Are Generators Worth it?

Monday, October 30th 2017
by Dan Jape The recent hurricanes have brought about a lot of interest in backup generators for both homes and businesses. I have written about the advantages of a generators before but, by the time you realize you need one, it is too late. Many manufacturers run low on inventory during storm...read more

It’s Fire Prevention Week: Here Are the Latest Safety Tips

Friday, September 22nd 2017
Every family in the Atlanta area has to ensure their home is free of fire hazards. From October 8 to 14, Fire Prevention Week takes place to fill that purpose. It is an annual event was begun to draw attention to fire safety after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This year’s theme is...read more

Duct Sealing with Jason

Friday, September 15th 2017
Duct Sealing with Jason   Many people complain about comfort issues and automatically assume it’s their HVAC unit. During a home inspection, we often find that it’s not the unit but it’s the duct system that has the problem. Every home should be inspected for...read more

Keeping a Clean Look for your Ceiling with Can Lights

Monday, March 13th 2017
  Do you have a sheetrock ceiling? Are you thinking about adding lights that will keep that “flat” look? Something that we recommend is a can light, also known as a pot light. The great thing about these lights is they recess into the sheet rock for you. Then we install...read more

How to Protect your Family and Home from Fire

Monday, October 17th 2016
It’s Fire Prevention Week!  As the weather cools and we start to think about turning our furnaces on and burning all the leaves in the backyard.  Reliable Heating & Air wants you to do it safely and we have put together some helpful tips, resources and of course our...read 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 the...read more

Tips for Energy-efficient Holiday Decorations

Monday, December 15th 2014
Save energy and money by switching to energy-efficient holiday decorations. As the country moves into the holiday season, homeowners will break out their decorations to provide that extra holiday cheer that only decorative lights can offer. After all, the season would not feel the same without...read more

Advantages of a Backup Generator

Thursday, November 6th 2014
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, backup generators offer a permanent solution to power your home during an electrical...read more

Remodeling an Older Home: 5 Electrical Challenges

Thursday, November 6th 2014
Thinking about remodeling an older home in the Buckhead area? Older homes have many quaint and unique features worth keeping, like original woodwork, intricate window casings and hardwood flooring; however, electrical is generally not one of them. Even though it’s possible to maintain the...read more

Smart Meters: Pros and Cons

Wednesday, October 29th 2014
In Woodstock, Georgia, and across the entire state, electric companies are encouraging homeowners to adopt smart meters to audit how energy is being used in your home. As opposed to an electric meter that utility companies must manually read, a smart meter uses low radio frequency that allows...read 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 of...read more

Home Automation System Benefits

Wednesday, October 8th 2014
Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling your existing one, you may want to consider bringing your home into the 21st century with a home automation system. With hundreds of available apps for your mobile devices, it’s easy to turn your home into its own central command...read more

Pros and Cons of Garbage Disposals

Wednesday, October 8th 2014
Pros and Cons of Garbage Disposals It’s easy to overlook the pros of a garbage disposal — that is, until yours is broken or you’ve had to live without one in the past. As an unsung hero of your home’s plumbing system, the garbage disposal works tirelessly and...read more

Keeping Your Outdoor Lighting Safe From the Outdoors

Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Outdoor lighting fixtures are a great way to keep your home and visitors safe at night and highlight your home’s landscaping, as well. The very nature of their use, however, leaves them exposed to damage. Generally, outdoor fixtures are designed to withstand a certain amount of exposure...read more

Remodeling? Take Care of Faulty Home Electrical Wiring or Plumbing

Thursday, September 25th 2014
If you own an older house and decide to make some upgrades, chances are you or your contractor may find some unpleasant surprises — especially when it comes to your home electrical wiring or your plumbing system. Outdated or faulty utilities systems in your home not only can cost you money in...read more

Knob and Tube Wiring: Should You Replace It?

Thursday, September 25th 2014
Used in homes until the middle of the 20th century, knob and tube wiring gets its name from the fixtures that support, insulate and shield the wires that run through the wood frame of a house: literally ceramic knobs and tubes. The wiring is run along and around the knobs to suspend and guide...read more

Ceiling Fan Installation: A Job for the Pros

Thursday, September 25th 2014
There are a lot of home improvement tasks you can safely do on your own. Updating paint and recaulking a bathtub are just two. But ceiling fan installation isn’t one of them — especially if you don’t have existing wiring in your Sandy Springs home where you’d like to install...read more

Is a Bathroom Chandelier Right for Your Home?

Thursday, August 28th 2014
An increasingly popular lighting choice, a bathroom chandelier can add a note of elegance to the right bathroom. The popularity of chandeliers in the bathroom, however, doesn’t mean you can run down to the local lighting store, buy the first chandelier you like and slap it up above the...read more

7 Types of Lighting Fixtures to Consider During Your Next Renovation

Monday, August 25th 2014
The types of lighting fixtures you use may end up having a big impact on the look and feel of different areas of your home. During your next home improvement project, here are seven light fixtures to consider. 1. Simple Ceiling Light Maybe the simplest and least obtrusive type of lighting,...read more

Can Home Solar Power Work for You?

