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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your HVAC

As our gardens are waking up for spring, most people start opening up their houses and doing some spring maintenance chores. You shouldn’t forget your HVAC systems as part of your to-do list. Taking care of your plumbing, heating and air conditioning keeps these important systems running efficiently.   While there are some tasks that should be saved for a professional service company, there are several tasks that you can easily perform on your own to prolong the life of your systems. Take a look at our Spring Maintenance Checklist below for an overview of the types of things you…

8 Signs Your Heating System Needs Repair or Replacement

No matter the type of heating system you have – furnace, boiler or heat pump – you always want to be sure it is running properly. This system keep your home comfortable, and your family safe. Our systems are essential to preventing burst pipes and damaged plumbing, and keeping the indoor air quality of our living spaces healthy. A poorly running system can raise energy bills considerably, and puts you and your family at risk for dangerous hazards such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. It is crucial to arrange a professional inspection of your heating system annually, but also…

12 BIG Benefits to Installing Heat Pumps

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners – all in one unit! Because they are so efficient, and use only electricity to operate, they offer significant savings in utility costs. Save 25% – 30% on energy costs with a dependable, efficient heat pump! What is a heat pump and how do they work? Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, all in one system. Heat pumps work like your refrigerator. They use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the…

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Maine Winter

Our plumbing is tucked nicely indoors, so why consider it something to winterize? Even though most plumbing is an interior system, preparing it for freezing temperatures outdoors can protect you from malfunctions and burst pipes. Taking the time to winterize your plumbing pipes and fixtures for winter’s chill can save you a huge hassle and lots of expense if you avoid expensive repairs and replacements. Use our handy checklist to get your pipes ready for the cold this winter in Maine: Insulate Pipes Plumbing pipes running through unheated areas like your basement, attic, scrawl spaces, or garage are susceptible to…

Heating Tips for Surviving a Maine Winter

Each winter, Mainers struggle to keep warm without spending a fortune. To help, we thought we’d share some of our best home heating tips. Block Out Cold Air One of the best uses of your weekend chore time is to spend it sealing up air leaks and drafts. Heat loss due to cracks and gaps in building materials (including your windows and doors) accounts for significant heat loss. That can add up to major energy expenses! Depending on the age of your house, quality of your windows and storms, and how much air loss is occurring in your home, you…