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How to Deal With Common A/C Condensate Drain Issues

How to Deal With Common A/C Condensate Drain Issues

The condensate drain system is a vital component of your central air conditioner, but you may not give it a second thought until it malfunctions and you see tangible signs that a problem is brewing, such as noxious odors, air quality issues or costly water damage. Here’s how you can deal with some of the most common causes of a malfunctioning A/C drain so you can avoid all these headaches and any unnecessary expense. Drain Trap Gone Dry Condensate drains that run into the main sewer line have a trap just like your kitchen sink. With regular use of the… Read More »


Your Attic: Does it Waste Money and Energy?

Your Attic: Does it Waste Money and Energy?

A home’s attic space is more prone to heat loss in winter and heat gain in warmer months than any other area of the home. The good news is that much of this can be prevented by ensuring this space is insulated and air-sealed. Here is more about preventing energy loss through the attic. Air Leaks Inadequate insulation increases home energy bills, but so do air leaks in the attic. It is most practical to seal air leaks before adding new insulation. Insulation alone is not sufficient for preventing energy loss from air infiltration. Waiting to check for air leaks… Read More »


Benefits of Two-Stage Cooling

Benefits of Two-Stage Cooling

When you’re selecting a new cooling system for your home, you may run across a system that offers two-stage cooling. This feature is one of the best options for this climate because it will cut your energy bills, increase indoor comfort and last longer. The difference between a system that has two- or dual-stage cooling lies in its compressor, the part that alters the refrigerant pressure to make cooling possible. Instead of running on one speed only, which is high, the compressor runs at a lower speed when conditions don’t require extreme cooling. Most of the time, your home needs… Read More »


Tips for Plumbing Emergencies

Tips for Plumbing Emergencies

Few problems around the house can get your attention faster than a plumbing emergency. Water spewing from pipes or stopped-up drains can cause serious damage to your home. While some plumbing problems are avoidable by keeping drains clear and fixing leaks, sometimes the worst happens. Prepare ahead of time by: Putting together a tool kit for plumbing emergencies. It should include an assortment of adjustable pliers and a pipe wrench, Teflon tape, spray-on pipe sealant, a flashlight and Allen wrenches. Keep them in plain view in a 5-gallon plastic bucket. Keeping a plunger under the kitchen sink to clear slow-draining… Read More »


What Do Air Conditioner Ratings Mean?

What Do Air Conditioner Ratings Mean?

Knowing something about air conditioner ratings helps remove the element of surprise from a new A/C purchase. Obviously, there are two costs involved in any new air conditioner: the upfront sticker price and the long-term cost of operating the unit. A buying decision should be based on more than just the immediate purchase price and should also take into account non-financial factors that affect the unit’s performance including noise levels. Here’s how air conditioner ratings can help you make an informed buying decision and avoid the unexpected. SEER Basics SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it’s the primary… Read More »


HVAC Tips for Back-to-School

HVAC Tips for Back-to-School

Whether you’re getting the kids ready for back to school or just glad they’re finally getting off your lawn, the beginning of fall signals a time of change. In the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget some of the maintenance jobs that can get your HVAC system ready for the new season. Here’s a checklist to get you started on your fall HVAC maintenance: Clean around your outside HVAC unit. Over the summer, grass and other plants can grow up around your unit. Grass clippings can build up around it when you mow, and falling leaves add… Read More »


Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC System

Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC System

If you’re planning to replace your home’s cooling equipment, you have an opportunity to take advantage of the latest in HVAC technological advancements and digital features. Investing in new equipment with the following features can save you money on energy over the long term and boost your home comfort too.


Here’s How You Can Use Solar Shades to Lower Your A/C Costs

Here's How You Can Use Solar Shades to Lower Your A/C Costs

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy outdoor activities, whether at the lake, a ball game, or relaxing on your porch. However, summertime also means uncomfortable heat gain in parts of your home and higher energy bills for your pocketbook. If you want a change for the better, read on to learn how solar shades can help.


A Timeline of HVAC Replacements and Maintenance

A Timeline of HVAC Replacements and Maintenance

Is your HVAC system 5, 10, or even 20 years old and still going? Maybe you don’t even know how old your A/C and furnace actually are, nor have an inkling of their maintenance history. That’s not unusual, but it should be remedied ASAP. Use this guide to get a good grasp for your HVAC maintenance timeline and system replacement down the road.


Tips to Keep Your Home’s Basement from Flooding

Tips to Keep Your Home's Basement from Flooding

Basement flooding is a mess to clean up and drying it out is rarely the end of the story. Damage to drywall or items stored in the basement and the possibility of mold growth are all things you might face. Take the following steps to prevent this home disaster.


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