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6 Easy Tips to Handle Geothermal System Maintenance

Geothermal heat pumps offer a number of advantages to Wilmington area homeowners, such as lower energy costs, year-round heating and cooling from a single central system and lower maintenance requirements than traditional furnaces and air conditioners. Still, there are some elements of geothermal system maintenance that can make sure you get the most out of […]

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Winter’s Coming and So Are Ice Dams — What They Are and How to Stop Them

Winter’s coming, and you know what that means — chilly nights, sloppy driving, snow-shoveling hassles and high heating bills. But there’s another hazard for homeowners to consider — ice dams. An ice dam on your roof can damage your home and create expensive problems inside your attic. So, find out what causes ice dams and […]

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What is Air Balancing and Why Does My Building Need it?

The Delaware and Pennsylvania area’s climate leaves little time when we don’t need either heating or cooling. Air balancing helps ensure all the rooms in your building get the warm or cool air they need so the entire premises stays comfortable year round. Why Air Balancing Matters No matter how efficient and well-maintained a furnace […]

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Don’t Say Achoo! How to Prevent Fall Allergies

It’s a fairly common misconception that allergies are worst in spring. It’s true that people who are allergic to tree pollen suffer most in early spring, but for those who respond badly to indoor airborne substances, all year is “allergy season.” Here in the mid-Atlantic, we tend to close up our homes and remain indoors […]

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Wilmington Home?

A tankless water heater permanently eliminates the longstanding drawback of conventional storage heaters — the tank. In storage-type models, heated water will tend to cool in the tank, often requiring multiple reheating cycles before it’s finally used. Because of this, storage tank models are “always on” and are always consuming energy. Additionally, once the tank […]

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Is it Really Necessary to Clean a Commercial Building’s Air Ducts?

With everything that’s involved in the maintenance of a commercial building, cleaning an air duct system that’s not showing any obvious problems can seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. While air duct cleaning isn’t a job you need to do every year, it’s not something you can afford to ignore entirely. Why […]

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What Exactly Is Sick Building Syndrome and How Can You Prevent It?

Whether working in an office, retail store, medical facility or another structure, a significant portion of today’s workforce spends the majority of its time indoors. If conditions aren’t right inside the building, these workers could experience negative health effects. One of the most significant causes of health problems among indoor workers is sick building syndrome […]

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Get Fresh Air with a Heat Recovery Ventilator

A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) takes stale indoor air out of your home and replaces it with outdoor air — without losing heat or adding humidity to your indoor environment. Today’s energy-conserving homes have one major drawback. The same airtight structural standards that retain heating and air conditioning so efficiently also conspire to keep fresh […]

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Is it Time for an Electrical Wiring Upgrade?

The electrical wiring in a home often isn’t there for the life of the house. In fact, upgrading original wiring and electrical panel is frequently necessary — or simply desirable — after the passage of time. Safety reasons may require it, or increased household demand for more electricity, or because the home’s being remodeled or […]

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Is Radiant Flooring the Right Choice for Your Home?

The gentle, consistent heat radiant flooring provides can keep you comfortable even in the worst of Delaware and New Jersey’s winter storms. While this heating method has many benefits, it’s better suited to some situations than others. Know Your Options A radiant floor heating system is ideal if you’re looking for: More even room temperatures […]

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Why Your Home May Benefit From Professional Drain Cleaning Service

Maintaining your plumbing system with occasional drain cleaning is an important part of sustaining your home’s value and usability. Is it time to seek drain cleaning for your home? Here are three reasons why the answer could be “yes”: 1. Save time and money If you’re in the habit of clearing out your drains with […]

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Is a Geothermal Heat Pump Right for Your Company’s Needs?

Of all the HVAC systems currently available, a geothermal heat pump provides the greatest number of benefits combined with the most effective and economical operation. Here is a brief guide to geothermal heat pumps that can help you decide if this type of HVAC system is the best solution for your company’s needs.

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Tankless Water Heaters: Basic Guidelines For Proper Sizing

Tankless water heaters can provide a nearly endless supply of hot water. Traditional water heaters have large tanks that hold water and keep it at a set, hot temperature. When the tank runs empty, the system is out of hot water until the tank is refilled and reheated. When the tank is not being used, […]

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Most Common Commercial Furnace Troubleshooting Situations

When your furnace won’t run, or isn’t running properly, your main priority is usually going to be getting it to function again as quickly as possible. This can sometimes require a costly visit from your HVAC service provider to fix the problem. Before calling for repair, however, you should try some furnace troubleshooting procedures. If […]

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Open Windows to Help Your Home’s Ventilation

In the spring and fall, take advantage of the natural ventilation that opening a window affords. By opening windows, you’ll save money on your utility bills and cool your home naturally while enjoying the fresh air. Natural ventilation also helps clear out a buildup of harmful airborne particulates, while letting in oxygen that may have […]

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Energy Recovery Ventilator vs Heat Recovery Ventilator

Over the past decade, the prevailing philosophy in new home construction has been to ensure a “tight envelope.” In other words, sealing the home so tight that heating and cooling bills are minimized. While this is great in theory, the end result is not as simple as it seems. A lack of ventilation can introduce […]

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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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New Building Design: Why You Should Let Energy Star Guide You

With energy efficiency and environmentally friendly “green” construction becoming more and more popular, designers and builders of residential and commercial projects should take careful note of the Energy Star program. This federal government-sponsored education and conservation organization provides information and other resources on energy efficiency for homeowners, building contractors and professionals in new building design. […]

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