Three Finalists in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt from Ebby Halliday Companies


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2022 is underway! There are eight categories and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties and click the ‘VOTE’ button for your favorites.

This year, three homes under the Ebby Halliday Companies umbrella have been chosen as finalists. You will find them all in the Amazing Kitchens category. 

“​​Chateau-Style Dallas Estate With Warm & Inviting Kitchen”

9727 Audubon Lane, Dallas | Karen Keegan | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

“Contemporary Gold and White Kitchen With Double Islands”

1621 Carruth Lane, Southlake | Marcontell + Gilchrest | Ebby Halliday Realtors 

“Industrial-Style Kitchen in Converted Dallas Warehouse”

1517 E Levee Street, Dallas | Henda Salmeron | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 

Voting takes place now through August 2, and you can vote daily for your favorites in each of the eight categories. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!  

Cast your vote today! 

2022 marks the 11th consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday Companies’ global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1.5 million votes cast – making it one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its three legacy brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title

For more information, visit ebby.com.

*Sweepstakes Details: Limit of one (1) Entry per eligible person, per day, per Website during the Promotion Period. Promotion ends 5:00 p.m. ET on August 2, 2022. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. This Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 21 years of age or older at Promotion start date. One (1) prospective Grand Prize Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Promotion Period on approximately August 3, 2022, and will be contacted by phone or email on or about three (3) business days following the drawing. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following (the “Prize”): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) presented in the form of a check. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $10,000. Full Sweepstakes details are available here.

What is a Builder’s Home Warranty?


A builder’s home warranty is essential when buying a newly constructed home. Before signing a contract, learn what a builder’s warranty on new homes could cover and what it won’t. If you’re thinking of buying a newly constructed home, it’s important to know the difference between a builder’s home warranty and a standard new home warranty.

To learn more, visit bit.ly/BuildersHW.

Content provided by American Home Shield.

Festivities & Fireworks!


Happy Independence Day! As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, we hope you enjoy the many parades, outdoor concerts, festivities and fireworks commemorating our great nation’s birthday. Here are our picks for the best celebrations in your area!

ADDISON

Kaboom Town

Addison Circle Park

July 3 | 5 – 11 p.m.

ALLEN

Market Street Allen USA Celebration

Celebration Park

June 25 | 7 – 10 p.m.

ARLINGTON

Arlington Independence Day Parade

Downtown Arlington

July 4 | 9 a.m.

COLLEYVILLE

Stars & Guitars

Colleyville City Park

June 24 |  5 – 10 p.m.

DALLAS

Fair Park Fourth

Fair Park Dallas

July 4 | 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration

Klyde Warren Park

July 2 | 7 – 10 p.m.

FLOWER MOUND

Independence Fest 

Bakersfield Park 

July 4 | 5 – 10:30 p.m.

FORT WORTH

July 4th Celebration

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

July 3 & 4 | 6:30 – 10 p.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth

Panther Island Pavilion

July 4 | 5 – 10 p.m.

GRAPEVINE

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Grapevine Lake

July 4 | 9:30 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE

Independence Day Lake Fireworks Spectacular

Lake Jacksonville

July 4 | 9 – 10 p.m.

LAKEWOOD

Lakewood 4th of July Parade

Lakewood and Cambria Boulevards

July 4 | 10 a.m. 

McKINNEY

Red, White and Boom!

Downtown McKinney & McKinney Soccer Complex

July 4 | All Day

PARK CITIES

Park Cities 4th of July Parade

Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park

July 4 | 9 a.m.

PLANO

All American 4th & Fireworks

Red Tail Pavilion

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.

SOUTHLAKE

Southlake Stars & Stripes

Southlake Town Square

July 3 | 3 – 11 p.m.

STEPHENVILLE

July 4th Celebration

Various Locations

July 4 | All Day

TEXOMA

July 4th Celebrations and Fireworks

Various Locations

July 2 – 4 | All Day

TROPHY CLUB

Trophy Club Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Park East

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.

TYLER

Fourth of July Celebration

Lindsey Park

July 3 & 4 | All Day

Chris Kelly Named Most-Admired CEO by Dallas Business Journal


After a two-year absence, the Dallas Business Journal has announced the third class of its Most Admired CEO Awards. Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly was named among this group of prominent North Texas leaders.

A highly visible and accessible leader, Kelly produces weekly companywide update videos himself, visits multiple offices a week, makes time to meet with staff and agents upon request, attends office socials, company functions and industry conferences, serves on panels, grants interviews with local and national media … in other words, his level of productivity and engagement is highly inspiring to all who serve alongside and under him. He is also quite active on social media, managing his own accounts, interacting with others and championing the Ebby Halliday Companies three real estate brands and its mortgage, title and insurance brands. 

