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So you’ve finally decided to remodel your basement. Perhaps you’re planning to earn some extra cash by renting out a basement apartment. Or maybe you’ve decided to work close to home, and have realized that you could utilize the unused space in your basement.

Whatever the case is, you’re likely spending thousands of dollars to transform your dark and dank basement that was once home to dust and spiders into a beautiful, new living space that will serve your future needs.

Remodeling your basement involves a lot of tasks. Are the walls insulated? Check. Was the plumbing taken care of? Check. Flooring and roofing? Check. Will the painter be here next week? Check.

Taking care of the vast amount of chores can be absolutely mind-boggling, and there may very well be a thing or two that you have left out. Well, here is one thing that you absolutely don’t want to miss: Is the heating installed?

You certainly do not want to suddenly be faced with the prospect of working in a cold office in the wintertime. And you’ll have a tough time renting out a basement apartment with no heating!

But don’t worry – we can help! Don’t hesitate to contact us for all your heating installation needs. Whether you are fortunate and you are still in the process of remodeling your basement, or whether heating installation was one of the things you missed when your basement was redone, we will help you have a warm and comfortable winter.

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Your HVAC system is undoubtedly one of the most important components in keeping your home safe and comfortable for you and your family. Needless to say, it’s imperative to keep your HVAC system properly maintained in order to keep your home a nice place to be! We’re here to remind you why it’s so important to have your HVAC system regularly inspected to ensure that it will continue to work the way it should. Here are a few reasons it’s so important to maintain the cooling and heating system in your home:

Efficiency. Staying on top of your HVAC system’s maintenance is going to allow it to run at maximum efficiency. It means that your home is going to be heated and cooled quickly and easily, with fewer problems and it’s not going to cost you a lot of money to do so!

Lower energy bills. The more efficiently that your HVAC system runs, the less energy it expends. The less energy that it needs to expend to work, the lower your energy bills! Keeping your HVAC system in good working orders is one of the easiest ways to lower your energy usage and keep your bills from getting unnecessarily high!

Fewer Repairs. By checking your HVAC system regularly for any problems that may pop up, you’ll have less repairs to worry about! Preventative maintenance is much less expensive and easier to deal with than waiting until a problem arises to call in a professional.

Longer Equipment Life. Your HVAC system works best when all of the moving pieces are working properly. The best way to ensure this happens is with regular maintenance. When all of the pieces are working together, it protects your system as a whole from breaking down and having to pay to replace it,

Less Emergencies. Nothing is than worse than worrying about your heat go off in the middle of the blizzard. The odds of this happening might be low, but it’s important to do everything you can to prevent an incident like this. Having your heating and cooling system regularly inspected and cared for will greatly diminish the likelihood of an emergency in your home, allowing you peace of mind that your family will be safe during any harsh winter storms.

Is it time to schedule your annual maintenance appointment? Call us today!

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We rely on our furnace to keep us warm during the cold winter months and when our furnace isn’t working properly, it can be quite alarming! A common complaint people have about their heating system is feeling cold air blowing out of their vents when the heat is turned on. If you start to notice that your furnace is blowing out cold air, don’t panic! Here a few things that you’ll want to check before calling in a professional:

Turn of the fan. Is your furnace blowing hot air at times and other times cold air? It’s likely that your thermostat fan is set to ON. This means that even when the heater isn’t running, your furnace blower will continue to blow air through the vents. Since it’s pretty chilly outside, the air that’s going to circulate will also be cold! Make sure to set your thermostat fan to AUTO to prevent this problem.

Your furnace overheated. If the air coming from your vents has gone from hot to cold, it’s possible that your furnace has overheated. Usually an overheated furnace is caused by a dirty furnace air filter. Change the air filter and turn the furnace back on to see if this fixes the problem. Keep in mind that changing your air filter regularly will help your furnace run more efficiently.

The pilot light is out. Another reason your furnace may be blowing cold air is because the pilot light has gone out. Relighting the pilot light should be all you need to restore warm air flow to your home! If the pilot light doesn’t light or won’t stay lit, there may be a problem with gas flow or thermocouple. Ensure that the gas valve is turned on and that nothing is blocking it.

If you’ve tried the solutions described above and your furnace is STILL blowing cold air, contact us today for an inspection!

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Carbon monoxide is deadly gas that is completely odorless and colorless. It has no taste, and the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure can present very similarly to those of the common cold. All of these things make carbon monoxide extremely difficult to detect, which is why it’s so important to always be checking to make sure that the gas isn’t present in your home.

The first thing you need to know about carbon monoxide is that it can be emitted from a variety of sources common to your household or office building, including your furnace. This means that if you spend time inside a residential or commercial building at any point during your day, you are susceptible to being exposed to carbon monoxide. This, of course, doesn’t mean that you are being exposed, but understanding where carbon monoxide originates from will help you be more aware and remind you to check for carbon monoxide regularly.

The initial symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are similar to the flu, which is why many people often mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for something else. It’s never a bad idea to get yourself checked out if you’re experiencing headaches, fatigue, shortness of break, nausea, or dizziness, especially if these symptoms present without a fever. More severe CO poisoning can lead to mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and death.

Thankfully, there are ways to detect and avoid exposure to carbon monoxide. The easiest way to check for carbon monoxide in your home or office is to install a CO detector. Much like a smoke detector, a CO detector will you alert you to when there is a dangerous level of carbon monoxide in the air. CO detectors should be installed in all of the bedrooms of your home, as well as communal areas such as your living room. Be sure to always choose a reliable brand that is labeled as approved by governmental health and safety institutions.

Our technicians are well trained in knowing how to test for carbon monoxide and where to look for possible leaks and faulty equipment that can contaminate your home. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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Indoor air quality is as simple as it sounds! It’s the quality of your air in a structured place, for example your home or office. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person spends 90% of their time indoors. The quality of the air inside your home or workplace can affect your health, comfort and could be damaging your HVAC unit. Depending on what kind of condition your indoor air is in, it could be worse for you than outdoor pollution.

It’s extremely important that you are doing everything you can to make sure that your indoor air quality is not harmful and your home is getting proper ventilation. Poor indoor air quality can cause huge health concerns and cost you more money in the long run. Without proper maintenance on your HVAC unit, your indoor air quality can become worse and eventually hurt your unit. If you want cleaner, healthier indoor air, we can help supply and install the latest air filtration systems, air decontaminating UV lamps, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers.

We also wanted to provide you with some DIY tips to help improve your indoor air quality!

DIY Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality:

      • Air Filters: Changing your air filters is one of the best ways to keep the air in your home healthy. Make reminders for yourself every month to change your air filters or, if you have re-usable filters, to clean them. Not only does changing your air filters help improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help you save on your next bill!
      • Dust and Vacuum: Normal household tasks, like dusting and vacuuming, can help improve your indoor air quality greatly. Try dusting with a wet rag instead of a feather duster to make sure that the dust doesn’t spread or just fly back up in the air! Another tip while you’re vacuuming is to set your thermostat fan setting on, so that you’ll vacuum up the dust from any dusty air filters instead of sending it back into your home!
      • Air Filtering Plants: Did you know that some plants actually help filter the air in your home? A few plants that could help improve your indoor air quality are English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, and Gerber Daisies!

Need more tips or have more questions about what you can do to make sure the air you and your family are breathing is as healthy as possible? Give us a call – we’re here to help!