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When to Upgrade Your Furnace

October 24th, 2016

As we steadily progress into fall and temperatures decline, the time to prep your heating system for winter is now. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to schedule preventive maintenance for your furnace to ensure that it’s prepared for the coming season.

However, even with maintenance, if you’ve been using the same gas furnace in your home for years then it may be aging to the point that you’ll be at higher risk for furnace malfunctions, unsafe operation, or even a breakdown. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade your furnace? Keep reading to find out.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes: How to Winterize Your Outdoor Hose Faucets

October 17th, 2016

With temperatures already dipping below 50 degrees, there’s no denying that winter is well on its way. Though it may not be freezing quite yet, now is the perfect time to consider the effects of winter weather on your plumbing. Frozen pipes are a much larger problem than many homeowners realize, and preventing them should be a top priority for you as the colder season approaches.

One step you’ll want to take is to winterize your outdoor hose faucets. This process is fairly simple to do, although understanding the “how” can be a little complex. The first step in the process is to find your service valve, which any standard style home should have. But this doesn’t mean yours will… particularly if it wasn’t built by a regular contractor.

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7 Tips for a Happy Halloween!

October 10th, 2016

We may be a home services company, but we are one that truly cares about our customers and their safety. Halloween is fast approaching—a very fun and festive time of year filled with candy, pumpkin carving, and parties to attend.

However, it’s important to remember that Halloween can also present some hidden dangers, especially when kids are involved. So this season, we’d like to share some tips to keep your kids’ trick-or-treating as minimally hazardous as possible. Keep reading for 7 ways to do so!

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Choosing a Furnace Filter: Higher Price Doesn’t Mean Higher Quality

October 3rd, 2016

Choosing the right air filter for your furnace can be a tricky process. Many people will tell you to use the thin, flat, fiberglass filters while some will tell you those aren’t efficient enough. On the other hand, pleated, accordion-style filters are significantly more expensive, and an HVAC technician may tell you that this will filter your air better than the alternative. Or you may even be told to use a hospital-grade HEPA filter.

With all this different information, it can be hard to tell who’s right and who’s wrong. The fact of the matter is, the type of air filter you need in your home depends on your specific needs, so what works for one home might not work for yours. If your duct system has poor airflow—referred to as “high static pressure”—you can actually restrict the airflow even further by having too efficient (translation: higher priced) of an air filter.

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Don’t Forget to Change Your Furnace Filter!

September 26th, 2016

Temperatures have finally started cooling down, signaling the start of the heating season. But wait! Is your furnace truly ready? If you’ve already had maintenance done, then you very likely had your furnace filter changed too. However, while a maintenance visit is a once-a-year need, a furnace change or cleaning is not.

Your HVAC system’s air filter protects the cabinet that houses your AC system and your furnace. It prevents dust and other debris from entering through the return air vents and creating damage. However, if you neglect your air filter then it will become clogged and significantly reduce airflow. This results in an inefficient furnace and can create other problems as well.

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How Clean Is Your Furnace and Why Does It Matter?

September 19th, 2016

The drop in nighttime temperatures in the last week had many of us firing up our furnaces for the first time this season. Hopefully, you had maintenance conducted before the season began. However, if you did not then you skipped one very important furnace task: cleaning. But why do furnaces need to be clean? Won’t yours work just as well if it has a little bit of dirt or dust around it?

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What Do Technicians Look for During Furnace Maintenance?

September 12th, 2016

As we discussed in mid-August, even though our current temperatures don’t make it seem so, now is the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance. And before you think about skipping this important service consider this: would you ever skip a maintenance appointment for your car? Chances are, you wouldn’t, because you would be stranded at some point with an inoperable vehicle.

A prematurely broken down furnace is no less inconvenient than a broken down car, especially if you’re in the middle of winter when it fails you. A furnace tune-up will help you save money of the course of a year by keeping your system running as efficiently as possible and reducing the potential for repair needs in the future. But what actually happens during this service appointment?

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Beware These Water Heater Problems

September 5th, 2016

The water heater in your home is the one appliance on your home that is blindly relied upon the most. You need it for cooking, keeping clean, and much more. It’s imperative that you have a quality water heater installed by a professional, so that it will last for years before needing repairs—which are less likely if you keep up on maintenance.

However, no water heater is completely immune. In fact, almost no appliance goes 100% without repair needs throughout its lifespan, no matter how durable a system or how much maintenance it has received. But when you do need repairs, you can count on our professionals to do the job, and do it right. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of water heater problems so you can call for repairs as soon as you need them.

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Do You Need Roto Drain Cleaning Services?

August 29th, 2016

Since most of your plumbing is hidden from sight, it can be hard to determine if and when you are experiencing problems with said plumbing. If you know where to look, however, and what to look for, then you can usually identify a need for a drain cleaning roto service way before any serious issues crop up.

A roto rooter-type drain clog remover is a short length of line—typically made from metal or plastic—that is slid down the drain to run into and remove your clog. This type of service is ideal for clogs that are close to the drain. But how do you know if you need this service to begin with? Keep reading to learn about a couple of signs that you do in fact need professional drain cleaning.

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It’s Almost Time for a Heating System Tune-Up!

August 22nd, 2016

It may seem too early to be thinking about our heating systems, particularly when temperatures have yet to drop below 80 during the day. However, as kids start heading back to school it’s a busy time of year, and it’s very easy to forget about this important task.

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