How to Make my A/C Colder?
Air Conditioning

How to Make my A/C Colder?

Going through the summer months in your home without cold air can be a miserable experience. This is the primary reason why you should take measures to make sure that your air conditioning unit is working exceptionally well. For instance, you should have an experienced air conditioning technician service your air conditioning unit on a regular basis. However, there may come a time when your air conditioner fails to work at peak efficiency during the hottest period of the year. Getting hot air from your air conditioning ducts is not a good sign. We will now take a close look...
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All about air filters
HVAC Maintenance

All about air filters

Maintaining clean and quality in a living space is not only important, but also essential. Nowadays, due to constant degradation and pollution, it has become a difficult task to maintain clean air. Even the cleanest of places are likely to have invisible particles and dirt that can negatively impact the health of the inhabitants. This is where air filters come in. They are devices made of porous and fibrous materials to clean the air in a closed space. Air filters are particularly helpful to people with health conditions such as allergies and asthma. Since their inception in the 16th century,...
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Troubleshooting Uneven Heating or Cooling in Your House
HVAC Maintenance

Troubleshooting Uneven Heating or Cooling in Your House

If you own a home, at some point you will be confronted with uneven cooling or problems with even heating, especially if you own a large home. In fact, many homeowners with basements and attics have found a disparity between the temperature in these areas of their homes versus more common areas. Usually the lower levels are cooler while the higher floors are hotter. So what is the reason for this inconsistency? Well, there are a number of factors, and in this article, we will address some of the more common problems that can disrupt the flow of air in...
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Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?
Water Heater

Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?

A hot shower should be relaxing -- not a race against time. However, running out of hot water before you're finished is very common. This isn't something that you just have to live with, though, because once you know the cause, you also know the solution.   Too Much Demand on the Water Heater When too many people turn on faucets, or too many appliances start drawing from the supply at the same time, something's got to give, and it's usually your shower. Your home has a limited supply of heated water. Yes, large water heater tanks and tankless heater...
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Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats
Air Conditioning

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

What are Smart Thermostats? Normal thermostats allow you to change the temperature in your house—it's simply a control panel for the heating and air conditioning system. A computer thermostat gives a way to set the temperature and having it change temperatures based on the time of the day. The aspect that makes a smart thermostat so "smart" is how they observe and learn from common behaviors, remotely allow you regulate the atmosphere to make it more of a "smart home", give you energy consumption data as it's happening, and even adjusting themselves based on variables like humidity for instance. What...
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Don’t Become a Victim of a Dryer House Fire
Home Maintenance

Don’t Become a Victim of a Dryer House Fire

An estimated 2,900 house fires are started by dryers each year. This results in about $35 million in property damage, 100 injuries, and five deaths every year. Having a dryer house fire is a real concern for many, but there are a variety of ways to make sure your dryer doesn't catch on fire and burn down your home. Clean Your Dryer After Every Load Most people already know this, but you would be surprised how many people neglect this simple task. By emptying your lint catcher after you dry every load you are likely never going to have a...
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5 Tips to Save on Your Cooling Costs
Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

5 Tips to Save on Your Cooling Costs

As the temperatures rise, take preventative actions to cut down on your cooling bills. Whether you own or rent, the following 5 tips will make sure you won’t encounter a high energy costs this summer. 1. Ceiling fans or similar circulating fans. Using fans will make you feel 6 to 7 degrees cooker by taking advantage of the wind-chill effect. That means the fan isn't just cooling a space, it simply creates a more pleasant area. A spokesman for the Alliance to Save Energy, Ronnie Kweller, who promotes global energy-conservation leadership mentioned that you want to turn the fan off...
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Testing Your Drinking Water
Water Treatment

Testing Your Drinking Water

Millions of Americans are affected by unsafe or poor drinking water each year. Low quality drinking water can affect your health and appliances. Fortunately, installing a filtration system can help to reduce waterborne contaminants. Testing Your Drinking Water Testing your drinking water at home is relatively simple and cheap. The first step in testing your water involves identifying key areas of concern for your family. You may be interested in assessing the presence of specific contaminants that affect the health of your water system. You might also be concerned issues like water hardness, which is a term used to describe...
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Types of AC Units
Air Conditioning

Types of AC Units

The basic concept of the air conditioner has been in use since prehistoric times. For instance, the Egyptians hung wet reeds on the windows to cool closed spaces through the process of evaporation. On the other hand, in ancient Rome, water was circulated through walls to cool buildings. More advancement was made as time passed and the first modern electronic air conditioner was invented by Willis Carrier in New York. Carrier's design was further developed to use refrigerant. Currently, some of the common types of AC Units include Window Air Conditioner, Split Air Conditioner, Ductless mini-split systems and the Central...
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5 Creative Ways to Hide Your AC Unit
Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

5 Creative Ways to Hide Your AC Unit

Outdoor air conditioning units can be an eyesore, especially in high-traffic areas. Fortunately, there are many creative and cost effective methods for hiding your AC unit, including using landscaping features and repurposed items from around the house. Wood Fencing Wood fencing is the option most commonly used to conceal air conditioning units. There are many potential options for fencing design, including shadowboxing, but there are several important considerations: Leave space below the fence to help facilitate water drainage Try to leave sufficient distance between the AC unit and fence to help the AC vent Make sure to include an access point...
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Summer Fires and Air Quality at Home
Indoor Air Quality

