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Pest Control Tips For Your Home

Summer is well underway and fun in the sun, backyard barbecues, splashing around in the pool and taking a vacation are all on your must-do list. The only problem is that while you are out of the house, pests will be attempting to get inside your cool, shaded home. Throughout the summer months, many pests such as ants, flies, gnats, roaches, wasps and even rodents are much more active. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these pesky pests from getting inside your home?

Here are a few things that you can do to keep pests away from your home:

Keep all kitchen counters clean and store food in sealed containers 

There is nothing more that bugs love than food left out in the open. Ants and rats often make a straight go for any sources of food that they can access. So as a homeowner, you need to be proactive in securing any sources of food.

Most pests are attracted to your kitchen. A simple pile of crumbs on the floor or on the counter can easily attract ants and other insects. So, in order to pest control, sweep your floors, wipe your counters, take out the trash regularly, and keep all the food well stored inside containers.

Keep landscaping trimmed and maintained

Pests and rodents often find shelter in unkempt gardens. Other unwanted guests that love tall grass are spiders, snakes, and ticks.Ticks are not only disconcerting; they can be dangerous. Your blood is their preferred food, and in the process of feeding, they can transmit Lyme disease. If not properly treated, Lyme disease can linger on for years with very negative side effects.

One of the things that tend to happen is that most people just don’t take good care of their backyards. So, eventually, they’ll start to be invaded by different pests. What you can do to prevent this from happening to you this year is to avoid your landscaping from overgrowing. If you don’t, it can easily be spotted as the perfect nest for many pests. Plus, you should also rake up debris, weed, and trim the trees and brushes you have near the house.

Keep mosquitoes from breeding

  • Regularly dump out buckets, cans, bird feeders, or similar items that could contain water.
  • Drill holes on the bottom of your garbage cans to avoid pooling water or simply keep lids on the cans so they do not accumulate water.
  • Keep your gutter tidy and unclogged; make sure water doesn’t stand in the gutters.
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated.
  • Keep your property free of any litter that can hold water. Old tires are one of the best containers for mosquito development.
  • Make sure your landscaping is properly maintained.

Block potential pest entryways 

In order to pest control, make sure that you won’t let them invade your home or it will then be harder to put them away. So, repair any hole you might have and check if you have any gaps on doors and windows.

Summer Maintenance To-Do List

With temperatures starting to rise, it’s becoming more evident that summer is inbound. While this means that your family can start up on planning their activities, it’s just as important to get your home summer ready.

Today, we discuss some of the maintenance tasks that you should get done for a care-free summer!

Clean out your fridge coils

The condenser coils on a refrigerator remove heat from inside the unit; and if they get dusty and dirty, it can cost up to $100 more a year to run your fridge! The coil is located either on the bottom behind the kickplate, or on the back of the refrigerator.

To clean your fridge coil, turn off the power to the fridge, then vacuum the coils using a homemade wand from a cardboard gift wrap tube or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.

Clean out your bathroom vent fans

Bathroom ceiling vent fans can collect quite a bit of dust, which can makes them noisy and inefficient. In order to clean your bathroom vent fan, remove the cover, vacuum out any dust, and spray any moving parts with silicone lubricant to get your fan quietly humming once again.

Clean out bathroom drains

Summer can really bring out the sweat in people–this also means that time spent in the shower is eventually going to go up. When this the case, you’d want to make sure that your drains are working properly.

To clean your tub or sink drains, remove the drain assembly and insert a drain stick in the drain pipe to pull out any hair or other clogs. Follow this by pouring a little bleach down the drain, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then flush it with water to kill any mold or mildew lurking in the pipe.

Clean your ceiling fan blades

Normally, you’d want your ceiling fan to spread a cooler temperature, not dust! The accumulation of lint in the vent pipe and hose on clothes dryers causes 15,000 fires annually.

Start by removing the dryer hose and/or outside vent pipe cover, then clean the inside of the hose and pipe thoroughly with a special brush or vacuum cleaner. Also, make sure to clean the lint filter on your dryer every time you dry a load of clothes.

Check if your air conditioner filter needs replacing

In order for your air conditioner to work its magic during the summer months, it is important to replace the filter. This allows the system to run more efficiently and keeps the air in your home clean.

You can change the filter by removing the cover of the air return, sliding out the old filter, and replacing it with a new one. If you suffer from allergies, this is a great time to upgrade to a high-performance allergen air filter for your home.

Find if any mold or mildew has started to grow

Summer heat and humidity make it very easy for mold and mildew to grow in several places in your home.

