Heating & Cooling Category

Why Is The Upstairs Hotter Than The Basement of My House?

Even as summer comes to a close, many parts of the country are still experiencing warm temperatures. For some, the heat can be a real source of discomfort. In a multilevel home, the upper levels are often at least 10 degrees warmer than the lower levels. Because heat rises, it tends to get trapped on the upstairs areas of a home, making those rooms places [...]

Practice These 9 Tips For Saving Energy This Summer

Normally the summer means you turn up your AC, which can use a lot of energy (and therefore money).  But there are a few simple ways that you can save money during the summer months. According to the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, these changes can save you anywhere from 20 to 50  percent on your summer energy bills. Program your [...]

Make Sure Your AC Unit Is In Tip-Top Shape

The weather is heating up, and it will be summer before you know it. A good air conditioner is important to keep your family cool during the hottest days of the year. Has your A/C had its annual tune-up yet? Now is the time to check your air conditioner system to make sure it is operating effectively. The last thing that you want is to be stuck on the [...]

How Does Oil Heat My Home?

Across the U.S., just under six million households rely on oil as their source of heat. Although other heating fuel options are available, such as natural gas, propane gas and electricity, some people prefer oil heat. If your home currently uses oil for heating fuel or if you are considering switching to it from another type of heating system, it's [...]

What You Should Expect From Your HVAC Specialist

HVAC systems need regular maintenance and repairs. When your heating and cooling system need attention, you must call a HVAC technician to get it back to proper working order. However, you should not hire just any specialist. Before you employ an HVAC repair team, you should know what to expect from them. Take a look below to see the qualities of a good [...]

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 [...]
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