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Heating and Cooling

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

  1. Install a Programmable Thermostat for Energy Savings

    Few energy saving improvements pay off as fast as a programmable thermostat. We show you how to install one quickly and easily.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. DIY Air Conditioner Repair

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    Our experts shows you easy DIY solutions for the most common central air conditioning repairs. You'll be up and running sooner and will save the expense of a service call.

  2. Venting Exhaust Fans Through the Roof

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    Vent your bath and kitchen exhaust fans through the roof through a special roof hood. Venting through a roof vent or exhausting them in the attic could cause moisture problems and rot.

  3. How Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Works

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    If you want to add an addition but your furnace can't handle the additional load, think about installing hydronic radiant floor heating. This will make your addition a warm and cozy without upgrading your furnace.

  4. Thermostat Not Working?

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    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 thermostat. Or it could be as simple as leveling your existing thermostat and adjusting its thermometer and anticipator. Here’s how.

  5. Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers

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    It seems like a waste to heat unused rooms, but closing heat registers may actually increase heating costs, especially with newer systems.

  6. How to Replace a Rain Cap

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    Older rain caps for metal chimneys and flue liners can deteriorate or fall apart, but installing a replacement cap is as easy as climbing onto the roof.

  7. Efficient Heating: Duel-Fuel Heat Pump

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    In cold climates, dual-fuel heat pumps (different from heat pumps used in the South) replace your air conditioner and save you money for both heating and cooling.

  8. How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs

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    Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.

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