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Fun Heating Facts

The Romans were the first to use a heating system. This heating system was called a “hypocaust.” It sent furnace heat through the floors and walls of the homes of rich Romans.  Radiators were once built out of cast iron, making them incredibly heavy—around 500 lbs. per square foot. Ford Motor Company was the first to develop …

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Water Heater Safety

You’ve heard before that you should have a licensed plumber handle and maintain your water heater, but do you know why? Water Heaters Are Connected to Gas or Electricity Gas Water Heater: A gas water heater can potentially develop a gas leak and the small ignition flame can ignite the gas, causing a catastrophic explosion. …

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HVAC Maintenance Guide for the Busy Homeowner

Wake up, get the kids to school, work, eat, sleep…wake up, get the kids to school, work, eat, sleep…and repeat… With all of the conveniences of modern life, we still find ourselves stretched thin and constantly running out of time. Where does that leave your HVAC system? Probably at the bottom of your to-do list! …

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Is Your Water Pressure Too High?

Just like arteriosclerosis (high blood pressure) is a silent killer, high water pressure and plumbing issues are silent problems. If undetected or left untreated, both can cause serious complications. Do you know what to look for? Banging pipes: One of the most common signs of high water pressure is a banging sound in the pipes. …

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Wi-Fi Thermostats: Do You Need One?

Everyone wants to save money, to be energy efficient, and most of all, to know what is happening inside their home at all times. Did you know that a Wi-Fi thermostat can give you peace of mind? By now you probably know someone who has one. But what does it really do? Easily programmable: Download …

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: When to DIY and When to Call a Professional

Your property’s air conditioning system is the source of major comfort for all those under your roof. In the warmer summer months, air conditioning provides much-needed relief from the heat outside by cooling your indoor space to an acceptable temperature. In the event that your AC stops working, it can mean a host of problems …

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The Real Solution to Your Smelly Garbage Disposal

Does your garbage disposal smell like, well, garbage? This relatively common issue is one that no homeowner should have to put up with. Garbage disposals are supposed to do away with food and other organic materials. They are not, however, supposed to retain the smell of refuse or sewage. Read on to learn more about …

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What You Can Flush Down the Toilet — And Lavatory Lies We Have All Believed

The toilet: a porcelain throne designed for one purpose, yet used for many. For some, the toilet is a small but necessary part of the day: a quick pit-stop in the middle of a busy routine. For others, the toilet is a place of comfort and relaxation: a seat on which to linger, located inside …

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Things Are Heating Up This Summer! 5 Tips to Ensure Your Air Conditioning System Can Cool You Down

With the impressively hot southern California summer approaching, make the most of your air conditioning with these 5 tips on air conditioning efficiency.  Air conditioning systems circulate refrigerant through your system that transfers heat by converting from gas to liquid. Air conditioning is essential for home owners and business owners looking to maximize the comfort …

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Is My Indoor Air Quality Worse Than My Outdoor Air Quality?

With the rise of industrialization and urbanization, air quality has become an ever-growing concern across the world. Outside, emissions from manufacturing plants, automobiles and other man-made sources have contributed to small but significant changes in the chemical composition of the air in many developed and developing regions. However, air quality is not just an outdoor …

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Tanked Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

In today’s homes and businesses, there are two types of water heaters primarily used: tanked water heaters and tankless water heaters. Tanked Water Heaters are the older and more common form of water heating system which have the benefits of lower installation costs and no natural gas or circuitry changes upon installation. Tankless water heaters …

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An Introduction to Hard Water: Facts and Treatment Options

If you live in San Diego or Southern California in general, you’ve likely heard about hard water. Virtually omnipresent in our region of the world, hard water is a substance that’s still mysterious to many homeowners and business owners. Most know that it can be damaging, but few know what hard water actually is, how …

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