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Don’t Fall For These Air Conditioning Myths

Every summer, people try to find new ways to keep cool while saving energy. That leads to lots of tips floating around about managing your air conditioner system. Many of the tips people share are actually false, though, and could end up costing you more. The SMO Energy team is here to help debunk these myths for you, so you can get the most out of your [...]

Why Is The Upstairs Hotter Than The Basement of My House?

Even as summer comes to a close, many parts of the country are still experiencing warm temperatures. For some, the heat can be a real source of discomfort. In a multilevel home, the upper levels are often at least 10 degrees warmer than the lower levels. Because heat rises, it tends to get trapped on the upstairs areas of a home, making those rooms places [...]

Storm Season Preparation Tips

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will continue on through the end of November. During this time, it's more likely for tropical storms to become hurricanes and work their way up the Atlantic coast. If these storms get close to land they can cause catastrophic damages to homes. It's best for you and your family to be prepared in the event of [...]

7 Reasons To Go With A Propane Powered Standby Generator

Standby generators are a great tool to have to keep your housing running during power outages, but what type of generator should you get? Though there are many different types, propane generators are the best choice. Here are seven reasons why you should choose a propane powered generator: Easy access When Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast in 2012, [...]

Practice These 9 Tips For Saving Energy This Summer

Normally the summer means you turn up your AC, which can use a lot of energy (and therefore money).  But there are a few simple ways that you can save money during the summer months. According to the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, these changes can save you anywhere from 20 to 50  percent on your summer energy bills. Program your [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Annual Water Heater Maintenance

A good water heater is something that people often take for granted. Even if your water heater is working fine, you should still schedule maintenance every year. Like any home equipment, annual maintenance is a great way to catch any potential problems early on and make sure the unit is running at peak efficiency. In addition to preventing any headaches [...]

Bigger Is Not Always Better: How to Find The Correct AC For Your Home

Bigger AC Doesn't Necessarily Mean Better AC A professional can help you choose the right size air conditioner system for your home. If you’re thinking about what kind of air conditioner unit to install this summer, you may be wondering about just how big it’s going to need to be. There are different sized air conditioners, and many homeowners think [...]

How To Choose: Window Units or Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners?

When the temperatures get hot, people search for the most effective ways to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Many homeowners without central air conditioning systems elect to utilize windows units to cool their homes and apartments. However, these homeowners may be better off installing a ductless mini split unit in their properties. Take a look below [...]

Make Sure Your AC Unit Is In Tip-Top Shape

The weather is heating up, and it will be summer before you know it. A good air conditioner is important to keep your family cool during the hottest days of the year. Has your A/C had its annual tune-up yet? Now is the time to check your air conditioner system to make sure it is operating effectively. The last thing that you want is to be stuck on the [...]

5 Ways To Conceal Your Propane Tank

Propane is an amazing fuel source for home heating and appliances. It's safe, efficient, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. Unfortunately, many people pass up on the opportunity to use this fuel source because of how it's stored: in tanks. The tanks are installed outside of your home. Many homeowners consider them unsightly, but they really [...]
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