Help & Tips

Many of our simple luxuries in life are due to a water heater - a hot shower on a cold morning, clean clothes and bedding, and clean dishes. We may take these luxuries for granted, which is why the water heater in your home is often the most neglected appliance when it comes to maintenance. If maintained, your water heater should last for years without any major problems. Below are a number of indicators that might signify you have an issue with your water heater.  Keep in mind regular maintenance will catch most of these issues before they become a problem...

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Planning ahead for a hurricane means boarding up windows and unplugging electronics.  But, don’t forget about your air conditioning system! Here are some important tips to ensure your air conditioning system is ready for the next hurricane. 1.     Schedule an A/C Tune-Up before and after.  Schedule your annual AC tune-up service early in hurricane season. A tune-up will verify your system is working efficiently. If a hurricane hits, follow-up with a check-up to ensure there was no damage from the winds and rain. 2.     Protect your outdoor AC unit. To keep debris from infiltrating your A/C unit, you can put a tarp...

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As summer temperatures rise, so does the humidity outside. Unfortunately, as the humidity increases, our comfort decreases. Not to mention, the humidity makes your air conditioner work even harder to cool your home. Air conditioners cool our homes by removing humidity from the air, and if your A/C unit isn’t working properly, the hot, humid, Florida air could be getting into your home. What can you do? Check out some great tips below to get rid of the humidity: ● Use fans to increase ventilation. Use exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms vent and redirect the hot, humid air to...

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If you’re installing or replacing a central HVAC system in your Orlando area home, you may want to consider replacing it with a heat pump. Air conditioners use electricity to cool the air and push it through the ducts. A heat pump both heats and cools the air - literally moving ambient heat inside (for heating) or outside (for cooling) instead of generating it. As a result, heat pumps are much more energy efficient. Heat pumps generally work best in parts of the country where electricity is reasonable and the temperatures don’t get too low. In the summer months they provide cool...

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When we think of measuring the temperature of our bodies, we think of thermometers. With our homes, we think of thermostats, but they don’t actually measure the temperature of our homes - they are tools that try to maintain the temperature we set.    Types of thermostats and how they work  Thermal expansion means when something heats up, it grows bigger. Based on this concept, mechanical thermostats use different technology to switch an electric circuit on or off.     Bimetallic thermostats Two metal strips work as a bridge in an electrical circuit that connects to your heating system. Normally the bridge is flat and conducts electricity through the circuit. But when the...

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Hey, snowbirds! Spring is around the corner, which means it’s almost time for you to head back to your home up north. Before you head back home for the spring and summer, it’s important to make sure your winter home is ready to be vacant for a few months, both inside and outside. In order to avoid any unwanted surprises when you return in the fall, make sure to do the following things before you leave.   Inside Turn off the water in your house to avoid unexpected leaks while you’re gone. Turn off the water heater and gas valve, if you have...

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Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to heating and cooling systems. Technology has improved efficiency and provided greater control, but deciding which system is best for a new build or a remodel requires looking at the situations in which each system will perform best.   DUCTLESS HVAC SYSTEMS A ductless system is usually a wall-mounted indoor piece of heating/cooling equipment that is combined with an outside compressor. Only a small hole drilled into the wall is needed to install a ductless unit.   Pros of ductless system It’s less visible and make less noise It’s more energy efficient because there’s no air...

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Do you notice that you have dry or flaky skin, or does your water have a chemical or rotten egg smell? Or do you have lots of soap build up or water stains on your plumbing fixtures? If so, you probably need a water filter or softener. Florida is known for its hard water, so any kind of water softening or filtration system is a must-have for homes in the Orlando area.  But what’s the difference between softening and filtration, and which one is better?   Water Softening – How It Works Hard water is caused by high levels of calcium and magnesium in...

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[caption id="attachment_1883" align="alignright" width="300"] A heat pump works by extracting energy stored in the ground or water and converts this in a building heating system. Heat pumps work on the same principles as a fridge, cooling System, or air conditioning.[/caption] When it comes to most things in life wouldn’t you agree that the more efficient something is the better? This is especially true when it comes to home appliances, and a heat pump does just that, it provides better efficiency in heating and cooling than other options. Installing a heat pump for heating and cooling may be the perfect solution to keeping...

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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s important to plan not only for your meal, but also for what happens after the meal, the clean-up. After all, drain clogs probably aren’t something you’re going to want to deal with right after eating. Thanksgiving is great, but it wreaks havoc on your plumbing. Plumbing service calls increase by at least 50% on the day after Thanksgiving. Luckily for you, you won’t be part of that statistic if you take the advice given in this blog. (Be sure to share the advice with anyone else helping in the kitchen that day too).   What not to...

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