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Furnace Repair is Easy With Meyer’s Companies

  • March 2016
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Are you looking for a trustworthy, professional furnace repair service in Valparaiso, Lowell, Griffith, or Porter County? Meyer’s Companies has been serving the Northwestern Indiana area for years, and we’ve earned our reputation for excellent service and professional integrity. Make sure that you know exactly what you need to know when you’re calling a contractor

Get the Right Plumber For You

  • March 2016
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Are you looking for the best plumber in Valparaiso, Lowell, Griffith, or Porter County? Meyer’s Companies has been serving home plumbing emergencies in the Northwestern Indiana area for over sixty years. We’re proud of our friendly and professional reputation, and we’re happy to provide useful for you to find the right plumber for any plumbing

Heating Systems Repaired Easily With Meyer’s Companies

  • March 2016
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Do you need a professional and trustworthy heating system repair service in Valparaiso, Lowell, Griffith, or Porter County? Meyer’s Companies has been happy to service the Northwestern Indiana area for decades, and we have earned our reputation for professional integrity and excellent service. Make sure that you know what you’ll need to know when you

Spring Tips for Your Valparaiso, Porter County, Griffith, and Lowell Home

  • March 2016
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Spring is a great time to go through your home and get it extremely clean. After all, that’s why they call it spring cleaning. There are plenty of spring tips you can use for air conditioning, heating, and other areas of your home. Check out some of these great tips for Valparaiso, Porter County, Lowell,

Trusted HVAC Contractors in Lowell, Valparaiso, Porter County, and Griffith

  • March 2016
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If you don’t know what you’re looking for, finding good HVAC contractors in Lowell, Valparaiso, Porter County, and Griffith can be extremely challenging. In order to ensure you’re choosing the right person or company for your heating or cooling needs, you need to be sure you look for certain qualities. Ask for Referrals Asking friends

Signs It Is Time to Schedule Furnace Maintenance with Meyers Companies

  • March 2016
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It’s been a long cold winter. If your hard-working furnace seems like it isn’t working quite as well as it did at the beginning of the winter, it might be time for a tune-up. If you think it may be time to consider schedule a maintenance visit from one of the skilled professional technicians at

AFUE Ratings Explained

  • January 2016
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If you’re looking for a new furnace in the Griffith, Lowell, and Valparaiso area, you’re probably looking at factors such as AFUE ratings. But what is AFUE and why does it matter? Meyer’s Companies is happy to provide you with this handy guide to AFUE ratings and how to use them to choose your next

Air Conditioning and Heating in Lowell, Indiana

  • January 2016
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Meyer’s Companies has been proud to serve the Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland area since 1951. We have locations in Griffith and Valparaiso, and we’ve recently added a location in the Lowell area to better serve you, your family, and your business. We’re proud of our reputation for great quality work and customer service, and

High Efficiency Furnaces

  • January 2016
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If you’re looking to buy a furnace in the Griffith, Valparaiso, and Lowell area this winter, you’ll need to make sure that you get a furnace that gives you the great performance and efficiency that you need. Meyer’s Companies can help you pick exactly the right furnace for your needs. Treat your home or business

Energy Star Ratings Save You Money

  • January 2016
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If you’re looking for a new furnace or heating appliance in the Griffith, Valparaiso, or Lowell area, you will want to make sure that you’re buying an Energy Star certified appliance. Energy Star is an easy way to find appliances that give you the best fuel efficiency while helping you save on your energy bill.

Compare Home Heating Systems With Meyer’s Companies

  • January 2016
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Meyer’s Companies has been serving customers in the Griffith, Valparaiso, and Lowell area for years. We know that winter is the worst time to have a furnace break down, and that choosing a new heating system is the last thing you want to spend time on. Our certified technicians will take the time to help

Heating Options For Your Home

  • December 2015
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Winter is coming, and with it the icy temperatures that you’ve come to expect in the Griffith, Porter County, and Northwest Indiana area. If you’re looking for a new way to heat your home this winter, Meyer’s Companies has plenty of options for you. We’ll be happy to assess your space and your heating needs

Gas Furnace vs. Heat Pump: Which is Right for You?

