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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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What are some great low-cost and no-cost ways homeowners can reduce energy costs?

First, replace your heating and cooling system’s air filters on a regular basis. This helps your system run more efficiently. Second, wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket. Third, install low-flow shower heads and water restrictors on your faucets. Fourth, use window treatments seasonally, closed during the summer to keep the heat out 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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What Causes the White Residue on my Dishes?

Having water spots on dishes is a common problem. Your dishwasher is most likely doing all that it can, but the problem isn’t the appliance. The problem is the water. Water spots are created from droplets of water that remain on the dishes and are “baked” to the dishes from the heated dry cycle. The…

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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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What are some things that can invalidate a manufacturer’s warranty?

One major factor that voids many warranties is lack of maintenance.  For instance, having your air conditioner (or furnace) maintained annually. If you don’t have documentation that your system has been maintained according to the manufacturer’s requirements, they may not cover any necessary repairs.  Next, never order any parts from the internet.  Only order parts…

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What do I do if my toilet overflows? – Step by Step Guide

It is not an uncommon plumbing problem…the toilet overflowing. When it happens, it always seems at the wrong time. Try these easy steps. First, locate your water shut off valve near the base of your toilet. Turn the valve until the water shuts off to prevent additional overflow. If your toilet does not have one,…

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