Top 5 Reasons to Invest Your Tax Refund into Your Home

Do You Have an AC Refrigerant Leak?

  Do You Have an AC Refrigerant Leak?   An AC refrigerant leak can cause serious problems for your home air conditioning system, your wallet, and your comfort.   Systems that are chronically overdue on maintenance or neglected often develop refrigerant leaks, but even a well-maintained AC system will eventually leak when it reaches the … Continued

15 Air Conditioning Cost and Energy Saving Tips

Rising fuel costs and inflation are on every homeowner’s mind these days. How can they not be? The winter of 2021-2022 saw fuel costs for households heating with natural gas rise by 30% and electricity rise by 6%, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The price of heating oil in many New Hampshire towns … Continued

3 Tips to Get Your AC Ready for Summer

Spring is finally here and you know what that means! Backyard barbeques, fun with friends and family, and lots of sunshine. It also means hot summer temperatures are just around the corner, so we thought we’d bring you three quick tips to help get your AC ready for the next heat wave.   Preparing your … Continued

Cover Your AC for Winter, Create a Mouse Hotel

  Every winter, some homeowners cover their outdoor air conditioning units with tarps or plastic to winterize them, and every spring, we get a lot of business when their units don’t turn on. Why? Because when homeowners cover their units to protect them, what they’re usually doing is creating a mouse hotel.   Tarps and … Continued

Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure on the Human Body

  The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) sets the maximum recommended exposure to carbon monoxide at as little as 9 PPM (parts per million), while OSHA sets its level at 50 PPM over an eight-hour workday.   However, there is no safe level of exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO).   “Every … Continued

Furnace Maintenance is Critical for Home Safety and Comfort

Furnace maintenance keeps you and your home safe, comfortable, and efficient, and it’s something homeowners ought to have done by a professional every year. Professional maintenance ensures clean indoor breathing air, extends equipment life, reduces energy bills, and keeps homeowners safe from noxious gasses such as carbon monoxide, also known as the “Silent Killer.” Learn … Continued

Bad Air, High Energy Bills, Hot Rooms, Oh My!

Are You Breathing Bad Air?   Did you know that the biggest reasons for poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), high energy bills, and uneven room temperatures in your home is often leaky duct work?     According to Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the Building Technologies Office in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency … Continued

Shine the UV Light on Bad Indoor Air!

  The dog days of summer are coming, and that means your air conditioning system is going to be working overtime, but did you ever stop to consider how clean all that comfy air blowing into your home might be?     The truth is that your indoor breathing air is often considerably dirtier than … Continued

Are Your Air Ducts Costing You Money?

Your air ducts shouldn’t cost you money, but they do! Consider these findings from studies by the Department of Energy: On average, 30 cents of every $1 spent on heating and cooling a home disappears into thin air due to leaky ducts. 25% to 60% of heated and cooled air doesn’t make it to its … Continued

7 Signs of Heating and Cooling System Failure

Do you know some of the most common signs of impending heating or cooling system failure? Homeowners really ought to be aware that the following seven symptoms can lead to water damage, deadly carbon monoxide leaks, a loss of heat or air conditioning on the most uncomfortable days, and increased expenses, just to name a … Continued

6 Quick Tips to Avoid Unwanted Heating Costs

If you’re like most homeowners, you open your heating bill for the first time every winter and a feel a mild shock at how expensive it is. Your mental calculator goes to work, and you feel a grudging resignation that this—or more—is the new normal for the next several months. It’s time to keep the … Continued

A Brief History of AC

Did you know that the first air conditioning system was invented in ancient Egypt? Moistened reeds hung over windows cooled the air blowing in through the process of evaporation. It also added some humidity to the air, which was beneficial in such a dry climate. The ancient Romans circulated water from aqueducts through the walls … Continued

6 DIY Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money

You don’t have to be a master carpenter or a construction whiz to enjoy significant savings in your home. Here are six easy tips that could help you keep your money where it belongs: in your bank account! Tip #1 – Electrical Outlets Electrical outlets lead right into hollow walls, which means that conditioned air … Continued

My Furnace Has Been Condemned?

No one likes hearing that their furnace has been condemned due to safety and health concerns, and that it has to be replaced. Getting this news is stressful and inconvenient, to say the least, but unfortunately it does happen. There’s a very good reason why state law makes condemning a furnace an HVAC company’s responsibility. … Continued

Exposing the "Silent Killer" – Part 3: How to Protect Yourself and Your Home from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we explained that “Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that’s produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn … Continued

Exposing the "Silent Killer" - Part 2: Three Myths About Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Last week we talked about some pretty sobering statistics regarding Carbon Monoxide poisoning, which according to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, more than 81,100 non-fire CO incidents were reported to U.S. Fire Departments in 2011, and more than 90% occurred in homes or apartments.” Many homeowners are unaware that the retail … Continued

Exposing the "Silent Killer" - Part 1: What is Carbon Monoxide and Where Does It Come From?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer,” and according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, “every year 600 Americans die due to accidental acute Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Over 20,000 are made ill and treated” for carbon monoxide poisoning. Those are shockingly high numbers for something that’s usually preventable. Unfortunately, sometimes it … Continued

AFUE: A Term Every Homeowner Should Know

Winter is pretty and all, but I think most homeowners would agree that it belongs outside and not in the living room. Now that the cold weather is settling in, I thought we’d discuss a simple term that every homeowner really ought to know, since it can save you money and increase your comfort. AFUE … Continued

2 Tips to Save Your Water Heater

What if I told you that a simple metal rod is the single most important factor in determining the lifespan of your tanked water heater? What if I said that this rod protects the inside of your tank from rusting, and therefore leaking, and that it could prevent catastrophic failure and significant water damage? An … Continued

13 Tips to Save on AC Bills

It’s always a scorcher around here during the summer, so we’re sharing these 13 helpful tips to help you save money on your AC bills as the heat waves hit. TIP #1: ENERGY AUDIT A home energy audit is “the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can … Continued

Why Every Homeowner Needs an HVAC Pro

It’s no surprise that homeowners want to save money. After all, owning a home and all the upkeep that comes with it can really strain the bank account. But when it comes to purchasing HVAC systems, homeowners would do well to factor quality and professional experience into their buying decision, even over price. The one-man … Continued

SEER: The Term Every Homeowner Should Know

UPDATED April 7, 2020 Investing in a new air conditioning system? SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is one of the most important factors to consider to ensure that you purchase an AC system that delivers the comfort you expect and deserve. But, what is SEER exactly, and why is it so important? SEER Defined SEER, … Continued

Top 5 Reasons to Invest Your Tax Refund into Your Home

Let’s face it, your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, yet too many homeowners think of their car, their retirement fund, or next year’s trip to the Caribbean before they consider their home as the long-term investment that it is. When homes represent such a high income-to-debt ratio, it may be prudent to … Continued

           
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