5 Pinterest Accounts to Follow for Spring Cleaning Inspiration

There’s no denying how useful the internet is for so many things, but did you know that it can also help with spring cleaning? That’s right! Pinterest is a great place for spring cleaning inspiration, tips, tricks, and organization ideas. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Pinterest accounts that homeowners should be following for spring cleaning inspiration.

Top Pinterest Boards for Spring Cleaning Inspiration

Be sure to bookmark the Pinterest boards below. The next time you’re browsing the web, you may even feel inspired to put down your laptop and start cleaning!

  1. REAL SIMPLE

Real Simple’s Cleaning Tips and Tricks Pinterest board is a great source for anything and everything cleaning related. The biggest benefit of following this board is that Real Simple’s pins are linked directly to original articles for homeowners, so your sources of inspiration will never run dry. You’ll find articles like “The Definitive Guide to Cleaning All of Your Summer Items,” “10 Genius Cleaning Hacks,” as well as creative infographics with expert tips and tricks.

  1. APARTMENT THERAPY

Apartment therapy’s Storage Solutions board will appeal to your practical side as well as your artistic sensibilities. Featuring articles such as “How to Cope with a Lack of Kitchen Storage,” “13 Space Hogging Items You Can Get Rid of Now,” and “13 Ways to Rethink the Foot of Your Bed,” you’ll be motivated to reconsider your home’s space. Beautifully curated, these tricks and tips on home organization will get you inspired to put everything you own in its proper place. Bookmark this board if you’re looking for creative home storage ideas that go beyond the basic bin.

  1. REMODELAHOLIC

This family has got it all figured out when it comes to hoarding a wealth of great DIY cleaning and organizing tips. Not only is the board beautifully curated, but there are some really clever ideas that can jumpstart your spring cleaning and potentially change your cleaning habits. For great DIY tips and tricks, check out Remodelaholic’s Pinterest board: Cleaning and Organizing.

  1. ORGANIZING HOME LIFE

Ginny from Organizing Home Life has blessed us all with a fabulous collection of home organizing boards that will inspire you to declutter and clean, clean, clean! Bonus, she has an entire board dedicated solely to printable organizing lists! With pantry inventory lists, home management printables, and chore charts, this board is a handy go-to for all your home organization list-making needs.

  1. MARTHA STEWART

Last, but certainly not least is the cleaning and organizing guru herself, Martha Stewart. As you would expect, Martha Stewart’s Cleaning Pinterest board makes cleaning and organizing your home effortless and chic. And, the best part about Martha Stewart’s cleaning board is that it truly runs the gamut on home cleaning with savvy tips, fun crafts, and DIY projects that would make just about anyone giddy about home keeping. Did we mention that every single photo on this board is gorgeous? This only further fuels our desire to get cleaning!

As a friendly reminder, Spring cleaning is the perfect time to have your HVAC system checked out before summer hits. Call us today to schedule a maintenance service visit to make sure your system is in working order:

How Humidifiers Can Help Relieve Allergy Symptoms

A humidifier is an important part of most HVAC systems, especially during the winter when air is naturally drier. This attachment adds moisture to the air making the indoor environment more comfortable. More humidity relieves dry skin and eyes and reduces static build up that gives you those little shocks when you touch tings. But did you know that another way humidifiers make your home more comfortable is by reducing allergy symptoms?

Moisture Relieves Irritation and Pain of Allergic Rhinitis 

Think about the symptoms you get from the most common allergies, like hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. There are itchy dry eyes, nasal congestion, a scratchy throat, and inflammation and irritation throughout the airways.

All of these symptoms can be partially relieved simply by having more moisture in the air. Dry air exacerbates the swelling, dryness and scratchiness that you feel during an allergic reaction. Moisture won’t eliminate your symptoms, but it will lessen their severity.

