Show Your AC Unit Some Love This Summer

June 6, 2016

Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons of love, as sunshine and flowers brighten the view. But people are not the only thing that needs a little extra loving in the summer. Your air conditioning unit needs some TLC, too. Check out these tips for showing your AC and HVAC system a little love this summer. Servicing Your Air Conditioner The obvious first step to keeping your AC unit operating at its optimal performance for the best energy consumption is a regular maintenance call to have it serviced. Your HVAC contractor will check and oil all

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Using a Space Heater? Consider the Pros and Cons

February 2, 2016

You’re probably familiar with space heaters, the small, portable electric heaters that can provide an extra source of heat in your home. These powerful little heaters can be extremely useful, but they come with a few drawbacks. The Pros of Using a Space Heater Space heaters offer an energy-efficient way to heat a small space and can do so rather quickly. If you’re trying to save money on your heating costs, you might be keeping the temperature in your home a little cooler. But if you know you’re going to be spending a long time in

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Get Your Furnace In Shape Before Winter Hits

November 16, 2015

You probably haven’t given your furnace much thought since the weather warmed in the spring and it finished its duties for another year. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore it forever. With winter looming on the horizon, it is time to show your furnace a little TLC as you complete your regular home fall maintenance. While a yearly heating installation or service visit from your HVAC contractors is recommended, if you are handy around the house, there are a few things you can do to keep things running smoothly. Replace Air Filters The air filter

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Learn How to Your Home Cool During a Heatwave

September 5, 2015

Keeping cool and comfortable inside your home can be a major concern when a heatwave strikes. Many people resort to running the air conditioning units nonstop to keep temperatures under control. Although that will increase your perception of comfort, there are a few things you can do to improve your AC unit’s operation and keep your home at a comfortable temperature level. Maintenance The first step to ensuring that your air conditioning unit is equipped to handle the demands of a heatwave is to have it serviced regularly. This includes cleaning filters and ductwork so the

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Don’t Leave Tenants Out in the Cold This Winter

January 22, 2015

The polar vortex and the freezing temperatures it continues to bring to the area mean heaters are working overtime to keep homes and people warm. With that much strain, it should come as little surprise when an older heating system breaks down and needs repair. When you own a home, the obligation and responsibility of fixing the unit are between you and the repair company you call. For renters, though, the process is different. Tenants must call their landlord to take care of the problem for them. Landlord Obligations Landlords are obligated under

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Thermostat

December 5, 2014

Today’s thermostats give homeowners an effective and innovative tool to use when it comes to saving money and ensuring that their family stays comfortable, even during the blazing heat of the summer and the bone-chilling snows of the winter. With the technological advances of modern thermostats, you can easily customize the temperature of your home to maximize comfort and savings. Learning about the various models that are available can help you make the right choice for your family. Get Programming The thermostats of today enable you to easily program the temperature of your home in

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Weekend Winterizing Tips

November 21, 2014

In case you haven’t looked outside, it’s clear that winter was so excited to get here that it started a little early. While snow may be beautiful, the cost of heating your home in winter’s frigid temperatures can be ugly. Last year’s “polar vortex” strained heating systems and wallets. We want to make sure you’re not caught off guard this year. It’s time to winterize your home. By taking a weekend to winterize your home, you can save money in energy costs while ensuring that both your home and your family weather the frigid temperatures in comfort.

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

August 25, 2008

Today’s modern thermostats are often referred to as “programmable” or “smart” thermostats. Basic models have been around for many years, and they allow you to set a schedule for the week, changing the temperature at specific times throughout the day so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore (at least until the seasons change). Newer versions come with many intelligent smart features that offer more accurate temperature management and other benefits. If your thermostat doesn’t offer many programming options, now is an excellent time for an upgrade. Here are several of the major benefits that

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