  • December 2015
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When it comes to heating and cooling your home, people in Valparaiso, Porter County, and Griffith have some options. The most popular choices are heat pumps and gas furnaces, and many homeowners are unsure of the difference and what benefits each can bring to the table. The following information will help you decide which option

What Furnace Type is Right For You?

  • December 2015
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Residents of the Valparaiso, Porter County, and Griffith area are looking forward to a long and cold winter this year. If you’re concerned about your old furnace or HVAC system making it through the year, better start thinking about replacing your system now! Nobody wants to spend even a day without heat in the dead

Meyer’s Company Now Serves the Valparaiso Area

  • April 2015
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Meyer’s Companies is one of the most trusted full-service contractors in Northwest Indiana. We perform heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical repairs and installations with trusted technicians and state-of-the-art tools. We’re happy to service homes and businesses alike, no matter how small or large. And now we’re happy to announce that we service the Valparaiso area!

Tips for Lowering the Heating Bills in Your Gary Area Home

  • December 2014
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With today’s high energy costs, homeowners need easy, low-cost ideas for ways to slash consumption without compromising their family’s comfort. Here are some effective tips on how to lower heating bills this winter. Seal Drafts Around Windows and Exterior Doors Replacing worn exterior door weatherstripping and re-caulking the windows can curb heat loss in the

Having Problems With Your Gas Furnace? Try These 4 Troubleshooting Tips

  • November 2014
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Standard gas furnaces are an important part of the heating solution for many residences and businesses in the state of Indiana, and as the cold weather season approaches, it’s worthwhile to know about some of the causes of poor performance in a gas furnace and how to troubleshoot them. No Heat Produced by the Furnace This

How to Winterize Outdoor Faucets in 4 Easy Steps

  • November 2014
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Now that the fall season is here, we know all too well that winter and freezing temperatures will be upon us before we know it. These freezing temperatures can freeze any water that’s left in outside pipes and faucets and do damage inside your home as well. It’s a good idea to winterize outdoor faucets,

How Does Rain Affect Your Air Conditioner? Should You Be Concerned?

  • October 2014
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As seasoned experts in the air conditioning field, we often hear concerns from residents of Griffith about whether rain can harm their air conditioning unit. The good news is that you don’t have to worry when it’s raining on your air conditioner because it will not cause any significant damage to your unit. Air Conditioner

Not Sure How to Replace Thermosat Batteries? Here Are Some Tips

  • October 2014
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Sometimes a malfunctioning heating or cooling system can be a big deal, but other times, it might be as simple as replacing thermostat batteries. Replacing batteries in a wall thermostat is an easy job, and if you add the task to your regular annual maintenance list, you’ll avoid a surprise at the most inconvenient time.

Call for Your Fall HVAC System Maintenance Now

  • September 2014
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With the year’s cooling season nearly over and heating season only a couple months away, it’s time for northern Indiana homeowners to start thinking about fall HVAC system maintenance. Here are some of the best reasons to have a fall HVAC inspection, as well as background on what you can expect to happen during maintenance.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat to Rack Up Savings

  • September 2014
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A programmable thermostat is a relatively low-cost addition to your HVAC system that can help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. Here are some of the ways you can use a programmable thermostat to your advantage. Why a Programmable Thermostat? The main advantage of a programmable thermostat comes in the level of control it gives

Figuring Out the Life Span of Your Air Conditioner

  • August 2014
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During our hot, humid Indiana summers, a reliable air conditioner is a necessity to keep your home cool and comfortable. If your A/C doesn’t seem to work well anymore, you may be wondering how long it will last. There are easy to recognize signs that can help you figure out your air conditioner’s expected life

How to Use Energy-Efficient Window Treatments Efficiently

  • August 2014
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Windows are some of the least-efficient building materials that separate the living space from the outdoors. Glass simply doesn’t have enough insulating ability on its own. That’s why double- and triple-pane windows have become the norm. In addition, you can utilize energy-efficient window treatments to increase insulation and block solar heat gain.

