How To Change A Furnace Air Filter

Your furnace's air filter works to keep out dust and other debris from your heating system. If the air filter becomes clogged, it can place greater strain on your furnace, which can lead to malfunctions or damage that can result in costly repairs. Properly maintaining your furnace's air filter is an important part of general home maintenance, and thankfully is a fairly quick and painless process that only needs to be done every three months or so.

Three Things You May Not Know About Cooling Your Home With Radiant Systems

You may have radiant heating in your home for the cold months. Radiant heating can be an efficient way to heat your home, but cooling can also require an additional system.  Many people do not realize that they can also have cooling with radiant systems. This is an efficient way to cool your home and use the same system for heating and cooling your home. Here are three things that you may have not known about radiant cooling systems:

Making Sure Your Plumbing Vent Is Clear Of Debris

Your home's plumbing vent in the roof plays an important role in keeping your water flowing smoothly and preventing sewer gases from building up in the water lines. A vacuum is created behind water as it flows through the drain pipes. A clog in the vent creates a situation where the water doesn't flow properly and neither does the sewer gas, so backups can happen. You'll know you have a clog when you run water and hear gurgling in other drains.

Warming Up To Heater Maintenance: Keep Your Heater In Good Shape All Year

If you're a homeowner who's been looking forward to the return of warmer weather, you're not alone. Being able to reduce heating needs and return to more moderate energy usage is always nice, not to mention it's a lot easier on the household budget. However, that doesn't mean you can totally forget about your heater. You do need to ensure it stays in good shape, even as the need to use it diminishes.