Humidity Helps You Expel Allergens 

Adequate moisture in the air helps to relieve allergy symptoms by reducing irritation and inflammation in the sinuses, nasal passages, and throat. With soothed airways, your body can do a better job of keeping allergens out. Healthy airways work to expel allergens, particles like dust and pollen, through sneezing and coughing. When your airways are inflamed and irritated, they can’t do this job and your allergic reactions get worse.

Strike a Humidity Balance 

More humidity isn’t always better. Too much moisture in the air provides an environment in which certain allergens, like mold and dust mites, thrive. To find maximum relief and comfort, you need to find the right humidity level. When you look for a humidifier to add to your HVAC system find one with a hygrometer. This is a device that measures the indoor air humidity so you can adjust it as needed. A good balance for indoor humidity is between 40 and 48 percent. This will give you relief from symptoms, while also minimizing the growth of mold and dust mites.

Dry air has a lot of negative consequences, but causing extra allergy irritation is one you may not have previously considered. Think about adding a humidifier to your HVAC to find relieve and let the experts here at superwriter.ru help you find the right model for your home.

The History of Air Conditioning: How Your Great Grandparents Kept Cool

We take a lot of modern technology for granted, forgetting how comfortable it makes our lives. On the hottest, most humid summer days, we may even take our air conditioners for granted. What was it like before the invention of these wonderful air-cooling devices? How did our great grandparents and more distant ancestors beat the heat? They had more technology for cooling off than you may have realized. Here are a few fun facts about the history of air conditioning.

  1. The First Water-Cooled Rooms Were in Ancient Egypt

In the hot desert of ancient Egypt, people had to cope with the beating sun and outrageous temperatures. They had a smart solution, though: the first water-cooled air conditioning system. They hung wet reeds from the tops of windows. This cooled the breezes coming in and lowered the temperature of the room.

  1. The Victorians Utilized Air Flow to Keep Cool

They may not have had our modern air conditioners, but the Victorians designed their homes to optimize the flow of air, crucial in staying cool during warm weather. They used high ceilings, large and recessed windows, and covered porches to keep out the heat of the sun and to promote the flow of air through a house

  1. Cave Men Understood Geothermal Cooling

In ancient times, before actual homes were built, our ancestors lived in caves. They provided protection and shelter, but also a cool environment. These cave men and women understood that being underground was cooler, so they used caves, but also dug burrows and tunnels to beat the heat. Today, we are still taking advantage of geothermal cooling in modern designs.

  1. Fans Come from Ancient China

It was thousands of years ago when the Chinese realized that moving air makes you feel cooler. They invented the first fans to beat the heat and even had hand-powered rotary fans. No air conditioning system today can operate without a fan and we have the ancient Chinese to thank for it.

  1. Battling Humidity Led to the First Modern Air Conditioner

The first real air conditioner of modern times was created by Willis carrier. He was really trying to find a way to remove humidity from the air in large commercial buildings. Specifically, humidity was causing a problem in publishing houses where the moisture caused ink to dry slowly and paper to become moist. While solving the humidity problem, he created an air conditioning unit, very much like the ones we use in our homes today.

Air conditioning has come a long way, but don’t think that your ancestors suffered too much. They had plenty of ingenuity and knew how to stay cool, even thousands of years ago.

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How to Control Dry Air in Your Home

As the weather gets colder the air inside your home will get drier and drier. This is something we tend to take for granted even though it may annoy us to no end.

But dry air is actually more trouble than most people realize. You should see it as an unwanted and uninvited guest in your home, and the sooner you can get rid of it the better off your whole family will be.

Dry Air Side Effects

When the humidity is high you tend to feel warmer. Conversely when it is low you tend to feel cooler, and when the air inside your home lacks moisture you may have to turn your thermostat up a couple of extra degrees to find comfort. This results in higher-than-necessary electricity or gas bills, to the tune of about a four percent increase for each additional degree of heat your HVAC system is asked to produce.

But the problems caused by dry air go well beyond financial. When the interior humidity level declines the state of your health may decline right along with it.

