Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

There’s no right or wrong way to design a home floor plan. Very persuasive arguments can be made for open or cordoned-off floor plans alike. With an open floor plan, for example, you’ll enjoy these and other advantages: Interconnected space More natural light More...

How to Prep Your AC System Before Vacation

Stop newspaper delivery – check. Shut off the water supply to prevent flooding – check. Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house and water your plants – check. While there is no doubt plenty of other pre-vacation planning and preparation measures on your list, have...

Pest Control & Indoor Air Quality

Nothing ruins a delicious meal like swatting gnats away from your plate or watching ants or roaches scurry across the floor. And sure, some bugs are certainly useful in the garden, but you don’t want them in your home. Before calling in an exterminator or turning to...

An Update on Freon Availability for Your AC System

There was a time when you didn’t think twice about authorizing a refrigerant refill for your AC system. You just got it done. That’s when R-22 refrigerant (more commonly known as Freon) was $5 – $10 a pound. That time is now behind us. Decades ago, it was discovered...

How to Reduce Indoor Humidity

When you come home on a hot and sticky day, you expect to trade those conditions for your own cool, comfortable surroundings. Then one day, things suddenly aren’t quite as cool and comfortable – if at all. That could mean a few things. First, your AC system is no...

The Benefits of Duct Sealing

You can’t see your ductwork, right? Not unless you go looking for it.  And should something inspire you to do so, what exactly would or should you be looking for? Aha, great question, because the answer is “leaks or gaps.” And should you spot either or both – or have...

How to Hide Your Outdoor AC Unit

During the summer months, your central AC system is likely your favorite major appliance – with the fridge’s ice maker perhaps in second place. Yet the condenser – the system component of an AC system located outside of a house – isn’t exactly easy on the eyes. Don’t...

How Central Air Helps Keep You Healthy

When it’s time to replace your AC system with one that works a whole lot better, chances are the first thing on your mind is getting back to the “Ah!” effect. You know, that feeling you get when you return home on a blistering hot day, but everything is just as cool...

The Benefits of Whole-House Zone Control

If you have just one thermostat, you’re no doubt paying too much to heat and cool your home. After all, is every room and area of your home occupied all the time? In our experience, that’s rarely the case.  So, as the logic goes, if you’re heating or cooling every...