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Heating, A/C, Ventilation & More

Thanks to modern technology, today’s houses have evolved beyond their basic role of providing shelter. They have become total environments that sustain, refresh, and provide us with a high level of healthful comfort. From air conditioners to zone heating systems, a wide variety of devices and systems equip today’s homes for these responsibilities.

 

In this family of articles, we look at buying, improving, repairing, and maintaining furnaces, air conditioners, fans, and other types of home comfort and energy-saving materials. Pick a section below to dig deeper.

Recent Appliance Articles

  • Water Softener Buying Guide | Solve Hard Water Problems

    Water Softener Buying Guide | Solve Hard Water Problems

    In This Article: Solving Hard Water with a Water Softener Types of Water Softeners How a Water Softener Works Water Softener Size & Features Water Softener Buying & Leasing Tips Salt-Free Water Softeners This expert, unbiased water softener buying guide will help you choose the right water softener for hard water problems. Includes salt-free water …
  • Washing Machine Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Washing Machine Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Washing Machine Does Not Run Does Not Rinse Correctly Washing Machine Leaks Other Washing Machine Repairs Washing machine need repair? Troubleshoot and fix common problems with your clothes washer with this expert DIY advice, including step-by-step instructions. A washing machine is basically a big tub that repeatedly fills with water and then …
  • Water Heater Repair & Troubleshooting

    Water Heater Repair & Troubleshooting

    In This Article: No Hot Water Not Enough Hot Water Hot Water Too Hot Hot Water Discolored or Smells Bad Water Heater Makes Noises Water Heater Is Leaking Expert step-by-step instruction for water heater repair and troubleshooting, including hot water heater problems such as no hot water, not enough hot water, water too hot, water heater …
  • How to Install a Central Vacuum System

    How to Install a Central Vacuum System

    Expert advice on how to install a central vacuum system in new construction or an existing house. Planning is the key to a successful central vacuum installation—both planning the layout and planning the process. To install a central vacuum you: Begin by locating and installing the power unit in the basement, garage, or another out-of-the-way …
  • How to Repair an Ice Maker

    How to Repair an Ice Maker

    In This Article: How a Refrigerator Ice Maker Works Ice Maker Does Not Make Ice Ice Keeps Coming — Does Not Stop Ice Maker Repair: Ice Maker Frozen Makes Ice But Does Not Eject It About Ice Maker Replacement Expert advice on how to repair a refrigerator ice maker that doesn’t make ice or doesn’t work …
  • How a Garbage Disposal Works

    How a Garbage Disposal Works

    Ever wonder what’s going on inside a garbage disposal? This page offers an exploded-view illustration of a typical garbage disposal, along with a description of what the various parts do. A garbage disposal chews up food scraps that are fed down the drain with a heavy flow of water. The disposal, mounted to the underside …
  • How to Install a Garbage Disposal

    How to Install a Garbage Disposal

    In This Article: Selecting a New Disposal Preparing the Area Preparing the Garbage Disposer Removing the Old Disposer Installing the New Disposer These expert, illustrated instructions will guide you step-by-step through the process of installing a garbage disposal. Though replacing an existing garbage disposal with a new one is a relatively easy task, installing a disposal …

Recent Heating, A/C & Ventilation Articles

  • AC Not Working | Central Air Conditioning Repair & Troubleshooting

    AC Not Working | Central Air Conditioning Repair & Troubleshooting

    In This Article: Central AC Not Working At All AC Not Cooling Well Air Conditioner Not Blowing Air Water Leaking from AC Air Conditioner Makes Noise Air Conditioner Won’t Turn Off Is your AC not working? If your central air conditioner is not cooling right, save money, time, and get comfortable again with these expert DIY air conditioning …
  • Save Energy in Your Home Office

    Save Energy in Your Home Office

    A home office can be a big energy user in the modern home. But there’s no need to throw away energy dollars if you have a home office. Here are a few simple steps you can take to reduce energy usage: Turn off equipment when not in use. If your home office appliances don’t have …
  • How to Install an Electronic Thermostat

    How to Install an Electronic Thermostat

    Programmable electronic thermostats help you save money and energy by allowing you to pre-program temperature settings for maximum efficiency during the day and night. These can easily replace single-setting thermostat models, as they also work with standard central air and heating systems. Following is how to replace your older thermostat with a programmable model. For …
  • Home Thermostat Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Home Thermostat Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Thermostat Does Not Control Temp Extreme Temperature Swings Many problems with a heating or cooling system can be traced back to the thermostat. In some cases, the thermostat is out of adjustment. Other times its batteries are dead. Obviously, replacing batteries or making a simple adjustment are easy solutions. If your electronic …
  • Heat Pump Troubleshooting & Repair

    Heat Pump Troubleshooting & Repair

    In This Article: Heat Pump Does Not Run Does Not Heat or Cool Correctly Freezes Up or Trips Breaker Heat Pump Blower Does Not Work Heat Pump Cycles Incorrectly Heat Pump Makes Noises Expert advice on how to fix heat pump problems, such as heating or cooling poorly and more. Heat pump problems are often …
  • Heat Pump Efficiency Rating & Sizing

    Heat Pump Efficiency Rating & Sizing

    When shopping for a new heat pump, pay attention to efficiency ratings and appropriately sizing the unit. This will affect the cost of operating the heat pump, as well as its effectiveness at heating and cooling your home. Need help NOW? Find a Heat Pump Pro Fast! All heating and cooling appliances carry a federal …
  • How a Thermostat Works

    How a Thermostat Works

    In This Article: Programmable Electronic Thermostats Electomechanical Thermostats Zoned Heating & Cooling Thermostats measure your home’s ambient temperature and use that information to activate your furnace or air conditioner, depending on the thermostat’s setting. The first thermostat was invented in the early 17th century by a Dutch man, Cornelis Drebbel, who placed a float inside …
  • 9 Money-Saving Tips for Heating Your Home

    9 Money-Saving Tips for Heating Your Home

    We all share a desire to stay warm and comfortable in the winter without spending a fortune on heat. Following are a few ways you can achieve a more comfortable indoor environment while reducing energy costs: 1) Check your thermostat Never set your thermostat higher than it needs to be for comfort. Over a 24-hour period, …
  • PV Solar Panel Reviews

    PV Solar Panel Reviews

    If you are in the market for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that can supply some or all of your home’s electrical power, you have no doubt discovered there are many different types of these panels and they are all quite expensive. As discussed in Solar Panel Buying Tips, panels differ in many features, including output, …
  • How a Ceiling Fan Works

    How a Ceiling Fan Works

    Because of the slight breeze it creates, a fan makes a room more comfortable at higher temperatures during the summer so a room’s thermostat can be set 5 to 7 degrees higher. And in the winter, a fan recirculates rising warm air that would otherwise collect and give off its heat at the ceiling. A …

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