Summer Energy Myths That Can Drive Up Your Costs

  • July 2014
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Summer energy myths can quickly drive up energy bills and may actually hinder comfort and system efficiency. Do any of the following myths affect your Illinois or Indiana home? Turning the A/C Off When You Leave Home Is the Best Way to Lower Cooling Costs. It’s easy to do, but turning off the A/C system to

Change the Air Filter and Avoid These Problems

  • July 2014
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Pound for pound (or ounce for ounce), the air filter is one of the most important components in your HVAC system and home. Read on to learn the effects of a dirty filter, and why you should change the air filter regularly. Problems Posed by Dirty Air Filters While there are many reasons a good quality

It’s Simple: Up Your Cooling Efficiency and Lower Your Bills

  • June 2014
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Getting the most cooling efficiency for your home is a combination of routine maintenance for your air conditioning system and using it wisely. What to Do Yourself When the air conditioning system is running routinely, checking the air filter and changing it when needed will improve your system’s performance. Dust can build on the evaporator coil,

A Programmable Thermostat Can Work in Your Overall Savings Strategy

  • June 2014
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A programmable thermostat simplifies your energy savings plan because it takes the work out of changing temperatures based on when you’re typically away from home. Not only does it remember to make adjustments for you, it is likely more accurate than the thermostat you’re using now. Types Options range from “learning” thermostats to those you program

You Can Count on Us! We’re on Angie’s List

  • June 2014
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Finding the right contractor for a household improvement or repair can be challenging, especially if you are new to a community or if you have had a bad experience in the past. Free online review sites may seem suspicious, especially if all reviews are similar or if all ratings are high. One of the most

Sealing Ductwork Can Improve Your Cooling Efficiency

  • May 2014
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If your forced air system is consuming an excessive amount of energy to keep your home cool enough throughout the heat and humidity of summer, the problem could be the ductwork. In the average home, up to 20 percent of the cooled air produced is lost through ductwork leaks before it reaches the registers. Sealing

Attic Ventilation Can Help Keep Your Home Cooler

  • May 2014
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When the heat and humidity settle in for the summer, it can be difficult to keep your home cool and comfortable. Adding attic ventilation can help, but only if it’s done correctly. To be effective, an attic has to be sealed against air leaks, as well as well-insulated and ventilated. Benefits of Ventilation When the sun beats

Annual A/C Maintenance: Schedule Now, Before Cooling Season

  • April 2014
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For most homeowners, A/C maintenance isn’t really something they get excited about until something goes wrong. And when something goes wrong in the middle of the summer heat, it’s not a pleasant thing to have to deal with. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your A/C is properly taken care of. If you want to

Improve Your Electricity Use Habits Before Cooling Season Arrives

  • April 2014
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As the spring season winds to a close and we approach the summer months, thoughts quickly go to all the money we’ll be spending as we’re forced to use air conditioning to stay cool. The good news is that if you can adapt a few electricity use habits, you can cut down your monthly bills

How Proper Attic Insulation Can Save Energy and Money

  • March 2014
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If you haven’t ventured up into the attic of your northwest Indiana home recently, take a look to see how much insulation you have installed up there. Attic insulation is a very reasonable home-efficiency upgrade that can last the life of the home, boost comfort, save energy all year long, and reduce wear on heating

The Great HVAC System Debate: To Repair Or Replace

  • March 2014
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If problems with your home’s HVAC system have begun to happen more often than they used to, it’s time to evaluate whether it makes more sense to repair or replace. There isn’t a one-size-fits all answer to the question of which option is more cost-effective, but there are general guidelines that can make it easier

Whole-Home Humidifiers: Important Even During Winter

  • February 2014
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This winter in Indiana and the Midwest has been particularly vicious. But the cold isn’t the only problem this season. In the winter, indoor air gets inordinately dry. And by using your furnace, you’re inadvertently making it worse. The system dehumidifies the already dry air in order to warm it up. If the humidity level

When Is It Time for Heat Pump Replacement?

