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A Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Air Conditioner at Home

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Air Conditioner at Home

Almost everyone knows someone who experienced an impaired air conditioner on what seems like the hottest day of the summer and you may even have had that particular experience yourself. Unfortunately, a broken air conditioner might occur as the result of using the wrong or dirty filter on the air conditioner, so learning the following information about choosing the right one is a good idea.  Don’t Automatically Choose the Cheapest Air Filter   Given that so many people are creatures of habit, it is not surprising how often a shopper will simply put the same product into their basket year after year, even when better alternatives are nearby. One good example of that is the air filter that goes into your air conditioner. For many years, the primary option for filters was the fiberglass option that is still available now. While it is certainly better than nothing, it is far from being the best choice. For instance, the fiberglass may catch some dust and germs, but about 90% of those contaminants will remain in the air. In addition, some will inevitably enter the air conditioner and cause problems later on, since the contaminants that linger in the air can be problematic for individuals who suffer from allergies or asthma.   Choose a Better Alternative Now that you know which options you should avoid whenever possible, it is time to learn how to choose the right ones. As you may have noticed there are many kinds of filters to choose from, with one popular choice being the standard pleated filter. In this instance, it is best to choose a filter with as many pleats as possible, since the pleats will permit the filter to trap almost half of the impurities in the air. Once captured, those impurities stay on the surface of the pleated filter, so contamination of your air conditioner is less likely. If you want to trap as many of the contaminants as you can, you may be interested in a high-efficiency air filter. The high-efficiency air filter can be made of a pleated material or a polyester blend and is known to remove more than eight out of every ten contaminants. It is important to remember that removing as many of the contaminants from the area is healthier for everyone, even if everyone in the home is healthy and free of allergies.    In conclusion, an air conditioner that doesn’t come on or only blows warm air when it does come on can be quite the challenging during those long, summer days. Fortunately, the above examples of preventative maintenance for your washing machine will often help to avoid that unwanted challenge. To learn more, contact companies like Universal Enterprises...

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Reducing Pollution With Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reducing Pollution With Radiant Floor Heating

Building a new home provides you with the opportunity to customize each feature that will be included in your living space. When it comes to determining how you will heat your home, you should consider radiant floor heating as a viable option. If you are concerned with reducing pollution, then adding radiant floor heating to your living space can be beneficial. Here are three distinct types of pollution that can be eliminated with the installation of radiant floor heating. 1. Noise Pollution Most homeowners want their living space to be as quiet and serene as possible. If you have ever been disrupted by the sound of a traditional furnace kicking on, then you know how loud these types of heating systems can be. Only the gas or oil burner that powers a radiant floor heating system makes a detectable noise, and this burner is typically located in a mechanical room far from occupied spaces. The result is a heating system that maintains a comfortable temperature without the added noise pollution that can be generated by traditional furnaces. 2. Air Pollution Studies conducted by the EPA have found that indoor air contains two to five times more pollutants than outdoor air. These pollutants are often generated throughout a home as a result of the forced air heating systems found in traditional housing. If you or a family member suffer from respiratory disorders, then breathing in these indoor air pollutants can be damaging. Radiant floor heating systems don’t rely on forced air to maintain a constant temperature. Instead, radiant floors act as a universal heat source that increases air temperature without introducing pollutants into the home. 3. Environmental Pollution The emissions that are released into the air as oil is refined to create the fuel that powers traditional furnace systems can result in environmental contamination. Radiant floor heating systems don’t rely on natural gas or electricity as their power source. Instead, they burn heating oils that are considered clean fuel sources. Since radiant floor heating systems contribute to reduced air temperature stratification and have the ability to maintain comfort at a lower interior temperature, they also require less fuel over time. This difference in fuel source and consumption allows radiant floor heating to reduce environmental pollution. Investing in radiant floor heating systems is a simple and effective way to reduce the noise, air, and environmental pollution levels associated with living in your home. For more information, talk to a professional at Action Plumbing &...

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Safe Handling And Storage Of Propane Tanks Around Your Home

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safe Handling And Storage Of Propane Tanks Around Your Home

