June 11th, 2018
If you’re a forward-thinking homeowner, you may already have a whole-house or standby generator. This is the Midwest, and you never know when an extreme weather event—be it a tornado or blizzard or something else entirely—may cause the grid to fail. A momentary power outage is little more than a brief headache, but an extended lack of power can eventually become life-threatening. You must be confident your generator will start when you need it the most.
May 28th, 2018
We think of our homes as a refuge, a safe place to protect us from the dangers of the outside world. When it comes to the air inside our homes, however, the exact opposite may be true. According to the Report on the Environment (ROE) produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollutants such as mold can have concentrations 2–5 times higher inside than outside. On average, most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. People with allergies and respiratory issues? They stay indoors at an even higher rate.
So what should you do about mold and other contaminants?
The best solution may be the installation of an ultraviolet (UV) air purifier system.
May 14th, 2018
Kansas City summers are as hot as they come, and a good air conditioner is more a necessity than luxury when the thermometer starts to rise. The last thing you need is a breakdown just when the summer temperatures are at their highest, or a sudden repair call forcing you to scramble to rearrange your schedule just to keep your home comfortable.
We’re using our air conditioners right now, but the weather is still comparatively cool. That means now is an excellent time to watch for the signs that you need repairs. While you should never formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioner (AC units contain delicate and complex components that require formal training and licensing to address, as well as potentially dangerous material like chemical refrigerant), you can still spot the signs that something is wrong.
Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match the normal functions of your air conditioner is reason to call a repair service. You’re likely familiar with how your system operates, even if it’s just a subconscious acceptance of the “normal” sights and sounds. That should make it easy to notice anything out of the ordinary.
April 30th, 2018
Few components in your home are more important than your electrical wiring. Without them, you wouldn’t have electricity for lights, electronics, and vital appliances like your refrigerator and air conditioning. The wiring makes modern life possible. But like anything else, wires can wear out, and when they do, you may find yourself with a significant problem on your hands.
Furthermore, older homes can suffer from wiring problems with alarming frequency. We’re an old enough community to have houses that stretch back a century or more, and wiring systems that may go back to the Second World War or older. In such cases, the problem needs to be addressed before it causes serious damage.
April 16th, 2018
Wiring is a difficult business, and a professional electrician should be consulted anytime you’re dealing with anything more complicated than plugging something into the wall outlet. Electricity can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and without proper training and licensing, any attempt to work on your wiring could start far more trouble than it solves. If you have any kind of lighting issue in your home, you should always call in a professional service.
That principle applies to smaller issues as well as larger ones. For example, you might have wires or cables running along the floors to your home for a home entertainment service or a similar set-up that involves a lot of appliances. Those wires can be very unsightly at best and an active source of trouble at worst. A professional electrician can hide those unsightly wires and keep your home running the way it should.
April 2nd, 2018
Every home uses electric lights. It’s one of the features of modern living. And that, of course, depends on a reliable electrical system to do its job. When trouble arises, your lights are the swiftest and easiest way to determine if you have a problem. Unfortunately, because we’re all so accustomed to using electric lights on a daily basis, it can be easy to believe that any repair issues affecting them can be undertaken by the homeowners themselves. This is a terrible mistake. Electrical systems can be dangerous if not treated with the proper care, and even experienced laymen lack the expertise and tools that professional electricians bring to the job. If you’re having problems with your electrical lights, only trust professionals to handle it.
March 19th, 2018
Our electrical systems are perhaps the most important components of our home: providing power for everything from lights to refrigerators or computer systems. Without it, modern life simply wouldn’t be possible. And yet most of us take our electrical systems for granted, and assume the wiring is in good shape right up until the moment there’s a serious problem.
When that happens, you need a trained professional to ascertain what the trouble is and how best to treat it. (Laymen should never attempt electrical repairs themselves; it requires proper training and licensing, lest it result in a short or even start a fire.) A good service can move quickly and take care of the problem properly, before it disrupts your daily life.
March 5th, 2018
As we approach the end of heating season, furnace repair jobs tend to take a big spike. Heating systems have needed to run throughout the ups and downs of our wild Kansas weather, and daily use for months is common during the winter. That means that furnaces–especially older furnaces–tend to run into trouble during the final weeks of the season, and repairs are not at all unusual.
Because we’re approaching the end of the season and your furnace may not be in use for that much longer, enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to fix problems with their furnaces themselves. That is a mistake. Repairing a furnace requires formal training, and while a given homeowner can do some basic troubleshooting–such as checking the thermostat and the breaker box to see if the problem is easily correctable–you should always call in a trained repair service if that doesn’t restore power to the system.
February 19th, 2018
Most homes in the area keep warm by using forced air furnaces, which heat the air in a single location and then distribute it throughout the house via a series of ducts. Furnaces are dependable and inexpensive to operate, which is one of the reasons why they see so much use. But they also run into problems from time to time, like any system does, and when that happens you need a trained technician to perform repairs.
We often pride ourselves on self-sufficiency around here, and many homeowners like to conduct little do-it-yourself repairs around their homes. In cases involving your furnace, this is a big mistake. Heating systems are complicated and delicate, and most involve potentially dangerous components such as gas lines and flame burners. That means that you need training and licensing even to perform a diagnosis, much less repairs.
February 5th, 2018
We’re in the midst of winter right now, which means that any big projects for your home are going to need to wait until spring. Proper planning often makes a huge difference when it comes to a big household upgrade. Even outdoor projects—which simply aren’t going to happen while the weather stays below zero—can benefit from early planning. Outdoor lighting, in particular, is an addition that almost any home can benefit from. And with the right team in your corner, you can be ready to go the minute the weather takes a turn for the better.