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October 2019

Plants & Indoor Air Quality

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House Plants Help Indoor Air Quality Who knew that those pretty house plants could be actually useful in your home? How House Plants Clean the Air Did you know that adding plants in your home can actually improve the overall quality of the air inside? Yep! Plants actually purify the air and reduce the amount of air particulates believe it our not. Plants can absorb airborne particulates as they take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Not only this, but the micro-organisms that are present in the soil of the plant are responsible for the overall cleaning effect as well. Which Plants Are Best For Indoor Air Quality? Most house plants are very easy to care for. A little water and sunlight and you're good to go! With that being said, some plants prefer certain environments over others (you don't see palm trees growing in Ohio!). When out shopping for plants, be sure to look at the recommended care instructions on the plant tag to verify you can provide the environment it needs. Here are some good house plants to check out: Boston Fern - Easy to take care of, but prefer a more humid environment to grow in with lots of sunlight. Bamboo Palm - These plants can get pretty big, growing up to 12 feet high at times! Aloe Vera - Easy to care for and also contain a clear liquid inside the leaves that is full of vitamins and great for the skin. Garden Mum...
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Different Types Of Thermostats

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What Kind Of Thermostat Should I Get? With so many different options available, it may be confusing as to which one is right for you! Manual Thermostat You don't see a lot of these thermostats in homes anymore unless the home is older. Manual thermostats are those old round models with a dial that you have to turn to the temperature you want. Surprisingly, many people still prefer these old types of thermostats over the newer, more efficient models. Manual thermostats are extremely easy to operate as there is no programming required, it is more of just an "on/off" switch that sits on your wall. It's important to note that these types of thermostats are not compatible with many of the new units that are sold today. If you have one of these old, manual thermostats, chances are your furnace and air conditioner are just as old.  Programmable Thermostats Programmable thermostats are very common these days and can be found in most homes. These types of thermostats are considered some of the most efficient due to the programming options it gives you. Instead of having to keep turning your thermostat on or off at certain times of the day, programmable thermostats can be programmed to hold a certain temperature and then change that temperature automatically at a different time of day. A great example of this is during the summer. During the day when it's hot, you can program the thermostat to cool your house to 72 and then die...
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What Does Your Furnace Filter Do?

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When the weather gets cold, we must all rely on our furnaces to provide us with comfort and warmth. Of course, if we expect our furnaces to remain in optimal condition at all times, we must have them regularly serviced by heating contractors. Another way that we must keep our furnaces fully functional is by changing the filter on a regular basis. Help for asthma and allergies It’s easy to minimize the importance of a furnace filter, but it is absolutely essential. First of all, the filter collects dust and other debris, preventing it from entering the home through the air vents. For those with allergies and asthma, this helps to keep symptoms to a minimum. It might also be a good idea to invest in a high-efficiency air filter if there are family members with allergies, as they are specially created to prevent even the smallest particles of allergens from infiltrating a home. Minimize system breakdowns Another function of the filter is to prevent buildup of debris on the coils and other parts that are important for overall functioning of your furnace. If debris is allowed to accumulate, then this will increase the likelihood of the furnace malfunctioning. This could lead to the need for potentially pricey repairs, which could be avoided by simply changing the filter. Lower energy bills Heating bills can prove to be pretty costly, especially during extremely cold winters, and a dirty air filter will only add to the operation costs. A filter that isn’t…

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