Friday, December 8, 2017

HVAC Expert’s Advice on Reducing Heating Bills in the Bedroom

Lowering heating costs

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Efficient heating in the bedroom. (Photo Credits)

Sleeping cold in the winter will never be a good idea. Apart from it being uncomfortable, it can lead to sickness for some individuals who may be sensitive about drops in temperature.

The website This Old House says there are various ways to cut down on heating costs around the home during the winter season. In one of its articles, it enumerated the ways to use heat more efficiently at home, particularly the bedroom. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"Add up all those overlooked cracks, gaps, and openings around your windows, doors, plumbing, and wiring, and you may find your house has a hole the size of a Mack truck. Seal it up, and you'll save more than 10 percent on your heating bills. Start by caulking or weatherstripping around windows."

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Time.com also came up with an article discussing the lowering of heating bills during snow season. One of their advice is to bundle up. A/C And HVAC       

"Don't shed that sweater when you get home. Instead, wear warm clothing inside and turn your thermostat down. You can save 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, according to the California Energy Commission's Consumer Energy Center, which suggests a maximum setting of 68 degrees during the day. Unless you have a heat pump, consider cranking the thermostat setting down to 55 degrees when you're sleeping or away from home for an extended period, as well."

The original article can be found here.

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Hometips.com shared five tips on lowering heating bills during the winter season. Last on their list is taking full advantage of the home heating system.

"If your home is heated with a forced-air system, have the system serviced regularly. Clean filters or replace them every month or two. Be sure air ducts are free from blockages and that they are properly sealed. A tremendous amount of heated air can be wasted if joints between heating ducts become disconnected. Also be sure that any ducts passing through unheated areas such as the crawlspace or attic are insulated."

The rest of their advice can be found here.

Keeping the HVAC system well maintained especially in the onset of the winter season is another way to keep heating costs as bay. Consulting an HVAC professional can help determine whether there are repairs or maintenance work that needs to be done.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Winterizing the HVAC System

Preparing for the Winter

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The winter months can be damaging to the HVAC System. (Photo Credits)

The HVAC System, like any home fixture, will need to be prepped and protected from harsh weather conditions like the winter. A good way to prevent any damage is to winterize the HVAC System particularly the part of the system that is installed outdoors.

SF Gate shared a step-by-step instructional on winterizing the outdoor unit of an air-conditioning system. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze."

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More tips on winterizing the HVAC System

Homes.com also came up with its share of homeowner advice on gearing up HVAC units for winter time. Apart from ensuring that the HVAC Unit will run smoothly during the snow season, winterizing it, they say will help cut down on power costs. A/C And HVAC    

"Now let's move outside. Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can forget all about your AC. In fact, after a long, dusty summer of perpetual use, your air conditioning unit is probably feeling its age. In particular, check for vines, weeds, and brush that may have grown up around your outdoor unit. Look for twigs or leaves that may have fallen into the interior, and clear these out. It may not seem like it now, but winter is only a few short months long—so the more preparation you do now, the less work you'll have in front of you come summertime."

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Popular Mechanics also came up with advice on winterizing a home HVAC System.

"This one's really easy, and it will even save you a few pennies next summer, too: Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don't have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off. Similarly, make sure any hoses are drained and stowed away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. It's also a good idea to seal any water leaks around the place—and don't forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don't invite cold drafts all winter."

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Winterizing an HVAC System may require time and effort, but the savings that a household may garner from doing so will be immense given that it will protect the whole system from getting damaged by the winter.

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Plumber's tips on conserving water in the garden

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

Saving water while gardening

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Making a home garden more energy efficient. (Photo Credits)

Tending to a home garden can mean consuming more water. After all gardens demand a regular watering schedule for plants and trees, and require water as a cleaning tool as well. So how can households make their garden and landscaping more efficient in terms of water consumption?

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House Logic says, the choice of plants can influence the water requirements of a home garden. A/C And HVAC         

"The bigger the plant, the more water it might require. So don't plant shrubs genetically programmed to grow bigger than you need. Before you buy, research at the library or online how tall and wide mature shrubs will grow. A Leyland Cypress, for instance, could grow to 20 feet in a few years, overkill if you only need a 5-foot hedge. Also, don't overcrowd plants: Follow label planting instructions. Fewer plants require less water. And flora that looks sparse at first will fill the area in a few seasons."

