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Consider Geothermal If You’re Switching Out Your Furnace This Year

So your old heating system finally gave out, and now you’re switching out your furnace before the weather turns cold. You want one that will keep you comfortable without sending your energy bills through the roof. There are a number of options available, but one of the best investments is a geothermal heat pump. No…

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Thinking About A Geothermal Heat Pump? Here Are Some Facts On Installation

Geothermal heat pumps can be one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool a Metro-East home. They work by utilizing the soil temperature deep underground, which remains at a constant temperature year ’round — a temperature that is warmer than the outside air during the winter and cooler during the summer. By circulating…

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Installing A New Heat Pump? Don’t Overlook These 5 Comfort-Enhancing Features

Whether you’re replacing a different type of heating system or upgrading your heat pump, you should keep in mind five important features. Before installing a new heat pump based on size alone, consider these features that enhance comfort and encourage greater energy savings: Two-stage thermostat: This feature is valuable when the heat pump is in…

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Thirty Percent Tax Credit On Geothermal Heat Pumps And Solar PV

Have you thought about switching to geothermal or solar energy? Now may be the time, with 2011 tax credits making them more affordable. Geothermal and solar energy are highly coveted as energy sources, because they take a free, renewable and clean energy source and transfer that energy into electricity for heating and cooling. Geothermal systems…

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Heat Pump Encased In Ice? Here’s Why

When a faulty component or simple glitch pushes your heat pump to the limit, it works up quite a sweat in the form of excess condensation on the outside coil. The condensation on the extremely cold coil begins to freeze, and may quickly snowball out of control until the coil is encased in ice. Learn…

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When It Comes To Precision Tune-Ups, Twice A Year Is Better

Your heating and air equipment is an investment for your family. You expect long life and years of consistent performance from both your furnace and air conditioner (or heat pump if you use one). The best way to get those long years of dependability is by having an annual precision tune-up on both. Before each season begins,…

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Getting A New Heat Pump? Prep Your Home For Premium Savings

When you’re considering a new heat pump for your Metro-East home, taking a few steps beforehand will ensure that you maximize the benefits of your purchase. These four steps will help you get the most out of installing this energy-efficient heating and cooling appliance. Make your home as energy efficient as you can. Installing more…

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Measure Your Energy Savings With A “Yardstick”

The concept of using a so-called “yardstick” to measure a home’s energy use was devised by Energy Star, a program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. This measuring device was designed to reduce our nation’s consumption of nonrenewable energy sources, and while it’s not an actual yardstick, a lot…

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Heat Pump Maintenance: Some Tasks Require Professional Attention

A well-maintained heat pump uses up to 25 percent less energy than a neglected one. Heat pump maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician at the beginning of the cooling and heating seasons will ensure your heat pump operates efficiently, save you money on energy costs and extend the life of your system. A professional heat…

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HVAC Service Quotes And Your Road To Savings: Tips On How To Read Them

Your HVAC system is what keeps your home comfortable.  Because of the important role it plays in you and your family’s comfort, it can be a major expense when your system needs repairs or an upgrade.  When you’re reviewing HVAC service quotes, it’s essential to be able to interpret them so that you get the…

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