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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.
If there is a cold room in your house, the problem has likely been caused by dirty vents, cracked ductwork, worn insulation or faint drafts. Read on to learn how to fix a cold room in your home. Check for Simple Problems If one room in your house is colder than the rest, the first things to inspect are the heating vents, ductwork and thermostat [...]

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

Snow Storm
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 [...]

How to Get The Most From Your Oil Heat System

Winterize your windows to keep your home warm this winter.
A warm home in the middle of a cold Maryland winter is a wonderful thing. When you walk in from outside where ice, snow, and wind keeps you chilled, you're immediately greeted with friendly warmth. An oil heating system can keep your home toasty warm all winter long. But there are some things you should do to ensure you're getting the most out of your [...]

Is it Time to Replace Your Oil Tank?

Tank Protection
  Your heating oil tank is one of your home's most important features, even if it isn't always on your mind. If you rely on home heating oil for heat, it's essential that the tank is well-maintained. Oil tanks are highly durable and, for the most part, require very little attention. But that doesn't mean they won't wear out over time or require a [...]

5 Factors That Make Now a Great Time to Replace Your HVAC System

If your home feels colder than it used to, it might be time to replace your furnace.
During the winter, your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system is one of the most important features in your home. These systems age and become less efficient with time. Though they can last for many years, it's important to be aware of how well it's working and when it's time for a repair or a replacement. Here are five factors that might [...]
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