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6 BIG Benefits of Backup Power Generators

When the power goes out in Maine, we all know the outage can last for days. In only a few hours, however, weather conditions can cause food to spoil, pipes to freeze and sump pumps to overflow. Very dangerous and costly circumstances can come from a power outage! A backup power generator can provide an alternative source of power for your home. Installed generators, often referred to as standby or whole-house generators, come on in seconds when your home loses power from the pole, so there is no interruption or inconvenience. Depending on the type and size of generator you…

Tips for Selecting a New Heating System

There are a few key points to consider when you are faced with choosing a new heating system. Just like Goldilocks – you want to select one that will be just right! A new system needs to fit the size of your house, compliment your space, and be efficient to save on energy costs. Here’s what you need to consider: Cost A new heating system is a big investment, one of the biggest made in a house, so you want to spend your money wisely. You also don’t want to break the bank. While you may not need the Cadillac…

8 Home Heating Mistakes that Spike Your Bill

Worrying about energy efficiency and expensive heating bills? There are actually things homeowners do every day that waste heat and cause costs to go up. Make the most of your spending for heat this winter by avoiding these eight common home heating mistakes: Allowing Cold Air In Most homeowners don’t realize how much heat they may be losing out air leaks and drafty openings. Take some time to go around and check all your doors, windows, exhaust openings and exterior walls for drafts. Don’t forget the basement and attic as well. Unheated and unfinished areas are the worst culprits. Seal,…

Do Heat Pumps Make Sense in Maine?

Heat pumps fall into the “new” technology category in Maine, but the technology originated more than 150 years. They have been providing ultra-efficient heating and cooling in the US for more than 60 years.   According to Efficiency Maine, tens of thousands of heat pumps have been installed in homes and businesses across Maine. They are the most popular heating system choice across all of Efficiency Maine's rebates. While a secondary heating source is recommended, heat pumps operate well down to -22°F outdoor temperature. This makes them realistic as a primary heating source even in Maine. Save up to 50%…

HVAC Fall Maintenance Checklist

This time of year, we all start buttoning up our houses and yards for winter. As you work on your fall maintenance chores, don’t forget your HVAC systems. Regular care of your plumbing and heating keeps these important systems running efficiently.   Take a look at our Fall Maintenance Checklist below for the items you need to add to your to-do list: Replace Air Filters The air filters for your heating system fill with dirt and debris over time (that’s what they are for, after all!). When they become clogged up, airflow and efficiency are restricted. When this happens, the…