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Considering A New AC Unit? SEER & Other Features To Look For

Shopping for a new A/C can be overwhelming. There are dozens of possibilities to choose from, and this large investment is one you certainly don’t want to take lightly. Perhaps you’re considering a new A/C with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is certainly a good start, since SEER ratings indicate how efficiently…

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You’ve Used Your Ceiling Fans To Stay Cool—Now Use Them To Stay Warm

It’s a fact that ceiling fans will help cool off your home in the warmer months, but did you know that they can also help keep you warm during the winter? Using ceiling fans in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning systems will help keep your house comfortable and your energy bills low. Adjusting…

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Why a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter Is Worth Every Penny

Your home’s heating and cooling system relies on the air filter in order to run smoothly. While your system can likely accommodate a variety of filters with varying efficiency ratings, there are many advantages of choosing a higher-efficiency air filter. Benefits of a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter The most obvious benefit is that an air filter…

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Heatproof Your Home to Keep the Cool In

If you run your AC only to find that you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, and that as soon as you turn the AC off your house heats right back up again, there may be more you can do to heatproof your home. Tips to Keep the Cool Air In It can…

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Radiant Barriers Are A Simple Solution To Heat Gain In The Attic

Summer heat gain, the process whereby exterior heat migrates into attics and loft voids, can be costly. It increases the work your air conditioning system must do to keep the building cool, which translates directly into increased energy costs. Radiant barriers are a simple solution to heat gain in the attic. The sun’s heat is…

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Boost Home Energy Efficiency With These Fall Projects

After a long summer, these cooling fall days in the greater St. Louis metro area are a perfect time to take on a few DIY projects designed to improve home energy efficiency. Once the cold winds start blowing, you’ll be in position to settle in for the winter and enjoy savings from lower utility costs.…

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HEPA Filters Clear the Air, Along with Allergy-Ridden Sinuses

If you suffer from asthma, airborne allergies or other respiratory conditions, you might be surprised to learn that relief from your symptoms can be attained without a lot of extra fuss or cost. Your home can be the refuge you’ve been searching for, and all you may need is a HEPA filtration system. Understanding HEPA Filters…

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What Do HSPF And SEER Tell You About Heat Pump Performance?

A heat pump may be one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool homes, since they use no fuel other than electricity. Heat pump performance is measured by HSPF and SEER, the acronyms for heating season performance factor and seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The U.S. Department of Energy has established a minimum 7.7…

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Does Your Home Ventilation System Require An Upgrade?

Many homeowners experience problems with HVAC inefficiency and excess moisture due to failings in their home ventilation system. To avoid these issues, here are three common attic ventilation myths to avoid: 1. More ventilation is better While a lack of ventilation can cause problems with reduced home energy efficiency during the summer and moisture buildup…

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Installing a New HVAC System? Tips for Properly Sizing the Furnace

When you’re getting ready to replace your home’s central heating system, it’s critical that you take the steps for sizing the furnace accurately. HVAC contractors use special load calculation software to start this process. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual J is considered the industry standard when it comes to determining proper furnace size.…

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