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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 FilterAs the mercury continues to creep up, you'll soon want to turn on [...]

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 child [...]

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 was [...]

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 allergens and [...]

Dangers Of An Empty Oil Tank

Dangers of an empty oil tank during the summer
Hot summer temperatures can cause condensation to form on the inside of your tank. This causes “sludge” at the bottom of your tank, which can greatly reduce its lifespan and cause damage to your heating equipment. What Does Condensation Do to The Inside of My Tank? The less fuel that is in your tank, the more room there is for condensation during [...]

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 Maintenance Once a year, anyone who uses their gas fireplace [...]

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 [...]
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