Heating and Cooling Systems

Here’s all the information you need to know about the heating and cooling systems in your home.

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Air Conditioner Troubleshooting and Repair

AC not working? Save big bucks - troubleshoot and fix AC problems yourself! Learn how to fix an air conditioner with Family Handyman.

World’s Whitest Paint Could Eliminate Need for Air Conditioning

Will this game-changing new paint really change the way we cool down buildings?


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Air Ionizers: What to Know Before You Buy

Is an air ionizer right for you? We uncover what they are, how they work and their potential benefits and...


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Best Firewood for Heating

If you heat your home or vacation cabin with wood or you're thinking of converting to wood heat, here are...


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This Is What That Switch Near Your Furnace Is For

You know that switch on or near your furnace? We'll tell you what it's for (hint: it's power-related) and how...

Boost Your Furnace Output With This Simple Trick

If you have a room that’s always a little colder in the winter or warmer in the summer, try this...


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4 Great Ways To Split Firewood

Heating your home or cottage with wood takes a steady supply of split logs. Our expert offers advice for DIYers...

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Radiator Covers: What To Know Before You Buy

Get the lowdown on how to hide an ugly radiator with a cover that combines style and practicality.


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Central Air Installation Guide

Wondering how central air installation works? We'll explain key phases, what's involved at each step and best practices for working...


Is Summer 2021 America’s Hottest Summer Yet?

This summer has seen some intense heat waves. But have they been historic?


8 Tips for Installing Home Air Conditioning

If you're considering a central air conditioner install for your new or existing home, consider these tips before making any...

8 Types of Air Conditioners

Looking to buy an air conditioner? Here's a roundup of eight air conditioner types, along with how to assess which...


Gas vs. Electric: Which Fireplace Is Best for Your Home?

Choosing between gas and electric fireplaces can be tricky. We'll run down their pros and cons to help you decide...


Central Air Filter Guide

Central air filters help keep your central air conditioner running at peak performance. If you're unsure about these filters, this...


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8 Ceiling Fan Parts and Accessories

Whether you’re installing a new fan or fixing an old one, these are the parts you need to know.


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Room Air Conditioner Guide: What to Know Before You Buy

A room air conditioner can be a lifesaver when temperatures soar. Do your research before you buy so you get...

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5 Best Ductless Air Conditioners of 2021

A ductless air conditioner, AKA a mini-split, is a hardworking, energy-efficient way to cool down your indoor spaces. Here are...


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What to Know About Wall Air Conditioners

Want to cool your home in an efficient and cost effective way? Through-the-wall air conditioners can be a good choice...


8 Tips to Help Troubleshoot Your HVAC Problems

You might be able to solve the issue yourself, saving...


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This Simple Trick Can Refresh Your Entire Home

Sprays, hanging products, plug-ins, devices masked as home décor — there are hundreds of products geared toward freshening your home....


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What to Know About Ductless Air Conditioners

Sleek, efficient and relatively easy to install, a ductless air conditioner or mini-split can quickly cool (or heat) your rooms.


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Why Is My Ceiling Fan Making Noise?

Is your ceiling fan making noise? If so and it's one of these five noises, the fixes are simple. Here's...


Stop Believing These Summer Maintenance Myths

Believing these myths might actually be costing you money!


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How to Size Your HVAC and Water Heater to Fit Your Home

Building a home? Here are some tips to help you figure out what kind of HVAC system and water heater...

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What to Know About HSPF Ratings

Buying a new heat pump but don't know HSPF means? Discover what HSPF is, why it's important and how it...


5 Best Window Fans of 2021

Beat the heat with one of these great window fans!


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Tower Fans: What To Know Before You Buy

Tall, compact tower fans can significantly cool down your rooms when temps soar. Plus, they don't take up much space...


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8 Best Ethanol Fireplaces

Indoor and outdoor ethanol fireplaces are a beautiful and eco-friendly alternative to burning wood.


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5 Things to Know About a Geothermal Heat Pump

A geothermal heat pump can save money on energy but costs a lot to install.


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5 Best Central Air Conditioners for Your Home

Considering a central air conditioner purchase? Here are five brands that are known for excellence.