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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 …

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Fall is in the air in Kansas City. With the kids back to school and weekends geared toward watching football instead of relaxing by the pool, it’s time to take advantage of these last warm days to get your home in tip-top shape for the coming winter. The following checklist outlines steps you can take …

Are Ceiling Fans Worth It?

Posted On: August 14, 2017

What if one appliance could make your room more comfortable, lower your heating and cooling bill, produce useful lighting, and add a splash of decorating style all at once? Would you be interested? Many people would be surprised to learn that the appliance is an affordable, time-tested ceiling fan. Invented in the late 1880s, the …

Why Does My Light Switch Smell Like It’s Burning?

Posted On: July 26, 2017

We turn light switches on and off several times a day without a second thought. The biggest complication from this normally mundane task is occasionally changing a burned out light bulb. However, if you notice a light switch is hot to the touch or smells like it’s burning, don’t ignore it. Call a professional electrician …

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