Tag Archives: Home Improvement

How to Care for Your Plants in Winter

How to Care for Your Plants in Winter | Direct Energy Blog

Gardening is a hobby that you can spend a lifetime learning about. Seasons change, seeds fail or thrive, and just when you think you know it all, you realize how much there still is to learn. Direct Energy’s Gardening Series is a follow-along guide to embrace the beauty and challenges involved in being a gardener. As a craft that requires patience, creativity, and endurance, gardening can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an early morning or late afternoon. Follow along as we show you how to begin, which herbs grow the best, and other tips on how to plant a garden that will flourish under your care. READ MORE

How to Prevent & Thaw Frozen Water Pipes

How to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes | Direct Energy Blog

The first weeks of 2018 brought winter storms and freezing temperatures to parts of the Southern U.S. that rarely see ice, forcing the closure of schools and highways across the region. But the deep freeze also wreaked havoc inside people’s homes by freezing the water inside plumbing pipes, causing them to burst. READ MORE

How to Maintain Your Radiator

How to Maintain Your Radiator | Direct Energy Blog

If you heat your home with steam or hot water, you’re in a very select group! Most of the 113.6 million homes in the U.S. rely either on natural gas or electricity for home heating. Only 6.9 million, however, rely on steam or hot water systems and of that number 4.3 million are located in the U.S. northeast. READ MORE

How to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down

How to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down | Direct Energy Blog

The last thing any homeowner wants it to wake up at 3AM to a freezing cold house. If your furnace shuts down during a winter like many have experienced this year, you may also face costly repairs to burst water pipes, water damage, and even mold. But what can you do? Modern gas furnaces are not only energy efficient but also far more complicated than those from the 1990s. Furnace shut-downs that might have once been caused by a dirty thermocouple now involve smart systems that auto-test combustion air inducers, electronic ignition sensors, pressure switches, and exhaust flow monitoring. READ MORE

How to Declutter Your Home

How to Declutter Your Home | Direct Energy Blog

Starting the new year off with a declutter is a great way to mentally prepare for the year ahead. It’s well known that when we live among clutter, it can affect our mood and make us frustrated. READ MORE

How to Choose the Best Air Filter for Your Home [Infographic]

What is the Best Air Filter for My Home? [Infographic] | Direct Energy Blog

Air filters are important to maintaining your home’s air quality, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently and keeps your family healthier. But not every air filter is right for your home. If your air filter is too weak, it won’t remove enough contaminants from the air, resulting in a clogged HVAC system. If your air filter is too restrictive, it can cause lack of proper airflow and burnout in HVAC motors and controls. READ MORE