Frymire Home Services Blog

Should I Have My Water Tested?

December 10th, 2018

water-testingWe rely on our taps for clean, potable drinking water, and often we have nothing to worry about. Homeowners don’t typically feel the need to schedule water testing services, but it never hurts to know exactly what is in your home’s water, especially if you and your family frequently drink from the tap. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” At Frymire Home Services, we recommend municipal water testing, especially if you start to notice anything funky about your water supply.

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Should I Forget About My Ducts and Go With a Ductless System?

November 26th, 2018

ductless-heat-pump-controlsThe classic central AC and furnace setups use ducts: the ventilation system that transports cooled or heated air through to all the rooms of your home. It’s a fast and effective way of treating your entire home with air.

Yet, if you’ve heard of all the wonderful benefits of ductless mini split heat pumps, then you know that they do away with the ducts entirely. This comes with its own benefits and makes for an attractive option… but what are you supposed to do with your ducts, then? The real question becomes: “Should I just forget about my ducts in favor of ductless?”

We can help you find the answer below.

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Maximizing Heat Pump Efficiency for Summer and Winter

November 12th, 2018

ductless-heat-pumpBeyond the installation, the true game of owning an HVAC system is all about lowering monthly operational costs. While heat pumps are already notorious for their efficiency, the efficiency rating is just one factor of the entire efficiency equation.

Whether it’s by taking advantage of the heat pump’s features, or through changing your own usage habits, there are plenty of ways to increase your efficiency. We’ll cover just three of them in today’s post.

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Upgrading Your HVAC System? Consider A Dual Fuel System

October 29th, 2018

gas-burner-flameAir conditioners are pretty straight-forward. They run as well as their equipment allows them to. When it comes to forced-air heating, however, there are other factors that influence efficiency. Furnaces provide powerful and consistent heating, but they’re not always efficient in moderate cold. Heat pumps make a great alternative, but they don’t always perform the best in lower temperatures.

A dual fuel system, however, allows you to have the best of both worlds. We’ll go into more detail on that below.

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An FAQ for Finding a New Water Heater

October 15th, 2018

blue-question-markIs it time to replace your water heater for a new model? Whether you want to try something different, your water usage habits have changed, or your current heater is in its golden years, you most likely have plenty of questions about what kind of water heaters are out there on the market. While this isn’t a definitive guide to water heaters, we hope to answer some of the most basic, but frequently asked questions, we’ve received about them.

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You Can’t DIY These Plumbing Problems

October 1st, 2018

flooded-houseThat headline isn’t us trying to challenge you. Trying to DIY these plumbing problems is really against your best interest. Read on, and we’ll try to convince you.

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Consider a Smart or Wireless Thermostat

September 17th, 2018

smart-thermostatBeing completely honest and upfront here, you might not need a smart or wireless thermostat. At the very least, however, you really should get a programmable thermostat. These are a step above the basic digital ones. Instead of having to change your thermostat in the morning and night manually, these ones will do it for you. Introducing automation—and removing human error—is the first step in running a highly efficient HVAC system.

However, being completely honest and upfront, a smart thermostat can give you a nice boost in monthly energy savings. We’ll explain further down below:

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Causes of Water Pressure Problems

September 3rd, 2018

low-water-pressure-from-faucetWater pressure is vital to the functioning of your plumbing system. Without it, the water wouldn’t be able to travel through your pipes! We don’t even realize it, but many of us have become accustomed to the feeling of our water pressure—when that pressure suddenly drops or increases, it’s definitely noticeable (especially if we’re talking about low pressure from the showerhead).

A sudden change in water pressure is a cause for concern. The problems can be as simple as turning a valve, or it could indicate a leak.

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Are Your Ducts Beyond Repair?

August 19th, 2018

hvac-technician-repairing-ductworkThe ducts are the tunnels of vents that send cool and warm air around your home. It’s hard to imagine why they would need to be replaced. After all, how much damage could they take if all they do is help blow some air around?

In this post, we’ll help explain a few reasons for how and why your ducts might fall beyond repair.

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The Whole Family Benefits From A Zone Control System

August 6th, 2018

family-relaxing-together-in-living-roomCan an air conditioner be family-friendly? Beyond the normal use of having it cool your home, you’d probably never think of an AC in that way. However, with a zone control system, you can turn it into a device that considers the needs of everyone in your family.

Not only that, there are various benefits that will keep the energy costs down, too. Who doesn’t love saving money?

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