Propane vs. Electric Water Heater: Comparing Costs & Efficiency

Propane vs. Electric Water Heater: Comparing Costs & EfficiencyWater heating accounts for about 15 percent of annual household costs. Trimming these expenses can result in substantial savings over the course of a year. Many homeowners use electric water heaters, but propane models also offer several benefits. Here’s a brief comparison to demonstrate the differences between electric and propane water heaters: Read More »

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Can UV Lights Fix Furnace Smells?

Can UV Lights Fix Furnace Smells?Your furnace blower circulates household air many times a day during peak season. This leaves your HVAC system susceptible to contamination by airborne pollutants and microorganisms that can obstruct efficient operation and create odors. Keep reading to learn how UV lights can disinfect household air and destroy the pollutants that cause foul and musty odors in the home. Read More »

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How Long Should a Tankless Water Heater Last For?

How Long Should a Tankless Water Heater Last For?Tankless water heaters have a lifespan nearly twice that of a storage tank water heater. This is because tankless systems don’t have the same exposure and stress conditions as storage tank heaters. On average, a tankless system can last 20 years, compared to only 13 years for storage tank heaters. Its longer lifetime is largely due to less water exposure. Read More »

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Tips to Consider When Selecting a New Water Heater

Tips to Consider When Selecting a New Water HeaterSelecting a new water heater requires evaluating several important factors that influence performance, heater style and operating costs. Here are some suggestions for what to keep in mind when choosing a new residential water heater. Read More »

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Prevent Household Mold Growth with UV Germicidal Lights

Prevent Household Mold Growth with UV Germicidal LightsIs your Hampton Roads home a breeding ground for mold? Southeastern Virginia’s high humidity is a great environment for different mold species to thrive, so taking steps to minimize or prevent mold growth in your home is critical to maintaining healthy indoor air quality. UV germicidal lights installed in your HVAC system can be an effective tool for controlling mold growth in your home. Read More »

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The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water HeatersWater heaters, like other large appliances, aren’t meant to last forever. The average lifespan of a tankless heater is around 10 years, depending on usage, maintenance practices, installation and quality. However, even the most well maintained unit will need to be replaced eventually. A tankless water heater can enhance your Hampton Roads home, but as with any major purchase, you may want to weigh the pros and cons before buying one.   Read More »

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The Importance of Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality in the Office

The Importance of Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality in the OfficeIndoor air quality (IAQ) can have an effect on your productivity, work performance and health. Fortunately, improving office IAQ is within reach if you reduce the amount of airborne pollutants in your building and improve ventilation.   Read More »

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Explore the Many Benefits of Ultraviolet Air Purifiers

Explore the Many Benefits of Ultraviolet Air PurifiersWhile mechanical air filters can address a variety of air quality issues in your home, ultraviolet air purifiers are the only appliances that can effectively neutralize the threats you can’t see. Read More »

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Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Home Boiler

Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Home BoilerTo keep the boiler in your Hampton Roads home running both safely and efficiently this winter, you should make sure it’s maintained regularly. In general, maintaining your home boiler is best left to a professional, but if you’re handy, you can complete the following tasks to ensure your system is running properly: Read More »

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Extend the Life of Your Water Heater with These Proper Draining Tips

Extend the Life of Your Water Heater with These Proper Draining TipsOver time, sediment can collect at the bottom of your water heater. Eventually, this will reduce the efficiency of your water heater, shortening its lifespan and possibly clogging your plumbing fixtures. With the following guide, you’ll learn how to drain your system and prevent future problems. Read More »

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