Propane is used in many different ways, both at home and in commercial settings in your everyday life. While it is considered a fairly stable gas that is commonly stored or transported to homes, care must still be taken when using it to ensure the safety of everyone around it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with propane around your home or business. Propane Propane is a flammable, colorless gas that is not produced in nature. It is a man-made product the is produced from crude oil and is stored as a liquid under pressure in tanks. It is weighed, not measured, so filling a tank that you would use on your grill, for instance, requires weighing the empty tank and adding propane until a specified weight is achieved. Propane is commonly used in stoves, gas grills, cars, equipment like forklifts, and heaters. Safe Handling of Propane Tanks In most cases, propane does not present a significant hazard to the user, but if it is mishandled, it can have deadly consequences. Tanks containing propane need to be protected from direct flame, overheating, punctures, or other damage. The gas inside is under extreme pressure and damage to the tank can cause a failure that could result in an explosion or leak. As a result, tanks should be stored upright and in an area that they are not going to get knocked over or run into by equipment or vehicles. If a leak is detected, the area should be cleared immediately. Propane is heavier than air and will pool in low areas, creating invisible pockets of explosive gas that could be ignited by the smallest spark. In the event of a damaged or leaking tank, call your local fire department and leave the area. Commercial Propane Tanks and Delivery If you are using large quantities of propane, a large storage tank outside your home or business is not uncommon. These tanks are typically filled, inspected, and serviced by a commercial propane company that will come to your location. They transport the gas, fill the tank, check for damage to the tank, and ensure that the lines and other parts of the system are functioning properly for you. If you smell gas near the tank or a line that comes from it, call the company and let them know. They may send a service man out or have you call emergency services to check the tank. Overall, propane is a very safe and versatile gas if care is used with it. If you have questions about the gas, the system, or how it is being used in your application, call and talk to the supplier to clarify things for...

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Dealing With Trash On Your Construction Project

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Trash On Your Construction Project

Trash and debris can be a large part of the remodeling or construction process and you need to have a way to deal with it. There are options, but planning for the cleanup is as much as part of the project as ordering materials or having plans drawn up. Debris scattered around the job site are not only unsightly, but it can also create a hazard to workers and visitors to the property. Debris Buildup One way to deal with the trash or materials pulled from a job is to remove the materials from the site as you work. In the case of a roofing project, you can remove the singles from the roof directly into the back of a truck. When the truck is full, it can then take the old singles directly off site to a landfill, transfer station, or another disposal facility. This way the trash and scrap are not hanging around the job, eliminating any safety concerns and creating a job site that is nicer to look at from the street. In some areas, the city or town has restrictions or guidelines in place that dictate just how much trash, debris, or waste can be on the site while the job is ongoing. Roll Off Dumpsters Another option is to rent a large roll off dumpster that can be delivered to the job site and replaced with another when the first is full. On a job that is going to generate a large amount of debris or scrap material, this system works well. It keeps the dumpster empty and eliminates the need to take someone away from the work to haul materials away from the site. You can specify the size of the dumpster you need for your job and how often you would like to have it emptied. In most cases, if you fill the dumpster ahead of the scheduled pickup, you can call the company and ask for it to be replaced early. Recycling Materials What about recycling materials from the job? The option to recycle things is there. You can work with some companies to have several containers on site, like one for trash and one for materials to be recycled. You will have to talk with the company about what is recyclable and what is trash and mark the containers so anyone working on the job has a clear understanding of what is trash and what is not. If implemented properly, recycling materials can offset the cost of throwing away things stripped out of the job. Reducing costs on the demolition side of the job could leave more money in the budget for the remodel or construction and maybe make the difference between you being on or under...

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Make Sure To Be Patient When Seal Coating Your Driveway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Sure To Be Patient When Seal Coating Your Driveway

If you have an asphalt driveway, you should make sure that you get it seal coated on a regular basis. A seal coating protects the asphalt and makes sure that your asphalt driveway lasts a long time and stays in good shape.  Seal Coating Application Method Generally, seal coating can be applied by a large roller or brush. The person applying it to your driveway may dip their application tool into a bucket and then apply it to your driveway or they may pour the seal coating onto your driveway and then spread it out that way. If they choose to do it that way, the person should not dump the entire bucket of the seal coating on your driveway all at once. That creates a risk that it will start to dry or spots will get missed. If they are going to do it that way, they should only work in sections. Dump some seal coating, spread it in an even layer, and then move on to the next section.  Seal Coating Drying Time Once the seal coating has been applied, you need to make sure that it is fully dry before you start parking your cars on it. If it isn’t dried and properly cured to the driveway, you run the risk of having spots that aren’t protected from oils, gas, water, salt, or anything else. Your car tires can destroy the seal coating. So, it’s important to make sure that you are patient and take the time to let it dry and set correctly, or you wasted time and money. If you have seal coating applied, you are looking at around two days to wait for it to get completely dry. You may have an extra wait if any part of your driveway is in the shade for part or all of the day. Even if you have waited at least two days, you will want to make sure that it doesn’t look wet before you pull your car onto your driveway. A good rule of thumb is that if it appears that it is wet, then it probably is and you just need to wait a little longer. Seal coating protects your driveway from all sorts of things. For example, it protects your driveway from things like gas and oil that may drip from your car. Since asphalt is a petroleum product, it is vulnerable to other petroleum products, so seal coating keeps that from happening.   For more information, contact local professionals like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving...

