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What’s an Evaporative Cooling System?

June 19th, 2018

question-markIf you’re thinking about installing a new air conditioning system, you may think there are only three choices: window/portable units, a central AC unit, or a ductless mini-split system. Denver’s climate, with average summer temperatures of 85-90 degrees and humidity less than 40%, makes a fourth option possible: an evaporative cooling system. And while you may think of evaporative cooling systems as the humble “swamp coolers” from the past, new advances make them more efficient and powerful than ever before.

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Why Pro Drain Cleaning Is a Must for Homeowners

June 18th, 2018

You know you can’t (or just shouldn’t) re-roof your house or mess with its electrical system. The hot water heater? That’s a disaster waiting to happen. For some reason, though, these sentiments don’t extend to drainage problems. After all, how complicated can it be? It’s a pipe water should be going down but isn’t. You’re positive the solution is to use the most caustic cleaner you can find to clear it out. Stop! Instead, when you encounter these types of issues, call plumbing professionals. 

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How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

June 11th, 2018

air-filterMost homeowners don’t give much thought to their AC systems if cold air is produced when needed. Much of the routine, preventive AC maintenance is also best left to trained professionals, but there is one proactive thing you can do: Replace its air filter on a regular basis. How often, however, is a “regular” basis? Sure, you don’t want to needlessly cause your system to run inefficiently. Then again, you don’t want to spend any more than you must on high-quality air filters.

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Reasons You Need Pro Drain Cleaning

June 4th, 2018

drain-cleaned-diagramYou suddenly find yourself with a slow drain, a clogged drain, or even worse, a recurring clogged drain. You may now have an irresistible impulse to “solve” the problem by finding the most caustic cleaner available to pour down the offending drain. Don’t do it! While you may have some short-term relief, the use – especially repeated use – of caustic cleaners will damage the interior of your pipe system and create bigger problems down the road. Instead, when you find yourself in the situations below, it’s time to call for professional help. 

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3 Reasons to Remodel Your Home This Summer

May 29th, 2018

blue-prints-planYour home is your single biggest investment and your biggest chunk of equity and security. Granted, homeowners are at the mercy of the housing market. But that said, home ownership is still the foundation of most people’s economic futures. That’s why it makes perfect sense to remodel your home. It is more than just making your home more comfortable, livable, and up-to-date. In fact, it’s an investment that you roll back into your house again and one that will pay off down the line.

Everyone remembers the real estate crash of ten years ago, and lenders are understandably gunshy about home loans to poor risks. If you bought your house anytime before the top of the market and have a good credit rating, though, chances are, you can get a line of credit that will give you the capital you need to start on a home remodeling project. Here are some things to bear in mind about the current climate for home improvements and remodeling:

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Why You Should Convert to LED Lighting

May 28th, 2018

led-lightingLight-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are the most energy-efficient forms of lighting available today. Well-made LED light bulbs have greater durability, provide similar or better light quality, and last longer than other kinds of light bulbs. These bulbs are based on a tiny chip the size of a pepper flake. While incandescent light bulbs rely upon a super-heated tungsten filament to generate light, LEDs accomplish a similar feat through the rapid movement of electrons in a semiconductor. This design also allows a single bulb to produce different colors.

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Repair vs. Replacing Your AC: How to Choose

May 21st, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceIf you jump every time your AC turns on because it sounds like a Piper Cub just landed on your roof, that’s a sure sign your air conditioning system is getting long in the tooth.

Replacing your AC equipment vs. repairing it can carry a hefty price tag. However, that old system could be costing you much more in rising energy bills. Heating and cooling engineers have made major technological, energy-saving, environment-friendly advances in recent years, so you may want to consider taking advantage of them.

If your system is more than ten years old, take a good look at the advantages of installing a high-efficiency air conditioning system.

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Two Reasons Why Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating

May 16th, 2018

Taking an ice-cold shower may be held up as some sort of expression of toughness by some people, but it’s also extremely unpleasant. Most of us don’t want to start or end the day like that. So, it can be more than a little obnoxious when your water heater refuses to provide you with hot water. There are a couple of different reasons why this might be happening, most or all of which will require professional water heater repair services in Denver, CO

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3 Ways to Break an Air Conditioner

May 14th, 2018

If you want to know how to treat your air conditioner right, the first step is knowing what not to do. As your local HVAC service provider of choice, we can make sure that your air conditioning system works well throughout the summer. As a general approach, unless you’re a trained and certified technician, it’s best to go with a hands-off approach.

Now, let’s take a look at some bad ideas that will shed light on what every homeowner should be doing as we approach the hottest time of year.

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Sink Plumbing Services Can Handle Damaged Sinks

May 8th, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesMost people will call in a plumber when their sinks spring a leak or the pipes develop a clog. But the same plumber can be called upon for more serious considerations. This can include damaged sinks, which can be repaired or replaced far more readily by a professional instead of attempting to do it yourself.

What kinds of damage should be properly addressed by a plumber? In the simplest terms, anything that goes beyond the very simplest issue should prompt a call to a service instead of attempting the repair yourself. That can include (but is not limited to) the following:

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