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The Dangers of Dirty Furnace Burners

When you think about dangerous things around your home, you may imagine sharp objects, electrical problems or slip and fall issues. However, there is a danger you may have never imagined, and it is found in a rather unsuspecting place—your furnace. Dirty furnace burners can be a major home hazard and one that is commonly overlooked even by those people who are prudent in home security. Discover why and what you can do to avoid this danger in your home.

What Does the Energy Star Label Mean?

When looking for a new appliance, homeowners and property owners will see many models that have an energy star label. These labels are found on all kinds of appliances, and homeowners might see one on an air conditioner, heater, dishwasher, refrigerator or any number of other appliances. Here’s a look at what this label actually means.

Should I Service My Air Conditioner Every Year?

Your HVAC system is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and comfortable all year long. However, if you are waiting until something goes wrong to have an HVAC expert look at your system, you could be putting more stress on it than you need to, and shortening its lifespan. We’ve gathered a few reasons why you should have this system serviced yearly. By following this advice, it may

What Causes Loud Noises from My Pipes?

When the plumbing in your home is operating at peak efficiency, it should be so quiet that you don’t even realize it’s there. If your pipes do start making their presence known, usually in the form of loud banging or other noises that seem to happen whenever you flush the toilet or run your washing machine, you could be looking at a small-yet-irritating sign of a much larger problem.

5 Low-Flow Toilet Benefits

When you think about ways to upgrade your home, there are the “fun” upgrades like granite countertops and hardwood floors. However, other upgrades are more functional than fun, such as electrical or plumbing work. That’s what a low-flow toilet is—all work, no play.

How to Save Money When Making Plumbing Upgrades

Plumbing problems can interfere with daily activities and wind up costing you a lot of money in the long run. You can’t have the basic necessities like running water if you have a plumbing issue. And it may be wise to consider upgrading your plumbing fixtures to save time and money. Here are a few suggestions to save money with plumbing upgrades.

D-I-Y Plumbing Tricks

Plumbing mishaps rarely seem to happen during normal business hours, and few things ruin an otherwise enjoyable evening or weekend faster than an unexpected plumbing situation. Fortunately, anyone who’s even marginally handy with basic household maintenance tasks can usually apply a fix that lasts until a plumbing professional can arrive on the scene. The following are three common plumbing emergencies and what you can do to keep them from raining on your leisure time parade.

Ask Questions About Pipes Before you Buy a Home

Whether you’re upgrading, downsizing or are a first-time buyer entering the market, there are countless parts of the house you’ll want to go over in detail. While the home inspection will cover their condition, many buyers neglect the pipes as they’re (mostly) hidden and are the last thing on their mind. To help prevent or at least prepare for costly repairs down the line, here are three questions you should ask about the pipes before you buy a home.

Chemical vs. “Natural” Drain Cleaners

So, you have a clogged drain—what do you do? If you are like most people, you would like to resolve the immediate problem yourself so you can get on with your day-to-day life. This involves one of two things—a chemical drain cleaner or a “home remedy” (natural drain cleaner). Depending on who you ask, one of the other may be a much better choice. We would like to get to the bottom of the debate and make it easier for

The Pros and Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater can be a wonderful addition to a home. Instead of continuously storing hot water, tankless units heat the water when the faucet is turned on. These units are also called ‘on-demand,’ or ‘instantaneous’ water heaters. However, this type of water heater is not for everyone. Take a look at the pros and cons of an on-demand water heater to decide if this kind of water heater is right for you.