June 4th, 2018
Have you ever considered a radiant heating system for your home? This type of heat differs from radiators, baseboard heating, or forced-air central heating in some pretty significant ways. Below we will discuss what radiant heating is, and how it works – so you can make an informed decision before adding it to your home. If you’re a person who suffers from perpetually chilly feet – this might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. If the idea of toasty toes excites you, keep reading!
May 28th, 2018
When people imagine a plumbing leak they envision water spraying wildly from a pipe. The truth is that most plumbing leaks are much more subtle and may continue for days, months, or even years before the homeowner is able to discover the problem.
Plumbing leaks can become expensive problems very quickly. The longer they go unnoticed, the longer the costs can continue to add up.
Watching for the signs of a plumbing leak can help you catch and manage the leak quickly while reducing damage and repair costs. Here are a few signs of leaks to keep an eye out for in your own home.
May 7th, 2018
Most homes in the area utilize traditional central HVAC systems for keeping cool in the summer. Commercial systems have very different needs – starting with space, which is much larger than most homes and continuing through specific qualities of the HVAC system itself. Packaged HVAC units, which utilize a slightly different design, are a common sight in many commercial buildings, and the design can be used in residential spaces as well. Depending on your needs, thy could constitute a much better fit for you then a more traditional system.
April 23rd, 2018
The coming of spring means spring cleaning for many households in the area, which makes now an excellent opportunity to perform maintenance on key household appliances. We don’t think much of components like our water heater, since they are very quiet when they perform their duties and are usually located in out-of-the-way parts of the home like the basement. That can allow problems to thrive and grow, and by the time they make themselves apparent, you could be looking at replacing the water heater instead of just repairing it.
April 9th, 2018
The principles of air conditioning are reasonably simple, and new units still do the same work that old ones did fifty years ago. Granted, there have been some innovations along the way. Air conditioner used to be quite expensive and many homes couldn’t afford it. (Movie theaters used to advertise air conditioning as a way of getting people to buy tickets.) Innovations in size and efficiency have made it possible for every home to afford an air conditioner, something that wouldn’t have been possible not so long ago.
March 26th, 2018
Spring has officially arrived, and while we still have a few more cool days ahead of us, you’re likely going to be using your air conditioner more and more in the coming weeks. Nothing can be more frustrating than to suffer an unexpected breakdown in the middle of summer, especially when the temperatures are hot and you need your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. A timely repair service can respond to any air conditioning emergencies you may have, but better than fixing a problem of that nature is preventing it in the first place.
March 12th, 2018
The garbage disposal is an innovation most homeowners are grateful for. Maybe you’ve been stuck with a sink with no garbage disposal in the past, and you know the struggle of the smelly garbage can, the sludge built up in a sink drain cover, and the annoyance of clogged drains. But with a garbage disposal, these are all in the past…as long as you use yours properly.
That means caring for your disposal properly and ensuring that it’s running smoothly. Unfortunately, many people think they are properly caring for the disposal, when instead they are allowing harmful items to make their way into the drain or block up the disposal. Here are some items you should never allow to pass down the drains (if you can help it).
February 26th, 2018
Any home in our area needs a heating system. But that doesn’t mean it’s something you, your friends, and neighbors spend a lot of time thinking about. Your heating system runs from a hidden location, forcing air through ducts hidden in the wall, and all you have to do is touch a few buttons on the thermostat.
Once your furnace reaches a certain age, though, you might start to wonder…should I be thinking about upgrading soon? Although we’re not the type to push for homeowners to purchase a heater they don’t need, there is a point where it just makes more sense, economically (in the long run) and for your comfort.
February 12th, 2018
You’re rinsing off the dishes from dinner, scraping the leftover peas and carrots into the drain, when you notice the sink is filling up. Naturally, you flip the switch off to the side of the sink—only to be disappointed. Have you ever been in this situation? It can be extremely frustrating when the garbage disposal jams and you’re in a bind.
What can you do to get the garbage disposal unit up and running again? We’ve got the dos and don’ts of dealing with a clogged disposal in today’s guide.
January 29th, 2018
It takes a few minutes for the fan of a furnace to finally start that familiar whir sound. That’s because it takes a few minutes for the furnace plenum to actually heat up after the burners light, and the fan does not start running until it is warm enough to deliver air to the vents in your home. Once you do hear that spinning, whirring blade and the rush of air through the vents, it’s a satisfying sound—unless it’s accompanied by an unfamiliar noise.
Other than the sounds you are familiar with as your furnace starts up, you should not expect to hear much else as the system runs. If you notice noises from the vents or the unit itself, it’s usually time to call in technicians. Here are 4 of them you cannot afford to ignore.