With professional maintenance and routine care, manufacturers typically estimate a 10-15 year lifespan for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. So, when the time comes to replace your home’s malfunctioning or outdated model, give some thought not only to making room for the new unit, but also disposing of the old HVAC unit responsibly. Familiarize Yourself […]
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Smart home technology often seems like something out of The Jetsons – but it’s a fast growing industry, with equipment that can control all elements of daily living. Modern seniors are looking to age in place and reduce their environmental impact. Let’s explore the smart home technologies that make aging in place easier – and greener – […]
German company tado wants to make small air conditioning units “smart” with their tado Cooling product.
Are you religious about changing your air conditioning/furnace filter every 30 or 90 days? You’re saving yourself energy and money… but not as much as you could if you changed the filter at the exact point it became too clogged to work efficiently.
Summer’s here, and that often means higher electric bills from increased air conditioning use. ENERGY STAR has suggestions for staying cool and comfortable without blowing up the electric bill.
Welcome to steamy August, when the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to conk out on you — especially with this summer’s record temps across t he country. Whether you rely on a window unit or central air, easy A/C maintenance tips will keep the cool air flowing when you need it. We asked the pros for easy ways to ensure your system is running through Labor Day and beyond.
Lots of expensive green products out there of questionable value. But a number of household products have had time to prove their worth, saving you money while also conserving resources.
Air conditioning is one of the most energy-intensive items we use around the home, particularly since we usually don’t actually need it to get by. Using natural cooling techniques in your home rather than constantly running the central A/C is one of the easiest ways to go green and save green.
For the past two weeks, talk about the weather has been a very, very hot topic. (Godawful pun, forgive me.) For good reason. Here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, daytime temperatures have been in the mid 90s consistently, peaking as high as 100°. Nighttime temperatures have brought little to no relief. On top […]
A Little Label Distrust Could Make You a Better Consumer: Going Beyond Certifications to Choose an Eco-friendly Air Conditioner or Heater
Does anyone besides me see a contradiction in terms in the phrases “eco-friendly products” and “eco-friendly consumer?” Of course, there are times when we all need to shop for certain items. But sometimes I think that the main reason for the plethora of green certifications and standards for consumers is to give us permission – […]
Up until now, I’ve been keeping an eye on green blogosphere trends through the usual suspects — Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, etc. — and extrapolating… not exactly precise, but it worked with my current set-up. I finally dug into Regator, a service that I discovered through Problogger‘s weekly “Blogosphere Trends” posts, and see how this […]