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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water HeatersIf your old water heater is causing problems, you may be thinking about replacing it with a tankless water heater. That’s a very wise decision for many homeowners. However, as efficient and convenient as tankless systems are, they are not necessarily the right water heater solution for everyone.

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The Heating Load in Your House: How to Lower It

The Heating Load in Your House: How to Lower ItThe heating load of your home refers to how much your home’s heating system has to run to keep it comfortable. The size of your home affects it directly, but other, smaller attributes of your home impact the load as well. The amount of insulation, all its air leaks large and small, and the heat lost through the windows contribute too.

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Furnace on the Fritz? Find Out How You Can Troubleshoot Common Problems

Furnace on the Fritz? Find Out How You Can Troubleshoot Common ProblemsForced-air furnaces are workhorse heating systems that can provide years of reliable service when they’re well maintained. However, all furnaces are bound to go on the fritz sooner or later. Many problems may be resolved without calling your HVAC technician. Try the following furnace troubleshooting tips out to see if you can get your heat back on.

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Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons Why it Might Be Happening

Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons Why it Might Be HappeningYou turn your furnace on and, after a few minutes, you suddenly realize that it’s blowing cold air. It’s not a good feeling in more ways than one. Before you start imagining a high repair bill or a long cold night without heat, read through these three common reasons for your furnace blowing cold air, and the solutions!

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Heat and Humidity: Find the Right Balance

Heat and Humidity: Find the Right BalanceGetting the right balance of humidity in the home can be a challenge. Often, in the summer, it seems as if conditions are too moist, while in the winter, the indoor air quality may be too dry. Read on to learn how to maintain the right balance in your home, all year long.

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Furnace Odors: What They Could Mean

Furnace Odors: What They Could MeanIs your Grand Traverse County home plagued by a furnace smell that you can’t seem to identify? The problem could be a number of things, so to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of possible odors:

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Pros and Cons of Water Source Heat vs. Ground Source Heat

Pros and Cons of Water Source Heat vs. Ground Source HeatGround source and water source geothermal heat pumps both extract free heat energy from the earth in winter and disperse it back to the earth during summer. However, each derives that heat from a different place.

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Radiant Heating: Warmth From the Ground Up

Radiant Heating: Warmth From the Ground UpIn climates with long, cold winters, radiant heating is generally regarded as the most comfortable, although forced-air heating systems still dominate, even in Michigan. Radiant heat mimics the sun. It heats objects instead of the air, and by doing so, creates even, long-lasting heat.

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A Guide to HVAC Heating Season Terms

A Guide to HVAC Heating Season TermsIt’s winter in Michigan, and you’re likely already interacting with your home’s heating system at various levels. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a basic grounding in HVAC terminology. Knowing the basic lingo can help you when it comes to troubleshooting heating system problems, performing routine maintenance, and devising strategies to save energy.

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Replacing a Furnace Motor: Deciding Between ECM and PSC

Replacing a Furnace Motor: Deciding Between ECM and PSCFacing a furnace motor replacement may not seem like it would make much difference in home comfort, but if you upgrade it with an ECM (electronically commutated motor), you’ll have plenty of reasons to be glad you did. Most furnaces and air conditioners use PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors for the blower, and while they’re durable, they’re limited in other ways.

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