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9 Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Warm


Brrrr! Winter is definitely here. Here are 9 tips to keep your home warm – and your family happy! – all season long.

1. Curtains

Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight and heat and close them as soon as the sun sets. Take it one step further in the winter and hang thicker curtains or even invest in curtains with a thermal lining to keep the cold out.

2. Is furniture blocking your vents?

Spend 10 minutes checking your entire house to be sure that furniture isn’t blocking a vent and the hot air it’s feeding into your home. Moving furniture even a few inches can make a big difference in how warm a room is.

3. Block Draughts

Have you ever heard of a sausage dog draught excluder? If not, do a quick internet search! These draught-blockers are super cute as well as incredibly useful in blocking door and window draughts. You can also install self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows to prevent cold air from entering your home.

Sometimes draughts aren’t obvious, but even a little cold air entering your home can make a big difference in how easily and quickly your home can heat up. Here’s a handy trick to check for draughts: Carry a lit candle throughout your home and hold it completely still in front of closed doors and windows. If it flickers, you have a possible gap.

4. Block Your Chimney

Did you know that when your chimney isn’t in use, it is allowing cold air into your home? There are all kinds of products such as chimney pillows, balloons, and plugs that can be placed in your chimney when it is not in use that prevents cold air from entering your home.

5. Dog and Cat Pet Doors

Is your pet in for the night? Insulate that pet door! Something as simple as placing a blanket in front of your pet door keeps cold air out, and warm air in.

6. Shut the door!

Many people have unused or little-used rooms in their homes. Close the vents in unused rooms and keep the doors to those rooms shut. In rooms that are used frequently, you can also shut the door to keep warm air in. For instance, if you have an office space in your home, you can open all the vents in the room and then shut the door on a Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, your office will be nice and toasty for you!

7. Turn on the ceiling fan.

You read that right! Most fans have a “winter” setting, which reverses the fan so that it spins clockwise rather than counterclockwise. Since heat rises, the clockwise-spinning fan pushes heat back down into your rooms instead of being trapped up at the ceilings. Just be sure to keep your fan on its lowest setting so that it doesn’t cool the air as it is pushed down into the room.

8. Bake!

‘Tis the season for sweet baked goods, roasted chicken and turkey, and casseroles! Using your oven to make warming meals for your family also heats your home.

9. Cover your floors

Bare floors, especially wooden floors, account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. While cool floors feel great in the summer, they turn uncomfortably cold in the winter. Place rugs onto wooden floors to keep your feet and your home warm.

Still having trouble heating your home? Call on us! At Stuart Pro Heating & Air, we are here to help anytime day or night: 770.813.1316

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The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier


Adding humidity to a home in the South may sound crazy, but as outdoor temperatures plunge, and you turn the heater on, the air in your home can quickly become uncomfortably dry.

Common signs that the air in your home is too dry are:

  • Getting zapped by static electricity
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked lips
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nosebleeds
  • Irritated nasal passages
  • Scratchy throat
  • Increased illnesses
  • Cracked wood and peeling paint

After temperature, humidity is the most important factor in determining your family’s comfort level. A whole house humidifier is the most efficient way to find the perfect balance of humidity in your home. Whole house humidifiers work with your existing heating and cooling system to add the just-right amount of moisture into the air. The level of humidity is then monitored and controlled by your thermostat.

The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier


Have you ever wondered why you catch more colds in the winter? It’s because cold and flu viruses thrive in low humidity environments. Our respiratory systems have a mucous membrane that defends our bodies from germs and viruses. To do its job well, the mucous membrane must remain moist. When it dries out, our throat and nasal passages become raw and irritated, and we are unable to fight off illnesses. Putting humidity back into your home can reduce the incidence of respiratory ailments and allergies. And if you do become ill, a whole house humidifier makes your symptoms more manageable and speeds recovery.

Your skin will also thank you for increasing the humidity in your home during cold, dry months. Chapped and cracking lips, dry skin, dermatitis, and eczema are vastly improved with the addition to moisture in your home.


People report that they sleep better in homes with whole house humidifiers. In general, this is attributed to being healthier and not being woken up by coughing, sore throats, and sneezing. Also, people snore less when their respiratory systems aren’t dried out.


Cracked skin, chapped lips, and sore throats do not have to be a given in the winter months. You can improve and even eliminate symptoms like these by increasing the humidity – and the comfort level – in your home. You can also prevent or lessen the effects of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms by installing a whole house humidifier.


