Posts in the Tips & Tricks Category

Old Electric Panel Breaker/Fuse Boxes Should be Inspected and Replaced

Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Zinsco and Sylvania were producing were producing electrical panels. Sylvania took over the Zinsco brand. These electrical panels from the late 1970s and early 1980s when Sylvania bought out Zinsco have an inconsistent history of various problems. Unfortunately for consumers, they were installed in most of the homes […]

Radon In Your Home

Recent news stories have raised concerns about the possibility of an increase of gases released due to fracking and radiation coming from granite countertops. Granite, as with most rocks and soils, contains naturally occurring radioactive elements like uranium, and potassium commonly referred to as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in small amounts. The amount of […]

Signs Your Contractor Is Just Scamming You

Many HVAC contractors hear terrible stories about their fellow service companies that are trying to swindle homeowners – especially this time of year. Some scams start with telemarketing solicitations claiming to offer free inspections because “we are in your neighborhood,” then they claim some component is bad, or a relatively new HVAC system needs replacing, […]

How To Survive Without An Air Conditioner

It’s 9,000 degrees and we’re not some sort of tropical orchid. We need air conditioning in Texas. But, when your air conditioning system finally gives up and the repair appointment is far too many hours away, there are some ways to combat the oppressive heat that don’t involve locking yourself in the local Walmart. Some […]

Is Using Air Conditioning Bad?

In a recently published article in TIME Magazine, the pros and cons of air conditioning was discussed. While Texas residents consider good air conditioning vital, there are some issues and benefits with using it. Badly maintained air conditioning systems can make you sick, like worsening asthma problems and allergies. the article also mentions the “sick […]

Global Market for LED Lighting Is Growing Fast

In recent years, the United States government has taken steps to promote more efficient use of our resources – especially our energy consumption – through legislation like The Energy Independence and Security Act. The reasoning behind the lighting provisions is pretty direct. Incandescent bulbs convert less than 10 percent of the energy pumped into them […]

In the News: Tips to Stay Cool During the Summer Months

Berkeys featured in the article called: “Tips to stay cool during the summer months” With the mercury on the rise temperatures will soon hit triple digits. Jamie Wooldridge, president of the Southlake ­based air conditioning company Berkeys, provides some tips to stay cool this summer. Wooldridge said it is important to install a programmable thermostat. […]

The Latest In Plumbing Innovations

When you think about where technology has had the most impact, plumbing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, product innovations are increasingly important in the plumbing department, like new products designed to make the kitchen and bath more comfortable, keep living spaces more sanitary or reduce the impact on the environment. […]

New Government Rules

New Government Rules Proposed To Improve Our Environment Earlier this year, several government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have proposed many final “rules” for President Obama’s last two years in office. The rules that these agencies are expected to propose in the next year or two include safety standards for everything from […]

Electrical Safety Tips for Dallas Fort Worth Homeowners

Important Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Be Aware of. Electrical fires were involved in an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires over a four year period. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths and 1,518 civilian injuries, with $1.5 billion in direct property damage. An electrical fire is a fire […]

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