New Technology? New Home Wiring May Be in Order

New Technology? New Home Wiring May Be in OrderIf you’re like most people today, your home is loaded with tons of modern electronics and appliances. Even those who don’t consider themselves “tech savvy” often strive to get the newest gizmos and gadgets. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with upgrading to the latest iPad, you may be overlooking an important feature of your home that could very well be outdated: the wiring. And home wiring isn’t just about supporting the power demands of all those devices you love to use – it’s first, and foremost, about your family’s safety. Learn more about the importance of good home wiring, and if yours is in need of a makeover. Read More »

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Troubleshooting Tips for a Programmable Thermostat

Troubleshooting Tips for a Programmable ThermostatAs the focus on simultaneous comfort, convenience and energy savings grows, so does the popularity of programmable thermostats. These devices let you program temperature changes to save energy while you’re away or sleeping all while coming home or waking up to a comfortable home. Read More »

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What Causes the A/C in Your Portland Home to Freeze Up?

What Causes the A/C in Your Portland Home to Freeze Up?If you are enjoying the cooling comfort of your air conditioning when it suddenly stops working, the first thing to do is turn it off. Then check to see if ice is coating the coils. If so, you need to do some trouble-shooting to determine what causes the A/C to freeze up. First, locate the drainage hole and make sure it is clear. Water should be running out of the drainpipe. If it is not, the condensation is going somewhere, and most likely doing some damage when it gets there. It may be draining back into the unit and causing a freeze-up. Read More »

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3 Factors That Can Hint at the Life Span of Your Home’s Air Conditioner

3 Factors That Can Hint at the Life Span of Your Home’s Air ConditionerYour air conditioner is on the fritz and refuses to cool your home the way it’s supposed to. You hire a technician to conduct a repair. He quotes a price that’s a little higher than you wanted to pay. Now, you must make a decision: do you pay the repair bill or throw in the towel and replace the A/C? Read More »

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Where Should You Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Portland Area Home?

Where Should You Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Portland Area Home?The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of inadvertent poisoning in the United States. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, detectors are necessary to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening in your home. However, it is important that you know where to place carbon monoxide detectors for them to be the most effective. Below are some tips for where and where not to place them. Read More »

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Ways to Save Electricity and Brighten Your Pockets

Ways to Save Electricity and Brighten Your PocketsThe economy may be improving, but most of us still do not have money to burn. As we look for ways to save money, one area that catches our attention is our electric bill. You have heard that it is the little things that count. When it comes to electricity, they add up. Here are a few little things to do to help you save electricity and money: Read More »

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Don’t Touch the Thermostat and Keep Your Home Cool Anyway

Don't Touch the Thermostat and Keep Your Home Cool AnywaySummertime in Portland is paradise, but high energy bills during the cooling season can take some of the joy out of warm, sunny weather. This year, resolve to keep your home cool without cranking the thermostat. Here are a some low-cost and no-cost ways to stay cooler at higher thermostat settings all season long. Read More »

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Vacations and Energy Savings Go Hand in Hand — Let Us Show You How

Vacations and Energy Savings Go Hand in Hand -- Let Us Show You HowWho doesn’t love to go on a well-deserved vacation, especially when summer arrives? What you might not realize is that vacations and energy savings can easily go hand-in-hand, as long as you know what to look for. Here are some of our favorite ways to save energy while you’re out of town during this heating season: Read More »

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Take Charge of Your Energy Bills with a Programmable Thermostat

Take Charge of Your Energy Bills with a  Programmable ThermostatAs a homeowner, the systems and appliances you choose for your home affect comfort and the pocketbook. The system that has the greatest impact on comfort and the energy budget is the HVAC system. If your energy bills are consistently higher than you would like, and the comfort level in your home is less than optimal, take charge of both with a programmable thermostat. Read More »

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Plumbing Troubleshooting Steps to Try Before Calling a Professional

Plumbing Troubleshooting Steps to Try Before Calling a ProfessionalWhen a plumbing problem rears its head, chances are you’ll likely call on a professional to quickly and correctly take care of the problem. However, you want to make sure that the problem you’re dealing with can’t be solved on your own before scheduling an appointment. Read More »

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