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Modular Steel Buildings? What You Can Get For Your Money

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Modular Steel Buildings? What You Can Get For Your Money

Modular homes have been a very popular product for years. They are homes that are constructed, in sections or modules, in a factory and then delivered to a construction site. Because the homes are already pre-built, they modules only have to be installed and securely attached to each other before the home is considered complete. Now you can buy general Steel buildings that are very similar to modular homes, except that these steel buildings are not residences. Here is what you can get for your money when you purchase these ready-made steel buildings. Machine Sheds If you work in construction or agriculture and need a place to store your machines and their accessories, you can buy an all-steel modular building for them. The benefits of doing it this way versus buying all of the supplies or a building kit yourself is that you have a fully flushed out structure with pre-built walls and a roof dropped on your doorstep. If you pay a little extra, you can get the assembled pieces of your machine shed installed and connected, all without lifting finger. A machine shed that you do not have to spend more than a day building means more time and energy for you to focus on your construction or farming responsibilities instead. Outdoor Arenas When the circus comes to town or the county fair parades prize-winning animals about, where do they do it? Inside outdoor arenas, of course! If you need an outdoor covered arena for any reason (e.g., a rodeo arena or a horse riding arena for horseback riding lessons), then you can purchase a full-sized modular steel building for these purposes. The best part is, if you ever want to move your arena, the modular steel building comes apart at the same seams that secured it together, and then you move the modular sections to another location. Other Steel Buildings Offered Really, any building that is not a residence can be ordered from a company like Commercial Industries Company Inc. These include steel school buildings, airplane hangars and helicopter pads, warehouses, strip malls, garages, gymnasiums, and storage sheds. The size of the building does not matter, so long as the production company is able to match the dimensions of the building and make it structurally as strong as the steel used in its construction. Pieces of your building, pre-fabbed or custom made, are constructed in the factory, and the design and manufacture is overseen by a structural engineer to make sure every section is equally as strong as the...

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4 Tips When Working On Remodeling Your Bathroom

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips When Working On Remodeling Your Bathroom

The bathroom is sure to be one of the most visited rooms in your house. This is where you likely prepare for both the day and the night as well as make several visits throughout the day. It’s a great idea to make this space in your home as attractive and user friendly as possible by making some noticeable and useful changes. Tip #1: Pick the ideal vanity Having a place to get ready each morning is essential for getting the day started off right. One item you will want be certain to have in your bathroom is a vanity. It’s ideal to consider updating an old vanity with one that has wood that matches the rest of this area. Some woods to consider are oak, cherry, and pine. You will want to be sure the vanity you do select is the right size for this space, so make sure to measure carefully. Tip #2: Add a pedestal sink One way to allow for more room in your bathroom area is to choose a sink that stands on a pedestal. This type is extremely popular these days and comes in a variety of sizes to suit your individual needs.  Pedestal sinks typically have a large bowl and stand on a slender column type fixture. The average price of this unit for a basic model is $50-$250. Tip #3: Choose granite countertops If you want a classy look in your bathroom and one that is easy to take care of at an affordable price, you may want to choose granite for your countertops. These are available in a variety of colors that will best coordinate with your bathroom area to help it look its best. Some of the other benefits of a granite counter include it being long lasting and only needs to be cleaned with warm water and a mild cleanser. Tip #4: Use ceramic tile The flooring of your bathroom can alter the entire look of it. One good choice is ceramic tile because this type is both attractive and easy to maintain, as well as being resistant to water. Taking the time to make improvements to your bathroom area is sure to pay off for you in the long run. You’ll be able to enjoy this renovation for years to come. Be sure to rely on the expertise of a contractor such as Wunderlin Builders for help with a project like...

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Why Is Your Attic Insulation Moist?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Is Your Attic Insulation Moist?