“This past year was one of incredible growth and strategic expansion and I couldn’t be any prouder of our agents and employees,” says Kelly. “This award is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our approximately 2,000 agents and 400 employees who day in and day out deliver an exceptional real estate experience to our valued clients.”

Kelly joined the Ebby Halliday Companies four years ago with a great measure of respect for all he had already accomplished, and it has only grown as staff and agents have gotten to know him and observe the impact he is making both for the company, the industry and the community.

Kelly and his leadership team’s continued expansion efforts into new markets have solidified the company’s ability to take advantage of ongoing migration into the state of Texas as well as the internal migration that is happening within the state among various markets. He has guided growth in new markets, including East Texas, Forney, Stephenville, Tyler, Cedar Creek Lake and Oklahoma, through the acquisition of other brokerages and by opening new offices, which has resulted in agent growth of over 10%.  Under his leadership, the company has also increased and expanded its mortgage, title, insurance and property management services. 

Kelly is actively involved in the North Texas community, including serving on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and as Chairperson of the Talent Attraction Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

The Dallas Business Journal’s 2022 Most Admired CEOs will be honored at an event on June 16 and featured in a special publication in print and online in the Dallas Business Journal on June 24.

Cornerstone Brokerage Joins Ebby Halliday Companies


Real Estate Leader Furthers Commitment to East Texas

Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Cornerstone Brokerage, based in Tyler, approximately 100 miles east of Dallas. In addition to Tyler, Cornerstone serves the residential and farm & ranch real estate needs of Smith and surrounding counties. It will now operate as Ebby Halliday Tyler.

“This is a very exciting day at the Ebby Halliday Companies as we further our commitment to serving the incredible communities of East Texas,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded, market-leading companies committed to the highest standards of serving our clients and communities.” 

Travis Mathews, Chief Operating Officer for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Today’s announcement is the ideal next step following our expansion into Jacksonville, allowing our Tyler and Jacksonville agents to create a growing network and expanded market. We are excited to become part of the Tyler brokerage community and to cooperate with our fellow brokerages and agents in the best interests of home buyers and sellers.” 

Founded in 1997, Cornerstone is celebrating 25 years in 2022. The firm’s 19 agents, including its seven partners with a combined 162 years of real estate experience, have always been dedicated to providing extraordinary real estate service to their clients in East Texas.

“We believe those years of experience, along with, listening to and caring for the needs of our clients, have contributed to the growth and success of our company,” says Founding Partner and Broker of Record Andy Guinn. “Our agents and employees are dedicated not only to personal success but to our overall success.”

Adds Partner Melanie Baker, “Although smaller in number, our sales production ranks in the top of our market. This is due to our business being based largely on referrals and repeat clients, offering customer service on a personal level. Our track record of success speaks to the respect we have earned in the community.”

Operating as Ebby Halliday Tyler, the 21 agents from Cornerstone Brokerage are excited to join the Ebby Halliday Companies family!

Says Partner Steven Farrell, “Joining the Ebby Halliday Companies takes us to an entirely new level. We now offer agents and their clients a dedicated and seasoned support team. As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, we’ve worked with the fine people at Ebby for many years providing relocation services to our clients. Their approach to business is very similar to ours – always putting people first.”

In addition to their affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International, agents in Ebby’s Tyler office will benefit from the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience – a hallmark of Ebby’s approach to making real estate transactions convenient and seamless.

“We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Tyler to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” says Senior Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell. “Their team has a hard-earned reputation for integrity, service and client satisfaction, and we believe they are an ideal fit for the Ebby family.” 

Guinn, Baker and Farrell, along with the rest of the team at Ebby Halliday Tyler, are actively involved in the community, supporting such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Christian Women’s Job Corp, and Clark’s 5k, which benefits Young Life and honors deceased Cornerstone Partner Clark Crawford’s dream of sending “a busload of kids to camp.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information about Ebby’s Tyler office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Companies Name Dawn Redmond Sales Leader of 190 – Richardson Office


Dawn Redmond has been named Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ 190 – Richardson Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Malinda Howell, senior vice president of brokerage, recently made the announcement.

An Ebby Halliday agent for 16 years, Redmond is a widely respected member of the office she will be overseeing. A leader in the North Texas real estate industry and an involved member of the community, she currently serves on the Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and is President of Executive Women International, Dallas.

