How Zone Control Helps Improve Your Heating System

October 5th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Heating season is here, and while we may be in for a few more hot days between now and winter the daily temperature is going to drop steadily. That means it’s time to get your heating system ready for the cold season. While central heating has plenty of advantages to recommend it, there are a few disadvantages that you should be aware of. The biggest issue with central heating is that it is unable to change its level of output between rooms. This causes the system to waste a lot of energy on rooms that don’t need it, such as empty rooms or rooms that are better insulated. Fortunately, there is a way to solve this problem. Read on to find out about the benefits of zone control. Continue Reading

The Problem of Pinhole Leaks

September 28th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Leaks have always been a problem for plumbing systems, and can never be fully prevented. However, the advent of copper pipes in the 1960’s was a huge step towards lessening the amount of leaks the average homeowner had to deal with. Copper pipes are highly resistant to rust, which was the number-one cause of leaks in the older iron pipes. However, copper pipes are not invincible. Let’s take a look at one of the biggest problems to afflict copper pipes: pinhole leaks. Continue Reading

When to Replace Your Water Heater

September 21st, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Water heaters are incredibly tough systems. They’re built to last years in constant contact with water, and if you take good care of them they can last even longer. Unfortunately, however, they cannot last forever. At some point, you will eventually have to replace your water heater. If you aren’t sure whether or not your water heater needs replacing, read on. Continue Reading

Now is the Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

September 14th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

With summer winding down, the time is coming near for you to turn off your air conditioner for the rest of the year. Before heating season gets into full swing, however, it’s a good idea to schedule heating maintenance. You don’t want your heating system to break down in the middle of winter, after all. Let’s take a look at why heating maintenance is so integral to keeping your system in good shape. Continue Reading

Signs that You Might Have a Slab Leak

September 7th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Slab leaks are one of the most damaging problems that can afflict a home’s plumbing. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the most difficult problems to detect and fix. The best way to protect against slab leaks is to keep an eye out for the signs that accompany them. The faster you can identify a warning sign that you have a slab leak, the faster you can have it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you might have a slab leak. Continue Reading

Why You Have Ice on Your Air Conditioner

August 31st, 2015 by Bill Chronister

In the middle of summer, a lot of homeowners are going to notice ice forming on their air conditioning units. Many of them don’t know what this means, and some of them will believe it to be a good thing. After all, the air conditioner is supposed to be cold, isn’t it? Actually, ice on your air conditioner is indicative of a very serious problem, one that needs to be fixed if you want to keep your system operating properly. Read on to find out why your air conditioner is icing over. Continue Reading

The Advantages of Ductless Air Conditioning

August 24th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Central air conditioning has much to recommend it, and remains the most popular method for keeping homes cool across the country. However, it is not the only method for staying cool during the summer. Ductless air conditioning is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to central air conditioning. Read on to find out more about ductless air conditioning, and the unique benefits that it can provide. Continue Reading

Why You Should Install an Earthquake Emergency Shutoff Valve

August 11th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Natural gas is a very big part of our society, far more than you probably realize. Every time you turn on a furnace, or a gas stove, or an oven, you’re making use of natural gas. Natural gas is so popular as a fuel type because it has a pretty high ratio of energy produced to the amount of gas burned. While this makes the highly combustible gas great for heating, it also makes it very dangerous under the wrong circumstances. That’s why you should install an earthquake emergency shutoff valve. Read on for more information on why earthquake emergency shutoff valves are necessary in Orange County, CA. Continue Reading

What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment

August 10th, 2015 by Bill Chronister

Water heater maintenance is a very important part of keeping your water heater healthy. While we have written about the benefits of water heater maintenance before, we haven’t really covered what actually happens during a water heater maintenance appointment. We feel that it’s important to know at least some of the procedures associated with water heater maintenance, so you can understand why it’s actually so important. With that in mind, let’s look at some of those procedures now. Continue Reading

Reasons Why You Need to get Your Ducts Tested Every Year

August 3rd, 2015 by Bill Chronister

We’ve posted about the importance of duct sealing on this blog before. Ducts may not seem like they need a lot of professional attention, but they can develop some serious issues if left alone for long enough. One of those serious issues is duct leaks. Duct testing serves as a way to identify any leaks in your ducts, so that they can then be sealed. Let’s take a closer look at what duct testing entails, and why you should have it done at least once a year. Continue Reading