A/C Maintenance Tips

By Jon Vacha

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 Clean Chimney is a Safe Chimney

By Home Standards

  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…

Shady Solar Panel

By Sue Josoff

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!

Humidity and Winter Comfort

By Sue Josoff

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.…

Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

By Jon Vacha

  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,…

CO – The Silent Killer

By Home Standards

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…


By Steve Vacha

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…

Garage Safety

By Jon Vacha

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’…