Some of the negative health effects of extremely dry air include:

  • Lowered immune system functioning that leaves you more susceptible to colds and the flu.
  • Increased likelihood of asthma attacks in response to respiratory distress and infection.
  • Chronic dryness of the nose, eyes and throat, accompanied by soreness and itching.
  • Dry and scaly skin on the hands and feet, which can crack and lead to the development of painful open wounds.

This is all pretty unpleasant and all linked to continuous exposure to drier-than-normal indoor air.

In addition to the effect it has on your body dry air can also damage the body of your home. Floors, walls and ceilings may develop cracks in their wooden surfaces and the flaking and peeling of painted surfaces may escalate when dryness runs out of control.

And you know those shocks you get from static electricity, which builds up in the dry air and discharges when you touch a physical object or other person? In some instances those shocks can be potent enough to damage sensitive (and expensive) electronic equipment.

Dryness Be Gone!

One of the best ways to re-humidify your home during the winter time (or during any season if you live in a desert climate) is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC network.

When a whole-home humidifier is up and running dry air has no place to hide. As long as your home is relatively airtight you should have no trouble maintaining indoor moisture levels to your liking, possibly with the assistance of digital thermostats that tie into whole-home humidifiers and can turn them on and off in accordance with pre-determined settings.

Whole-home humidifiers do require an additional financial investment, but are likely to pay for themselves in relatively short order through reduced energy consumption and fewer trips to the family doctor.

Dry Air is Preventable, Not Inevitable

Dry indoor air is not a trivial concern. It is a problem to be eliminated with all due haste, before your family is forced to suffer even further from its unpleasant and costly effects.

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What Is Thermal Comfort?

ThinkstockPhotos-475991232If you feel comfortable sited in a room without worrying about the surrounding temperature, you are most likely experiencing what is known as thermal comfort. This is a situation which happens when the body is in state of comfort. When engineers are designing HVAC systems, they consider thermal comfort as a primary goal to satisfy their clients. It is achieved when the heat generated by humans is allowed to dissipate therefore creating temperature equilibrium.

Factors Influencing Thermal Comfort

1. Personal Factors

Personal factors like clothing and work rate affects how one feels in relation to temperature differences. For instance, one may wear less or more clothes to feel better or even engage in a activity which raises the work rate. These effects causes thermal discomfort.

2. Environmental conditions

Air speed, radiant and air temperatures as well as humidity affects thermal comfort. Flowing air creates uniformity in air temperature making room occupants feel comfortable. Heat radiating from hot points affects the surrounding temperature as it affects how the human body gains or loses heat. When humidity is high, the body tends to sweat as a means of reducing heat whereas low humidity translates to less sweating in order to conserve heat.

Measuring Thermal Comfort

To establish how comfortable your employees feel about their surrounding environment, you may need a thermal comfort checklist to assess their needs. Using the employees, an employer may use problems identified and carry out adjustment and possibly improve thermal comfort. When discomfort is an issue, you may need to use risk analysis. If thermal comfort is affected by personal factors, risk assessment is done using the type of clothing where an yearly risk assessment may also be needed.

Control Thermal Comfort

In order to control thermal comfort, control the environment. This include monitoring humidity and air temperatures. Distance your employees from the sources of heat and cold. This may be done through insulation. Control your tasks by automation and limiting exposure time. In addition, employees may adapt to changes, change behavioral adaptation as well as controlling individual employees through supervising and training may regulate thermal comfort.

Thermal comfort plays a vital role in employee productivity. Therefore investing in quality HVAC may help you have the perfect environment for your employees.