If you find some outdoors, you need to sort that out immediately.

Clean out your grill

Is there any summer that’s complete without a good old barbecue? So you will want to make sure that your grill is cleaned out well.

Scrub the grates with liquid grill cleaner, and clean the burners and burner covers with a wire brush. Use a toothpick to clean the holes on the burners to ensure even cooking.

Allergy Season! A Few Tips For Your Home

Spring, for me, is always a bittersweet experience. On one hand, I get to enjoy a warmer climate after several months of freezing temperatures. On the other hand, the blooming plants always mean one thing: pollen allergy.

When you suffer from allergies as I do, you’ll be wise to be on the lookout for way to reduce your symptoms and live in a home that keeps your safe from the worse part of allergy season. Today, we’ll be discussing some home maintenance tips to get your allergies under control and turn your home into an allergen-free zone.

Say no to carpets

Carpet and rugs trap allergens, which means you’re exposed to more and more them each and every time you walk across your living room. It’s also a haven for dust and dust mites as well as dirt and debris. To reduce allergy symptoms, consider ripping out the carpet and replacing it with different material. You have several options from which to choose, depending on your style preferences.

Some homeowners prefer hardwood floors, although you can save money by installing laminate floors that look like real wood. Consider tile flooring if you’re looking for an easy-clean surface that keeps the floors cool during the hot summer months. Not only do you save yourself from cashing out on so much for allergen medication, you’ll be upgrading the aesthetic of your home.

Use Air Purifiers

Having an air purifier can really raise your anti-allergen home defense. Air purifiers or cleaners neutralize allergens before they have a chance to do their worst on your respiratory system.

These handy things come in several different models that can suit your home’s size and your needs. Most air cleaners or purifiers, make use of electrical charges to kill pathogens and other allergens that may irritate your nasal passage.

It is to be noted that if you aren’t at all familiar with air purifiers and how they work, it’s best to call in an expert. They’ll be more than able to help you choose an air purifier that’s the best fit for your home and even install it for you. It’s best to avoid installing one by yourself as you may end up injuring yourself, damage the appliance, or even void the warranty. Pro teams will have expert technicians that have hands-on experience in installing these devices. You can even ask the hardware store or department store where you decide to purchase your air purifier. More often that not, they’ll have an installation package that may even be attached to the purchase.

Always keep your home clean

As much as you might hate cleaning or might not have the time for regular or thorough cleaning, these chores are necessary if you suffer from allergies. If you currently clean your home once a week, consider cleaning twice a week to ensure that dust doesn’t get a chance to build up on furniture and other surfaces. Use natural products when possible to avoid exposing yourself to allergy-inducing chemicals.

Regularly swap out your sheets

Indoor air quality is one the things that really affect allergy sufferers. One of the ways to boost your air quality is to frequently change your bedding. Dust and dust mites just love our pillows, sheets, and blankets. It’s important to swap out old sheets for fresh ones at least once a week.

Launder old sheets immediately to avoid household dust accumulation. You can also put a protective cover over your mattress to protect it against dust mite infestation, especially if you know you are allergic to the mites. Clean around your bed as well, to prevent dust from settling on other surfaces, and change your pillow as recommended to reduce allergy symptoms.

Replace your air filter periodically

If your home has an HVAC unit, you should know that it relies on the air filer to trap particles that shouldn’t circulate through the system.

While the manufacturer’s instructions on your air filter might recommend replacements every three to five months, consider replacing it more often if you suffer from allergies. If the filter gets clogged, it can prevent your air conditioner or furnace from doing its job, which means shabby indoor air quality.

Swap out curtain for blinds

Curtains look great when they hang in front of your windows, but they accumulate dust easily and require more effort to keep clean. Blinds prove easier to keep clean because you can simply wipe them down once or twice a week to keep them dust-free. Plus, they give you more control over the amount of sunlight you let into your home.

Shades can offer another easy-care solution. Bamboo shades, for instance, are good for the environment and even easier to clean than window blinds.

Keeping your home free of allergens can help you live a more comfortable life.

Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

The season of Spring is always a welcome change after the many winter ridden months. Sunshine and warmth will start to visit homes more often. While that’s pretty great, this also means that there will be several chores for you to do. Your gutters might be filled with leaves, some sidewalks on your property might have sustained some damage, and if you have flower beds, chances are there will be dead plants that will need removal.

Yup, we’re talking about the usual maintenance routines that the spring season brings. Today, we’ll be discussing some home care maintenance tips for Spring!