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Water conservation

The Micro Gardener also came up with tips on efficient water usage in the garden. Plumbing Association of San Diego                

"Install a water tank rather than wasting rainwater, to maximise roof runoff and redirect it for use on your garden.  Slimline tank and water harvesting systems are available for even the tiniest of spaces."

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The Guardian also has its own list of ways to keep water consumption at bay while gardening. Their list included watering plants at the appropriate time.

"Many of us over-water our gardens. This is not only wasteful, it means we're doing more work than we need to. To check if you need to water or not, look at the soil about a spade-deep down. If it's damp, it's fine; if it's dry, it's time to water. If you have clay soil, it might feel damp whether it's irrigated or not and sandy soil can feel dry, even if it has water in it. If this is the case, watch your plants and when they start to show signs of water stress – when leaves change position or get darker – note how the soil looks and feels. This way you can get more of an idea of what your soil is like when it has too little water. Watering the garden before a drought sets in keeps the soil's moisture levels up and helps prevent a water deficit. You should also water plants in the evening when it's cooler, to reduce evaporation."

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Efficient use of water does not only translate to lower utility bills, it also translates to a greener environment.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Asthma and the HVAC System

Can an HVAC System Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

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Asthmatic individuals suffer a lot due to indoor air quality. (Photo Credits)

HVAC systems is a huge influence in indoor air quality, and for those with Asthma it could mean asthma triggers.

The website Allergy Clean shared the findings of a study linking indoor air, the HVAC system and asthma. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"The results of the analysis supported 5 trends: 1) housing age (quality) and amenities trend with lead poisoning over time; 2) changes in heating and air conditioning systems and prevalence of broken windows and bars on windows trend with the prevalence of asthma."

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Preventing triggers

Preventing asthma symptoms from getting triggered in relation to HVAC could involve regular maintenance of the HVAC equipment and controlling the humidity level indoors.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan came up with a comprehensive write-up on asthma triggers that can be encountered indoors. A/C And HVAC

"Use high quality furnace filters in the HVAC system (HEPA or microfiltration systems). Check to be sure that the furnace fan motor has enough horsepower capacity to handle their use (check the owner's manual or ask a furnace service contractor). HEPA furnace filters trap smaller size particles than conventional filters, and may help to reduce the concentration of particles suspended in air. In addition, air filters should be regularly replaced as suggested by the filter manufacturer, which may vary based on specific activities in the home (wood working, pets, etc)."

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Science Daily also shared ways to ensure a healthier indoor air through HVAC Systems.

"To improve indoor air quality, Garrett lists several construction practices that, when done right, can make a significant difference. These include installing tight ductwork, achieving airtight construction, using a correctly sized HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and making sure there is fresh air ventilation. Proper ventilation involves introducing air from a known source and then filtering, dehumidifying and pre-cooling or heating it."

The original article can be found here.

To help in ensuring healthy indoor air, a home's HVAC system should be professionally maintained on a regular basis.

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Plumber's Guide in Installing Water Softeners

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Plumber’s Guide in Installing Water Softeners

Step-by-Step Procedure

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Water softeners are a must for some locations. (Photo Credits)

For property owners in hard-water areas, having a water softener is a must.  But how easy is it to own one, lest install and maintain?

Hometips.com came up with an advice on where to install the softener, for households who will  be installing one for the first time. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"For starters, a new water softener should be located out of the way but where it is easy to tie it into the plumbing system—in most cases, this is in a basement, garage, or utility room, often near the water heater.  Allow enough space around the equipment for easy servicing."

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Family Handyman says that it is not really difficult to install a water softener at home. In one of its posts, it detailed step-by-step instructions that will lead to a successful self-installation of a water softening equipment at home. A/C And HVAC             

"The plumbing hookups on a water softener can be confusing, but we'll show you how the connections should be made. You don't have to be a plumber to connect a water softener. We make it easy to understand even for a beginning DIYer."

