Three Ways to Survive the Summer

Swimming Pool
May 30, 2017

The summer heat is upon us and you are probably already wishing for October. While the next few months will require some changes (running indoors instead of outside, walking your dogs at unholy hours to avoid the sun, incorporating ice cream into your daily diet - okay that part isn't so bad), summer in the desert doesn't have to be too terribly unpleasant. Here are a few tips to keep your home cool throughout the coming months while still leaving enough money in your pocket to go buy that cute bathing suit you've been eyeing. 

Cook outside

Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Setting the thermostat
May 23, 2017

It's only May and Las Vegans are already feeling summer heat across the valley. Ideally, you've already made sure that your HVAC system is up to par and you are ready to just knock down the thermostat and chill. But what if you haven't? If you're new to your home (or the desert) you might not know exactly how to prep for the inevitable onslaught of heat. Here are 5 steps to make sure that your HVAC is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer.

Clean off the air conditioning unit

Energy Usage in Unoccupied Homes

Abandoned home
May 16, 2017

In a world filled with Air BnB, empty rental properties, and snowbirds, there is many a vacant home. While these homes should be kept warm enough to avoid freezing pipes in the winter, and cool enough to avoid spontaneous combustion in the summer (don't laugh, anything is possible in Las Vegas), there are considerations to take when adjusting your HVAC system in unoccupied properties.

Don't Hurt your Home

Protect the Environment and Your Wallet

Staying cool in the summertime near a waterfall
May 9, 2017

Earth Day may be over, but it's not too late to show some love to the environment. Heating and cooling systems use quite a bit of energy (and money), but that doesn't mean we have to live without them. There are little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and help your bank account in the process.

Where Did those Bugs Come From

Termites on the move
May 2, 2017

From creepy crawly to the icky flying ones, you might see an influx of insects during certain times of the year. As the weather gets colder, bugs might seek refuge and warmth in your home (you can't really blame them), and in the summer they might be stopping by for an iced tea and a little protection from the sun.

No matter what season, insects are not welcome in the home (sorry, guys). There are a few ways that these unpleasant house guests come in.

Knowing how they enter is the first step to making sure that they don't!

What Your HVAC System Wants you to Know About Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning supplies
April 18, 2017

You've dusted, the windows are clear, your floors are mopped, the toilets are sparkling, and you’re done! Or are you? When most homeowners set out to do their spring cleaning, they forget about one very important part of the home... the HVAC system.

Keeping you HVAC system clean, free of debris, and running properly will save you money and keep your family safe and happy. In the midst of vacuuming and washing windows, don't forget to pay some attention to your HVAC system in every room of the house.

Where Did that Dust Come From?

Dust Bunnies
April 11, 2017

Now that we've set the clocks back an hour and there is hope of warmth in the air, there are two words on every homeowner's lips... Spring Cleaning!

If you are a wizard’s apprentice, your mops and feather dusters are now roaming about the house on their own, sprucing up the place while you sit back and watch reality television. If you're like the rest of us, you actually have to do the spring cleaning. You want to get your cleaning done as quickly, easily, and painlessly as possible. Here are a few suggestions:

CO Alarms: Proper Maintenance is a Matter of Life and Death

Carbon Monoxide Detector
April 4, 2017

It's fairly easy to see if your house is on fire, what with the extreme heat and the flames shooting out from all corners. However, there is a silent, odorless, invisible danger that is more difficult to detect and is just as, if not more, deadly to you and your family. That threat is carbon monoxide (CO).

Why are there "Ducks" in my Ceiling

Air duck
March 28, 2017

If you are new to home ownership, you may have received startling news that there are ducks in your ceiling.  If you are panicking about the added cost of fish to your monthly budget, and wondering if you'll be able to sleep with all that quacking right now... don't. You can rest easy. Those aren't "ducks" up there, they are "ducts", and you are about to get a crash course in all things duct.