9 Fire Safety Tips for Cold Weather

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported in December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends these simple steps to prevent heating-related fires: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood [...]

AC numbers to remember

Plus savings tips 78 Degrees, that is. This is the temperature recommended by utility companies for energy conservation in the summer. Setting it at 78 or higher works for some people, but many prefer to dial down the thermostat. Just remember: 10 percent That’s the amount of added energy needed for an every degree below [...]

Control that thermostat

Modern thermostats can make your life easier and more energy-efficient. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature to rise and fall, depending on the time of day and when you want your home to be warmer or cooler. But shop around and think about what’s best for your situation. Programmable thermostats come with a [...]

Be a Ceiling Fan-atic

Don’t make your air-conditioner do all the work cooling your house this summer. Ceiling fans do a great job of moving cool air and giving you more benefit for your AC dollar. However, be sure to first remove any dust that may have accumulated on the blades over the winter. Dust is doubly bad because [...]

Smart thermostats, sensors and other devices are having a big impact on air conditioning, heating and ventilation of homes.

ACHRNews.com asked members of its Contractor Advisory Board to talk about their favorite smart, connected products and why they like them. Check out these reports from some of the contractors who discussed their favorite new tools for residential HVACR: HONEYWELL PRESTIGE IAQ COMFORT SYSTEM KIT Chosen by: Paul Ainsworth, owner of M.L. Building Technologies [...]

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Trane to charge 3-4 percent more

Trane to charge 3-4 percent more Buy now and beat Jan. 1 price hike   There will be an average price increase of 3 to 4 percent on select residential HVAC equipment for Trane, American Standard and Ameristar, according to Ingersoll Rand’s Residential HVAC strategic business unit.   Achrnews.com said the price increase is effective [...]

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These furnaces fit in tight spaces

Two new furnaces from Johnson Controls provide two-stage heating and are small enough to fit in many snug places such as attics and closets. The York LX Series TM8Y and TM9Y residential gas furnaces combine two-stage heating with the efficiency of a standard electronically commutated motor (ECM). Both furnaces are factory-shipped for up-flow or horizontal [...]

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This Lennox product clears your air

Lennox now is selling an air purifier that offers major upgrades  -- improved filtration, better ozone removal, more energy efficiency and lower operating and maintenance costs.   Those are all good reasons to like Lennox’s PureAirGeneration3.   “It’s the only home solution to fight the three biggest sources of indoor pollution: small, breathable particles such [...]

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Should I buy an air conditioning cover for winter?

You probably don’t need a cover for your air conditioning in winter, at least not in Alabama.   On the one hand, a cover can keep the unit from getting beat up too much in the winter. But a cover also can be a great winter retreat for rodents and other critters that will set [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Should I buy an air conditioning cover for winter?

How to pick the right refrigerant

5 points to consider   Thanks to new technology, we sometimes have more than one choice when it comes to picking a refrigerant.   But five factors should go into the decision-making process, as industry veteran Joe Marchese points out at achrnews.com.   They include saturation, volume, toxicity, global warming potential and miscibility – the [...]

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New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 4 of 4

Part 4: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we will [...]

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New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 3 of 4

Part 3: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more   Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business.   At Freedom Heating and Cooling, [...]

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New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 2 of 4

Part 2: Furnaces, heat pumps, much more   Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business.   At Freedom Heating and Cooling, [...]

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New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 1 of 4

Furnaces, heat pumps, much more -    Cars and boats aren’t the only items that have seasons. It’s the season now for many new HVAC products in the heating and cooling field. An in-depth list was compiled by achr.news, which covers the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we will [...]

By |November 9th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New HVAC products to solve your heating, cooling needs – Part 1 of 4

8 signs your furnace is dying

Here are eight warning signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Thanks to Home Energy Center, which compiled this report based on research undertaken by the federal Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Department of Public Service, electric and gas utilities heating and cooling manufacturers, trade associations, and field service personnel. [...]

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Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement

Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement Many homeowners have signed agreements with an HVAC company for periodic inspection and maintenance of their HVAC systems. We strongly encourage this and urge you to take a step beyond and also contact us about a plumbing service agreement. Just as with HVAC systems, a plumbing inspection [...]

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What is a TXV Valve?

Subject: TXV Trane is having issues with sticking TXV’s on Air Conditioning Units.  Trane is saying they will pay $200 to add the oil additive and unsticking the valve by heating and cooling the sensing bulb until the TXV unsticks.  They will not pay anything to change the TXV out if that fails to free the [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on What is a TXV Valve?

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