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Generators

Bratcher Electric

Authorized Kohler Power Systems generator dealer and warranty service center. More than 50 years experience in the electical contracting and generator business with guaranteed Complete Customer Satisfaction.

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Basement Problems

Foundation Systems of Michigan

Foundation and Crawl Space Experts offering a wide variety of products and services. We have highly experienced inspectors, free inspections, interest-free financing & transferable warranties.

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Windows

Kearns Bros. Inc.

Check Us First for Beechworth Windows by James Hardie; the beauty of a REAL WOOD interior where you want it with a fiberglass exterior where you need it or look at the Restorations Windows by Sunrise Window; beauty, options, & maintenance free replacement windows.

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Hardwood Floor Care book

Nothing matches the warmth and style of a real wood floor.  You can keep it looking great with Glenn Haege's Complete Hardwood Floor Care Guide.  this book covers it all , from caring for new floors to cleaning, maintaining, and solving problems with your existing wood floors. It’s free!

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Blower test can diagnose heat loss issues

Dear Glenn: My husband and I recently purchased a beautiful brick home. My husband was in the Air Force for 21 years so we waited to buy a house until after he retired. It is approximately 1,600 square feet with hardwood floors. It is cold inside. It is almost as if whoever built this house had no clue about the best place to put a heating duct.

The heating ducts are by the doors in each room. We cannot even feel the heat. Where is it going? Is there someone we can call who can give a reasonably priced audit on our situation? Some rooms are warmer than others. Our living room is cold. We have a fireplace, as well. Please help.

Dear Colette: I would get in contact with Ed Irvine of Flame Heating, Cooling & Electrical, (888) 234-2340, www.flamefurnace.com. He will be able to determine heat loss by performing a blower door test, and then make adjustments.


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