How to Choose a Ductless Mini-Split: Sizing Calculator

How to choose a ductless mini split system - BTU calculator
There is a lot to consider when shopping for a ductless mini-split, but nothing is more important than choosing a unit with the right BTU rating. But what is a BTU rating? How does it work? And why is it so important?

This article will explain why choosing a system with the correct BTU rating is so important. We’ll also share our mini split sizing calculator, which is the easiest way to calculate BTUs.

How to Cool a Grow Room

How to cool a grow room

Grow rooms are great for the gardener who wants to exercise their green thumb year-round. But they can be a source of frustration if they’re not planned properly. One of the biggest issues indoor growers face is temperature control.

Indoor grow rooms typically require special lights to help plants thrive. However, these lights are oftentimes very hot and, if the grow room’s temperature isn’t regulated, can cause plants to die.

To ensure your plants don’t meet this miserable fate, there are a few key pieces of cooling equipment you’ll want to invest in when building your grow room.

How to Heat a Barn: A Guide for Consumers

Barn Heaters 101: How to Heat a Barn

how to heat a barn

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Not sure how to heat a barn? Like any industrial or commercial space, barns present their own unique set of heating requirements, and special consideration is needed before the proper heat source can be chosen.

Due to a typical barn’s size, infrastructure, and various purposes, a heat source that may be fine for your home won’t necessarily be appropriate (or safe) for your barn. We at Total Home Supply are committed to helping our customers choose only the best possible heaters for their own needs, and this post is designed to help you consider everything you need to know about heating a barn.

How to Set Up and Install Gas Log Sets

How to Install & Light Gas Logs in Your Fireplace

Learn how to install and light your new gas logs.

Looking for an efficient alternative to wood-burning fireplaces? Gas logs are the answer for those who want to add a realistic fire to their home without all the mess and stress.

Gas logs look like real wood logs but instead are made of ceramic, which is resistant to high heat. In addition to the logs themselves, each gas log set also features a burner and (optionally) a thermostatic valve, which supplies the flame.

Gas log sets are available for both vented and ventless gas fireplaces. Some, like White Mountain Hearth’s 18″ Flint Hill Log Set, work in both vented and ventless configurations. It’s important to purchase the correct type of gas log set for your fireplace to ensure it works properly.

While we always recommend professional installation, a skilled do-it-yourselfer can get the job done. Here’s how to install and light your gas logs like a pro.

Blue Flame vs Radiant (Infrared) Heating: What’s the Difference?

Blue Flame vs Radiant Heat: Which is Right for You?

With the cost of heating skyrocketing, more people are looking for ways to limit the amount energy they use.  One way to add warmth without turning the thermostat all the way up is to use a gas vent-free heater as an additional heating source.

What's the difference between blue flame vs infrared heaters?

Offered in both natural gas and liquid propane, the two main types of vent-free heaters are blue flame and radiant (infrared). While both types work at 99.9% efficiency, how they deliver heat is a little different. Read on to learn the difference between blue flame vs radiant heaters to help you decide which type is right for you.