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Tips to Help You Detect Air Leaks

Tips to Help You Detect Air Leaks Having an air leak in your home can end up costing you a considerable amount of money over time. These leaks cause your heating and cooling system to run more often than it should, which uses up more energy and results in higher bills throughout the year. Knowing how to find air leaks in your home can help you cut down on energy usage and keep your energy bills lower.

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The Heating Load in Your House: How to Lower It

The Heating Load in Your House: How to Lower ItThe heating load of your home refers to how much your home’s heating system has to run to keep it comfortable. The size of your home affects it directly, but other, smaller attributes of your home impact the load as well. The amount of insulation, all its air leaks large and small, and the heat lost through the windows contribute too.

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Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons Why it Might Be Happening

Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here Are 3 Reasons Why it Might Be HappeningYou turn your furnace on and, after a few minutes, you suddenly realize that it’s blowing cold air. It’s not a good feeling in more ways than one. Before you start imagining a high repair bill or a long cold night without heat, read through these three common reasons for your furnace blowing cold air, and the solutions!

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Discover Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

Discover Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement UnitIf you’re looking at the possibility of replacing your air conditioner in the near future, you may be considering whether you should replace only the malfunctioning unit or the entire HVAC system. There are several different factors to consider, so it’s worth looking at both sides.

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How to Prep for Power Outages

How to Prep for Power OutagesPower outages may occur anytime and anywhere. Outages may result from severe winter weather, nearby construction, accidents or planned outages. The key is to be prepared for the worst when the lights blink off in your home. Read on for tips on how you may prepare for your next power outage.

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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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