Sometimes nature can surprise us in the most destabilizing ways. Disasters like earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, floods, and storms may force you to leave your home and only come back when things have returned to normal. If you are lucky, your house may remain intact and habitable. If this is the case, you will need to inspect your home[...]Read more.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the average American home consumed an annual average of 10,649 kWh in 2019, translating to 877kWh monthly. With the rising concern for the environment and the need to conserve energy, it’s about time every household took an active role in saving energy for the sake of future[...]Read more.
When you live in a home that's not brand new, things are bound to break down. Here are some easy tips for identifying common HVAC problems so you can get them fixed before they become bigger problems.
HVAC troubleshooting can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. Of course, if your HVAC system isn't working properly, you'll want to[...]Read more.
Summer is on its way – and the heat generally associated with the season may be here even sooner than you think.
So, for homeowners, that means it’s time to not only make sure your home’s air conditioner and cooling system are in proper working order, but also going over a refresher of how to give the AC unit a helping hand in[...]Read more.
Spring has arrived and temperatures outside are beginning to rise. That can only mean one thing: It’s almost time to switch from relying on your home’s furnace to provide warmth to turning on the air conditioner to keep the house cool and comfortable.
But while the winter to spring transition can sometimes be as simple as flipping a[...]Read more.
Spring is about a month away, which means it’s time to think more about building up that spring cleaning list and checking a few of those items off the list as soon as possible.
One area of your home that always needs a spring checkup is plumbing, especially after coming out of the winter season. In an ideal world, each area of your[...]Read more.
The word “efficiency” gets thrown around a lot these days. As far as homes go, everyone wants to make sure they have efficient appliances as well as efficient heating and cooling systems installed in their homes.
There is a good reason for this, too. An energy-efficient appliance, furnace or air conditioner will, if installed and[...]Read more.
All homes lose heat in one way or another during the winter season. The warm air your furnace kicks out finds ways to escape and the cold air outside finds ways to creep inside the house. Though some houses lose less heat than others, heat loss is a problem that every homeowner should know how to limit.
For many houses, heat loss starts with[...]Read more.
Being comfortable in your own home is something everyone should be able to enjoy. In the winter, this means making sure your house’s furnace is operating efficiently and can keep your home at a comfortable, consistent temperature.
But not every homeowner does themselves – or their home’s furnace – any favors. There[...]Read more.
Cold weather and plumbing don’t always mix, especially when temperatures dip below freezing. Homeowners need to know this and take the necessary precautions to make sure their home’s plumbing can withstand the winter season.
Homeowners may come to regret not being proactive if they do encounter plumbing problems. Many of the most[...]Read more.
It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already, then it’s likely you will need to turn on your home’s furnace pretty soon in the coming weeks. But before you reach for the thermostat, you may want to check to see if your furnace is in need of a tuneup.
See, while it’s always a good idea to have your furnace[...]
Saving money on cooling your home doesn’t always take larger investments on high-dollar, such as upgrading your air conditioner, replacing windows installing insulation. For many homeowners, a smaller investment will do the trick, such as energy-saving curtains and blinds.
Why cover your windows with better attachments? It’s a heat[...]Read more.
Some air conditioner unit maintenance tasks require the skills and know-how of a trained, certified professional. But not all.
Homeowners who feel comfortable taking a look at their home’s AC units can take a few proactive measures – and even perform a few simple fixes – to help their home air conditioning stay cool and[...]Read more.
It’s a worst-case scenario for many homeowners: a sewer backup in your basement.
When a sewer backs up, it can cause a large amount of damage to flooring, electrical systems, walls, furniture – anything that’s in the basement. The cost of damages can very quickly add up to thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, sewer clogs[...]Read more.
Air conditioning is easy to take for granted. Many homeowners expect to hear the hum of an AC unit kicking on as soon as they reach for the thermostat this time of year. Unfortunately, if the air conditioner has not been maintained or serviced, that expected, comforting hum may instead be dreaded silence.
Even if a home’s AC unit has been[...]Read more.
Every house needs reliable plumbing. There’s no debate about that.
But what some homeowners may not know is that they could be sending money down the drain by not paying attention to the condition of their home’s plumbing, including pipes, appliances and fixtures.
Here’s how you can make sure your home’s plumbing is[...]Read more.
Spring’s arrival, for many, brings with it an urge to refresh and renew around the house. This spring cleaning, as we’ve come to call it, most often involves a thorough look around the home for any sort of dirt and disorganization that’s accumulated and been left alone during fall and winter.
And while there are many, many[...]Read more.
We’ve reached peak winter. It doesn’t get much colder than this. The wind outside may be howling and it’s a safe bet that there’s snow falling or on the ground.
Now is not the time you want your home’s furnace to start causing problems – or fail entirely. However, if you have any doubts about your[...]Read more.
Winter can put your furnace through quite the workout. Add in the fact that your windows may not be doing your heating system any favors and you could be facing utility bills that are far too high thanks to the loss of heat.
To prevent heat loss through windows in your home, you need to know to winterize windows, if needed. Even homes that have[...]Read more.
Homeowners in the Iowa Great Lakes area and throughout Northwest Iowa know that winter weather means a workout for their homes' furnaces. And they're not alone. According to the Department of Energy, heating accounts for 45% of energy bills throughout the country.
That's why now is an excellent time to look for steps you can take to help your[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
‘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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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.[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]
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[...]Read more.
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[...] Read more.
Much of this water goes unnoticed by unwary homeowners. But over a short time, when unaddressed, not only are people wasting a lot of[...] Read more.