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What to Know About Your New Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces require annual inspections and tune-ups.
Homeowners who upgrade their wood burning fireplaces to gas models will appreciate the much easier maintenance requirements. But even though gas fireplaces are relatively low-maintenance, there are still some cleaning and upkeep responsibilities to keep in mind.Gas Fireplace Annual MaintenanceOnce a year, anyone who uses their gas fireplace should [...]

How to Know if Your Heating Oil is Low

Understanding your fuel oil levels is important, especially during the winter.
When you drive your car, you likely glance down at the fuel gauge every so often to make sure you're not running on empty. If your tank is low, you probably seek out the nearest gas station.If you heat your home with fuel oil, it's similarly important to keep an eye on your oil tank gauge. When it's getting low, you won't find the [...]

When you know it’s time to replace your wood-burning fireplace

Converting your wood fireplace to gas can improve your home health quality.
Fireplaces have long been a favorite home feature among residents. More than 3 out of 5 homebuyers said the presence of a fireplace would impact their decision to put an offer on a home, and 35 percent of buyers said they'd pay as much as $5,000 more for a house equipped with one, according to Angie's List.Wood-burning fireplaces were listed as [...]

Upgrade Your Living Room in the New Year

A gas fireplace installation and a ductless mini-split system are two ways to make your living room more comfortable during the winter.
The days are getting longer, but they're still a long ways from getting warmer. And if the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil carry any weight, it'll be at least another six weeks before winter begins to subside.For homeowners in particularly snowy states such as Maryland, now is the time to begin searching for an oasis from the bitter cold outside. [...]

Heat Pump Vs. Furnace: How to Decide the Best Heating Method

Recent heat pump models can still be efficient in the winter.
  Heat pumps have been used in many parts of the U.S. as a means to heat homes since the 1940s, according to Angie's List. However, until recently, they were primarily utilized in areas that experienced very mild winters. They couldn't efficiently or adequately heat homes when temperatures dipped below freezing for extended periods of time. As such, [...]

Reduce Your Energy Bill in 2018 With a High-Efficiency Furnace

A high efficiency furnace installation can help contribute to a comfortable, healthier home environment.
The new year is here, and many people have their resolutions in place. As you strive to improve your health, career or finances, consider setting some goals for your home too. Here's one New Year's resolution that can boost the comfort of your home, as well as cut your energy bill and maybe even contribute to a healthier home environment: [...]

How To Prepare For A Power Outage This Winter

Having a preparedness kit and a standby generator can help homeowners prepare for blackouts.
Winter weather can be unpredictable at times. A snowstorm can ramp up in speed and intensity very quickly, and soon a flurry can turn to a blizzard. Maryland homeowners are no strangers to the meaner side of winter storms. According to Maryland Manual On-Line, the average annual snowfall in the state is 20.6 inches, though some parts of the state can see [...]

What Can I Do If One of My Rooms is Always Cold?

A gas fireplace could be the solution to your always cold room.
Does it seem like one room in your home is noticeably colder than the rest of the house? This is a common issue that's easily remedied once you identify the problem. Here's what you can do to warm up that chilly room: Check for Simple Problems There could be a number of benign issues contributing to your cold room. Check that all heating vents are open [...]

3 Essential Tips to Ensure Your Home HVAC System Survives a Winter Storm

Home HVAC system maintenance is the first step in keeping your house warm all winter long.
  Winter weather can be a bit unpredictable. Sometimes it seems as though storms brew up overnight and skies can turn from blue to gray in a matter of minutes. This year, the Farmer's Almanac estimates that Maryland will experience a particularly snow-filled winter, the Annapolis Patch reported. The 200-year-old publication also recommended that [...]

What To do If You Run Out of Heating Fuel

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Are you ready for the cold weather? The most important thing to bear in mind during the cold days ahead is the comfort of your home. Now may be a good time to stock up on heating fuel and service your HVAC equipment. If you do run out of heating fuel, here are some steps you can take to restore your home comfort. Call your heating fuel delivery [...]
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