April 25, 2019

The Best Time to Install an HVAC System

  Thankfully, getting a new HVAC system installed isn’t something that has to be done on an annual basis. But it is necessary from time to time. When the system is old and no longer working as it should to keep your house a comfortable temperature, you’ll want to be sure to have it replaced promptly. You don’t want to wait until the hottest day of the year to schedule an installation. Consider these factors, and it will become clear when the best time to plan the installation of your new system.   Scheduling When scheduling a new installation, it’s...

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April 15, 2019

Dispelling Ductless Technology Myths

  Ductless mini split systems are becoming more popular all over the country. More and more people are turning to ductless systems to solve their indoor comfort needs, but there are still quite a few myths surrounding this technology. While the original units of the ’70s may live up to the myths that still linger, the technology of today has far surpassed the days of old. We want to help dispel these myths and give ductless systems the credit they deserve. Myth #1 – Lack of power While some people believe that the ductless mini split system is not powerful...

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April 1, 2019

What Would Make My Water Bill Go Up?

  It’s that time of the month when you sit down to pay the bills. Not a favorite task, but a necessary one. As a homeowner, it’s a task that you’ve probably been doing long enough that you have a pretty good estimate of what each of your utilities should be. Then, you open the water bill, and it’s double the “norm.” What could be the problem? Let’s explore some of the more common reasons you might see an increase in your water bill and what you can be on the lookout for, as a homeowner. Running toilets According to...

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March 25, 2019

Modernize Your Water Filtration System

Some of you probably have water filtration systems from over a decade ago. It’s time to modernize your system! There is a growing awareness that the water we consume contains such hazards as chemicals, metals, fluoride, and even treated sewage. It is important to test your water quality yearly and upgrade your water filter as needed. If you want the peace of mind that a better, more efficient system can give you, it’s time to upgrade. There are so many new water filtration technologies out there, that we are sure to find one that is a perfect fit in your...

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March 15, 2019

Do You Have an Iron Problem?

  Do you get stains on your sinks and toilets? Is there slime in your toilet’s tank? Maybe your laundry is coming out rust-tinged? Iron in your water is the most common culprit for all of these issues. Iron is a naturally occurring element in rivers, lakes, and underground water. However, it can be a nuisance when it gets into your home water supply. Let us address some concerns about various types of iron and how we can help you find a solution. There are three main types of iron that are found in residential (especially well) water systems. These...

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March 14, 2019

5 Tips to Keep Your Furnace Operating Efficiently

By keeping your furnace operating efficiently, you’ll not only save money on your home’s energy bill but also help make the furnace last longer. An efficiently running furnace helps keep your home comfortable while operating at peak performance. Here are five easy tips to keeping your furnace running efficiently: 1. Keep Furnace Vents and Registers Clear of Debris Debris that has gathered around the outside vents, like brush or leaves, along with the interior vents being blocked by furniture or boxes, can prevent the furnace from operating efficiently. Keep vents clear of anything that would block the free flow of...

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March 5, 2019

Can Hard Water Aggravate Your Eczema?

Twenty percent of children and about 8% of adults suffer from eczema, a condition characterized by inflamed, itchy, and scaly skin. In the worst cases, you will see oozing and blisters. The hands, knees, elbows, and sometimes chest is where you will often find eczema. The constant itching and pain can also have a profound effect on your quality of life. Not only can its appearance be stressful, but it also causes a lack of sleep and poor concentration. It is a genetic condition, but these symptoms can be exacerbated by hard water. Studies have already been conducted showing that...

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February 25, 2019

I’m Pretty Sure My Heat Exchanger is Cracked. What Do I Do?

Like many of us do, you’ve discussed the issues you’re having with your HVAC with your neighbors and co-workers. Of course, they all give you their opinion on what it might be. Some things you have ruled out but when someone suggested that it sounds like it could be a cracked heat exchanger, it piqued your curiosity. Now your head is full of so many questions that you aren’t sure where to start. What is a heat exchanger? How does a heat exchanger crack, exactly?  Is it dangerous? What’s the next step? Let’s talk about what your heat exchanger is,...

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February 15, 2019

Evolution of the Home Furnace

Since the days of early societies, fire building remained the primary way of generating warmth. Even after the emergence of modern housing structures, fireplaces were a common structure for generating heat indoors; however, the cold remained an issue once a person moved more than a few feet away from the heat source. Introduction of the Radiator Radiators were introduced in Europe during the 1850s, but they only became widely available when low-cost, coal-burning, cast-iron options emerged. Radiators used natural convection to generate a more efficient heat distribution. These appliances were typically kept in basements to leverage the rising nature of...

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February 5, 2019

Should I Adjust My Water Heater Temperature?

Hot water. it’s something we consume in large amounts every day. We use it for bathing, washing dishes, and even to brighten our whites when we do laundry. While we all use hot water every day, many of us don’t ever think about the water temperature. When determining which water temperature is the best for you, it’s best to consider the following. Safety There are factors to consider when deciding the temperature to which to set your water heater. First, are there children or elderly in the house? You don’t want to risk that they turn on a faucet and...

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