Heating & Cooling Category

Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning Systems

Where it was once a luxury, air conditioning has become a standard convenience for many homeowners. However, choosing which air conditioner is best for you can get confusing. Both ductless split and central air conditioners are excellent options, but they have clear advantages and disadvantages. If you are trying to decide which system might be best for [...]

How To Kill Virus and Germ Particles In Your Home’s Air

Now more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of keeping the air we breathe as clean as possible. Indoor air quality products such has UV lights can help clean the air in your home by sterilizing virus and bacteria particles in your home’s air. SMO Energy offers a wide variety of indoor air quality products to fit the specific needs of your home. [...]

Energy Rating Systems: SEER

Everything You Need To Know About SEER Energy Ratings In this article, we’ll take a look at different ways the experts rate heating and cooling equipment for efficiency. One of the most common energy rating systems you will see is SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.​ SEER Basics SEER is used to rate the cooling efficiency of an air [...]

How A Heat Pump Can Help You Save Money All Year Long

If you’re looking for a simple way to save on your energy bills, you should consider using a heat pump. Heat pumps help  you save money without sacrificing comfort. While it may have the word “heat” in the name, a heat pump can help you in both hot and cold weather. It can also at times perform more efficiently than an air conditioner or a more [...]

What to Do If You Hear Strange Noises Coming From Your Heating System

In an ideal world, the appliances that make our homes comfortable places to live would operate smoothly and soundlessly. If you are concerned that your furnace is loud or that your gas heater is making noise, it is a good idea to determine the source of the noise and whether it is a "normal" sound or a sign that something is going wrong with [...]

Preventing Ice Dams and Frozen Water Pipes

Seasonal maintenance is always important, but even more so as we head into February, when temperatures really begin dropping off. Luckily, through taking certain precautions, homeowners can guard against the worst of winter's ravages. Taking the right steps now can help you prevent two of the most common — as well as serious and expensive — risks to [...]

17 Ideas for Lowering Your Heating Costs in the Winter

On a cold winter's day, you love the idea of staying indoors, comfortable and cozy thanks to your home's heater. Then you get the heating bill or find that you need to schedule a heating oil delivery sooner than you expected. Home heating is typically one of the most significant utility expenses you face as a homeowner. Heat often makes up more than [...]

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping For A Furnace

In a recent article, we discussed seven signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Once you have made that decision, it’s time to start shopping for a new furnace. To make the buying process go successfully, make sure to avoid the following five pitfalls: 1 - Waiting too long. Don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to replace your furnace. [...]

7 Signs You May Need to Replace Your Oil Furnace

Although it is some of the most important equipment in your home, your heating system is often overlooked or forgotten about - out of sight, out of mind. It isn't until it stops working that most people pay attention to it, which is the most costly and inconvenient time to replace it. So how do you know if it's time to replace your oil-burning furnace? Here [...]

Your Guide to Home Energy When Renovating

Your Guide to Home Energy When Renovating
Considering a home renovation? You are in good company. In 2015, homeowners in the U.S. spent around $340 billion on home renovation projects. There are many reasons why you might renovate your home, among them, are a desire to improve the energy efficiency of your property and save money on heating and cooling. Learn more about the benefits of [...]
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