Heating and Air


A/C Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioners last longer and run more efficiently if they are properly maintained and cared for. We recommend having a professional HVAC company service the A/C once a year. Most people don’t follow that recommendation. Here are a few A/C maintenance tips for do-it-your-selfers and everyone else who does not know their HVAC tech on a first name basis. - Keep grasses and shrubs trimmed ...


  by Tim Krof Home Standards Inspection Services Email Tim   What a great Holiday Season! I hope everyone enjoyed good times with family and friends! I had an interesting time this year when a relative tried to start the traditional holiday fire after dinner. Have you ever seen more smoke coming inside the room than going up the flue when somebody is trying to start a wood burning fire? Although it was entertaining at ...


Shady Solar Panel

Most solar panels convert around 15% of the sun's energy into electricity.  I don't think there is any energy getting converted, looks pretty shady to me!


Low humidity in the winter can dry noses, skin and throats as well as crack fingertips. Your home can also suffer from overly dry conditions, including wood floors opening up, increase in static electricity, drywall is affected and even pianos can go out of tune. “Relative Humidity” refers to the air’s ability to hold water/moisture. The colder the air, the less ability it has to hold moisture. Indoor humidity levels should be between 30 to 50 percent, with the ideal level around ...


Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

  It’s that time of year again, summer is here and along with it comes the heat!!  As the days grow longer and hotter, air conditioners run longer and use more power. This additional usage puts a strain on our electrical power grid throughout the city.  Air conditioners/heat pumps use a tremendous amount of electricity, and if they are running continuously all day long, this can put our public power system at risk of temporary failure. 


CO – The Silent Killer

Beginning in January of next year- any residence sold, rented or issued a building permit in Nebraska will require carbon monoxide detectors per Nebraska law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless and tasteless. Most who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware they are being poisoned. It has been estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits and up to 500 unintentional deaths in the United ...



Energy Steve Vacha   Where would we be without it?  We only have to remember how out of sorts we get when there is a short power outage at our homes. The cost of energy is going up. We pay more and more to heat our homes and keep the lights on. The cost to the environment rises as we take more and more to power our lives.  Our world needs new ways to utilize ...


Garage Safety

Garage Safety By Jon Vacha With the rise of “never stop improving” and “more saving, more doing” more and more home owners are becoming do-it-your-selfers. Every now and then we will run into the handy work of someone who didn’t go about things in the best possible way. Garages are one area that can ‘improved’ more or have ‘more doing’ then the home inspector may appreciate. There are three common things we find ...