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Hot Water Heater Maintenance for your Home


Having a hot water heater in your home also means that it will need to be maintained regularly. No matter if you have an electric, tankless, or gas water heater, regular maintenance is beneficial and required to keep it performing well. In your home, the water heater will supply hot water for your entire home and family. The water heater can last from 8 to 13 years depending on the model. By maintaining the water heater, you can help it last as long as possible while also being efficient. With proper care, you can help to make sure it has a longer lifespan and can be efficient.


There are some maintenance tasks that are important to remember to do. You will want to check the pressure relief valve of the water heater. If there is too much pressure that builds inside it, it could cause the water heater to explode. When the pressure gets too high inside the tank, the valve will open automatically to release it. When this happens, the flow of water should be away from the furnace or other sensitive equipment.


Having a tankless water heater still requires maintenance and proper inspections. The units will indicate when regular maintenance is needed. It ideal to have us come and inspect it at least once a year. If you have hard water this should be done more often. You will also want to also flush the tankless water heater. This can help keep it working efficiently. When you take the time to have the water heater maintained, you can also improve the life and longevity of it. If you ever have any questions about it, always make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. Also remember to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for it as well.

Geothermal for your Home and Lifestyle


Geothermal systems are beneficial because they use solar energy. When you invest in a geothermal system, a water solution can flow through the pipes. These pipes are buried in the ground and are able to absorb heat from the earth during the colder winter months. After that, it will move the heat inside the home via the geothermal system. There it is condensed and transferred to air that is circulated into the home. This will help provide the warmth that your home needs this winter. If you have a geothermal system, the process is reversed in the summer. It will absorb heat from the air in the home, and transfer that into the ground. So no matter what time of the year it is, a geothermal system can benefit you and your home.


Having a Geothermal system will end up saving you more money in the long run. Since it is installed deep underground, the temperature is able to stay a consistent temperature there. Even if the outdoor air is extremely cold, or mild and warm, underground the temperature remains steady. No matter what type or size home you have, we can install a geothermal system for you. The pipes can be installed either horizontally or vertically underground. So no matter how much space you have for a yard, we can efficiently use the space.


By installing a geothermal system, you can also help to reduce carbon emissions. In fact, a geothermal system will create zero carbon emissions while it is in use. Having this system can also improve the safety in your home as well. There will not be a risk of an explosion or even carbon monoxide leaks into your home. This can increase the overall safety and satisfaction for you and your family. If you have any questions, always make sure to contact us. We can advise you on your options and help you to enjoy the time in your home.

Carbon Monoxide in your Home


Testing for carbon monoxide is important for the safety and health of everyone in the home. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can be found in your home. It can be odorless, tasteless, and also difficult to detect by anyone. To help prevent carbon monoxide in your home, you will want to invest in a carbon monoxide detector for your home. This is the most efficient and effective way to have the home tested for carbon monoxide gas. You can also contact us, and we can recommend where and what to buy to help protect you and your family.


There are several different sources that can cause carbon monoxide in your home. Some are things you may not use until the winter months, but others can be used now. Any gas space heaters or gas stoves can be a main cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. You should also be aware of furnaces, chimneys, generators, gasoline powered equipment, or even back drafting can be other issues. If you are not sure if the areas are properly working, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you. We can also check the carbon monoxide detectors for you as well.


When you have a gas space heater, you will want to make sure that it is properly vented. This is the same for all gas appliances as well. Doing so will help allow enough space so that carbon monoxide does not build up. You will also want to make sure that all space heaters are less than twenty feet from a door, window, or other vent source. This will help ensure it can air out properly rather than going into your home. Also make sure to check the chimney and furnace as well. Check the chimney to make sure that it is not being blocked. Carbon monoxide can build up if the chimney is blocked.Top of Form

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End of Summer Care is needed for the Air Conditioner


When the end of summer happens, you will want to make sure you get your air conditioner inspected and is maintained properly. By doing this at the end of the cooling season, you will help make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming fall and winter as well. Besides maintaining the air conditioner, the furnace should also be inspected as well. Make sure to contact us and we can advise you when these scheduled maintenances should be done.


You will want to make sure that you check the filter regularly, no matter what time of the year it is. This will help ensure that good quality air is able to pass through the ductwork, vents, and back into your home again. If you ignore filter inspections, then the dirt and dust will clog the filter completely. This will then result in the system having to work harder because the air does not move easily through it. You will want to have an extra filter on hand, just incase you need to change it and it is a weekend or holiday.


Check the external parts of the air conditioner. You will want to remove any build up of debris, leaves, and brush from them. This will help prevent it from becoming clogged and wearing down the parts in the long run. You can also contact us and we can come and inspect it for you. We can also check the ductwork in your home to ensure that is ready for winter. Ductwork without holes or punctures will help keep the best quality air in your home moving around so you can breathe easier. Anytime you notice an issue or sound from the HVAC system, make sure to contact us as soon as you can.

Get Rid of Allergens in your Home


To get rid of allergens in your home, you should make sure to have the appropriate units and systems for it. Having a high amount of allergens in your home can make it difficult to breathe. It can also cause issues being in your home. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, these allergens will worsen the symptoms of it as well. Make sure to be aware of any signs of dirt, dust, and mold, since these are typically the most common allergens. If you have pets, there will also be pet dander and hair that can cause issues as well.


