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How is the efficiency of heating and air conditioning equipment measured?

When purchasing an air conditioner, furnace or heat pump, always ask about its efficiency rating. This rating will tell you how efficiently the unit uses fuel (gas, electricity or oil). The most common efficiency ratings are: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): This ratio tells you the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar…

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How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? What Terms Do I Need to Know?

Indoor Air Quality is a growing concern as inhalation of particulate matter has been linked to asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular problems and even early death.  Air filters and air cleaning equipment are designed to remove particles, also called particulates, from the air. Particulates refer to tiny particles suspended in the air.  As a general rule,…

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When do I know if I need a new water heater?

There are several signs that may indicate your water heater might be failing: A complete or partial loss of hot water supply. The unit no longer provides the same temperature or duration of hot water as it had in the past.  Water buildup in or around the area of your water heater may suggest a…

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Why is my water pressure so low?

Several things can cause low water pressure. One problem could be the amount of water your local utility company is pumping out. Another is the age of your pipes and the amount of rust in them. Blockages and other restrictions in your pipes can also lower water pressure. Other considerations are: a partially closed or…

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What causes your air conditioning unit to frost over?

Air conditioners work by moving warm air over the cooling coil (also know as the evaporator coil). This process removes moisture from the air, which accumulates in the collector pan. This process is also key to maintaining a comfortable environment for your home in the summer. If the air moves too slowly over the evaporator…

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