Can Lightning Strikes harm my AC?

How to minimize lightning strikes. In the South, there’s no escape from powerful lightning storms that can jeopardize your air conditioning system. But you can take steps to minimize the chances of being struck: In a lightning storm, turn off the air conditioner at the thermostat. This is not foolproof, but it does reduce [...]

Plumbing Myths

Fake News About Plumbing Actually, this is not about fake news but more about misconceptions some people have about various aspects of plumbing in their homes. Let us set the record straight and give you some ideas about how to make your plumbing system work for you: A faucet leak is no big deal. Wrong! Left [...]

Do It Yourself HVAC Repair

Don’t Always Do It Yourself Homeowners can use common sense and basic knowledge to fix small problems with their heating, ventilation and air conditioning, but they’re wise to leave the big challenges to professionals. That’s because pros know the ins and outs of complicated systems that will baffle a well intentioned but over-eager amateur. At [...]

“The Other Guy Said He Could Do It Cheaper!”

Sometimes we hear “the other guy said he could do it cheaper.” We don’t hear that often, but it’s frustrating on the rare occasions when we do. Here is what’s unfair about those comparisons: First, how can someone who wasn’t there to solve the problem determine how much it should have cost to [...]

Do leak-stop agents work?

Pros and cons Leaks aren’t as common as they once were, but professionals still debate the value of using leak-stop agents in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. “Some contractors have used them successfully for years and consider them practical and cost-effective ways to seal small, hard-to-find leaks in systems. Other contractors feel strongly that only [...]

How AC Works

Most homeowners just want the air conditioner to work and they don’t want to be bothered with the details. But if you’ve ever wondered how air conditioning works, has a very clear explanation and a graphic to illustrate the basics: The electric air-conditioner (or cooling cycle of the heat pump) does the cooling, thanks [...]

Home energy: Size matters

U.S. homes are more energy efficient than they were 40 years ago, but they’ve also much larger. The result: The size of new homes offsets nearly all the efficiency gains of the past four decades. Technology and other advances enable us to use much less energy per square foot, but we build much bigger [...]

New minisplits offer nice benefits

Panasonic’s new EXTERIOS XE Series has models ranging from 9,000 Btu to 15,000 Btu, all offering many years of energy efficient indoor climate control. The built-in and improved ECONAVI not only detects room occupancy and motion but also incorporates an area search function to direct airflow where it is required for optimum comfort. This [...]

Pros and cons of AC warranties

Manufacturer warranties. Good or bad? Every contractor has an opinion, so be sure to talk with us about the pros and cons of warranties whenever you make major changes to your heating and cooling systems. Advantage: Long-term coverage brings peace of mind. Disadvantage: The details regarding registration and maintenance are too confusing to understand. Warranties [...]

Garage great. Fumes not

Shed? Ventilation system? Both?   A garage attached to your home makes life more convenient, but it also can hurt the quality of your indoor air. Think about the fumes from the car, the lawnmower, the water heater and other items in your garage – Fertilizer? Pesticide? Items you don’t want to breathe. Yet [...]

Tips for buying a generator

  There’s nothing like a winter storm or a summer hurricane to make you wish for a backup generator to keep your home comfortable and your family happy. But what’s the best system for you? offers an in-depth look at portable and standby generators – prices, advantages, potential problem areas and solutions. You [...]

New way to seal leaks in ducts

  Pesky, expensive duct leaks now are much easier to find and seal, thanks to technology and smart science. Aeroseal, a computerized duct-sealing system, seals air ducts and ventilation shafts from the inside. This unique inside-out approach makes it possible to quickly and easily seal the entire duct system — even sections that are [...]

Why customers like us

Customers like us because we’re prompt, fair, knowledgeable and informed, but not pushy or aggressive. And customers like our prices. But don’t take our word for it. Read what customers have to say about our work: We’re on time. “My daughter needed her Heating/AC unit tuned up and the Groupon was a great way [...]

How’s your IAQ?

  While individuals can do little about outdoor air quality, many can do something about the indoor air quality of their homes and businesses. And IAQ – indoor air quality – is a growing concern for owners of new homes and older homes alike. “Consumers have IAQ problems and are trying to find solutions. [...]

Humidifiers can be handy year-round

  Nothing beats an Alabama day so mild that neither the heat nor the air conditioning is working, giving your electricity bill a respite from the weather. However, those days also may build up the humidity in your home if the air isn’t moving. “Proper humidity levels in a home or office can be [...]

6 Ways to Judge a Service Business

Like almost anyone, when I buy goods or services I can get annoyed when something goes wrong with a transaction. When it happens, I may even complain. What really gets me to take notice is how the company handles my complaint. No matter how well a company might run its business, mistakes will occur. [...]

Do Your Pipes Bang?

Do Your Pipes Bang? One of the strangest and most annoying plumbing problems our technicians get called on to fix is “banging pipes.” You may often hear people joke about poltergeist in the walls! If it’s any consolation, rest assured that banging pipes stem from natural phenomena that keep within the laws of physics. [...]

Stay Safe This Winter

The New Year is upon us and I hope with all my heart that everyone reading this has a happy and fruitful year. The New Year arrives in the dead of winter, and cold weather brings with it too many deaths, injuries and property damage. Many home fires and carbon monoxide poisonings stem from [...]

How to help your filter

Air filters can do only so much to control the particles in the air in your home. You can do more. That’s because your activities can stir dust, especially if you have an indoor pet or smoke. “It turns out that most of the dust, of all particle sizes, in the air in our [...]

Government: China dumps refrigerants on US markets

  The federal government is agreeing with American companies that have long complained that China is cutting prices unfairly on a key refrigerant used in air conditioning. The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping investigation of imports of HFC refrigerants from China, according to This encompasses both [...]

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