Space Heater Safety Tips

ways to improve your indoor comfort during the long, cold winter months. Well, just in case it’s not already on your list, let’s make it umpteen plus one: using a space heater or two to augment what your central heating system already provides. Sounds simple enough, right? You have room that’s not quite as warm…

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Is it Time for a New Furnace?

Is it Time for a New Furnace? If your furnace is 10-15 years old, it’s already reached its average lifespan.  If it’s even older and still working fine, consider yourself among the fortunate few. But here’s the thing:  no matter how new or old it might be, it won’t last forever.  So, is this the…

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What to Do When the Power Goes Out.

Whether or not we’re headed for more and more severe weather remains to be seen. All we know for sure is that we’re susceptible to it, and need to take proper precautions to protect family, home, and belongings. At the same time, you don’t need an oncoming hurricane or other force of nature to alter…

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4 Tips for Great Indoor Wood Fires

If you feel like you’re not yet master of your own wood fireplace, here’s a crash course on how to advance your skill set by creating and sustaining longer-lasting fires with greater heat generation. Wood Stove vs. Fireplace It’s easier to get a fire started in a conventional fireplace, but easier to keep one going…

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How to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

As the weather gradually turns cooler and the “Cool” setting gets shifted to “Heat” on your thermostat, those won’t be the only changes you start to notice. Little by little, your indoor air will begin to dry out and, with that, comes an inevitable set of consequences…dry, itchy skin in particular, not to mention bloody…

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“Must” Home Maintenance Chores

You know the old expression:  “If these walls could talk!” Quaint and wistful, don’t you think? But its core message is that walls really CAN’T talk Not to mention lights, furnaces, AC condensing units, windows, doors and other inanimate objects. Here at Optimum Air, we respectfully disagree. Oh, sure, they can’t actually speak any more…

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How Your AC Evaporator Coils Can Freeze, and What Happens When They Do

Time for a little AC 101 – at least until we get to the meat of this blog. Your home air conditioning system consists of three main parts: the outside condensing unit, indoor air handler, and the air ducts that deliver cool, fresh air through your vents or registers. While companies like ours perform countless…

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How Improved Air Circulation Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

The older your AC system, the more it costs to run it – just a simple fact of life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. But that doesn’t mean you should be content with those ever-climbing utility bills. In fact, go ahead and get mad at them if it helps. Even better, resolve to do something…

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Does My Home Need More Attic Ventilation?

Roofing experts claim the majority of U.S. homes do not have proper attic (or roof) ventilation. That can lead to severe roof damage plus big spikes in your energy bills. Without proper ventilation, attic temperatures can climb to 140 degrees and higher during the summer months. What does it feel like? Just like the inside…

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Clean Floors Lead to Cleaner Indoor Air

For many home owners in the DFW area, indoor air quality is a daily concern as they seek to copy with symptoms from allergies, asthma, and other upper respiratory ailments. Still, there’s plenty you can do to help your own cause, and that includes keeping your floors as clean as possible.  Here are a few…

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