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Ductless Mini Split Systems: Which One Do I Need?
Ductless Mini Split Systems: Which One Do I Need?
Posted by Mark Watola on January 22, 2021
Thinking about purchasing a ductless mini split system? You’ve come to the right place. We have a quick guide to help you find the right mini split system for you. Remember, this general guide provides an approximate number of BTUs required for a room and does not substitute a professional estimate. An HVAC professional’s estimate considers factors like insulation, ceiling height, flooring, and windows. But we’re semi-professional DIYers, so we’ll keep it simple. Square Footage: What is...
What is a Geothermal Heat Pump?
What is a Geothermal Heat Pump?
Posted by Avery Dietzen on January 14, 2021
Geothermal heat pumps continue to make a name for themselves as an energy efficient and environmentally friendly heat source. They don’t rely on electricity to generate heat, which leads to less greenhouse gas emissions as well as energy savings for you! But how do geothermal heat pumps warm a home? A few feet below the surface, the ground remains between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the location, that temperature remains the same all year long. Geothermal heat pumps utilize...
12 Days of Christmas: Tools You Can Use to Make Decorations
12 Days of Christmas: Tools You Can Use to Make Decorations
Posted by Avery Dietzen on December 22, 2020
Spending an afternoon making homemade holiday decorations demonstrates a great way to create a lasting memory. We created a list to help you find the tools you need to make your own decorations this holiday season:                         Scissors When crafting decorations, you need scissors. Having the ability to cut yarn or ribbon to length is a necessity. Cutting shapes and designs can add uniqueness to any of your decorations...
12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Activities
12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Activities
Posted by Avery Dietzen on December 18, 2020
As the holidays draw near, what better way to prepare than with some festive holiday activities? We compiled a list of fun ideas you can do as the holidays approach!           Decorate for the holidays If you haven’t already, hanging up holiday decorations creates holiday cheer in and around your home. You can add string lights to the inside of your home to create a Christmas filled atmosphere. You can even spruce up the outdoors with tree lights or patio...
12 Days of Christmas: Creating a Holiday Ambience
12 Days of Christmas: Creating a Holiday Ambience
Posted by Avery Dietzen on December 16, 2020
When it comes to the holidays, there are plenty of classic ways to decorate. A tree, string lights, and stockings hung by the chimney come to mind. You can create the holiday atmosphere in more than one way. We put together a list of ways to create a holiday ambience in every aspect of your home.                       Festive Light Bulbs You can change up the lighting inside your home by swapping out some of your everyday bulbs for...
12 Days of Christmas: Stocking Stuffer Ideas
12 Days of Christmas: Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Posted by Avery Dietzen on December 14, 2020
Image by Nathan Dumlao Stocking stuffers work well to give people fun and useful gifts. We compiled a list of small (but fun!) gifts that you can give family or friends that won’t break the bank. Coasters Coasters keep your desk or table free of rings and excess condensation from your glass. You can find a variety of different kinds of coasters, like these Klein Tools leather coasters, or fun, decorative ones. Insulated Tumbler Insulated tumblers can keep drinks warm or cold for...
12 Days of Christmas: Package Delivery Security
12 Days of Christmas: Package Delivery Security
Posted by Mark Watola on December 11, 2020
The holiday season brings good cheer, as well as gifts. Christmas rapidly approaches and events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings online shopping and thus deliveries. But pesky Grinches seek to take away from others. Dictionary.com describes the term “porch pirate” is “a thief who takes packages left outside doors by couriers.” There are several actions you can take to mitigate the risk of package theft, which is not exclusive to the holidays, but very prevalent during the holiday...
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Practical Gifts People Will Use
12 Days of Christmas: 5 Practical Gifts People Will Use
Posted by Mark Watola on December 10, 2020
Photos by Kira auf der Heide Having trouble finding the right gifts for someone? It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for that special someone, but why not get them a gift they will use? Here are 5 practical gifts that people will use, in no particular order. 1. Desk Lamp Task lighting is important when reading, writing, or working at a desk. A desk lamp provides an adjustable light source that can also help with detailed tasks like painting, drawing, or building plastic model kits...
LED Light Engine vs. LED Light Module
LED Light Engine vs. LED Light Module
Posted by Avery Dietzen on December 2, 2020
LEDs, or light emitting diodes, act as a semiconductor which produces light once voltage is applied. LED light engines and modules use the same LED technology as traditional LED light bulbs, but they offer a unique twist on the classic design. What are LED light engines and modules? LED light engines and modules function as traditional light bulb substitutes. However, unlike the traditional light bulb design, LED light engines and modules consist of diodes arranged on a board. What is the...
Radiant vs. Convection vs. Forced-Air Heating
Radiant vs. Convection vs. Forced-Air Heating
Posted by Avery Dietzen on November 20, 2020
Having a heater that fits your space can make all the difference. But with so many options, it can be hard to know which one works best in your home. Understanding the different methods of heating can help you choose the heater that works best for you. What is the difference between heating methods? Some of the most common methods of heating a home include radiant, convection, and forced-air heating systems.                      ...

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