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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 »

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How Does Water Filtration Work?

The Reason for Water Filtration Water filtration is not something most people think much about. Water just comes out of the tap, right? It’s actually a little more complicated than that. The water that comes out of your tap is drawn from surface water (reservoirs, streams, lakes, rivers) and groundwater (underground aquifers). As you might… Read more »

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What You Should Know About IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measurement of how much the air within your home is free of common indoor pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, pollen, dust, dirt, and other airborne particles. Controlling these indoor pollutants improves your IAQ, which can help reduce your risk of health concerns. To… Read more »

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What is HVAC?

And how do you pronounce it? HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning. An HVAC system regulates all three of these functions to provide comfort within your home and improve the quality of air that circulates throughout your home.  It’s usually pronounced “Aitch-Vac.” To answer the question, “What is HVAC?,” let’s take a closer look… Read more »

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15 Causes of Indoor Air Pollution and What You Can Do About Them

When you think of air pollution, you probably think of smoky air, drifts of yellow pollen, factories blowing particulates out of chimney stacks. In other words, air pollution is something that occurs outside your house. But indoor air pollution is oftentimes dirtier than the air quality outside. Homes built after 1990 are typically well-insulated, so… Read more »

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5 Safety Tips For Home Electrical Repair

Don’t Get Your Wires Crossed: Safe Home Electrical Repair The overriding rule for any electrical home repair is “safety first.” Ignore this rule and you are possibly in store for a truly shocking experience.  If you are experiencing brief outages, strange noises, and/or smells traced to your electrical wiring, these are signs of common home… Read more »

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A DIY Guide On How To Clean Air Ducts Yourself

How to Clean Ducts  If you want to know how to clean air ducts yourself, then this guide is for you. While we generally recommend that you first conduct a professional test of your ducts to see if they even need cleaning, and then use a professional to perform the necessary duct cleaning, some DIY-inclined… Read more »

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Not Cooling?

When It’s Not So Cool Air conditioner not cooling? The air conditioner is seemingly on, but the house is still hot. What’s the problem?  There are all sorts of reasons why your air conditioning system may not be cooling. Let’s take a look first at how your air conditioner works, and then what to check… Read more »

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How to Clean a Furnace: 4 Steps to Take Before Winter

Don’t Wait Until the Cold Outside Gets Inside When it comes to proper and effective furnace cleaning and maintenance, the old adage of “prevention is the best medicine” is key. Your furnace can’t function efficiently without proper and timely maintenance. If you don’t clean your furnace as part of regular maintenance, you can expect to… Read more »