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Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats

While Wi-Fi (or “smart”) thermostats have been around for a while, still less than 50% of U.S. homes have them. But many more are considering them. If you fall into that category, here are some things to consider. Wi-Fi Thermostat Definition A Wi-Fi thermostat is a programmable thermostat that lets you preset or adjust your […]

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Reducing Winter Energy Costs

You know winter is coming and you have done the right thing by having your furnace checked.  But you also know heating costs are rising, with natural gas prices double-digit higher than last year, meaning increased costs of hundreds or even thousands of dollars to stay comfortable this winter. So what can you do?  You […]

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Tips for Buying a New Toilet

The average toilet lasts 25 to 40 years. If your toilet is reaching that age, you may want to consider a new one. Or you may want one that is more comfortable or does a better job conserving water. Or you are buying a new place and need new toilets. Here are some thoughts on […]

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Replacing an Electrical Outlet

Many electrical projects are complex and require professionals, no matter how much of a DIYer you think you are.  But some simple tasks do not necessarily require a licensed and professional electrician. One such activity is replacing an electric outlet. For just a little bit of time and a little bit of money, you may […]

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How Does a Whole House Humidifier Work?

We’re well aware of how cold it can get in Chicago and the surrounding area during the winter. But when the cold combines with low humidity, it can feel downright miserable. When the indoor humidity level drops below 30 percent, it can lead to health issues including dry skin, chapped lips and congestion. Fortunately, relief […]

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How Long Does a Garbage Disposal Last?

If you’re making a list of some of the hardest-working appliances, there’s a good chance that garbage disposals are on it. Garbage disposals take a beating each day, grinding up food scraps, ice and other items. Although well-maintained garbage disposal systems are durable – like all appliances – they do have a shelf life and […]

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Making Your Home “Smart”

You undoubtedly have heard about “smart” homes. In fact, you may have smart devices in your home and don’t even know it. For example, if you have a television that can be programmed remotely by your mobile phone or tablet, that’s “smart.” Same too if you can adjust your thermostat remotely or if you can […]

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13 Ideas for Preparing the Inside of Your Home for Winter

With fall and cool weather here, hopefully you have begun preparing the outside of your home for winter. But that is only half the task. The other is preparing the inside of your home for winter. Here are some tips: Have your furnace checked. You will want your furnace to be ready for the frigid winter. A furnace inspection […]

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Signs You Should Replace Your Toilet

  • Categories: Plumbing
  • Date: October 28, 2022

Most people think toilets last forever, just occasionally needing some of the parts replaced. But here are some things to think about when questioning whether it is time. Age. If your old toilet was installed before 1994, it may have a flush volume of up to five gallons per flush. Toilets installed after that were […]

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Nine Things to Look for When Buying a New Furnace

  • Categories: Heating
  • Date: October 28, 2022

You’ve decided to purchase a new furnace or have had the decision made for you. It just may be time because your unit is 15 years old or older. Or maybe the repair bills are getting too high.  Or your utility costs keep rising. If you have decided to purchase a new furnace, here are […]

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Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats

December 5, 2022

While Wi-Fi (or “smart”) thermostats have been around for a while, still less than 50% of U.S. homes have them. But many more are considering Read more…

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