Inspect Roof Shingles

Winter can really do a number on a roof. As soon as it’s warm enough, it’s best to examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter months. If your home has a roof with a bit of an age on it, it would be wise to start stockpiling a budget to get that replaced.

Spring is the best season to get repairs started since the summer sun can really do even more damage to roof shingles. Should you happen to see any shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or missing some granules do the smart thing and get them replaced. If you aren’t familiar with the signs of damage, it’s best to have a trusted pro come down and do the inspection for you.

Examine The Gutters

While you’re up there to check the shingles, do your home a favor and inspect the gutters as well. The weight of winter snow can make your gutters come loose. When the snow starts to melt as a whole, the sudden surge of water can induce leaks.

Improper drainage can lead to some serious problems. Water can lead into the basement, crawl space, or even your attic. Beset to make sure that the downspouts all drain away from the foundation of your home and are clear of any sort of debris. If there’s any part that has leaks or has come loose, it’s best to repair that at the soonest opportunity as spring is also notorious for sudden showers.

Inspect The Chimney

One of the best parts about winter is the sight and smell of a cozy fireplace. Once spring has started, it’s important to fully examine the chimney exterior for any signs of damage. It’s also best to take this time to have the flue cleaned out and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

This makes sure that your chimney is still in good working condition for the next winter season.

Check The Concrete Around Your Property

The deep freeze and eventual thawing can damage slabs of concrete. So once the snow has abated, it’s important to thoroughly inspect the concrete around your property for any signs of crack, movement, or damage.

All exterior slabs, save for the ones on the pool deck, should ideally drain away from the home’s foundation. Should you come across any cracks, it’s best to fill that with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When it’s warm enough to do so, and if you have the proper tools for it, power-wash and then seal the concrete. This helps mitigate any further damage.

Service The HVAC Unit

Unless you’re fully capable of doing so, it’s best to have a qualified heating and cooling contractor come in to clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. They’ll be able to clean coils and whatnot.

Clean coils mean they’ll be able to operate more efficiently and periodic servicing of your HVAC unit will extend its life and keep it at peak performance. Don’t forget to inspect the filter to see if it’s time to have it replaced.

Caring For Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can a much needed rustic touch to any home. They’re aesthetically pleasing and depending on the type of wood you choose, can be quite cost effective as well. Regardless of the type of wood you choose, taking proper care of it is essential if you want them to last.

Today, we discuss the different ways to care for your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are relatively easy to care for. The key is consistency. Having a steady routine wherein you clean your floors is crucial in its maintenance and care.

Tool: Microfiber mop or cloth

Using microfiber mops or cloths to trap dirt and other materials that can dirty or tarnish your hardwood floors is a good way to keeping it safe. Since microfiber makes use of static electricity, it is a pretty efficient way to trap foreign particles away from your investment. It’s even touted as being more effective than using a broom since certain bristles can end up damaging the floor’s surface.

Tips on using microfiber mops or cloth: Try keeping the pad or the cloth squarely on the surface you’re cleaning as much as possible. When you lift the cloth from the surface, the things you’re cleaning may not get as securely trapped on the cloth as it should be. It’s best to run your microfiber mop at least once every two days. Regular dusting or wiping is one of the best defenses your floors have against dirt accumulation.

Tool: Vacuum (soft-bristled attachment)

A good way to follow up on keeping your hardwood floors clean is a weekly routine of vacuuming. Before you start vacuuming, make use of your microfiber mop or cloth to wipe the area of any excessive dirt or material. If there’s excess debris on the floor, once you start to vacuum, the suction and the sudden movement of the debris may end up scratching your floor’s surface.

Tips: Be mindful of your vacuum. As much as possible, avoid dragging your vacuum unit across the floor as it may scratch the surface of your flooring.

Tool: Hardwood Cleaner

Combining the use of your microfiber mop or cloth along with a hardwood floor cleaner is something your flooring will thank you for. This is ideally done at least once a month. Instead of making use of water to dampen your mop, use the cleaner instead to lightly mist the cloth or mop. Never fully soak it.

Tips: Read the label of your cleaner thoroughly. If your flooring has a protective sealant, check the compatibility of your sealant and the solution. It is best to avoid using a wet mop or a steam mop on a hardwood floor as it may end up dulling the finish or sealant and can damage the floor.

Tool: Floor Polish or Wax

If you’re smart, you’d have your hardwood floor with a polyurethane surface finish. Sealants such as these protect the wood underneath and provides a glossy shine that adds to the aesthetic of a home. Normal passage of time and the use of the floor will eventually wear off this finish and can leave visible scratches on the surface of your flooring. Making use of a polish or a wax periodically can refresh your flooring’s appearance. It helps to restore the shine and even places in a new layer of protection for your floor.

