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fixed point HVAC contract Ask an Expert: a Brief Guide to HVAC Replacements and Repairs
Sometimes you just need the basic information about your system, without a lot of extra fuss. Today we spoke to Chris Strand, the CEO of Stan’s Heating and Cooling here in Austin, Texas, for a no-frills guide to residential heating and air conditioning replacements and repairs. We covered everything from what to expect from your contractor, to how much to Continue Reading
Screened in Wooden porch overlooking backyard pool Heating and Cooling Ideas for Screened-in Porches
A screened-in porch is the best of both worlds—all the comfort of the indoors with the fresh air and exterior views of the world beyond the windows. But extreme temperatures can make it difficult to use your porch year round. After all, sweating or shivering is no way to enjoy the outdoors! Thankfully, there are ways to take your dining, Continue Reading
wood shingles Ask an Expert: Some Information about Materials from a Roofing Supplier
Most homeowners go right to a roofer when they’re looking for a new roof. But a select few opt to take on the project themselves—or do a little research on materials and options before they hire someone to perform the labor. That’s where a roofing supplier, like West End Roofing, comes in. West End sells a huge variety of roofing Continue Reading
Solar panels on a home. Can you Install Solar Panels on a Tile Roof?
Whether you’re purchasing a home with a tile roof, or you’re about to have one installed, you’ve already made a sound investment in your home. Tile roofing is a beautiful way to enhance the appearance of your home while providing long-lasting protection against harsh weather and fire. While the cost of installation can be expensive, you can expect your tile Continue Reading
family-in-living-room Which HVAC System is the Most Quiet?
With sweltering summer temperatures just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a new HVAC system. If you’re in the market for a new unit, your priorities are probably efficiency and cost first and foremost, but there’s also another factor that you might not have considered yet. Based on the location of your system, as well as its size Continue Reading
Ceiling fan 10 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills This Summer
Homeowners, beware. As summer approaches and the temperature rises, your utility bills are about to do the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will reduce your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort. So before you crank up the AC, check out our top energy-efficient tips—and use those utility bills savings on a summer vacation instead. Continue Reading
solar panels with trackers What Are the Pros and Cons of a Solar Tracker System?
If you clicked on this article, then there’s a good chance you already know a little bit about solar power. Just in case though, here’s a little background on solar trackers. The solar tracker is an automated module fitted to your system that reads the angle of the sun and adjusts your panels to compensate, thus maximizing your system’s solar output. Continue Reading
H-3_Slider_Corner_Cut Brand Spotlight: Sierra Pacific Windows and Doors
 What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the window industry? We see the continued growth of homeowners who want greater access to the outdoors with large spans of glass, as well as larger windows and doors. There’s also a new trend toward mid-range products, as opposed the high-priced windows and doors, with an emphasis on greater Continue Reading
Ground mounted solar installation Could a Ground Mounted Solar Installation Be Right for You?
We’re used thinking of solar panels as the exclusive domain of rooftops, but many of the most productive installations in the world are a lot lower to the ground. If your home doesn’t have the ideal orientation and slant for solar power, a ground-mounted solar installation may be better than one on your roof. Ditto if you have a lot of shade Continue Reading
solar shed Where to Install Solar—Instead of on the Roof
You love everything about solar energy—the environmental impact, the high-tech vibe, and especially the utility savings—but you can’t quite fall in love with the way they look. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between a bulky rooftop solar installation or nothing at all. Homeowners these days have all kinds of options to make use of the sun’s energy. And many Continue Reading



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