Get a Handle on Water Conservation with a New Toilet

Get a Handle on Water Conservation with a New ToiletAccording to the U.S. EPA, the most likely culprit for wasted water in your Central Texas home is your toilet.  The agency estimates that as much as 30 percent of your household water use could be draining down your toilet. If you’re thinking of replacing your toilet in the near future, consider the water conservation of a low-flow toilet with the EPA’s WaterSense label. The WaterSense label means that a toilet has met national standards for water conservation and operation.  Read More »

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Take Care of Your Sewer — Tips for Root Maintenance

Take Care of Your Sewer -- Tips for Root MaintenanceHomeowners are responsible for the maintenance on the pipes that connect the sewer pipes in the house to the main sewer line under the street. One of the more serious and costly problems experienced by homeowners are tree roots that damage or block sewer pipes. Root maintenance is important and homeowners should make a point of inspecting the sewer pipes regularly for signs of possible problems, to prevent costly repairs. Read More »

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CO Detectors Are a Must-Have, but Know What Type to Buy

CO Detectors Are a Must-Have, but Know What Type to BuyCarbon monoxide (CO) gas is lethal, but you can’t smell, taste or see this byproduct of incomplete fuel combustion. Every fuel-burning device in your home is a potential source of CO, including the gas furnace, range, water heater and clothes dryer. Properly-installed CO detectors on each level and near the bedroom areas of the home can warn you when there’s a risk of exposure, and safeguard your family’s health and well-being. Read More »

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Get the Ductwork Inspected and Avoid Trouble

Get the Ductwork Inspected and Avoid TroubleThrough much of the year, your forced-air HVAC system pumps air through the ductwork in your home, and over time dust or other debris may accumulate in the ducts. Dirty ducts can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, potentially resulting in higher energy bills and reduced performance. In addition, leaks and damage to the duct system can negatively impact the air quality in in your home, and may adversely affect the health of you and other occupants. Read More »

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Four Points to Consider for Your A/C Replacement

Four Points to Consider for Your A/C ReplacementIn Central Texas during the summer, when the temperatures can sizzle for weeks at a time, a reliable A/C is something you can’t go without. If your old central air conditioner is older than 10-15 years, has been acting up, or just can’t keep up with the heat, here are four things to consider when considering a central A/C replacement: Read More »

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Warranty or Maintenance Plan: Which Is Best for Your Central Texas Home?

Warranty or Maintenance Plan: Which Is Best for Your Central Texas Home?Any list of the toughest challenges for a homeowner should include HVAC breakdowns. Not only are malfunctioning cooling and heating systems expensive to repair or replace, but they can also leave you uncomfortable for days or weeks. You can minimize potential issues with regular maintenance, and a maintenance plan from a trusted HVAC contractor is ideal for this. Another option is to purchase a warranty plan so that most major expenses are covered. In most cases, a maintenance plan is superior. Here’s why: Read More »

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Need an HVAC Contractor? Here Are Some Interview Questions

Need an HVAC Contractor? Here Are Some Interview QuestionsWhen the time comes for you to hire an HVAC contractor, there are certain questions you should consider asking before making your selection. At the minimum, you’ll want to discern the difference between a fly-by-night operation and a reputable HVAC contractor.  Read More »

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Heat Pump Cooling Not Cool? Troubleshoot With These Tips

Heat Pump Cooling Not Cool? Troubleshoot With These TipsSummer is well under way, and cooling systems all across Central Texas are working overtime. So what do you do if your heat pump cooling system isn’t keeping up? First try these troubleshooting tips: Read More »

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Bad Ductwork Design Can Have Long-Term Repercussions

Bad Ductwork Design Can Have Long-Term RepercussionsA home’s ductwork system is responsible for carrying conditioned airflow in an efficient channel from the HVAC system to the living spaces, with much the same principles as the plumbing system and water supply. Faulty ductwork design with air leaks, blockages and other deficiencies may not flood your home like a leaky plumbing system, but a poorly designed ductwork system will drain your wallet all the same. Read More »

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Too Much Humidity in Your Texas Home? A Whole-House Dehumidifier Could Be the Answer

Too Much Humidity in Your Texas Home? A Whole-House Dehumidifier Could Be the AnswerCentral Texans understand how stifling our weather can become during peak summer months. Although we regularly see triple-digit temperatures, the high humidity makes it all so much worse. Air conditioners function as dehumidifiers, but when the humidity in your Texas home can no longer be sufficiently reduced by your A/C alone, it’s time to consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier. Read More »

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