MERV Ratings: Merv 13 vs Merv 11 vs Merv 8

Indoor air quality may not be something that crosses your mind until you start sneezing or the asthma or allergies of family members become irritated. Ensuring that your home’s HVAC system is properly cleaning your indoor air means using the correct filter. The MERV rating is a good place to start. Dust, pollen, allergens, spores,…

Kerosene Heaters: Reviews & buying guide

Whether you want to enjoy crisp fall evenings outdoors or need a supplemental indoor heating source, a kerosene heater can be a great option. The heaters are available in a variety of models.  To understand the best kerosene heater for your needs, we’ll explore pricing, safe use, and how to replace the wick in a…

AC tune ups & air conditioner maintenance

The last homeowner challenge you want to face is sitting inside without a working AC when summer temperatures begin to soar. Scheduling an AC tune up before the hottest and coldest months arrive comes with a number of benefits (other than staying comfortable indoors). AC maintenance typically involves changing the air filters and checking the…

Furnace Ignitors: How do they work?

When you turn up the thermostat to initiate your furnace, you might notice a clicking sound before the warm air arrives. That noise comes from the furnace ignitor.  As its name implies, the furnace ignitor creates a spark, igniting the gas to heat the air circulating through your home. The ignitor is a critical part…