  • February 2014
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Many Indiana homes today are heated using a heat pump. A heat pump is an economical way to keep your home comfortable, but like any appliance, your heat pump has a limited life span. Spotting signs that it’s time for heat pump replacement will help you make wise decisions about this important appliance. How Long

Are Your Ducts Tight Enough?

  • January 2014
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Paying to heat and cool your Schererville home is an unavoidable expense, but you do have some control over the size of your energy bills. Taking the time to seal the exterior envelope of your home with caulking or weatherstripping can prevent conditioned air from escaping and unconditioned air from entering, but is that enough?

Incandescent Bulbs Are Being Phased Out — What Are Your Options?

  • January 2014
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With the start of 2014, the age of incandescent bulbs is rapidly dimming. The beginning of the year marked the end of production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs in the United States. Lamps at 75 watts and higher are already out of production. Incandescent Alternatives With the end of these lower wattage bulbs, many

Cracked Toilet? To Replace or Fix?

  • January 2014
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Do you have a mysterious toilet leak? If so, you need to take a closer look and see if you have a cracked tank. In some cases, you can fix the cracks. In other cases, you may need to replace the tank. A cracked toilet can cause leaks or even a blow-out that can cause

Furnace Scams: Ask Questions Before Paying That Shady HVAC Technician

  • December 2013
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The vast majority of contractors and companies in the HVAC industry are honest and reputable. In any industry where large amounts of money can potentially change hands, however, the potential for scams and dishonest dealings exists. Here are some ways to identify furnace scams along with suggestions for what to do if you think you’ve

Keep Your Heating Ducts Rodent-Free

  • December 2013
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Even the most modern and sanitary homes can harbor mice that can damage property, ruin food supplies and spread disease. One of the most common places to find mice is within the heating ducts of your HVAC system. Mice use the ductwork for shelter and a passageway between other areas of your home. Here are

Faulty Furnace Ignition? Possible Causes and Solutions

  • December 2013
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When you have a faulty furnace ignition, there are many reasons that could explain the issue. However, many of the solutions to your problem are at your fingertips. Here are some possible causes to your faulty ignition and their solutions. Your Pilot Won’t Light If your pilot light won’t light, your pilot opening might be clogged or it’s not getting gas.

Tips To Repair a Leak in Your Bathroom Sink

  • December 2013
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Most people think of sink leaks coming from the plumbing. However, sometimes leaks come from around the sink itself. Many homeowners can repair a leak in their bathroom if they have the right tools and a bit of know-how. To repair a leak around the sink, you’ll need bathroom caulk, mineral spirits and a basin wrench.

Fix These 6 Common Gas Fireplace Issues

  • December 2013
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While gas fireplaces are usually an efficient way to heat your home, sometimes they act up and cause problems. Fortunately, most gas fireplace issues require nothing more than a little troubleshooting. Try these suggested fixes to get your gas fireplace working normally again. No Ignition Check the breaker box and reset any tripped breakers you

Look Out for These Red Flags of Clogged Plumbing

  • December 2013
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The modern home depends on plumbing to take away waste water from sinks, tubs and toilets, as well as washers and dishwashers. When that waste water doesn’t flow away properly due to clogged plumbing, it becomes a smelly, potentially messy issue. One common reason for clogged plumbing is a blocked vent. The vents are the

Common Issues That Might Be Plaguing Your Sump Pump

  • December 2013
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Basement floods are common occurrences in this part of Indiana, and they’re responsible for costly damages in many area homes. To prevent this from happening in your home, your sump pump needs to keep your basement dry, but there are a number of issues that can stop it from doing its job. Your pump isn’t

