What Is a Programmable Thermostat and Why Do I Need One?

January 20, 2020

A programmable thermostat is designed to allow you to set the temperature settings on your HVAC system to automatically adjust at specific times during the day (and night) to match your family’s needs and schedule. That means providing a comfortable temperature for your family without needing to adjust the thermostat every time someone feels a chill or feels overheated. But feeling comfortable isn’t the only benefit of installing and/or using a programmable thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting the temperature back 7 to 10 degrees from your normal setting for 8 hours a day in the winter

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How to Stay Warm This Winter

December 3, 2019

Keeping your family warm and cozy in the winter doesn’t mean you need to crank up the thermostat. There are a number of things you can do to keep your home and family warm besides depending on your furnace to do all the work. Doing what you can to improve your home’s efficiency goes a long way towards cutting your energy costs while keeping your home warm. Why bother? Isn’t the furnace the primary source of winter heat? Your furnace is the primary source of winter heat, but it requires a lot of energy to keep

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The Importance of Having Your Air Filters Changed

November 19, 2019

Your HVAC system uses a filter in the air ducts, usually near the units themselves, to help clean the air out. While these filters aren’t generally as refined as a HEPA filter, they still pick up many different particles, including dust, pollen, dust mites, and much more. However, HVAC filters are usually disposable: That means that they get filled up with particles, slowly clogging over time, and need to be replaced so that the system can keep cleaning the air. What happens when you don’t replace your filters? Here are some of the side effects, and why

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Why Does Flushing A Toilet Affect The Shower?

October 21, 2019

It happens to everyone. You’re minding your own business, just taking a shower, when all of a sudden, you hear the toilet flushing. Frantically you try to get out of the way of the water before it turns scorching hot. But why does it even happen? What is the connection between a flush and the temperature of your shower? A Walk-through of Your Water System To understand what is going on when there is a sudden spray of hot water coming from the showerhead, you need to know a little something about the way water travels

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Combating Humidity Around Your Home

September 4, 2019

While leaks and broken pipes are an obvious, urgent problem, there’s another, more insidious moisture issue that can affect homes: Lingering humidity. Humidity is particularly dangerous because it can cause several other, far worse problems. Moist building materials can eventually warp and decay, causing problems with rot. Long-term humidity can also encourage the growth of extremely damaging molds that may even be dangerous to human health. In other words, controlling humidity in your home is important! Let’s go over a few of the best ways to make sure your home doesn’t suffer from too much moisture.

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Do I Need to Maintain My Air Ducts?

August 21, 2019

Most homeowners don’t think a lot about their ductwork: It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” problem most of the time. But those ducts cycle air from your HVAC units throughout your house, and back again – they play a key role in keeping your home comfortable, and they require proper maintenance as well. Here’s why ductwork maintenance is important, and what can happen to ducts if they are ignored for too long. Air Quality The air filters in your HVAC system can help remove plenty of particles floating in the air. However, your ducts

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How To Prevent Clogged Drains

July 17, 2019

A clogged drain can ruin your day. No one wants to deal with a backed-up sink. Using a plunger is messy and harsh clog removers can cause damage not only to the environment but to your plumbing as well. The easiest way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are four tips you can start using today to prevent clogs. Four Tips to Stop Your Drain From Backing Up Run the water at the hottest setting for a few seconds after using your sink. The hot

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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Building and Property Managers

July 3, 2019

As a commercial building owner or property manager, you’ll surely want to know what you can do to help maintain your property. Properly maintaining the unit is one of the steps you should take. However, you may be unsure of how to do this. Here are a few tips on things you can do in the summer months to help maintain your commercial HVAC unit. Monitor Your Thermostats One of the steps you can take to maintain your commercial HVAC unit is to monitor your thermostat or to lock the thermostat. Leaving the unit

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High Tech Upgrades For Your Bathroom

June 19, 2019

The average American spends about 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, but one in four spend more than an hour. That means you likely spend anywhere from 3 ½ to upwards of 7 hours in the bathroom every week. Making that experience an enjoyable one should probably be on the top of your list. Consider these high-tech additions to your bathroom remodel or upgrade to improve both comfort and convenience. Add Chromatherapy to Soothe the Body and Mind Chromatherapy refers to the use of lights to soothe the body and mind, induce relaxation, and wash

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Boost Your Indoor Air Quality With These Five House Plants

June 5, 2019

Outside, trees and plants generate oxygen and absorb toxic odors, gases, and particulates. Their leaves trap these pollutants and filter them out of the air, performing a natural clean-up service that keeps the environment in check. However, you probably spend most of your time indoors, especially when you’re at home. And even with proper ventilation and filtration systems in place, your household items and habits generate plenty of airborne contaminants, from pollen and bacteria to formaldehyde, xylene, and other compounds associated with home furnishings and appliances. Fortunately, the naturally purifying power of plants can make a big difference inside too.

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