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Category: hvac-for-dummies

When Should I Turn my Air Conditioner On?

Happy first day of Spring!  Despite the calendar telling us that it is the first day of spring, it can be hard in Michigan to truly believe that warmer weather is on its way and that it is here to …

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SEER Numbers are Used to Rate Air Conditioners

Well, they just don’t make ’em like they used to anymore. How many times have we heard people remark on how things used to be made better in the past?  There is at least one thing that is made better …

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How did Presidents Stay Cool in the White House?

One of the most famous homes in the United States is The White House.  Like all of us, its various inhabitants throughout the years  have wanted to stay cool in the warm months.  In honor of Presidents’ Day today, here …

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Heating Tips for Avoiding Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very dangerous colorless and odorless gas.  When you are exposed to CO you can have headaches, feel dizzy or sick, and too long of exposure can result in death.  Carbon monoxide is most dangerous for infants …

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How Long Should Your HVAC Equipment Last?

Have you ever wondered how long your HVAC equipment, such as your furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater, should last?  Wonder no more! Here are the typical lifespans: Furnace: 15-20 years Air Conditioner: 10-12 years Hot Water Heater: 10-12 years Are you sensing …

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How to Clean your Air Registers

Most of us wake up on New Year’s Day ready for a fresh start.  We want to eat healthier after a month of drinks and cookies, we are ready to clean out our closets so we can put away our …

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Furnace not Working? It Could Be the Snow

We have had our first big snow of the season in Metro Detroit thanks to Winter Storm Caly, and now we can truly say, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”  However, there are things to consider with a …

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Is My Furnace Too Old?

Does your furnace remember when… Bill Clinton was President? The Magnificent Seven took Gold for the US at the 1996 Olympics? Everyone was dancing the Macarena? Jerry Maguire came out? If so, then your furnace is TOO old. A furnace’s …

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Does Furnace Size Matter?

Does furnace size matter?  YES.  When it comes to buying a furnace there are many things to consider:  size, efficiency, speed, and brand.  A furnace is not one size fits all, and a qualified consultant will help you to determine …

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5 Tips for Staying Warm in the In Between Season

Fall weather in Michigan can be quite fickle.  One day you are raking leaves in a t-shirt and the next day you need to bundle up to head to the apple orchard.  The unpredictable weather doesn’t just make picking out …

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