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How Landscaping Can Help Lower Your Household Energy Bill

Did you know that proper landscaping doesn’t only add beauty to your home, but it can improve your home’s comfort and lower your energy bills? On average a well-designed landscape saves enough energy to pay for itself in less than 8 years.

Unique Home Needs No Heating or Cooling

The House on the Cliff by GilBartolome Architects, in Granada, Spain is buried into the side of a cliff. It has a concrete roof that is 16 inches thick that “allows for a magnificent mix of insulation and thermal inertia.” It maintains an interior temperature of 19.5°C [67°F] year round without additional heating or cooling. […]

America’s Top Energy Efficient Baseball Park

According to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), of all the energy efficient baseball parks in America, Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, takes the top spot. The park boasts an LEED Gold rating because of its energy-efficient building envelope. Their energy efficient approach to mechanical, electrical, lighting, heating and cooling systems results in […]

Save Energy in 2016

The Department of Energy is suggesting that as a new years resolution people consider efforts to save energy in 2016. Their suggestions, illustrated in the graphic above, include the following: Tips to Save Energy in 2016 1. Install and set a programmable thermostat. You could save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating and […]

Plumbing and Presidential Politics

As the 2016 race for the White House heats up, we’ve decided to take a look at the plumbing of presidential politics. In the summer of 2016 each major party will host their national convention. The Republican Party will have its nominating convention in Cleveland, OH at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18th-21st. Days […]

Everything You Wanted to Know about Home Heating

Great graphic from U.S. Department of Energy on everything you need to know about home heating. Visit the US Department of Energy for more information.

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A Consumers Guide to Home Energy Upgrades

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? The US Department of Energy provides “Energy Saver” tips and advice on ways consumers can reduce your heating and cooling costs and it all starts […]

Celebrity Plumbers

Celebrity Plumbers: Famous People That Were Plumbers

Ozzy Osbourne The famous, and some would say infamous, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice and on his way to becoming a plumber himself before turning his attention to Rock & Roll. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Before becoming a comedic legend, Fatty Arbuckle worked odd jobs and was discovered by film producer Mack […]

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A Brief History of Air Conditioning

1758 All liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. Benjamin “I invented everything” Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley discover that evaporation of alcohol and other volatile liquids, which evaporate faster than water, can cool down an object enough to freeze water. 1820 Inventor Michael Faraday makes the same discovery in England when he compresses […]

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Plumbing Achievements: Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. For New York City, it’s the Statue of Liberty. Chicago? It’s got Buckingham Fountain, an icon that mingles water, multi-colored lights, and granite, as well as bronze and pink georgia marble. Not to mention a jet that sprays water to seemingly impossible heights. The fountain’s wow factor has […]

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History of Space Heating

Early space heating seems to have developed along several lines that included hearths and fireplaces, stoves, and underfloor systems. Fixed central hearths date as far back as 2500 B.C. They were excavated in Greece. Crude fireplace heating was used as early as the 800s A.D., and was widespread in Europe by the 13th century. Castles […]

Plumbing Emergencies

Top 5 Most Common Residential Plumbing Emergencies

Clogged drains, damaged pipes, and gas leaks are the most common residential emergency plumbing situations that people summon their plumber for. The irony is that such plumbing emergencies can be prevented by us from the start. Indeed emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective […]

Plumber of the Year Awards

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Energy Saver Guide

Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently. Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD […]

Reasons to Change Your Air Filter This Winter

Among the many benefits of having your filter serviced by a licensed contractor is having the furnace air filter changed. Replacing your furnace’s air filter has a number of benefits both to your system and the quality of the air in your house. These benefits include: Increase the Lifespan of your System – One of […]

Everything You Wanted to Know about Water Heaters

Great graphic from the U.S. Department of Energy detailing everything you want to know about water heaters.  

Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Bill

Did you know that if you can reduce your water bill by just $25 each month you’ll have an extra $300 in your pocket at the end of the year? U.S. News & World Report offers a list of six easy ways that any household can save money on their monthly water bill.  These include: 1.  Store […]

2015 AHR Expo

2015 AHR Expo January 26-28, McCormick Place in Chicago Attention local HVACR pros – looking to escape the New England winter in January?  How about a few days in Chicago!  Okay, that might not sound like much of a trade but it is the location of the 2015 AHR Expo.  The Expo, being held January […]