Tips for using wax or polish: Avoid using wax on a floor with a urethane finish. Always consult the label of the product you’re using to maximize the effect and benefits of the solution.

4 Home Maintenance Tips For Winter

Winter bring in more than cold and lovely sights. It also brings in potential damage to your home if you aren’t careful. So it’s in your home’s best interest to be well in the know of what you can do to protect your home even in the dead of winter.

Shovel snow away from your home’s foundation

One of the things any homeowner can do to avoid foundation deterioration (which can grow into expensive repairs) is to stop water from pooling around the base of your home. The good thing is that you don’t have to make sure that every part of your home is snow-free. You just need to be fully aware which areas are more prone to water damage and should be treated with more attention than others.

It’s fairly easy to keep snow away from your foundation. All it requires is a shovel and some elbow grease. The best time to start shoveling is around 20 minutes to around 3 hours after each snowfall. This will help give snow enough time to fall and form around your home. It should also give you a better idea which areas of your foundation are going to touched by snow and where the snow tends to build up.

Take snow and ice off external vents

Vents are used to allow the escape of gas or air. In the case of HVAC systems, they’re used to bring in much needed cold or heat. When these vents get covered by snow or ice, it can place undue pressure upon your heating and cooling system. It can also end up damaging your roof or walls. Unnecessary pressure on your heating and cooling systems can end up with a build-up of moisture which can lead to the development of mold or mildew. This is particularly troubling if you have people in your family who are sensitive to mold.

You can use a shovel or a brush to remove any accumulated snow and to whittle away any ice that’s starting to form. Depending on how large or hard the blockage is, the procedure may last from anywhere between 30 minutes or several hours.

Keep an eye on trees upon your property

When snow falls, it can gather upon tree limbs which can make them quite hefty and more prone to breaking. This can be quite damaging to a home–imagine a heavy wooden limb bearing down upon your roof. It’s relatively easy to deal with branches that are still gathering snow. You can make use of a broom or anything long to brush off the snow from branches after each snowfall. This helps alleviate the weight from branches and can potentially spare your home from disaster.

Be aware of where you’re standing when you’re brushing off the snow. The last thing you’d want is that landing on your head since you don’t exactly know what’s in that snow.

Replace your furnace filters

Air filters are there to collect dust and to stop foreign material, like allergens, from slipping into your home. When you see that your furnace filters are really dirty, it’s time for a change. Not only will it help keep your furnace functioning properly, it will also ensure that your home’s air will be kept clear of any contaminants.

Double check if your furnace has a disposable filter or one that can be cleaned with some soap and water.

Three Costly Home Improvement Repairs To Save Up For

When you have a home or are planning to buy a fixer upper, there are several home improvements that will need quite a bit of capital. So before you decide on taking on any of these, let’s discuss a few of them so you can be informed well. We’ll take on different types of repairs and what some preventive measures you can do to help put off extensive issues.

1.) Roof Repairs

When homes age, the roof will become highly susceptible to leaks, rotting, and other issues. Lost shingles and spot leaks can be easily remedied for a few hundred dollars. However, if the damage is extensive and doing the repairs by yourself can be dangerous–it is in the best interest of the homeowner to have the entire roof replaced. This could hit hit you somewhere between $3,500-$13,000 in addition to the cost of the removal of the old material and fixing any damage to the interior before putting in the new roof.

Before your roof gets to that point, it’s best to do some regular maintenance. Climb up at least twice a year to check everything out and clean out your gutters. Keep an eagle eye out for any missing shingles, tears, or other signs of damage. If you have an unfinished attic, do make it a habit to inspect the wood panels directly under the roof for any signs of water seepage like bubbled paint or stains on the walls.

2.) Replacing the HVAC Unit

HVAC systems are the source of comfort to sweltering heats and freezing days. If you’re not careful, they’ll end up standing for “here’s my Visa and cash”. Missing out on any maintenance can end up with costly repairs, or worse, replacement of your HVAC unit. A unit can hit you from between $1,500-$2,500.

Conducting maintenance on your HVAC units at least every six months is  a good way to spot any issues before they get worse.  If you haven’t the foggiest idea of what to look out for, you can always bring in a helpful pro to give you a rundown of what to look out for while simultaneously doing the job this time around. Pay close attention to the checklist that they’ll have which may include lubricating all the moving parts, clearing out the condensate drain in the AC, etc. Not only will these parts help lengthen the life of your HVAC unit, you’ll also be increasing its efficiency. Keep a mind on your HVAC’s air filter–you’ll want to replace that every 90 days or more frequently if you have pets or have allergies.

