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Learn more about ways to save on your energy bills. Our home improvement articles contain topics on plumbing, heating, air conditioning and home performance.

Common Problems with Baseboard Heaters

A baseboard heater fits against the wall near the floor, providing heat from the ground up. They are easy to install and can accommodate any living space. Like any heating system, baseboard heaters run into problems from time to time. Use this guide to figure out why your baseboard heater might be having issues. How […]

Supply vs Return Vents

Hidden behind the walls of your home is a vast network of air ducts. They connect to virtually every room of your house and provide a pathway through which air can travel to and from your HVAC system. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between supply and return vents and provide tips on how […]

Common Bathroom Leaks and What They Mean for You

Every year, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide — equal to how much water more than 11 million homes would use annually. While some leaks are easily detectible, others may go unnoticed for months, ratcheting up your water bill and potentially causing damage to your home. […]

HVAC Tips for Pennsylvania Homeowners

Your HVAC system controls the internal temperature of your home. As a homeowner, you should know how to clean and troubleshoot your HVAC system to make sure it functions properly. Here are 10 of the best HVAC tips to remember as you take care of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 1. Know What Kind […]

What to Look Out for to Avoid Hiring Scammy or Unlicensed Contractors

Hiring an unlicensed contractor, or one who might scam you when seeking out plumbing or HVAC services in Pennsylvania, can be disastrous. When you need plumbing services, you want to be sure you’re hiring a certified, licensed plumber in Lancaster, PA or wherever you need service.

A Service Contract Reminder

The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is right on target when it comes to having a service contract for your plumbing and HVAC. At Summers & Zim’s a service contract means that all your equipment gets checked and routine maintenance is done so you don’t have to worry about […]

Trends in Bathroom Makeovers

In a recent survey conducted by the online decorating website, Houzz, readers chose the bathroom as the room in the house where they would most want to add another TV. That’s just one of the many trends in bathroom makeovers.

Tips to Keep Stink Bugs out of your Home

Warm weather in October means the stink bugs are active. But when the temperatures drop from warm to cold, they’ll invade your home seeking out warm places to stay for the winter. Chances are you’ve seen these pests on your screens and windows. Use these tips to be sure they stay outside.

Keep the Bottom of Your Downspouts Free of Debris

Gutters are especially important in summer when thunderstorms bring torrential rain and heavy winds. Debris from plants, landscaping and trees can quickly blow into piles at the bottom of your downspouts.

The Right Landscaping Can Save Water

As you start thinking about new landscaping for your yard this spring, keep in mind that the plants you choose can affect your water usage. Choosing plants that have low water requirements means your plants will stay healthy with normal amounts of rain, and if there are dry spells, you’ll water less often.

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