Bug Proof Your Home’s HVAC Units

Bug Proof Your Home’s HVAC UnitsDo you have a problem with bugs and other pests getting inside your home? We can definitely feel your pain. It can be tricky learning how to keep these critters outside where they belong. What can you do to bug proof your home and your home’s HVAC unit?

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How Ceiling Fans Affect Your Energy Efficiency

How Ceiling Fans Affect Your Energy EfficiencyA ceiling fan lends a helping hand to your air conditioner or furnace and makes your home more energy efficient. Ceiling fans were the original electrical home cooling device, installed in houses beginning almost 100 years ago. With state-of-the-art, highly efficient motors that sip electricity, 21st-century fans improve air circulation and personal comfort while taking some of the load off the A/C and furnace.

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Pet Owners Should Know These Affects on Plumbing

Pet Owners Should Know These Affects on PlumbingFew pet owners realize that there’s a direct link between taking good care of a four-legged friend and maintaining a home’s plumbing system. A pet can affect the plumbing and vice versa, so here are some need-to-know ways to keep both your pet(s) and your plumbing system healthy.

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HVAC Design for Tiny Homes

HVAC Design for Tiny HomesTiny homes are a relatively new housing phenomenon that appeal to residents looking for a downsized, simplified lifestyle. While the official definition of “tiny” varies according to locale, generally speaking, it refers to a structure less than 700 square feet and constructed for portability in order to be built off-site and transported to the lot by truck.

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Summer Vacation Plans for Your HVAC

Summer Vacation Plans for Your HVACPlanning a summer vacation is often hectic, with lots of details to take care of before you get away. One item that may get overlooked is your home’s HVAC system, but it deserves some vacation planning too. By taking care of the following HVAC-specific tasks, you can relax knowing it’s safe and in good working order while you’re gone.

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Have You Thought About This Fire Hazard?

Have You Thought About This Fire Hazard?If you’re asked about the different risk factors for a house fire, a space heater, wood stove, unattended kitchen range or frayed extension cord might come to mind. Another potential fire hazard that you may not think of is the clothes dryer. According to FEMA, dryers are responsible for close to 3,000 fires every year, which cause an estimated 100 injuries and five fatalities.

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What Are the HVAC Basics?

What Are the HVAC Basics?You probably already know that HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. But do you know the basics about how HVAC systems function? Read on to get answers about HVAC basics.

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How Summer Yard Work Affects HVAC Systems

How Summer Yard Work Affects HVAC SystemsThe outdoor component of your air conditioner is built tough. It’s designed to withstand the forces of nature, including snow, wind, hail and driving rain. But that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from a bit of A/C maintenance. Here’s how to include it in your regular yard work duties.

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Indicators Your A/C System is Dying

Indicators Your A/C System is DyingIf your A/C system is about to give up the ghost, will it give you a warning? Central air conditioners are sturdy and expected service life averages about 15 years — assuming the unit receives annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC professional. However, like all mechanical devices, wear and tear eventually catches up and a replacement air conditioner must be installed.

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5 Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips for Summer

5 Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips for SummerYou love your home and you want it to be comfortable, efficient and attractive. While your HVAC system won’t score any curb appeal points, it can keep your home comfortable and help you save energy this summer. It just takes some TLC, which we’ve outlined in these five easy HVAC maintenance tips:

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