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What’s the Best Fixture for Your Ceiling?

on May 12, 2017

Here’s something you may not have considered: is there a right choice when it comes to installing a new ceiling fixture?  Short answer: not always but often there are better answers than the one you first choose.  Are you looking for a fan?  Is your ceiling sloped? What’s the aesthetic of your room?  Does the […]

May Is Electric Safety Month!

on May 5, 2017

Home Electric Safety Month is upon us once again.  Home ownership is worth it, but it isn’t without its drawbacks.  Proper maintenance and care is essential to keep your home in top-working condition.  To do that, it’s important to stay current on what you have and haven’t had done in your home.  Older wiring needs […]

Flood Safety Preparation Guide

on April 28, 2017

With cloudy days and scattered showers, it can be easy to forget how fast a flood can strike.  Even a home that’s on an uphill slope can suffer from flood conditions if water starts pooling just right against the foundation.  When cracks form, a heavy rain can overburden the sump pump in your home or […]

Easy Ways You Can Save Energy

on April 21, 2017

We all want to save money every month.  Whether it’s to save up for a big purchase, build up an emergency fund for future disaster, or simply putting back money for retirement, a little extra cash now and then is always welcome.  For many of us, we spend a lot of money on utilities.  Whether […]

Have a Happy Easter and Avoid Spring Allergies

on April 7, 2017

Easter is around the corner and spring will be here soon after that.  While it’s still a little too cold for plants right now, we’re getting closer to breaking the 70-degree mark which means plants will start blooming soon and the cold-weather variety will have already begun.  Once they start blooming, plants waste no time […]

Humidifiers: How you Can Take Control of Home Humidity

on March 31, 2017

Humidity: regardless of what it’s set at, someone is also going to have a problem with it.  You also won’t get a break from issues with humidity since parts of the year are dry and others are extremely humid.  The coldest weather in Spokane is often the driest for us (except when it’s snowing of […]

Why Do you Need GFCI Outlets?

on March 17, 2017

This article is an expansion on concepts covered in What is a GFCI? from November 2015. Your home comes with lots of different safety devices.  Smoke and CO alarms keep you safe from house fires.  Surge protectors protect the devices in your home from being damaged during electrical storms or power surges.  Your electrical panel […]

Going Green for Your Home

on March 10, 2017

St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and venues across the US are going green.  Here at Mainstream, we’re recommending you do the same, but we’re not talking about color.  Going green when it comes to the energy that your home uses is a far more involved process with better long-term rewards than even […]

SAD Lamps, Winter Lighting, and Health

on January 27, 2017

Long nights, short days, and cold weather are how we know that it’s winter.  During the winter season, the Earth rests with the northern hemisphere tilted away from the sun.  The further north you are, the less light is received per day.  That lack of light is enough to cool things off, giving us seasons […]

Furnace Efficiency and AFUE Rating

on January 20, 2017

Energy conservation is an important factor when it comes to saving heat, fuel, and money every month.  If you’re considering upgrading or replacing your existing furnace with a new system, you’ve likely seen electric and gas furnaces labeled with an AFUE rating.  This rating exists to help you identify how efficient the system is.  But […]

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