3,) Replacing a Deck

Who doesn’t love a beautiful wooden deck? It’s aesthetically pleasing and the perfect place for family gatherings. However, if you fall behind in your maintenance, your lovely deck can be subject to rot or old age and can fall apart on you. In our experience, the cost of maintaining a deck rings you at a low cost of $150 a year. Replacing it will hit you for a staggering $7,000-$15,000 and this still depends on the material of your deck and where you are.

One of the best things you can do to keep your deck healthy is to keep it clean. When it’s spring, sweep away all the leaves and twigs from between the floorboards and scrub down the surface with a trusty deck cleaning solution. Once it’s dry you can finish up with a wood stain finish to keep the color alive or go straight for a sealant to keep out any moisture out.

At least once a year, conduct a full inspection for any sign of rot. Make use of a tool to gently prod and lift spots. It is the trade knowledge that if you can push a screwdriver more than 1/4 of an inch into your wooden deck, you have rot. If something seems to be nagging you, call in a carpenter to lend his professional eyes and give you his diagnosis.


Annual Things Smart Homeowners Do

It’s nearly the end of the year! While most other homeowners will probably be in the throes of party planning or attending parties, the smartest of homeowners will be preoccupied with something else. That’s right. Smart homeowners will be doing some final checks and quick remedies on home components. While that doesn’t seem like much, it’s those little checks that save them thousands of dollars in service and repair costs.

If you would like to save money as well, let’s go through some diagnostic and quick remedies you can do before the year ends.

Check the water heater for any build up

Something that most homeowners may not realize is that sediment can build up over time at the bottom of the tank. This can lead to corrosion and problems. The smart homeowner will make a habit of partially draining the tank as it will remove the sediment and adds years of life to the heater. This also ensures that your heater will run smoothly and can cut back on your heating bill.

Secure the ductwork connections

Anyone with a working heating and cooling system will have ducts in their home. Do avoid any leaks or other issues, it’s important to make sure that your ducts are secure and aren’t sagging or loose. Loose connections means that your heating and cooling system isn’t as effective as air is escaping in other areas and not directly into the living space like it’s supposed to.

Appraise their homeowner’s insurance policy

A common overlooked task is home insurance. Savvy homeowners will always include a review of the insurance during the annual checklist. Double checking whether or not your policy will continue to cover weather hazards like hail and wind is always a smart move. Reviewing the deductibles and what any out of pocket costs may amount to in order to have a wall repaired or replaced because of storm damage will help lay the groundwork for a safety net so no sudden surprises can occur.

Look out for any water damage

Spotting signs of water damage will help alleviate any large costs that an otherwise undetected prevailing issue will accrue. So, smart homeowners will keep an eagle eye out for any evidence of water damage around sinks and plumbing fixtures. Don’t forget that water damage also comes with symptoms of mold or bubbling paint on drywall.

Monitor the growth of trees and landscaping

Seasons can be tough on trees. Winter, particularly, can cause trees to become brittle and break. Checking the roots of trees will be a good habit to build as well. Any dislodged roots can be a sign that your tree is about to take a fancy into leaning in a certain direction. Before this happens, it’s important to check if you have any trees or shrubberies that require trimming. Circumventing any issues before they happen is a trade secret of smart homeowners.

Appraise their windows

Since its cold now in most states, window frames can swell. When the cold goes away the windows will go back to their original state. This is a good chance to check if there are any existing gaps that need to be filled. Gaps are the last thing you’d want as they’d let in drafts and cost you extra in heating and cooling. On a more dangerous note, gaps are the best friend of any prowlers or burglars. Gaps can be filled with mortar, frame sealant, and decorators caulk.

These are just a few items in the smart homeowner’s checklist. You still have a few days before the year ends, so do yourself a favor and checkup on your home—it’ll be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself.

What Types of HVAC Systems Can You Choose From?

What Types of HVAC Systems Can You Choose From?

Since the birth of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems, life has vastly improved. To the uninitiated, HVAC systems were made with the purpose of making indoor environments comfortable for humans and our hardware too. When looking around for the HVAC system that works for you, it may come as a bit of a surprise that there isn’t just one type. As development of better HVAC units are still ongoing, it can be a tad confusing then to figure out how the different types differ from each other. Let’s take a peek at some of the available types out in the market today.

Heating and Air Conditioning Split System

One of the more well known types of HVAC systems, a split system refers to when there is an indoor air handling unit as well as an outdoor condensing unit. Often used in residential and smaller commercial buildings—these are used solely for cooling.  Albany HVAC is the local leader in this specific area.