Identifying Problems With Your Water Heater

  • December 2013
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If you discover a problem with your water heater, there’s no need to panic. Not every issue is serious, and there are some quick fixes you can try, if you’re comfortable with some DIY items, or call Meyer’s for experienced and reliable professional help. Cold water instead of hot – With a gas-fired water heater, the

Is Your Heat Pump Freezing Up? Troubleshooting Year-Round Issues

  • November 2013
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There are several factors that can lead to your heat pump freezing up during the summer cooling season or the winter heating season. You can fix some of the simple problems that lead to freezing yourself, while it will be necessary to call an HVAC expert for more technical repairs. It’s normal for heat pump

Ready to Boost Your Home Insulation? Determining What Type to Use

  • November 2013
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So you’ve researched ways to lower energy consumption in your Griffith area home and you’ve decided that it’s time to boost your home insulation as a way to reduce energy bills. Now you need to decide which kind to use in order to get the most efficiency in the most cost effective way. Here are

Is Aging Ductwork Negatively Impacting Your Gary Area Home?

  • November 2013
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Ductwork is often the most neglected part of an HVAC system because it is hidden from everyday view. Your ducts run through wall, crawl, attic, and basement spaces carrying conditioned air to your home’s living spaces. Aging ductwork can begin to have issues that compromise the efficacy of the airflow, as well as overall energy

Furnace Replacement Is Implicit When You’re Dealing With These Telltale Signs

  • November 2013
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Big-ticket items like furnaces are usually built to last. But then, nothing lasts forever, either. If you’ve gotten more than 20 years’ worth of dutiful service from your furnace, a furnace replacement may be in your immediate future. While the age of your furnace is one factor you should consider, your furnace may be exhibiting

How a Variable Speed Furnace Operates More Efficiently Than a Traditional Furnace

  • November 2013
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In the competition for maximum performance and efficiency, a variable speed furnace trumps a conventional, single speed model every time.  One-speed, on/off furnace blower motors deliver 100 percent output all the time they’re on. While total output sounds good on a cold winter night, there’s a major drawback: Your home only requires full-blast air circulation

Furnace Inspections Prevent Larger Issues — What to Expect From the Pro’s Visit

  • November 2013
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Autumn weather has arrived in St. John, and winter weather isn’t far behind. If you haven’t already scheduled your annual preventive furnace maintenance, now is the time to do it before the heating season comes into full swing. Annual furnace inspections are essential for efficiency and safety, and will provide these far-reaching benefits: Increase system

What Is the Life Span of a Furnace?

  • October 2013
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Have you been limping an aging heating system along for a couple of heating seasons and racking up high heating bills? The average furnace life span is approximately 15 years, though it can range from 13 to 20 years. While the equipment may last that long, it’s likely that your heating bills are higher than

Furnace Efficiency Explained – The Meaning of AFUE

  • October 2013
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As a guide to furnace efficiency, AFUE ratings are the standard to go by for your Indiana home. But what does this AFUE rating really mean? It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. At a quick glance, it tells you how efficient the furnace is supposed to be. This is helpful to know if you’re

What Causes an Air Conditioner to Freeze Up?

  • October 2013
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One of the worst moments as a homeowner is realizing your air conditioner isn’t working on a hot, unpleasant day. It’s even more confusing when you find out the unit has frozen over in the Indiana heat. There are many reasons why this happens and this guide provides a better answer to the common question:

Why Is My Air Conditioner Not Cooling My House?

  • October 2013
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Is your Indiana home’s air conditioner not cooling? In the hot summer months, this problem can be a real burden on your family’s comfort. When your air conditioner fails to cool, follow these troubleshooting steps which may be able to solve the issue quickly and easily. Check Your Thermostat Your thermostat is the key to

Why Is My A/C Unit Leaking Water?

  • October 2013
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A leaking A/C unit can be confusing and troublesome. It’s normal for the dehumidifying process to create some condensation. However, when pools of water form, you’re left asking, “why is my A/C unit leaking water?” Why Does an Air Conditioner Leak Water? Several things can cause your air conditioner unit to leak, and most of the time

What is the Advantage of Installing a Tankless Water Heater?

