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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. Fire 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...
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Does This Mean for You?
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Does This Mean for You?
Posted by Mark Watola on November 25, 2020
Good news everyone. COVID vaccines near completion. Just about everyone knows someone who has suffered from the virus, and everyone has had their lives impacted in some way. To date, COVID sweeps the globe with more than 58 million cases and approximately 1.3 million deaths worldwide. A widespread COVID vaccine would save lives and help end the pandemic sooner. Who is making COVID-19 vaccines? Earlier in November, both pharmaceuticals Pfizer and Moderna announced their COVID vaccines, both...
Christmas Safety Tips: Christmas Trees
Christmas Safety Tips: Christmas Trees
Posted by Mark Watola on November 23, 2020
It’s that time of the year again. While large family gatherings might not be as common due to COVID-19, you can still safely decorate and enjoy the holidays with your immediate family. However you like to decorate, extravagant or simple, one of the most common decorations is the Christmas tree. There is the age-old debate of artificial vs. real Christmas trees. Both bring pros and cons we could debate until next Christmas, but we’ll discuss safety concerns with both types of trees. According...
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Installation and Wiring Configuration
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Installation and Wiring Configuration
Posted by Mark Watola on November 17, 2020
In this segment we’ll discuss installation and wiring configuration with heaters and thermostats. Since we determined the voltage, wattage, circuit capacity, and potential relays or transformers, we can now purchase and install the heater. Installation and Wiring Configuration After determining the right heater for you, measure the space you plan to install the heater and account for the heater taking up additional space. Depending on the model, heater installation may call for...
What You Need to Know about Heaters and Thermostats: Relays and Transformers
What You Need to Know about Heaters and Thermostats: Relays and Transformers
Posted by Mark Watola on November 16, 2020
So far, we’ve discussed heater and thermostat voltage as well as heater and thermostat wattage. In those we briefly mention the use of relays and transformers. Now we’ll go more in-depth about their importance and touch on thermostat wiring configuration. What happens when you attach a low voltage (12-24V) thermostat to a line voltage (120-240V) heater? The thermostat would not handle the electrical current and ultimately overload. Relays and transformers make it possible to connect a low...
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Wattage
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Wattage
Posted by Mark Watola on November 13, 2020
We already discussed heater and thermostat voltage and circuit capacity. In this segment we will discuss heater and thermostat wattage. Remember, safety is paramount, so make sure to know your thermostat and space’s voltage, and your current heater’s voltage if you plan to replace it. Familiarize yourself with your thermostat, home, and heater voltages if you plan on replacing parts. Heater Wattage After finding a heater matching the voltage of your space and thermostat, determine the heater...
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Voltage and Circuit Capacity
What You Need to Know About Heaters and Thermostats: Voltage and Circuit Capacity
Posted by Mark Watola on November 12, 2020
  Are you looking to replace a heater or thermostat? Wondering if the new heater is compatible with your current breaker and thermostat? Many considerations go into checking heater and thermostat compatibility so let’s break down the different requirements into segments. Voltage One of the first steps to determine thermostat and heater compatibility is checking voltage. Voltage depends on how the space is wired. Usually a space fits 120V or 240V. Check the room voltage on the breaker...

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