The indoor air handling unit contains a fan, an expansion device, and a cooling coil. The outdoor condensing unit is comprised of a compressor and condenser oil. Throughout the establishment will be ducts to carry the air throughout the building. Split systems have been known to have the highest energy efficiency.

Hybrid Heat Dual Fuel System

This system makes use of the established strength of gas furnaces and electric heat pumps. Duel fuel systems make use of a heat pump for electricity fueled heating and cooling. This system will automatically pick the more economical fuel source (gas or electricity) based on the data gathered by its control panel.

This makes it quite easy for the user to take control of their energy consumption. The usual parts of this sort of system are a heat pump, a thermostat, furnaces and evaporator coils, and ducts. While hybrid systems are a tad bit more expensive than more traditional systems, but in the long run, the hybrid system has been known to cost the user less in terms of power consumption and maintenance costs.

Duct Free Heating and Air Conditioning System

The ductless HVAC system is a good choice for places where convectional systems cannot be installed. Ductless systems are built to deliver air directly into different zones of an establishment, building, or home. This system’s components are a small outdoor unit and one or several indoor units that only need to be mounted to access electricity. Ductless systems can also be tailored to fit buildings that already have a pre-existing systems installed.

Ductless systems run on less power than most other HVAC systems as they smaller and the temperature controlled air is funneled directly into a selected room or zone. This also means that an owner can select which rooms in their household or building can be considered a zone and which aren’t. Homeowners have taken a liking to ductless HVAC systems as they are relatively easy to install. For some homeowners, ductless HVAC systems are ideal as it allows for greater energy efficiency. When a system has improved efficiency, the less energy it uses. The less energy is used the lower the energy bill will be.

Ductless cooling and heating systems are established to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning System

A packaged HVAC system is called that because the usual components (the evaporator, condenser, and compressor) are all placed in a single cabinet or otherwise “packaged” together. This sort of system is usually placed on the roof of a building. Packaged HVACs are mostly used by commercial spaces as they take up less space than other HVAC systems.

Installation costs are also lower than others as units are pre-packaged and merely need to be placed in an ideal spot. Users that want to save up on indoor space tend to choose a packaged HVAC system.

Central Air Conditioning and Heating

The original idea for central heating came from the Greeks. They distributed fire generated heat throughout their buildings through flues planted in the ground.  Older versions of central heating made use of steam and hot water that was created through a boiler that’s usually located at the basement or at the back of an establishment.

This system is also known as “ducted air conditioning” this sort of system presents cooling or heating for whole-houses, larger commercial spaces, or establishments. Central heating is different from space heating as the heat generation happens in a single location such as a boiler or furnace room. The heat is circulated throughout a building through a series of ducts.  In terms of energy efficiency, it may not be very great as heat or cooling goes to waste if only a single room is the recipient of it.

Free Cooling Systems

This particular system is highly efficient and often combined with seasonal thermal energy. The usual storage mediums for free cooling systems are deep aquifers and natural underground rock masses that’s accessed through a cluster of small to medium diameter boreholes.

Free Cooling is quite economical as it uses low external temperatures to chill water and funneled to lower the temperature of a home or a building. When the outside temperature drops, a modulating valve processes the chilled water and passes it through the free cooling system. This system makes use of very little power to much is saved in terms of utility bills.

The more common sources of natural cooling energy would be subterranean geothermal energy, high altitude coldness, deep sea or subterranean lakes or bodies of water, and the easily accessible cool night air.

As you can see, there are several HVAC systems to choose from. When it comes to picking the right one for you, it is best to consider where you want to HVAC to be, what sort of building you have, and finally what fits your budget. While each vary, they all inevitably help create a more comfortable environment for all.

Mold Removal

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Evеn thоugh mоld іѕ a necessary component іn life, іt іѕ nоt nесеѕѕаrу wіthіn уоur home. In fасt, mоld wіthіn your hоmе is a саuѕе for аlаrm. Especially whеn уоu notice thе mоld grоwth is rесurrіng.

Mоld can cause іllnеѕѕеѕ аnd the impact can lеаd to lоng tеrm and реrmаnеnt health соndіtіоnѕ, ѕо do nоt tаkе mоld grоwth lіghtlу. If уоu соnѕtаntlу аrе сlеаnіng up mold wіthіn уоur hоmе and іt keeps соmіng bасk, thеn fоllоw thе guіdеlіnеѕ on thіѕ ѕіtе tо еlіmіnаtе your рrоblеm before ѕеrіоuѕ hеаlth problems arise.

