October 28th, 2019
When the window unit was invented in the 1950s, it was a revolution in home cooling. Central air conditioning systems at the time were prohibitively expensive and few homes could afford one. A house needed to be built with a complex ventilation system to even permit central air conditioning. The window AC put an affordable cooling solution into the hands of homeowners. In fact, we can credit the window air conditioning unit with helping to spread the population through the sunbelt. It was easier than ever to live in a warm climate.
That was a long time ago. The central AC is the affordable standard for new homes. If your home uses window units but lacks the space for ductwork, you may think you don’t have the option for a better type of system.
But you do! It’s called the ductless mini split system, a.k.a. ductless heating and cooling. It allows you to ditch those ugly, inefficient, and limited window air conditioners and enjoy cooling throughout the house.
October 22nd, 2019
On Tuesday, October 22, a swarm of seven or more tornadoes struck North Texas, causing widespread devastation and extensive power outages. Hundreds of buildings suffered major or minor damage, and 67 were completely destroyed. Over 120,000 customers lost power throughout Dallas.
Thankfully, no one was killed or seriously injured from the disaster. But these fierce tornadoes are a reminder of the importance of safety and preparedness. Below are a few tips to help you prepare in case of extreme weather in the future:
- Know the potential warning signs of an approaching tornado: a dark or green-colored sky; large hail; a dark, low-lying cloud; or a roaring sound similar to a freight train. If you notice these conditions, tune into local radio or TV stations for advisories.
- Set up an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, and medication.
- Have fresh batteries and a battery-operated internet-enabled device to allow you to listen to emergency information.
- Know where to take shelter from a tornado. Avoid windows, go to the basement or an inside room on the lower floor away from windows—a bathroom or closet is best. The CDC has more information about finding shelter.
If your house was damage during the recent tornado swarm, please make checks of all your utilities. Gas leaks are a significant concern—turn off the gas valve to the house to help stay safe until you can have certified professionals check the gas lines. If you smell electrical burning or see frayed wires, shut off the power at the electrical box. If you’ve lost water, there may be damage to the water main. A damaged sewer line is also a possibility.
For assistance with major plumbing issues in your home, or to replace damaged heating and air conditioning equipment, you can rely on our team for repairs, replacements, and more.
October 14th, 2019
If you suspect that the air in your house isn’t as fresh and healthy as it should be, you’re probably correct. Poor indoor air quality is a major problem throughout the US, and studies have shown that it’s often four to five times worse than outdoor air quality. Even if you have no specific reasons to suspect bad air in your house, it’s smart to have it checked. Poor indoor air quality can be sneaky: you and your family may experience a few less colds and flus during the year with IAQ improvements.
Why is IAQ often so bad in homes? Although your house may have specific issues with indoor pollutants, we can make a generalization about its poor indoor air quality…