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Why It’s Important to Seal Air Leaks in Your Home Envelope

Why It's Important to Seal Air Leaks in Your Home EnvelopeIn an energy-efficient home, the thermal envelope is well sealed in order to keep heat in during winter and to keep heat out in summer. Air leaks indicate breaches in the envelope, and this translates energy loss. Here is more about detecting these leaks and why doing so is worth the effort.

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Proper Attic Insulation Can Help Save You Energy All Year Long

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help Save You Energy All Year LongThe amount and quality of the attic insulation in your home makes the largest impact on its energy efficiency and your year-long energy costs. Adequate insulation properly installed will start saving energy immediately, and last for years. In most cases, it’s the most affordable improvement for long lasting comfort.

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Choosing Between Air Filtration and Air Cleaning

Choosing Between Air Filtration and Air CleaningWhen you think about indoor air quality (IAQ) problems, you may be reminded of household dust, germs and allergens, and how these contaminants impact the health of people in your home. Even if no one in your home suffers from respiratory ailments, such as allergies or asthma, you may still be aware of how good air filtration helps your HVAC system run better and saves you energy.

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Is Your Ductwork Ready to Be Replaced? Here’s How You Can Decide

Is Your Ductwork Ready to Be Replaced? Here’s How You Can DecidePoor duct design or deteriorating ducts can cause several problems in the average home, from uneven temperatures to increased energy bills, excessive HVAC wear and indoor air quality issues. To make matters worse, one or more of these problems may go unnoticed since the ducts are generally installed out of sight.

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It’s Important to Have a Good Furnace Filter

It’s Important to Have a Good Furnace FilterNo single parameter impacts heating performance and energy efficiency like adequate airflow and nothing reduces airflow like a dirty furnace filter. The system blower circulates the entire air volume of your house through the filter multiple times every day. Carried into the filter is an abundance of dust, dirt, lint and other airborne particulates. And that’s just the stuff you can actually see: invisible contaminants including mold spores, pollen and microorganisms can actually breed inside the filter media.

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How to Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your Home

How to Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your HomeHomeowners looking for another way to save money on utilities can conduct a home energy evaluation or audit. By following the tips below, you’ll find the places in your home where you might be losing conditioned air, or where external conditions could be adversely impacting your home’s efficiency.

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Dealing with Common Furnace Issues: A Troubleshooting Guide

Dealing with Common Furnace Issues: A Troubleshooting GuideWhen you turn on your furnace for the first time during a new heating season, you may encounter some problems that keep it from working properly. Here are some troubleshooting tips for several common furnace problems that you may be able to take care of without needing to call for professional assistance.

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Save Energy: Tips for Your Programmable Thermostat

Save Energy: Tips for Your Programmable ThermostatCold weather has officially moved in, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to program your thermostat for winter energy savings. A programmable thermostat, if used properly and consistently, can bring significant savings on annual energy bills. But how does one go about using a programmable thermostat properly and consistently?

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How to Drain a Hot Water Heater in Your Traverse City Home

How to Drain a Hot Water Heater in Your Traverse City HomeHot water heaters often lose efficiency over time, often due to sediment buildup inside the tank from hard water. If this occurs, you can follow these steps to drain your hot water heater, repeating this process about once a year to keep your energy bill from climbing, as well as to prolong the life of your heater.

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Lower the Water Heater’s Temperature and Count Your Savings

Lower the Water Heater's Temperature and Count Your SavingsMany people don’t understand just how much their water heater can cost them with regards to their heating bill. If you live in the Grand Traverse County, Michigan area, you can save yourself a good deal of money each month by reducing your water heater’s temperature.

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