  • October 2013
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Next to your northwest Indiana home’s heating and cooling system, the one appliance responsible for the most energy consumption is your water heater. A traditional storage water heater loses nearly three quarters of the energy it consumes via standby losses. Because these types of heaters are designed to continually keep 40 to 80 gallons of

The Importance of Routine A/C Filter Changes

  • October 2013
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Heating and cooling account for about 50 percent of your Gary home’s energy costs. If you’re looking for ways to increase system efficiency, one surefire way is to regularly change your furnace and A/C filters, and here’s why: A dirty air filter impedes the flow of air to your system and makes it work harder

Have a Clogged Drain?

  • October 2013
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What’s the reason you have a clogged drain? Everyday use sends hair, soap scum and grease down the drain, which can become a nasty clog over time. Foreign objects, such as toys, facial tissues, diapers and other objects that don’t belong in the toilet can cause a stoppage there, as well. Clogged drains can quickly

What Size Furnace Do I Need?

  • September 2013
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When you’re in the market for a new furnace, the first and most important consideration will be the furnace size. Misjudging the size of the furnace you need can lead to higher energy bills, reduced indoor comfort and a shorter life for your new system. Learning how to size a furnace is not a do-it-yourself project

My Gas Furnace Won’t Turn On

  • September 2013
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Cooler temperatures are just around the corner, so that means it’s time to look at your furnace and take care of routine maintenance tasks. Don’t wait until the snow starts falling to discover your gas furnace has an issue. Troubleshoot your furnace problems now so you won’t be stuck in the cold asking questions when its

Why Does the Pilot Light on My Water Heater Keep Going Out?

  • September 2013
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There is nothing more frustrating when trying to run a hot bath than when your water heater keeps turning off. If your water heater pilot light will not stay lit, it is important to fix it immediately. There are many reasons your water heater igniter might turn itself off. Often, when your water heater won’t

Repair or Replace Your Furnace

  • September 2013
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With the fall season rapidly approaching, you may wonder whether you should repair or replace your furnace. Without a visual inspection, we can’t tell you for sure. However, here are two general rules: If your furnace is 10 years old or more, it probably needs to be replaced. Modern furnaces are significantly more efficient than

Traditional Water Heater vs Tankless Water Heater

  • August 2013
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The purchase of an appliance as important to your household as a water heater requires the careful assessment of many factors. Your requirements for hot water supplies, the energy efficiency of the water heater, and the general cost of operation are among the points that require consideration. Perhaps the most basic question is whether you

The Way a Split A/C Keeps You Cool

  • August 2013
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Your split A/C system has been keeping you cool all summer, but do you know how it works? Learn the ins and outs of A/C operation, and you can help your A/C system perform more efficiently with lower cooling bills, and last longer with fewer repairs. Basics of Split A/C Systems A split A/C system

Plumbing Emergencies: Deal With Them Till the Pros Arrive

  • August 2013
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Water is essential to life, but if it gets out of control, it can do a lot of damage. When plumbing emergencies happen, you know you should call a plumber, but do you know what to do while you wait for the professionals to arrive? Here are some tips. Shut Off the Water The first

Tips for Saving Energy and Reducing Energy Bills

  • August 2013
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In today’s green world, everybody could use more tips for saving energy. These tips are sure to help you keep a little green in your pocket, as well as save the planet. The average American family spends thousands of dollars on energy each year, so even small percentages can really add up over the long

The Best Air Purifying Plants for Cleaning the Air in Your Home

  • August 2013
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There are a number of different toxins that can reduce the air quality of your home and cause you and your family to feel chronically ill. Formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene are the three most common toxins which are well known for their deleterious effects on a person’s health including cancer, allergies and asthma. Xylene and

Carbon Monoxide Detection Is Serious — Where the Pros Will Look for Leaks

  • July 2013
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Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that can disrupt your blood’s ability to carry oxygen to your organs. When present in sufficiently high concentrations, it can cause serious illness and death. Since carbon monoxide exposure can be cumulative, the danger depends somewhat on how long you are exposed to it and at what concentrations. Carbon

