We all get excited when Apple releases a new iPhone, and the iPhone 6 reveal was no different. But did you know that you can use your shiny new toy to run your home more efficiently? The following apps can be your in-hand assistant and help you stay on top of everything from home security to monitoring how much you’re paying to operate your appliances. How many times have … [Read more...] about Apps to Run Your House More Efficiently
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No furnace lasts forever, but determining the ideal time to replace your home’s heater isn’t always easy. Whether you’re faced with frequent repairs or you’re fed up with poor heating performance, the following telltale signs can indicate when it’s time to replace your furnace. If your furnace is more than 10 years old: The lifespan of a well-designed furnace averages … [Read more...] about When is it time to replace your furnace?
Fall just began, the last thing most people want to consider are the chilly temps coming right around the corner. Unfortunately, putting off chores like furnace maintenance can create more headaches for homeowners very quickly as summer transitions into fall. It is a common misconception that a furnace system will operate just as well when it is turned on as it did the last … [Read more...] about Don’t be cold this fall: furnace tips
Emerging from the cold winter months means you can stop blasting the heat and start thinking about the cooling comfort of your air conditioner. As the weather slowly warms up and you prepare to make the switch from the heater to air conditioner, there are a few things you should do first to maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency and cut down on bills. Change the Filter You … [Read more...] about Make the switch from the heater to air conditioner
Keeping your chimney clean not only ensures a cleaner burning fire, it is a safety precaution as well. If you burn a resin-y wood like pine, then creosote, a rather nasty, oily material, can accumulate on the chimney walls. When enough builds up, it becomes a fire hazard. Even if it doesn’t burst into flames, it can make for an unpleasant and smoky fire. Many people figure … [Read more...] about The basics of chimney cleaning and maintenance