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  1. How can I improve indoor air quality?

    You may have heard of a variety of potential services or additions you can install in your HVAC system or elsewhere in your home that will boost air quality. Here are some of the available options and their pros and cons.

    WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIER

    Average cost: $530

    Where you might need it: Particularly dry areas

    Humidifiers, which keep your air moisture balanced, come in a variety of models. Steam units are usually the best to use in a residential ...
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  2. What heating problems should I watch out for this winter?

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    In most parts of the nation, your heater is one of the most important appliances of your home for the next few months. A blown-out heater can leave your family literally in the cold for hours or days during the most frigid part of the year. Here are some tips to stay warm and toasty this winter:

    Get an HVAC inspection

    This usually costs about $100. Ideally, you’ll have done this already. But if not, it’s not too late to call an HVAC company ...
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  3. What kind of thermostats can I install?

    In recent years, the ubiquitous home thermostat has evolved a great deal, from traditional dials and needles to electronic screens to models that can predict your HVAC needs. While basic models work well for some, more advanced models offer major benefits in terms of both comfort and energy efficiency. Here’s a rundown of the major types and what you can expect to pay for them.

    MECHANICAL NON-PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

    Mechanical thermostats are the lowest costing option, ...
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  4. Replace a fossil fuel furnace to lower emissions – and your bills

    Whether you want to reduce the greenhouse gases your home produces or lower the cost of your utilities, a heat pump might seem like a good idea. Here are some important factors to consider before you make a purchase.

    IT’S A HEATER AND AN AIR CONDITIONER

    The most commonly installed are air-source heat pumps, which resemble air conditioner units that sit outside your house. During winter, a liquid refrigerant in a copper coil extracts heat from the atmosphere as warm air ...
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  5. How to use a generator without setting your house on fire or electrocuting yourself

    Power outages are frustrating enough. Add in a generator catastrophe, and, well ... boom.

    Portable generators provide a convenient backup supply of electricity when the grid goes down. But use one incorrectly, and the hazards are high. Among them are carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shocks and electrocution, and fires.

    Any one of these can lead to death. But carbon monoxide exposure may be your biggest enemy. According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
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  6. Should I install a ductless mini-split system?

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ID:	11339You may have heard of ductless mini-split air conditioners or heat pumps recently. They're one of the more recent developments in HVAC technology. But is one right for your home?

    Ductless mini-splits do exactly what the name implies: They provide heating and cooling without requiring large metal ducts to snake through the entire house, and without requiring intrusive window units. Small ductless units install directly in the rooms they're servicing, connected ...
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