The SmartHouse Blog

There is a lot of information to sift through when you are looking to make the smart choice for your next furnace or AC replacement or home improvement project. SmartHouse is dedicated to being your trusted resource for up to date information on the best practices, tips, and tricks, as well as the latest in building science and technology, and our blog is where you can find just about everything you’ll need.

As a heating and cooling contractor here in St. Louis that specializes in understanding the whole home as a system, we understand what it takes to get your home to perform at its very best, while using the least amount of energy possible to keep it comfortable all year round. From helping you find the best air conditioner or air purifier to install in your home, to how to get rid of the condensation on your windows, to the inner workings of an energy efficient heat pump, the SmartHouse blog is where your questions are answered.

November 10, 2021

Can Maintenance Extend the Life of Your Heating System?

Regular heating maintenance is one of the best ways to make your HVAC system last longer. Think of your HVAC system the same way you think about your car—you take your car to the shop every six months for a tune-up and to make sure everything under the hood is working properly. Thanks to your efforts, your car will drive Read more...
October 25, 2021

7 Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Installation

Tired of paying for, maintaining, and repairing both a heating and cooling system? Looking for a single-room HVAC solution to supplement your existing furnace and central AC? One of the biggest advantages of Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini-splits from SmartHouse Heating and Cooling is how versatile they are! (View as a downloadable PDF version) 1. Year-Round Comfort Ductless mini-splits have both Read more...
October 21, 2021

When’s the Best Time for Home Upgrades and Maintenance?

Regular HVAC maintenance for your St. Louis home improves efficiency, creates a more comfortable home, reduces the money spent on heating and cooling, and leads to less risk of unexpected (and expensive) breakdowns. At SmartHouse Heating and Cooling, we’re often asked by homeowners, “When is the right time to make upgrades to my HVAC system?” or “What’s the best time Read more...
October 15, 2021

Will Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Energy (and Money) This Winter?

Homeowners everywhere look to save money on heating costs every year when the temperatures drop, and St. Louis is no exception! The problem is, some tips for energy savings are good ideas, while others are not! One of the most popular heating myths we hear from people trying to reduce their utility costs is that your monthly heating bill can Read more...
October 13, 2021

Why Insulation and Air Sealing Work Best Together

Every St. Louis, MO homeowner wants their home to be as comfortable and efficient as possible. Proper home insulation is supposed to protect against heat transfer, but moving air undermines its effectiveness. Air sealing keeps your indoor air in, and outdoor air out, improving the efficiency of your insulation. Combining an insulation upgrade with air sealing can increase your home’s Read more...
August 19, 2021

SmartHouse’s AC Emergency Breakdown Checklist

It can be tempting to pick up the phone and schedule emergency AC repair the second your cooling system stops working. But while SmartHouse is here to get your HVAC back on track 7 days a week, we’d also like to save you the cost of a visit from an HVAC contractor for your St. Louis MO home! (View as Read more...
July 21, 2021

Where Does Indoor Air Pollution Come From?

Indoor air is more polluted on average than outdoor air. But while many people think of car exhaust pipes or factory chimneys when they think about air pollution, neither of those are in our homes. So what are the different kinds of indoor air pollution, where do they come from, and how harmful are they? (View as a downloadable PDF Read more...
June 30, 2021

Fact or Fiction: The Importance of AC Maintenance

There are two things every homeowner with central air conditioning in St. Louis wants out of their system: reliable operation and affordable cooling bills. The last thing you want in your Brentwood, Ladue, or Kirkwood home is to find yourself in the middle of a Missouri heatwave – either without AC because of an unexpected breakdown or stuck paying astronomical Read more...
June 15, 2021

Variable Speed Air Conditioners: Explained!

Time to upgrade your AC? Variable speed air conditioners save you money while keeping you comfortable. So what’s different about variable speed cooling systems? Single stage or single speed units have only two settings: on (100%) or off (0%). But variable speed air conditioners can operate at many different speeds to optimize efficiency. They use lower settings during an average Read more...
June 3, 2021

5 Easy Things to Check If Your AC Won’t Turn On

“Why won’t my air conditioner turn on?!?” There are few things more frustrating on a hot St. Louis summer day than when you discover there’s something wrong with your air conditioning. An AC that isn’t working properly can feel like an emergency, especially on days when the temperature is approaching the triple digits! Your first impulse if you don’t feel Read more...

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