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How To Install A Window Air Conditioner
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How To Install A Window Air Conditioner


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Learn how to install a window air conditioner to cool your room. It's a good option if the space isn’t connected to central air conditioning. Or use it to supplement your centralized system. There are many varieties of portable air conditioners and smart air conditioners. Some can be rather large. Measure your window opening before shopping to select a model that will fit. Use this guide to learn how to install a window AC unit properly.

Types of Air Conditioners
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Types of Air Conditioners


There are many types of air conditioners, including air conditioners that double as a heater and quiet window air conditioners. The right air conditioner can make all the difference in your home. Read on to discover the best air conditioner for you.


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How Portable Air Conditioners Work
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How Portable Air Conditioners Work


Freestanding portable air conditioners are usually equipped with wheels or casters and can be easily moved from room to room. These units facilitate airflow throughout the immediate area and remedy hot spots and humidity for optimal comfort during hotter months. They are reasonably easy to install once the portable air conditioner vent has been fitted to a nearby window. An installation kit and hose are typically included with purchase. Read below to learn how they work.


Tip: For a medium-sized room, like a den or family room, opt for a 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner. These will thoroughly circulate cool air throughout the space. Additionally, a portable air conditioner and heater combination unit is a great choice for year-round temperature control.

How to Install a Thermostat
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How to Install a Thermostat


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There are few home improvement projects that offer yearly energy savings like a new thermostat installation. Replacing your old thermostat with a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat can make a big difference on your energy bills through the changing seasons. This guide will teach you how to replace a thermostat or how to install a thermostat for the first time. You'll learn the steps for measuring, wiring and adjusting the thermostat to ensure the table is properly aligned. 

Evaporative Cooler Installation
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Evaporative Cooler Installation


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Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, work by pulling in fresh outside air through moist pads, where it is cooled by evaporation and circulated through the house by a large blower. These coolers typically are used where the air is hot and humidity low. 


This guide outlines the steps for installing a window-mounted evaporative cooler. It is a DIY option to professional evaporative cooler installation.

How to Troubleshoot a Thermostat
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How to Troubleshoot a Thermostat


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TimeUnder 2 hours

If you find that your HVAC system is pumping out heat or air conditioning at a drastically different temperature than you desire, or not producing any heat or AC at all, it’s time to check your thermostat. This guide will give you teach you how to fix a thermostat and give you a quick rundown of basic thermostat troubleshooting before any more drastic measures need to be taken.

How to Insulate Garage Doors
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How to Insulate Garage Doors


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Insulating a garage door will help reduce energy bills and protect items in your garage from harsh outdoor temperatures. Plus, garage door insulation can help soften street and outdoor noise. This project guide will show you how to insulate a garage door using relatively easy-to-install garage parts and insulation accessories. 

Best Fireplace Accessories for Your Home
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Best Fireplace Accessories for Your Home


Fireplace screens and other tools look beautiful around your fireplace. More importantly, they protect your home and family.


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Questions to Ask When Choosing HVAC Service Providers
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Questions to Ask When Choosing HVAC Service Providers


There is nothing more essential to the comfort of your home than an efficient HVAC system. Choosing the right system and having it properly installed or serviced starts by selecting a service provider you can trust.


Understanding the basics of your heating and cooling system is a great start, but you should also be aware of key questions to ask your service provider to ensure you select the right company for the installation or service.

Types of Timers
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Types of Timers


Electrical timers automatically turn lights, appliances, irrigation systems and motion sensors on and off, saving you money, water and energy. This guide will help you understand the different types of timers and the tasks they perform.


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Best Air Conditioners for Your Home
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Best Air Conditioners for Your Home


A home air conditioning system performs three basic functions: lowering the air temperature, removing air moisture and filtering the air. Cooling just one or two of your most frequently used rooms with a portable unit can reduce the load on central air conditioners. This can lead to better energy efficiency and lower power bills. This guide will walk you through the different options so that you can choose the best air conditioners for your home. 


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Best Evaporative Coolers For Your Home
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Best Evaporative Coolers For Your Home


Evaporative coolers, also called swamp coolers, combine the natural cooling properties of water with a steady breeze to lower indoor temperatures. They can be used as the sole cooling system or to complement existing air conditioning systems. Evaporative coolers add humidity and A/C units remove it. They should never be used at the same time. This guide will help you choose the best evaporative coolers for your needs.
 