Redmond earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s of Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

“At Ebby Halliday, Dawn has earned a reputation not only as a top-producing agent, but someone that lives our People First mission in the way she treats her clients and other agents,” Kelly says.

Adds Howell, “Dawn is extremely passionate about relationships and helping people achieve their dreams. She knows the culture of the Ebby Halliday Companies and the 190 – Richardson office and her appointment ensures this top-producing office will remain a vital real estate resource to the surrounding area.”

Redmond succeeds René Barrera, a respected industry veteran who has chosen to return to selling real estate at Ebby’s Lakewood | Lake Highlands Office.

Prior to entering the real estate profession, Redmond had an extensive and diverse professional background that included public relations and marketing.

“I have a long history of sales, customer service and management,” she says. “The best part of every role has been helping people – whether it is helping a client buy or sell a home, or helping a new agent be successful in their real estate career.

“I am a servant leader and collaborator who finds joy in creating impact through community service and mentoring,” she adds. “I believe in leaving every situation better than I found it. I always work side by side with whoever I am shepherding.”

Redmond’s real estate designations and certifications include Real Estate Negotiations Expert,  Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Graduate of the Real Estate Institute, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource,  and Texas Affordable Housing Specialist.

In addition to helping people with their real estate goals and performing community service, Redmond enjoys traveling, eating out and dancing. She is an active Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the proud mother of a rising college sophomore and a recent college graduate. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information on Ebby’s 190 – Richardson Office, visit the award-winning ebby.com. To contact Dawn Redmond, email dawnredmond@ebby.com.

Hayden Real Estate Joins Ebby Halliday Companies


Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Hayden Real Estate, based in Stephenville, located approximately 70 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition to Stephenville, Hayden Real Estate serves the Farm & Ranch and residential real estate needs of Erath and surrounding counties.

“Hayden Real Estate has long demonstrated a commitment to excellence and superior marketing, technology and property management, and is home to a carefully selected team of agents who operate with the utmost integrity,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “A full-service residential real estate firm built on high expectations and lasting relationships, it is a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”  

Travis Mathews, Chief Operating Officer for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Over our 77-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of the outstanding real estate professionals of Hayden Real Estate will help ensure our leading market position for many years to come.”

Hayden Real Estate was founded by Eric and Jamie Hayden and has been carefully built by adding only the area’s most-respected agents to the firm’s roster of full-time agents. 

“Joining the Ebby Halliday Companies will take us to a whole new level,” says Eric. “We will now offer agents and their clients a dedicated and seasoned support team, enabling us to provide even more exceptional service throughout the entirety of the home buying and selling process.”

Says Jamie, a graduate of Stephenville’s Tarleton State University, “Ebby Halliday is such a respected name in the real estate industry. We couldn’t be happier knowing that our culture of caring will continue and that our agents and clients will benefit from the vast resources of the Ebby Halliday Companies. We like and respect their approach to the business of people and couldn’t be more pleased to be part of the Ebby family.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, agents in Ebby’s Stephenville office will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network in the world. 

“We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Hayden Real Estate to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” says Senior Vice President of Brokerage Carolyn Rosson.” Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction, and we believe they are an ideal fit for our Ebby family.” 

“We are so grateful for the extraordinary community of Stephenville,” says Eric. “They have been so amazing and supportive over the years, and we feel blessed to live and work here. We are excited for what the future holds for both our agents and clients as we grow along with Stephenville and the surrounding area.” 

Eric and Jamie, along with the rest of the market-leading team at Hayden Real Estate, are actively involved in the community, sponsoring such organizations as the Tarleton Booster Club and Rodeo, the Stephenville PRCA Rodeo, the Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Stephenville Independent School District. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information about Ebby’s Stephenville office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Ebby Jacksonville Hosts Grand Opening


We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of Ebby’s new Jacksonville office was a huge success! The event was well-attended by local dignitaries, company leadership, the office’s agents and staff, and many members of the very supportive Jacksonville-area community.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and help celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting for our new Ebby Halliday Jacksonville office,” says Natalie Thomas, Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ newest office – one that marks the residential real estate leader’s entry into the East Texas market. “What a celebration it was. We are so proud to have so much love and support from our community!”

The office, formerly Homes & Property Realty, serves the residential real estate needs of Jacksonville, Tyler, Rusk, Bullard, Flint and surrounding East Texas areas.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in East Texas,” said President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with extensive residential real estate experience.”

Add Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “Over our 77-year history, our company has been built on strategic moves and we believe the addition of these outstanding East Texas real estate professionals helps ensure our leading market position for many years to come.”

In addition to the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience, agents in Ebby’s new Jacksonville office and their valued clients benefit from Ebby’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network. 

