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Unique Ductless AC Needs to Be Aware of

August 13th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There’s an option for heating and cooling in modern homes that has been exponentially growing in popularity, and that is the ductless mini split heat pump system. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless system basically breaks up the indoor unit and the blower fans in order to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of mini air handlers, mounted high on the wall.

If you’ve ever been in a home and seen something on the wall that looks like window AC unit but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of a ductless system. These wall units are each hooked up to a single outdoor unit, creating a central heat pump system without the use of air ducts. This form of Denver, CO air conditioning is very efficient and beneficial in a number of ways, but there are some unique needs that aren’t necessarily downsides, but are important to be aware of.

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How to Keep Your Electrical System in Good Shape

August 7th, 2018

A new GFCI electrical outlet.The most basic advice we can give you to keep your electrical system in good shape, and to keep your home safe, is to know the signs of a system in distress, and upgrade your electrical panel when need be.

After all, of the various problems that can affect your home, electrical problems are among the most concerning. They present safety hazards in addition to property damage risks. Electrical malfunctions can cause anything from electrocution to devastating house fires. As such, it’s essential that you have a professionally trained Denver electrician check out the wiring in your home at least once every few years. Without the proper electrical inspection, you’ll increase the chance of running into a problem.  

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Should I Be Worried about Slab Leaks?

August 6th, 2018

Scared woman covering mouth with handsSlab leaks are among the most inconvenient, if not the most inconvenient type of Denver plumbing leak there is. That being said, yes you should be worried about them. But there are certainly homes that are more at risk than others.

But what exactly is a slab leak? Well, this is the name given to any leak that occurs in the cold or hot water pipes set down in the concrete foundation of your home. It can also refer to any pipe down in a rock service, however for residential buildings it most often refers to the home’s foundation.

Part of what makes them such a big problem is the fact that they waste gallons of water, and can cause damage to the home itself, leading to mold and mildew growth. Lastly, a slab leak in the hot water lines (where they occur about 80% of the time) can place extra stress on your water heater.

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“How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?”

July 30th, 2018

man holding air filterThere’s a relatively common misconception among homeowners that the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system is there to protect their indoor air quality. Therefore, if you don’t seem to have any strong air quality issues, you don’t have to change your air filter that often, right? Well… not quite.

The air filter is actually there to protect your Denver, CO air conditioning system, not necessarily your indoor air quality. It keeps dirt and debris from building up on the inside components, causing your air conditioner to work harder than it should have to. As such, we recommend you replace (or clean, if you have a permanent filter) your air filter every 1-3 months. What happens if you don’t? We’ve answered that below.

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Tips for Hiring an Electrician

July 24th, 2018

electrician's hands cutting wireDo you need Denver, CO electrical services in your home? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel so your home can handle more demand. Or perhaps you need rewiring in part, if not all, of your living space. Whatever your electrical needs may be, the most important thing you can do is hire a pro for the job.

After all, you want someone with adequate training, expertise, and licensing to get the job done right. But do you know what to look for when hiring an electrician? Keep reading for some basic guidelines.

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Watch for These 4 Signs It’s Time for AC Replacement

July 23rd, 2018

An old air conditioner unit, in need of updating, sitting in tall weedsThere is no appliance or piece of equipment that will last forever, no matter how well it is cared for. That is just a simple fact of life. Your household air conditioner is no exception. It has a limited lifespan, and as it approaches the end of that lifespan, it’s a good idea to have it replaced before it suffers from a complete breakdown. You don’t want to end up trapped on a hot day (since this is the most likely time for system stress to cause a failure) with no relief from those summer temperatures.

Instead of scrambling to schedule an air conditioning installation when that happens, it’s wise to know now what the signs are of a struggling system, so that you can be proactive and have the system replaced at your convenience. (P.S. If your system looks like the one pictured here, please call us for a replacement ASAP!)

We don’t encourage to you try to diagnose air conditioner problems on your own, but we do encourage you to give our staff a call once you suspect that something is amiss. In the meantime, read on for 4 examples of what constitutes a failing air conditioner.

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When Is the Last Time You Had Your Pipes Inspected?

July 16th, 2018

gloved hands holding corroded pipesThis probably goes without saying, but plumbing has moved well past the simple tools that were introduced 50-60 years ago. Newer tools and technology have helped professional plumbers in a number of different ways, in order to help us provide more effective repair techniques at less of a cost for our customers.

Among the various Denver, CO plumbing innovations that weren’t even a consideration just a couple short decades ago is video pipe inspection. This has rapidly become a staple in modern plumbing as it arms our plumbers with accurate information about your plumbing that no technology in the past has been able to do—making it far easier for us to deal with your leaks and clogs.

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What Type of Flooring Is Best for Your Kitchen?

July 10th, 2018

Overhead View Of Couple Looking At Laptop In Modern KitchenWhen it comes to a project as big as a kitchen remodeling in Denver, CO, you want to make sure you’re doing everything correctly. From the cabinets and lighting to the appliances and flooring, one small misstep can lead you a kitchen that you were never envisioning when you set on this remodeling venture.

This is why it’s so important to have professionals on your side—not just professional plumbers or electricians, but professionals that can service the whole home, like our team can! We’re specialized in remodeling services and truly “do it all,” including providing the best in remodeling products.

Today, we want to talk about your flooring options for your kitchen remodel. Is one type of flooring better than another? Well, it depends on your specific needs—read on!

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Water Heater Installation: Is It Worth Going Tankless?

July 9th, 2018

tankless water heater on ground When you have to use the hot water in your home, which you undoubtedly do numerous times a day without thinking about it, you probably don’t consider how the water heating process actually works, let alone how that water makes its way to the point of use where it is needed.

Water heaters have become a standard feature of any home that has modern plumbing. And when it comes time for you to invest in a new Denver, CO water heater installation, you’ll want to give the purchase some consideration, versus just rushing out and buying the first water heater you find.

There are a number of options available to you when it comes to water heaters. Choosing a new one isn’t a decision you should rush through, as you want one that’s the right match for your home, saves you energy, and also saves you money. One type of water heater that is well worth your consideration, is the tankless water heater.

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Should You Be Worried about Compressor Burnout?

July 2nd, 2018

compressor inside air conditioning unitCompressor burnout is certainly something you never want to happen to your air conditioner, so our short answer is going to be a resounding, “yes!”

We may not experience as hot or as long of summers as other parts of the country, but our air conditioners certainly get their deal of stress and strain, and the peak of summer is when your air conditioner is most likely to suffer from a catastrophic problem—unless of course, you had it maintained recently.

Annual maintenance (or biannual, if you have a heat pump system) is one of the most important Denver, CO air conditioning services you can invest in. It enables our professionals to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner, while looking for any pressing repair needs so you can get them on your schedule ASAP. Skipping maintenance leaves you susceptible to a number of cooling system problems, including potential compressor burnout.

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