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How to Save Money on Air Conditioning This Summer

On hot summer days, there is nothing quite so wonderful as a fully functioning air conditioning unit. These days, these handy units are such a big part of our summers that it can be hard to remember how we got along before they existed. One thing that is not quite so wonderful, however, is how expensive they can be to maintain. If you have had an air [...]

Clean The Air In Your Home With These House Plants

One part of the home that is often overlooked is the air itself. While you likely clean your floors and your furniture, are are you doing anything to clean the air? Stagnant air can cause people to develop ailments like dizzy spells, nausea, headaches and other irritations when household pollutants accumulate over a long period of time. This is know as [...]

How to Decrease the Number of Allergens in Your Home This Summer

If you suffer from sneezing, sniffling and itchy eyes thanks to allergies, you are not alone. Around 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies every year. What form those allergies take can differ from person to person and can vary based on the type of substance you are allergic to. Although most commonly assume that many allergens come [...]

How Different Types of Home Heating Systems Work

On a chilly winter's night, one thing to be thankful for is a central heating system in your home. Systems differ based on the type of fuel they use and on how they distribute heat throughout a home. They also differ when it comes to how effectively they heat a house. If you are considering upgrading your home's heating system, understanding how the [...]

Staying Safe During A Power Outage

There are steps you can take to storm-proof your home HVAC equipment.
With the warm weather of early summer comes more frequent thunderstorms and severe weather that can increase the risks of power outages. To help you stay safe when you lose power, we've created a list of a few supplies that will help keep you and your family safe when you lose power: 1. Flashlights and Batteries The last thing you want to do during a [...]

Spring Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle This Season

Scheduling HVAC maintenance every spring can help your air conditioner last longer.
  Now that spring is here, homeowners everywhere are taking stock of their properties and identifying areas to fix up before summer. Spring cleaning can be a big undertaking, so we've put together a simple spring home maintenance checklist to get you started. 1. Change Your AC Filter As the mercury continues to creep up, you'll soon want to turn [...]

How a Mini-Split Can Make Your Home Addition More Comfortable

More families are living with multiple generations under one roof.
  Multigenerational households are becoming more popular in the U.S. As of 2014, nearly 1 in 5 households had more than one generation living under one roof, the highest percentage since the 1950s, according to Pew Research Center. The multigenerational household looks different for each family. Sometimes a grandparent lives with an adult [...]

Avoid emergency HVAC repair by prepping for a blustery spring

Taking care of your HVAC system now can keep your home comfortable all summer long.
  As winter gives way to spring, residents are getting ready for warmer weather. For some, this might mean putting away winter coats and taking out shorts, sandals and Frisbees. During this time, it's also important to ensure your home is prepared to handle the rising temperatures. Before winter, you likely had your furnace inspected to ensure it [...]

How to Choose a Propane Supplier for Your New Home

Choose a propane supplier that offers convenient delivery options and is dedicated to safety.
  Moving into a new home involves a lot of coordination. Between finalizing the purchase of the home, boxing up all your possessions and finally moving in, it's important not to neglect setting up utilities. Figuring out how to set up utilities when buying a house involves plenty of moving parts in and of itself. If you've never used propane for [...]

Keep Your Home Air Quality Healthy This Allergy Season

Reducing allergens in your home can make for a more pleasant springtime.
  Spring brings showers and blooming flowers, but for some people, this season also brings allergies. About 7 percent of the population experiences seasonal allergies, according to Time. If you're one of these people, or a seasonal allergy sufferer lives in your home, it may be a good idea to begin taking steps to reduce the effects that [...]
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