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  • 10 Cool Facts About Winter



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    1. Hot Flash, Cold Flash 

    Just imagine being in Spearfish, South Dakota on the morning of Jan. 22, 1943. Outdoor temperatures increased from -4°F to 45°F in just two minutes and eventually reached a high of 54°F. But throw your hands in the air because later that morning the temperature plunged right back to -4°F.1 Talk about an extreme temperature roller coaster! Consider yourself lucky to live in a time when consistent indoor comfort from an energy efficient central heating system is standard

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  • Navigating the HVAC Labor Shortage



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    Today, the HVAC industry is navigating a challenging issue: a labor shortage for independent HVAC contractors. As each year passes, HVAC contractors retire, technology grows, and the demand for new talent increases. This leaves HVAC businesses across North America facing staffing shortages.

    To help meet the growing HVAC industry demand for workers, a wide net must address the current perception of the industry, educational opportunities, and future career paths. On the front lines of this crisis are individuals like Clay Hobbs, who offers hope for the future of the industry.  

    An Industry Leader Wears Many Hats


    Hobbs is the Director of Operations at the Arlington Career Institute (ACI), a family-owned institution in Grand Prairie, TX committed to providing certification in highly specialized fields such as healthcare, HVAC, and legal services. In order to help address the labor shortage, Hobbs feels that the gen

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  • Your Seasonal HVAC Guide to Indoor Heating



    Gas Furnace and Heat Pumps for Indoor Heating Be comfortable in your home this season, and every winter season to come! Discover indoor comfort solutions that are specifically designed to keep you comfortable in your home — ALL WINTER LONG!

    The Gas Furnace

    To keep comfortable when outdoor temperatures fall, you may turn to a gas furnace or heat pump to heat your home. When installed and functioning correctly, these central heating essentials provide warmth and indoor comfort — even when outdoor temperatures become frigid and frosty.
    Let’s take a closer look at central heating equipment that helps make you comfortable during the heating season!

    The Efficiencies of a Gas Furnace

    High heating bills can make you hot

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  • Some Like It Hot Secrets of the Heat Exchanger



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    Have you ever heard of a heat exchanger?

    For most of you, it’s probably a new term. But if your home has a gas furnace, the heat exchanger is one of the essential components that helps to keep you warm in the winter months.

    What does a heat exchanger do?

    A heat exchanger transfers heat energy. When your thermostat or HVAC control system signals your gas furnace to operate, combustion from the burning of natural gas or propane creates heat inside the heat exchanger. When your indoor air is circulated over and around the heat exchanger, it gets warmed before it is re-circulated ba

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  • Behind the Scenes: Whole House Indoor Air Quality Essentials



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    Filtration 

    Opening doors, walking, sitting, cooking, and even sleeping brings in and stirs up “stuff” in the air. That “stuff” found floating in the ductwork in your home is often called “particulates.” Those pesky indoor particulates can get trapped in your home and need to be removed. That’s when proper filtration becomes important to indoor air quality. 
     
    A standard HVAC air filter is designed to capture large-sized particulates and is crucial to the performance of your HVAC system. Routinely replacing the air filter as directed by the manufacturer’s guidelines can help protect your HVAC equipment. According to the EPA, a clogged air filter can increase your air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15%.Read More...
  • Creating Indoor Comfort: The Importance of Installation



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    Did you know that your indoor comfort levels may be directly linked to the proper, professional installation of your heating and cooling system? 
     
    As with any home service contractor, it’s important to know the local reputation of any potential HVAC dealer — especially when it comes to quality work, value, and customer service. A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study states that if your high-efficiency equipment is installed improperly, it may not be running as efficiently as you think!1 That could cost you extra energy dollars on your monthly utility bills.

    To ensure you hire a qualified professional that best fits your needs, be sure to:
     

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  • Indoor Comfort Solutions For Even the Worst Weather Cities



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    Winter weather can be extreme...and extreme weather can make us uncomfortable! When outdoor conditions become unbearable, people need the shelter of indoor comfort. Good thing there are reliable, energy-efficient indoor comfort solutions to keep you comfortable – no matter what weather comes your way.

    Winter Wonderlands

     
    When temperatures plummet and snow covers your front lawn for months at a time, a high-efficiency central gas furnace may be an excellent solution to help keep your home warm and comfortable - especially if you live in one of these chilly cities:
     
     
    • Grand Forks, North Dakota — According to data collected by NOAA over a 30-year period, this Canadian border town averages -3°F in winter.Read More...
    • What’s the IQ of Your Heating System?



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      Voice-activated virtual assistants and smart hubs can act as command centers for smart products like light switches, door locks, and even your coffee pot. But what about your indoor comfort? Where is the smart control center for that? 
       
      Your first guess may be the thermostat… and historically, you are correct. High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment had to rely on information from the thermostat to run at its designed efficiency.
       
      Heating and cooling equipment manufacturers are now designing models with built-in communicating technology so they don’t have to rely on the thermostat alone to optimize performance. 

