Gas Versus Electric Heat: Which Fuel Is Right for Your Home?

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When it comes to heating your home, you want an efficient system that provides you with the most comfortable temperatures for the lowest overall cost. If you need to upgrade or replace your system, you may have several heating system fuel options available, but feel unsure which is right for your home.

In this blog, we compare the characteristics of two of the most common fuel types used: natural gas and electricity.

4 Ways to Combat Florida Allergens This Winter

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For many people, allergy season comes once, maybe twice, a year. During the spring, flowers and trees release pollen that triggers congestion or a runny nose. During the fall, grasses and weeds do the same.

But Florida’s warm, humid climate allows allergens to flourish throughout the year, and ragweed, mold, and other allergens can cause coughs, sneezes, hives, and watery eyes.

Fortunately, when you follow these simple steps, you can remove allergens from your home and significantly reduce your symptoms.

Do You Need Your Ducts Cleaned? 6 Telltale Signs

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You know the importance of seasonal HVAC maintenance. But most of these cleaning and repair efforts focus on your heating and cooling units themselves rather than the system of ducts that delivers heated or cooled air throughout your home.

When your ducts become obstructed, dirty, or compromised, the issue can harm your indoor air quality and decrease the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. The obvious answer to these problems is professional duct cleaning, but when do you need to schedule a cleaning?

In this blog, we list six signs that your ducts need cleaning sooner rather than later.

Hurricane Preparedness for North Central Florida

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If you live in Florida, you have likely already seen the effects of hurricanes. You know firsthand how much damage they can do, and you want to protect your home, possessions, and family.

In order to stay safe during hurricane season, you need to be prepared for the storm and its aftermath. This article will teach you the basics of hurricane preparedness.

Have an Empty Barn? Tips to Help You Renovate and Reuse the Space

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If you live on a farm, then you likely have a barn somewhere on your property. This building is perfect for housing horses, storing farming equipment, and covering grain and straw. But what if your barn is empty? What do you do with the space?

Rather than tearing down the barn and leaving an empty plot on your property, renovate the building. Below, we’ve provided a few tips about features you should include and ways you can reuse your empty barn so you can make the most of this structure. Read on to discover how you can repurpose an empty barn and allow it to add to your property’s value.

6 Ways to Resolve Your Family Thermostat Wars

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You and your family tend to get along swimmingly. You enjoy meals together, you plan exciting activities together, and you love spending time together.

But despite your positive family relationships, you tend to disagree on one thing: the thermostat.

You might set the thermostat to a comfortable 71 degrees, only to have your freezing partner set it to a toasty 76 degrees a few minutes later. Or your son might want to cool down at 68 degrees, only to have your daughter crank the thermostat up to 80 as soon as she comes home.

You know that the constant adjustments wreak havoc on your HVAC system as well as on your utilities bill, so what can you do to end the war, or at least to lessen the effect of the battles?

5 Ways to Turn Your Home Into an Asthma-Friendly Space

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Asthma doesn’t get as much airtime as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. But it affects 1 in 12 Americans, which totals 8% of the population or 25 million people. In most cases, asthma is a manageable illness, but air pollution, allergies, and other triggers can make it hard for people with asthma to breathe easily.

If you or your children have asthma, you want your home to be a safe space. Unlike schools, malls, or even the outdoors on a high-pollution day, your home should help you avoid asthma attacks, not trigger them. Unfortunately, indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality-but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Luckily, you can take several simple steps to clear your home’s air. With help from these tips and with your doctor’s advice, you can create a safe space with clean air for yourself and your children.

8 Ways to Save Energy with Your Air Conditioner

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Part of the reason you live in Florida is because you want to enjoy the natural wonders around you. You love the greenery that grows naturally in your backyard, and your family enjoys regular trips to the beach. You do everything you can to protect the environment.

But did you know that your AC unit can contribute to your environmental footprint? Studies suggest that 50%of your home’s energy gets consumed by your HVAC appliances. Imagine what a difference you could make to the environment (and to your energy bill) if you could reduce your energy consumption.

Before you toss your AC unit out the window, read the following suggestions. We’ll help you find a way to make your current HVAC system as effective as possible so you can rest assured that you’re doing what’s best for the environment without taking drastic action.

Read on for eight ways you can make your home more energy efficient.

Tips for Keeping Your AC Unit in Tip-Top Shape

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It’s a monumental day: the first day you turn on your AC unit. Here in Florida, that day comes earlier than it does in other states. When you turn on your AC unit, you expect it to blast cool air that will provide a welcome relief to everyone in your house. You don’t expect it to sputter and fail to turn on, or to send out a blast of air that’s anything but cold.

To prevent first-day-of-AC blues, perform some important maintenance early on. These tips will help keep your AC unit in tip-top shape all summer long.