Getting Your AC System Ready For Summer

March 19, 2020

Summer will be here before you know it. When it arrives, it will bring with it a wave of heat and humidity that will have you wishing for winter. While you can’t change the season or take away the heat, you can control your indoor environment with a reliable and efficient air conditioner. However, over these past few months, your air conditioner has been the least of your worries. After all, most days during winter in Olathe are anything but warm. How do you ensure, then, that your air conditioner will be ready when the dog days of summer arrive?...

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How Does a Thermostat Work?

February 20, 2020

All thermostats are designed to read and control room temperatures by communicating with a heater or air conditioning system. The way this happens will depend on the type of thermostat your system uses. Thermostats can be found attached to the equipment or connected via wires and mounted on the wall for easy access. Some models are wireless and operate using a battery. Types of Thermostats Your home thermostat is either electronic or mechanical. Most modern homes have electronic thermostats with a digital readout. Older homes may have a mechanical thermostat. Electronic models use sensors to detect the temperature in the...

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What Is Acceptable Indoor Air Quality?

February 10, 2020

You spend a lot of time inside your home breathing the air that flows through it. The quality of that air is important to your health, so identifying and removing dangerous substances is equally important. Proper ventilation is also of great value in helping you expel dirty air from your home. Here are three pollutants you want to test for right away to ensure your indoor air quality is acceptable. 1. Radon Because radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas, proper detection of it will be necessary. Radon is naturally released by uranium as it breaks down in soil...

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5 Benefits of Boilers

January 20, 2020

You have several options when it comes to heating your home. You may opt to place space heaters in strategic places, to install a furnace, or to acquire a boiler. Boilers are used less often than furnaces but offer several benefits. Here are five benefits that boilers offer. 1. Long Life Span The life span of a boiler is the same as a furnace. A furnace manufactured today can last up to 15 years. So can a boiler. Electrical boilers usually last up to 10 years, while their gas counterparts last about 15 years. 2. Create Heating Zones A boiler...

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How to Avoid Furnace Repairs

January 11, 2020

If your furnace isn’t working properly, you and your family could be left shivering in your own home. Furthermore, you could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair or replace malfunctioning equipment. Let’s look at a few ways to avoid the need for furnace repair this year. Keep Fan Blades and Motors Clean Fan blades and motors that are covered with dust, soot or other particles generally have to work harder to produce and distribute warm air. The harder a part has to work, the more likely it is to burn out faster than it should. Therefore, make it...

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What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 19, 2019

The winter heating season provides every homeowner in the Kansas City area with a challenge. On the one hand, you want your family to be comfortable during the frigid days. On the other, you don’t want to empty your bank account paying to heat your home. At in Olathe, we have years of experience working with all sorts of heating systems. That’s why we want to give you advice on how to get the best results from yours. At Home or Away? Different people like different temperatures. Some folks seem to run warm, wearing shorts until December. Other people are...

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Home Comfort Resolutions for 2020

December 10, 2019

New Year’s resolutions do not just have to relate to your body or your personal habits. You can also resolve to take better care of your home since it is a large part of your life and impacts how you feel on a daily basis. in Olathe can help. Here are three resolutions that you can make in 2020 to increase the comfort of your home. 1. Install a Smart Thermostat When you have a smart thermostat, you will have your home at the exact temperature that you want when you want it. You will not have to sit in...

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The Pros and Cons of Space Heaters

November 21, 2019

There are a number heating options available for your home. One choice is a space heater. These small, electrical devices emit heat to help keep people comfortable during winter. There are pros and cons for using space heaters instead of other heating systems. Pro: Inexpensive One of the many reasons that people opt for space heaters instead of alternative heating options is because they are inexpensive. The machine only heats the area it’s in, so you don’t have to pay to heat other parts of your home you are not using. Pro: Easy When you purchase a space heater, all...

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Why Does My Furnace Keep Turning Off?

November 8, 2019

Furnaces cycling on and off in short time periods is a common problem that you and other homeowners experience. What is causing your furnace to keep turning off can be a simple fix or a more involved issue. Here are three common problems that can cause this to happen: 1. Restricted Airflow Your furnace depends on a good airflow to operate. If the airflow is restricted, the inside of your furnace can overheat. A safety mechanism will then activate and shut down your furnace. After the inside of your furnace cools off, it will restart and shortly shut off again...

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3 Thermostat Best Practices for Fall

October 22, 2019

Fall brings a transition into the colder part of the year. Giving your thermostat the proper attention can help guarantee a high degree of energy savings over the coming months. Let’s look at some actionable tips you can implement for optimal efficiency and comfort. 1. Keep a Consistent Temperature Thermostats can be either manual or programmable. If your thermostat is manual, then you should try to refrain from changing the temperature setting often. Constant setting changes result in greater energy expenditure as your system tries to reach equilibrium in your home. If you have a programmable thermostat, setting the intervals...

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