2 Reasons to Consider Window or Door Upgrades

February 22nd, 2021
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If you’re anything like the average homeowner, then chances are you don’t think about this on a regular basis, but… modern homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind.

What does this mean? Well, they are built very “tightly” so that they do not allow any air conditioning or heating out, or any outdoor elements in. Many factors help with this, such as the right insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows shut while your HVAC systems are in operation.

However, keeping your doors and windows closed won’t do that much good if they need to be upgraded. Drafty doors and windows losing their seal could cause your home to lose a lot of energy, leading you to turn the thermostat lower or higher than it needs to be (depending on the season). Read on as we uncover a couple of reasons to consider window or door upgrades.

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How to Replace Your Windows While Keeping Safety in Mind

February 8th, 2021

Buying a home for the first time is one of the most exciting milestones many people go through. One of the other most exciting milestones there is involves remodeling that home to get the exact vision you wanted when you moved in.

There are a lot of factors to keep in mind with a remodel, however. You want to ensure everything is up to code. More importantly, you want to make sure everything is safe. This is especially true if you have pets or young kids in the household.

There are no exceptions when it comes to window replacements during your remodel. Read on as we uncover how you can replace your windows while keeping safety in mind.

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Check Out Our Interview in Thurston Talk!

January 27th, 2021
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Our very own manager, Bill Krier, was recently interviewed by Thurston Talk, speaking to how much window and door replacements can save homeowners.

We’re honored to have this opportunity to speak to a wider audience and to be a part of this publication. Check out the article here!

Our expertise spans beyond HVAC–we also manage your electrical, water heater, and window and door replacement needs. Contact us today!

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Is Your Home in Need of New Windows?

January 25th, 2021
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Do you ever give much thought to what state your windows are in? Unless you have obvious damage to them, chances are that no, you don’t think about them too much. But the thing is, if your home is 20+ years old, and if your windows are aluminum or wood-framed, you could have some issues you don’t know about.

Windows play a number of roles in your home. First, there’s curb appeal. Newer windows can increase the value of your home and make it look more attractive for potential homebuyers. Then, there’s efficiency—windows help prevent heat transfer so your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Lastly, there’s safety to consider—old, shoddy windows can become a danger, particularly if you have small children or pets who can access them. Read on as we uncover some of the top signs that your home is in need of new windows.

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Is It Time to Have New Windows Installed?

January 11th, 2021
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If you’re like most homeowners in the Olympia area, you want your household to operate as efficiently as possible. After all, higher efficiency equals cheaper operating costs. The good news is, there are a number of ways you can actually improve energy efficiency within your home.

From making sure you’re using your HVAC systems effectively and having them well maintained to upgrading to LED lighting, there’s a lot you can do! One more energy-efficient upgrade you can make that not too many people think about is installing new windows.

How exactly does this improve efficiency? Read on to find out!

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Factors to Consider with Your Ductless Installation

December 28th, 2020
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Are you one of the many homeowners considering more efficient and effective ways to heat or cool your home this year? Then you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless system! Rather than functioning via a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and outdoor evaporator unit, ductless systems use one small outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers—but these air handlers are very small and can be mounted up on the wall, out of anybody’s way.

Each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit that runs behind the drywall thanks to a small hold drilled at the top of the wall. These conduits contain refrigerant, the power cord, and the condensate line.

Ductless systems are very unique HVAC systems, and due to this have very unique needs. Not to worry though, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there are disadvantages to going ductless—it just means that if you’re going to have one of these systems installed; the job should be done by a pro. Read on to learn why!

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Tips for Staying Warm When Your Heater Fails

December 14th, 2020

Hopefully, you’ll never run into this problem at all! Ideally, you’ll have kept up on your annual maintenance appointments for your furnace to ensure that it works efficiently, effectively, and—perhaps most importantly—reliably. When well maintained, a furnace can last about 10-15 years. Beyond that point, it’s time to consider replacement, especially if the system is showing excessive signs of wear and tear or just not working like it used to.

But no matter the age of your furnace, if it fails on you in the middle of a fall or winter day, you’re going to be pretty miserable, right? Well, what if that doesn’t have to be the case? When you’re heater fails, the first thing you should do is call our team for repairs. Then, while you wait for our techs to arrive, you can work to keep yourself and your household warm by:

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What to Know About Your Electrical System Before You Put Up Holiday Lights!

November 30th, 2020
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There are a lot of homeowners stressing about how different the holidays are going to look this year, which is understandable. Families across the country aren’t able to get together due to health concerns, traveling is questionable for many folks.

There is still much to look forward to, however! For example, if you’re like many homeowners who enjoy decorating your home for the holidays, it’s your season to shine.

But before you attempt to challenge Clark Griswold outside your house, consider this—is your electrical panel ready for the increased demand? Also referred to as the breaker box, this component is tasked with safely touring electrical current to and from the various electrical appliances and fixtures in and outside your home. An overloaded electrical panel, however, will lead to expensive problems and even potential safety hazards.

Keep reading to learn if you may need an electrical panel upgrade before touching those outdoor holiday lights.

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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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