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Spring 2016

Indoor Air Quality Options that Improve Your Household

Heaters and air conditioners aren’t the only things that help your household comfort levels. Indoor air quality products, from humidifiers to air filters and cleaners, can improve your breathing, remove the stale feeling from the air and balance humidity levels to optimize comfort in your home. The benefits are innumerable, and can increase your home’s energy efficiency to boot.

We all tend to focus on temperature control when determining our household comfort levels, as well we should. Your air conditioner and heater are essential to keeping temperatures comfortable, and that’s fine. But they’re not the only systems that can help. Other problems with your indoor air quality – high amounts of dust, excessive humidity and the preponderance of germs or bacteria – can be best addressed by systems designed to cope with them. By installing them in your home, you can not only improve the quality of your indoor air, but help lower your monthly heating and cooling bills to boot.

What Kinds of Indoor Air Quality Products Are Out There?

The list of indoor air quality products is lengthy, but it can include any or all of the following:

  • Air Cleaners. Air filters are present in all heaters and air conditioners to strain contaminants out of the air. Electronic air cleaners take this a step further, using an ionization chamber to ionize particles and causing them to stick to a collection pan.
  • UV Filters. UV filters are designed specifically to address germs and other bacteria, using a field of ultraviolet light to kill or sterilize them as they circulate through your ductwork.
  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers. These products help address the problem of excessively dry or excessively moist air, both of which can cause considerable issues with your household comfort levels. In many cases, both devices are required: one to reduce humidity levels in the summer and one to increase them in the winter. In addition to their other benefits, they can often ease the strain on your heater or air conditioner, since humidity levels affect our perception of temperature as well.
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators and Heat Recovery Ventilators. These devices are placed in your attic and they swap out the stale air in your home with fresh air from the outside, all without affecting the indoor temperature at all. In the process, it eases the strain on your heater and air conditioner a great deal.

3 Plumbing Components That You Should Look at This Spring

As we move into the spring season, most homeowners are going to conduct spring cleaning efforts of one kind or another. However, plenty of parts of the home tend to get neglected during typical spring cleaning. If you really want to make sure that your home is ready for the rest of the year, you need to take a look at all the various systems that need maintenance and repair.

Are you planning to do any spring cleaning this year? If so, are you extending your efforts to the various systems in your home? There is a whole network of different systems and appliances in your home that need professional attention if you want them to work properly. Plumbing is one of those systems. Let’s take a look at 3 plumbing systems you should have checked this spring.

1. Garbage Disposal

You may think of your garbage disposal as some kind of invincible engine of destruction, but it’s actually just as vulnerable to issues as any other system. If you’re putting certain materials down the garbage disposal, like bones or ice, your system is likely to have even more wear and tear on it than usual. In spring, you should be sure to call for maintenance and repair services for your garbage disposal. This will help keep your disposal up and running for another year. 

2. Water Heater

Of all the various appliances in your home, whether plumbing related or not, your water heater is one of the hardest-working. Most people use hot water multiple times a day, which means that the water heater is used more often than pretty much any other individual appliance. That results in a lot of wear and tear on the system, which increases the likelihood of problems occurring and shortens its lifespan. There are also concerns related to parts like the anode rod, which only last around a year even if everything is operating normally. If you want to have your water heater last as long as possible, you should definitely schedule maintenance services for it during spring.

3. Toilet

The toilets in your home are also likely used multiple times a day, which results in a lot of wear and tear. A toilet is less likely to break down in the same way that a water heater or garbage disposal will. However, that does not mean that they are immune to issues. The biggest problem that toilets suffer from is leaks, which can cause a huge amount of water damage in a short amount of time. One leaky seal around your toilet, and a whole floor could be flooded if given enough time. You should definitely inspect your toilets for cracks or leaks, and call for repairs as soon as you notice any.

Making sure that your various plumbing appliances are in good condition will help make your home more efficient, and yourself more comfortable.