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What to Do With a Mercury Thermostat

In the past, mercury was commonly used in things such as thermometers and thermostats.  We now know that mercury can be very harmful and hazardous to our health.  Most thermostats sold today do not contain mercury.  However, If your home …

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3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner is not Turning On

So, your air conditioner won’t turn on.  This means that there is a major problem that will end up being very expensive, right?  Not necessarily.  Before jumping to conclusions or immediately calling for help, here are three places in your …

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Heating and Cooling Questions for New Homeowners

Spring time is a time for new beginnings, and it is also a time when many people are moving into new homes.  For those who are becoming first time homeowners, there can be a lot of questions about all aspects …

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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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