Insulate Basement Ductwork Podcast: Tim Carter received the following email from Mike not too long ago: "Tim - I have an unheated basement. The ducts for heating/AC run through the basement. Do you suggest insulating the ducts in the basement to conserve more of the heat before it moves to the rest of the house?" […]
Restoring Rusty Paraphernalia QUESTION #1: What can you tell me about painting rusty metal? I want a fast and easy method to repaint an assortment of things in my garage and shed. Do you have to remove all the rust before you paint? Are there secret non-toxic chemicals that will remove rust? What paint would […]
How to Cool My Home - Use Time-Tested Methods You may be one of the tens of millions of people that have been suffering in the blistering heatwave that had a vicious grip on the Eastern USA during July. I happen to live in central New Hampshire and it was a withering 91 F with […]
Selecting Exterior Paint Colors QUESTION #1: Please help me, Tim! I’m trying to select a new color for the outside of my house. I’m frozen and unable to make a decision looking at samples on a brochure. I don’t want to make a mistake. Please share a few tips that can relieve my anxiety like […]
"When you opened up and read the owners manual about this, what was the manufacturer's recommendation?” Cover AC Unit in Winter - Simple Question - Not-so-Simple Answer QUESTION: Tim, I want your opinion. Is it a good idea to cover my AC unit in winter? Joseph D., Pingree Grove, IL This is a question that […]
HVAC ductwork sizing is critical for proper heating and cooling in every room. Return air ducting is necessary in almost every room. Have to get the air back to the furnace. These ductwork tips will help balance your air conditioning and heating system.
Heat pumps in certain weather conditions are extremely efficient. A heat pump works very efficiently when the outdoor temperature is in the 50 F range. They are air conditioners that run in reverse to bring heat from outdoors into your home.
Sheryl lives in Charlotte, NC. She's got a unique issue with her heating system. Let her tell you all about it. "I have a very old generator which is not matched with the heat pump that was installed in my two-story town home in 2008. All works well with cooling and heating, but upstairs gets […]
Michelle Hill is hot and bothered in her Crosby, Texas home. It does get very hot in Texas in the summer. Here's what she wrote to me: "If my house is a little over 1,700 sq ft including the attached garage, how big should the AC be?" Here's my answer: Michelle, it's not that easy. […]