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2017 AC Buying Guide: This Year’s Top Units

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AC Buying Guide: Find the Best Air Conditioner for You

Please note: This article was updated March 27, 2017.

It’s that time of year again – flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and the temperature is on the rise. Summer’s right around the corner and it may be time for you to start thinking about how you’ll cool your home during the upcoming hot, sunny months.

With so many different options to choose from, trying to figure out exactly which air conditioner to purchase can prove a daunting and overwhelming task. That’s why we at Total Home Supply have put together this comprehensive AC buying guide to help you identify what to look for when shopping for a new AC unit. Take a look at some of our top picks, then head on over to our website to shop and get free shipping on your order!

How to Choose a Ductless Mini-Split: Sizing Calculator

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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 Heat a Barn: A Guide for Consumers

Barn Heaters 101: How to Heat a Barn

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h/t stock photo: Joseph M. Arrigo

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.

Gas, Wood-Burning or Electric? A Simple Fireplace Guide

3 Types of Fireplaces to Explore This Winter

Winter may not be everybody’s favorite season, but it’s arguably the coziest. And what could be cozier than a warm fire in the comfort of your own home?

Which type of fireplace is best for you: Wood-burning, gas or electric?

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are great for heat and ambiance, but many people are turned off by the mess and frustration that comes with them. Gas and electric fireplaces can offer terrific alternatives, but there is still a lot to consider when making such a purchase. What kind of fireplace would best reflect what you want out of a heating/lighting unit, and which model would best suit the existing interior of your home? Let’s discuss the features of the three main types of fireplaces and highlight the pros and cons of each.

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.