Baumann & DeGroot Stands with Folds of Honor

Posted on April 2, 2018
As a company that has employed a number of military veterans over the years, Baumann & DeGroot has always been dedicated to giving back to the families of service members. That commitment has led us into a partnership with Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s ... READ MORE

What’s the best way to program your thermostat for seasons?

Posted on February 1, 2018
What’s the best way to program your thermostat for seasons? For example, if it’s 80 degrees out, and I want it at 70 when I’m home, what’s the best setting for when I’m gone to save money? Also, Is it better to turn it down at night (and will it save money)? Michigan is a ... READ MORE

High efficiency water heaters

Posted on January 3, 2018
Have you ever tried taking a shower in your home while the washing machine and dishwasher are both running? Maybe you have a few kids, and when everyone takes a shower at once, you run out of hot water in 5 minutes flat. If you’ve experienced anything like this, you’ve probably thought about purchasing a ... READ MORE

Should I cover my air conditioner in the winter?

Posted on December 22, 2017
It is not necessary to cover your A/C unit, because they are designed to withstand the elements: winter snow and wind, fall rain and sleet, and summer heat. Covering your A/C unit will prevent some fading, but snow and rain don’t affect the internal components. Your unit should last about 15–18 years, which is much ... READ MORE

What is the difference between forced air and radiant heat?

Posted on December 15, 2017
Forced air systems carry heat using air as a medium, most often through a series of ducts. On the other hand, radiant heat is typically distributed through a system of pipes filled with water. There are benefits to both types of systems, but to be able to make an educated decision, you need to learn ... READ MORE

What Is an Air Conditioner Tune Up?

Posted on June 29, 2017
An air conditioner tune-up is a form of regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit that should be completed once a year, usually in the spring or early summer. Not all maintenance appointments are the offer the same benefits. A proper air conditioner tune-up includes: Checking pressures of the refrigerant on the system making sure ... READ MORE

Retail Financing: A Shell Game

Posted on May 11, 2017
Financing is the way of the world now days, very few people pay for products up front anymore.  Budgets are calculated as money in and money out every month.  If the money in is greater than the money out you are ok.  Financing is advertised everywhere, from furniture to cars, and coming to our area ... READ MORE
9700 Gas Furnace

How long should my furnace last until it needs replacing?

Posted on April 4, 2017
Q: How long should my furnace last until it needs replacing? A: Like every other appliance in your home furnaces are victims of planned obsolescence.  Appliances are not designed to last in todays world. Refrigerators only last 6-7 years now and furnaces are not designed to last much beyond 18 years.  The 3 factors driving ... READ MORE
White tankless water heater

Are tankless water heaters worth the investment?

Posted on April 4, 2017
Q. I am interested in a tankless water heater. How much do they cost and is it worth the investment? A. Now that furnaces are hitting a glass ceiling in the efficiency standards (97%+/-) homeowners are looking at improving their efficiency on other big energy users in the house and number 2 on that list ... READ MORE
Large white air conditioner

My upstairs doesn’t cool well. Do I need a bigger air conditioner?

Posted on April 4, 2017
Q. My upstairs doesn’t cool well. Do I need a bigger air conditioner? A. I get asked this question frequently. With heat’s natural tendency to rise, temperatures in a home tend to stratify or layer. 2nd story homes consistently struggle to cool the upstairs and usually run 5+ degrees off from the thermostat reading on ... READ MORE