If you go into your attic and find that your insulation feels moist, it’s important not to ignore this issue. Not only will mold begin to develop in the wet insulation, but the ability of your insulation to block heat transfer will be impeded, so your energy bills may shoot up and your home may grow cooler (or warmer in the summer.) There are two common causes of moist attic insulation: roof leaks and poor attic ventilation. Here’s how to proceed in each case. Roof Leaks If the moisture seems concentrated in certain areas, then a roof leak is most likely to blame for your wet insulation. See if you can trace drips or water lines along the attic ceiling back to a specific location. Also, take a look at the outside of the roof. While missing shingles are an obvious source of a leak, also look for nails with exposed heads and loose flashing (the metal around the base of chimneys and other items that project from your roof.) Once you identify the source of the leak, hire a roofing contractor to make a repair. Or do it yourself if you’re handy and confident climbing on the roof. Only once the leak is repaired should you replace the insulation. Otherwise, the new insulation will just get wet, too, if the roof leaks again before you get the chance to fix it. You can replace fiberglass batt insulation quite easily by rolling up and bagging the old insulation, and then unrolling new rolls of it across the attic floor. Remember to put the second layer perpendicularly across the first one. Lack of Ventilation If you cannot find a place where the roof is leaking, then you probably have an issue with inadequate ventilation. When hot air accumulates in the attic and then the temperature drops, water condenses out of the air and moistens your insulation. Adding ventilation to your attic is a job for the pros. Your roofing company will either have to add some new soffit vents along the edge of the roof or install a ridge vent along the roof’s ridge. In extreme cases, a large attic fan may be needed to air the space out. Once your roof is venting properly, you can replace the insulation without worrying that the new insulation will get wet. Don’t ignore moist insulation! The longer you let it sit, the greater the chances that it will mold, leading to respiratory difficulties and allergic reactions. For more information, talk to insulation contractors by Green Penguin...

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How To Add Molding To Recessed Windows

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Add Molding To Recessed Windows

Do you have recessed windows in your home? Do you want to make them look a little more stylish and dynamic? If so, you should consider adding molding to the recessed frame. This looks especially great if you coordinate with crown or baseboard molding in the same room. This article explains how to add molding to a rectangular recessed window. What You Need This job is actually very simple. Besides the molding product, you will need a compound miter saw and a pneumatic nail gun. The saw must have the ability to cut 45° angles. Also, make sure you have finish nails for your gun. Installing the Molding If your window has an extended sill, you can make a flat cut along the bottom of the vertical pieces. This means you only need to make angled cuts for the two top corners. For the best results, make the flat cut first, then place the molding onto the sill and mark where it meets the top corner. If you make the angled cuts right on the marking, you should end up with the right length piece. This is actually quicker and easier than using a tape measure. It is also better if you immediately attach the molding as soon as it is cut to the right length. Then, hold up the next piece in place and mark the other end. This ends up working much better than measuring and cutting all the pieces at once and then trying to attach them afterwards. Often, the measurement could change by a hair’s width after the molding is actually nailed to the wall. Caulking the Edges and Nail Holes For your molding to look professional, you need to caulk the edges and cover the nail holes. You get the cleanest caulk lines if you use your fingers to spread the caulk. First, shoot the caulk into the seam with a caulk gun. Then, while wearing latex gloves, swipe the caulk with your finger. This smooths out the caulk and leaves a cleaner line. You should clean off your finger after every swipe. If you finger is clean, you will leave behind a smooth line. Also, use your finger to spread caulk over the small nail holes. Finally, you can paint your new molding, after the caulk is completely dry. This fun and simple remodel is a great way to add a little bit of style to your window fixtures. If it turns out that the windows in your home need to be replaced because they’re old our outdated, contact a window replacement...

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Wood Siding Versus Vinyl Siding: Which Is Right For Your House?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wood Siding Versus Vinyl Siding: Which Is Right For Your House?

When you are ready to replace your home’s siding, you have several choices available to you. The material you choose can depend on many factors, including cost, appearance, and maintenance. Here are a few things to consider when selecting between vinyl and wood siding for your home. Cost Cost is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to home renovations. Knowing what fits within your budget will help you to make your final decision about what is right for your home. Vinyl siding can cost between $3,600 and $12,600 for a 1,800-square-foot home, with the lower cost not including the cost of professional installation. Wood siding can cost anywhere from $6,500 to $10,000 for a 1,250-square-foot home, depending on the type of wood siding you choose. This does not include the cost of installation, so you’ll need to allow for labor when you determine your home remodeling budget. You may be able to find materials on sale or clearance at local hardware or lumber supply stores, so consider looking for deals before start your project. Appearance Vinyl siding comes in long pieces, and unless you purchase extra-long vinyl siding, you’ll have visible seams. Wood siding, on the other hand, can be cut to fit your home on-site. Vinyl does come in a variety of colors, so you can select one that best matches your preferences. Wood siding can be painted to your exact specifications. Care And Maintenance Having a siding material that is easy to care for may be important to some homeowners. Vinyl is easy to clean by simply hosing it down, and it does not need to be repainted. You may also be able to purchase vinyl siding that comes with a transferable warranty, which means that any future owners of your home can also benefit. Wood siding, on the other hand, can be a bit more difficult to care for. It may need to be repainted from time to time, and it can fall prey to termites and other pests that feed on wood. Wood can also be more difficult to clean than vinyl. Be sure to account for care and maintenance when deciding on which siding option is the best for your home. Ultimately, both types of siding have their pros and cons. Knowing the difference between these two materials can help you to make the right choice for your home. Ask your contractor about any questions you have, and choose the siding that makes sense for your home and your...

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