Monday, August 25th 2014
There has been encouraging news in recent years with the cost of solar panels dropping across the country. According to CalFinder, federal incentives still stand at 30 percent of the cost of solar installations, so there are many reasons to see if this clean energy source can power the...read 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 a...read more

5 Outdoor Landscape Lighting Options to Enhance Your Spaces

Monday, August 18th 2014
The outdoor space in your Dunwoody home offers ample opportunities to entertain guests, unwind with family and rest and rejuvenate over the weekend. Comfortable seating, an outdoor kitchen, a deck overlooking the landscaping — these are all components that enhance your outdoor experience. To...read more

How to Install a Light Fixture

Tuesday, August 5th 2014
Installing a new light fixture or replacing an old one provides an easy way to update a room or add ambiance to your Peach Tree City home. Learning how to install a light fixture yourself not only saves you money by eliminating installation costs, but it also helps to beautify your room. Most...read 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 430...read more

Suspect a Broken Circuit Breaker in These Cases

Friday, August 1st 2014
There’s a reason circuit breakers are designed to shut off. A circuit breaker stops electrical current from running to your home and protects appliances, outlets and electrical devices from overheating. Before you rush to switch the breaker back on when it trips, it’s helpful to...read more

Tripping Circuits? You May Need a Larger Electrical Panel at Home

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
It’s no surprise that today’s appliances and HVAC equipment are more powerful than the machines of the past. Unfortunately, your Marietta home may still be wired for outdated cooling and entertainment systems that are no longer a part of modern life. The inconvenience of one or two...read more

How to Lower Electric Bill Costs This Summer

Friday, June 27th 2014
Summer brings intense heat and humidity to the Atlanta area. It’s no surprise that energy bills rise as homeowners use their cooling system to stay comfortable. In fact, everything from cooking to lighting your home can increase the electricity you use. Here’s how to lower electric...read more

Home Efficiency: 6 Ways to Improve Home Efficiency

Tuesday, April 29th 2014
Home Efficiency: 6 Ways to Improve Home Efficiency Measuring a home's efficiency can be a confusing task for most homeowners. Even if you understand the importance of efficiency, you may still be unsure how to measure it. In fact, the process of examining any building’s...read more

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Thursday, March 13th 2014
If you want to upgrade both the look of a room and the performance of your HVAC system, consider adding a ceiling fan. Replacing an existing fan is actually a job homeowners can pull off with the right skill set and tools in hand. Safety concerns and time constraints that pop up along the way...read 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 high...read more

Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist

Tuesday, February 11th 2014
Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist Landscaping, painting, HVAC upkeep — these are all necessary components of effective home maintenance for residents of Roswell, Woodstock and beyond. Just as important are the home’s electrical components, which also require regular...read more

The Keys to Electrical Generator Tuneups

Monday, January 27th 2014
An electrical generator can be the lifeline of your family in the aftermath of a bad storm or power outage. If you’ve read through the manual for your home’s standby generator, you’ve probably seen tips about keeping the equipment in shape with tuneups. When your life gets...read 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 equipment....read 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 Roswell....read more

Why You Can’t Afford Not to Have Surge Protection

Friday, November 15th 2013
Plugging your home electronics and appliances into surge protectors is a good measure, but it’s not enough. With whole-home surge protection, you can be assured that electrical surges and lightning strikes won’t damage those belongings (for example, air conditioning) that are...read more

Energy Monitoring Puts Control Over Electricity Use in Your Hands

Thursday, October 31st 2013
Are you looking for a simple way to make your home greener? Energy monitoring might be the solution you’re looking for. It involves a one-time purchase of a home energy monitoring device, which in theory, will do all the work measuring and evaluating how your home is using energy. With...read 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!...read 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, and...read more

Sump Pump Power Outage Tips

Friday, October 4th 2013
Sump pump power outage: Four words a homeowner never wants to hear. Heavy rains and thunderstorms can knock out the power to your home, and if you rely on a sump pump to keep up with rising groundwater, your home could be at risk for severe flooding — and you could be in danger, too. In areas...read more

How to Lower Your Electric Bill in 6 Easy Steps

Tuesday, October 1st 2013
Electricity costs only seem to go up in Marietta, but the combined forces of government agencies, power companies, and environmental groups have been trying to show homeowners ways of reducing the cost of their monthly bills. It takes some adjustments, but you can make simple changes to lower...read more

5 Common Electrical Problems and How to Address Them

Tuesday, October 1st 2013
There are electrical problems for every season, but one thing they all have in common is the danger they present to your family. Whether it’s blown fuses or appliances that start spewing smoke, you may be playing with fire when you address these issues without proper training. Some...read more

7 Things Homeowners Can Do to Prevent Electrical Fires

Tuesday, September 10th 2013
Electrical fires continue to haunt homeowners in Alpharetta and across the United States. According to U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) figures, at least 26,000 fires every year can be traced to electrical problems. Nearly 300 Americans are killed as a result of these blazes. Those numbers...read 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 big...read more