How Wildfires Are Affecting Florida’s Air Quality—And What You Can Do About It

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Florida residents are not strangers to wildfires. In January through May of this year, over 2,000 wildfires have burned over 100,000 acres in Florida.

These wildfires don’t just affect residents immediately next to the burning site. Wildfires leave thick, heavy smoke behind. The smoke lingers in the air and significantly lowers the air quality in the surrounding areas.

Just this month, three Florida counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties) issued air-quality advisories. Here’s why Florida wildfires are a problem and what you can do.

Rising Temperatures in Florida: What You Can Do to Stay Cool

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Temperatures in the Southeast have increased by an average of two degrees Fahrenheit since 1970, according to the National Communication Association.

AccuWeather predicts Florida temperatures to stay in the 90s throughout June and July 2017, and temperatures are only expected to get worse. The Florida monthly mean for daily temperature maximums are projected to be around 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the future.

These hot temperatures can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Let’s look closer at the effects of rising Florida temperatures and how you can stay comfortable in these dangerously hot conditions.

When Does Your Air-Conditioner Filter Need to Be Changed?

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Time to change the air conditioner filterAll of the climate-controlled air in your home passes through either your heater or air-conditioner filter. This simple component can have a large impact on how efficient your system is and how clean your air is.

If the air-conditioner filter becomes dirty or damaged, the issues can affect every breath of air you take inside your home. However, many homeowners don’t know how to answer the question of how often they should change their AC filter.

Part of the reason this question is so difficult to answer is that no two households have the same requirements for air-conditioner filter changes. In this blog, we discuss the factors that can affect how often your filter needs to be changed.

Beyond Theft and Vandalism: 5 Reasons to Install Security Lights for Your Home

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You feel comfortable living in your home. Your neighbors are friendly and trustworthy. You don’t have to worry about whether you’ve locked your doors and windows at night. And you are an active member of the neighborhood watch, though you have yet to see anything more suspicious than the occasional lost dog.

When you live in such a safe neighborhood, you may wonder if security measures and precautions are even necessary. Video cameras and alarm systems seem over the top, and hidden safes belong in heist films rather than your home.

But don’t dismiss security lighting just yet.

Gas Versus Electric Heat: Which Fuel Is Right for Your Home?

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When it comes to heating your home, you want an efficient system that provides you with the most comfortable temperatures for the lowest overall cost. If you need to upgrade or replace your system, you may have several heating system fuel options available, but feel unsure which is right for your home.

In this blog, we compare the characteristics of two of the most common fuel types used: natural gas and electricity.

4 Ways to Combat Florida Allergens This Winter

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For many people, allergy season comes once, maybe twice, a year. During the spring, flowers and trees release pollen that triggers congestion or a runny nose. During the fall, grasses and weeds do the same.

But Florida’s warm, humid climate allows allergens to flourish throughout the year, and ragweed, mold, and other allergens can cause coughs, sneezes, hives, and watery eyes.

Fortunately, when you follow these simple steps, you can remove allergens from your home and significantly reduce your symptoms.

Do You Need Your Ducts Cleaned? 6 Telltale Signs

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You know the importance of seasonal HVAC maintenance. But most of these cleaning and repair efforts focus on your heating and cooling units themselves rather than the system of ducts that delivers heated or cooled air throughout your home.

When your ducts become obstructed, dirty, or compromised, the issue can harm your indoor air quality and decrease the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. The obvious answer to these problems is professional duct cleaning, but when do you need to schedule a cleaning?

In this blog, we list six signs that your ducts need cleaning sooner rather than later.

Hurricane Preparedness for North Central Florida

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If you live in Florida, you have likely already seen the effects of hurricanes. You know firsthand how much damage they can do, and you want to protect your home, possessions, and family.

In order to stay safe during hurricane season, you need to be prepared for the storm and its aftermath. This article will teach you the basics of hurricane preparedness.

Have an Empty Barn? Tips to Help You Renovate and Reuse the Space

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If you live on a farm, then you likely have a barn somewhere on your property. This building is perfect for housing horses, storing farming equipment, and covering grain and straw. But what if your barn is empty? What do you do with the space?

Rather than tearing down the barn and leaving an empty plot on your property, renovate the building. Below, we’ve provided a few tips about features you should include and ways you can reuse your empty barn so you can make the most of this structure. Read on to discover how you can repurpose an empty barn and allow it to add to your property’s value.