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What is an Air Handler?
What is an Air Handler?
Posted by avery_dietzen on April 13, 2021
An air handler, sometimes called an air handling unit, functions as the indoor component of an HVAC system like a split-system air conditioner or heat pump. Air handlers circulate the conditioned air. Depending on the type of system you use, this may help warm or cool your home. Can an air handler work on its own? Air handlers typically do not work on their own. Most air handlers require an outdoor unit, like a condenser unit or heat pump, to keep your home comfortable. A condenser helps...
Introducing the USI Electric AMI Series
Introducing the USI Electric AMI Series
Posted by mark_watola on March 11, 2021
Looking to replace an old smoke and fire alarm? Need to install detectors in a newly constructed home? USI Electric’s new AMI Series builds off their prominent 10-year batteries and combination detectors by adding new Sensing Plus Multi-Criteria Detection Technology. This feature combines the benefits of photoelectric and ionization detection, capable of sensing fast or slow burning fires. USI’s Sensing Plus Multi-Criteria Detection Technology does more than identify and analyze different...
USI Electric Product Overview
USI Electric Product Overview
Posted by mark_watola on February 25, 2021
Fire. Carbon monoxide. Natural gas leaks. These harmful substances can cause death or injury in the home. But how do you mitigate the risk for these hazards? You can prevent disaster through detection by investing in products that provide early warnings and peace of mind. USI offers different detectors to alert you when carbon monoxide, fires, or natural gases pose a threat to your safety. We’ll share some common USI detector models and their features.   Ionization Smoke and Fire...
All About Ductless Mini Split Systems: FAQs
All About Ductless Mini Split Systems: FAQs
Posted by mark_watola on January 26, 2021
What is a ductless mini split system? A ductless mini split system provides heating and cooling without the need for air ducts. Instead, ductless mini splits use a conduit which houses a refrigerant line to transfer heat between the indoor unit and outdoor unit. You must have both indoor and outdoor units for the system to work. An air handler cannot provide heating or cooling without a condenser/heat pump. Why would I go with a ductless mini split system instead of a ducted air conditioning...
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...

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