Is your HVAC system all Electric?

If your home is all electric and you heat your home with a heat pump, we have something that may be of interest to you. One of our manufactures has introduced an incredible new heat pump system. This unit uses a special type of inverter compressor technology that can produce incredible amounts of heat in amazingly cold temperatures. This system operates very well even when the temperature drops into the single digits. If you heat with electric then you know that when the auxiliary heat (heat strip) kicks on, your electric bill kicks way up with it. This new heat pump can keep that auxiliary heat strip off much longer saving you a ton of money. This new heat pump can also be paired with a gas furnace which can save you big money on your gas bill too.

Give us a call or click here to schedule a free in-home consultation or more information about this incredible system.

Oldest Furnace Contest Update

A big thank you to everyone who entered the oldest furnace contest. The response was absolutely overwhelming! As a result of the huge response, it has become necessary to delay the announcement of the winner until Friday, December 23, 2016. We just simply cannot get to all of the entrant’s homes to verify the age of all of the furnaces by the original December 9 announcement date. On December 23rd someone is going to get a very nice Christmas present, the complete installation of a new high-efficiency furnace! Good luck and may the oldest furnace win!

Tankless Water Heaters

Because they operate on an as needed basis, a Tankless Hot Water Heater can use up to 40% less energy than a traditional hot water heater, which can save you a significant amount on your utility bills. Another great benefit is the endless supply of hot water provided by this system. Once it starts making hot water it doesn’t stop making it until you turn off the faucet. So, if you thought the only way to stop running out of hot water was to sell the children, think again. A tankless hot water heater may very well be the answer to your hot water problems.

 Our quotes are always free so give us a call or schedule an in-home quote 24 hours a day here.

Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Fuses and circuit breakers both essentially perform the same function: they prevent short-circuit or overload by disrupting (or breaking) electrical currents that channel to any connected devices. Fuses, however, are one-time use. When they detect that a current is running at too high of a level, the fuse will melt, interrupting the flow of electricity. Circuit breakers simply have to be reset.

 While there’s nothing particularly wrong with fuses, they are outdated; designed for an age when homes didn’t have so many things plugged into the electrical outlets. These days, fuses can actually pose a fire hazard, and many insurance companies will actually refuse to insure homes that still use fuses. If your home has a fuse panel you may want to consider an electric panel. We now offer a full line of electrical services and would love to provide you with a free in-home quote.

Five things you never put down the garbage disposal

  1. Grease, Oil, or Fat

Oil, grease, and hot, liquid fats shouldn’t even go down your drain much less your garbage disposal. When hot oils cool down, they harden and solidify in your drain.

  1. Starchy, Stringy Vegetables

Celery, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce, potato peels, and other stringy, fibrous, starchy veggies. They aren’t easily broken down and can wrap around and plug your disposal.

  1. Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice expand when they come in contact with water. This either causes clogs or fills up your disposal trap.

  1. Coffee Grounds

They seem to go down perfectly fine, and many people swear that coffee grounds can help your drain stay clean. But they can bind together and cause damage and plug your drain. Instead add your coffee grounds to the compost or sprinkle it around your garden. Coffee stimulates your plants and repels slugs, ants, and other pests.

  1. Paper Garbage

Contrary to the name, don’t throw garbage down the garbage disposal. That includes scraps of paper, paper towels, cotton balls, wipes, and scrub pads.

Change Your Filter

As a homeowner you should always make sure the filter is regularly changed. When you purchase a filter, the manufacturer’s instructions include a recommendation for how often it should be changed. Filters can become clogged much sooner than that recommendation depending on factors in the home, such as excessive dust, pet hair, or cigarette smoke. Keep an eye on the filter and change it when it appears to be clogged or dirty, even if it’s before the recommended date. And remember to always aim the arrow on your filter at the furnace.

Ceiling Fans

During the summer months a ceiling fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool you off via a wind chill effect. Fan speed should be on medium or high.

During the winter months the fan speed should be set to low and reversed (blades turning clockwise) to help draw room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air out and down.

A ceiling fan is just like a light, it won’t do you much good if you are not in the room so make sure you turn it off if you are leaving the room for any length of time.

Three Reasons a Breaker Trips

A breaker that keeps tripping is usually caused by one of three things.  The first reason could be there are too many electrical items plugged into the circuit.  Circuits are designed to only handle so much electric demand.  The second reason is there could be a short in the wiring, or the third reason is the breaker or fuse could be faulty.  It is recommended that an electrician evaluate the problem to make sure there are no safety issues.  Your electrician can also talk with you about adding more circuits to your home so that your electrical system can support all your needs.

 Don’t take chances with your home’s electricity. Electrical issues are one of the top causes of house fires. Don’t just keep resetting that breaker! It might be trying to tell you something.

Excess Humidity

Moisture and excess humidity in your home can cause irreversible damage to your home, and even worse may put your health at risk. We have a solution! Our dehumidifier will drastically outperform the ones you buy in the store. On average ours removes 2 ½ more gallons of water per day than the average portable. When you control the humidity in your home you will feel cooler allowing you to raise the temperature inside your home by a degree or two which can save you money on the electric bill as well.

 One of the best things you can do for your and your home’s health is to control the indoor humidity.

A/C Efficiency

The performance of the air conditioner depends on efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner’s performance and efficiency and even affect its service life. Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.