Today’s Denver consumers are product-savvy. Before they part with their hard-earned money for a new HVAC unit, they first make sure to look into factors like energy efficiency and maintenance requirements. Once they assess the different facets of their HVAC options, they are ready to make the purchase. Unfortunately, no matter how high a unit’s energy efficiency rating is, it will be a waste if it was installed incorrectly. A recent survey by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NSIT) reveals that a large number of HVAC efficiency issues are due to installation errors. Overall, these installation mistakes increase household energy consumption by 30 percent.
With Denver residents’ heavy dependence on their furnace during the last couple of winter months, it’s highly likely that they may begin to notice some efficiency issues here and there as the days go by. Before saying “Sayonara!” to an existing furnace, however, homeowners should first make an assessment of their household’s required heating capacity and fuel or power source so they can decide on a suitable replacement option. If homeowners decide to go with a gas-burning unit, they should first study the market since costs of oil, gas, and other fossil fuels tend to fluctuate depending on conditions.
After breaking a cold weather record Tuesday, residents across the Denver metro are still battling the effects of frigid temperatures Wednesday. The STORM STATION 7 team says if we reach our projected low of -5 before midnight, we'll break the record low of -4 set in 1882.  But chief meteorologist Mike Nelson says the low in Denver could drop to -8 overnight. There are 2 to 4 inches of snow on the ground across the metro area, with 4 to 8 inches in the foothills and Front Range mountains. Denver received 2.3 inches of snow, making this our first official snowfall.
You fell in love with the white picket fence and the nostalgia convinced you to buy an older home. Within a few weeks of moving in, you discover that the plumbing is in poor condition. Already strapped by your recent closing costs and down payment, you call the realtor and hopefully inquire, “Is the seller liable for the bad plumbing?” Generally, when you purchase a home, you are on the hook for all future repairs. However, exceptions do apply. To determine the liability, if any, of the seller for your plumbing problem, courts will look to the purchase agreement for the home, the nature of the problem, whether you had a home inspection, and any specific misrepresentations by the seller.
Freezing temperatures in Denver have already made school days unbearable for students—and indoor heating problems in some schools just made things worse for staff and students alike. According to 7NEWS, some of the city’s public schools, like the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) in the Montbello Campus, had to cancel classes on November 12 because of faulty heating systems. Without proper heating, most classrooms were practically as cold as it was outside, prompting students and faculty members to resort to drastic measures just to stay warm.
Recently, Denver experienced temperatures so low that they’ve broken two of the city’s winter records. According to The Denver Post, the city reported temperatures below -14 degrees and a new low “high” of 11 degrees last November 13, surpassing the previous records set in 1916 and 1959 (respectively). Denver also experienced just a day of sunny skies throughout the week, though Sunday was noted to have relatively better climes.
When you’re looking for a house and you spot a charmer, you just can’t let it go sometimes, even if it is a fixer-upper. An article for The Huffington Post features a run-down historic farmhouse that had potential in being an admirable heritage home. It was published in This Old House magazine, a home improvement resource.
Landlords in Denver have responsibilities toward their renters, and vice versa. However, sometimes, one of them has an issue or concern that gets overlooked (or even ignored). In these instances, the accountable party may be violating the other’s rights and be subject to costly liabilities, such as in the story reported by 9News correspondent Meagan Fitzgerald:
A furnace is a common sight in Denver homes. Some owners own an electric furnace, while others prefer having a gas furnace. Despite their differences, both furnace types perform an essential service in terms of the heating needs of many Denver households. Perhaps you’re wondering which type is ideal for your home. Below are the pros and cons of each furnace type, according to

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