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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 [...]

Dangers Of An Empty Oil Tank

Dangers of an empty oil tank during the summer
If you suddenly find your oil tank has gotten low, make sure you refill it as quickly as possible. This is because an empty oil tank can cause some serious problems, both to the tank itself and to your home heating system. We are here to answer all your questions about your home heating oil tank and what can happen if your oil supply runs out. What [...]

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 nearest [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Recent heat pump models can still be efficient in the winter.
You are careful about energy use: You keep your windows tightly closed during cold winter days, and in the summer, you keep your air conditioning at a sensible temperature. So when it comes to your monthly heating expenses, you expect to pay a reasonable amount based on your usage history. If that amount has been increasing each month with no obvious [...]

Reduce Your Energy Bill 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 [...]
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