How Does Water Get Into a Crawl Space?

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
How Does Water Get Into a Crawl Space? Water in a crawl space is a serious problem. Moisture in the area leads to mold growth and it wreaks havoc on the home’s building materials, eating away at the structure through dry rot. A wet space also invites insects and rodents to more

Advantages of a Backup Generator

Monday, November 5th 2018
Natural disasters — such as hurricanes in the Southeast and the numerous tornadoes in the Midwest — really highlight the importance of having a backup generator. Often referred to as a standby generator or whole-home generator, backup generators offer a permanent solution more

Why Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance is a Must

Sunday, September 23rd 2018
If you haven’t already made an appointment to have air conditioning preventive maintenance done, it’s not too late to schedule air conditioner service for the summer. Your air conditioner will be pulling all-nighters to provide your home with the cooling it needs for you to more

The Ultimate HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Friday, July 20th 2018
Regular annual HVAC maintenance can extend the life of heating and cooling equipment, effectively driving a higher return on investment. That means you not only get more value from the money you invest in the equipment, but you’ll also receive the maximum life span an HVAC system more

What’s a filter for? Not what you think…

Friday, February 23rd 2018
  As the warm spring weather arrives, homeowners frequently ask me if there is anything they can do to ready their cooling system for summer. There are a few simple steps that one can take to assure their system will be ready to take on the hot muggy days of summer. Over the next more

Free Freon? Is It REALLY Free? By Dan Jape

Friday, January 19th 2018
Free AC service call. Free diagnostic with heating and air conditioning repair call. Free repair with paid service call. Free furnace with air conditioner!! And now FREE FREON. I know you have seen them all before. That ad that screams an offer that is too good to be true. It makes you stop more

Commercial Property Managers

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
? Have you ever wondered how to choose one company for your commercial property management division? There's a correct way to choose a company to service all your needs. One of the biggest challenges in the property management division is finding someone to do everything you need all more

HVAC Terms Georgia Homeowners Need to Know

Friday, May 22nd 2015
It’s not fair, really. When your furnace or air conditioner breaks down, you must enter into a discussion about heating and cooling with an area contractor, but you’re at a disadvantage. You’re not an expert in heating. You haven’t gone to air conditioning school. more

Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad? And Can It Be Fixed?

Friday, December 19th 2014
Prepare your kitchen for the holidays by eliminating the garbage disposal smell emanating from your kitchen sink. A garbage disposal is a kitchen appliance used to grind or break up kitchen waste such as food scraps small enough so you can wash them down the drain. Although the machine is more

Home Electrical Repair Service

Friday, December 19th 2014
Home Electrical Repair Service  Homeowners often attempt to repair broken things around their homes by themselves. One type of repair better left to the professionals is home electrical repair. There has been a DIY revolution. The internet, the TV, the magazines have all fueled more

Save Money on your Plumbing by following these Professional Tips

Monday, December 15th 2014
Stop flushing your hard-earned money down the drain and save money on your plumbing by following these professional tips. Economic times are hard enough without wasting money due to a water guzzling or leaking plumbing fixture. Not only will it save you money in utility costs, but also more

Space Heater Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Monday, December 15th 2014
Do you run a space heater in your Sandy Springs home to enhance the warmth? Space heater safety is critical, as the handy units have a deadly side. According to experts, one out of every 20 fires that is started by a space heater results in death and results in millions of dollars worth more

HVAC Unit Issues You Shouldn’t Try to Fix Yourself

Monday, December 15th 2014
Most HVAC unit issues require expert help. Roswell homeowners are wise to leave problems to the pros. Trying to resolve HVAC unit problems on your own can often lead to even more problems down the road. You’ve invested a lot of money into your HVAC system, and you rely on it to more

UV Light for HVAC: Do they Work?

Wednesday, October 29th 2014
UV Light for HVAC: Do they Work? Germicidal or UV lights for HVAC systems are used to kill the DNA of germs, viruses, mold spores, bacteria and fungi as they pass through the air handler system. A strategically placed UV light is very effective at killing close to one hundred percent more

Carbon Monoxide & Air Conditioners: What You Should Know

Wednesday, October 29th 2014
  Carbon Monoxide & Air Conditioners: What you Should Know Carbon monoxide safety is a very important facet of home safety that homeowners should always take into account. The odorless and colorless gas is extremely toxic and can cause severe injury or even death due more

How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Basement

Thursday, September 25th 2014
  How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Basement Termite infestations, failing foundations, burst plumbing pipes — could there be anything worse than these messy, costly problems that are often irreparable? Basement mold is right up there with these very possible problems more

How to Finish a Basement

Monday, August 18th 2014
Many homeowners love their home but find they need more space. One option is to move to a new home. Another option is to build an addition. A third option is to convert the basement into usable living space. Dunwoody-area residents consider hiring local contractors who know how to finish more

Duct Sealing Makes Your Home More Efficient

Monday, August 18th 2014
Did you know that one simple task can drastically reduce your cooling bills by as much as 30 percent? According to ENERGY STAR, duct sealing prevents cooled air from escaping through cracks and gaps in the system. This lost air leads to more than just higher energy costs. Here's how to more

