Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want Out Of a New AC System

Originally posted on Climate Conversations:

Why, in survey after survey, do consumers indicate they would pay a little extra for better comfort or energy savings but still continue to purchase the basic, minimum efficiency and lightly featured systems? This past year, AC & Heating Connect worked with Triple Pundit (a new-media company for highly conscious business leaders focused on the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit) to survey their readers on issues related to purchasing patterns of HVAC consumers. Industry data indicates that 70% of consumers consistently purchase minimum efficiency and minimum featured HVAC systems and only 30% buy the higher featured and more efficient models. This is all true despite our company’s sponsored research, which indicates that almost 70% of homeowners surveyed prefer systems that offer superior energy savings and comfort or created less impact on the environment.

Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want Out Of a New AC System
According to a 2013 survey of more than 500 Triple Pundit readers, we found…

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Is Solar Energy Right For You? Read These Tips On Going Solar

Originally posted on Local Plumbing Hero:

When it comes to solar energy, knowledge is key. It’s what will ensure your technology is the most efficient. It’s also what will keep you on budget. The more you know, the better, so read this article in full to find many great tips on using solar energy the right way.

You can do your part to save the planet by installing a solar-powered water heater. There are a variety of solar powered hot water heaters for you to choose from. You can install one in any sunny location.

When it comes to solar energy, you must keep the solar panels clean for best results. Dirty solar panels do not allow the solar panels to absorb the maximum amount of energy. Therefore, to ensure your solar panels are running at peak performance, keep a regular maintenance and cleaning schedule.

Solar energy harnesses the energy from the sun to power everything…

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Installing A Carbon Monoxide Alarm…..

Originally posted on The Riddle of Plumbing & Electrical:

In review of yesterdays near tragedy of the Liverpool family who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning after using a coal-fire barbecue to heat their home. Are you aware of the potential danger of Carbon monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas which is slightly less dense than air. The similarity in density makes CO distribute around a room like air, it is this small indifference that puts us at risk because our senses cannot distinguish it, so it has the ability to kill before you even realise its presence.

That’s why it’s known as the silent killer!

Although it is colourless, odourless and tasteless, CO is a toxic and mortal gas created by a combustion process that makes it likely to be hotter than the air, it travels up through the air and reaches the ceiling.

We are now more than ever exposed to the potentially dangerous outcomes of Carbon Monoxide

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Spend this winter without the flu

Originally posted on fox13now.com:

By Melinda Rogers
University of Utah Health Care

When flu season rolls around, Dr. Cindy Gellner sees a surge of patients at her office who’ve caught the worst of trademark symptoms: sudden onset of a high fever, muscle aches, sore throat and a cough.

The pediatrician at University of Utah Health Care often encourages families to get a flu shot before the virus strikes, but all too often, people tend to think it won’t happen to them. They skip a flu shot, only to be down for the count for several days with the flu.

“People will always come up with reasons why they won’t or don’t think they need a flu shot —whether it’s inconvenient to schedule an appointment, thinking the flu vaccines will make them sick and give them the flu, the children are afraid of shots, or they possibly think the shots are ineffective,” says Gellner, M.D…

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Home Maintenance Tips

Originally posted on MMcRealty's Blog:

house-cartoon(1)Protect Your Home Year-Round with These 8 Maintenance Tips
Whether you’re a new homeowner or an experienced do-it-yourselfer around the house, these handy tips will help protect your investment year-round.

Safety first – Replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also a good time to make sure that any fire extinguishers in your home are in working order.

Look up – Inspect your attic and roof for leaks, missing shingles and ventilation issues. It’s also a good idea to check on the chimney, as well as attic fans and vents.

In the bathroom – Inspect grout and caulk around bathtubs, sinks and showers. Get rid of cracked grout and replace missing grout. Seal tile grout. Discolored and mildewed caulk should be cleaned and might need to be replaced with new caulk.

In the kitchen – Clean appliances, including refrigerator coils and underneath the range hood. Remove…

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Indoor Air Pollution and Your Health

Originally posted on Dr. Charles Best Blog:

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The quality of the air inside the home or office can significantly impact one’s health. Many people are aware that breathing outdoor air pollutants (ozone, particulate matter, diesel fumes, carbon monoxide among others) increases the likelihood of developing serious health problems, such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. However, many of us do not realize that the air inside our home can be up to 10 times dirtier than outdoor air.

Indoor air pollution refers to air pollutants that occur inside buildings or other enclosed spaces. Examples of indoor air pollutants include dust, fibers, smoke, bio-aerosols, radon, pesticides, asbestos, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Some sources, including building materials, furnishings and household products like cleaning sprays and air fresheners, release high concentrations of pollutants. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long durations, increasing the potential for serious health problems and illnesses.

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Great HVAC Ideas From People Who Know All About It

Originally posted on Independent Heating and Cooling:

Dealing with HVAC trouble can be a frightening scenario for anyone who is unfamiliar with the best ways to identify reputable, qualified contractors. The most important thing a homeowner can do is to educate themselves thoroughly on the process before any needs arise. The article below can help everyone do just that.

Before you hire anyone to do any work on your HVAC, be sure to get a written estimate which has itemized costs listed on it. This will ensure that comparing one contractor to another will be simple as you can see what one offers that another doesn’t, or what price they’re charging for the same items.

Clean your permanent air filters or replace disposable ones every single month. If you have the choice, an electrostatic is the best option on the market today. Be sure to turn off your unit before you change the filter as it should…

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