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Keep Allergies in Check with Your HVAC System
Keep Allergies in Check with Your HVAC System
Posted by mark_watola on April 6, 2021
Spring bestows upon us blossoming flowers, blooming trees, wonderful views, and of course… pollen. Pollination proves crucial for nature, but some people can’t tolerate the yellow stuff. Allergy sufferers experience symptoms including itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose. For those that suffer from spring allergies, heading indoors provides some relief. But what if you continue to suffer from symptoms after taking a medicinal cocktail of antihistamines, nasal sprays, and inhalers? One...
Preparing Your AC Unit for Summer
Preparing Your AC Unit for Summer
Posted by avery_dietzen on March 18, 2021
As the weather warms up, you may want to begin preparing your air conditioning unit for summer. By preparing ahead of time, you can prevent any potential setbacks by the time you need to use your unit. Help prepare your AC unit with a few simple steps: Clean or Replace Filters Some units may use a reusable or replaceable filter. Cleaning or changing the filter helps prevent dust and debris from building up in the unit. Energy Star says dirt and dust buildup in your system can result in “...
Gas vs. Electric Furnaces
Gas vs. Electric Furnaces
Posted by avery_dietzen on March 4, 2021
Photo by Francesca Tosolini Furnaces function as a vital part of a central or forced air heating system. A few types of furnaces exist, including natural gas, propane, and electric furnaces. Each type offers their own benefits and knowing what those benefits are can help you make an informed decision when choosing your next furnace. Gas Furnace Furnaces that generate heat using gas typically use either natural gas or propane. A home may use natural gas hookups to provide gas or require...
Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning Tips
Posted by avery_dietzen on February 9, 2021
Good news: spring is on the way! Soon, warmer weather, brighter sunshine…and spring cleaning. While this time of year gives us a good reason to clean our homes, it also offers an opportunity to check on electrical supplies and HVAC systems. Adding these quick tips to your cleaning list can help you avoid hiccups later on and keep your home running smoothly.   Change Filters Quite a few appliances require a filter and we don’t always remember to change them. During your spring-cleaning...
Keep Cool with Dehumidifiers
Keep Cool with Dehumidifiers
Posted by mark_watola on February 2, 2021
Ever come home to a stuffy, muggy home in the summer and fire up the air conditioner for relief? Then wonder why your energy bill is significantly higher during warmer months? It’s no secret that electricity bills increase in the summer, just like gas bills typically rise in winter for warmth. But what can you do to mitigate those energy bill increases? We’ve discussed using humidifiers in winter months, and now we’ll share how using dehumidifiers in summer months also offers benefits in...
Using Humidifiers to Improve Heating at Home
Using Humidifiers to Improve Heating at Home
Posted by mark_watola on January 25, 2021
Humidity. It’s a strange thing. On one hand, an 80-degree July day in Georgia may feel like a waterfall pouring out of your forehead. On the other hand, 80 degrees in Colorado provides lovely temperature for a stroll on the trail without a drop of sweat, although the high altitude might take your breath away. Humidity plays a large role in how we perceive temperature, as two similar temperature readings can feel drastically different due to moisture levels. The use of a humidifier in the home...
Debunking Mask Myths Part 2
Debunking Mask Myths Part 2
Posted by mark_watola on December 28, 2020
Currently medical workers and high-risk groups, like the elderly, are receiving the recently produced COVID-19 vaccines. While waiting for the vaccine distribution to the general public, and for some time thereafter, we need to continue wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A lot of myths exist regarding face masks, from their effectiveness to different types of masks. The myths prevent the wary from wearing masks to protect themselves and others, so we’ll discuss some common...
Stay Warm and Safe: Portable Space Heater Safety
Stay Warm and Safe: Portable Space Heater Safety
Posted by mark_watola on December 1, 2020
Image by Hye-young Jung Do you use a space heater to keep warm during the colder months? The National Fire Protection Association states, “between 2011 and 2015, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for more than two of every five (43 percent) U.S. home heating fires and five out of six (85 percent) home heating fire deaths.” Space heaters operate safely when used correctly. Fires generally occur after unsafe heater use. While keeping warm, make sure you stay safe by following...
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Line Voltage or Low Voltage Thermostats
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Line Voltage or Low Voltage Thermostats
Posted by mark_watola on November 30, 2020
What thermostat is right for you? Line voltage or low voltage? Don’t know? We’ll discuss what thermostat is right for your heater or your HVAC system. Homes typically operate on line voltage (120V-240V). Most household appliances work on 120V or have a built-in transformer to operate using 120V. You might want to use a line voltage thermostat with benefits such as easy installation without a transformer. But line voltage thermostats don’t necessarily work for all HVAC setups. Line Voltage...
What is an LED Light Module?
What is an LED Light Module?
Posted by avery_dietzen on November 27, 2020
LED lights keep dominating the lighting industry. As the most energy efficient lighting technology on the market, manufacturers find more convenient ways to use it. One of those ways includes LED light modules. What is an LED light module? An LED light module functions as an LED light bulb substitute. LED lights function using light emitting diodes. These diodes act as a semi-conductor which, when voltage is applied, create photons of light. All LEDs use the same technology, but LED light...

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