      So why does this matter to you? 


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    • Break the Ice: Cool Conversation Starters



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      Looking for some new conversation starters to break the ice?

       
      Here is a list of intriguing questions to get the friendly conversations started:
       
      • What’s your favorite thing to do on a cold, blistery day?
      • What was your latest “binge watch” show?
      • If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which restaurant would you choose?
      • What temperature is your thermostat set at during winter?
      • If time froze for one day for everyone but you, what would you do?
      • If you had to change your name, what would your cool new name be?
      • What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
      • What is the worst winter weat

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    • Operation Maintaining Cozy Indoor Comfort



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      The Mission: Enjoy cozy indoor comfort all heating season. 

      The sun is setting, and the intensifying cold has your home surrounded. It's knocking on your door and peering in every window.  
       
      Your one defense is your central heating system, and your mission could last months. Are you sure it's up to the task? 
       

      You are not advised to undertake this mission alone.

       
      Unfortunately, most people don’t think about the imminent demise of their indoor heating system until it wipes out your indoor comfort. That can lead to inconvenient, unplanned and expensive fixes, an

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    • Indoor Comfort: What’s Your Comfort Zone?



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      You probably know someone who sweats at 75°F and another that shivers at the thought of 74°F. The good news is that today’s smart thermostats allow you to customize your ideal temperature according to your preferences and schedule!

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      By pre-programming thermostat settings that align with your lifestyles and preferences, you can create an indoor environment that makes you and your home comfortable, and potentially save money in the process.
       
      So what temperature is in your comfort zone? 
       
      A college survey revealed that 42% of the 1,000 people surveyed said they prefer to sleep in temperatures that range from 66°F -70°F.1 Every person’s ideal indoor temperature setting seems to be different.
       
      Activity level, gender, and age m

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    • How to Thank an American Hero



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      Lifetime Network’s Military Makeover mini-series is dedicated to giving back to returning veterans, wounded warriors or newly relocated military families. Each veteran receives hope and a helping hand from businesses and ends up with a home makeover. The makeover may include everything from a new roof and paint to updated energy-efficient heating, ventilation and cooling system donated by Goodman Manufacturing.  The heart-warming show salutes those that have risked the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.  

      Of course, most individuals do not have the ability to provide a new indoor comfort system like Goodman Manufacturing. However, there are small, yet impactful ways to thank a veteran or current military member. The spring and summer months tend to favor star-spangled celebrations in honor of patriotism and the men and women wh

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    • Demystifying the Dehumidifier: Indoor Humidity Control



      indoor humidity control You have probably heard the phrase, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”  So if that statement applies to the INSIDE of your home, it’s a lot less comforting!
       
      High indoor humidity (the amount of moisture or water vapor in the air) can make your home feel very uncomfortable. Excessive levels may affect electrical equipment, expensive heirloom furniture, musical instruments, and more.  Air conditioners or heat pumps may remove some of the indoor humidity as it cools your indoor spaces, but depending on the steamy circumstances, it may not be enough!
       

      Indoor Humidity Assessment

      If you have experienced or witnessed any of the following in your home, you may have an issue with excessive humidity.

      • A lingering, musty odor in your living areas, basement, or crawl space
      • Water stains or condensation on the inside of the windows of your home

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    • The Hair Raising Truth of Indoor Humidity



      truth of indoor humidity Don’t you wish you could control the hair-raising, high humidity that often comes with the summer season? While Mother Nature is still in charge of the outdoors, home cooling technology and innovative products give us the power to control indoor humidity! And you know what that means….a few more good hair days!

      Cool it with the Humidity!

      Depending on where you live, your indoor spaces may be prone to high indoor humidity levels. While the main job of your conventional air conditioner or heat pump is to cool the air to a set temperature, the cooling process may also lower the indoor humidity level.1 This is often why your indoor air feels refreshing when your cooling system is running. But like some hair care products, your air conditioner o

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    • Packing Peace of Mind: Home Automation Solutions



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      The plane tickets are bought, the resort rooms are booked, and the kids’ activities are scheduled. You’ve picked out the perfect location for your family vacation. But have you thought about what could happen at your home while you’re away? Wouldn’t it be great if you could pack some peace of mind on some of the largest home investments you left behind?

      If a critical home system unexpectedly stops working while you are away, the consequences and expense can compound.  Even a small problem can become a large problem over time! With a little help from technology, smart home solutions are available to help monitor your home’s critical systems. Smart home automation solutions may not only detect home system issues, but the technology can be programmed to send out a notification to your smartphone or even respond accordingly. Imagine being able to handle a problem before it turns into a major catastr

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    • Win the Cold War: Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat or Control System



      Benefits of a programmable thermostat

      Outdoor temperatures are dropping, and your indoor comfort is under attack!  With the right programmable thermostat for your heating system, you can win the war on domicile shivers, and you might even enjoy some of the lingering consequences!

