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How Attic Ventilation Lowers Your Maryland Heating Bills

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Attic ventilation is an important part of your home because it not only keeps a comfortable temperature in your house year-round but also reduces energy costs. Natural attic ventilation (or the ventilation not produced by whole-house fans or other ventilation systems) happens through the natural exchange of air in your home. The 3 signs of… Read more »


Along with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, you should also install natural gas detectors in your home. Natural gas is commonly used in homes – to heat household appliances – but it can be extremely dangerous. Thankfully, natural gas leaks are fairly easy to detect because the gas, while organically colorless and odorless, is mixed with… Read more »

How A Whole-House Dehumidifier Makes Your Home Feel Cooler

whole house dehumidifer

In Maryland, humidity can make even a beautiful day feel oppressive. When you step outside, it can feel like stepping into a wall made of heat, unbearable even for the ten-second walk to the car. Inside often doesn’t feel much better, even if your air conditioning is working. You can feel sticky or clammy, making… Read more »


Summer can be brutal when you have a malfunctioning or broken air conditioning unit. Not only do you have to constantly crank up the AC to feel comfortable, but you might also be spending more money on your utility bills than you can afford. And, if you do try to cut down on expenses by… Read more »

3 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

During the height of the heating or cooling season, your HVAC system circulates air through your home five to seven times a day. This air – which can carry dirt, dust, and debris from your living areas – is usually filtered through your HVAC system. The 3 reasons you should clean your air ducts, and… Read more »


  It seems as if air conditioning units always fail at the most inopportune times: usually, right in the middle of a sweltering heatwave. To reduce the chance of this happening, it is recommended that you schedule a maintenance inspection for your HVAC unit before the two major operating seasons (summer and winter) each year…. Read more »

25 Ways To Save Money On Your Utility Bill

Energy Audit

UPDATED 4/3/2018 For many American families, a high utility bill affects their budget. Those typically come during the two extreme weather seasons – summer and winter. That’s when you realize the efficiency of your home. There are many things you can do around your house to improve your comfort without paying too much for heating… Read more »


As we all know, “green” is used quite frequently to describe environmentally-friendly products and services. In many ways, it’s sometimes far-fetched to call an HVAC system “green” – especially if that system is old and inefficient – because of its tremendous use of energy.  For these inefficient systems, “gray” or “brown” is probably more apt… Read more »

How A Programmable Thermostat Lowers Your Utility Bills

Heating and cooling are your biggest energy expense, making up nearly half of your utility bill. Your thermostat controls the temperature of your home and your comfort. It’s the control panel everyone runs to when they’re too hot or too cold. The type of thermostat you have in your home makes a big difference in… Read more »

How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected And Cleaned?

Maryland Fireplace Safety

UPDATE 2/28/2018 The crackling wood and warm embers of a fire make for a perfect winter evening. While you’re probably not thinking about the safety of the fireplace while you’re relaxing and staying warm, chimney fires are a real concern. That’s why it’s important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a… Read more »