Did you know that humid air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature? It’s true! Humidified, heated air allows you to keep your thermostat set several degrees lower while enjoying the same comfort level throughout your home. This, of course, saves you money on your heating bill! According to the EPA, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.


Dry air wreaks havoc on your respiratory system, and it does the same thing to porous materials in your home. Artwork, furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos and other musical instruments, plaster, and paint can all be adversely affected by dry air in the home.

Now that you know more about the benefits of whole house humidifiers, give us a call to see if installing a system is the right step for you.

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions to get the information you need to have a healthier, more comfortable, winter.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

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Transitioning Your HVAC System From Summer to Fall


October is a tricky time of year temperature-wise. You leave for work all bundled up in the morning, and by lunchtime, after you’ve peeled off your jacket and scarf, you’re wondering why in the world you wore a sweater! It can be the same with getting the temperature right in your home or business.

Think of the fall season as a pause between the extreme heat of summer, and the frigid cold of winter. It is actually the perfect time to prepare your HVAC system for colder weather.

Here are our tips for transitioning your HVAC system from summer to fall.

Begin Using Your Air Conditioner Less

Take advantage of cooler evenings and mornings by turning the air conditioner off and turning your fans on. If it is especially nice outdoors, you may want to open windows and allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home.

What’s that smell?

After having your heater off for a year or more, it’s normal to notice a burning smell when you first turn it on. The heater is burning off dust that has accumulated over the year. The smell should go away within a few minutes. It is also wise to change your air filter when you first turn on the heater so that trapped dust, pet hair, etc., isn’t contributing to the smell.

If the burning smell doesn’t go away, then you may have a larger problem.

When a burning smell is a cause for serious concern:
• Your heater smells smoky or oily
• It smells like electrical wires are burning
• It smells like burning rubber
• There is a persistent musty/mildew smell

If your heater smells like any of the above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Tidy up and check for moisture

Vacuum dust away from your furnace blower and return air vents. Make sure that furniture or other objects aren’t blocking vents from easily taking in air. Check to see if there is condensation on your windows or vent pipe. Other signs of moisture buildup include bubbling or chipping paint on windowsills, mold, and mildew growing on windows and wood trim, and rust around vent pipes.

What’s that sound?

Bump. Thump. SQUEAK! If your HVAC system is making sounds you’ve never heard before, then it’s time to give us a call. Strange, persistent sounds usually indicate a problem that is best addressed before the cold weather sets in.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance with Stuart Pro

Just like a vehicle, your HVAC system functions best when it is tuned up and running efficiently. This means cleaner, more comfortable air for you, cost savings on utility bills, and extended life for your unit. Plus, identifying and fixing minor problems helps you avoid expensive repairs in the future. Bonus: it also validates the manufacturer’s warranty for your units with certified, twice-a-year service.

Do you have questions about any of the above or concerns that your HVAC system isn’t running as smoothly as it could? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are always happy to talk to you. 770-813-1316


Fun-for-All Fall Festivals! 


We are incredibly lucky to live in an area that focuses so much on community – and fun! With cool weather approaching, some of the best festival and events in Georgia are nearby or a short drive away. We’ve compiled a list below of some of the most interesting festivals we’ve heard about and are interested in attending. Carnival rides, concerts, petting zoos, hot air balloon rides – there’s so much fun to be had!

Thurs – Sunday, Sept 27 – 30, 2018
Duluth, GA

• A very large festival that draws big crowds
• Concerts
• Carnival with a variety of rides and games
• Parade
• Cotton candy, caramel apples, snow cones, and other favorites

All proceeds from the Festival are used towards improving and beautifying Historic Downtown Duluth.

Click Here for more information.


Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dacula, GA

• A fun, hands-on, interactive tour
• Feed the animals at the petting zoo.
• Milk a goat! Meet the honey bees! Groom a pony!
• Dig in worm bins and learn about composting.
• Hayride
• Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic under our covered pavilions.
• The Farmer’s Market will be open.

Click Here for more information.

Fri, Oct 5 – Sun, Oct 7, 2018
Alpharetta, GA

• Bring the whole family to enjoy street food flavors from all over the world.
• Exciting cultural performances
• Arts and crafts
• Kids Zone
• Cooking demonstration tent
• Shopping areas, a bar, and more!
• Children ages 12 and under are FREE.

Click Here for more information.

