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About Mark Obrien

Mark O’Brien is a longtime writer who focuses on topics like heating, ventilation and air conditioning. A former journalist, he has written or co-written several books on a variety of subjects. He specializes in taking complex subjects and breaking them down into understandable language that people can use in their lives. HVAC is one of those subjects; heating and AC are vital to the lives of people in the South, yet many don’t understand the system until if fails, usually the day before a holiday! When he’s not writing, Mark enjoys spoiling his grandchildren.

Kitchen Vents Will Improve Your Home’s IAQ

A Kitchen Vent will Raise Your Indoor Air Quality If you have a kitchen vent, use it. A lot. If you don’t have a kitchen vent, get one installed. The kitchen vent does a great job of removing odors and unhealthy particles and improving your home’s Indoor Air Quality. If you don’t use the vent, then [...]

By |2018-06-28T18:26:56+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Indoor Air Quality|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mold In Your Home

Control Moisture To Control Mold You must act quickly to prevent mold from infecting your home and causing problems for people who have respiratory problems such as asthma and allergic reactions. If water intrudes your home, clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings as soon as possible to prevent mold from growing. You will need to [...]

By |2018-04-24T14:05:25+00:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: Indoor Air Quality|Tags: , |0 Comments

HVAC Tariffs Affect Cost

Air Conditioning System Tariffs Affect Equipment Cost If you’re on the fence about buying a new air-conditioning system, some international economic news may help you decide to make your purchase now. Manufacturers have begun raising their prices as a result of the tariffs President Trump instated on foreign steel – 25 percent – and aluminum [...]

By |2018-06-04T17:39:23+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Buying, HVAC Systems|Tags: |0 Comments

Gas or Electric Water Heater?

Water heater: Gas or electric? Do you prefer a gas or an electric water heater? A gas water heater is a workhorse capable of recovering quickly and reheating enough water to meet your family’s needs. But the gas model has some drawbacks. While old codes allowed a gas heater to use a single wall vent [...]

By |2018-05-14T14:13:42+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Water Heaters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reduce Dust In Your Home

AC Filters Reduce Dust in Homes  Some basic air-conditioning steps will help you reduce dust in your home, where it can trigger allergies, work its way into your lungs and cause coughing, watery eyes, runny noses, nasal congestion and itchy throats. Air filters are great allies because they capture a lot of dust, mites and [...]

By |2018-06-04T17:41:47+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Filters, Indoor Air Quality|Tags: |0 Comments

Benefits of Having a Home Backup Generator

Generators Add Comfort to a Home Generators are great when weather or man-made disaster takes out your heat, air conditioning and everything else in your home powered by electricity. Some suggestions on what kind of generator to get: The least expensive option is a small emergency generator powered by gasoline. It has limits – it will power some [...]

By |2018-02-05T17:30:42+00:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: Generators|Tags: |1 Comment

Best HVAC System For Older Homes

Zoned A/C Systems are the Best Option for Older Homes The Birmingham, AL area is full of old homes that energetic people are working hard to renovate, adding modern comforts while preserving architectural details and beauty. One stumbling block: How do you sensibly cool and heat one of these old homes without disturbing the architecture and style [...]

By |2018-02-05T17:30:33+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: HVAC Systems, Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

Buying New HVAC System Tips

Planning a New HVAC Unit? Don’t wing it when it comes to installing a new central air conditioning system for your home. Ten Key Points to Consider Make sure the contractor is certified, experienced and thoughtful, taking time to plan the installation before the equipment arrives. Be confident there’s enough indoor space to install, maintain [...]

By |2018-05-14T14:07:55+00:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Buying|Tags: |0 Comments

New HVAC System Products

New HVAC Options to Consider for Your Birmingham Home It’s a new air-conditioning season and manufacturers are rolling out products you may want to consider to help you through summer. Here are excerpts from an achrnews.com rundown: AMANA HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Model: AVXC20 air conditioner Footprint (in inches): 35 (length) by 35 (width) [...]

By |2018-04-24T14:12:02+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Buying, HVAC Systems|Tags: , |0 Comments