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How to Inspect Your Home for Fire Hazards

How to Inspect Your Home for Fire Hazards - smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Every year, fire departments in the U.S. respond to almost 400,000 house fires that result in thousands of deaths, billions in direct property damage, and over 10,000 injuries (NFPA). On average, seven people die in a fire in a home every day. The good news is that most fires are easily prevented by forethought, knowledge,…

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7 Lessons Star Wars Can Teach You About HVAC

7 Lessons Star Wars Can Teach You About HVAC - HELP Heating and Cooling

If you’re like us, then you’ve had two things on your mind lately. First, of course, is figuring out how to properly prepare your home for the changing seasons. Spring is upon us, which means we’ll have to make a few adjustments to our HVAC system in order to stay comfortable without breaking the bank.…

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Why You Should Have Your New Home’s HVAC System Inspected

Your new home has an HVAC system for heating and cooling your house. An HVAC system allows you to experience cleaner air quality in the home, more reliable temperatures (without having to adjust the thermostat yourself all the time), and energy use savings. Before you use your new home’s heating and air conditioning system, have…

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Extend the Life of Your Furnace With These Easy Tips

How to Inspect Your Home for Fire Hazards - heating fire hazards

According to industry information, most home heating and air conditioning components have an average lifespan of 15 to 25 years, with most furnaces capable of lasting 15 to 20 years. Since replacing the components of the average home HVAC system is a significant expense, homeowners often want to postpone having to do this type of…

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Is Your Furnace Turning on and off Rapidly?

5 Things You Can Troubleshoot Before Calling for Help No one wants their furnace to have problems during the winter. So if you notice that your furnace is turning on and off in rapid succession, here are some things you can check before you suffer too long or call a technician out. What Is Short-Cycling?…

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Fit an Older Home With an HVAC System

Thinking about upgrading an older home with an HVAC system? Even historic homes can often have their value improved through the addition of an HVAC system. But HVAC systems are complex, and simply adding one to an already built home can be a bit of a challenge. The following ideas and guidelines may help. Try an…

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A Short Guide to Anode Rods in Water Heaters

Your tank-style water heater relies on an anode rod to keep working reliably. The anode rod screws into the top of the tank and protrudes into the water below. An anode rod measures up to 40 inches long, depending on the size of your appliance. Sacrificial anode rods should be replaced on a routine basis.…

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Five Signs This Is the Last Year for Your Old Furnace

Furnaces typically last about 10 to 15 years before they require replacement. If your furnace is in this age range, you may wonder whether you can squeeze a few more years out of it or if the time has come to replace it. Ideally, you would have your furnace replaced before it fails completely and…

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

When your heat turns on, do you notice an odd chemical odor that reminds you of formaldehyde or preservatives? You may assume that something near your furnace just got too warm or that someone in your home spilled a cleaning solution, but the problem is likely much more serious. Chemical odors coming from your furnace…

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Save Money on Heating and Cooling: HVAC Costs and Energy-Efficiency

Whether the temperature dips well below freezing or it’s sky-high, your utility bills constantly seem like they’re climbing. No one wants to pay the utility companies more than they have to. Unfortunately, if your HVAC system (and your home) aren’t energy-efficient, you may need to. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with high energy bills…

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