Basic Home Electrical Safety

Tuesday, August 5th 2014
Maintaining your home’s electrical system is crucial in providing electrical safety for you and your family. According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), electrical malfunctions in one- or two-family homes were responsible for an estimated 43,000 fires, resulting in more

The ACCA Serves HVAC Contractors and Homeowners

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
To the average Buckhead homeowner, navigating home heating and cooling issues may seem like a lonely journey. Figuring out how to lower energy costs, creating an environment that’s comfortable and making sure equipment runs safely is not a job for a novice. Organizations exist to more

The Problem With Dirty Dryer Vents

Monday, June 23rd 2014
Homeowners in Marietta aren’t immune to problems from dirty dryer vents. In fact, across the country, over 2,900 fires are started by dryers each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Most homeowners use their dryers a lot. Over time, dryer lint builds up inside more

Avoid a Dirty A/C at All Costs

Monday, June 23rd 2014
The best medicine for a dirty A/C is a professional tuneup. A professional has the expertise and tools to get deep inside the air conditioner, cleaning all of the tiny cracks and crevices as well as the components that lie deep inside the system. There are steps that Marietta homeowners more

What Are the Benefits of Turtle Vents?

Monday, June 23rd 2014
When trying to maximize home efficiency and prolong the life of their roof, homeowners should review different options in attic ventilation. There are two types of ventilation systems: powered ventilation options and passive venting systems that work as the wind blows toward your roof. In more

Do I Need a Vapor Barrier?

Thursday, June 12th 2014
Every homeowner faces challenges in controlling moisture. Humid conditions from Alpharetta to Buckhead can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew when water vapor seeps into a home over the years. These conditions can compromise both indoor air quality and the integrity of your home’ more

Important Care and Maintenance for Your Condensate Pump

Thursday, June 12th 2014
A condensate pump is an important part of your HVAC system. During the cooling process, an HVAC system produces condensation. Most systems depend on both gravity and a 3/4-inch drain line to direct the water to the home’s exterior. However, some installations require pumping the more

Schedule an Air Conditioner Tuneup Today and Save!

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
Have you heard HVAC contractor ads for an air conditioner tuneup and wondered what all the fuss was about? Tuneups help  homeowners get their air conditioners ready for the summer heat, and they should give you peace of mind that your A/C will work as efficiently and durably as possible — more

Space Heater Fires: The Biggest Reason Not to Use Them

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
Need more than one reason not to use a space heater? Space heater fires are the cause of 79 percent of fires in the home that cause death, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That statistic alone should be reason enough not to use them. But in the effort to combat more

Duct Cleaning Near Me: Choose NADCA Certified Tech's

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
Duct Cleaning Near Me: Choose NADCA Certified Tech's Have you tried nearly every measure imaginable to improve the indoor air quality of your home? Your next step should be to search 'duct cleaner near me' and find a company who uses NADCA certified technicians. The more

A Gas Generator Can Power Your Home When You Need It Most

Wednesday, March 12th 2014
The weather in the Sandy Springs area is becoming more and more erratic and unexpected. Ice storms, heavy snow and even spring storms can knock out the power to your home, leaving you and your family helpless until utility crews can get out on the roads and restore service. Choose a more

Must-See Home Automation Trends

Monday, January 27th 2014
The portrayal of home automation that has appeared movies for years is now a reality. Home automation trends show nearly limitless opportunities for homeowners looking to sync their home's security system, lighting, energy management system, entertainment devices and HVAC more

HVAC Check Up: Are They Important?

Monday, January 27th 2014
  HVAC Check Up: Are They Important? With even colder weather on the way, the time has come to check up on your HVAC performance. Performing an HVAC check up in the early winter can help you avoid problems and sudden interruptions when you’re depending on heating more

Holiday Safety Tips for a Problem-Free Season

Monday, December 23rd 2013
Given the flurry of activity that surrounds the holiday season, it’s a good idea for families to review their holiday safety tips. Safety might not be the first thing on your mind, especially if you’re caught up in the swell of holiday shopping, baking and parties around more

Saying Yes to Septic Maintenance Prevents Costly Problems

Wednesday, November 27th 2013
You may not think about it much, but your household depends on your home’s out-of-sight septic system on a daily basis. Treat it right and it will treat you right. Treat it wrong and, well, you get the picture. Follow these easy septic maintenance steps to avoid having to endure more

Smartphone Home Automation: It’s Here, Efficient and Affordable

Friday, November 15th 2013
Though you can find nearly any piece of information and perform countless tasks on a smartphone, many people are surprised about the potential of phone-based home automation. You can control appliances, monitor temperatures and activate a home alarm from any device connected to the Internet — more

Why a Damp Crawlspace Is a Big No-No

Monday, October 28th 2013
Here in the southeast, Atlanta and Buckhead residents have to follow certain rules to keep a damp crawlspace from overtaking their homes. A moist crawlspace can deteriorate the home’s structure, cause the home itself — and the living spaces — to become unbearably humid, and eventually, more

Could Efficient Lighting Lower Energy Bills? You Bet!

