A Thanksgiving Reminder and Some Furnace Health Tips

Monday, November 19th, 2018

fall-cornucopiaOlive here getting in early on wishing you a happy Thanksgiving—and also reminding you to check out a holiday safety post about Thanksgiving food and your pets I wrote last year. The short version: Don’t use your pets like a garbage disposal after Thanksgiving feasting! Not all of those leftovers are healthy for dogs and cats, and many can be downright dangerous. Stuffing, the seasoning on turkey skin, grapes, artificial sweeteners, meat bones, and any kind of chocolate are all out of the question. Please help make this season a happy one for your household and your pets with this simple guide.

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Our “Dirty Secret” Offer Is Back! (Do You Know the “Dirty Secret”?)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

dirty-secret-campaignThey say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I don’t agree with that at all! Any dog of any age can be taught new tricks. Now I’m not going to tell you my age, but I know an excellent trick: I’m going to bring back a fantastic offer, one that will help you against the #1 reason for HVAC system failures. And what is that #1 cause of comfort systems failing? Ah, that’s the dirty secret, and it’s …

D-I-R-T!

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Olive’s 5 Signs You May Already Need Heating Repairs

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Dog's ear flapping on heating and air ventIt’s not too cold yet—at least not compared to what we’re going to get in the near future—and I know that you’ve turned on your home’s heating system a few times to make sure everybody is cozy and warm. Your furry pets may not need it (my thick black coat is comfort rated to 30°F), but unless you want to bundle up in a many heavy layers of clothes, you’ll need to have your furnace or other heating system giving you some level of heat.

Now, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve read about my recommendations on scheduling heating maintenance during the fall. In fact, I started reminding you about this at the end of summer: it’s that important. If you haven’t done it, it’s still not too late! We haven’t hit the Big Cold yet, so make sure you’ve got the best Big Heat before it does.

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End of the Dog Days of Summer: Time to Think about Fall Maintenance!

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

dog-sleeping-on-floorWe’re nearing the close of the “Dog Days of Summer.” The moment I started to think about writing my next post, I wondered, “Hey, what does ‘Dog Days of Summer’ even mean?” Most people think it means it’s the time of the year when it grows so hot that dogs lie around lazily panting all the time. However, that didn’t sound right to me—I lay around and pant all year!—so I did some research.

It turns out, I was right. The phrase comes to us from the ancient Greeks. Late July is the period when the constellation group Sirius (The Dog) comes up over the horizon just before dawn. The Greeks referred to these days, usually the hottest of the year, as “dog days” because of Sirius. The phrase made it to English eventually, and people have been making up stories about the meaning ever since.

But the dog days are going to come to an end soon, along with the hot weather, and that means it’s time to start thinking of “The Maintenance Days of Fall!” (There isn’t an HVAC constellation, however, so you’ll just have to go with a normal calendar for this.)

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Combustion Analysis Is Necessary for Heating Safety

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

I write more blogs about home safety during the winter than at any other time of the year. There’s a reason for this: winter is when gas furnaces do the most work. Gas furnaces are not automatically dangerous. (Believe me, if they were, we wouldn’t be installing them in homes!) But they do require special precautions during repairs and maintenance to make certain that they continue to operate safely. One of the most important precautions for furnace is ­combustion analysis.

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Fall Cleaning Means Heat Pump Cleaning! Here’s How We Do It

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

People don’t talk about “fall cleaning” as much as “spring cleaning,” but everybody does fall cleaning anyway. It’s an excellent way for homeowners to prepare their houses for the long stretch in winter, when they’ll be spending much more time indoors. (Which is fine, as long as they remember the most important job they have: take their dogs for a walk! Personally, I love brisk winter walks. Not long winter walks, however.)

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Maintenance Contracts: Never a Penny Wasted!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

I’ve got a message here, and it’s from the fall: it is time to get ready for cold weather ahead! Some of the technicians here suggested that for my next blog I write explaining our maintenance contract, which we call “Comfort Club Membership.” I tilted my head to show them I was more than glad to do it—although, to tell you the truth, I was already writing up some ideas on that topic. Maintenance is one of the most important jobs that we do, and I’ve  always got plenty to say about it!

There’s Never a Penny Wasted on HVAC Maintenance Contracts!

It’s important to keep your Comfort Club Membership up to date. These regular maintenance visits from our trained technicians help protect your heating and cooling systems from unexpected breakdowns. And those unexpected breakdowns mean unexpected costs. But the maintenance contract is more than that: not a penny that goes into keeping up Comfort Club Membership goes to waste. Here’s why:

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No, It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

During the fall, I worked my paws off writing about all the reasons that heating maintenance is important. It saves you money. It makes your heater reliable. It keeps equipment safe. It extends equipment life. There were a lot of reasons (I came up with 8 without even trying too hard) and I hope that plenty of people were persuaded to sign up for our regular maintenance program thanks to my efforts.

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You Need to Include Your HVAC System in Your Fall “Cleaning”!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

I’m not certain why people put so much attachment to the idea that spring cleaning is the most important cleaning that you do all year. I think that fall cleaning is just as important… I mean, look at all the leaves all over the ground! Those definitely need to be swept up (after I’ve jumped around in them).

But it’s not just leaves: I found some lists that people have written about all the fall cleaning that you should do for your home: dust hard surfaces, steam-clean area rugs, clear out the freezer, clean outdoor furniture, and plenty more.

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8 Great Reasons Planned Preventive HVAC Maintenance Is Smart: Reason #7—It Comes with “Perks”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Being a dog comes with tons of “perks.” In fact, life is really almost nothing but perks if you’re a dog. Going for a walk? That’s a nice perk. Getting a treat? Totally a perk. Sun beams falling onto a favorite soft couch? You humans should be so lucky to get such perks!

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