Category Archives: Ventilation

  • Smart Vents vs. Zoning: Which Zoning Methods Are Best?

    Today, smart home HVAC products are all the rage. They boast easy installation, seamless integration, and desirable energy efficiency. Despite their advertising claims, some “smart” products and zoning methods go against expert advice from heating and cooling professionals. Let’s examine a smart product which claims to “zone” rooms in the home for energy savings – […]

  • Your HVAC Vents and Ducts Are No Place for Hiding Valuables!

    On screen, it seems that the perfect hiding spot for valuables is in a home or building’s ductwork – movie and TV characters always seem to be loosening vent covers and pulling out stacks of cash or diamonds the size of golf balls. As with most things we see in the movies, in the real […]

  • Erase Air Conditioner Smells with Proven Solutions

    When you switch on your air conditioner, you expect to feel it – not smell it! We often hear from homeowners who are experiencing some stinky side effects when they use their cooling systems, so we’ve put together some information that will help you get to the bottom of air conditioner smells, learn their causes, […]

  • DIY Halloween Decor & Costumes – HVAC style

    Are you looking to make a cool costume or some spooky yard decorations for your upcoming Halloween festivities? Look no farther than the HVAC aisle of your local home improvement store for the supplies you’ll need to make an awesome robot costume or a frightening tentacle monster for your front yard! DIY Robot Costume HVAC […]

  • How To Make A Decorative Air Return Vent Cover

    Let’s face it — when you think HVAC, you don’t think “stylish”. Many HVAC system components are visible inside the home, and while some people aren’t bothered by their presence, some homeowners would love to cover up or change out those eyesores. One not-so-attractive HVAC element that is present throughout the home is the return […]

  • HVAC Q&A: How To Remove Mold From Your Home – DIY

    In today’s HVAC Q&A session we’re going to tackle a very important topic, mold removal. Janice in Galveston, Texas found some mold in her ductwork and is curious about do-it-yourself removal techniques she can employ to keep her family healthy. She writes: “ team, I recently read your piece about mold and how to spot […]

  • What are the Effects of Mold in my HVAC system and How do I Know If I Have it?

    Mold is everywhere. It grows just about anywhere there is excess moisture. In the case of your heating and cooling (HVAC) system, that means ductwork, AC evaporator coils, and drip pans are the perfect environments for mold growth. This is especially dangerous because when left unchecked, mold can spread through the air in your home […]

  • Whole Home Ventilation: What Is It And How Can I Improve It?

    In a recent article, we briefly discussed what the different components of your HVAC system do and how they work. Today, we want to delve a little deeper into ventilation; the “V” in HVAC. What Do You Mean When Mean When You Say Ventilation? Home ventilation deals with how air circulates between the rooms in […]

  • What is Radon and How Do You Keep It Out Of Your Home?

    You’ve done your homework. You know how airborne allergens can affect your family’s health, so you check your furnace filters monthly and bought an air purifier for your home. You know that carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless, so you bought CO detectors to keep your family safe. But what about radon? What is it? […]

  • HVAC Q&A: How Do I Childproof My Floor Vents?

    Today’s Q&A question comes from Linda in Boston, MA. Linda is worried about the safety of her toddler and wants some ideas about how to make her HVAC registers safer. She writes: “Hello, My 17-month-old has been lifting our floor registers constantly. He keeps dropping toys down them and even cut his finger this […]