If you start to notice any itchy or watery eyes, these could be a sign of allergens or pollutants that are in your home. Along with irritated eyes, you may notice a runny nose, sneezing, or even an irritated or sore throat. When people in your home suffer from allergies or asthma, these will be the first signs that you notice. The best thing to do is to make sure you have a clean house. Doing so can remove any build up of dirt or dust. When you keep the house clean, you will reduce the overall amount of dirt and dust as well.


Make sure that you invest in a whole home filtration system. This can remove the pollutants from the home. It can also help to get rid of the allergens that affect you as well. Having an air cleaner or air purifier can also help keep the air as clean as possible for your home. These can be installed for your whole home HVAC system to help keep the air as clean as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, always make sure to contact us. We can advise you on what product is right for your home.

Home Filtration Systems

Keeping your home cool and comfortable is important. And one way to accomplish this is to have a whole home filtration system. When you have one, you can also help to recirculate that air that is in your home as well. If the air quality is poor, you may notice symptoms of allergies and asthma. Late summer and early fall is a common time for people to suffer from allergies. By having a whole home filtration system, we can help remove those triggers in your home. This will make breathing and living in your home easier.

Check the ductwork over

We can also check the ductwork in the home. If it has not been cleaned in several years, now is the perfect time to have it done. Over time the dust and dirt particles can build up in the ductwork. This will also result in the air conditioner or furnace having to work harder. The air will not be able to move efficiently through the ductwork, therefore making the system work harder. We can inspect and clean the ductwork for you. At the same time we can also inspect it for any signs of damage, cracks, or holes that it might have. If there is any damage to it, you will notice the air starting to leak out and resulting in a costly repair bill


If you ever notice an issue or problem, always make sure that you contact us. If there are loud noises or thuds in the ductwork as the HVAC system works, we can inspect it for you. We can also help to advise you on what type of air filtration system that you should have for your home. This can help make the home comfortable and more enjoyable to be in, no matter what season it is.

Summer Heat and How to Keep your Home Cool


The summer heat can cause issues for you and your family. It is especially hard on young children or the elderly. Make sure to drink plenty of water if you have to do anything outside on the hot or humid days. Another thing to remember is to make sure to take frequent breaks. If you are outside working in the sun, take some time to relax and cool down in the shade. Another thing you can do is to get into a cool or air conditioned place. This is why it is important to have the air conditioner working the best that it can for your home. When it is hot this summer, getting in to your nice cool home will help you be comfortable.

Remember even in the summer months, to make sure and check the filter on a regular basis. By doing so, you can notice when the filter has become clogged or has a build up of dust and dirt. When this happens, the air conditioner will no longer operate efficiently and at top performance. Based on the recommended schedule, the filter should be replaced completely. If you are not sure what type of filter is needed, we can help you with the correct one.

Summer can also cause a build up of humidity in your home. This adds moisture to the air which can make breathing more difficult. By investing in a dehumidifier, you can help prevent the heavy humid air that is in your home. This removes the humidity while also leaving you with good quality air. Having the air free of humidity will help you to breathe easier this summer.


High Humidity is not good for your Home


During the summer you will notice an increase in humidity in the air outside. But you may also start to notice higher humidity in the air in your home as well. This can lead to further issues in the long run if you do not try and reduce the humidity now. You may notice that the air is more difficult to breathe in. If you have allergies or asthma, the high humidity can actually make those symptoms worse. If anyone in your home is sick, make sure to have the air adjust so the humidity is low. We can also inspect the air and HVAC system for you to help ensure it is.


You will want to adjust the humidity in your home so that your furniture can stay in the best condition possible. Anything made out of wood can start to warp. Also the humidity can bring more moisture in the air, and cause mold and mildew to start growing. If your notice any odd smells, this can also be an indication of it as well. You can contact us, and we can make sure that the air in your home is in the best condition possible. If needed, we can install a whole home filtration system. This will help circulate the air and remove the humidity.  You and your family will start to notice it is more pleasant to be in for your home this summer.


Anytime you notice an issue with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. No matter what it might be, we will always be glad to come and look at it for you. If there is an issue or damage to a part, fixing it sooner rather than later can prevent a costly repair bill.

Health benefits of having an Air Conditioner


There are several health benefits of having an air conditioner for your home. The main reason to have one is to keep your home cool and comfortable. There are also health benefits that you may not be fully aware of as well. One benefit is that by staying cool, you can avoid heat stroke. When you are exposed to the hot temperatures for a long period of time, you can become dehydrated easily. The high temperatures can also lead to excessive sweating and cause you to lose water. An air conditioner can help reduce sweating, thus reducing water loss and dehydration.


The air quality you breathe can also be improved with an air conditioner. This will help create a healthier atmosphere. As the air goes through the filter, it can capture pollen, dirt, dust, and other contaminants that are in the air. When the air conditioner reduces humidity, it will reduce the growth of mold and mildew. This will then help improve the air quality that is in your home. If you notice any breathing problems, always make sure to have us inspect the HVAC system.


You can also help to reduce any asthma or allergy symptoms. As the filter collects any of the pollutants that could cause issues when you breathe, it removes it from the air. This will help decrease the chance of asthma attacks. The filter also removes pollen and dust, so it can reduce the chance of allergies as well. One of the main factors that contribute to asthma attacks or allergic reactions is mold. Along with that, mold and mildew can lead to other respiratory issues for everyone in the household. Notice any issues with the HVAC and air conditioning system and contact us as soon as possible. This will help keep your home cool and comfortable as well.

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