Why Your Furnace Smells Sweet—and Other Odor-Related HVAC Issues

I have a lot of fun associations with wintertime from back when I was just a kid. Yessir, when I think of the winter, I think about spending weekends up in Tahoe, or drinking hot chocolate after coming from a cold day at school. Sometimes, I even think of the…

What You CAN and CANNOT Put Down the Garbage Disposal

With the holidays coming up, your garbage disposal is going to be working overtime. With all that food prep and plate scraping, it’s important to know the proper operating instructions for your garbage disposal unit (also known as a waste disposal unit, garbage disposer, or in Canadian English a garburator). The day after…

The Best Window U-Factor for Your California Home’s Energy Efficiency

When it comes to making sure that none of the conditioned air that is being produced by your HVAC system is escaping through your windows, you probably know by now that having energy-efficient windows is what matters the most. You probably also know that the right windows, combined with the…

How to Spot Common California Sewer Problems Caused by Rainy Winters

California is not a place typically associated with rain, at least not like the other West Coast states of Oregon and Washington. No, here in California, we’re associated much more closely with sunshine and nice weather than we are with rain. And that’s a pretty accurate description of places southern…

6 Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

When the leaves start falling, we begin looking for ways to keep our homes cozy and comfortable without spending a fortune. And the best place to start is with the furnace. In order to have reliable, energy-efficient heating for winter, there are a few tasks you want to complete before…

A Homeowner’s Guide to the Different Types of Energy Efficient Windows

When it comes to saving money on your utility bills by making your home as energy efficient as possible, most folks that I talk to tend to focus on their air conditioners and furnaces, asking me all kinds of questions about things like smart or programmable thermostats. Those things are…