Myth Busted: Do ceiling fans cool a room?

Posted on July 19, 2022
In West Michigan, the summers can be brutal, especially compared to the cooler temps we experience the rest of the year. Air conditioning is a great way to maximize total home comfort, but not every family can afford a central air conditioning unit. And even homes that have them can still feel the wrath of ... READ MORE

How Does A Heat Pump Work?

Posted on April 12, 2022
You may have heard of heat pumps but have also thought to yourself, “Hey self, how do those heat pumps work?” Well, you came to the right place. The basic concept is that heat pumps move heat from one place to another, rather than generating their own heat, like a furnace does (or removing heat ... READ MORE

Why you shouldn’t just call the number on your furnace sticker

Posted on March 9, 2022
“Honey, I think the furnace isn’t working. Can you get a hold of the company listed on the furnace to get that fixed?”  Does this sound familiar? This conversation gets played out in hundreds of homes in West Michigan during this time of year.  And we get it; just calling the number on that sticker ... READ MORE

Understanding SEER Ratings

Posted on May 26, 2021
It happens to the best of us: your air conditioner gives out right when you need it most. Trying to decide on what new air conditioner to purchase can seem challenging, but SEER ratings are here to help! SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and calculates the ratio of your air conditioner’s cooling output ... READ MORE

Should I get a Dehumidifier?

Posted on April 21, 2021
Warm weather has returned to Michigan and that means something else is about to return, too: humidity. No one likes feeling sticky and sweaty all the time (especially when you’re in the comfort of your home). But here at Baumann & DeGroot, we know the solution: dehumidifiers. A dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air, ... READ MORE

My Furnace is taking all my money – Help!

Posted on March 24, 2021
Did you receive your gas bill this month and have some heart palpitations? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there! Running your furnace during the winter and spring months can get a little expensive, but we have a couple tips that could put some of your hard earned dollars back in your pocket. Give your vents ... READ MORE

Why Should I Invest in Clean Air?

Posted on February 24, 2021
With a certain air-born illness running around (*cough cough* COVID-19), you’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of good ventilation and clean air lately. Every restaurant in town is probably talking about the quality of their ventilation system, but should clean air be something you invest in for your home? We think yes – ... READ MORE

Five Reasons to Switch to a Smart Thermostat

Posted on March 11, 2020
One of the best ways to slash your monthly heating and cooling costs is by using a smart thermostat, a modern solution designed to give homeowners easy and precise control over their home’s temperature at any given time during the week. Chances are you’ve probably heard of smart thermostats before. But, should you really switch? ... READ MORE

What is a Heat Pump, and Why Should You Consider One?

Posted on February 12, 2020
Most of the methods we use to heat homes right now involve burning fuel. You take gas, ignite it, and route the resulting heat through warm air (or warm water in the case of hydronic systems) all around the house. But heat pumps work differently. Instead of generating heat, heat pumps use electricity to capture ... READ MORE

Which Fireplace System is Right for You?

Posted on January 21, 2020
There’s nothing like having a real, working fireplace in your home, especially during the first chill of autumn or around the holidays. But which modern fireplace option is right for your situation, and what are the differences between them? Wood Burning The real deal, wood-burning fireplaces provide an authentic experience and a substantial amount of ... READ MORE