Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
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 maintenance. Use a...read more

Should I Replace Knob and Tube Wiring?

Tuesday, December 11th 2018
Should I Replace Knob and Tube Wiring? 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...read more

Do I Need a Generator?

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
  Do I Need a Generator? 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...read 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 just...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

How to Prepare Your Home For an Extended Vacation

Friday, May 22nd 2015
Will you be away from home for several weeks at a time this year? If so, there are a few things to worry about besides watering the plants and turning out the lights. Here are three major areas that need consideration as you prepare your home for an extended vacation: Home Plumbing ...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

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 to the...read 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 that...read 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 prevent...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

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 help...read more

Ground Fault Breakers: A Must for Home Safety

Monday, June 23rd 2014
You may think your Sandy Springs home is very safe, but if you don’t have ground fault breakers installed in your home in the right places, you could be at risk. There’s good news, though. Ground fault breakers (GFB) ‚Ä" also called a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or a...read 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 the...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

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 Environmental...read 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 backup...read 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 an...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

An Electronic Air Cleaner Delivers a Quality of Life Upgrade

Friday, November 1st 2013
Homeowners who take the time to research the top HVAC systems are likely to end up with efficient, long-lasting equipment, keeping a house comfortable in any season. However, there is no guarantee that the quality of the air inside your home will match the standards of heating and cooling...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 ‚Ä" and you could be in danger, too. In areas...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

Energy Audits and Home Performance by Reliable Heating & Air

Monday, August 6th 2012
By Dan Jape   Is your home efficient and safe? Or do you have issues that may affect your family’s comfort, indoor air quality and safety? Many houses today are improperly insulated and sealed, allowing more energy dollars to leak out and be wasted than are being used to actually...read more

Polybutylene Lines Will Fail

Monday, May 14th 2012
Polybutylene Replacement By Dan Jape During the late 70‚Ä™s to the mid 90‚Ä™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...read more

Nexia Home Automation from Trane

Thursday, January 12th 2012
Home Automation is quickly becoming affordable and easy to use and program.¬  In the past one could spend tens of thousands of dollars on a system and many times never really get all the functions they wanted. This is quickly changing with the advent of systems like the Nexia Home Automation...read more

Carbon Monoxide the “Silent Killer”

Wednesday, October 13th 2010
by Dan Jape of Reliable Heating & Air People lock their doors and set their burglar alarms to try and keep their families¬ safe¬ from harm, but often times forgot to look inside their homes at what could be a potential risk to everyone‚Ä™s safety and welfare. The ‚ÄúSilent Killer‚ÄĚ can be...read 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 efficiency...read more