Let’s Clear The Air Up

clear up the air

At some point, you’ve probably had to go down into your basement and change the filter for your furnace. And most likely it’s probably been more than a month since the last time you did this, which is the max life expectancy for a typical one-inch (thick) filter. Read more

Smart Thermostat: Home Comfort on Demand (Updated)


This was originally posted on December 8th. It has been updated to included more details on the ecobee thermostat we recommend to all homeowners.

There are times throughout the year when you’re traveling, visiting family and friends, and celebrating the holidays in your home. In the midst of decorating the tree and baking cookies (hint: we love Christmas cookies) sometimes we forget to make sure the furnace is ready to handle the weather.

A great option for any home is a wifi smart thermostat. This addition gives you complete control of your home whether you’re there or in Florida escaping the cold. Read more

Getting the Equipment You Need Even When You Don’t Know How You’ll Afford It


In today’s consumer world, we are bombarded with countless opportunities to buy things we currently could not pay cash for.

Credit cards, jewelry, furniture, and especially automobiles all come with options to pay for them over time. But these are, for the most part, things we want. We don’t usually think twice about signing up for a credit card with 0% interest or taking advantage of no payments for 12 months when purchasing that new living room furniture.

But what happens when you need something for your home and you can’t afford it. What happens when the old furnace, the one that came with the home you bought 10 years ago, breaks down and will cost almost as much to repair as purchasing a new one? Read more

Cruise Control: Your Home’s Key to Big Energy Savings


Cruise Control

The cruise control we’re used to seeing in our cars has been around for over 60 years. It’s a handy little feature that’s great for long drives on the freeway. Pick a speed that is ideal for you and your car will maintain that speed. Rain or shine. Up hill or down. There’s even a resume button we can press if we have to disengage the cruise control for some reason.

Cruise control is more than just a luxury. It improves your car’s fuel efficiency and saves you money.

And we all like saving money.

Did you know that furnaces have cruise control too?  Read more

Why Mom Was Right About Going to the Doctor


When I was a little kid my mom would routinely take me to see the doctor for my yearly checkup. No matter what had happened over the past 365 days I knew that I’d have to go in, let some doctor stick his light in my nose and ears and make me say ahhhhh.

As a teenager I began to wonder why I needed to see a doctor when I hadn’t been sick nor sustained any big injuries in the past year. What a waste of money I would think to myself. Hey, at least mom and dad’s insurance was paying for it, right?

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