For more information about Ebby’s Jacksonville office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

5 Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning & Energy Bills


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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning accounts for about six percent of all the electricity manufactured in the U.S. and costs American homeowners a collective $29 billion a year. On an individual level, running your central air conditioning can cost an average of $3.84 a day, which is more than $115 a month. With energy costs rising, it makes sense to take steps to make sure your A/C unit is operating at maximum efficiency. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of extra money to keep your air conditioner humming along. In addition to getting a regular A/C tune-up, you can install a smart thermostat and take steps to keep the inside of your home from warming up too much during the hottest part of the day. With a little extra diligence, you can keep your energy costs low without sacrificing comfort. Here are five ways to ensure your A/C unit is running as efficiently as possible. 

1. Turn Your Thermostat Up

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Perhaps the easiest and cheapest thing you can do to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner is to simply turn your thermostat up. If you can be comfortable at a higher temperature, you won’t have to spend as much money to cool your home. Even the best A/C units can’t make up for the monetary gain that simply turning up your thermostat can bring. 

If you haven’t already, you should consider updating to a digital or smart thermostat. A digital thermostat can be programmed so that you only run your central air when you’re at home and active. That way, you don’t waste money cooling your home while you aren’t there. 

A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home remotely, so you can adjust your thermostat if you’re going to be returning home, for example. Some of today’s smart thermostats will even monitor your family’s activity, learn your patterns and program themselves accordingly. 

2. Maintain Your A/C Properly

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Regular A/C maintenance is one of the best things you can do to improve your HVAC efficiency and prevent breakdowns. A yearly HVAC tune-up can keep your system functioning properly and identify issues before they arise so you can avoid unexpected HVAC failures. While you can perform some maintenance tasks, such as changing your HVAC filter on your own, other tasks, such as inspecting and cleaning your home A/C compressor, should be left to the professionals.  

Schedule yearly A/C maintenance early in the spring so you can be ready for hot weather and avoid the rush of last-minute calls from procrastinators or those with HVAC breakdowns. Ensure your maintenance technician knows how to maintain your particular A/C unit and cleans the indoor drain line while working on your unit. American Home Shield members receive access to discounted A/C system tune-ups or one free tune-up annually with a ShieldPlatinum home service plan.  

3. Close Your Curtains 

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Natural light is wonderful, but the rays of sunlight streaming through your windows can raise the interior temperature of your home and force your A/C unit to work harder. You can ease the burden on your unit and lower your cooling costs simply by closing your curtains and blinds, at least during the hottest part of the day. 

Not an option? This might take a few years to make a difference, but you could install a few shrubs and trees to naturally shade your home. Or you could install low-emissivity (or Low-E) windows. These windows have a reflective coating that keeps heat out while letting light in. Whatever type of windows you have, make sure the seals are tight and re-caulk if necessary to keep cool air from escaping (or your money could be going out the window!) 

4. Insulate Your Ductwork 

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If your HVAC’s ductwork runs through a non-air-conditioned space, then all that freshly cooled air could be warming up on its way to your vents. Insulate your ductwork to keep the cool air your HVAC produces cooler as it travels through your home’s ventilation system. 

Got leaky ductwork? Seal up leaks with a UL 181-rated duct-sealing tape. You may also want to have your ductwork inspected during your next HVAC maintenance visit.

5. Use Appliances Wisely 

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Some appliances, like your oven and clothes dryer, can heat up the inside of your house and increase your cooling costs. To minimize the impact of heat-generating appliances on your energy bills, avoid using your oven or clothes dryer during the hottest part of the day. For maximum energy efficiency, use them at night when it will be easiest for your unit to keep your home cool. 

While you’re at it, make sure you don’t have any lamps or other heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. Lamps and appliances that warm up the air around your thermostat can throw off its measurement of indoor air temperatures, making your A/C unit work harder because it thinks the inside of your home is warmer than it actually is. 

Keeping your A/C unit in good working order can maximize its efficiency and keep your energy costs down, so you can focus on staying cool all season long. 

Get more HVAC and air conditioner tips and advice from the experts: 

>  All You Need to Know About HVAC Replacement Costs  

What’s the Difference Between Air Conditioning Insurance vs. A/C Home Warranty Coverage  

What You Need to Know About Recharging Your Home’s A/C Unit  

How Long do HVAC Systems Last?  

Signs It’s Time to Get a New Air Conditioner  

Tips for Buying a New A/C Unit  

HVAC Red Flags to Look Out For  

HVAC Maintenance 101: Changing Your Filter   

Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner  

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