      1. Save money
      A programmable thermostat or control system can save you as much as $180 every year in energy costs when properly programmed.1 

      2. Time is in your favor
      Using a programmable thermostat or control system, you can set your indoor preference according to a pre-set schedule.2 As a guide, you may want to pre-se

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    • Five Helpful Hints to Improve Indoor Air Quality



      Hints to Improve Air Quality

      The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that your indoor air is more than likely compromised by a number of contaminants, going so far as to say it’s potentially more polluted than what’s found outside in large, industrialized cities.1

      With that in mind, we’d like to offer you some common sense suggestions that range from relatively easy to rather elaborate. We’re not going to bore you with the obvious ones—like don’t smoke in your home if you don’t like the smell of the smoke—but we do have a handful of hints that can make a tangible difference in the air that’s in your home.

      1. Fumes Be Gone
      Do not store cleaners, paints, sealants and adhesives inside your home. Harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in t

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    • Dirty Little Secrets: What’s Really in your Air Filter?



      What's really in your air filters

      You vacuum, sweep, dust, and even give your pet a bath!  But your clean air filter still becomes covered with “stuff” that has been floating around in your house. Your filters reveal a dirty little secret - your home and the air you breathe aren’t as clean as you may think!

      Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.1

      Different types of filters are made to capture different types of particulates floating around inside your home. “Particulates” is the fancy word for the dirty “stuff” found in your filter.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a basic low MERV mechanical filter may capture some of your home’s:

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    • It’s All Greek to Me: The Seasons!



      The seasons

      According to Greek mythology, the seasons have a lot to do with Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest and the Fertility of the Earth. When her daughter Persephone was kidnapped and wed to Hades, the God of the underworld, Demeter became so depressed that she could not care for the lands. As a result, the vegetation died and winter took over!

      But, lucky for us, a deal was struck with Hades!  Persephone was allowed to return to the Earth from the underworld for six months of the year. Once Persephone appeared, Demeter rejoiced, the soil was warmed by the sun, grains were planted, flowers bloomed, and spring arrived! 

      But when the time came for Persephone to return to the Underworld, Demeter’s mood darkened, and the earth became cold and barren once again. So, if you just wait it out, then Persephone and spring will arrive! 

      Luckily, a properly operational HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system can ‘override’

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    • Allow us to Vent: Air-Tight Homes and Ventilation!



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      Home construction techniques and materials are continually improving! The variety of advanced technology and energy-efficiency products that are available for today’s home builder has resulted in newly constructed homes becoming more air-tight! That said, the law of unintended consequences has introduced an unforeseen downside to this quantum leap in construction quality. Ventilation solutions, once considered a luxury, are now a necessity in air-tight homes!

      Breath: Inhale and Exhale


      Some new homes don‘t “breathe” the way older homes used to be able to “breathe.” The air-tight construction may trap stale air in your home. Pet smells, cooking odors, and off-gassing of household furnishings, like carpets and furniture, combine to create an indoor environment that may not be as fresh as you‘d like. Opening windows to allow your home to “exhale” can

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    • Historical Furnace Facts for the Fanatical Furnace Fan!



      Historical Furnace Facts

      Are you fond of gas furnaces?  If so, you join a long history of heat-seeking furnace enthusiasts who feverishly wanted to keep warm on those cold, winter nights. 

      1. Chersiphron and The Temple of Artemis – The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, was designed by Greek architect Chersiphron. The Temple was built with a central heating system around 350 BC, which at the time was an incredible engineering marvel!  To create warmth, a large fire was used to heat air that would be forced through giant flues that were planted in the ground. These hot flues would heat the floor and eventually the air in the entire temple.1

      2. Ancient Romans - Roman engineers developed an “advanced” central heating system known as the hypocaust. The wealthy Romans raise

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    • Beginner’s Guide to Creating a SMART Home



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      Let’s face it...a smart home sounds great! Who wouldn’t want to have a home that is programmed to understand your every want and need – often before you do! 

      But many homeowners are reluctant to jump on the smart home craze. They believe it may be too expensive and complicated! But if you know how to use a smartphone, Wi-Fi, and can download apps, chances are you are capable of creating a smart home.

      Smart Hubs


      If you plan on installing multiple smart products, it’s important to research “hubs.” Hubs are the “central intelligence” products that allow smart products to communicate with each other.  There are many hub options available. More and more companies, including Google and Nest, are getting into the smart home marketplace which is bringing the cost down. While hubs are becoming easier to use, you should researc

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    • Winter is Coming! 10 Tips to Winterize your Home



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      Your home is your castle, but you need to protect your castle from the harsh winter weather. Don’t throw energy savings out the window or the door! Homeowners should take the time to inspect, fix, install, or clean out any areas that can help you better prepare for the winter ahead!

      Below are ten tips to get you started:

      1. Get a check-up from an HVAC Dealer: To get your heating system ready for the cold winter nights, a professional or licensed HVAC technician should inspect your central heating system. 

      2. Set back Thermostat or Control System: Pre-set the heat according to your lifestyle and comfort level.  A programmable thermostat can save you

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