The Benefits of Whole – House Zone Control

Creating zoned heating and cooling within your home is a relatively simple process, which can create added indoor comfort and reduced energy costs. A zoned HVAC system supplies only the amount of warm or cool air you select for each zoned area. There’s one damper and one thermostat for each zone.  Most homes with zoned…

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8 Handy Uses for Chalk

When you think of chalk, you probably think of math problems on elementary school black boards and sidewalk drawings on a warm summer day. Well, in addition to being a teacher’s helper and childhood favorite, chalk has a host of surprising uses all over the home. From helping out with home improvement tasks to stopping…

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How to Ensure Furnace Safety

If your furnace has a pilot light, that’s kind of like having a pet – something else other than your kids that requires regular, if not constant, monitoring.  Not just for the fun of it, mind you, but for the safety of your home and family. Pilot lights – which have been replaced by electronic…

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Sometimes, the Lowest Price Isn’t Your Best Option

The dog-eat-dog world of commerce can work for or against you, and often at the same time. Let’s say, for example, you’re planning to replace your heating or air conditioning system, and you’re determined to purchase the lowest price option, because “Nobody’s going to rip me off!”  And yet, so many times when price is…

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The History of Air Conditioning and How It Changed America

We admit it – we’ve already got a touch of spring fever and it’s not even February yet.  Oh well, what’s the harm, right? Well, in our line of work, once thoughts of spring come to mind, so do thoughts of air conditioning.  And then it hit us:  wouldn’t it be a refreshing change of…

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How to Organize Your Home in 30 Days

  A new year is upon us and it’s time to start acting on your resolutions. And now for the good news:  if organizing your home is on the list, we can help make this seemingly daunting and time-consuming task a bit more manageable. Just tackle two of these simple to-dos a week and see…

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How to Plan for a Winter Power Outage

When strong winds, slippery roads, and high snow accumulations combine, the results can be treacherous. But by staying safe and warm, most people can ride out a winter storm with a minimum of distress. But what happens when a winter storm results in a temporary power outage? Whether it’s expected to last 2 hours or…

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6 Creative Uses for Your Crock Pot

It’s a staple in pretty much every kitchen, and great for whipping up some hot and spicy chili or a warm pot of stew. But what you may not realize is that the slow, even heating of your crock pot makes it ideal for several out-of-the-ordinary uses. So, pull out that slow cooker and have…

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The Multiple Benefits of House Plants

It’s a lucky thing most of us don’t suffer from claustrophobia given the amount of time we spend indoors during a typical DFW winter. When the first signs of spring occur, we practically sprint our way to the backyard or front porch to fully embrace the warmer, balmy air and sunshine. In the meantime, there’s…

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Why You Shouldn’t Cover Your Air Conditioner During the Winter

As you drive through the suburbs of the Dallas/Fort Worth area during the heating season, here’s something you’re bound to see over and over again:  neatly wrapped and tied outdoor AC condensing units. After all, since covers are sold in the first place, buying them to cover your AC unit must be the smart move,…

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