Monday, October 28th 2013
There’s $50 on the table for Woodstock and Roswell homeowners willing to make one simple change: Use efficient lighting. The Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save $50 a year just by replacing 15 inefficient lightbulbs with more efficient ones. It really is that easy! more

Sump Pump Noise: Don’t Ignore It

Thursday, October 10th 2013
If there’s one rule homeowners should live by it’s this one: Don’t ignore sump pump noise. Allowing any type of noise to go unchecked can be bad for the pump — it will likely break down sooner — and the storage items in your basement. If the pump stops working, more

What’s the Big Deal About Weatherization?

Tuesday, October 1st 2013
Weatherization. It’s an extremely important issue often times overlooked and many times a builder does not properly seal the building envelope . If the structure of a home isn’t airtight, it will build up heat in the summer, and lose heat in the winter. Essentially, failing more

Why Is My House Dusty?

Monday, September 9th 2013
Every homeowner I speak to ask us why they have so much dust build up in their home. Many times you will see a thin black line all around the baseboards just where the wall meets the floor. And everyone feels they are the only one’s with this problem. Many years ago this excessive more

Is Your Home Too Humid

Thursday, September 5th 2013
One of the biggest concerns of Georgia homeowners is the amount of humidity levels inside their home. There is one very simple mistake many homeowners make in the operation on their HVAC systems and by simply correcting this small issue, humidity came be reduced up to 20% to 25%. A more

Be Prepared for Storm Season with a Standby Generator

Monday, May 6th 2013
Everyone knows that severe weather increases the chance of a power outage. Strong winds can knock trees and branches over power lines, lightning strikes can damage transformers and equipment, even the build-up of ice can bring down power lines. A brief loss of electricity is usually no more

Freon Is Not Free Anymore

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013
In 1986, the EPA mandated that refrigerant R-22, commonly called Freon, be slowly phased out of the air conditioners in the United States due to the harm it inflicts to the ozone layer. The original plan put forth by the EPA called for a slow gradual phase out of Freon starting in the late 90' more

A/C Not Keeping Up?

Wednesday, August 1st 2012
By Dan Jape Atlanta has seen record temperatures this summer and this type of weather reinforces the need to keep one’s air conditioning system in top operating condition. A unit that is slightly undercharged with Freon can cause utilities to be as much as 30% higher and the home will more

Ice on Your Air Conditioner By Dan Jape

Wednesday, August 1st 2012
One of the biggest issues we encounter in the cooling repair business is the formation of ice on an air conditioning system. When a homeowner sees ice on their unit,  they often turn it off until the ice they see is melted and then they turn the unit back on instead of calling for help. This more

Polybutylene Lines Will Fail

Monday, May 14th 2012
Polybutylene Replacement By Dan Jape During the late 70's to the mid 90's, polybutylene was the preferred piping material for builders of new homes and businesses. It was easy to install, cheap and could be installed quickly.  Poly was considered to be the future of all water pipe for new more

The Last Water Heater You’ll Ever Buy

Monday, April 2nd 2012
By Dan Jape of Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing and Electrical When you are in need for a new water heater, there are a number of different models on the market today. One can choose the regular tank water heaters that last for 10 to 12 years normally or a high efficient tankless more

Home Automation Made Affordable and Easy

Wednesday, November 10th 2010
by Dan Jape of Reliable Heating & Air There is an exciting new Trane product we have available that will allow you to put control of your home in the palm of your hand and provide total comfort and total security from any remote location. The "LiNK" system allows you to monitor and more

Your condensate pump is your friend!

Monday, March 23rd 2009
There are a few simple and easy steps any homeowner can perform on their heating and cooling system that can help keep their equipment operating at peak performance. Last month I went over the importance of keeping a proper sized, clean filter in the air handler/furnace. This month we more

Do I Have a Leak? (Yes) and Why Can’t You Fix It? (Read on…)

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
These are two of the most common questions I am asked by homeowners all spring and summer and they are the area of the most confusion and misinformation in the air conditioning business. Every year we get new customers from other companies and we lose customers to other companies because more

Hail Damage To Your A/C Is Costly

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
by DAN JAPE of Reliable Heating & Air originally published May 2008 In the past few months, there have been many severe hail storms in and around the Metro Atlanta area and many homeowners have had damage to their air conditioners that is costing them many hundreds of dollars in more

Please TURN IT OFF before you DESTROY it!

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
This time of year we are besieged with desperate phone calls from homeowners who have noticed their cooling systems not working properly or frozen up with ice. If this happens to you, turn the unit off immediately. Turn it off as soon as you can get to the thermostat! I know this is a more

Is your furnace safe to operate? By Dan Jape

Thursday, January 22nd 2009
Is your furnace safe to operate? A few tips from Dan Jape. I visit customers in their homes everyday of the week, and I constantly see furnaces that have been neglected to the point of being unsafe and unfit to heat their homes. I find everything from just poor performance and more