Help & Tips

Summer is here, and if you have a sunroom, you’re probably looking forward to spending time in it. Sunrooms are great spaces to spend time with family and friends or just to relax with a good book. They also let in tons of light and warmth which is great in the winter but can make it unbearable during the summer months. Below are some ways you can help cool your sunroom to ensure a summer of enjoyment....

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We’re fortunate to be living in an era dominated by technology and innovation. Smart technology, transportation efficiencies, and useful apps are everywhere, making it easier for all of us to live more efficiently. This efficiency extends to most parts of your home. Here’s a list of some of the fantastic, energy-saving ideas you can implement in your home....

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Allergens are inside and outside of your home. But while you’re inside, your best defense against them is through your HVAC system. As your system circulates air throughout your home, it's an important player in helping to alleviate your allergies. Below are some of the ways you can improve your indoor air quality through your HVAC system....

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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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