November 20th, 2023
Whole house generators are amazing. They provide power during outages without any of the hassles of portable generators, like exhaust ventilation hazards, extension cords, fuel storage or running out to buy fuel, having to start the generator manually, or choosing which things to power. The whole house generator comes on automatically and powers everything!
That said, a whole house generator is not something you can simply purchase when the power goes out. A lot of planning needs to go into it. The whole house generator installation process begins well before the generator actually arrives at your home. Here’s a timeline of what to expect.
November 6th, 2023
Your HVAC system is the entirety of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for your home. Beyond heating and cooling, this can also include whole house dehumidifiers or air filters or purifiers. No matter the time of year, your HVAC system is critical to your home comfort and wellbeing.
There are certain signs of a problem somewhere in that system that can be spotted summer or winter, whether you’re heating or cooling. Here are the signs you should be alert to at all times of year. Noticing them early and getting HVAC repair promptly can keep problems minimal.
October 23rd, 2023
For most of the winter in our region, a heat pump can provide sufficient warmth all by itself. These systems work at peak efficiency even as temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
During the coldest stretches, though, a heat pump just might not quite cut it. It will try harder and harder to warm your home, using more energy than it should and still not achieving ideal warmth.
A heat pump is still an amazing piece of HVAC technology, though, and you could still reap all the benefits of it without worrying about getting too cold. How? With a dual fuel system! To provide adequate heat when necessary while keeping energy use as low as possible, a dual fuel system has a backup furnace for the heat pump.
October 9th, 2023
Often, in life, it is best to take a wait-and-see approach. Rather than rushing and worrying about something, we might take a little time and see whether the problem gets better or worse. However, when it comes to your water heater, you shouldn’t let problems continue. If you don’t get repairs promptly, the consequences can be dreadful.
Getting prompt water heater repairs when necessary is easier when you know what to look for. Here are some signs you should never ignore.
September 25th, 2023
Gas fireplaces are beautiful and elegant. They make a home look cozy and comforting, much like a wood-burning fireplace does, but without any of the mess of ashes, sawdust, and bits of bark. It’s easy to start a fire: just flip a switch, no need for crumpling newspaper and carefully crafting a pyramid of twigs. Perhaps best of all, they are highly efficient.
How is heating efficiency measured? How efficient is a gas fireplace compared to a wood-burning one? How much money can you save? Here are the details.
September 11th, 2023
A pool is one of the best things you could possibly have in Florida. It offers an ideal retreat from the summer heat, is a great way to get exercise, provides a gathering place for friends and family, and helps children learn to swim confidently to dramatically reduce their risk of drowning, one of the deadliest risks kids face. During the peak of the summer, you probably don’t think much about getting a pool heater. But as the weather starts to cool off, it might be on your mind. Should you have a pool heater installed? We definitely recommend it! Here are five reasons to get one.
August 28th, 2023
There’s no doubt the weather is hot in Florida in August. It’s understandable that your air conditioner would have to run a lot of the time. But what if it is always running? What if it just never stops? That’s definitely a sign of a problem. If your air conditioner just keeps running without taking breaks between cooling cycles, you need AC repair. Here’s what may be going on.
August 14th, 2023
There’s a lot of juggling that goes on in life. Sometimes, it seems like there’s no way to get through the day without dropping the ball on something. Maybe the best we can do in our busiest times is try not to drop the same ball too many days in a row.
When it comes to things needing repair around the home, it can be hard to gauge how urgent the need is. Can you safely postpone getting AC service? Or will a delay in AC repair lead to a major breakdown? Here’s what you should know.
July 17th, 2023
Owning a home comes with a whole host of stressful situations. Just when you’ve got the last thing sorted out, something else crops up. And here in Florida, that something else might just be a hurricane or other storm taking out power for days at a time. Of course, many of us rely on portable generators in order to be prepared for situations like that, but it’s a less-than-ideal solution. Portable generators can give you electricity, but they also generate other causes of stress. Whole house generators actually solve the problem completely.
July 3rd, 2023
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years of “green” architecture, energy audits, and weatherizing homes to reduce the use of fossil fuels and electricity and do the environment a favor.
But as much as you might want to do the right thing for the world and for your children and grandchildren, it can be hard to justify the expense of investing in these things.
But here’s the best part. Instead of costing you money, making sure your home is well-insulated will ultimately save you money. Here’s how.