Frymire Home Services Blog

Save More Money With Regular Maintenance

February 18th, 2019

technician-inspecting-furnaceDid you forget to have your maintenance done at the beginning of the fall or winter? If you’ve made it this far without a repair issue, then we’re happy for you. However, we also can’t ignore the fact that your system may have been performing less efficiently during that time. In other words, you may have been paying more than was necessary!

While many homeowners think that maintenance is nothing more than a preventive service, they would be missing out on the larger picture. As it turns out, maintenance is the best way to save your money throughout the lifespan of your furnace.

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Here Are Some Tips for Lowering Your Water Bill

February 4th, 2019

hand-savagely-wasting-copious-amounts-of-waterAs a contractor who performs HVAC services as well as plumbing services, we often get asked about how to lower the monthly cost of heating and cooling the home. When it comes to plumbing, it’s a similar game: people want to know how they can lower their monthly water bill.

The answer to both is virtually the same: use your resources wisely, and don’t be afraid to make upgrades for the sake of efficiency.

In this post, we’ll explain various ways you can start lowering your water bill.

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When a Plumbing Problem Turns Into an Emergency

January 21st, 2019

plumbing-emergencyPlumbing problems are usually pretty simple and easy to deal with. Got a leak? Replace the pipe. Got a clog? Just unclog it.

But that’s not always 100% true. Plumbing is one of those industries where a certain kind of leak can become a full-blown disaster. Where a “basic clog” turns out to be a 150-ton block of congealed fat.

Okay, so you most likely won’t ever encounter a fatberg, but even your own home can host some frightening plumbing emergencies.

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When it Rains, It Pours: Consider A Sump Pump

January 7th, 2019

sump-pumpIf your home has a basement or crawl space, the bad news is that they’ll be regularly tested by wet conditions every year. The good news is that your home doesn’t have to succumb to mother nature when you have a sump pump! Below, we’ll explain the effect excess water can have on these low spaces and how a sump pump will help.

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When Is the Best Time for A Duct Cleaning?

December 24th, 2018

before-after-duct-cleaningFor most HVAC services, there’s rarely any harm in having a particular service done at a particular time of year. For example, there’s no reason you can’t get heater maintenance during the middle of the summer (we would actually recommend it).

Duct cleaning is no different, but if we had to give you our advice about when you should have it done, we’d say right before winter, possibly even before fall. Allow us to explain.

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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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