The 411 on GFCI Outlets
What is a GFCI? A GFI or GFCI Outlet stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI is integrated in the outlet. It is like a breaker within the outlet. For example, when you plug in an appliance, like a hair dryer, the GFCI outlet monitors the amount of power going to the blow dryer. If you […]
Can a GFCI outlet go bad?
Absolutely. A typical GFCI outlet is known to last an average of about 10 years. In areas prone to storms and outages (hello, Indiana) the lifespan of your GFCI outlet can be 5 years or fewer. So what are the symptoms of a failing GFCI outlet? Read on, my friend.
Waste Not, Want Not
It’s hot out and you’ve noticed from your bill that your water usage has gone up. You owe it to thirsty people, watering gardens, more showers due to sweaty bodies and more toilet flushing due to more people around. (Well, that is if your kids and their friends actually flush the toilet regularly.) It is […]
3 Energy-Saving Thermostat Tips
Summertime in central Indiana can be brutal. With rising temperatures and high humidity, staying cool is a serious challenge. To sweat less—indoors, at least—it’s important to have a good relationship with your home’s thermostat. Why? It’s pretty simple: your thermostat tells your HVAC system what you want it to do. If your home’s too hot, […]
The Advantages of Switching to a Wi-Fi Thermostat
By now, you’ve probably heard of Wi-Fi thermostats. If you haven’t, Wi-Fi thermostats communicate with your home’s HVAC system, maintaining precise temperatures and allowing you to adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere with an Internet connection. These gadgets have been around for awhile, but their capabilities have increased dramatically over the past few years.
Summer Plumbing Problems
School is out for summer! Pool time, grilling out, catching lightning bugs and evenings on the deck with neighbors all sound amazing. And they are! But summer also can bring some common plumbing problems.
Warm Weather Woes
The warm weather is finally upon us, so you can no longer ignore your air conditioner. Maintenance is a must if you want to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, extend the life of your equipment and keep any warranties valid. Whether you are new to the home maintenance game or simply need a gentle […]
3 Reasons to Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Getting an AC tune-up isn’t the first thing on your mind. You may even be asking yourself: is scheduling a tune-up really necessary? Plain and simple, yes. AC Tune-ups helps maintain your equipment and most of the time are required by the manufacturer in order to keep your warranty valid. But, if you need a few more facts […]
Gas vs. Electric: Which Home Heating System Should You Choose?
If your furnace has reached the end of its lifespan and you’re preparing to install a new heating system, you’re probably debating which home heating fuel to use. Should you go with a natural gas furnace or an electrical heating system? There many different factors to consider: installation costs, operating costs, efficiency and environmental impact. […]
Do Home Air Filters Really Make a Difference?
Air filters. They are fairly straightforward devices that claim to do a lot for you. Air filters purportedly protect you from home-air pollutants, improve your indoor air quality and protect your HVAC system. But do those thin, pleated sheets really accomplish everything they promise?