Stay Cool While Using Less Energy in Your Indiana Home With Ceiling Fans

  • July 2013
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Ceiling fans are a type of circulating fan. Circulating fans don’t actually cool your home, but they make you feel cooler due to the windchill effect they provide. This will allow you to reduce your air conditioner use by setting your thermostat to a higher temperature while still feeling comfortable. It may also increase how

Before You Commit to a New Heat Pump, Make Sure It’s Sized Correctly

  • July 2013
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If you’re looking for a replacement for your air conditioner, you might want to consider going with a heat pump. In summer they operate the same as an air conditioner, but in the winter they reverse their operation to provide extra-efficient heating. This dual operation also enables them to act as a dehumidifier that removes

Radiant Heat Warms Up Your Home Fast if Attic Insulation Is Lacking

  • July 2013
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Hot air rises, so you might not expect your attic insulation to be one of the most important tools you have to prevent heat from entering your home. However, attics frequently have temperatures that are much higher than those outside, so attic insulation is important for preventing your air conditioner from being overworked. Attic temperatures

R-22 Refrigerant Supplies Are Drying Up–Maybe It’s Time for That A/C Replacement

  • June 2013
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Refrigerant is the life blood of your A/C system and supplies are getting depleted. This means that when older air conditioners need repairs or maintenance, lack of refrigerant could create a problem. The necessary refrigerant used by older systems, called R-22, is harmful to the environment. It’s being phased out due to an Environmental Protection Agency mandate. Homeowners

Working With Your Plumbing Contractor on That Bathroom Remodel

  • June 2013
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There’s a logical order for installing various components during a bathroom remodel. Whether you attempt a DIY job, work closely with a plumbing contractor or let the professionals handle all the work themselves, it’s important to work in a certain order. That way, you maximize your time and prevent ruining completed work that’s already been

The Wiring in Your Griffith-Area Home: When It Needs Attention–Now

  • June 2013
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Problems with home wiring shouldn’t be ignored. A significant portion of fires are electrical fires with faulty wiring as the most common cause. Many of the ways wiring can be faulty will produce heat capable of starting fires. For example, electrical arcs that occur when electricity travels through the air between improperly connected components are

Sorting Through SEER Ratings

  • May 2013
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Are you confused about SEER ratings? SEER — the seasonal energy efficiency ratio — is a measure of a system’s cooling efficiency and how much you will have to spend to keep your home comfortable when you’re using your air conditioner. When you’re shopping for an air conditioner, you can find the SEER rating on

The Standby Generator: Stepping in When the Power Goes Out

  • May 2013
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In this day and age, having power is far from optional. From at-home medical equipment to the computer of those who work from home, some things can’t wait until the power comes back on. A standby generator can step in while the power’s out to help you keep the most important equipment running. In the

An Easy Homeowner’s Guide to Electronic Air Cleaner Maintenance

  • May 2013
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An electronic air cleaner is a device that’s specially designed to rid indoor air of an array of particles and contaminants using the principles of magnetism. Simply put, particles are given electrical charges, which in turn are attracted to oppositely-charged plates. These plates hold the particles until they’re cleaned — making electronic air cleaner maintenance an

Spring Is a Great Time to Replace Air Filters. What You Need to Know

  • April 2013
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Longer days and milder weather signal the arrival of spring, that transitional season when it’s common to rely on both your heater and your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable as outdoor temperatures fluctuate. It’s also the time of year when an increase in pollen counts can exacerbate springtime allergies. Air filters play a

Air Conditioning: Some Common Problems

  • April 2013
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Since their development in 1902, modern air conditioning units are efficient and relatively trouble-free. Like other major appliances, the equipment can experience mechanical or electrical problems. This guide provides an overview of some of the most common problems that can occur with a central HVAC system. Northwest Indiana homeowners can troubleshoot their systems to identify