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Home Tips for Candle Safety Year-Round

[fa icon="calendar'] December 22, 2015 at 11:21 AM / by Home Services Expert

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They come in all shapes and sizes: from tapers and pillars to votives and tealights and even flowers that float in shallow water. They come packaged in jars and containers and can emit such authentic aromas that you might think a cinnamon, apple or vanilla pastry is baking in the oven instead.

If you think that women gravitate to candles more than men, you're right: the National Candle Association says that 90 percent of all candles are purchased by women (with the remainder presumably purchased by men who know an ingratiating purchase when they see – or smell – one).

Nine out of 10 candle lovers say they burn candles to make a room feel more comfortable or cozy – and not just during the holidays.

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Home Maintenance Tips: Signs You Need an Electrical Wiring Upgrade

[fa icon="calendar'] November 2, 2015 at 12:47 PM / by Home Services Expert

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In a previous article, we discussed how to recognize Signs Your Older Home Needs Electrical Repairs. Regardless of your home's age, how do you know if it should be rewired and whether the same warning signs of electrical trouble apply? The following home maintenance tips will help.

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Will a Whole-House Surge Protector Help You Avoid Electrical Repairs?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Have you ever stopped to consider the replacement value of every electronic device in your home?

 

Take the time to calculate the approximate dollar figure of all your TVs, computers, kitchen appliances and laundry room appliances. Don't forget to add in lamps and fixtures, gaming consoles, cell phones and even your garage door opener – anything and everything that requires electricity to operate.

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Signs Your Older Home Needs Electrical Repairs

[fa icon="calendar'] October 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM / by Home Services Expert

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There's a lot to love about “older homes” – except, perhaps, for the debate that often ensues over how to define an “older home” in the first place.

 

To some people, any home that has been lived in by someone else is “old.” To other people, a home isn't "old” unless its existence predates the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

 

When it comes to electrical issues, it's easy to draw the line – or, in this case, the wire.

 

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Electrical Safety Tips to Avoid Electric Blanket Hazards

[fa icon="calendar'] October 5, 2015 at 2:49 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Small children often form strong attachments to blankets, but adults are known to have their favorites, too.

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How an Air Conditioning Service Can Help if You See Mold on Your Vents

[fa icon="calendar'] July 30, 2015 at 3:36 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's never a pleasant discovery, but it's hardly shocking, either: You reach back into a far corner of your refrigerator, grab a balled-up wad of aluminum foil, unravel it and find a moldy mound of who-knows-what leftover.

Over time, most food becomes a breeding ground for mold. That's to be expected. But what about when you find mold on your air conditioning vents? Isn't this rather bizarre? Or are your eyes deceiving you?

Actually, no – not if you consider that mold can grow wherever water or moisture accumulate. So insofar as condensation can form on air conditioning vents, mold can follow right behind.

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How Your Heating System Affects Indoor Air Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] March 5, 2015 at 12:54 AM / by Home Services Expert

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When it's working properly, it keeps you so comfortably warm and healthy that you probably take it for granted, which is a good thing.

But when it's not working as it should, it can cause you to cough, sneeze and wheeze. It can dry out the air so badly that it can give you an electrical shock after you shuffle across the carpet. It can cause your houseplants to wither and your wood floors and cabinets to splinter.

In the most dire circumstance – carbon monoxide poisoning – it can trigger headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, heart and brain damage and even death.

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Home Heating System Safety Tips to Protect Your House & Family

[fa icon="calendar'] January 23, 2015 at 3:13 AM / by Home Services Expert

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house-scarf-wrapped-aroundAs Northern Californians, we're not just sand and sunshine. The mountains and the valleys offer up plenty of cold weather, rain and snow. Sometimes it can be difficult for us to tell which supplies the bigger jolt: the onset of colder weather or the ensuing heating bills.

While everybody wantsto save money, it's vital to keep your home warm in a safe manner, too. Whether you're dependent on a furnace, a wood-burning fireplace or both, let a trustworthy heating system service company show you the proper ways to keep warm, stay safe and be economical.

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Home Heating System Tips While You're Away for the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] December 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Your home heating system is one of your biggest investments, and it's probably also one of your biggest worries, especially when you're away from home.

Whether you leave for a day, a weekend or a week or longer, you can alleviate these worries by taking steps to secure your heating system and your home before you leave. Follow this five-step process and you'll find peace of mind so that you can enjoy your winter respite. It's really that simple.

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Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Christmas is just around the corner. Before long lost family members come through your door with fruitcakes galore, do you have all of your home maintenance needs covered? As the weather turns cooler, holiday lights get strung, and your plumbing and heating systems get used more, you want to be sure you’re ready for anything. Below are a few things to consider to make sure your home maintenance needs are met so you can sit back and enjoy the season.

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