When to Replace Your Heat Pump

January 18th, 2017

Hopefully, you’ve been taking good care of your heat pump over the years. The better you look after it, the longer it will last and the better the return on your investment will be. No matter how well you take care of your system, though, you will eventually need to replace it. You probably don’t want to have to replace your heating system in the middle of winter, so it’s a good idea to be able to tell when your system is about to give out. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need to replace your heat pump this winter.

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What Happens During Water Heater Maintenance

January 16th, 2017

We’ve written a fair bit about the benefits of water heater maintenance, but we rarely go into detail about it on the blog. However, we believe that it’s important for homeowners to know exactly why water heater maintenance is so beneficial for their systems. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just a few of the more important procedures that happen during water heater maintenance.

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Boiler Problems to be Aware of

January 9th, 2017

Boilers have a well-earned reputation for being resistant to problems. This is because they have fewer moving parts than the standard heating system, presenting fewer opportunities for things to break down. However, that doesn’t mean that boilers are completely immune to issues. They do develop problems, even if it doesn’t happen as often. It’s important that you be able to recognize that your boiler is having issues, so that you call for repairs as soon as possible.

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Watch for Heat Pump Ice This Winter

January 2nd, 2017

Ice and snow are not exactly out of place this time of year, and most of the time their little more than a minor annoyance. However, ice on your heat pump can be quite a problem under the wrong circumstances. If you notice ice forming on your heat pump during the winter, read on to determine whether or not it’s actually a problem.

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The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance During Winter

December 27th, 2016

Flooding can become quite the problem during winter, especially for more vulnerable areas like basements and crawlspaces. Chances are you have a sump pump installed in those areas that are liable to flood during the winter. A sump pump isn’t much good if it doesn’t work, though. Read on to find out why sump pump maintenance is so important for this time of year.

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The Reason Your Heat Pump is Stuck in AC Mode

December 21st, 2016

If you’re using a heat pump this winter, you probably expect it to actually, you know, warm your home. If the heat pump is blowing cold air instead of warm, it means that the system has likely become stuck in air conditioning mode. There is only one likely explanation for that kind of problem, though the specifics may vary slightly. If your heat pump is stuck in AC mode, read on to find out the reason why.

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2 Ways to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing During Winter

December 19th, 2016

Frozen pipes are a common issue during the winter, one that can cause quite a bit of damage if it isn’t dealt with. As the water in the pipes freezes and expands, it puts pressure on the walls of the pipe. This can eventually result in leaks, and even pipe ruptures. If you want to protect your pipes from freezing this winter, there are a couple of different things that you can do. Read on to find out how to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

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The Advantages of Installing a Geothermal Heating System

December 12th, 2016

There are a great many different heating systems available on the market today, each of which has a different set of advantages to offer. If you’re looking for a new home heating system this winter, it’s important that you consider all of the various heating systems and how they might help you. Let’s go over how geothermal heating systems work, and the advantages that they can offer you.

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How to Prepare Your Kitchen Plumbing for the Holidays

December 5th, 2016

The holiday season brings all kinds of demands on both your time and your home. Your kitchen is one of those areas that’s probably going to see more demand than normal, thanks to hosting guests and preparing large holiday meals. There are a couple of things that you should do to prepare your kitchen plumbing system for the holiday season. Read on to find out what.

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Why an Air Purifier Might be a Good Idea

November 28th, 2016

Every time you take a breath in your home, you’re inhaling millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Some of these contaminants include dust, pollen, germs, mold spores, and dander. Normally, these contaminants are widespread enough that your body can easily defend against them. During the winter, though, people tend to seal their homes to make it easier to stay warm. When that happens, it makes it much more likely that you will experience the negative effects of those contaminants. Prolonged exposure to high enough levels of these contaminants can result in allergy attacks, flu, asthma, and a range of other health problems. The best way to handle these issues is to install an air purifier in your home.

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