Mold is a normal and common part of our natural surroundings. When mold invades our homes, however, it becomes an aggravation and a potential danger to our health. Controlling mold in your home is vital to keeping this nuisance from getting out of control.
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The ductwork in your home HVAC system is the air distribution network that brings heated or cooled air to all parts of your home. Air and energy leaks in the ductwork system can be responsible for many expensive and potentially dangerous problems in your home. Here are some of the benefits you’ll get from ductwork sealing.
If your HVAC contractor hires technicians with NATE certification, you’ll know more than a thing or two about the person who comes into your home to service your equipment. Almost anyone, from a local jack-of-all-trades to a relative with a toolbox, may claim to have the skills and expertise to work on the high-technology incorporated in today’s heating and cooling equipment. Only NATE-certified technicians can prove it and have the backing of the entire HVAC industry.
Geothermal pool heating has taken the lead as a clean, environmentally sustainable alternative heat source for swimming pools and spas. Using the year-round consistent temperature of groundwater in lakes and aquifer wells, geothermal energy keeps pool and spa water warm without combustion or the inherent inefficiencies of a gas-fired heater. It produces no CO2 gases and employs long-lasting, low-maintenance equipment.
A geothermal aquifer well is an underground water source that supplies two natural resources: water and latent heat energy. In South Florida, the underground aquifers remain a constant 75 degrees year round. This consistent geothermal heat can be utilized by a water-source heat pump to heat swimming pool and spa water more economically than a gas-fired system. Typically, a geothermal swimming pool heater operates at 70 percent to 90 percent less expense than a gas heater. It produces heat entirely without combustion and its negative environmental side effects.
As part of a plan to increase your home’s energy efficiency, insulating your attic is a choice that will pay off in reduced heating and cooling bills and increased indoor comfort. Insulation effectiveness will depend on the type you choose. In addition, some types of insulation are more appropriate than others for particular applications. Here is a brief guide to selecting the right material for your attic insulation project.
The Florida Suncoast may be known for its mild weather, but those of us who live here know it still takes effort to keep our homes at comfortable temperatures. In many Florida homes, one of the biggest threats to comfort is leaking air. In winter, air leaks subject you to chilly drafts. In summer, they allow air conditioned air to seep out while letting in hot outdoor air. Caulking and weatherstripping provide simple yet effective ways to stop the leaks so you stay comfortable and save on your energy bills, too.
As any geothermal installer can tell you, geothermal systems are the fastest growing alternative energy source to heat houses, household water and swimming pools and spas. It’s clean, environmentally sustainable and offers efficiencies of over 400 percent, depending upon the locale. No wonder so many are jumping on the geothermal bandwagon. However, it hasn’t always been so.
It may seem counter intuitive at first, but the same ceiling fans that keep you cool during hot Florida summers can also ward off winter’s chill. It’s the way you use ceiling fans that makes the difference.