Winter Proofing Your Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency and Comfort

As winter approaches, we all know the burnt smell that moves throughout the house as we turn on the furnace for the first time in the heating season. Leaving the furnace off for spring, summer, and early fall means a buildup of dust, causing the smell when they burn off, and high energy bills as we begin to adjust our heating to feel comfortable. With a few simple tips, you can winter proof your home to reduce energy bills and…

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Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

Like most homeowners, you most likely do not think about your HVAC system until disaster strikes. Regular HVAC maintenance plans, with regularly scheduled visits, help to ensure your HVAC system is running properly. Are these plans truly worth it—and do they save you time and money? What is an HVAC maintenance plan? Rather than paying for potentially costly emergency service visits every time your HVAC system stops working, many consumers are switching over to maintenance plans. An HVAC maintenance plan…

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Understanding Your Utility Bills and Energy Usage

Whether you rent an apartment or own a home, you’re likely to find yourself on the hook for several different utility bills, including water, gas, and electricity. Unless you’re lucky enough to live off the grid with a private well, solar power, and an ample supply of wood for your fireplace or stove, the best you can do is understand how utilities are charged and what you can do to cut costs. Here are a few things you should know…

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Here’s What You Need to Know About HVAC Filters

Your air filter is a very important component of your HVAC system. However, most people don’t think about things like that on a daily or even monthly basis—and that’s normal! But you should know when to think about your HVAC system, and why filters are so important. Knowing what your air filter does and why it’s smart to replace it frequently will help you save money and maximize your system’s lifespan. What do HVAC air filters do? HVAC air filters…

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Investing in Electrical Upgrades to Protect Your Home

Your electrical system plays a crucial role in your day-to-day life. That’s why upgrading it is often a very smart investment. If you’re thinking about adding some upgrades to your electrical system, consider the following ideas: Surge Protectors Lightning strikes, the power cutting out momentarily, and numerous other factors can cause a power surge, which is when your home’s voltage exceeds safe levels. Appliances and devices that are plugged in during a power surge may be damaged as a result….

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Pros and Cons of Financing a New HVAC System

HVAC systems have a very important role in homes, since they help maintain a comfortable indoor environment during all seasons of the year. The term HVAC often gets associated with temperature, but these systems also control other important aspects like ventilation and air humidity. However, this comfort has a cost: heating and cooling represent 51% of home energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The initial cost of HVAC systems can be high, especially if you purchase energy…

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What Every New Homeowner Should Know About Caring for an HVAC System

Thinking about buying a house? As a soon-to-be or new homeowner, it’s essential to educate yourself about how to maintain your HVAC system. In addition to being the most expensive and complex system in your home, a well-maintained HVAC system is critical for you and your family’s health, safety, and comfort. We’ve put together some tips below to help you stay on track with HVAC maintenance and get the most out of your system. Get a separate HVAC inspection before…

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Tips for Checking an HVAC System When Buying a House

Buying a home is typically the biggest (and most exciting) purchase of your life! A substantial financial investment, acquiring a home takes research, time and money. Numerous details go into house hunting, and once your dream home is found, there are many more tasks to be completed before closing. Electrical, appliances, siding and roofing always receive special attention and focus from both homeowners and inspectors. An often neglected yet very significant item to note on your pre-purchase to do list…

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Purchasing a New HVAC System? How Much Could It Save You?

Thinking about purchasing a new HVAC system? Perhaps you’ve noticed a perpetually warm home this summer despite the air always being on. Maybe you’ve had your decade-old system repaired multiple times and you know it’s just not performing as it should. Whatever the reason for needing to get a new HVAC system, the cost of a replacement can seem daunting. With HVAC systems ranging in price from $6,000–$12,000, replacing this home necessity can be intimidating and might seem like something…

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What is an Air Purifier, What Does it Do, and Do You Need One for Your Home?

Pollutants. Dust. Bacteria. Irritants that invade your space and can aggravate your eyes, nose and lungs. Particles that live—and lurk—inside your home. Freaked out yet? Well, the good news is that there’s a whole-home solution we can offer you that works alongside your HVAC system… With respiratory illnesses as the number one concern of 2020, air purifiers (instruments that remove dirt and sanitize and clean your indoor air) are becoming a home owner’s biggest necessity. What is an air purifier…

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