Why You Should Have Your New Toilets Professionally Installed

Why You Should Have Your New Toilets Professionally Installed

Updating the toilets in your home can not only make your bathrooms look nicer, but it can save you money on your utilities too. While it can be tempting to install your new toilets on your own, there are a few things you should consider before you get started. While YouTube how-to videos can make the process seem fairly simple, there’s a lot more work involved than you might have imagined – and a lot of things that can go wrong, too. When you start removing an old toilet, you’ll quickly see that there’s a lot of inspection needing to happen before you even begin installing a new toilet. Depending on the shape of the floor underneath, you might have to work on the floor first, especially if your old toilet was leaking. Once you have the floor ready for your toilet to install, here are a few other things

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The Benefits of Updating Your Home’s Water Heater

The Benefits of Updating Your Home’s Water Heater

Having warm water in your home is one of those things you take for granted. That is, until you don’t have it. Nothing can be as frustrating as getting ready for a warm shower or a hot bath only to discover that your hot water heater isn’t working properly – or not at all. And, while most homeowners understand the need to replace a broken water heater, they don’t all understand the benefit of actually updating your water heater before it’s actually completely shot. The first thing to keep in mind is that water heaters use energy in your home, and a lot of it. The older they get, the less efficient they become. And, when your water heater becomes less efficient, then it becomes more expensive. The sooner you update your water heater, the more money you’ll save in your home’s utility expenses. New water heaters are more efficient

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Make Sure Your Home’s Cooling System is Ready for Warm Weather

Make Sure Your Home’s Cooling System is Ready for Warm Weather

Your HVAC system is ready to be used, but is it actually ready to do its job? With warmer weather (thankfully) just around the corner, it’s important that you are attending to your cooling system’s needs. The worst thing you can do this time of year is assume that your HVAC is ready to go, only to realize that it’s not working the way it should – especially when those hot summer days are in full swing. To avoid HVAC havoc this spring and summer, here are a few steps you can take right now to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Check your windows and doors. Winter weather can do damage to the seals around your doors and windows, which is why it’s a good idea to give them a look over when spring arrives. If you find cracked or damaged seals, replace them so that your HVAC system

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Hey! My Shower Isn’t Hot!

Hey! My Shower Isn’t Hot!

It’s been a long day. You’ve had a long drive home and the one thing you can’t wait to do is jump in the hot shower and relax. But, once you climb in…the shower isn’t hot! At Arctic Plumbing, HVAC and Electric we know there is nothing worse than getting in a cold shower. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of reasons why your shower might not be heating up. Check it out! COMPROMISED WATER HEATER One of the most common reasons showers fail to warm up on demand is because the water heater used to heat the water is faulty. Over time, there are a number of different things that naturally begin to deteriorate in a water heater (whether it is gas or electric.) Potential areas of faultiness that could affect the hot water in your shower include elements that have burnt out, a compromised dip tube, or a

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How To Choose the Right Thermostat for Your Central Maryland HVAC System

How To Choose the Right Thermostat for Your Central Maryland HVAC System

When you install a new HVAC system in your home in Central Maryland, you also have to choose a way to control it.  While choosing a new thermostat can be exciting (yay for getting rid of that old manual one), it can also be a bit confusing.  To help you choose the best thermostat for your home, here is a rundown of the most common options. SMART THERMOSTATS Smart thermostats are the way of the future and one of the most popular current options for homeowners in Central Maryland.  Thanks to AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, smart thermostats are able to learn the “habits” of your home and respond accordingly.  When you leave the house, they adjust automatically to conserve energy. If you are not active in a specific area of your home, they also learn to adjust the heat or air conditioning to other areas of your home where you

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What is a Backflow Valve and Do I Need One?

What is a Backflow Valve and Do I Need One?

April showers bring May flowers…and, unfortunately, many flooded basements. If you want to make sure you aren’t the lucky recipient of a flooded basement this spring, you need to make sure you have the appropriate measures in place. One common item plumbers and other home improvement specialists refer to when talking about protecting a home from basement flooding is a backflow valve. Here’s what that is and why you might need one. What is a backflow valve? In the event that your basement floods, water backs up into the drains.  If that water were to flow backward into your pipes it could contaminate your clean drinking water causing you and your family to become ill. To put it very simply, a backflow valve is a valve that is placed on your water pipes to prevent that from happening. Does my home need a backflow valve? Yes. Unless your home is

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3 Quick and Easy Spring Home Maintenance Projects

3 Quick and Easy Spring Home Maintenance Projects

Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb, spring is just around the corner! And, you know what that means – spring home improvement projects! Luckily, not all projects that can make a difference for your home cost a lot of time or money.  There are a few very simple maintenance projects you can do to make a difference for your home this spring. REPLACE OUTDOOR LIGHTBULBS Although you may have been some outdoor landscape lighting throughout the winter to make your home look warm and inviting, it is highly likely every light or area of your home with outdoor lighting was not used.  This spring, take a walk around the outside of your home and test every light for functionality. Ensure lights that are on automatic timers or sensors are working properly and replace lightbulbs where they are burnt out. INSTALL NEW HOSES Before winter hit you

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Simple Heating and Cooling Tips That Can Save You Money

Simple Heating and Cooling Tips That Can Save You Money

Winter or summer there’s one thing on your mind – your energy bill.  If the weather is cold and windy you worry about the heat, and if the weather is hot and steamy you worry about the cooling.  But, did you know there are a few simple things you can do to help your energy bill no matter what month it is? Here they are! Keep your thermostat set on auto. If you don’t know the different settings on your thermostat, you should get to know them.  No matter whether you are using heating or cooling you can have your thermostat set to “on”, “off”, or auto.  What most people don’t know is that when their thermostat is set to “on”, their furnace will constantly run. When a thermostat is set to auto, however, the furnace or cooling system will only run when the house falls above or below the

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Why You Should Replace Your Furnace Filter

Why You Should Replace Your Furnace Filter

The winter cold-snap might be over, but that doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet when it comes to winter weather.  There is still plenty of time left in Central Maryland for the wind to howl and the house to get cold. That means, if you haven’t yet this year, you should change your furnace filter. Here’s why! When you replace your furnace filter you eliminate germs and toxins. Over the winter months while the furnace is running it gets packed with germs and toxins such as mold and mildew. Dirty furnace filters circulate dirty air through your home, and if you do not change your furnace filter regularly, these elements can easily make you sick. When you replace your furnace filter your house will be warmer. As your furnace runs throughout the winter, it becomes filled with dust.  Dust on a furnace filter prohibits the furnace from

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Is My Thermostat Going Bad?

Is My Thermostat Going Bad?

In the winter months, especially in times of extreme cold like we are experiencing now, it is easy to feel like your home is cold all of the time.  If you feel like you are extremely cold, however, and your thermostat is set at a reasonable temperature there could be an error in your thermostat reading.   Here is what you need to do to determine if your thermostat is going bad. Check your thermostat’s surroundings. It might seem simple, but many times thermostats give readings that are inaccurate or inaccurately control the furnace because they are located near a source of warm air. So, before you panic check your thermostat’s surroundings to see if there is any warm air blowing directly on the thermostat or if there are any sources of heat (space heater, etc.) too close. Take off the exterior thermostat cover. Yes, before the age of nest

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