Mold ѕроrеѕ аrе what uѕuаllу саuѕе thе most discomfort fоr humаnѕ. Thеу аrе microscopic аnd float аrоund оn thе tiniest of аіr сurrеntѕ. Thеу enter уоur home through thе dооrѕ, wіndоwѕ, on уоur сlоthіng аnd оn уоur animals. It іѕ quite natural tо hаvе mоld іn уоur home bесаuѕе іt іѕ so prevalent іn nature.

The mоld ѕроrеѕ fіnd a wеt or mоіѕt place іn your hоmе and lаnd оn it. Thіnk аbоut hоw a duѕt cloud wоuld асt whеn уоu have a mоіѕt ѕроt for іt to land on – іt ѕtауѕ and bесоmеѕ mud basically. Mоld ѕроrеѕ land оn thе mоіѕt ѕроtѕ in your hоmе. When thеrе is mоіѕturе аnd a food ѕоurсе the mold begins tо grow.

Mold lоvеѕ to еаt оrgаnіс material, so аnуthіng that іѕ mаdе of wооd рrоduсtѕ іѕ lіkе feeding mоld a ѕtеаk dinner. Thе mаіn іngrеdіеnt іn homes, оthеr thаn wооd or textiles, іѕ dust. Mоld саn fееd оn the house duѕt. So thаt’ѕ whу mоld саn grоw аnd thrive on thе bасk and under уоur toilet tаnk. It’ѕ the condensation саuѕіng moisture аnd уоur nоrmаl house dust that allow mold tо thrіvе. If уоu can see іt then іt іѕ a соlоnу, thе mold you саn’t ѕее – mоld ѕроrеѕ – аrе whаt wіll dо the mоѕt harm eventually.

Prеvеntіng Mold Growth in Yоur Home

Whеn рrеvеntіng buіldіng mоld growth уоu nееd to undеrѕtаnd more аbоut hоw mоld grоwѕ. Thіnk about іt bу bеgіnnіng оutѕіdе fіrѕt. Whаt аrе thе соndіtіоnѕ outside thаt keep mold frоm being a problem? The аіr kеерѕ moving – so thеrе is enormous vеntіlаtіоn ѕо іt іѕ hаrdеr fоr thе соnсеntrаtіоn of mold and mold ѕроrеѕ to іnсrеаѕе tо a hаrmful lеvеl. Thе ѕесоnd rеаѕоn was juѕt in that lаѕt ѕtаtеmеnt – concentration. Mоld соnсеntrаtіоn оutѕіdе is hard tо achieve because thе outdoors іѕ vаѕt and thе wind keeps blowing. In your home you have tо bе аwаrе оf vеntіlаtіоn.

Mold оnlу bеgіnѕ affecting уоu in high concentrations. So wіthіn the wаllѕ оf уоur hоmе, thеrе is fаr lеѕѕ air movement thаn outside аnd уоu would not соnѕіdеr еvеn the lаrgеѕt hоmеѕ as “vаѕt” when уоu соmраrе thеіr area wіth the оutdооrѕ. That mеаnѕ a home rеduсеѕ vеntіlаtіоn thаt kеерѕ the mоld ѕроrеѕ flying аrоund and аwау frоm you аnd at the same time соnfіnеѕ thе mоld spores to a ѕmаll area.

Whеn mold becomes a рrоblеm thеrе іѕ a vеrу high соnсеntrаtіоn оf mold ѕроrеѕ within your hоmе. Thеѕе spores fіnd thеіr moisture source аnd ѕtісk tо іt. Thе duѕt оr the mаtеrіаl that the spores lаnd оn bесоmеѕ the food ѕоurсе. Thе spore grоwѕ іntо mоld and thеn thе mоld соlоnіеѕ ѕрrеаd more mоld ѕроrеѕ thrоughоut thе hоmе. The HVAC system helps spread them аrоund, уоur vасuum, people, and еvеrуthіng that mоvеѕ wіthіn thе hоmе ѕрrеаd the spores. The mold ѕроrеѕ еvеntuаllу find thе ѕuіtаblе рlасеѕ to thrіvе аnd create mіllіоnѕ оf more mоld ѕроrеѕ.

