NICE Home Services Safety Tips

3 Simple Steps for Fireplace Safety

Posted by Cherie Hudson on Sep 20, 2017 7:39:00 PM

The gas fireplace is a convenient and easy way to warm up any room of your house without having to turn on the homes heating system.  This saves money on your heating bill by adding warmth where you need and when you need it.  

Gas-fueled fireplaces are becoming more common in homes across America.

With that warmth, some gas fireplaces installed before January 1, 2015, come with a risk of burn. Having no warning labels or a barrier to prevent touching the glass.  To minimize the chance of burns from hot glass, follow these safety tips:

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Topics: Home Safety Tip of the Week

5 Things Everyone Should Know About R-22 Refrigerant

Posted by Cherie Hudson on Jul 28, 2017 12:32:25 PM

What are the most recent updates about R-22 Refrigerant? What do you need to know about the l

atest changes around R-22 refrigerant and why you won't be able to get any soon. 


Whether you know what R-22 is or not, the phasing out of freon may affect how you stay cool this spring and summer. Things are heating up, here are some facts that will give you answers fast around frequent questions about R-22 refrigerant.

Here are some common questions around R-22 refrigerant:

  • What is R-22 refrigerant?
  • Why is being phased out?
  • What is it going to cost me to repair my old A/C now? 
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Topics: Air Conditioning

Why is the 2nd floor of my townhouse so hot?

Posted by Craig Elliott on Jul 11, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Here’s a story about a good customer. Actually, things started out on the wrong foot with this customer, because we left the gate open after a service call and his dog got out. He was not happy with us when that happened, but luckily we were able to find the dog and bring it back, so there was no harm, no foul.

He gave us a second chance, and we went out of our way to win him back. He lived in a townhouse that was about 1,800 square feet, on three levels, with a gas furnace in the basement and a master bedroom upstairs. The problem was, the temperature upstairs in his bedroom was too hot. 

We told him there were a few basic things that he should try before he purchased a window unit, or a whole new HVAC system, or even to spend the money on cleaning out his system. We were trying to save him money, so we gave him more economical options. 

Including: 

  • Turning the fan to the "on" position
  • Shutting blinds and curtains
  • Keep all internal doors open
  • Free thermal imaging tests
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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Conditioning

Your AC Is leaking, What can you do about it?

Posted by Craig Elliott on Jun 22, 2017 1:04:20 PM

Here’s the Number One question I get from my customers in the summer: “Why the hell is my AC leaking water all over the place?”

It’s not always in those exact words, but you get the idea. Now, I could be very blunt and tell them, “It’s your fault, because you didn’t take care of your system,” but usually I just say, “Let me fix the problem and teach you how to prevent it from happening again.”

If you’ve read this far, I’m guessing you’re already dealing with the same problem. Let’s talk about how to avoid it. 

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Topics: Air Conditioning

The Only Air Conditioner Tune Up Resource You Will Ever Need

Posted by Craig Elliott on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Here it is folks.....

The much requested, highly anticipated, sought after step-by-step guide
to how and why an air conditioning tune-up should be performed once a year.
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Craig Elliott, a licensed master HVAC technician and gas fitter.  I am also a class A licensed contractor. I have 20 years of experience in the field, and I’m an expert. 

            

 

But enough about me.....

let’s talk about the classic spring tune-up.

What is it? Why is it necessary? Is it really so important?
Let me break it down for you, if you really want to know.

The purpose of a spring tune-up of your heating and cooling equipment
is to ensure proper operation. Basically, this means that you want the
system to turn on when it’s supposed to.

Also, you don’t want to have to think about the temperature, and
you don’t want your bills to be too high. You know you’re going to get bills
for your heating and cooling, but you just don’t want them to be too high.
That's the real reason most people get a tune-up.

 

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Topics: Air Conditioning

What you need to know about the cost of refrigerant loss|Air Conditioning

Posted by Craig Elliott on May 2, 2017 7:18:00 AM

How much does refrigerant cost?

That’s a great question. The answer is: It depends.

Depends on what?

Well, it depends on what type of refrigerant and how much of it you need.

Actually, there’s a different question you should ask: 

Why am I adding refrigerant in the first place?

That is the really important question, my friends, and the answer will tell you a lot.

Do you need to add refrigerant every so often to your system just to top it off?

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Topics: Air Conditioning

NICE Home Services Earns Super Service Award 4 Years in a row from Angie’s List

Posted by Craig Elliott on Mar 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service and proffesionalism in the air conditioning, heating and gas fireplace repair. 

Nice Home Services has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

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Topics: Press Releases

How to Clean Dust - Step by Step Guide

Posted by Cherie Hudson on Mar 15, 2017 2:04:18 PM

Does dusting your house frighten you? Even before you start, do you feel tired and bored of it?

If yes, you are doing it completely wrong.

Cleaning dust from your house is the best and fun thing to do.

You get to kill the dust mites and eliminate all the diseases causing particles from your home.

To make it interesting, you should follow this simple step by step guide in this article and enjoy the rollercoaster ride which is the the coolest thing to do.

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality

Little-Known Ways to Better Indoor Air Quality At Work

Posted by Kate Morgan on Feb 13, 2017 10:52:00 AM

Ensuring that breathable indoor air quality is the best possible may prove to be a hassle for the average business owner.

When cramped schedules and hectic work days materialize to become the everyday routine, a business owner may be hard pressed to prowl the office to throw open windows or check ventilation ducts to guarantee their proper functioning.

Fairfax County's local government ordains all of the above a legal responsibility of business owners that may operate in office spaces. These jurisdictions and guidelines ensure the overall well-being and health of all employees present within the workplace and ensure that they are breathing in the quality of air that is best for their bodies and comfort.

Business owners should not, however, directly translate into harried business owners individually deciding to take on the office's HVAC system or clean the ventilation system out.

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality

True Love Burns Brightly With A Nice Gas Fireplace

Posted by Cherie Hudson on Feb 9, 2017 5:28:00 PM

Valentine's Day was coming around again, and Dexter Firkins wanted to surprise his sweetie, Henrietta  Zoodbury with something romantic.

He thought of many different options, but he knew Henrietta loved to cuddle next to a fire, so he thought, Why not get a gas fireplace put in my house so we can cuddle by the fire?

That would tickle her fancy.

Dexter did a search on the Internet and found a local fireplace vendor named Offenbachers.

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Topics: Gas Log Fireplace