Part of the "fun" of being a homeowner is that you can attempt to fix things around the house yourself without answering to anyone, except maybe your spouse, if something goes wrong. DIY projects can be a rewarding part of owning a home. But, there are times, especially when plumbing is involved, where professionals should be considered to save you some deep regret ("Hey, is that water I hear spraying?"). Not sure what you can handle and what you ought to bring in the big guns for? Hopefully, this guidance will help.

There are two types of people when it comes to their electric bill - those that study it and compare month to month, and those that just pay it without thinking twice. But at the end of the day, both groups are likely interested in reducing costs to save money, and lowering usage to help the environment. Knowing a little more about what goes into your bill, or just learning a few tricks that might help you reduce your usage and, by proxy, your monthly costs, doesn't have to be a time-consuming feat. Here are some of our recommendations.

As you’re prepping your spring cleaning list, there’s something you should add to the list that might fly under your radar – the air filter associated with your furnace or air conditioner. The air filter plays a crucial role in your equipment performing properly and having the longevity you need from it, so make sure you don’t skip this step! If you’re not sure what to look for or why to check and/or change that sucker out, never fear. We’re breaking it down for you today.

Does your standard tank type water heater seem to run short of hot water on a regular basis? Is the temperature of your tank set near HOT, but there's still not enough to go around? Has your family grown in size and your standard 40 or 50 gallon tank no longer keeps up with demand? It's inconvenient and uncomfortable but not entirely uncommon. So what do you do when your home seems to be serving up a little more chill in the water than you'd prefer? Consider the following tips.

Light Switches: Where We’ve Been

For almost as long as there have been electric lights, there have been wall switches to make them glow. Back in the day, some of those switches were pretty ornate and there was quite the assortment of styles.  But for the last half century or so, the light switch has been pretty standard. You know what it looks like and can probably imagine the feel of it when you click it.

Seasoned Coloradans know better than anyone that even though we're about to flip the calendar to March, winter still has plenty of time to rear its head in the Front Range, and no matter the snowfall totals at the end of it all, there's one Colorado winter staple you just can't avoid - dry air. How do you keep from waking up every morning with a scratchy throat and feeling like you need an endless supply of lotion just to retain some moisture in your skin? Humidifiers are a common answer to the question of kicking dryness to the curb. But what's the best solution, and what are the real benefits you can count on if you install a humidifier in your home?

Unfortunately, living at high altitude doesn't preclude us Front Rangers from the dangers of basement flooding. Between heavy seasonal snow or rain, spring runoff, and high water tables, there are a number of reasons to be concerned about basement flooding. While there are other measures, such as grading the ground around your home, that can be taken to minimize the potential damage, often times this simply isn't enough, and the need for a water removal system is apparent. Plus, when it comes to keeping your home safe and comfortable, it never hurts to have all of your bases covered. That's where sump pumps come in.

As 2018 gets underway, when you're getting all the other parts of your life in order (if you're the resolution type), why not take a little extra time to make sure your home is in order, too? Doing a ‘new year’ home evaluation might seem like overkill, but you might be surprised at the things that are overlooked when we're simply busy living our lives. In order to make sure everything is in tip top shape and working as it should, there's a whole host of things you can be looking out for. Some are reasonably easy for you to check yourself, while others usually require the expertise of a professional.

When you're considering upgrading or replacing your home's heating system, there are a number of things to take into consideration, and a couple terms you should understand a little more. One of those is "heat load." Here's what you should know, how it's calculated, and what it may mean for you as a homeowner contemplating a change in the way you heat your home.

Many people are looking for new ways to save money and take steps to reduce their impact on the planet. When you're a homeowner, you have so many options to contribute to the environmental greater good, but understanding the ins and outs of those choices and how they weigh against your preferences, needs, etc. can be a little more difficult. In-home water conservation is one area many homeowners can make a difference, and what better time to consider your options than the new year (with all its shiny promises of resolutions and self-improvement)? So if you're game, let's talk a little about low-flow faucets and shower heads.