How to handle frozen pipes in winter
Feb25

How to handle frozen pipes in winter

The months of December, January and February are normally the coldest months of the year throughout the United States, according to The Weather Channel.

Here in northwest Iowa, winter more often than not comes with those bitterly cold temperatures that most of the Upper Midwest also feel. Our winter season can sometimes stretch itself even[...]

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How to Save Money and Your Furnace This Winter
Jan28

How to Save Money and Your Furnace This Winter

With temperatures dropping and staying consistently low this time of year, your furnace is likely getting a workout. More run time for your furnace means higher monthly heating bills.

If your energy bill seems to spike in colder months, you're not alone. According to the Department of Energy, heating makes up 45 percent of energy bills in the[...]

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8 Need-to-Know Tips for Heating and Cooling Your New Construction Home
Dec15

8 Need-to-Know Tips for Heating and Cooling Your New Construction Home

In 2018 alone, approximately 1.23 million new homes were built across the country. That's a lot of opportunities to find your dream home.

Once you do, you'll need to start thinking about making the house as efficient as possible.

Believe it or not, heating and cooling costs are some of the biggest expenses homeowners face each year. And they[...]

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Furnace Replacement: 9 Telltale Signs It's Time to Replace Your Furnace
Nov16

Furnace Replacement: 9 Telltale Signs It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

Do you want to get a scare in two sentences? Let's do that for you.

It's a 33-degree winter night and you turn on your heating. The old furnace broke down and you'll have to pay for repairs in cash.

Scary, right? The average furnace repair cost can be between $20-$1500, depending on the damage. Why waste that on an old unit when you can save[...]

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10 Things to Look for When Choosing Your Next Plumber
Oct26

10 Things to Look for When Choosing Your Next Plumber

As a responsible homeowner, you know how important it is to keep your home maintained. You recognize that a well-kept home is more valuable than a neglected one.

That's no easy - or cheap - feat. In fact, statistics show that maintenance and repairs cost the average homeowner one to four percent of the home's value each year. It's clear that such[...]

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How to Save Money on Your Plumbing Repair Costs
Sep23

How to Save Money on Your Plumbing Repair Costs

Unexpected repairs at your home or business always seem to pop up at the most inopportune time. It's up to you to do everything you can to limit the amount of repair work you need done.

When you have a serious plumbing issue, ignoring it isn't an option. Unfortunately, plumbing repair costs can add up over time.

Even if you've set aside money[...]

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Where's The Best Place to Put Your HVAC Unit in a New Build?
Aug20

Where's The Best Place to Put Your HVAC Unit in a New Build?

When designing your home, the placement of your HVAC unit may seem like one of the least important parts of the puzzle. However, poor placement of either your indoor or outdoor HVAC unit can lead to large headaches down the road.

Placing your unit in the wrong spot can make the system work harder than it needs to, lead to maintenance issues, and[...]

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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your AC Unit
Jul16

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your AC Unit

Americans don't enjoy the heat, at least not inside of buildings. One strong indicator is that annual cooling costs in the US run into the tens of billions.

That's a serious commitment to keeping the hot air outside.

Of course, an AC unit is a machine. Sure, you can maintain them and even extend their lives. There will come a point when you must[...]

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8 Ways to Save Money On Air Conditioning This Summer
Jun13

8 Ways to Save Money On Air Conditioning This Summer

Summer is almost here, and with it comes unbearable heat.

It might be tempting to rush for the air conditioning to try and cool down your home, but this can make your electricity bill skyrocket.

In the United States, air conditioning costs for homeowners hit about $29 billion each year. It's hard enough to take refuge from the sweltering heat, but[...]

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Switching from Heat to Air Conditioning: Spring/Summer Cooling Tips
May22

Switching from Heat to Air Conditioning: Spring/Summer Cooling Tips

Summer is coming, and for certain parts of the United States, that means temperatures over 120 degrees! In some areas, even spring can get hot.

The solution for many households dealing with sweltering weather in the coming months is an excellent air conditioner.

But did you know air conditioners that have been laying dormant all year should get[...]

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Top 6 Most Efficient Home Cooling Options In 2018
Apr23

Top 6 Most Efficient Home Cooling Options In 2018

You've spent the day in the blazing sun with your buddies, having a great time, and now all you'd like to do is cool off. You step into your home and are greeted by... more heat.

Unsatisfied, you consider your options. You have a few fans that might be able to push the warm air from your home and bring in something cooler from outside.

You could[...]



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7 Signs of a Leaking Pipe in Your Home
Mar28

7 Signs of a Leaking Pipe in Your Home

The EPA estimates that 1 trillion gallons of water get wasted every year due to a leaking pipe. Their research shows that around 10% of homeowners are making up the bulk of this waste at over 90 gallons per day.

Much of this water goes unnoticed by unwary homeowners. But over a short time, when unaddressed, not only are people wasting a lot of[...]

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