Electrical Safety Tips to Follow in Winter

November 16, 2020

Average household energy use goes up during winter. It’s an important time to not let your guard down with electrical safety. If you don’t act safely when dealing with electricity, it can cause the loss of property and life. Be Careful With the Space Heater If you use space heaters, never use an extension cord with them or plug them into a power strip. These aren’t designed to handle the high wattage that space heaters need. You can cause the cord or power strip to melt or catch fire. You should always keep space heaters on the ground. You never...

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Learn How Common Heating Systems Work

October 20, 2020

Cooler temperatures have arrived in DeSoto, MO, and frigid winter weather is on the way. Now is the time to make sure you have a heating system that’s ready to keep your home warm. Read on to learn how heating systems work so that you can make an informed choice about the best one for your comfort and budget needs. Gas Furnace Gas furnaces burn natural gas, the gas enters the combustion chamber and the pilot light ignites it. A heat exchanger passes the warm air through the air handler, where it’s filtered and pushed into the ducts. The waste...

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Does the Cleanliness of Your AC System Matter?

September 23, 2020

If you’re wondering whether the cleanliness of your AC system really matters, the short answer is “yes.” A dirty system can’t operate efficiently and will have a shorter lifespan. Change the Filter The easiest and least expensive way to keep your AC system clean is to regularly change the filter. While the filter helps your indoor air quality, its true purpose is to keep dust, dirt and other debris away from your heating and cooling equipment. You should change the air filter every one to three months. You should change it more often if you have pets or a smoker...

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How To Prevent Cold Spots in Your Home

August 16, 2020

It’s unpleasant to have a home where one room is perfectly comfortable while another is frigid. There are a few reasons this can happen. If you’re experiencing cold spots in your home, take a closer look at some of the causes of this phenomenon. Your Ductwork Wasn’t Installed Correctly If ductwork isn’t installed correctly, it can lead to inconsistent temperatures and cold spots in your home. Correctly installed ductwork will evenly spread conditioned air throughout your interior spaces. You can solve this by having a skilled HVAC technician fix your ductwork. Blocked Vents If a room has a blocked vent,...

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How Duct Cleaning Can Help Your Family Stay Healthy

July 16, 2020

Over time, ducts can accumulate a significant amount of mold, pollen, and dust. These irritants can exacerbate your allergies or cause other negative consequences. However, cleaning your home’s ducts may help to keep your family healthy throughout the year. Prevent Mold Growth Throughout Your Home If mold spores develop in a duct, those spores can be spread quickly throughout the rest of your home. This could lead to significant mold growth in your home’s basement, attic, or any other room that is dark and moist. Those who are allergic to mold may experience dry skin, a consistent cough, and itchy...

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The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

June 16, 2020

If you have an older home, there’s a good chance it doesn’t have a central HVAC system that employs ductwork to deliver cool air to various rooms in your house. There are several ways to cool a home without a central duct system so that you can stay comfortable throughout those sweltering summer days. 1. Keep the Sun Outside Preventing your home from heating up in the first place is the most energy-efficient way to keep everything cool and comfortable. Keeping windows covered during the day with blinds or shades can thwart the direct rays of the sun from heating...

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How Much Electricity Do Air Conditioners Use?

May 14, 2020

People in warm climates see their energy bills spike during the summer as they run their air conditioning systems. Just how much electricity do these systems use? On average, a central AC system will consume between 3000 to 5000 watts of power a day. Here’s how your energy bills are affected. Your Energy Cost Most electricity providers charge by kilowatt/hour (kWh). The average kWh cost in the United States is 12 cents. You can find out how much you pay by looking at your most-recent electricity bill. AC Energy Efficiency An air conditioning unit’s efficiency is rated by its Seasonal...

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Common Electrical Problems in Your Home

April 17, 2020

Even if you live in a relatively new home, you will still probably have to deal with at least a few electrical problems from time to time. Luckily, with a little bit of research and some professional assistance, many of the most common electrical issues can easily be taken care of. Flickering Lights While the occasional flickering might not seem like a big deal, this issue is often the result of a much larger problem. If you changed the light and it is still flickering, then you need to call an electrician to have the wires checked. Flickering and dimming...

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What Variables Make Up Indoor Air Quality?

March 17, 2020

Poor indoor air quality can arise from many situations. Pollutants can build up inside many types of homes, especially during winter months when doors and windows are closed more often than not. Without regular flushing, air can develop unhealthy levels of pollutants. This can cause a variety of respiratory issues, including coughing, sneezing, and running noses. Pollutants can also make asthma symptoms worse and potentially cause lung and heart disease with extended periods of exposure. Particulates and Volatile Organic Compounds The majority of air pollutants can be classified either as particulates or volatile organic compounds. Particulates can come in a...

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How To Change a Furnace Filter

February 16, 2020

The air filter in your furnace traps airborne particles, dust and debris. The filter prevents these particles from blowing in your furnace and the air. Replacing your furnace’s filter is essential to keeping your furnace operating efficiently. The good news is that you can replace a filter in a few minutes. Here are quick and easy steps for changing your furnace filter: Disconnect Your Furnace’s Power Safety is important when it comes to replacing your filter. Your furnace is an electrical system, and working with electricity can be hazardous. Before you begin, disconnect your furnace from its power source. Taking...

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