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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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Humidifier: How it Can Help During Heating Season

Humidifier: How it Can Help During Heating SeasonOnce winter weather arrives, outdoor humidity levels drop because cold air doesn’t hold moisture like warm air does. Running the furnace pulls more moisture out of your air supply and can make the indoor humidity fall to desert-like levels. Investing in a humidifier is the best way to replace depleted moisture and raise the humidity level back to an optimal 45–55 percent range.

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Clues That You Have Aging Ductwork

Clues That You Have Aging DuctworkEven if your home’s heating and cooling systems boast state-of-the-art HVAC equipment with optimum energy efficiency, when the ductwork is aging and deteriorating, your home can’t be as comfortable or energy efficient as it could be otherwise. But how can you tell your old ductwork is failing?

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Checking the P-Trap for Clogs

Checking the P-Trap for ClogsThe traps in your plumbing perform an important function. Traps are the curved section of the drain pipe — S-shaped, U-shaped or J-shaped — that hold on to a small amount of the water that goes down the drain. The water forms a seal and blocks sewer gases from entering through the drain.

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Conducting Energy Tests at Home

Conducting Energy Tests at HomeIf you’re tired of paying high utility bills and are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption at home, performing some energy tests is a good way to find areas where you can make improvements. Here are some common trouble spots to check and fixes to make to start saving energy.

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Do You Need More Than One Water Heater for Your House?

Do You Need More Than One Water Heater for Your House?Many homeowners can relate to this morning or night routine: the first person who wants a shower has to wait forever to get the hot water flowing. Everyone else has to jump in fast or wait a long time after the previous shower to avoid getting a burst of hot water. What some homeowners may not know is that there’s a simple solution to these shower woes: installing more than one water heater.

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