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4 Tips for Keeping Creepy Critters Out of Your HVAC

Halloween may be the season for creepy critters, but you still don’t want them in your HVAC system. Believe it or not, pests like mice, bees, squirrels, and raccoons like to set up house in your outdoor unit or crawl in through open vents and ductwork. Here are a few tips to keep those creepy…

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner During the Fall and Winter?

There are a lot of things to do to prepare during the fall for the upcoming colder weather such as prune trees and bushes, fertilize the lawn, weather strip the windows, caulk any foundation cracks, and split up your perennials. But what about the air conditioning unit outside? Should it be covered along with the…

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Don’t Use Just Any Drain Cleaner on Your Drains

There are a lot of drain treatment products to choose from – just look down any store aisle that sells these chemicals. That must mean a lot of people use chemical drain cleaners on their drains, right? And that must mean they’re safe to use, right? Wrong. Admittedly, they do offer a quick and easy…

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National Preparedness Month: Is Your Home Prepared for a Flood?

September is a month when seasonal weather changes begin, and through National Preparedness Month, people are encouraged to take precautionary measures against the possibility of natural disasters or emergencies. Basement flooding One emergency that’s always a possibility and rarely expected is flooding. It doesn’t take a hurricane or a tsunami to cause a basement to…

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Helpful Tips for Childproofing Your HVAC Registers

If you have a small child in the house, chances are you’ve found small things in your HVAC registers. Things like toys, bits of food, missing keys, or even the occasional small child sticking their fingers in the register slots. Keeping small children away from registers requires a little thought and some ingenuity. Here are…

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How to Childproof Your Bathroom

There’s no question having children around changes the way you look at things – suddenly you see dangers for their curious little hands everywhere! Some of them might not be as obvious as others, but the bathroom is one of those places where there are many potential hazards that you may want to focus your…

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How Hail Can Damage Your AC and What to Do

When hail comes pouring down, the first thing we usually think of is protecting our cars, but those big chunks of frozen rain can also have a debilitating effect on your air conditioning unit as well. Hail storms with hail measuring at least one inch in diameter happen about 7,000 times each year, according to…

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What to Do if Your Sump Pump Quits During a Storm

The whole reason to have a sump pump is to help ensure your basement doesn’t flood. There’s no time that your basement is likely to flood more than during a storm. During a storm is when you count on your sump pump more than ever to send water away from your basement and your home’s…

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Plumbing Considerations for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms are one of the most expensive home remodeling projects, largely because of the plumbing considerations. However, an updated bathroom is one of the projects that will more readily increase the value of your home as well. It’s a matter of personal taste – and a lot of fun – to pick out the cabinets,…

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How Coastal Living Near Saltwater Can Hurt Your Air Conditioner

Salt, or sodium chloride, may be essential to human life, but it’s not so great for your air conditioner. Saltwater from the ocean contains millions of sodium chloride particles, and it creates a filmy, dust-like coating on surfaces. What saltwater does to your equipment When we eat salt, we get thirsty. Salt in the air…

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