Considering Improving Your Home’s IAQ With UV Lights?

Considering Improving Your Home's IAQ With UV Lights? Depending on factors in your home – including unique circumstances that help create dirty indoor air and threaten the health of family members – you may want to consider escalating efforts to improve indoor air quality. One proven method is to install UV lights, also known as a germicidal ultraviolet light system.

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Furnace Odors: What They Could Mean

Furnace Odors: What They Could MeanIs your Grand Traverse County home plagued by a furnace smell that you can’t seem to identify? The problem could be a number of things, so to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of possible odors:

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Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Cold Spells

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Cold SpellsWhen winter temperatures plummet, your water heater often feels the effects. A residential tank-style water heater stores at least 40 gallons of heated water on stand-by at all times. In winter, temperatures where the water heater is installed — often a garage, a basement or even just an under-heated utility room — are lower than normal. This accelerates heat loss from water inside the tank. Higher energy costs and increased wear and tear on the water heater result.

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Pros and Cons of Water Source Heat vs. Ground Source Heat

Pros and Cons of Water Source Heat vs. Ground Source HeatGround source and water source geothermal heat pumps both extract free heat energy from the earth in winter and disperse it back to the earth during summer. However, each derives that heat from a different place.

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Need a New Toilet? Use Our Tips to Help You Choose

Need a New Toilet? Use Our Tips to Help You ChooseIs it finally time to retire that old toilet and pick up a new one? You don’t have to go on this little adventure alone — we’re here to help! Just follow these simple tips and you’ll find that perfect unit in no time:

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Radiant Heating: Warmth From the Ground Up

Radiant Heating: Warmth From the Ground UpIn climates with long, cold winters, radiant heating is generally regarded as the most comfortable, although forced-air heating systems still dominate, even in Michigan. Radiant heat mimics the sun. It heats objects instead of the air, and by doing so, creates even, long-lasting heat.

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Ice Dams Can Be a Serious Risk in the Winter

Ice Dams Can Be a Serious Risk in the WinterIce doesn’t just cause a slipping hazard on your roof. It can also lead to the formation of ice dams, which can be dangerous. These occur when snow toward the top of your roof melts and freezes again near the eaves due to attic heat. This can block melting snow and ice from flowing into your gutters and cause it to seep under your roof, raising the risk of water damage and mold growth. These blockages can also ruin your gutters and cause roof shingles to become loose.

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A Guide to HVAC Heating Season Terms

A Guide to HVAC Heating Season TermsIt’s winter in Michigan, and you’re likely already interacting with your home’s heating system at various levels. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a basic grounding in HVAC terminology. Knowing the basic lingo can help you when it comes to troubleshooting heating system problems, performing routine maintenance, and devising strategies to save energy.

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Take Precautions to Prevent Winter Pipe Bursts

Take Precautions to Prevent Winter Pipe BurstsAs temperatures drop in the Grand Traverse County area, your pipes have a higher chance of freezing. If this happens, your pipes could end up bursting and causing considerable water damage to your home. Keep the following tips in mind to prevent pipe bursts this season.

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Winter Safety Precautions for Your Traverse City Home

Winter Safety Precautions for Your Traverse City HomeIt is no secret that our winters can feel brutal and create road hazards. Beyond travel delays, however, the freezing temperatures can lead to safety issues in the home. Here are winter home safety tasks to tackle to make sure your home and its occupants have a safer winter season.

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