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Heat Pump Anatomy: How All Those Parts Work Together to Deliver Efficient Cooling and Heating

Posted on: March 1, 2012

If you’re looking to upgrade your existing home comfort systems, a heat pump makes good economic sense. Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling and do so very efficiently. They do not burn combustible fuel to produce heat, but use electrical power during both heating and cooling operations. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, […]

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Buying a Furnace On the Internet: That Deal Could Cost You

Posted on: February 28, 2012

If you’re facing the potentially costly prospect of buying a furnace, you could be tempted to look online for a cheaper unit. However, before sending your credit card information to an Internet dealer, there are a few issues to consider. What looks like an Internet bargain could end up being an expensive mistake. Installation problems […]

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Ventilating Fans: You Need Them in Your Living Space, and Could Use One in Your Garage

Posted on: February 23, 2012

Proper ventilation in your home is critical for two reasons: It provides a way for fresh air to enter your home and a way for old, stale air to exit. Using ventilating fans is part of a good indoor air quality plan to ensure healthy air. If your home is sealed and well insulated, you’re […]

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Minimizing Energy Loss in the Ductwork of Your New or Older Home

Posted on: February 21, 2012

Your ductwork is the network of large metal pipes that carries heated or cooled air from your furnace or central air conditioner to points throughout your house. Because all of the conditioned air in your home travels through the ductwork, there is an increased chance of energy loss within the system. Whether your home is […]

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Uneven Heating? A Zoning System Can Address That Problem

Posted on: February 16, 2012

It’s common for homes to experience uneven levels of heating and cooling for a variety of reasons, including poor installation of HVAC equipment, or home design elements. But a zoning system can help to improve home comfort, and provide consistent, comprehensive heating throughout the winter, while maximizing energy savings, too. A factor that contributes to […]

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CO2 Detectors: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Places

Posted on: February 14, 2012

When you close your home up against the cold, you should be aware that your heating system could pose a potential risk to your family. Carbon monoxide (CO2) will be generated by any fuel-burning furnace, whether that fuel is oil, natural gas, or propane. CO2 is usually safely vented out of your house, but leaks […]

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Heat Pumps: Consider Efficiency Ratings and Advanced Features; But Also Keep These 4 Factors in Mind

Posted on: February 9, 2012

When selecting a new heating system, It’s important to consider the efficiency of heat pumps and their features, along with a few lesser-known factors, that will determine your home comfort and savings. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when evaluating heat pumps: Because a heat pump is a multi-purpose home HVAC system, […]

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The Energy Star Yardstick: Pull It Out to See How Your Home Measures Up

Posted on: February 7, 2012

Energy Star is a government-sponsored website that helps homeowners reduce energy consumption. It features the Home Energy Yardstick, a program designed to compare your home to similar homes in your area in terms of energy efficiency, and then offer tailored suggestions to bring energy consumption down. Here’s how it works: On the homepage, you will […]

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Heating Efficiency: Four Ways to Help Your Furnace and Ductwork Do Their Job

Posted on: February 2, 2012

If solutions existed that could maximize your heating efficiency, wouldn’t you want to know about them? Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical mission is to help homeowners stay comfortable and save money, and we don’t “hide” industry secrets from homeowners — we help them. With that in mind, here are four of our best tips to […]

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How Well Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Posted on: January 31, 2012

Winter storms in the Greater Charlotte area have been known to knock out power and leave homeowners stranded in their homes for days at a time, until local crews can get roads cleared and power back up and running. Being ready for a power outage, therefore, is an essential step homeowners should take to make […]

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