Every season presents its unique home safety issues, and winter more than any other. In addition to the outside hazards from snow and ice, indoor hazards peculiar to winter must be addressed as well. In most homes, winter means combustion: Gas-fired furnaces provide reliable heat at competitive costs, and wood-burning fireplaces are a secondary source…

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Boilers that have been idle all summer require boiler maintenance as the seasons change. A number of problems may occur at seasonal start-up that can be better handled as preventive issues now rather than major repairs later (on an expensive emergency basis). It’s also easier to schedule a call with your HVAC professional at this…

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Radiant heating systems warm a home from the floor up, quietly and efficiently. Utilizing plastic tubing installed below the floor that circulates heated water, a radiant system warms the entire floor space of a room. This heat radiates gently into the living space and conducts cozy warmth into all objects touching the floor — such…

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Cooler nights, shorter days – the signs are all clear: It’s time to think about energy savings. Another winter’s on the way and another heating season is about to commence. Memories of last year’s utility bills may not fill you with nostalgia but there are a few things you can do differently this year to…

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Drain cleaning services by a professional extend well beyond flushing out a stubborn clog. Many homeowners who use home methods of unclogging drains often discover that clogging recurs in the same drain with regularity. In addition, most of the home methods utilized to open a blocked drain are not those a professional plumber would recommend…

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If your Wichita area home has a basement, you likely have a sump pump. If you do, your home needs the backup protection of a water-powered sump pump. There’s a substantial likelihood of a flooded basement during the sudden inundation of a rainstorm, or gradual water seepage if you’re in a location with a high…

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Garbage disposals are an immense kitchen convenience that greatly reduce waste, improve household hygiene and even help the environment. Food that goes in the dry garbage ends up in landfills and is a major contributor to the methane that often simply gets vented into the air. Food ground up in a garbage disposal goes to…

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The time for an annual service call is now. The peace of mind part comes later. When you’re starting up your heating system for the season after a long summer off, it’s not unusual to encounter certain problems related to the long cooling season layoff. Other failures are more common later in the season, when…

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Electronic air cleaners pick up where your standard furnace air filter leaves off. Mechanical filtration does a good job of removing larger inorganic components of household dust. Unfortunately, most of what you’re breathing in your home is smaller than dust. In addition, a lot of these smallest, invisible particulates are organic microorganisms such as mold…

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