage disposal can clog that connection to the main drain and back water up into your sink. To prevent this, make sure that your disposal is free of food before running the dishwasher. Also make…

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