August 29th, 2016

When people have a breakdown or issue with their air conditioning or heating system they may be told that their system is unrepairable and must be replaced, or will be given a repair estimate that is so high that they are convinced that their only option is to replace their system. Some companies use these high pressure tactics to convince you to make a purchase decision on the spot without shopping around. While it is sometimes true that the system needs replacement, especially…


August 27th, 2016

Fall is coming – Here are 5 “To-Do” items to take care of! Check your sump pump for proper operation. Make sure the discharge pipe is clear and free of debris. Check your smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if necessary, or replace the entire detector if it is the sealed type and past its expiration date. There should be a smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector on every floor of your house, but especially outside bedrooms. If you have small children or elderly or…


August 12th, 2016

Human beings existed without air conditioning for thousands of years before its invention in 1902. But now, when the mercury climbs, surviving without it seems inconceivable. The human body can only tolerate so much heat before going haywire. Exposure to high temperatures causes heat illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if left untreated, can result in death. Here are five ways you can keep cool without air…


July 26th, 2016


Today I lost my best friend of eleven years – Spirit, a large Boxer/Pit mix. He was a rescue, adopted from a local organization, AFEW. When I went to adopt a dog, I asked if they had a Chihuahua or maybe a Dachshund. They said “we’ve got the perfect dog for you,” and brought out a 95# mutt with a head like an alligator. Although I had a small dog in mind, they were right. He was a gentleman. He sat, stayed, heeled, was gentle and sweet, a really lovely dog. For eleven years he was a faithful…


May 3rd, 2016

In this article Consumer Reports publishes typical life expectancies for many home appliances. In line with the upper range of other studies, they estimate 15 years for a central ac system, 18 years for a furnace, 10 years for tank type gas water heater and more than 20 years for a tankless water heater. Other studies like the NAHB/BOA Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components are more conservative in their estimates. Of course, some well maintained equipment will last longer, and poorly…