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HVAC Basics
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HVAC Basics


The proper HVAC system will help maintain a constant comfort level for your home. Learn the basics of these systems, which one is appropriate for your needs, and how to maintain your system in this guide. The Home Depot has a wide selection of heating and cooling solutions to choose from, and their team of experts can help you with repairs, choosing a system, or installing a new unit and regular maintenance.

  

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How to Choose Vent Covers
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How to Choose Vent Covers


Have you ever asked yourself this question: What are the vents in my ceiling? Perhaps your vents are located on side walls or even on the floor. Depending on your setup, those are called registers or grilles. Registers and grilles help regulate the air flow to and from your HVAC unit. They are available in wood, plastic and various metals in a wide assortment of styles.

  

Tip: Registers feature a closable or collapsible damper that enables total control of the air flow.


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Types of Vents
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Types of Vents


The network of rectangular, round and oval ducts that branch through the walls, floors and ceiling are designed to continuously control the humidity, freshness and comfort level of the air in your home. Properly connected and insulated, the ducts in your home can provide significant levels of comfort as well as energy efficiencies that can lower your heating and cooling costs.


This guide will help you understand how venting works in your home and offer solutions to help you get the most out of your venting system.


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Best Air Filters for Your Home
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Best Air Filters for Your Home


High-efficiency air filters are a cost-effective way to help improve indoor air quality, which may be beneficial to family members sensitive to allergens and other particles in the air. Air filters also help keep your furnace’s coils and heat exchangers clean, which may prolong furnace life and keep it running efficiently. 


This guide will help you understand The Home Depot’s Air Filter Performance Rating (FPR) system so you can easily choose the best air filters for home use and air filter accessories.


Tip: Replace your HVAC filters four to six times a year for cleaner air and a healthier HVAC system.


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How to Weatherize Your Home
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How to Weatherize Your Home


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TimeUnder 2 hours

Weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors are small projects that can have a big impact on how much energy – and money – you can save throughout the year. DIYers of any skill level can take on these easy updates and increase the energy-efficiency of their home.

This guide will teach you a few small projects you can tackle now to prepare your home for cooler weather. 

How to Choose a Fireplace TV Stand
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How to Choose a Fireplace TV Stand


With an electric fireplace TV stand as your entertainment center, you can have the ambience of a crackling hearth right alongside your sleek flat screen, no longer being forced to choose between the TV or the fireplace as the focal point of your room.


Use this guide to learn how to choose a fireplace TV stand, the way to place it in your home and how a fireplace console can fit seamlessly into your current decor. SHOP ALL FIREPLACE TV STANDS

How to Select a Fireplace Insert
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How to Select a Fireplace Insert


When installed properly, a fireplace insert can help heat your room more efficiently than a standard fireplace alone. A box made of steel, cast iron or some other fireproof material creates a closed combustion system to trap the heat and contain the flame. This guide provides an explanation of the types of fireplace inserts available so you can choose the best one for your home.

How to Change a Home Air Filter
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How to Change a Home Air Filter


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When you can replace air filters in your home, you’ll be making strides toward cleaner air in every room. Central forced air heating and cooling systems rely on filter maintenance to help them run optimally over the long term. Read this guide to learn how to change an air filter.

How Often You Should Change Your Air Filter
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How Often You Should Change Your Air Filter


Air filters should be changed regularly in your home to keep your system running smoothly and to maintain optimal air quality. It can be easy to forget this small HVAC maintenance aspect, especially if you don’t know how often to change it. This guide explains how often to change an air filter in your home.

When to Replace Your HVAC System
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When to Replace Your HVAC System


If your HVAC system is underperforming, it can be difficult to decide whether to repair your existing unit or to invest in an entirely new system. There are a few things to take into consideration when making this difficult decision. Weigh the potential costs with the value of return. The age of your system, costs of repairs and outdated technology can all be key factors in deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system.

Solar Panel Efficiency
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Solar Panel Efficiency


If you've had solar panels installed or are starting your search for the right solar panels for your home, you have likely heard the term "solar panel efficiency." But what does it mean? In short, "efficiency" measures how much of the sun's energy a solar panel can convert into electricity to supply a home. This guide will teach you which factors contribute to efficiency and how to determine which solar panels are the most efficient for your home.

How to Use and Maintain an Evaporative Cooler
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How to Use and Maintain an Evaporative Cooler


Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are a summertime mainstay in many homes. If you live in a hot, dry climate, these units circulate cool air throughout the room and help keep your space comfortable on warm days. Read below for a detailed explanation on how to use and maintain a swamp cooler all year long.

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