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Should I Repair or Replace my Air Conditioning System? Should I Repair or Replace my Air Conditioning System?

It never fails that on the hottest day in South Florida, your air conditioning system stops working. Should I repair or replace my system?   More

Water Filtration Can Benefit Your Family

Water is part of everyday life; it is essential to everyone’s health. Unfortunately, not all water is of good quality. South Florida receives about 60 inches of rainfall a year, and groundwater is plentiful. However, rising sea levels threaten to turn drinking water salty, in some places the ocean has already made good on that threat. Salt is not the....   More

How important is an EnergyGuide Label?

The EnergyGuide label is important when shopping for an energy-efficient product.  The U.S. government requires manufacturer’s to affix the label to a variety of products to provide a way for consumers to compare the energy use of similar appliances. The label helps you understand and compare the estimated yearly operating cost based on the unit’s electricity usage and the national....   More

What can cause drain problems?

Most drains use a system called a “trap”. A trap is a piece of pipe that comes apart just below the drain point on your sink. It’s located at a low point in the system so that when you wash heavy items down the drain they often collect there. In a kitchen sink this is where fat can congeal making....   More

Why does my toilet randomly empty itself of water without being flushed?

Most of the time this random occurrence is a result of poor or no venting of the fixture.  Vents allow for air flow to the toilet sewage system.  Without the vent, air pockets form in the waste branches and can cause what is called back-siphonage.  Without a vent, the air in the system can only escape through the sewer and....   More

Can I save money by closing off HVAC vents in rooms I don’t use a lot?

The practice of closing off vents in parts of your home that aren’t being used in order to save money dates back to when homes were heated from a central location, like a fireplace.  Back then it worked.  Today homes are equipped with central heating and air conditioning systems, by closing off the parts of your home and shutting vents....   More

What should I know about efficiency when purchasing a new heating and/or cooling system?

When purchasing an air conditioner, heating system or heat pump, always ask about its efficiency rating. This rating will tell you how efficiently the unit uses fuel (gas, electricity or oil). More efficient equals lower utility bills! The most common efficiency ratings are: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): This ratio tells you the amount of cooling your system will deliver....   More

What causes my faucet to drip?

Most faucets work with a rubber or composition washer that closes onto a metal washer seat.  Over time, the washer will harden and crack or simply gets worn down.  This causes the faucet to leak.  You can close the faucet tighter to stop the drip, but this will only be a temporary fix.  In fact, you’re just increasing the internal....   More

What should I do if have a major leak in my home?

If there is a leak inside your home or you have a burst pipe you should first turn off your water supply at the main shutoff valve. If you do not have a main shutoff valve, or don’t know where it is located, you may turn off your water at your meter in an emergency situation. It is advisable to....   More

What can I do if I have uneven temperatures throughout my home?

Temperature differences of up to three degrees from room to room are not uncommon, but often one or several rooms are uncomfortably warm or cold.  This condition could be caused by a number of factors within your home including inadequate insulation, air leakage, poor duct system design, duct leakage, unwanted heating by the sun in warmer months, or a failure....   More