Summer Fires and Air Quality at Home

Supply of superior air quality inside the house is very important. However, sometimes due to unavoidable circumstances, the quality of air in the living environment can be compromised. For example, here in Idaho during summer wildfires are common and produce hazardous smoke. Additionally, when windows are open during the day, dust and other contaminants are likely to blow inside the house which can decrease the air quality. In fact, it is estimated that an average house of six rooms collects approximately forty pounds of dust annually. On the other hand, during cold seasons, unhealthy air builds up in the valley...
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What is a Heat Pump?
Air Conditioning

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is an electronic device that extracts and transfers heat in a reversal cycle. It is not a new technology and has been in use around the world for decades. Basically, during warm seasons, it extracts heat for indoor spaces pumping it to the outside. A reversal process happens during cold seasons. It contains two parts, the indoor unit known as the evaporator and the outdoor unit known as the condenser. How Does the Heat Pump Work? The transfer of heat is aided by the circulation of a fluid known as a refrigerant. The fluid is used particularly due to its...
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6 Ways Your Water is Hurting You
Water Treatment

6 Ways Your Water is Hurting You

In our current technologically advanced world, there are many advancements we take for granted. One of the most important and overlooked of these is access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water. Surprisingly though, the average drinking water supply can be tainted in ways including those listed below. 1. Chlorine is one of the most infamous impurities commonly found in drinking water. When out of the pool and into a glass, chlorine can give unsuspecting thirst-seekers a moderate bout of stomach discomfort in addition to the off-putting aftertaste. 2. Lead and Copper, siblings in a family of impurities commonly known as "heavy...
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Tankless On-Demand Vs. Tank Water Heaters
Water Heater

Tankless On-Demand Vs. Tank Water Heaters

When it comes time to buy a new water heater, there are now more options than there used to be. The majority of homes have tank water heaters and they have been the only option for years. Tank heaters keep a reservoir of water heated continuously until it is needed. In recent years tankless water heaters have come onto the scene. Also known as on-demand water heaters, they heat water as it is used rather than keeping it heated until it is needed. Each type of heater has its pros and cons. If you are facing the decision between tank...
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How to Change Your A/C Filter
HVAC Maintenance Indoor Air Quality

How to Change Your A/C Filter

  With summer months slowly heating up, now is the time to change out your A/C filter. Ideally, you should change out the HVAC system's filter every two or three months for optimal results (two months or less if you have pets or suffer from asthma and other respiratory issues). If you've never changed the filter before, it isn't difficult and takes just a few minutes. You'll just need a few tips on finding the right filter and how to install it.   Why You Need to Change Your A/C Filter   A new filter only runs a few dollars...
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Your Summer Air Conditioning Checklist
Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

Your Summer Air Conditioning Checklist

Summer is right around the corner and with that comes the unforgiving heat. Something everyone wants during these warmer months is for their air conditioning to be operating properly. After being dormant all winter, now is the time to check out your air conditioning to make sure it is ready to go when summer is in full swing. Here are some tips to get your A/C ready for the hot season ahead. Clean Unit Many air conditioning systems have an outdoor component known as a condenser unit. Because it is outdoors, it is prone to collecting dirt and debris. Remove...
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7 Simple A/C Maintenance Tips
Air Conditioning

7 Simple A/C Maintenance Tips

7 Simple A/C Maintenance Tips When you are making spring cleaning checklist, be sure to include some general maintenance on your A/C unit to ensure everything is ready for summertime. Many people would rather just hire the A/C company to come out to do a general check on the unit, but you can save quite a bit of money by trying a few of these, do-it-yourself A/C maintenance tips.   Always Turn the Unit Off Before you stick a tool, or even worse, your hand, anywhere near the A/C unit, always remember to turn it off. The best way to...
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 4 Common Air Conditioner Problems
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 4 Common Air Conditioner Problems

  Your air conditioning unit is a lifesaver during the hottest months of the year. That's why it pays to take care of your investment. The payout you receive in cool air and energy savings is well worth the cost of maintaining a high-efficiency unit. That way, you're able to minimize any issues you encounter with an air conditioner that is in complete disrepair. Four of the most common air conditioner problems we hear about are explained in detail below.   The Unit Keeps Starting or Stopping Unexpectedly There could be many air conditioner problems contributing to your unit's lack...
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A Simple Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality

A Simple Guide to Indoor Air Quality

A Simple Guide to Indoor Air Quality It’s springtime in Idaho and after a long winter cooped up inside our homes, it’s really nice to open our windows for a little fresh air. Indoor air quality isn’t something most of us think about but there are lots of reasons we should. According to Environmental Protection Agency poor indoor air quality can contribute to many short and long term health risks from pollutants, viruses, allergens, dust, pollen, mites and mold. The good news is there are easy steps you can take to help improve your air quality and reduce your indoor...
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3 Common Sense Reasons to Upgrade to a High Efficiency Air Conditioner
Air Conditioning

3 Common Sense Reasons to Upgrade to a High Efficiency Air Conditioner

3 Common Sense Reasons to Upgrade to a High Efficiency Air Conditioner We commonly regard upgrading our cars, computers and smartphones as a normal part of American progress, but alas the lowly air conditioner sitting out it our backyards enjoys no such consideration. Most of us don’t serious consider investing in upgrade of our home air conditioners. In fact we don’t even think about these beautiful pieces of comfort until they go bust from years of neglect. Here are 3 common sense reasons to consider upgrading your current air conditioner right now, especially those that are between 8-10 years old....
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