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Diamond Certified Experts: Keeping in the Heat

Adequate home heating is crucial during the winter, but an equally important concern is keeping in the heat. Photo: Bell Products, Inc. (2016)

Adequate home heating is crucial during the winter, but an equally important concern is keeping in the heat. Photo: Bell Products, Inc. (2016)

One of the biggest concerns during winter is maintaining a comfortable climate inside the home. However, if your home lacks sufficient insulation, this can get expensive. Heat is an expert escape artist, which means the more escape routes your home contains, the more money you’re going to spend replenishing what you lose. To address this, we’ve asked seven Diamond Certified Experts to give their advice on keeping in the heat during the winter months. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Keeping in the Heat” »

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Home for the Holidays

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

While it’s fun to decorate and prepare for family gatherings and other festivities, one thing that’s easily forgotten amid the holiday hubbub is safety. In part one of our holiday blog series, we touch on a few seasonal safety essentials for your home and family.

Don’t take electrical safety lightly. As you prepare to transform your home into a quadrangular beacon of illumination for the entirety of December, make sure you take proactive steps to ensure electrical safety. Before hanging your holiday lights, inspect each strand and dispose of any that appear damaged or have lost their UL listing. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips

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Considering the complex nature of heating and cooling systems, it’s beneficial to know some maintenance basics. Photo: Innovative Mechanical, Inc. (2015)

Temperature regulation and air quality are key concerns in any indoor environment, which is why, in addition to keeping your home’s heating and cooling systems functional, you’ll want them working as efficiently as possible. We’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their tips on basic HVAC maintenance and troubleshooting.

1. Know the location of your furnace filter: Kim Haddon of Haddon Heating & Cooling
While routine furnace filter replacement is often neglected, for some, the problem starts with locating the filter in the first place. If you don’t know where your furnace filter is, there are a few common places to check, including the furnace blower compartment, an external compartment of the furnace, or a return air grill in either the ceiling or a nearby wall. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips” »

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Preparing Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance: Part 2

While Part 1 of this blog series outlined important weatherproofing measures to protect your home against water and air leaks, this segment addresses a second, equally crucial aspect of winter home preparation:

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In addition to weatherproofing, another crucial part of preparing your home for the winter season is inspecting and servicing heating fixtures. Photo: Bayhill Heat & Air (2014)

Make sure vital heating systems are performing safely and efficiently.
There are two fixtures you don’t want to break down in the middle of winter: your central heating system and your hot water heater. Losing either of these crucial home components can make for an extremely uncomfortable situation, so it’s a good idea to make sure they’re in good working order before the cold weather sets in. Continue reading “Preparing Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance: Part 2” »

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5 Overlooked Aspects of Home Energy Efficiency

While making upgrades can enhance your home’s energy efficiency, it can be counterproductive if your existing appliances and systems aren’t operating at peak performance. To help consumers identify key problem areas, we asked five Diamond Certified Experts to weigh in on some of the most basic yet overlooked aspects of home energy efficiency.

Photo: D. Cook Construction (2014)

To maximize your home’s energy efficiency, it’s important to address commonly overlooked details. Photo: D. Cook Construction (2014)

1. Air sealing – Dustin Cook of D. Cook Construction
Air transmission is a major cause of home energy loss—it’s typically conducted through cracks, joints, and other gaps between the interior and exterior of a home. A simple way to address this is to fill in breaches with supplemental sealing agents like caulk and expansive foams. Continue reading “5 Overlooked Aspects of Home Energy Efficiency” »

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The Importance of a Properly Sized Furnace

When purchasing a new furnace, bigger isn’t always better. Photo: Kelly Plumbing & Heating (2014)

When purchasing a new furnace, bigger isn’t always better. Photo: Kelly Plumbing & Heating (2014)

When it comes to installing a new furnace, many homeowners assume that bigger is better. However, according to Kent Penning, owner of Cold Craft, Inc., this is far from the case. “Some people assume that more power is better with furnaces, but it’s actually more important to choose one that’s properly proportioned to your home,” he explains. “If anything, it’s better to go with a smaller unit—it’ll do the same job and last longer than an oversized one.” Continue reading “The Importance of a Properly Sized Furnace” »

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