New Year’s Resolutions: 7 Ways to Save Money on Utility Bills in 2019

By Joseph Braswell, Owner Eat healthier, get more exercise and save more money are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While we can’t help you eat a healthier diet or hit the gym more often, what we can do is help you save money. “How,” you ask?   Well, there are actually some very easy ways you can start saving on your utility bills today. As the year comes to a close, now is the perfect time to take steps to reduce both your energy and water usage.   7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills Today There’s not one homeowner out there who doesn’t want to cut down on the utility bills. Here are some great […]

Top 3 Reasons To Install a Home Generator Before Winter

It’s been all the talk, and everyone in the Birmingham area is well aware that this winter is set to be colder and wetter than average. Now is the time to be proactive by preparing for the harsh winter ahead with a home generator. No one can forget Snowmaggedon of 2014. Many of us know the importance of packing a pair of boots, some bottled water, and a few snacks in the car in case of emergencies. At the same time, it’s crucial to prepare your home for any wild winter weather as well. Ice and snow have the potential to cause power outages in the winter. One of the best ways to be prepared, aside from preparing your pipes, […]

Avoid 3 Plumbing Emergencies This Thanksgiving

From a perfectly cooked turkey to making sure your guests feel at home, it’s normal to have a bit of anxiety when it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving. Of course, plumbing emergencies can quickly make any Thanksgiving turn sour. But have no fear, here are some easy steps you can take to avoid the most common reasons people find themselves calling a plumber on Thanksgiving. #1: Clogged toilet. How to Avoid: Ask your guests not to flush things like napkins or wipes down the toilet. It’s also a good idea to keep the top of the toilet tank clear so that nothing accidently gets knocked into the toilet bowl. In case one of your guest runs into a dilemma, you […]

Our Best Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter – Or Tonight

By Joseph Braswell, Owner During the winter, freezing pipes can become a serious problem, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Whether you’re ready to take action now before winter arrives, or your scouring the internet the night before a freeze, we have all the information you need. Before we jump into some tips, you’re probably wondering if you should really be worried about your pipes freezing. While, theoretically, a pipe can freeze if it’s 32 degrees outside, more often than not, your pipes are going to be a little bit warmer than that since they’re either underground or inside the home. Most of the time, you have to be approaching the teens for 48 to 72 hours before […]

Professional and DIY Ways to Prep Your Heating System for the Cold Weather Ahead

By: Joseph Braswell, Owner The cold weather will be here before you know it, and the last thing you want is to be stuck without heat when it does. If you have a very old furnace, or you’ve had a technician tell you that it’s close to its life expectancy, it’s probably a good idea to have your system checked out beforehand. While you may want to know how to check it out yourself before the winter hits, I strongly advise against anyone other than a licensed technician do this since you’re having to deal with natural gas. At Guin Service, when we come out for a pre-winter service call, we’ll check a few things in order to ensure your […]

HVAC Service Contracts: Are They Worth It?

Let’s be honest, most people don’t see the need for a HVAC service contract, and truly don’t understand how they and their equipment can benefit from having one. Unfortunately, this is a prime example of how what you don’t know can hurt you. While you can wait until your AC malfunctions to reach out to a professional, there’s actually a much better, more cost-effective way to keep your HVAC equipment running optimally. What are the benefits of having a HVAC Service Contract? Since having a service contract like GuinGuard is going to help you properly maintain your equipment, there are countless benefits that can come from it. By simply being proactive and having a professional assist you in maintaining your […]

How You Can Lower Your Energy Bills by Keeping Your Air Conditioner in Tip-Top Shape

Do you want to lower your energy bills while extending the life of your air conditioning unit? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably answered yes, but you’re not exactly sure how. Well, the good news is, you don’t have to be an HVAC expert to keep your AC performing its best. There are many things you can do to keep your AC in tip-top shape, and your home perfectly cooled during these hot summer months. Just follow our recommendations below to make your AC’s job easier, and your energy bills lower. Change Your Air Filters Regularly – Dirty air filters can restrict the airflow from the AC, meaning large buildups of dirt and debris will make your AC work […]

Avoid Calling the Plumber with These 6 Tips and Tricks

While the team at Guin Services in Birmingham, AL, will happily come out to your residence for any plumbing issue, we know there are many people out there who’d rather take care of the problem themselves, if at all possible. From clogged drains to not having any hot water, there are a variety of issues we come across that not always, but sometimes, have an incredibly simple solution. If you want to reduce your chances of having to call the plumber, check out these six tips and tricks that just might help you solve your plumbing problem all by yourself. Grab the plunger. People seem to think that it’s just for a commode, but when the kitchen sink is stopped […]

5 Tips to (Almost) Effortlessly Keep Your Garbage Disposal in Tip-Top Shape

While some of us are lucky enough to have a garbage disposal in the kitchen, not many people are aware of how to keep them in good shape. With the number one rule being to never stick your hand down there, lack of maintenance can leave you with a disposal that’s prone to clogs –  not to mention the foul smell that typically goes along with those clogs. If you really want your garbage disposal to last, while also eliminating stinky smells, just follow the tips below. Not only are they incredibly simple, but they don’t require any special tools or cleaners. With minimal effort, you can have an optimally functioning garbage disposal for years to come. Keep it clean. […]

Why your AC may not need replacing–even if you’re told you HAVE to

By Joseph Braswell, Owner of Guin Services, LLC Your AC isn’t performing up to par, so you get a technician to come out and see what the problem is. Instead of the simple repair you expected, they tell you that you have no other choice but to replace the unit. While this may be a good option, the truth is, nothing is beyond fixing. Though sometimes it’s not the best choice economically, leaving you spending more on repairs than replacement, there’s always an alternative solution. That’s why it’s so important to work with a company like Guin Services that’s going to give you options. For various issues, we may be able to find at least a temporary solution until you […]