Let’s get real: purchasing and installing a new furnace is never a small job. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home accounts for 56% of your total energy expenses. The good news is that a new furnace offers you the chance to save serious money in your heating costs by… Read more »
Maryland’s fall weather has been enough to give whiplash to many of us in the Minnick’s family! One day is beautiful, clear, and sunny; a week later the weather is gloomy, with cold rain and freezing temperatures. Who knows what your thermostat will be asking your furnace to do from one day to the next?… Read more »
When the weather turns cooler in autumn, most homeowners prepare to “winterize” their homes. It’s important to keep your house warm and secure during the cold winter months by clearing leaves out of the gutters; sealing leaky windows; and inspecting your furnace, HVAC ducts, and hot water radiant heating system. Minnick’s has a 24/7 call… Read more »
UPDATED 10/24/2017 Did you know that a typical family wastes about a third of its annual energy budget on air that leaks through gaps and cracks in your home? During the winter, you notice these air leaks more and identify them as household drafts. Feel more comfortable at home this winter, by fixing the common… Read more »
UPDATED 1/3/2018 When the temperature drops, heating systems fail due to increased use. Heating problems can happen any day of the winter, though, even on so-called warmer winter days. The five most common heating system problems you can expect as a homeowner, and the steps you can take to prevent them, so you don’t get… Read more »
Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental dangers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A healthy home means healthy living. That’s why it’s important to improve indoor air quality. It starts with identifying why homes have poor indoor air quality.
Power surges occur when there is an increase in electrical energy, causing the voltage in your home to exceed the normal amount. Typically caused by lightning, windstorms, short-circuits, equipment failures, or downed power lines, power surges can cause severe damage to your electronics and appliances. How can you protect your electronics and appliances from power… Read more »
While you’re going about your day, the quality of the air you’re breathing is probably the last thing on your mind. However, the Environmental Protection Agency found indoor air quality is worse than outside. It affects your health and comfort. There are six main sources of indoor air pollution.
As we discussed in 10 Ways to Prepare for a Summer Storm, storms – whether mostly harmless thunderstorms or severe hurricanes – are typically rampant in the end of summer. An important way to prepare for storms – and any subsequentpower outages – is to create an emergency kit. Not only can emergency kits help… Read more »
On the East Coast, we’ve seen the damage of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes – especially in these last few weeks of summer. Even if your area is not hit hard, as the wind picks up and the rain starts to fall, the power in your house can go out for hours or even days. For… Read more »