Heating & Cooling Your Home

Thanks to modern technology, today’s houses have evolved beyond their basic role of providing shelter. They have become total environments that sustain, refresh, and provide us with a high level of healthful comfort. From air conditioners to zone heating systems, a wide variety of devices and systems equip today’s homes for these responsibilities.

In this family of articles, we look at buying, improving, repairing, and maintaining furnaces, air conditioners, fans, and other types of home comfort and energy-saving materials. Pick a section below to dig deeper.

A/C - Central

Central air conditioning, also called “central air” in the United States, is a system that cools more than one room in a house (in most cases, the entire structure).​

A/C - Window & Room

Several types of single room air conditioners are available. But what is the right one for your home? And, once you decide on the type, how do you select the best brand?

Ceiling Fans

The ceiling fan— a child of the Industrial Revolution—is still one of the most sensible solutions to home comfort despite a virtual revolution in the world of home comfort appliances.

Fireplaces & Chimneys

Flickering flames and glowing embers: Nothing is quite as cozy as a fire on a cold winter’s day. Learn everything you need to know about choosing and maintaining fireplaces.

Furnaces & Heating

Central air conditioning, also called “central air” in the United States, is a system that cools more than one room in a house (in most cases, the entire structure).​

Heat Pumps

Several types of single room air conditioners are available. But what is the right one for your home? And, once you decide on the type, how do you select the best brand?

Insulating & Energy

The ceiling fan— a child of the Industrial Revolution—is still one of the most sensible solutions to home comfort despite a virtual revolution in the world of home comfort appliances.

Pellet & Wood Stoves

Flickering flames and glowing embers: Nothing is quite as cozy as a fire on a cold winter’s day. Learn everything you need to know about choosing and maintaining fireplaces.

Solar Electric Panels

How much juice does your home need? If your power bill breaks down the amount of electricity you use on a 24-hour basis, you can easily determine how many watts your PV array...

Thermostats

A home thermostat tells the furnace and/or cooling system when to turn on and off as temperatures in the house or individual rooms fluctuate. This is a very important job, because it affects both comfort and energy bills.

Ventilation & Fans

Proper ventilation inside a house is important for any number of reasons. A wide variety of fans and ventilators do this work, including whole house fans, bathroom fans, kitchen range hoods, attic fans, heat recovery ventilators, and more.

Windows

Admitting in natural light, permitting views to the yard and beyond, providing natural ventilation—windows perform a number of critical roles in a home.

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