Sat, Oct 6th from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Duluth, GA

• A celebration of Beer and Wine on the Duluth Town Green
• Sample 75+ craft beers and 25+ wines.
• Live local music
• Local food trucks
• Adult game zone
• Community vendors and artists

Click Here for more information.

Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gainesville, GA

Experience the Lake Lanier Lantern festival, where thousands gather to listen to live music, enjoy the treats from a variety of food trucks, and light up the lake by sharing personal wishes, dreams, and goals via personalized water lanterns.

At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their lantern then lets it take flight across the lake. Enjoy the surreal ambiance as time slows and your lantern floats away to join thousands of others under the night sky.

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Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:00 PM
Duluth, GA

A night of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.

Students from the Duluth school cluster showcase their project-based learning projects. Students will show off their real-world applications, investigations and more!

• Food trucks
• Music
• Live artist demonstrations

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Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Roswell, GA

• Crafts
• Pet and Feed Farm Animals (goats, sheep, and chickens)
• Live Music
• Bounce House
• Lawn Games
• Fire Pit with S’mores
• Hot Cider/Hot Cocoa Bar
• Farm Tour
• Food Trucks (Pitmaster Valentine Brothers BBQ and Hole in the Wall)
• Pumpkin Patch (100% of the sales of the pumpkins goes to Atlanta Community Food Bank)
• Bake Sale (The Flour Artisan)

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Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Suwanee, GA

The Alive! Festival is an annual non-profit Community Family Festival benefiting Project Green.

• Local Product Vendors
• Artists
• Food
• Live music
• Kids Area

Click Here for more information.

Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Buford, GA

• Huge outdoor Fall Festival
• Stage Performances
• Costume contest
• Bounce houses
• Popcorn
• Face painting
• Pumpkin painting
• Vendors
• Shopping
• Giveaways

Click Here for more information.


Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality


Summer is coming to an end and Fall is quickly approaching. Soon we’ll be putting on sweaters, sipping hot beverages, and raking up way too many leaves. We can almost smell the pumpkin spice! As temperatures cool, the team at Stuart Pro starts to think about indoor air quality.

Did you know that the air inside your home or office can be more polluted than the air outside?

Modern homes are far more airtight than houses in the past. Meaning, when we shut our windows to keep cold air out, we’re also keeping in dust mites, chemicals from household cleaners, radon, etc. As our homes have become more energy efficient, they’ve also become a haven for allergens. During the winter when we are indoors more, this is of particular concern.

Indoor air pollution worsens asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues. It can also irritate the throat, eyes, nose, and lungs. Dreading cold and flu season? Improving the air quality in your home can help reduce the chances of getting sick, and if you do fall ill, symptoms tend to be less severe in a home or business with good air quality.

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve the air quality in your home or business.

Change your air filter once a month.

Air filters are the first line of defense for keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Be sure to replace your filters once a month.  Make sure to review our Air Filter Video.

Open the windows!

There are many weeks in the year where it is impossible to let fresh air in for any length of time. So you must strike quickly when an opportunity presents itself. If an unseasonably warm December day or cool June afternoon arrives, open the windows for as long as the weather permits.

Make your home a shoe-free zone.

It is amazing how many pollutants and allergens we track into our homes on our shoes. Remove your shoes at the door. You can designate indoor-only shoes, put on cozy slippers in the winter, and go barefoot in the summer! And be sure to have doormats placed at all of the entrances to your home. Pollutants will end up on the mat and not in your living space.

Bring some green indoors.

Plants are not only lovely to look at, but they can improve the air quality in your home. Some common, easy-to-care-for plants that will improve indoor air quality include: rubber plant, aloe vera, English ivy, Boston fern, peace lily, and spider plant.

More Tips on Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

• Say no to smoking indoors!

• Choose natural perfume-free cleaning supplies to keep your home beautiful. Synthetic cleaners introduce more chemicals into your home.

• If you must dry-clean your clothes, store them in a closet separate from your other clothes. If you can, find a little-used place in your home – such as the basement or garage – and store your dry-cleaned clothes there. If possible, remove your dry cleaning from the plastic bag and air them out before bringing them into your home.
Test your home for radon

• Be sure your gas stove or wood-burning fireplace is well ventilated

• Isn’t it time to redecorate? Get rid of your chemical-laden carpet and replace with wood or tile flooring

• Toss clutter and dust and vacuum often, using a HEPA filter

• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water

• Avoid using all aerosol sprays

Whew! That was a lot to take in, but the good news is that doing a little goes a long way. Open a window, buy a spider plant, and take your shoes off at the front door. You’ll be breathing clean, healthier air in no time.


