How to Determine the Best Home Heating System for You

How to Determine the Best Home Heating System for YouOf all the decisions you make as a homeowner, few impact your comfort and budget as much as home heating systems. The two most common types include forced-air furnaces and heat pumps, along with radiant heating systems. Both provide comfortable and dependable home heating, but one may be better than the other based on the layout of your home or family health circumstances.

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How to Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Working

How to Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are WorkingThe prevalence of gas heating in Grand Traverse County means reliably working carbon monoxide detectors are a must in our area. Like all electrical devices, these detectors can develop faults and should be tested regularly.

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Here’s Why Shutting Rooms is a Bad Idea for Energy Conservation

Here's Why Shutting Rooms is a Bad Idea for Energy ConservationIf you want to conserve energy, don’t fall prey to the urban myth about closing vents in seldom-used rooms. The truth is, shutting a room won’t help you save energy, and it can have a number of serious consequences, such as:

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How Do You Clean Your Heat Vents?

How Do You Clean Your Heat Vents?They’re easy to overlook, but your heat vents play an important role in your heating system’s ability to get you through the Grand Traverse County area’s chilly winters comfortably and economically. Keeping those vents clean helps ensure they can do their job.

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When Should You Install Radiant Heating?

When Should You Install Radiant Heating?If you’re investigating radiant heating, you may have heard that it’s only possible to have it installed in warmer weather. That was the case when the heating mechanism had to be set into a freshly-poured concrete slab that had to cure.

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Basics of Solar Safety

Basics of Solar SafetyTo get all the benefits of solar power, make sure you know some of the basics of solar safety. A solar system installed in your home can substantially reduce dependence on power from the utility grid and cut monthly electric bills drastically. Professionally installed solar systems are mature, proven technology that meets strict electrical and fire codes.

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Keep Your Home’s Air Fresh

Keep Your Home’s Air FreshIf you’re lucky enough to live in a tight, energy efficient home, you may need more fresh air ventilation to keep the indoor air healthy. Fresh air is especially important during the heating season, and ways exist for you to keep your air fresh without driving up heating bills.

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Plungers, Augers, and Snakes — Oh My! A Look Inside the Plumber’s Toolbox

Plungers, Augers, and Snakes — Oh My! A Look Inside the Plumber's ToolboxIt’s often said that to get the best results with any project, you need the right tool for the job. That’s why the licensed plumber carries around an extensive array of specialized tools — much more, in fact, than most handymen are likely to have at their disposal.

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Conserve Water in Your Home With These Plumbing Fixtures

Conserve Water in Your Home With These Plumbing FixturesModern plumbing fixtures have come a long way in terms of conserving water. Homeowners have recognized the benefits of these newer, more efficient appliances, as they learn they not only save on their water bills but also help safeguard their community’s water supplies for coming years.

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Using and Maintaining a Garbage Disposal

Using and Maintaining a Garbage DisposalA garbage disposal is handy to have, but if not maintained properly, it can end up worse than useless. Use and care for your disposal correctly, though, and it will stay in good shape for years.

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