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  1. What options can improve my HVAC system?

    September is an excellent time to take stock of your HVAC system before the cool season begins in earnest. If nothing else, you should change your filters and hire a pro to inspect and tune up your system, at a cost of around $80 to $100, before turning your heater on.

    However, if you're ready to make a big investment, this is also a good time to think about upgrading your system with zoned, multistage or smart systems. These improvements make a big difference in energy efficiency and ...
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  2. How to choose the best smart thermostat for your home

    Colder weather has arrived, bringing higher energy costs for many homeowners. The good news is that a smart thermostat can help keep these costs in check.

    A smart thermostat replaces your traditional thermostat and enables you to program your home's heating system (and cooling in warmer months) to turn down automatically when you're asleep or away.

    Each degree you adjust the temperature equals a 2 percent annual energy savings. For the average homeowner, that works out ...
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  3. How to save money and keep your house warm this winter

    As winter approaches, you may be dreading the increased energy bills that come along with the need for heat. But you can follow some tips to keep your house warm and save energy at the same time.

    MAKE SOME BASIC CHANGES

    Some of the most effective methods for warming up your house are the simplest. For example, open your blinds in the morning to let in both light and heat during winter. Close them at night to prevent a chill from cold windows. Switch your ceiling fan so ...
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  4. What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

    Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

    WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE A FURNACE INSPECTOR? AND WHY?

    A good ...
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  5. What's that funny smell when the heat turns on?

    If you notice a burning smell when the heat turns on, your furnace might need maintenance. It could be something as minor as a dirty filter, but could also be a serious problem, like a broken electrical component in the furnace. Don't ignore it. Try to find the source to avoid costly repairs.

    Here are some tips to get you started.

    WHAT CAUSES THE SMELL OF BURNING DUST?

    When your furnace isn't used for long periods of time, dust can collect on the heat exchanger ...
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