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3 Clues It’s Time For An A/C Repair

There is no better sound than that of the air conditioner running on a hot, summer day. If your unit is not working as well as it should, it may be time to call for air conditioning repair. The worst time for your system to be on-the-fritz is when outdoor temperatures are high. If you are experiencing any of ...

Common Air Conditioner Problems To Look For Before Summer

Our air conditioners are the unsung heroes during the summertime months; when they are functioning properly we tend to take them for granted. They actually perform two important functions. The most obvious one is that they keep you and your family comfortable. Less obviously, they control the level of humidity in your home, which reduces ...

How To Choose An HVAC Contractor

At R&D Indoor Comfort we are keenly aware that you have many choices in HVAC service in the Lexington area. Your “old Kentucky home” has a special furnace, boiler or central air conditioner—special because it is yours, and you expect an HVAC contractor to treat it right. How do you go about selecting the ...

Prevent Costly HVAC Repairs With Preventative Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance will not only extend the life of your system, it will also improve energy efficiency. You can prevent major repairs and pad your budget by scheduling proper maintenance on a regular basis throughout the year. While many jobs require an HVAC Repair & Installation professional, others are quick DIY tasks you can perform on ...

How To Avoid Furnace Repair This Winter

There is nothing worse than waking up on a cold morning to a freezing house due to your furnace dying overnight. While there is no way to guarantee your furnace will never break down, there are certain things you can do to be proactive and avoid furnace repair this winter. How A Furnace Works For most of ...

Don’t Heat Your Home Using These Dangerous Methods

During sub-zero weather, many households use supplemental heat sources to make their living quarters more comfortable. These heating alternatives can create problems that are much worse than being cold. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, heating related fires are the second most common cause of death for older people. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission states that ...

Common Heat Pump Problems Solved

Heat pump problems not only make the interior of your house uncomfortable, but it causes the entire heating system to waste energy as it tries to compensate for an efficiency loss. Some of the problems are technical issues, which require an expert hand, while others are easy to solve on your own. When you understand the most ...

How Indoor Plants Can Improve Air Quality

You can improve indoor air quality in a variety of ways, including eliminating contaminants that occur naturally inside of your home. For example, carpeting that is not properly cleaned and maintained can create dust buildup and increase particle matter that deteriorates the air quality inside of your home. Another source of allergens that reduces the air ...

How Does Electric Heating Work

With the holiday months upon us, many are now turning off their air conditioners and turning on the heaters in their houses to keep warm during the winter. Most people do not really think about how most of their appliances work, but knowing whether your home is powered by electric heat or some other type ...

The Risks of Electrical Space Heaters

Even though technology has progressed significantly in the past couple of decades, it can still be dangerous. This is especially true when it comes to anything that you have to plug into an electrical outlet. One appliance that you have to be incredibly careful of are electric space heaters, as they can be major fire ...

The Importance Of Air Flow

Not very often do we stop and think of the air around us, but proper airflow and ventilation is critical when making your home a healthy living environment. Having the correct airflow allows you and your family to be healthier and get rid of pet, cooking, and other unwanted smells in your home. There are ...

The Unseen, Harmful Substance: Radon

There are many unseen harmful substances that are currently present in the air around us. These substances can even be fatal when left unnoticed. One of those harmful substances is radon. Radon is invisible. It cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. But, what you may not know is that it can be an issue in ...

Ancient Ideas For Cooling Spaces

If you’ve ever stepped outdoors during the sweltering summer months and wondered how people survived before the invention of air conditioning, this post is for you. Turns out, air conditioning is an easy, but not the only, way to keep your living space at a livable temperature. Here’s a look at some other ways people ...

Consider A High Velocity System To Cool An Older Home

Since the 1970′s central A/C systems have grown in popularity with homeowners and new construction. Retrofitting an older home with a modern central air conditioning system can be cost efficient. With a set budget there are options, such as a high velocity system. What Is A High Velocity System? A high velocity air conditioner is a smaller, compact ...

Keeping Your Air Duct Systems Clean

As the weather begins to warm, you begin spending more time outdoors and your system starts to work harder—exactly why now is a great time to have your air ducts cleaned. Why Should I Have Air Ducts Cleaned? Today’s houses are more airtight than ever, and carpets and furnishings are nearly all made from synthetic materials. The ...

HVAC: An Overlooked Problem for Home Buyers

If you’re in the process of purchasing a home, you’re probably focused on location, needed space and amenities. But a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are not only important considerations for a home buyer – their potential problems are easy to miss during an inspection. And HVAC issues can spell financial disaster down the ...

How System Zoning Can Save You Money

Even if it’s brand new, chances are you have rooms in your house that you wish were either a little warmer or cooler. That front room might have great sun exposure, but it is also difficult to keep at a comfortable temperature. Or basement is always too cold for guests to enjoy. Heating and cooling ...

Data and Heat - From The Cloud

Many of us have had thoughts about multi-purpose uses for things around our house. What if my TV could browse the Internet? What if my coffee pot could start without me? What if my vacuum could operate without me? At one point in time, all of these were thought to be ridiculous concepts. Well, here ...

All About HVAC Filters

If you have a home or other building that contains a forced air heating system, you probably try to periodically change the filter it uses. Filters are intended to be changed regularly, but how often is that? Complicating the issue is the variety of filters on the market. There are the traditional fiberglass filters, that ...

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Have you been experiencing any of the following symptoms, primarily while at home? Asthma Headaches Nausea Drowsiness Dry eyes Nasal mucus If so, home sweet home might be making you sick. Did you know that the air quality in your home can severely affect your health? Studies indicate that in most cases, outdoor air, even with pollutants, is healthier than the air ...

How a Clean Boiler Saves You Money

Would you like to save money on your heating costs? One way in which you can actually save a lot of money is to opt for an energy efficient boiler. Besides saving money, they also release less greenhouse emissions into the earth, reducing your carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR-certified boilers are boilers that meet the energy efficiency ...