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Tips to Keep Your HVAC Filters Running Healthy and Happy

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Your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is very important for the comfort of your home. If you properly maintain yours, it can last between 12 and 15 years. Proper maintenance of your HVAC filters is a big part of any good HVAC maintenance plan.

The first thing you need to look into when you are working on HVAC filters is to find out what kind works best with your unit and what will be needed by your home. The measurement that is used for HVAC filters is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV).

Understanding MERV:

If you need only the minimal amount of filtration you want to get the MERV 1 through 4. These keep dust from getting into the equipment. They do not do much to improve the quality of the air you breathe. These are the cheapest HVAC

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Radon Radioactivity What You Need to Know

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If you’re a homeowner, you might be surprised to know that a deadly gas is located in your house. It’s called radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is also radioactive. Its radioactivity did not come to the public’s attention until 1984, when a worker at a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania was found to be contaminated with radioactivity. It was determined that the radioactivity was caused by radon in his home.

The link between high concentrations of radon and lung cancer is well-known. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General’s office have stated that there are an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths caused by radon each year. The EPA also stated that one in three homes in seven studied states and three Indian lands had high enough radon co

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Why Spend Money Heating Your Home With Gas? Wood Stoves are a Great Alternative

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Are you in the market for a new home? Across America, home buyers consistently report that they are looking for the same thing: a fireplace. Fireplaces can add a sense of coziness to any home, but homeowners may not realize that they need to get their fireplace cleaned before they start the first fire of the year. Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, but make sure that you know how to keep your heat loss to a minimum.

There are a few ways that you can reduce heat loss from a fireplace: first, you want to make sure that you open a window in your living room about one inch and close the door if you have one. You do want to make sure that you schedule a yearly fireplace cleaning, because chimney fires are one of the major causes of home fires. Ask your contractor to check the flue

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4 Ways You Would Have Never Guessed that You Could Use Wood Pellets

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Biomass pellets, made from recycled materials like sawdust and recycled, compressed wood, are widely used in Europe’s energy sector, but have only recently gained ground in the United States.

Wood pellet mills create these small fire starters by putting the raw materials through a pellet press. Because the materials that go into the machines are sourced properly, the biomass pellets burn clean, controlling air quality and contributing to a more sustainable future.

Wood pellet machines aren’t just making the energy sector better, though. In fact, thre are plenty of uses for biomass wood pellets.

Here are some ways you would neve

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When To Ask for Home Remodeling Advice

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Are you a homeowner looking to finally finish some remodeling projects? Perhaps you want to add on a nice back deck, finish the landscaping in the front lawn, or update your kitchen! Whatever your remodeling or renovation plan may be, there are some things to keep in mind before you get started. Below are just a few of them:

1. Asking for Home Remodeling Advice - As with any household project, if you are not familiar with the type of work you plan to do, it is good to ask for advice. The tricky part is finding where to turn for something as specific as home remodeling advice. Sure, anyone can search for home remodeling tips online, but there is something more assuring about having someone locally that you can trust if you h

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