How To Prevent Common Winter Plumbing And Water Heater Problems

The winter season is for spending time with family and friends while staying toasty warm indoors. However, the increased amount of time spent indoors during the winter can have a big impact on water heaters and plumbing. The following are some of the most common types of plumbing and water heater problems you’re likely to experience during the winter season and how you can fix them. Food Particles And Grease Winter is a time of being together (and staying warm together). Holiday celebrations, family get-togethers, and reunions with old friends can mean a lot of work in the kitchen. This may not seem like a problem. After all, your kitchen […]

4 Simple Ways You Can Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Winter

With the winter weather making days chilly and nights downright frigid, odds are you and your family are spending more time indoors than out. Because you’re breathing in more indoor air than outdoor air, it’s important now more than ever to ensure the air quality of your home is in tip-top shape. Fortunately, if your home’s air quality leaves a lot to be desired there are plenty of ways you can go about improving it. Consider the following ways you can step up your home’s air quality game this winter season to get you breathing right again. Schedule a duct cleaning Even with clean filters, you may still be breathing […]

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 […]

What to Look For When Hiring an HVAC Company

For many of us, air conditioning is simply the norm, and about two-thirds of all homes in the United States today have an air conditioner. However, the first air conditioner wasn’t invented until 1902, and in the 1940s, you could expect to spend (in today’s money) almost $3,500 for a basic window air conditioner unit. Today, you’ll spend much less for a basic A/C unit, and HVAC services are available to do everything from installing or repairing your air conditioner to replacing your furnace. Keeping your heating and cooling systems properly maintained is important and HVAC services are invaluable for that purpose, among other things. If your systems aren’t well […]

Water Heater Safety 101: What Causes Explosions and How to Avoid Them

Most of us know that the energy use associated with heating and cooling your home is quite high. In the typical American home, nearly 48% of all energy used can be attributed to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Because all of that energy use equates to high bills, you might be tempted to avoid repairing or replacing your boiler, furnace, or cooling system. But if you ignore little problems, they can quickly turn into big issues before you know it. This is especially important to keep in mind when it comes to water heaters. When you fail to recognize or address something’s wrong with your boiler or water […]

4 Ways to Prevent Heat Loss

In the winter time, you may find your home more chilly than usual. While this may seem normal to you, it shouldn’t be. You deserve to have a functional heating system regardless of the season. Here’s how to prevent heat loss in your home while you wait out the winter: Upgrading your insulation Walls and window are major sources of heat loss. Whether you install more insulation or simply make sure that there are no gaps in the existing insulation, make sure that it is up to par. This is particularly important if you live in an older home. It’s very likely that your insulation is not completely effective. Consider […]

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Having access to heated water on tap is one of the greatest conveniences of modern living. However, we often take our hot water heaters for granted and may neglect to realize when they need to be repaired or replaced. Have you had your hot water heater checked recently? Here are four reasons why you might want to do so as soon as possible: Your water heater is old Experts say that the lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. After your water heater celebrates its 10th birthday, you should at least have it inspected. It’s highly likely that you could use a new one at that […]

Understanding the 3 Components of Your HVAC System

About 48% of the typical U.S. home’s energy use comes from heating and cooling systems alone, making HVAC systems the greatest energy expense for most Americans. At the same time, few homeowners actually know the ins and outs of their residential heating system or how an air conditioner even works. However, to get the most out of your home heating and cooling appliances, it is crucial that you understand the key components of your HVAC system. If you’re a first-time homeowner, staring down an unusually large HVAC repair bill, or looking to upgrade your HVAC system in the new year, here is a basic guide to residential heating and cooling. […]

The Importance of Cleaning Commercial HVAC Systems

In order to work properly, HVAC systems must be installed properly and must undergo regular inspections. But many business owners and building managers don’t realize that their commercial HVAC systems need to be cleaned on a regular basis, too. Unlike residential HVAC systems, commercial HVAC systems are quite large and are responsible for heating and cooling huge buildings. Because these systems are so much larger, they collect more dust, debris, moisture, pollutants, and even bugs. If they are not cleaned regularly, this gunk will build up and can damage an otherwise fully operational system. Why is commercial HVAC cleaning so important? Not only will regular cleaning extend the life of […]

Why Is My Furnace So Noisy?

A healthy furnace should be pretty quiet with just a few noises here and there. If your heating system is making a racket, however, it could be a warning sign that it needs maintenance or replacement. Below are just a few common noises you might hear from your furnace, what they mean, and how to address them. Banging If loud banging occurs when you turn on your furnace, there could be one of three issues. The first is that you have a ghost in the house. Once you rule that possibility out, it’s likely the duct work is “oil-canning” or flexing with the pressure change. The other potential issue is […]