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What is an Air Scrubber?

The air you breathe at home and in the office is 10 times more likely to contain toxic VOCs or volatile organic compounds states the EPA. These compounds are absorbed into the body and can lead to sinus irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Long-term effects include visual disorders and mental impairment. Protect yourself from VOCs by getting an air scrubber for your home and office.  What is an Air Scrubber An air scrubber is an air purification system that is used by professionals to clean the air in a contained space. The way this system works is by pulling in the air and passing it...

3 Energy Efficiency Tips

Did you know that your heating system is likely to be the source of about half of the energy your home consumes? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.  1. Replace Your Aging Unit If your heating and air conditioning unit is more than 10 years old, then you should consider replacing it. Not only does an older HVAC unit run less efficiently in general than a newer one, but it also doesn't have the advantage of the latest energy-efficient technology and parts.  2. Schedule Regular Maintenance Just like you...

What to Look for in a Quality Plumber

Whether we like it or not, at some point in our lives, we will need the help of a plumber. When it comes to issues concerning your pipes or the corresponding systems, you do not want to waste your time with a plumber that does not know what they are doing or cannot fit your issue the first time. Before you hire anyone to help you with your plumbing issues, make sure that you follow these tips to find the right one for you. Start with Online Reviews When you are looking for a plumber, the first thing you should...

Careers in the HVAC Industry

There are plenty of career options in the HVAC industry. They include blue collar jobs, managerial jobs, and jobs that involve working both at a desk and on a construction site. If you are thinking about a career in the HVAC industry, the following overview of some of the most common jobs in this field will give you an idea of what to expect.  HVAC Technician HVAC technicians are the ones you will call on if your HVAC unit needs to be maintained, repaired or replaced. These versatile individuals work at both commercial and residential venues. Alternatively, they may work for...

Cleaning Your Heating Ducts Step by Step

Lurking deep within your home’s vents and air ducts may be a shocking amount of dust, pollen, and other debris.  Keeping vents clean is an important step in improving or maintaining air quality in the home, especially if someone in the home has allergies.  Cleaning your vents can increase the life of your furnace and other household appliances by reducing the amount of dust that gets sucked into their motors. At a minimum, you should clean out your vents at least once a year; some people prefer do it every couple of months.  The frequency of your duct cleaning depends...

Temperature Wars: He Likes it Cool, She Likes it Warm

Do you ever wake up dripping in sweat without any covers on, only to look over at your partner who is comfortably laying under a comforter, blanket, and sheet?  Often, they are also under the layers of comforter, blanket and sheet that you tossed off yourself who knows how long ago.  If you’re experiencing this; you’re not alone.  It is very common in relationships. Typically, it’s the husband is hot and the wife is cold, but it sometimes works the other way.  This temperature balancing act can get quite heated.  Some couples have stress and argue over finances, toothpaste, which...

How To Replace Weather Stripping

Would you like to make your home more energy efficient? Replacing your weatherstripping can go a long way to bringing down your heating bill and keeping drafts out of your home. Here’s how you can do it yourself: Windows You will need adhesive backed weather stripping for the top, bottom and sides, and V-channel weather stripping for the meeting rails on double-hung windows (that is when there is a sash on top and bottom, and one or both of them move up and down). Step 1: Wash in the jamb and on the rails where you will apply stripping and...

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Buildup

If you use appliances or motors that run on fuel, you are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide or CO is let off by any combustion process (burning material). This gas is very dangerous since you cannot see or smell it. Its molecules attach to red blood cells more quickly than oxygen, which means oxygen doesn’t get to your vital organs. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can kill. Carbon monoxide buildup happens when there is not enough oxygen in a combustion system to burn material efficiently. If the level of carbon monoxide inside your home matches that of...

Options for Heating Your Garage or Workshop

Interested in turning your garage into a workshop? Or just tired or waking up to a freezing car in the winter? The problem with garages is they aren’t typically made to stay warm. Here are some ways you can change that safely and without hiking up your energy bill. As always, insulation is the first thing to check. Anytime you are having a heating problem, the first step is to make sure the insulation is updated and complete. Without proper insulation, a large amount of the heat from your heater will be lost to the outside. When properly done, you...

Warm Floors, Even in Winter

When it’s cold outside we turn up the heat, but it doesn’t always help our feet. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your floors are wood, carpeted, or concrete, there is a way to get rid of drafts and warm your floors (and feet) up. Most of your options take some manual labor or having a professional installation, but the benefits are … toasty. Insulation is the first step The first thing you’ll have to do is check the insulation under your floors and in your walls. Since each room is affected by the others, you’ll want to...