How to Spend Less on Heating This Year

November 16th, 2020
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Winter will be here before we know it, and we would like to help you prepare! Sure, it might not get as chilly here as other parts of the country, but our winters pack quite the punch. And that requires a fully functioning heater that works powerfully and effectively.

Having a great heater in place means many things—it means having a system you can rely on and a system that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to use. That’s right, you want that heater that works as efficiently as possible. After all, it is too cold for too long for homeowners to be overpaying for winter comfort.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take towards bettering heating efficiency that will leave you spending less to heat your home this year. Read on to learn more!

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Three-Prong Converters and Updating Your Home’s Electrical System

November 2nd, 2020
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You’re probably familiar with the “three-prong converter.” A house with old two-prong outlets won’t allow for standard three-prong plugs to connect. The solution? Pop over to the hardware store for a small converter that plugs into the outlet and then allows the three-pronged plug to fit. Done.

Except not really. Since the 1970s, major appliances are required to have three-prongs, and for good reason. It allows the appliances to work with homes that have grounded electrical outlets: that’s what a three-prong outlet is. A house with these outlets has been properly grounded. If your house is old enough that it still has two-prong outlets, we recommend you upgrade your electrical service rather than use converters, also known as “cheaters,” as a way around it.

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3 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Help

October 19th, 2020
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If you are like many homeowners in the Tacoma area, you are likely using a furnace to heat your home and keep it comfortable during the cooler months. Furnaces are the most popular type of residential heating systems out there after all. Boilers and heat pumps certainly have their upsides, but furnaces are what we typically get the most calls about.

If you are one of these furnace owners—which we’re guessing you are since you came across this blog post—then you know they can provide powerful heating and reliable operation. But you might also know that just like any other important appliance or home comfort system, it can experience problems.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look very far to get repair services. Of course, spotting repair issues can be hard for the average homeowner. We are here to help you detect problems early on, so you know when to call us! It’s best to dial our number before you get stuck with a completely broken down or horribly malfunctioning heating system. Read on for some of the most common signs of disrepair in a furnace.

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Signs It Is Time to Call a Professional Electrician

October 5th, 2020
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If you live in an older home, it means you have older components within it. This includes your electrical wiring! Something our electricians manage a lot is the rewiring of aging homes that have outdated systems. This not only helps keep your property up to code, but also protects the safety of your home and your family.

But how would you even know if you need rewiring or any type of electrical work for that matter? The age of your home isn’t always the best indicator, since a previous homeowner may have made upgrades, or in a newer home may have added electrical components incorrectly. Fortunately, we are here to share with you a number of signs that it may be time for you to call an electrician for wiring work. Read on!

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It’s That Time of Year: Heating Maintenance!

September 21st, 2020

With temperatures just barely mellowing out in the last week, it may be hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about shutting down our air conditioners for the season and turning our attention toward our heaters. Still though, when you need that heater on a daily basis, you’ll be glad you chose to take good care of it.

And just how do you take good care of a heating system? Well, by scheduling routine maintenance for the unit! Each year, or every 6 months if you have a heat pump system, you should have a full inspection and cleaning done for your heater. Read on to learn just why this is so important!

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How You Can Prevent Power Outage Emergencies

September 7th, 2020
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We might not have as crazy storm seasons as other parts of the country do, but we certainly have and can experience inclement weather that leaves our homes without power for days on end. What then? Without the use of your HVAC systems or refrigerator, and perhaps even medical devices that require electricity to operate, you’ll have an emergency on your hands.

But this can all be prevented with the professional installation of a whole-house generator! Read on as we dive into the benefits of such an installation.

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How Clean Is the Air You Breathe?

August 24th, 2020
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We can’t answer this question through a blog post, but what we can do is offer some advice and tips on how to make your home’s air more healthy and breathable in general.

After all, preventing germ transmission is a hot topic these days! Amid the Coronavirus outbreak and related news, families are seeking ways to keep their homes as healthy as possible.

Of course, we cannot guarantee that the products and services we offer will significantly reduce this kind of risk and we urge you to follow CDC guidelines as well as our state mandates in this case.

Additionally, we can inform you of our products and services that will help keep your home’s air cleaner and your family healthier and more comfortable in general. By implementing the right practices in your living space, including covering your mouths when you cough or sneeze and washing hands, you and your family can improve your immunity and ideally limit your risk of germ and virus transmission. Read on to learn how!

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It May Be Time to Replace Your Front Door

August 10th, 2020
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Unless you can’t lock a door that needs to be secured, you probably don’t think about your doors all that much, right? But, front doors deserve a lot more attention than they usually get. They’re important for function, of course, but they also complement the visual aesthetics of your home–and if yours isn’t filling either one of these needs anymore, it could be time to replace.

We’ve shared some more specific signs below, that it is indeed time to replace your front door. Read on to learn more!

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Can Window Replacement Keep Your Home Cooler?

July 27th, 2020
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First off, why does this question matter so much?

Well, think about it. You use your air conditioner a lot in the summer, right? And HVAC systems are almost always the costliest electrical appliance in a home. In fact, HVAC costs account for half of all energy costs in the average home.

What if you could use your air conditioner less, though? What if it stayed cool in your house long enough that your air conditioner didn’t need to cycle on until hours later than usual? This is possible, with a window upgrade!

So, window replacement can keep your home cooler, and there’s a great benefit to this. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Forget This DIY AC Maintenance Task!

July 13th, 2020
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It’s not every day that we recommend a homeowner does maintenance on their own. In fact, we never recommend it—at least not when we’re talking about professional maintenance This is where our technicians come in and thoroughly clean your system inside and out while making adjustments and repair recommendations.

But there is a maintenance task you can, and should, be doing on your own. And that is changing your air filter every 1-3 months.

Your HVAC system’s air filter plays a vital role in the overall performance of your air conditioner (and your heater, for that matter). So, it’s important that you pay attention to it. Read on as we uncover what exactly an air filter does and why it matters.

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