Mid-Year Roundup: Our Top Blogs of 2020 (So Far)

Since we’re halfway through 2020, we wanted to share some of the tips, guides, and advice we’ve shared on our blog from January onwards. Whether you’re looking to get to the bottom of hard-water problems, or fix uneven cooling in your home, you’ll find those answers (and more) in our Mid-Year Roundup.

Upstairs Too Hot, Downstairs Too Cold: What to Do about Uneven Cooling

Is your master bedroom always too warm, or do you find yourself constantly tinkering with the thermostat in your living room? Whatever the case, uneven heating and cooling can be a frustrating problem. It’s especially common in two-story homes and can lead to higher energy bills as you try to close the temperature gap among the areas in your home. Fortunately, there are several solutions for uneven cooling. Read Upstairs Too Hot, Downstairs Too Cold: What to do About Uneven Cooling to learn tips from our experts and fix your home-comfort woes for good.

 

How to Reset Your Thermostat after a Power Outage

If your evening is interrupted by a sudden storm surge, or you find yourself without cool air in the middle of the sweltering afternoon, getting your home’s temperature back to normal can feel like a race against the clock. Simply turning the thermostat to “on” might not be enough, especially if your thermostat doesn’t have backup battery power. The problem could be due to a tripped breaker, or issues with your air conditioner such as a refrigerant leak. To help you get to the root of the problem, we laid out the four steps you should take to get your home back to feeling comfortable and cool in How to Reset Your Thermostat After a Power Outage.

 

How to Drain And Flush A Hot Water Heater

Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of a water heater’s tank. This can cause the heater to lose efficiency. Since Arizona has very hard water, sediment build up happens much faster than in other parts of the country. Draining and flushing the tank is the only way to truly get rid of sediment buildup. Fortunately, this is easier than it sounds, and you won’t need to call a plumber to get the job done. In How to Drain and Flush A Hot Water Heater, we break down the steps from turning off the water to flushing the tank, and everything in between. By draining and flushing your water heater every six months, you can avoid common problems with water pressure, temperature, and more.

 

7 Effects of Hard Water

Arizona is notorious for its hard water, but what does that actually mean for your home? Hard water damage can cause everything from minor cosmetic cloudy spots on dishes to major damage to appliances. Since it’s so common, homeowners may not be aware that life with hard water isn’t the only way to live. Learn more about the downsides of hard water, and what you can do about it, in 7 Effects of Hard Water.

 

Our 10 Best Blogs For New Homeowners

Moving to a new home is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Before you get the keys to your new place, it’s helpful to learn about the ins and outs of your new home’s plumbing and HVAC systems. That way, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises down the line and know what to do when problems do pop up along the way. In Our 10 Best Blogs for New Homeowners, we compile all the information you need to avoid common problems and ensure every system in your home is running in tip-top shape.

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Every Arizonan knows that air conditioning is their best friend, and biggest ally, during the intense summer heat. They should also know that, like all good things, an air conditioner can’t last forever. When your system starts showing signs of wear and tear, or when frequent repairs start piling up, it’s time to ask the question: Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner? Here, our experts give signs to look out for that will tell you when it’s time to hit the market for a replacement system, and how you can benefit from the energy efficiency of a new air conditioner.

What Is A Hybrid Or Heat-Pump Water Heater?

Hybrid water heaters, otherwise known as heat-pump water heaters, are growing in popularity. It’s easy to see why—they help homeowners save money and energy on a major appliance. Just as a hybrid car combines features from gas and electric cars, a hybrid water heater combines features from tankless and storage-tank water heaters. By taking the best features from both models, a hybrid water heater provides heating solutions in a new and innovative way. We cover everything you need to know about this trendy alternative to traditional water heaters in What is a Hybrid or Heat-Pump Water Heater?

6 Things to Do When Your House Has No Hot Water

There are few household problems more frustrating than a shower that goes from warm and relaxing to chilly and uncomfortable with no warning. A sudden loss of hot water may not necessarily be an emergency, but it can definitely be an annoyance. Our plumbers have seen their fair share of hot-water problems, and we shared their troubleshooting solutions in 6 Things to do When Your House Has No Hot Water. With their tips, you’ll have hot water flowing in no time. And, if worst comes to worst and you need a new water heater, you’ll be better prepared to find the right model for your home.

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