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Is Duct Cleaning A Waste Of Money

Is Duct Cleaning a Waste of Money?

Duct Cleaning Pros and Cons Is duct cleaning a waste of money? Well, that depends. Duct cleaning is the process of removing dust and debris from the ductwork that circulates conditioned air throughout your home. If you think you need to clean your ducts every year as part of regular HVAC maintenance, the answer to… Read more »

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What California’s Gas Appliance Ban Means to You

How the Gas Appliance Ban Is Going To Work   You’ve probably heard that California is planning a gas appliance ban. If a gas appliance ban makes you think of Charlton Heston’s famous phrase, “From my cold dead hands,” there’s no need to panic. No one is going to come knock on your door and… Read more »

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Regular Drain Cleaning To Avoid Plumbing Catastrophes

Do I Need To Clean My Drains? On the seemingly endless list of household chores, “Do I need to clean my drains?” is likely not top of mind. Kitchen and bathroom drains are not something homeowners pay all that much attention to unless there is a problem—odd smells and sounds, or water that backs up… Read more »

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How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?

Cooling Trend Central air conditioning is a modern necessity that a significant number of homes in hot summer locations can’t do without. In the past, the most common air conditioning unit was one you hung out from the window. Today, nearly 90 percent of homes have some form of air conditioning, most of which is… Read more »

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Home Energy Scores

Nobody likes to get audited, except when the audit is for a Home Energy Score™. That’s because a Home Energy Score provides information about your energy efficiency. Improving your Home Energy Score not only saves you money with lower utility bills, but it also makes your house more comfortable. A further benefit is that if… Read more »

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14 Signs Of Bigger Plumbing Problems In Your Home

When Things Start To Drip The fact of the matter is that if you own a home, plumbing problems are going to arise from time to time. It’s a nuisance, and we understand that sometimes it’s a nuisance you’d like to avoid until you absolutely have to do something about it. But that leaky faucet… Read more »

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What Is a Heat Pump?

A Heat Pump Both Heats and Cools  A heat pump is one of the most energy efficient as well as environmentally friendly ways to both heat and cool your home. So why is it called a heat pump if it also cools?  It’s because heat pumps don’t actually generate heat. Rather, a heat pump transfers… Read more »

Why Maintenance Today Leads To Less Furnace Repair Tomorrow

Why Maintenance Today Leads to Less Furnace Repair Tomorrow

Furnace Maintenance 101 The truism “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” particularly applies to regular furnace maintenance. Regular furnace maintenance helps you avoid costly repairs, not to mention irritating interruptions to your home’s comfort. Equally important, regular furnace maintenance ensures your heating system is operating with the highest energy efficiency, which… Read more »

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Do I Need To Replace My Electrical Panel?

When To Replace Your Electrical Panel How do you know if it is time to replace an electrical panel that is old or unsafe? To answer the question of when to replace an electrical panel, let’s take a look at: What the electrical panel does What is the typical lifespan of an electrical panel Key… Read more »

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A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Lighting

Your Floor Plan for Outdoor Lighting Outdoor lighting literally illuminates your backyard landscape. But effective outdoor lighting—meaning, lighting that is both decorative and practical—isn’t as simple as putting a few fixtures in the ground here and there. Effective outdoor lighting is carefully planned lighting. In this comprehensive guide to outdoor lighting, we examine: The outdoor… Read more »