Heating and Cooling

Keep your air conditioner and furnace running efficiently with these DIY repairs and routine maintenance projects.

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  • Home Air Cooling Tips

  • Window air conditioners or central air aren't the only way to cool down a hot house. Check out these alternative solutions for making your house…

  • Heat Reducing Window Film

  • Install special window films to reduce heat gain from sunlight or reduce heat loss in cold weather. It's a quick and easy task.

  • Thermostat Not Working?

  • Does your house have to get really cold before the furnace kicks in, even though your thermostat is set to 68 degrees? You might need a new…

  • Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

  • Don't assume that you need heating and cooling ducts cleaned unless you actually have excessive dust and debris or mold in them. Unless you…

  • New Kitchen Venting

  • This article shows the best way to vent a hood and exhaust fan that's above the stove when you have an interior wall with cabinets above.…

  • Plug Leaky Ducts

  • Sealing leaky joints in heating, ventilating and air conditioning ducts is a simple, cheap DIY project that can reduce your energy costs by…

  • Fix a Noisy Bathroom Fan

  • Noisy bath fans are annoying and often don't get used, resulting in moisture problems. Replace them with a quiet fan and motor without…

  • How to Install an Exhaust Fan

  • Upgrade your bath fan and reduce noise without tearing open the ceiling. Simply replace the fan and motor in your existing unit with a new 60…

  • Round Ductwork Installation Tips

  • Round metal ductwork is versatile, long-lasting and easy to work with. Learn the best methods for cutting and installing it from a master tin…

  • Choosing a Whole House Fan

  • Whole house fans will keep you and your home cool at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. We walk you through the pros and cons and help…

  • How to Heat a Garage

  • Keep from going stir crazy in the winter by heating your garage so you can work out there year-round. We'll show you two ways to keep your…

  • How to Install a Gas Fireplace

  • Enjoy the comfort and ambiance of a crackling fire on a cold winter's night. Here we'll show you how to install a gas fireplace. Don't worry…

  • How to Repair a Bathroom Fan

  • Fix your bath fan without replacing the entire unit and improve air flow with a first class vent system. You can replace a dead motor without…

  • How to Install a Dryer Vent

  • To speed up clothes drying and prevent lint build-up, install a smooth metal dryer vent. These step-by-step directions walk you through the…

  • How to Install a Quiet Bathroom Fan

  • Replace that old noisy bath fan with one that's whisper quiet and clears the air faster with better airflow. You often can do it in less…

  • Installing Electric Heaters

  • An electric heater can be a good option for warming up a cold room. We'll show strategies for adding an in-wall electric heater wherever you…

  • 7 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room

  • Warm up a room without using a plug-in electric heater. Consider built-in radiant floor or ceiling heating, duct booster fans, toe-kick heaters,…

  • How to Properly Vent a Dryer

  • A heat diverter attached to an electric dryer captures waste heat, but can also create moisture and air-quality problems. Get better results by…

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