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superwriter.ru Visits the Texas Home and Garden Show 2015

We are always excited to share with our customers and visitors to our HVAC resource blog exciting company news, especially when we attend events that allow us to really connect with the public and our customers and answer their HVAC questions. In August, we had the pleasure to attend the Texas Home and Garden Show 2015, which was held in Ft. Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Visiting this year’s Texas Home and Garden Show was a wonderful time and not only did we get the chance to see many great exhibitors, but we got to speak in-length about our company, our services, answer questions, and speak about the great deals we are currently offering to our existing HVAC clients as well as new clients. One of the deals we currently are promoting is the 2015 Carrier Cool Cash rebates, which can save those purchasing a new heating or air conditioning system more money this year than ever before!

We are proud to say that the 2015 Texas Home and Garden Show was a hit, and we can’t wait to attend next year’s show and bring our work philosophy and HVAC knowledge to the good people of Texas once again. Below you can find a full recording of the interview we gave at the Home and Garden Show, where we speak about all things HVAC and more.

High Winds Across The United States Affecting Indoor Air Quality

The high winds that have been seen from coast to coast in the U.S. lately are having a negative effect on home A/C and HVAC systems. An air conditioning unit requires regular cleaning and maintenance to function efficiently and effectively, and to reduce repair costs throughout its years of service. Excellent indoor air quality and energy efficiency depends on the condition of the air conditioner; therefore, neglecting the necessary maintenance is unwise. Dust mold and allergens can cause serious health problems, so cleaning the dust and debris from the HVAC components and machinery should be addressed immediately.

In essence, maintaining your air conditioner will save you money and extend the unit’s life. Some of the components that require regular maintenance include:
• Filters
• Coils
• Coil fins
• Condensate Drains
• Window Seals

Filters
Routinely cleaning and replacing air conditioner filters is the most important task that will ensure efficiency. When the filter is dirty or clogged, there is a reduction in the normal air flow; therefore, the system has to work harder, which requires more energy. According to energy.gov, replacing a clogged or dirty filter can lower energy consumption by between 5% and 10%. Additionally, the air that manages to pass through the filter may carry dust and dirt particles into the evaporator coil, thus impairing its heat absorption capacity.

It is important to replace the filter at least once every three months, and every month or two during the heavy use season; however, some types of AC filters are reusable. Filters are available in many types and efficiencies. One should seek the services of a professional technician to replace the AC filter.

Coils
Over the AC unit’s months and years of service, the evaporator and condenser coils collect a lot of dust and dirt particles, especially if the filter is clogged or dirty. The dirt insulates the coil and reduces its heat absorption capabilities. To counter this issue, one should check and clean the coil every year. When it comes to outdoor condenser coils, the outdoor environment plays a very big part. It is vital to minimize the debris and dirt near the unit by cleaning the area, trimming foliage, and ensuring there is sufficient airflow around the condenser unit.

Coil Fins
Sometimes, the aluminum coil fins can bend and block the air flow through the coil, thus reducing efficiency. When this happens, one should use a fin comb to straighten the fins into their original position. Fin combs are available in most air conditioning wholesale outlets.

Condensate Drains and Window Seals
Maintenance of the condensate drains involves passing a taut wire through the drain channels to enable the unit to reduce humidity and the excess moisture, which may discolor the carpet and walls. In addition, it is important to check the seal between the window frame and the air conditioner to ensure there is no gap. In certain cases, moisture damages the seal, thereby allowing cool air to escape.

An experienced HVAC technician can find and fix any problems affecting the air conditioning unit, including HVAC vent cleaning. Therefore, it is important to use a professional heating and cooling professional to clean, maintain and perform your home air quality testing.

Protecting Your HVAC Equipment By Changing The Air Filter

With more and more homeowners looking for effective ways to reduce monthly expenses, it can be surprising that something as simple as changing the air filter in your home’s heating and cooling system can help you reduce expensive energy bills. Fortunately, regardless of what types of filters you use, simply ensuring that they are checked and cleaned on a regular basis can add years to your HVAC system while also helping to lower monthly operating costs.

