What you should know about furnace energy efficiency
Nov29

What you should know about furnace energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the top priorities for people looking to purchase a new furnace. That's because the higher a unit's energy efficiency rating, the more likely a homeowner is to see lower utility bills. Highly energy efficient home furnaces simply pay for themselves over time.

But there's more to finding the right furnace for your home[...]

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Run your furnace more efficiently this winter with these tips
Oct29

Run your furnace more efficiently this winter with these tips

‘Tis the season once again and your furnace is about to get another winter workout.

But before you reach for the thermostat, there are a few winter heating tips you should know that can help keep your home’s furnace operating as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible.

Many of these tips are small changes you can make to your[...]

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Why you should get your furnace serviced this fall
Sep30

Why you should get your furnace serviced this fall

There’s a definite chill in the air and day seems to fade to night a lot sooner than it did even a couple weeks ago. That can mean only one thing: Fall is here - and it’s time to get your home’s furnace serviced.

Don’t ignore an annual furnace check-up. You may be enjoying more open windows now, but pretty soon you will[...]

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When to open windows vs. use AC in late summer, early fall
Aug29

When to open windows vs. use AC in late summer, early fall

Late summer has an reinvigorating energy to it that no other part of a season can claim. Travel and vacations wind down, kids are headed back to school and all those school-related activities start to pick back up.

At night and early in the mornings, there may be a chill in the air that signals autumn’s arrival is approaching fast.[...]

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Keep your home cool this summer with these tips
Jul30

Keep your home cool this summer with these tips

The balance between being comfortable and protecting your bank account from sky-high utility bills can be hard to find in the summer.

While it could be tempting to let your air conditioner run as much as possible, this is probably not the best strategy for lowering cooling costs this time of year.

Here are some tips on how to keep your home cool[...]

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How to prevent common summer plumbing problems
Jun28

How to prevent common summer plumbing problems

Plumbing problems are pretty common in the summer. That’s because, in general, people are much more active.

From more running around and needing hydration, to washing dirty clothes more frequently and, of course, increased use for gardening and landscaping purposes, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a home’s plumbing gets used[...]

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5 ways to save money on cooling costs this spring and summer
May29

5 ways to save money on cooling costs this spring and summer

As the temperature begins to steadily rise to warmer levels, more and more families will be looking toward their air conditioners to provide a little more comfort. In just a couple more months, the thermostat will really get a workout as people look for relief from the heat.

Hopefully you have had your home’s A/C unit serviced and know that[...]

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Why you should have your AC unit serviced each spring
Apr30

Why you should have your AC unit serviced each spring

Spring is here. Finally!

But that means there are things around the home that you need to check, clean and replace.

One of the first things you will want to take a look at is your air conditioning unit. Maybe you still won’t need it for a month or so, but it is always best to know your AC unit will work when you do need to turn it on for[...]

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Why geothermal energy could be right for your home
Mar31

Why geothermal energy could be right for your home

Utility bills are huge expenses for homeowners. In fact, the US Department of Energy says nearly half of the $2,200 the average U.S. family spends on energy utility bills goes toward paying for heating and cooling.

But what if you could 30 to 60 percent on your heating costs and 20 to 50 percent on cooling costs?

You can with a geothermal energy[...]

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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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