Summer Allergens

Here in Montana folks suffer from a variety of different allergens; cottonwoods and other tree pollen, grass pollen, and cut hayfields all fluctuate throughout the season. Usually the tree pollen and flower allergies happen in the springtime and the grass pollen/ag-irritators circulate later in the summer. For the allergen sufferer, it can sometimes be maddening. […]

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Air Cooling Unit Acting Up: When an Outside Unit Makes Noise

It’s almost summertime. That means plenty of days where the temps soar above eighty degrees and our air cooling units are working hard. But what happens when an air cooling unit begins to make noise? Yes, most units do make some amount of acceptable noise: fans inside the unit hum and spin while the unit […]

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Wi-Fi Thermostats: Worth It?

In recent years modern tech has been making its way into our everyday devices; it seems tech developers are convinced that everything should be able to be controlled by our Smart Phones. And maybe they’re right. But do modern devices, such as a home’s thermostat, help us to be more economical? Do they make life […]

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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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