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7 Ways to Heat Your Home

7 Ways to Heat Your Home When you think of home, what comes to mind? For many of us, thoughts of home bring to mind a warm, cozy atmosphere with a toasty fireplace in the living room. A warm home brings comfort and security, a safe haven for your family. …

Heating Tips to Stay Warm this Winter

Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill. No matter what kind of heating system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining …

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How Does an Oil Furnace Work?

Oil-fired heating systems distribute heat in one of three ways: warm air through vents, hot water through baseboards, or steam through radiators. Your thermostat senses that the room temperature has fallen below your thermostat setting and sends a signal to your heating system to provide heat for your home. When …

How Many Homes Use Electric Heat vs Natural Gas?

As energy awareness increases and alternative choices for energy production seem to be in the news lately, you might ask if your neighbors are still using traditional energy or newer choices for their heating needs.  There has been much talk of solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energy and how these …

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Why Quiet Appliances Make A Difference to Your Hearing

The secret to buying appliances that aren’t too loud for your home   THE QUESTION REALLY ISN’T HOW LOUD IS A DECIBEL, BUT HOW LOUD IS TOO LOUD? A decibel (dB) is simply a unit used to measure the intensity of sounds. On the decibel scale, near total silence is …

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Will A Power Outtage Damage my Appliances?

Are power surges damaging your electronics? An invisible culprit may be harming your devices. Learn how to protect your property. Electrical surges can instantly overload and short out the circuitry of home electronics and anything else plugged into the wall, or they can degrade them over time. Learning more about …

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What is SEER Rating?

What is SEER Rating? In an effort to cut back on energy consumption by Americans, the US Congress enacted laws regarding the labeling of appliances that consumer electricity and natural gas. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. HOW IS IT MEASURED? The SEER measures air conditioning and heat pump …

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What’s the Air Like in my Home?

What’s the Air Like in my Home?   Did you know your home’s air quality affects your everyday health? If you are like most people, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the air you breathe. You probably spend even less time thinking about the air inside your …

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The 6 worst cities in America for Asthma

The 6 worst cities in America for Asthma For most people the simple act of taking a breath is something they rarely think about.  But for someone with asthma, breathing can be a real struggle.  And since it is essential at every moment, it can be very scary when those …

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How to Save Money from Your Thermostat

Most homeowners are going to have to devote some finances and planning time every month to dealing with a monthly budget. Few of us enjoy unlimited money every month, so we have to be careful with how much we spend. Your energy bill is one of those areas that’s considered …