The Triangle area may not get the huge, 8 foot-snowfalls seen in areas such as Buffalo or Wyoming, but that’s very little comfort when your heat isn’t working! The fall isn’t too early to take a careful look at your heating system to ensure that it’s in perfect working order before an ice storm hits Raleigh or Durham.
Did you know that most Christmas tree fires are caused by trees being too close to the heating source? We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday. The good news is a bit of precaution and common sense will make your holidays a lot safer. Follow these tips to ensure a holly jolly Christmas for everyone.
The crisp, cool air of October is much more than a break from the oppressive summer humidity; it’s also a reminder that Halloween is coming! October is a good time to remember that spooky tales aren’t just for the campfire. A frightening monster may be lurking around the back of your house, one that will give you quite a chill. This fall, pay close attention to these four alarming tales of “monsters” that can damage your heating system and leave you out in the cold.
The cliché reminds us that “a man’s home is his castle,” implying that home is much more than a dwelling place—it’s a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the world. Perhaps at one time you dreamed of living in a castle, living the lush lives of lords and ladies of the royal court, just like the scenes in epic movies. In actuality, your home is far from a castle, and when you know all the effort it took to heat one, you’ll be thankful that it’s not. (You’ll be even more thankful for a reliable heating system.)
There are few things cozier than a warm fireplace. As the crackling flames cast a gentle glow across the living room, it’s the perfect time to relax on the couch with a warm book. Even better, using your fireplace can actually reduce your energy bills…right? This is just one of the many heating myths that can leave you—and your wallet—out in the cold. We break down fact vs. fiction to help you prepare for the winter.
If your home is a castle, then your backyard is an oasis. Is it filled with swing sets and soccer nets? Maybe you have a cute doghouse or rose garden that is the envy of the neighborhood. Throughout the Southeast, there are few simple pleasures more refreshing than a family cookout with burgers sizzling on the grill and a huge glass of refreshing sweet tea. Your heating and air conditioning system doesn’t have to be an eyesore and ruin picture perfect landscaping. There are several simple, do-it-yourself ideas that can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your HVAC. See 5 decorative ways to cover your HVAC unit!
You’ve had your eye on the new 2017 Chevy Tahoe for a long time. You’ve checked out the latest edition of Consumer Reports and the Kelley Blue Book to be sure you’ll get a good deal. When you visit the dealership, you “kick the tires,” take it for a test drive and ask about financing. You also ask what parts are covered by the warranty. If you’d put so much time and research into purchasing a car, why wouldn’t you put the same amount of effort in selecting an HVAC system? After all, it’s your home’s most expensive component! See 8 points to remember when selecting a new HVAC unit.
It may surprise you to learn that the innovations that led to air conditioning weren’t about making people comfortable—they were about saving paper. Here’s a basic 4-1-1 on how air condition functions and what you can do to get the most life out of your AC System.
Even with our modern conveniences, sleeping in the summertime can be challenging, and nothing creates a restless night more than waking up drenched in sweaty sheets. Research has actually demonstrated that there is an ideal temperature for sleeping. If it’s too warm, not only will it make it more difficult to go to sleep, but it also causes restlessness and affects dreaming.
Each year, North Carolinians look forward to a holiday getaway, whether it’s for a few weeks or a long weekend. When they get back, they may be surprised by the size of their power bill. A few simple steps can keep your air conditioning running efficiently while you’re gone, without an unexpected expense. Follow these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your system without taking the most out of your paycheck.