How To Find A New Water Heater: Know Your Fuel Type

The life expectancy of your home’s water heater will vary depending on your location and the type of energy it runs on. For the most part, a water heater will last between eight and 12 years. However, tankless water heaters can last as long as 20 years. Regardless of the water heater you have, time will only tell when you’ll need to have it replaced. And when that time comes you’ll need to make the important decision of which fuel type to use. Fuel type and water heater options The water heater options available to you are ultimately determined by fuel type. This is because the fuel type you use […]

How To Protect Your Water Heater From Limescale Buildup

The main enemies for many heating and cooling systems are dust, debris, and lack of proper maintenance. However, in the case of water heaters, the number one foe is hard water. Hard water is water that is high in mineral content, especially calcium and magnesium. Water becomes hard water after rain, which is typically mineral-free, is absorbed into the ground and merges with other bodies of water that are then used for drinking water. When hard water runs through water heaters, it can cause mineral buildup. This buildup is called limescale. How to protect your water heater from limescale The average tankless water heater has a life expectancy of up […]

How To Stay Safe Against Carbon Monoxide Leaks This Winter

Carbon monoxide leaks are rare, but the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning among homeowners and pets increases during the home heating season. This is because carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, which can go undetected without the use of special alarm detectors. Carbon monoxide is produced when any type of fuel gas is burned. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to make a maintenance call to a furnace repair service before turning on your heating system for the cooler season. Unseen cracks in the system, especially an older system, may result in leaks you’d be unaware of if not for detectors. Ensure you have carbon […]

Plumbing Hazards You Should Fix Before Summer’s End

No one likes having to deal with plumbing problems when they could be out having fun in the sun. However, what’s worse than trying to handle a plumbing repair during the summer is trying to handle it when the weather begins to chill and your leaky pipes become frozen, burstable pipes. By taking care of these plumbing hazards before summer ends, you can guarantee the scariest thing you experience this fall is your Halloween decor and not your plumbing: Problems with water heaters Cool showers may feel great during the summer months when your HVAC system isn’t quite enough for your polar bear preferences. But you may not feel that way when the leaves […]

How To Keep Your Attic From Becoming An Oven

During the summer months, the attic’s high temperatures and stale air often make it the last place to want to relax. As a result, the attic is mostly used for storage and may be the last room on your mind to need ventilation and cooler air. However, without proper ventilation during the summer when temperatures are high, your attic can succumb to overheating or even developing mold. Fortunately, there are ways you can ventilate your attic even when there are no vents available for heating and cooling. When the stagnant hot air in your attic isn’t able to circulate, your attic becomes an oven. This heat radiates down from your […]

Want to Live In a Comfortable Home? Consider These 3 Tips

Having your own home is a magical feeling. You can essentially do whatever you want and can finally feel relaxed at the end of the day. If you’re not careful, however, you could end up living in an uncomfortable home and might be more stressed than you should be. Luckily, having a nice and comfortable home isn’t too difficult to obtain. Here are a few tips to consider in order to have a comfortable place to live. Work with a professional HVAC installation team HVAC installation might seem relatively easy, but if you’re inexperienced or unsure of what to do, you could end up incorrectly installing your AC unit. Even […]

5 Things You Shouldn’t Be Flushing, But Probably Are

Flushable doesn’t always mean flushable. At least that’s what some politicians are saying across the country. The reason? Loose regulations on what exactly qualifies as flushable allow companies to produce products that will not, in fact, degrade in the sewers. “Proponents of the bill — including DC Water, the city’s water utility — say the standards are needed because most wet wipes do not break down when flushed, causing stoppages in the sewer system,” WAMU writer Martin Austermuhle reported. Fortunately, it’s usually a lot easier to tell when a product is or is not flushable, right? Wrong. As anyone who has ever worked for a plumbing repair service will tell you, many […]

The 5 HVAC Mistakes You Should Avoid

You home’s HVAC system is central to your family’s comfort, so it pays to invest in cooling and heating system repairs. By making errors in your maintenance practices, you could hike up energy costs and keep your home at a less than optimal temperature. The next time you are analyzing your home maintenance habits, make sure that you are avoiding these common mistakes. You are forgetting to change your air filters Dirty air filters are a waste of energy, as they force the system to work much harder to circulate air. By changing your filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, you will keep your home energy efficient and your systems […]

3 Tips to Maximize Your AC’s Efficiency

With the heat of high summer fast approaching, many of you will be relying more and more on your air conditioning unit. We thought this would be a good time to go over a few basic tips to help you maximize your cooling system’s efficiency. AC efficiency is important considering ACs use roughly 5% of all the electricity used in the United States, despite the fact that in many states they are only a seasonal necessity. That means each year homeowners are spending more than $11 billion on their cooling system. So we’ve put together this list of simple tricks and tips for homeowners looking to get the most out […]

Neglecting Your Home’s Furnace Could Lead to Some Costly and Serious Issues

Neglecting your home’s heating and cooling systems can not only lead to an uncomfortable few weeks, but you’ll also be forced to spend a significant amount more on repair costs or replacement expenses if too much damage has occurred. Be sure to schedule the appropriate HVAC services every few weeks to ensure that all your home’s appliances are working properly. Furnace repair and maintenance, for example, is especially important inside a home because of both its practical use and its dangers if any problems are going on. Some HVAC professionals state that up to 75% of no-heat calls during the winter months are related to a lack of maintenance. Neglected […]

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