3 Common Winter Plumbing and Sewer Problems in Northern California

A couple of years ago, we had a rainy winter like I’ve never seen before in my life—and that’s saying a lot because I was born and raised in Northern California. It was two winters back and we were still in the middle of that five-year drought. Well, we certainly…

California Home Energy Audit FAQs for Earth Conscious Homeowners

I think one of the biggest differences between me now and me when I was just starting out in the world is that, these days, I don’t get overwhelmed by the small stuff. When I was younger, things like paying for my health insurance and looking into car maintenance felt…

Checklist for Troubleshooting Gas Furnace Problems

If you have a forced-air furnace, air gets pulled in from the rooms, past a filter, and into the furnace to get heated. A typical forced-air furnace burns either gas or oil and then a heat exchanger transfers the heat to filtered air, keeping the hot flue gases safely separated….

The 411 on Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter in Northern California

Northern California winters are kind of a unique thing, if you ask me. The vast majority of us in our area don’t really live up in the mountains. No, we tend to live down in cities like Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Vacaville, or somewhere in between. That means we don’t get…

The SMUD Thermostat Program: An FAQ for Sacramento Homeowners

Having to run your furnace all winter, and your AC all summer is no fun at all. Don’t get me wrong, the heated and cooled air that furnaces or AC units produce is, of course, wonderful. But the thing is, a bill for all that comfort eventually comes due. There…

Why Your Furnace Smells Sweet—and Other Odor-Related HVAC Issues

I have a lot of fun associations with wintertime from back when I was just a kid. Yessir, when I think of the winter, I think about spending weekends up in Tahoe, or drinking hot chocolate after coming from a cold day at school. Sometimes, I even think of the…

What You CAN and CANNOT Put Down the Garbage Disposal

With the holidays coming up, your garbage disposal is going to be working overtime. With all that food prep and plate scraping, it’s important to know the proper operating instructions for your garbage disposal unit (also known as a waste disposal unit, garbage disposer, or in Canadian English a garburator). The day after…