Five Party Planning Tips for Labor Day and Beyond


Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party, a game day party or just a fun get-together, you don’t have to break the bank or spend all week prepping. We’ve rounded up some ideas to make your event less “eventful”.

  1. 1. Plan ahead. Choose make-ahead recipes so on party day all you have to do is pop them in the oven or pull them out of the fridge. Also, consider cooking one large type of meat rather than 30 hamburgers or 50 hot dogs. You can also buy a fruit, veggie or cheese tray from your local grocery store.
  2. 2. Keep it simple. Yes, you can make it look Instagram worthy, if that’s your thing, or you can focus on a few simple elements. Flowers from the yard in vases or jars. Coordinating paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. A drink table and a food/dessert table. A simple string of Christmas lights adds ambiance to any deck, porch or backyard.
  3. 3. Keep it fun! Cornhole, KanJam, horseshoes, playing cards and other games get people mingling and laughing together.
  4. 4. Ask for help. Have friends bring the drinks, appetizers or desserts. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.
  5. 5. Don’t sweat it. The simple act of hospitality means more than having a picture-perfect backyard or custom drink options. Enjoy your guests and the opportunity to make them feel at home.

Before Fall Arrives, Keep Your AC Alive and Well for Another Year


Who’s ready for pumpkin spice everything? We know one thing – your HVAC system is ready for cooler temps as well! Before you break out the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, the sweaters and start anticipating fall events though, spend some time on your AC. Here are some tips to ensure it will be ready to run next summer.

  1. 1. Give it a break. Your AC has been running day AND night for months. Now’s the time to turn it down, keep your blinds closed to help reduce heat, use a ceiling fan, and program your thermostat.
  2. 2. Clean it up. Over the summer, the area around your unit may have accumulated toys, grass clippings, trash, fallen tree branches, weeds or various other objects. Spend a few minutes cleaning up – this helps ensure airflow isn’t restricted.
  3. 3. Replace the air filters! This is simple and cheap to do and provides so many benefits (and helps prevent problems in the long run).
  4. 4. Schedule an appointment! End of summer is an ideal time to have one of our professionals do a system check up and make sure everything is set to run smoothly next summer (and ensure you’ll stay toasty this winter).

Keep Your Cool During Back to School


Whether your kids are excited or less-than-excited for school to start, here are some things you can do to help transition from summer days to school days.

Talk to them. Ask them what they’re looking forward to, what they’re nervous about and more. You’ll get a glimpse into what they’re thinking and can help them figure out ways to overcome any fears or nerves.
• Give them some extra help those first few weeks. It takes a little while to get back into the routine and they may need more time and support. Rushing doesn’t help anyone adjust!
• Have a firm bedtime. Whether they’re in kindergarten or high school, all students need sleep to function well and stay healthy.
• Put technology boundaries in place. Keeping tech out of their bedrooms and limiting screen time is essential to healthy brains and bodies.
• Give them free time. Kids need a chance to unwind and just play. Don’t fill their every free moment with planned activities.
• Plan out some quick and easy meals so you can have a family meal at home, without spending the evening in the kitchen. It’s a good way to connect with your kids after a busy school/work day.


Five Signs Your AC is on the Fritz


It’s hot and humid and your HVAC unit is working overtime. Do you have a nagging feeling your unit is struggling to keep up or are you just wondering how to know it’s time to replace? Here are five signs.

1. It’s past the decade mark. (The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is 15 years.) Units that are 10 years old and older can start to wear out.
2. Repairs are becoming more frequent and more costly. At this point, it’s probably more cost effective to replace the unit (and more energy efficient!).
3. The air coming out of your vents isn’t the right temperature or isn’t blowing forcefully enough. This is a sign something’s not right – there’s a problem with leaky ducts, you’re leaking freon, etc.
4. It uses R22 Freon, which is being phased out and has become even more costly to replace. Eventually you’ll have to buy a new unit anyway and if you keep the old one limping along, you may spend more than if you replaced it now.
5. Your energy bill has increased. That’s always a good sign something is up.

If you’re dealing with any of these issues or others, give our experts a call at 770-813-1316 or schedule an appointment today.


Enjoy Summer in the South with this Peachy Recipe


Nothing says summer in Georgia quite like a ripe, sweet, juicy Georgia peach! This Fourth of July, skip the apple pie and make this delicious, highly rated fresh southern peach cobbler instead.


  • 8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


• Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

• In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

• Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

• Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.



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