Preventing mold growth іѕ a ѕtер bу step process. Fіrѕt, eliminate thе mоіѕturе sources; ѕесоnd, іnсrеаѕе the vеntіlаtіоn; thіrd, clean up thе mold; аnd fіnаllу, keep mоnіtоrіng the ѕіtuаtіоn. Thіѕ ѕіtе hаѕ many раgеѕ thаt walk уоu thrоugh vаrіоuѕ processes to рrеvеnt mоld. In “Hоw tо Gеt Rіd оf Black Mоld” thеrе аrе ѕоmе technological solutions thаt bесоmе аutоmаtіс mold kіllеrѕ іn уоur hоmе. Thе еBооk hаѕ helped hundrеdѕ оf реорlе.

Yоur Hеаlth Cоnсеrnѕ Abоut Mold

Thеrе аrе mаnу hеаlth concerns thаt bесоmе real nіghtmаrеѕ whеn mоld іnfеѕtѕ уоur home. There are еvеn life thrеаtеnіng complications thаt mold саuѕеѕ wіth реорlе having іmmunе ѕуѕtеm рrоblеmѕ.

Mоѕt реорlе ѕuffеr a hеаdасhе frоm time tо time. Mold еxроѕurе оvеr a lоng period оf tіmе саn саuѕе severe “ѕhut-dоwn” headaches аnd mіgrаіnе headaches. Mold bеgіnѕ tо affect you whеn уоu hаvе аllеrgу, соld, flu tуре symptoms оvеr аnd over аgаіn. Most оf uѕ blоw it оff аѕ one оf thоѕе соndіtіоnѕ, but see hоw stealth mold is? Mоld makes you thіnk thаt оthеr illnesses are your problem. But over thе соurѕе of tіmе уоu nееd tо lоg уоur illnesses to ѕее іf thеу make sense.

Mold ѕnеаkѕ uр оn you. Yоu wіll find уоurѕеlf buying allergy pills rеgulаrlу; уоu will fіnd thаt уоu buу саѕеѕ of facial tіѕѕuе every year because уоu wіll have іtсhу, watery, tіrеd еуеѕ. Yоu wіll hаvе ѕіnuѕ headaches thаt mimic migraine hеаdасhеѕ. Their intensity will grow ѕtrоngеr оvеr tіmе and their frеԛuеnсу wіll increase mаkіng you think thеrе are оthеr problems. Thаt’ѕ hоw mоld dеѕtrоуѕ уоur hеаlth.

If уоu go away for a wееkеnd аnd fееl better, or you fееl good аll wееk but tеnd to be mіѕеrаblе оn wееkеndѕ, then thеrе is a good сhаnсе mold іѕ thе problem. But уоu hаvе tо be vеrу аwаrе оf how уоu fееl аnd whеn in order tо figure out whаt’ѕ gоіng оn.

Whеn уоu ѕuѕресt that you hаvе a mоld problem juѕt fоllоw thе rесоmmеndаtіоnѕ оutlіnеd hеrе and keep tаbѕ оn your ѕуmрtоmѕ. Here is a more dеtаіlеd аrtісlе оn Hоuѕе Mold Sуmрtоmѕ.

Ovеr a long реrіоd of mоld exposure you wіll hаvе ѕеrіоuѕ health іѕѕuеѕ. Pеорlе gеt rеѕріrаtоrу рrоblеmѕ thе most; wоrѕе mold іnfеѕtаtіоnѕ wіll cause tumоrѕ, hаіr lоѕѕ, short tеrm memory damage аnd mоrе. Sо don’t tаkе mоld іnfеѕtаtіоn tоо lіghtlу. Dосtоrѕ wіll bе trеаtіng уоu for оthеr diseases and wіll never ѕuѕресt mоld – here’s whу…

Mоld attacks your іmmunе ѕуѕtеm and оvеr tіmе уоur immune system wears down. Dіѕеаѕеѕ of орроrtunіtу set in bесаuѕе уоur immune ѕуѕtеm is ѕо buѕу аnd tіrеd of fіghtіng thе mоld that іt аllоwѕ thе “real” dіѕеаѕеѕ to get “оvеr the wаll” ѕо tо ѕреаk. Nоw уоu hаvе classic mіgrаіnе hеаdасhеѕ, аѕthmа, аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ tumors. Those аrе what wіll bе treated nоt thе mоld. Thаt’ѕ whу уоu need tо tаkе асtіоn уоurѕеlf аt thе first ѕіgn оf a mold infestation.

Mold illnesses аrе еvеn wоrѕе оn іmmunе system compromised people, thе vеrу уоung and thе vеrу оld. Mold wіll еvеn аttасk your реtѕ so if thеу hаvе rather ѕеvеrе іllnеѕѕеѕ уоu may wаnt tо еxресt mоld grоwth as a рrоblеm wіthіn уоur home.