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Summer’s Waning, but the A/C Still Needs Some Care

Summer is on its way out, and the weather is beginning to cool, but be sure not to neglect your A/C maintenance routine. Now is a good time to get ahead on caring for your air conditioning system that worked so hard to keep you cool and comfortable all summer. Here are a few tips…

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Is Aging Ductwork Altering the HVAC Efficiency of Your Staunton Home?

How long ago was the ductwork in your home installed? Unless you built the home yourself, you may not know. The fact is that many homes contain the original ductwork that was installed when the house was built. That means that if your home was built in 1960, your ductwork might be over 50 years…

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Home Too Humid? Consider a Whole-House Solution

Is your Glen Carbon or Alton home too humid? Controlling humidity levels can prove a challenge for any household. However, having balanced humidity not only provides a more comfortable living space, but also prevents moisture build-up, which can lead to major homeowner problems such as mold growth and damage to carpets, wooden furniture and leather…

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Keep Your Standby Generator Running Smoothly: Do a Maintenance Check

Performing a maintenance check on your home’s standby or backup generator is crucial to making sure that it will work when it is needed. There are two main steps involved with maintenance to verify normal functionality. One deals with visual aspects of the generator, while the other involves actually running it to see that everything…

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Corrosion in Your Water Heater: Here’s How to Prevent It

Your water heater is a significant investment in your Metro-East home. Learn how to find and prevent corrosion to keep it working at peak performance. Galvanic Corrosion When two different metals are in contact, an electrochemical process called galvanic corrosion can take place. In galvanic corrosion, one of the metals corrodes much faster than the…

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Is Your Programmable Thermostat Acting Up? Troubleshooting Tips to Try

Programmable thermostats allow you to program your heating and cooling system to operate at a reduced capacity when you’re away from home or asleep, which leads to lower energy bills. While most programmable thermostats work efficiently and reliably, problems can occur. Knowing what common issues to look for can resolve the issue without a call…

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: What Features Should You Look For

Setting out to buy carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for your home is a wise decision. Detectors placed wisely around your home will protect you from unexpected CO leaks that could be lethal. Don’t think that all detectors are built the same, though, some have different features that may be better for your home. Basic Features…

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How the Energy Star Most Efficient Label Can Benefit Your Alton Area Home

If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioner, furnace or another appliance, the Energy Star Most Efficient designation is worth watching for. Whether you’re up in Alton or down south by Carbon Glen, Maryville, and Troy, it takes quality heating and cooling systems to deal with the highly variable Southwest Illinois climate. By looking for…

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