February 27th, 2017
Spring is almost here, and that means that it’s time for heat pump maintenance. Now, you may be thinking: “wait, didn’t I have heat pump maintenance done 6 months ago?” Even if you did, you still should do it now. Heat pumps have slightly different requirements from other climate control systems in order to stay in good condition. You’re going to want to schedule maintenance for the spring season, if you want the system to be ready for the added stress of summer. Bi-annual maintenance is necessary to make sure that your heat pump stays in good shape.
February 13th, 2017
Many people mistakenly think that the only kind of flooding to worry about is the kind that submerges a home in several feet of water. While that is certainly catastrophic, there are far more common and forms of flooding to worry about. The most common type of flooding, and the kind you’re most likely to run into, is when a basement or crawlspace floods during heavy rain. If you have an area of your home that you know to be more vulnerable to flooding, don’t just leave it be! Consider installing a sump pump to protect it.
January 30th, 2017
If you’re currently looking for a new heating system, you might be more than a little overwhelmed by the choices you have available. Amid the sea of different models, fuel types, and other configurations, it can be all too easy to gloss over things that should really not be ignored. One of those things is efficiency ratings. Before you settle on a new heating system, whether it’s a furnace or a heat pump, you need to know the efficiency ratings and what they mean. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a system that doesn’t meet your heating needs properly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.