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Fire Alarm Maintenance — The Only Way to Be Sure Your System’s Armed and Ready

Protecting commercial facilities and keeping customers and employees safe is a high priority for any business. Probably the most important safety equipment at your facility is the fire alarm system. This equipment is necessary to protect human life and tangible assets. A regular program of fire alarm maintenance is critical to keeping this essential system […]

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Water Source Heat Pumps vs. Ground Source Heat Pumps: Which Is Better?

Heat pumps provide extremely efficient levels of indoor heating and cooling at a very economical price. A widely used type of geothermal heat pump system is either a ground source or a water source heat pump. The following guide will help you understand the differences and determine which is the better style for you. Geothermal […]

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Understanding How a Variable-Speed Furnace Works

A variable speed furnace is an energy-saving comfort enhancer compared to the single-speed system you’re living with now. Back when electric motors had just two settings (on and off), the conventional furnace blower was your only option. Unfortunately, it used a lot of electricity—a major component of heating costs, even with a gas-fired furnace—incurred excessive […]

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Does Your Ductwork Need a Thorough Cleaning? 3 Telltale Signs

Professional ductwork cleaninghas benefited many homeowners here in Wilmington and surrounding areas, but not every home needs the service. There is no set frequency for duct cleaning, either. In certain situations, however, having your duct system professionally cleaned could improve your indoor air quality, according to the federal EPA. When Duct Cleaning is Recommended 1. […]

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Types of Building Water Shutoff Valves

The type of water shutoff valve used in your building may not be something you’ve given a lot of thought to, but it can become important when you least expect it. Using the wrong type of valve can leave you with leaks, flooding, low water volume, and blockages. The right valve gives you a simple […]

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Dual-Fuel Geothermal Heat Pump: Less Expensive, But Less Efficient

There are plenty of options for homeowners in the mid-Atlantic region when it comes to effective and efficient heating throughout the cooler months. A dual-fuel geothermal heat pump may not be on your radar, but it should be among the wide variety of choices for providing exceptional home comfort. However, it’s important to understand the […]

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Top 4 Ways to Prevent System Failure

As heating season comes to an end and the cooling season begins, we highly recommend taking a look at the top 4 ways to prevent HVAC system failure during the warmer months.   Check your air filters once a month.  The simplest thing you can do for your HVAC system is check the air filters […]

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Fan On vs. Auto: How Should You Set Your Thermostat Fan?

It isn’t difficult to choose a temperature setting on the thermostat. You simply select “heat” or “cool” and make your desired temperature adjustments. Setting your thermostat fan is a bit more challenging, however. Here’s some helpful advice on when to use the “on” and “auto” settings. When to Choose “On” When the fan is set […]

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Don’t Void Your HVAC Warranty

The manufacturer’s warranty on your HVAC system gives you peace of mind that the components are covered in case of defects, but did you know that it’s possible to void your HVAC warranty and lose that valuable coverage? Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your warranty intact. Make sure the equipment is […]

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Commercial Load Calculation: Do Your Plans to Upgrade the Building’s A/C Include One?

Over time, the likelihood increases that you’ll need to upgrade the air conditioning system in your commercial building. To make sure your air conditioner upgrade will fulfill the cooling needs of your facility, your HVAC professional should conduct a commercial load calculation.

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Tankless Water Heaters: Straight Talk About the Advantages and Disadvantages

Despite their popularity, storage tank water heaters are, simply put, wasteful. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, give you hot water only when needed. This can save you money and is a “green” choice for saving energy. But is a tankless water heater the right choice for you? What are the pros and cons […]

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Tips for Improving Security During Commercial Construction

During a commercial construction project, the site and its contents can be vulnerable to security flaws. Equipment, supplies, and raw materials can present a tempting target to thieves and vandals, while lax security measures could allow tools and other valuable items to “walk off” the site. Effective commercial construction security measures are necessary to prevent […]

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Professional A/C Maintenance Should Include These Checkpoints

Yearly professional maintenance keeps your air conditioner operating reliably and efficiently so you enjoy a comfortable home and low energy bills. When an HVAC technician handles your A/C maintenance, you can rest easy knowing it covers the following critical checkpoints. Coils and Refrigerant The airflow rate across the cooling coil is verified, the refrigerant level […]

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Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Your System Efficient this Fall

Mid-Atlantic homeowners are busy tackling their fall maintenance chores, inside the home and out. Chief among those chores should be HVAC system maintenance. If you haven’t put it on your list, you should. Here are some tasks to complete before the worst winter weather arrives, so that your furnace works efficiently and without problems throughout […]

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Evaluate Your Office’s Efficiency With a Commercial Energy Audit

Energy costs remain a significant expense for any commercial business. In an office setting, energy costs can be unexpectedly high because of the multiple computers, photocopiers and other devices that are constantly using energy. For this reason, it is particularly valuable to know where you’re using the most energy and where waste may be happening […]

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4 Tankless Water Heater Myths Every Homeowner Should Know

If you’re ready to upgrade to a tankless water heater, you’re not alone. Tankless technology is more popular than ever with its ability to provide endless hot water for less money. Before you start shopping, take a look at some tankless water heater myths to settle any unrealistic expectations you may have. Myth: You can […]

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3 Important Troubleshooting Tips for Problematic Heating Systems

If something’s wrong with your furnace, you’ll be glad to know some troubleshooting basics. While various problems can occur with such complex machinery, it’s best to start with three common areas. By inspecting the thermostat, filter and ignition system, you can spot the problem and fix it yourself without needing to call a professional for […]

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