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Leaks in Your Ductwork?

by vscontent on April 27, 2016

When you started your HVAC for the first time this spring, did you notice that it wasn’t running as efficiently? Is it taking longer to cool your home than in the past? Are there rooms or areas that don’t seem to cool at all? The problem may not be your HVAC. You might be dealing […]

Common Air Conditioning Problems – and the Easy Fixes!

by vscontent on April 22, 2016

The typical lifespan for an air conditioning unit or HVAC is around 12 years. If you have a system that is any older, yet still functioning properly, it’s probably a testament to the annual maintenance – or even the brand. But even if your unit is around that age and has started to malfunction, that […]

Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split

by vscontent on April 15, 2016

  Are you considering getting a ductless mini-split system for your home? Zoned heating makes a lot of sense, especially in homes and apartments that aren’t already equipped with ductwork. There are many reasons someone might look into installing one of these energy-efficient heating and cooling units. You can easily add a new room to […]

Reducing Water Heater Costs

by vscontent on April 8, 2016

If you own a traditional water heater tank, you are probably aware that it must work constantly to keep hot water ready for your use. (A tankless water heater works a bit differently – and is worth considering if you are thinking of replacing your tank.) When the kept water remains inactive, it creates a […]

Spring Allergy Tips | How to Improve Air Quality at Home

by vscontent on April 1, 2016

While the spring in Tacoma brings with it great weather and gorgeous greenery, it also brings a wide array of allergens to the long-suffering masses. When trees begin to bloom and pollen begins to inundate the air, many begin their seasonal ritual of medication, home remedies and air purifying products. According to WebMD, 58 million […]

Air Conditioning Installation Tips

by vscontent on March 28, 2016

An air conditioner is an essential tool in keeping a household healthy and comfortable. It helps to circulate the air, reduces humidity and, of course, keeps the interior at a desirable temperature. A modern A/C unit can last anywhere from 10 – 20 years, so it is imperative that you research the best model on […]

What is Wrong with My Thermostat?

by vscontent on March 17, 2016

If you are having issues with your heating or cooling unit, there might be a problem with your thermostat. Whether it’s an electronic, mechanical or programmable design, a thermostat is a temperature sensitive device that controls your HVAC operation. Before you call an HVAC professional to check out your system, try these thermostat trouble-shooting tips. […]

Early A/C Maintenance Tips

by vscontent on March 14, 2016

Tacoma might be several weeks away from real spring weather, but now is a good time to make sure that your air conditioner is running efficiently for summer. While the cold rain is pouring intermittently outside this weekend, an ambitious homeowner might take a few hours to make sure their A/C unit is ready for […]

The Importance of Replacing Your AC Filter

by vscontent on March 4, 2016

How often do you change the filter on your air conditioner? Was it changed during your last scheduled maintenance? Did you replace it yourself? If you can’t answer the question, then it is probably past time to replace it. During the cooling season (summer – or whenever your AC is running consistently), it’s important to […]

how to improve indoor air quality - DIY IAQ tips

10 Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality (and Wellbeing)

by vscontent on February 17, 2016

Following these indoor air quality (IAQ) tips won’t necessarily stop your allergies or sickness, but they will certainly help. To improve the health and comfort in your home, there are three main strategies for improving indoor air quality: Source Control Improved Ventilation Air cleaners Unfortunately, the solutions mentioned in the above articles by the Environmental Protection Association […]