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White-Glove Home Services that Save You Major Time and Stress

BY Promoted Series Correspondent // 04.24.17

Between unpacking, building rapport with the neighbors and finding a nearby dry cleaner to entrust with your delicates, you have enough on your mind when you move into a new home. Fretting over air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical issues is the last thing you need.

Of course, you often have no choice but to worry. For how do you know which companies to trust when you move into the Houston area? Every A/C repair company, plumber and electrician insists they’re the best of the best.

But have they actually been vetted by anyone?

Direct Energy’s family of home services companies — One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky Electric — have been. These companies deliver dependable, white-glove service, and are backed by an energy provider that knows how important it is to deliver 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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Available around the clock for installation, standard repair and emergency care, these home service experts know what service truly means. It starts with trustworthy technicians who treat customers’ homes with respect. Whether you’re buying, selling or building, you can count on these companies to ensure the A/C is in working order and the plumbing and electrical is up to code, so you can stop stressing and focus on getting settled.

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The first thing a newcomer learns about Houston is not to trifle with the city’s heat and humidity. For years, locals have turned to the prompt professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to take on projects from consultation to completion. From routine tune-ups to major repairs, no job is too big or too small.

No matter how big or small your home is, its air conditioning is beyond crucial in Houston.

Popular move-in services include seasonal maintenance and repair to make sure your system is in shape for summer; duct cleaning to rid your home’s ventilation of sawdust, dirt and other contaminants that accumulated during remodel so that your family can breathe easily; and replacement of an older manual thermostat with a user-friendly, programmable smart thermostat, which provides homeowners with the ultimate in comfort, control and energy savings. If it’s time to install a new system, One Hour offers a wide selection of models at affordable prices.

Plus, One Hour values your time: if your technician is late for an appointment, you don’t owe a dime. Customer satisfaction is 100 percent guaranteed with same-day service when you need it most, and if a repair they perform fails, they’ll fix it at no cost.

Personalized Plumbing

Nothing can ruin your day like a plumbing emergency. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s certified plumbers provide a full range of services, from clogged drains and busted pipes to enhanced landscaping and modernized fixtures. They even handle installation, service and repair of water conditioners and softeners, which can make a major impact on the day-to-day by leaving your dishes spotless, your laundry brighter and your shower soap scum-free.

Personalization is paramount when moving into a new home, and Benjamin Franklin can tackle any project from start to finish. Let them help you upgrade the master bathroom with new faucets and a freestanding bathtub, or install a farmhouse sink in your kitchen or laundry room.

Their know-how also extends to the outdoors. Call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin for pool pump service, so you can splash away all summer long; lawn irrigation system inspection to ensure your lawn stays lush year-round; or exterior water feature installation to create your own spot of Zen among the city’s bustle.

After all, who doesn’t need their own waterfall?

Houston’s Electric Touch

When electrical concerns keep you up at night, look no further than Mister Sparky Electric. The company has provided superior service to Houston-area residents for nearly 15 years, with electricians professionally trained in everything from chandelier installation to code compliance.

If you’re dreaming up a top-of-the-line home theater, Mister Sparky can upgrade your home’s electrical panel to better accommodate the technology, plus run cables and install new outlets to keep unruly wires out of sight. If your art collection deserves the gallery treatment, a technician can install accent lights that illuminate your masterpieces just right. Mister Sparky also specializes in protective measures including installation of exterior security lighting, which serves as a deterrent to intruders, and whole-house surge protection to safeguard your computerized appliances and electronics against Houston’s strong storms.

With all of Direct Energy’s home services companies, the focus centers around delivering an experience that exceeds expectations. Employees are reliable, highly skilled and fully vetted, and the companies stand behind their work with some of the best guarantees in the business. Plus, in a world where time equals money, the promise of punctuality sets these companies apart.

What’s more, the Direct Energy family of businesses goes above and beyond for the community, following the lead of the energy giant. Through regular contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and donations of air conditioning units to low-income families and the elderly, the companies directly impact the people they serve. They’re there for you when you need them.

And you can focus on making sure the painting over your couch isn’t crooked. Moving is hard enough. Finding dependable help shouldn’t compound the stress.

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