Are Ventless Gas Logs Safe & Efficient? How about Vented?

Gas log safety and efficiency More and more people are swapping their standard wood-burning fireplaces for gas and electric fireplaces. While there’s something magical about the crackle of a wood-burning fire, some may find that it’s not worth the effort and maintenance.

Gas log sets offer many benefits to the homeowner who still wants that cozy glow of a fireplace. Not only do gas logs generate more heat, but they’re also much safer than wood-burning fireplaces. It should seem obvious, but there’s less of a risk of fire. This gives many homeowners peace of mind when deciding how to heat their homes — and as a bonus, there’s no need to worry about chopping wood or cleaning soot!

While gas logs are safer and more efficient than wood-burning fireplaces, it’s important to not lose sight of these two factors if you do decide to purchase a gas log set. Here are some ways to make sure your gas logs are as safe and efficient as possible.

What are Gas Logs?

What are gas logs?If you’ve always wanted that cozy glow of a fire but not the hassle of a wood-burning fireplace, a gas log fireplace may be right for you. Gas logs offer all the ambience and warmth of a real, wood-burning fire without the mess and maintenance. Although they look like real wood, gas logs are usually made of ceramic, which enables them to withstand high temperatures. They can be fashioned to look like virtually any kind of wood, from handsome oak to rustic sassafras to beachy driftwood.  We’ll discuss how gas logs work and cover the two types of gas log sets available to help you better understand your options before making a purchase decision.

Mini Split vs Central Air/Heat: Which is Right for You?

Mini Split vs Central Air/Heat: A Guide

Mini split systems and central HVAC systems often get mixed up, but there are a few big differences between the two. Understanding these differences will give you a better idea of which type of system to add to your home. And should you choose to go with a mini split system, you’ll want to study up on our free Multi Zone Mini Splits Buying Guide to find the perfect system for your needs.

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11 Common Heating Problems & How to Fix Them

The Top 11 Heater Problems & How to Fix Them

Discovering that your furnace or heater is not working makes for an unpleasant surprise — especially if it happens the dead of winter.

11 Common Heating Problems

Unfortunately, all heaters and furnaces need to be replaced, but the good news is that some heating problems can be fixed without having to purchase a whole new system. We’ll highlight some of the most common heater problems and identify the best solutions to fix them, whether it’s repair or replacement.

What Are SEER & EER Ratings? An Energy Efficient AC Guide

What Are EER & SEER Ratings?

If you skim through any AC listing, you’ll notice something called a SEER rating or EER rating. Sometimes, you’ll notice both. These numbers can play a big role in the AC shopping process.

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But what are SEER ratings, exactly? What do they mean? What is an EER rating and how is it different? Both of these ratings are crucial to choosing an AC, but there are some key differences between them that are important to know before you purchase a new unit. We’ll talk about what these ratings mean and how to determine which air conditioning efficiency rating is right for your home.