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Are You Prepared for the R-22 Phaseout?

Posted On: May 20, 2019

If you have an older air conditioner at your home or business, you need to be aware of the R-22 phaseout. Because of the phaseout, you are going to need to start thinking about new options for your air conditioner. Though this is not new news, some critical deadlines are coming up, and you need …

The Benefits of Duct Sealing & Insulation

Posted On: September 07, 2018

Cooling or heating your home in the Kansas area can be expensive, even if the air ducts in your home are relatively efficient. However, if your air ducts aren’t sealed and insulated properly, you could be wasting up to 40 percent of your cooling and heating energy. This can increase your utility and energy bills …

Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Posted On: May 14, 2018

Summer HVAC maintenance is essential to keep your cooling system running effectively and efficiently when the heat sets in. For the most part, modern air conditioning systems are “set it and forget it,” especially with smart home options or a programmable thermostat. Still, any complex machinery requires some upkeep if you care about performance and …

How to Prevent Shocks from Electrical Outlets

Posted On: April 11, 2018

The danger of electric shocks from wall outlets in your Lenexa or Kansas City home is very real. As an “always-on” society, we plug in many more devices, for hours longer, than ever before. Some of us live in homes that were never designed to provide electricity for so many power-hungry game consoles, Internet-connected appliances, and …

Can Ceiling Fans Help Save Energy?

Posted On: March 16, 2018

Ceiling fans are certainly popular in local homes here in the Lenexa, KS, and Kansas City areas. Have you ever wondered—do they actually do anything other than lend charm to your decor? Ceiling fans are, in fact, practical. They’re helpful in saving energy and lowering your home comfort costs. How Do Ceiling Fans Cool in the Heat? …

9 Reasons to Switch to a Heat Pump This Spring

Posted On: March 06, 2018

Heat pumps are designed to transfer heat, rather than generate it, effectively providing both heating and cooling to many homeowners in Lenexa and the Kansas City area. Despite the name, heat pumps provide cool home comfort for the coming summer (and heat next winter). In fact, they do both jobs much more efficiently than an air …

Why You Need a CO Detector in Your Home

Posted On: February 12, 2018

A CO detector is a home safety essential—a true necessity for every homeowner. Carbon monoxide is a silent, invisible killer that can be caught with an inexpensive CO detector. Along with a smoke alarm, a CO detector alerts you to the presence of a dangerous threat in your home, giving you the opportunity to evacuate and avoid injury. …

Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?

Posted On: December 07, 2017

Duct cleaning safely clears out and disposes of all the potentially lung-irritating debris that lines the inside of most home duct systems. Will every home benefit from duct cleaning? Most homes will gain many advantages, including better indoor air quality, from expert duct cleaning performed by Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in Kansas City. Duct Cleaning: …

Why Won’t My Furnace Pilot Light Stay Lit?

Posted On: November 13, 2017

Gas furnaces are equipped with a small gas flame called a pilot light, used to ignite the gas released from the main burner. In older furnaces, there is a standing pilot light where the flame is lit at all times. More modern appliances utilize electronic ignition, and the flame on the pilot light is only lit …

My Heating System Smells Like Gas: Should I Be Worried?

Posted On: October 24, 2017

Natural gas is an affordable, abundant fuel source for heating American homes. According to statistics compiled by the American Gas Association, almost 62 million American homes (or 56 percent of all U.S. homes) use natural gas-powered furnaces as their primary heating source. Although natural gas is a popular heating option, there’s a small chance you could …

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