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Keep Your Home’s Air Fresh

Keep Your Home’s Air Fresh

If you’re lucky enough to live in a tight, energy efficient home, you may need more fresh air ventilation to keep the indoor air healthy. Fresh air is especially important during the heating season, and ways exist for you to keep your air fresh without driving up heating bills.


Want to Lower Your Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

As a mindful homeowner that likes to save energy, you use your HVAC’s thermostat wisely to minimize cooling and heating energy bills, right? When you consider that water heating comes in third behind cooling and heating for home energy usage, you would do your pocketbook a favor by looking for ways to reduce your water heating bill, too. Fortunately, reducing your hot water energy usage is as easy as turning back the water heater temperature.


What to Know About Water Shutoff Valves

What to Know About Water Shutoff Valves

Every home has them, but most people don’t pay attention to them except in an emergency. The simple water shutoff valve is a vital component of any plumbing system. This guide will explain the pros and cons common water shutoff valve types. Washer Valve A washer valve has a rubber gasket inside that gets pressed down when the handle is turned, blocking water. Pros: Washer valves are inexpensive and easy to replace. Cons: The rubber wears out quicker than materials used in other valves. Ball Valve A ball valve has a quarter-turn handle attached to a steel ball inside the… Read More »


Water Filtration Systems: Here is What You Need to Know

Water Filtration Systems: Here is What You Need to Know

Poor water quality can cause a host of problems, including an unpleasant odor and taste, mineral scale buildup, excessive sediment accumulations, or bacterial or viral contamination. Whole-home water filtration systems can address these types of issues using three methods: a filter medium, UV light or a chemical process. Advantages of Installing a Whole-Home Water Filtration System With a whole-home filtration system, you’ll benefit from an improvement in water quality at every fixture, faucet and water-using appliance. That’s because the system is installed right where the water supply enters your home, so it’s treated before it’s distributed. There are systems available… Read More »


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 »


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