Help & Tips

Hard water causes everything from crusted faucets and showerheads, to reduced water flow, to a reduction in the lifespan of your water-using appliances. By adding a water softener to your home, you can eliminate these problems. Plus, you’ll be saving money in the process. Below is a list of reasons why a water softener in your home just makes sense (and cents!)...

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If you are in the market for a new water heater you have a couple of options to consider - a hybrid water heater or a tankless water heater? When making this decision it helps to know the difference between a tankless and a hybrid water heater....

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You don’t turn on lights in rooms you aren’t occupying or randomly leave a shower running that you’re not using. Why should your cooling and heating system be any different? Traditional heating and cooling systems will heat and cool rooms whether someone is in them or not. HVAC zoning systems allow you to set multiple temperatures in your home. The idea being that you are only cooling or heating the rooms you're occupying. ...

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More than half of the energy used in a typical home in the United States is spent on heating and cooling, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.1  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10 percent a year on cooling and heating your home by setting your thermostat back by 7°-10° F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. 2  With the average family spending at least $2,200 per year on energy bills, $220 or more is a great savings for any family! 3 The best and easiest way to adjust your home’s temperatures is to install...

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Holidays are a great time to get together and celebrate with family and friends. It’s also the time of year we expect our home’s plumbing system to handle a lot more than its normal use. It’s important to understand what problems can result from these extra demands in order to avoid any unexpected plumbing disasters. Here’s a list of helpful tips: When in doubt, throw it out!  Avoid throwing all of your food scraps down the drain, specifically anything that could damage the disposal blades (bones, fruit pits, or hard shells) or create a clog (grease, peels, or skins).  Run cold...

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During the Thanksgiving holiday, you may notice your home is more humid than usual. Activities such as cooking (preparing that yummy turkey and mashed potatoes), showering (from those extra guests visiting), clothes drying (more guests = more laundry), and dishwashing (the aftermath of your Thanksgiving dinner), affect the amount of moisture in the air.   Below we’ve listed some ways you can decrease the humidity in your home and ensure you and your guests’ comfort.   First ventilate, particularly the areas that create moisture, like your kitchen and bathroom.   In a house full people, a ceiling fan can increase your overall comfort. Although...

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Creepy critters may be great for Halloween decorations, but they’re certainly not great for your AC unit. Mice, snakes, spiders and lizards are always looking for places to hide, and your AC unit is a hot property. Once they nestle into your system, they can cause extensive damage to the ductwork and wiring. Having pests in your AC unit will also affect your air quality.   Keeping these critters out of your AC unit is easier than having to deal with the aftermath. Below are some of the ways to help prevent these pests from getting into your unit.   Keep Air Ducts Sealed Visually inspect...

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All the air handled by your A/C system passes through the air filter at one point or another. Your air filter is a critical component of your system. If it doesn’t get changed out on a regular basis, it can lead to premature system failure, poor air quality, as well as overall lower system efficiencies (and higher utility bills!). Changing your air filter regularly is an inexpensive way to ensure you’re getting the best from your A/C system.   Here are the top reasons why it’s important to change out your air filter regularly:   A dirty air filter means lower indoor air quality....

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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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