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What is Indoor Air Quality?
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Posted by avery_dietzen on July 22, 2021
Between work, school, and home, most people spend quite a bit of time indoors. While you may not often consider the quality of the air in your home, it can affect you more than you might think. Poor indoor air quality presents a problem in a lot of buildings, but what are these problems and why are they important? What is indoor air quality? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to indoor air quality (IAQ) as “the air within and around buildings and structures, especially as it...
How Dimmer Switches Save Energy
How Dimmer Switches Save Energy
Posted by avery_dietzen on July 15, 2021
Looking to bring down your electricity bill? Installing dimmer switches might offer the perfect solution! Dimmers allow the lighting to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere while reducing how much energy your lights consume. How do dimmer switches reduce energy use? Older dimmers, or legacy dimmers, restricted the flow of electricity to the bulb. That excess current converted into heat, meaning it didn’t actually decrease the amount of electricity directed at the bulb. These days, modern...
Are LED lights bad for your eyes?
Are LED lights bad for your eyes?
Posted by mark_watola on April 28, 2021
We always hear “everything in moderation,” but what about light? We have phones, laptops, TVs, and even LED light bulbs readily available 24/7, providing constant light. Of course, overexposure to anything can lead to negative effects. But how are LED lights bad for your eyes? What is harmful about LED lighting? Like the sun, LED lights produce blue light. Blue light ranges from shorter wavelength, 400nm to 500nm, on the visible light spectrum, close to invisible ultraviolet rays. Before the...
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...

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