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3 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

April 17th, 2017

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Summer is on its way, and with it will come higher energy bills as we run our air conditioners to stay cool and comfortable. To a certain extent, there’s nothing to be done for it. Running you air conditioner more often in hot weather invariably leads to higher bills. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than you should.

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Should Your Air Conditioner Be Replaced?

April 3rd, 2017

Spring is a good time to make an assessment of your older air conditioner and determine if it needs to be replaced. Years of service usually take their toll on older systems, and months of sitting unused during the winter mean that dust and other contaminants can build up as well. If your air conditioner is ready to be put out to pasture, now is the time to do so. Otherwise, you risk a final, fatal breakdown in the middle of summer just when you need the system the most, forcing you to scramble to get a replacement put into place. Replacing your system now gives you the luxury of time to plan and the flexibility to schedule the replacement when you want, instead of what necessity dictates. Finally, it allows you to enjoy the benefits of a new system immediately, help you save money and worry during the summer when you really need it.

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The Benefits of a Dehumidifier

March 20th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_20144812We’re still digging ourselves out after last week’s big blizzard, which hopefully marks the end of our winter. Temperatures are expected to be cool for a bit longer, but soon enough they’ll warm up and with them comes a marked increase in humidity levels. You likely have an air conditioner in your home to handle the hot and muggy weather of the summer. But you might also consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier to handle the humid air in your home. It can make a huge difference not only in your home comfort levels, but in the performance of your air conditioner as well.

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Upgrade Your Air Conditioner for the Spring

March 6th, 2017

Air conditioners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are working hard this time of year!

The weather’s taken a turn for the stormy of late here in Delaware: a potent reminder that spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to give your air conditioner a good look and determine whether you’d like to make an improvements or additions before the warm weather begins in earnest. In most cases, this should include a maintenance session from a qualified service technician, and perhaps a repair call if there’s a lingering problem that you need to address.

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UV Air Purifiers Help Cut Down on Winter Colds

February 20th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782-meUV stands for ultraviolet, a spectrum of light we can’t see. But we can often feel it when we go out in the sunshine: it’s what causes our skin to tan and burn. At lower levels, UV lights or blacklights are a common fixture at rock concerts, and in dark rides at amusement parks. They interact with chemicals in your laundry detergent to make your white clothes appear to glow in the dark. But UV lights can do more than just provide amusements or help your tan at the beach. They can form a very powerful weapon against germs and colds.

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Leaky Ducts Can Cost You a Great Deal

February 6th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_31113411If you have a forced-air furnace in your home, you’re probably aware of the ducts used to transport the heated air from the furnace itself into the various rooms in your home. (The same ducts are used to convey cool air from your air conditioner in the summer.) They’re usually kept safe behind your walls, in your attic, or tucked away in similar spots. But problems can develop sometimes: leaks can spring up when bolts and seals break down, and in the worst cases, and actual breach can develop. That can be devastating during our cold winters here in Dover, DE, and leaky ducts need to be dealt with as quickly as possible when you spot them.

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Stop Winter Colds with a UV Air Purifier

January 23rd, 2017

Winter colds are a constant problem in the Dover, DE area, and chances are you or your family have already experienced the misery they can bring. Colds are common in the winter for a number of reasons, but luckily, there’s an easy way to help cut down on them – and other types of illnesses to boot. A UV air purifier installed in your furnace ducts could be just the thing to shut them down.

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Gas vs. Electric: What’s the Best Furnace for You?

January 16th, 2017

Winters are cold in Lewes, DE, and a forced-air furnace is a popular option for many homes trying to keep warm. They’re economical and easy to use, which makes them the go-to choice when installing a new system. But furnaces are further subdivided between gas-fed units and those that use electricity to run. If you’re preparing to buy a new furnace, it behooves you to understand the benefits and drawbacks that each one offers. Every home is different and the type that works best for you depends on your particular circumstances. It pays to consult with a trained expert when making your decision.

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Replace a Cracked Heat Exchanger Immediately

January 9th, 2017

A gas furnace makes an effective and reliable means of heating your home during our cold winters. They’re long-lasting and do their jobs without much fuss. But every system suffers from wear and tear, and when it comes to heating systems, you need to keep an eye out for any problems that develop. In particular, watch for signs of a cracked heat exchanger: a serious problem in need of addressing immediately.

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Don’t Rely on Closed Vents to Control Your Air Flow

January 2nd, 2017

Bridgeville, DE has a large number of gas furnaces, which provide effective and inexpensive warmth in an eminently reliable fashion. But like any other appliances, they can run into trouble from time to time, and when they do, you need a quality repair service to get it fixed. Sometimes, you can inadvertently hasten that damage simply by attempting to use the system in a manner that it wasn’t intended. For example, some people will close a large number of vents in their home in order to guide the heat into one particular location. This can work in some cases, but there’s a significant cost.

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