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Huffington Post meanwhile published an article that is meant to inform its readers on how to correctly install a water softener in their home.

"Water should be shut when installing: Safety should come first when installing a softener system. This means that all sources of water should be shut. In addition, switch off power sources especially those that are linked to the hot water system. You do not want to cause any accidents especially if they are avoidable."

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When unsure as to how to go about installing a water softener, get in touch with a licensed plumbing contractor.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Plumber’s Guide in Installing a Faucet Filter

Home Filtration System

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Installing a residential water filter system. (Photo Credits)

Families that need a cleaner and better tasting water from the public supply resort to installing water filtration system. While some homeowners just use a water filter for their drinking water, some families would rather have whole home filtration system to ensure that their whole water supply would be clean, good smelling and potable.

DIY Network.com came up with a comprehensive tutorial guide on how to install a whole house water filtration system from the water main. The guide came with photos and easy to follow directions. After turning off the water supply and draining the whole water supply at home DIY Network says the homeowner should choose where to install the filter. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"Once you've selected the location for your filter, use the template provided with the kit to mark the pipe for exact placement. Remember that you'll need to change the cartridge periodically, and select a location with enough clearance beneath the filter tank to allow easy removal and reattachment. Use a pipe cutter to make two cuts, and remove the marked section of pipe. Use the twist handle to tighten the cutter onto the pipe so the blade lines up with your mark, then rotate the cutter around the pipe as you continue twisting the handle."

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Water Filter Installation

McLendon's meantime came up with a printable guide on a Do-It-Yourself installation of a water filter. A/C And HVAC    

"Whether your water comes from a well or from a municipal water supply, you want it to be clear, you want it to be clean, and you want it to taste good. But that's not always the case. So what can you do besides stocking up on bottled water or spending a fortune on a state-of-the-art water purification system? You can install a whole-house water filter that will provide clean, clear water for all of your household needs."

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Scratchmommy.com for its part shared how they were able to successfully install a whole home water filtration system. "The pre-filter needs to be mounted. For us, this was a challenge because we do not have finished walls in our basement utility room. The simple solution was to hang a board mounted with "L" brackets to the sill plate sitting on top of the block foundation. It simply hung down to approximately where we cut the supply line and hooked it up."

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Installing a home water filtration system could provide homeowners the peace of mind that their water supply is both clean and safe for use.

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Solar Air-conditioning 101

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Solar Air-conditioning 101

Pros and Cons of Solar Powered Air-conditioning

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When solar heat powers air conditioning. (Photo Credits)

Air conditioning takes up a huge chunk of utility expenses for most households, and so finding an alternative and cheaper energy source is good step in taking control of this otherwise huge expense. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

The website Tree Hugger says there is nothing very special about the technology of a solar powered air conditioning unit. A/C And HVAC 

"We have looked at absorption technologies and all kinds of fancy solutions and alternatives to traditional AC units. But it turns out that solar powered AC is not some new technology, but simply a result of grinding out improvements in existing heat pump split units, combined with the continuing drop in the price of conventional solar panels, with a dollop of building energy efficiency improvements that reduce solar gain and resultant cooling loads."

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Instructables.com also explained how solar powered air conditioning works. AC Repair Oceanside  

"For 1 kilowatt and higher you want a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller. Basically it gives higher efficiency, can accept a higher voltage to deliver the amps into the battery bank.  I use the outback flexmax 80amp mppt controller. It's the best in class for the industry and it's worth every cent of its cost. It's fully programmable and can handle up to a 60 volt Dc battery bank."

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The Green Energy Blog also explained how solar powered air conditioning works. In their article, they also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining such an air conditioning unit.

"As with anything else, there are minuses for every plus, at least to some extent. For people looking to use a greener option for their home cooling needs, solar-powered chillers are a great choice since they use far less energy. However, it will increase your water usage. Chillers are designed to be wired into your water tank or water storage line, making them slightly less efficient than a hybrid solar AC unit that operates on battery or solar energy power."

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Solar powered air conditioning is best for especially for those wanting to save up on utility costs.

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