An HVAC system that has clean filters will be able to function as smoothly as possible. Of course, with smoother operation and less stress on internal components, the life span of your HVAC equipment can be significantly increased, which provides an important cost savings. Additionally, while increasing the life expectancy of your HVAC equipment is definitely a major advantage, other benefits of proper maintenance include fewer repair bills and more reliable service.

Most homeowners rely on their HVAC system year-round. This means that in the summer you want to be sure that your air conditioner is able to provide the cooling your family needs, while when winter temperatures drop, you have a dependable furnace for a safe and comfortable indoor temperature. Unfortunately, when you have a clogged air filter, your HVAC equipment will need to work much harder than it should and this can put extra stress on your heating and cooling systems.

The simple solution for the most reliable heating and air conditioning is to make sure you check your air filter’s condition on a regular basis. A clean filter is an essential component, not only in an efficient and dependable HVAC system, but also for a healthy home. Most HVAC professionals recommend that you change the air filter in your system on a monthly basis. This will help ensure optimal performance and the greatest energy efficiency possible.

When changing the air filter in your home’s HVAC system, be sure to consider the various types of filters that are now available. Of course, you can choose a basic filter to provide the filtration your HVAC system needs to run properly; however, there are also filters that will provide additional filtration which can be especially beneficial for anyone who has health problems or respiratory concerns. Whether you have family members with asthma or allergies, or you want to find a solution to problems with indoor air quality in your home, the right type of filter can make a big difference.

Regardless of what type of filter you choose to use, taking the time to check and replace your air filters on a monthly basis can make a big difference in the longevity and dependability of your home’s heating and cooling systems. Additionally, with a quality filter replacement, your family will enjoy increased indoor air quality year-round.

Governors Doing Their Part To Advance Energy Efficiency

According to a new study produced by the National Governors Association, states have proven to be an essential ingredient in the process the United States is using to help consumers lower their energy costs by improving the rules and standards used to increase energy efficiency for homes and businesses.

Along with that, state governors are playing a significant role in attempts to advance energy efficiency across the spectrum. Their efforts include being supportive of efforts made to reduce the amount of energy used by consumers, reducing their state’s own expenditures for energy costs, strengthening the reliability of systems already in place, deferring the requirement for new investment in power plants, and reducing their state’s impact on the environment.

For more information about how state governors have been doing their part to increase energy efficiency, read An Energy Efficient Primer for Governors which spells out some of the successful actions many governors have participated in to help consumers lower their energy costs and increase energy efficiency.

Due to the various benefits offered to businesses and citizens, governors are also engaged in the search for additional ways they can help their constituents lower their energy costs and advance energy efficiency. This was the crux of the statement made recently by Neil Abercrombie, the governor of Hawaii. He also pointed out that there is still opportunity to increase energy efficiency, and states will continue to strive to find more options.

The way in which many state governors are going about this is by working with regulators and legislators along with many others as they attempt to find additional ways to advance energy efficiency. Here are some examples of actions states have taken recently:

Energy Planning

As they conduct energy planning for their states, they also explore which best practices are successful and analyze the potential for saving energy.

Improving Energy Efficiency Rules and Standards

They have improved the rules and standards pertaining to efficient energy use for appliances and buildings.

Incentives to Energy Companies

They have provided incentives to utility companies to find ways to increase the efficient use of energy in industries, businesses and homes.

Support for Financing and Repayment

To encourage investing from the private sector, they support mechanisms for innovative financing and repayment options.

Enhanced Energy Savings

They have also launched efforts using information technology which create even greater energy savings for businesses and consumers.

Research and Development

Governors have been very supportive of research and development of new energy saving initiatives by forming partnerships with private sector as well as university centered efforts.

The result of all this is that a new generation of thoughtful use of energy has now been set in place. To find out more about this, see this site http://nga.org.

Governors are not the only ones who see the many benefits of finding newer more energy efficient methods with which to power homes and businesses. However, through their efforts, there is increased attention being given to finding innovative ways to beat the rising cost of energy and protect the environment at the same time.