Earthwise Home Services Blog

How to Choose the Right Water Heater

May 13th, 2019

hot-water-faucet

When it comes to choosing a water heater, we recommend two types of systems:

The storage tank water heater, and the tankless water heater.

The storage tank water heater is a classic—one that you’ve likely grown up with and probably have in your home right now.

The tankless water heater has been around for decades, but it’s often regarded as being a bit more high-tech than the standard water heater.

Of course, the big question is, Which one should I install?

Here’s our advice on getting the answer to that question:

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3 Reasons to Keep (or Ditch) Your Duct System

April 29th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpHistorically and statistically speaking, most people have central air conditioners. But lately, you hear a lot of talk about people opting for ductless air conditioning. Japan and several countries in Europe have been using ductless systems for years already, and many Americans are starting to see the benefits.

So the question on everyone’s mind is whether they should stick with their central ACs, which use duct systems to transport air through the home, or switch to a ductless system and ditch those ducts entirely?

While we could give you a straightforward answer, we don’t actually believe that one system is best for everyone. Instead, we’ll give you three reasons to keep or ditch your ducted system to ensure that you’re giving this decision plenty of consideration.

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Is Your AC Trying to Tell You Something?

April 15th, 2019

ac-technicianWhen your air conditioner is having problems, it can’t just call you in the room and tell you what’s wrong. If it could, we would suggest calling an exorcist. Instead, you’ll just have to figure out what your AC is trying to tell you. You can do that by learning the warning signs of some of the most common air conditioning problems.

We would recommend scheduling regular, annual maintenance for your AC, partly to prevent these warning signs from appearing in the first place. That being said, maintenance isn’t flawless, so don’t wait to call up an HVAC contractor in Richardson, TX if you’re encountering these warning signs.

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Is Hard Water Really That Bad?

April 1st, 2019

water-softenerTexas is one of the states with the highest concentration of hard water. So that likely means A) You’ve been dealing with hard water this whole time and have learned to accept it, or B) You’ve been putting up with hard water this whole time and absolutely hate it.

If you’re the type who believes hard water is nothing more than an inconvenience, we’d urge you to reconsider your stance. While hard water certainly isn’t deadly or dangerous, we can’t deny that it can have a detrimental effect on your property and your plumbing system in Mesquite, TX.

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5 AC Repair Issues Easily Prevented With Maintenance

March 18th, 2019

ac-repair-techsSpring just started, and we’re already talking about air conditioning maintenance? It’s definitely not too early. After all, you’re going to want your air conditioner tuned-up and ready to go before you start using it, not after.

Getting your AC maintenance done before summer will help establish a benchmark for the rest of the season. Without something to base it off, you won’t be able to see if your AC’s performance is dwindling due to a possible repair issue.

Some of the issues that air conditioning maintenance will help prevent can include:

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Here’s Why Your Drains Smell Bad

March 4th, 2019

sink-drainOur sinks and bathtubs aren’t always excepted to smell like freshly cut flowers, but any kind of bad smell around these fixtures is far from the norm. The fact is that the bad smells are supposed to stay deep inside the sewer system. If you’re smelling any kind of bad odors up top, then it might be an issue with your drain.

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You Might Enjoy a Ductless System If …

February 18th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpMany homeowners are perfectly fine with using a ducted HVAC system, such as those used in furnaces, central ACs, and traditional heat pumps. In fact, many continue to do just that for several decades! Plus, most homes are already equipped with ducts in the first place—it just makes sense to keep using them.

However, ductless heat pumps have drawn a lot of attention for their efficiency and for other unique benefits. Several of those happy homeowners might realize they’d be even happier by switching over to a ductless system.

A ductless system might be much better for you if …

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You Should Switch to Dual Fuel System If You…

February 4th, 2019

cozy-by-cold-windowA dual fuel system is one that uses two different fuel sources interchangeably. Its primary mode of operation is a heat pump, meaning it cools you down in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter (all while using electricity). Its secondary mode of operation is that of a gas furnace, for those times of the summer where you want a little something extra.

That brief summary is probably not enough to really explain why anyone would want a hybrid gas and electric HVAC system. After all, why not just stick to one? Well, you might even decide one isn’t enough if you…

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

January 21st, 2019

frozen-pipesJust because we’ve made it past December doesn’t mean we’re free of frozen pipes just yet. Being a plumber in Plano, TX, we’ve gotten our fair share of calls for help with frozen pipes. The pressure that builds up inside these pipes can lead to a burst, so it’s especially important to have frozen pipes dealt with as soon as possible.

Even better is to prevent those pipes from freezing in the first place. Below are a few methods you can use to do that.

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4 Preventive Plumbing Services and Products

January 7th, 2019

wrenchesYou may have been told that leaks and clogs are inevitable. That at some point, you’ll have to deal with them. Yes, this is true, but it doesn’t mean you can’t fight them off for as long as possible!

Along with following good practices (like not putting fats and oils down the drain), we can think of a few plumbing services that can go a long way in assuring your safety and home plumbing performance.

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