Fall brings all sorts of things - the need for turning that heater back on and bundling under more blankets, pretty fall colors that beckon us outside before it's too chilly, and sometimes even a pressing need to make a few updates in your home before you are resigned to spending more and more time indoors as late fall and early winter start to rear their at-times ominous heads. When it comes to electrical upgrades for your home, there are plenty of things to consider, and each homeowner will likely approach these decisions and this season differently. You have different priorities, different needs, and quite frankly, different equipment than your neighbor, the house down the street, or the house two towns over. So how do you know which electrical upgrades might be wisest for you? Well, we always recommend speaking with a certified electrician whom you trust, but here are a few ideas that might help make that conversation, and ultimately those decisions, a little easier.

Each season comes with its own set of issues for homeowners, and fall is no different. When it comes to your home's comfort and safety systems, there are several things that fall brings that you don't have to worry about during other seasons. Heeding these warning signs and preparing properly for the sudden dips in temperatures fall can bring is an important part of keeping your home cozy and keeping your plumbing, electricity, and heating/cooling systems operating at their highest possible levels. Let's take a closer look at plumbing issues to keep an eye out for as winter approaches.

With fall rapidly upon us, and regular HVAC checkups happening, many homeowners may be looking at an equipment upgrade or replacement. If that's you, considering the efficiency of your options is one of the important factors that comes into play. When it's time to make an upgrade, here's what you should know.

Fall is pretty much knocking on our doors these days, as the temperatures cool and the leaves begin changing colors. Since we all know what comes after fall (winter, ugh), now's the time to get your home ready for the impending cold and snow while there's still a warm sun shining and enough daylight to make your evenings enjoyable. Not sure where to start? We've got a checklist of fall prep essentials you'll be glad you have at the ready.

Electrical components can feel like a mystery for most homeowners, and understandably so. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes to keep your home running electrically sound. For those who are curious, or simply want to understand and feel a little more in tune with what's going on in your home (thus making it easier to spot when things may be going awry, and catch issues before they become truly dangerous), here are a few things we believe all homeowners should know about their home's electrical components.

If you're used to being the handyman (or woman) around the house, it's understandable that you'd want to tackle as many of the household projects as possible on your own - and that's ok! There's nothing wrong with DIYing some of the issues that arise in your home as long as you're educated, have the knowledge and the skills to safely perform the repair or adjustment, and are aware of all the ways in which things could potentially go wrong. One of the more common things homeowners run into are plumbing problems. If you're wondering what might be safe to tackle on your own, and what you should absolutely call in a professional for, here are a few guidelines to help you make that decision. Of course, it's never a bad idea to call in a professional plumber, service tech, or electrician when you're having any plumbing, electrical, or heating/cooling issues, either. Don't ever feel like you have to take on a DIY fix if you're not fully comfortable with it.

While you're knocking out that 'honey-do' list this summer, there may be some things around the house that need a little extra TLC. If you're ready to take on a new project or two, and are thinking of updating some of the systems that keep your home comfortable and safe, we've got a few electric-specific projects to consider. It's easy to let electrical systems slide by as an afterthought as long as they are working, but sometimes an upgrade can make life more enjoyable, make your home more energy-efficient, and most importantly, increase safety in your home.

For allergy sufferers, as great as spring and summer can be, it's also the season of stuffy noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes. If you're a homeowner and you're sick of suffering from those tell-tale allergy symptoms when you're just hanging out in your house, we've got some good news for you. While allergens, unfortunately, aren't just restricted to the outdoors, there are things you can do to lessen their impact inside your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Summer is a great time to consider undertaking some long-awaited projects for your home that require outside expertise - both inside and out. For starters, most home repairs, upgrades and remodels are accomplished more easily and efficiently when your contractor doesn't have to fight snow or cold temperatures. Reduced stress levels on your part are one likely result, while the longer summer daylight hours also might help get certain projects completed quicker, as well. Here are a few suggestions to jump start your summer project plans.

The heat is up and the idea of spending time around the pool is extremely appealing for most homeowners. However, when plumbing goes awry in your home, it can create a whole different kind of swimming pool - the indoor kind that you definitely didn't plan for and absolutely aren't looking forward to dipping into. If you see any signs of the following plumbing issues, pick up the phone and call a trusted professional plumber immediately.