Type of Fireplaces: Wood vs Gas

Aside from the obvious differences—one type of fireplace burns wood and the other burns gas that’s pumped through a gas line into the home—there are definite pros and cons to both using and maintaining the different types of fireplaces. Efficiency and Environmentally Friendly Natural gas, in comparison to other types of fuels, burns somewhat cleanly. […]

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Efficiency: Stop Air Leaks

An efficeint HVAC system is only as efficient as the house it heats. If there are air leaks, the most efficient HVAC system won’t work up to its full capability. A home’s HVAc system is arguably its hardest working appliance, and if there are any inefficiencies it’s only going to have to work harder. Here’s […]

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Pets and Your HVAC System

Pet hair affects a home’s HVAC system. Whether you know it or not your pet’s hair and dander is getting cycled into the HVAC system. What does this mean for the homeowner? Pet hair can negatively affect your home’s HVAC system. But, thankfully, with a little diligence you can prevent any problems from occurring. Air […]

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Why Should You Replace a Furnace Filter?

Your furnace filter collects all that bad stuff filtering through your home’s HVAC system. The types of things collected in the filter—and these will depend on the filter type—are contaminants. Allergens and other nasties combined with particles of dust and debris. When you have a furnace filter in place, it prevents some or all of […]

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Furnace Problems

Welcome to 2018! Billings has had quite the cold winter so far, with temps dropping well below zero on several occasions. Hopefully your furnace is operating reliably and efficiently, that it’s keeping you warm and comfortable. Most furnaces, especially those furnaces that are serviced prior to the winter months, operate reliably throughout the season, but […]

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Building a Succulent Garden

At R & T, we’re about the whole package. Read on to learn how we built an outdoor hanging succulent wall garden. We’re sure that this simple weekend project will add color, dimension, and life to your back yard! If you’re ready to bring a fun and modern twist to your outdoor living space, it’s […]

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Add a Water Feature and Cool Off

At R & T, we talk a lot about fires, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a water feature every now and then, especially when it’s part of a beautiful outdoor living space. Whether you want a koi pond, a bubbling fountain, or a waterfall center piece, we want you to enjoy your outdoor […]

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Fire Pit Ideas

Build your backyard in to a luxurious living space with these quick fire pit ideas. Create an outside focal point with a fire pit built against a wall. This classic look is reminiscent of an indoor fireplace and makes an automatic conversation starter. Double up the gold with beautiful decorative grasses planted (a safe distance away) […]

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Heating Up: Tips for Lavish Outdoor Living

By Tara Cady for Billings Gazette  Despite summer having only officially started six days ago, Billings has been feeling the heat since early June. Now formally barbecue season, it’s time to take it up a notch and add a little luxury to your outdoor living space. It’s a safe bet that your kitchen can’t get […]

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Building an Outdoor Living Space

As the weather warms up, it’s easy to see the draw of the outdoor living space. It’s fresh, and totally customizable, from the decor to the lighting and the seating. Below are our tips for creating the best possible patio, porch, or veranda–of course completed with a custom firepit. Choose the right spot. You want […]

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