Summer has arrived, and even though you're probably spending more time outside, it doesn't mean your home will be problem-free. Summertime can present its own set of issues that you're likely to face as a homeowner, when the temperatures rise and summer storms come rolling through. Here are some things to look out for, and a few tips on what to do if you're faced with the issues.

Determining the best central AC fit for your home can be a complicated process, especially if you don't know what you need or what to look for! For the sake of this discussion, we will focus on central air conditioning for homes that have forced air heating systems, employing a furnace and ducting to heat the home. Later in this article, we'll also touch on ductless AC, but we'll shelve that discussion for the moment.

Sunshine is out in full force and daydreams of weekends spent lounging in the backyard and grilling out on the patio are turning into reality - yes, that's the smell of summertime just around the corner. Before you start sending out the invites for your weekly BBQ party, there are some home maintenance things that need your attention so you can focus on soaking up the sun (with a suitable SPF for your needs), worry-free.

As a homeowner, there are a LOT of things you need to know and keep track of to keep your house in good working order. So when you think about adding in-depth knowledge about your HVAC system to the mix, it can feel a little overwhelming. Fear not, for there's no need to understand everything about your home heating and cooling systems. However, there are some key things you absolutely should know to help you understand your home better and be better equipped to make good decisions - whether it's routine annual maintenance or if something should happen to go wrong.

After years of owning your own home, you start to discover little quirks. Most are nothing to worry about, a truth you've likely learned over time. But there are some issues that pop up that shouldn't be ignored, and glitches in your electrical system are at the top of the list. Of course, not all electrical issues are dire, but because your home's electrical components pose one of the highest risks for fire and serious damage, being overly cautious is the better option.

Warm temperatures are on the way (finally!) and you know what that means - air conditioning season is just around the corner. As a homeowner, you know that along with the change of seasons comes a change in how you keep your home comfortable. Before the heat sets in and the air conditioner starts running in your home, check some of these things off your list to make sure you can chill comfortably without a single worry.

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.