9 Results for month: 08/2019

Are You Ready for the Freon Phase Out?

About a third of the households in the US use air conditioning systems that rely on HCFC-22 and R-22 coolants — also known as Freon. These households will all be dramatically impacted by the EPA’s decision to ban Freon coolant from the US market due to its harmful impact on the ozone layer. Your HVAC professional can ... More

How Does A Forced Air System Work?

A forced air system is a type of HVAC system which works by forcing heated air up into your home through vents and ducts throughout your home. These systems can feature thermostats or heat pumps, and they also serve to filter allergens out of the air in your home. Forced air HVAC systems are very flexible, versatile and ... More

Why It’s So Important to Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Clogged air filters are the primary source of HVAC system failure, which is why it's vital to regularly replace the air filters in a home. With clogged air filters, a household's bills are apt to go up, the air quality for the home's residences will be diminished, and mold can grow in the infrastructure of the home. Mold and ... More

10 Reasons to Get a Home Generator

A gasoline-powered home generator can be an amazingly useful asset in a power outage, especially if you live in a place where the risk of extreme weather events is higher. Home generators can ensure that you have access to clean water, keep your basement dry by powering your sump pump, and even allow you to do some work from ... More

Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel? | ABC Blog

Electrical system problems are usually well beyond the ability of your typical home owner to diagnose and repair safely and effectively. One key component of your electrical system is the electrical panel, which links the wiring inside your house to the wires from outside which carry electricity to your home. Electrical ... More

Can I Plug My Air Conditioner Directly Into A Wall Outlet?

You may be wondering if you can plug your AC unit directly into your wall outlet. You should never plug an AC unit into an extension cord. The same goes for power strips. Your wall outlet itself may be able to run an AC unit depending on the amps required by the ac unit. If you are installing a new AC unit or having a central ... More

When Should You Hire an Electrician?

We currently live in a time where flipping homes and do it yourself projects take up the majority of the spotlight, but despite our best efforts, some projects should really be left to professionals. In their new blog post, Lee Wallender summarizes the top 5 reasons for hiring a professional electrician. If your addition ... More

Breakthrough material could lead to cheaper, more widespread solar panels and electronics

Organic semiconductors have the potential to make electronics and solar panels much easier to generate. A big problem, though, is that the freely moving electrons in the semiconductors are hard to generate. A few researchers have done experiments, and have made strides in making it easier to generate free electrons in organic ... More

Your Guide To Step, Deck, Patio & Barbecue Lighting

Installing lights in your backyard can be highly useful. If you use your backyard at night, installing them is practically a necessity. You should put gentle lighting under your steps, so it's always safe to walk on. Your deck has a number of options for its walls and posts, ranging from the simple and conventional to the ... More