Even if you live here in the Bay Area, you are still in northern hemisphere, and you still can face significant heating costs, if you don’t prepare effectively for the cold weather. Indeed, the Alliance to Save Energy estimates that some homeowners can spend $5,000 or more every year to keep their indoors comfy and cozy.
Burrr. It was feeling pretty chilly this morning in Castro Valley, CA. We all want to keep our homes warm, cozy and safe this winter.
The #1 reason to have your furnace inspected annually is to verify the heat exchanger is not cracked.
It’s the holy grail of homeowners – particularly during chilly winter days and sultry summer afternoons: getting all of the rooms in your home (or condo or office) to be the same temperature.
To test your hot water heater — make sure it’s working right and replace components if it’s not (or call an professional to help you) — here is a handy primer.
Electricity is no joke. Here are some tips to ensure you do not get zapped while working on a home project.
Whether your kitchen sink has been clogged for weeks, and every time you run the garbage disposal, gunk backs up and gross slimy yucky stuff coats your sink; or your guest bathroom shower won’t drain,ever since your hairy uncle Harold visited a few months ago, you need creative approaches.
Here’s What to Do.
Consumers, business owners, and even fairly technically skilled and adept people often are quite anxious over the prospect of HVAC servicing. After all, your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units typically hum along nicely in the background, where they can be safely ignored while you concentrate on running a business or living life.. But things can go wrong with your HVAC – a condenser coil malfunctions, or a fan breaks during a heat wave, or a compressor goes haywire, or a reversing valve wears out.
Maybe you and your spouse have finally elected to tackle the “big remodeling project” you’ve had on your to-do list for who knows how long. Or maybe you’re “biting the bullet” and renovating your Bay Area condominium in preparation for selling it in a year or two. In any event, you face many aesthetic and logistical challenges and choices ahead. And it’s the “little details” that often make construction or remodeling so difficult.
If you’re working on a new deck, for instance, you have to choose a material. Should you choose wood, a wood polymer composite (synthetic decking), or some other material (e.g. plastic)?
Every school child knows how important it is to “Go Green,” reduce your carbon footprint
and save money. After all, we live in difficult economic times. Alarm bells about ecological
catastrophes, like global warning, are constantly going off all around us. Nevertheless, A/C
technologies have lagged behind our expectations.