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 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.

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.

Ductless Mini Split AC Line Sets: Which One Do I Need?

A Guide to HVAC Mini Split Line Sets


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We’ve written quite a bit about the various air conditioning systems available for purchase at Total Home Supply, including a guide to understanding BTU ratings, understanding energy efficiency and SEER/EER ratings, how to select the right multi-zone mini split system for your home, and a roundup of our favorite 2016 AC units. In addition to offering high-quality cooling products, we also carry a selection of air conditioner parts & accessories to aid in both installation and system repair. Some common questions we receive from customers have to do with AC line sets for ductless mini-splits; specifically, which line set do I need? And how do I choose the right one? The answer is easier than you think.

How to Clean & Change Your Air Conditioner Filter

Image of dirty AC filter. Cleaning and replacing your AC filter will help prolong your AC's life and help keep your home's air clean.

How to Clean or Change Your Air Conditioner Filter

Ready for summer? We certainly are. Your AC unit is essential for keeping your home comfortable in the hot summer months, but in order for that to happen, you need a clean air conditioner filter.

AC filters work by trapping dirt, pollen, pet dander, and dust so that the air in your room remains clean and safe to breathe. Over time, these particles start to build up in the filter, causing it not to work as well and potentially allow harmful particulates and allergens into your air.

Particle buildup can also greatly affect the performance of your AC unit; a particularly dirty AC filter will fail to filter out contaminants and cause damage to your AC. Routine cleaning is therefore extremely important to ensure the efficiency and long life of your AC unit. We’ll talk about how often you need to clean your air conditioner filter and how to clean it, as well as how to tell if your AC filter needs to be replaced and how to replace your air conditioner filter.