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.

Clangs, Creaks, and Whistles: Signs Your HVAC System Needs Repairs

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The summer brings with it warmer temperatures and numerous opportunities to spend time outdoors with your friends and family. After a long day of surfing, biking, or playing sports, you expect to go home and relax in the cool, inside air. However, when you go inside your home, you’re welcomed by a burst of warm air.

You know that something must be wrong with your HVAC system, but you aren’t sure if the system needs repairs or if you simply need to turn down the thermostat. Below, we’ll discuss the four most common signs that your HVAC system requires maintenance. Read on so you know how to recognize an issue and contact an HVAC professional in a timely manner.

Why You Need a Surge Protector

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A surge protector is an essential component to most households and businesses. Large electrical devices like computers, televisions, and entertainment systems can become completely useless if exposed to one bad power spike. A surge protector presents the best and easiest way to prevent a spike from happening. Below, we explain why.

6 Ways to Resolve Your Family Thermostat Wars

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You and your family tend to get along swimmingly. You enjoy meals together, you plan exciting activities together, and you love spending time together.

But despite your positive family relationships, you tend to disagree on one thing: the thermostat.

You might set the thermostat to a comfortable 71 degrees, only to have your freezing partner set it to a toasty 76 degrees a few minutes later. Or your son might want to cool down at 68 degrees, only to have your daughter crank the thermostat up to 80 as soon as she comes home.

You know that the constant adjustments wreak havoc on your HVAC system as well as on your utilities bill, so what can you do to end the war, or at least to lessen the effect of the battles?

Defrost Cycle

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When it gets below about 45 degrees, a heat pump running in HEAT mode may develop ice or frost on the coils. There are exceptions to the rule, however, as I have seen heat pumps defrost when it is above 45 degrees and even in the 50’s! If it gets frozen enough, it may have to defrost.

A defrost cycle is initiated by the reversing valve switching the flow of Freon and putting the unit in COOL mode. However, unlike when the unite is running in COOL mode on a hot day, the fan blades in the outdoor unit are not spinning, and the system typically has its electric, gas, or oil backup heat running to prevent the heat pump from effectively air conditioning the house while it is defrosting. Sometimes, depending on a number of factors, a steam or fog may appear above the heat pump.

A defrost cycle can last anywhere from less than a minute to ten minutes or more depending on a number of factors, including outdoor temperature, ice/frost buildup on the outdoor coils, whether or not it is raining or snowing, and what temperature the thermostat is set at. 

Everything You Need to Know about Your HVAC

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Back in 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier had a problem. New York City’s overwhelming humidity was ruining a publishing company’s paper, and Willis was the electrical engineer in charge of making sure that the problem got fixed.

His solution became the precursor for the modern HVAC system.

Willis blew the air inside the building across chilled pipes, which reduced the heat and prevented the air from carrying moisture. The effect was immediate: the paper stopped soaking up excess moisture from the air, the publishing company’s profits stabilized, and soon, every business in America was installing Willis’ ingenious system. The air conditioner was born.

5 Ways to Turn Your Home Into an Asthma-Friendly Space

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Asthma doesn’t get as much airtime as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. But it affects 1 in 12 Americans, which totals 8% of the population or 25 million people. In most cases, asthma is a manageable illness, but air pollution, allergies, and other triggers can make it hard for people with asthma to breathe easily.

If you or your children have asthma, you want your home to be a safe space. Unlike schools, malls, or even the outdoors on a high-pollution day, your home should help you avoid asthma attacks, not trigger them. Unfortunately, indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality-but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Luckily, you can take several simple steps to clear your home’s air. With help from these tips and with your doctor’s advice, you can create a safe space with clean air for yourself and your children.

Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricanes can be a scary experience. These strong storms that can cause serious property-threatening hazards such as storm surge, high winds, flooding and tornadoes. Being prepared for these storms is an essential part of life in Florida and plays an important role in the safety of you and your family.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about some hurricane preparedness tips that can help you feel more prepared in case of a hurricane.

UV Light Treatment 101: How It Works and What It Does

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You’ve heard many facts and opinions about pollution and its impact on the environment. By now, you already know that contamination in the air doesn’t just harm the ecosystem-it can impact everyone on Earth.

So to keep you and those around you safe from smog, smoke, etc., you invest in air purifiers, humidifiers, and other machines to produce clean air and a comfortable environment.

Despite your best efforts to clean the air inside your home or office, you still notice mold on the walls. Or perhaps a family member becomes ill out of the blue. You wonder what could cause these situations to occur. And since you clean with Clorox, Lysol, or various disinfectants, your home or office can’t be the culprit.

But did you know that the air inside your house, office, and other buildings can make you sick? In fact, the EPA reported that air inside a building contains 5 times-and even up to 100 times-more pollutants and contaminants than the air outside.

Even though you use air purifiers to clean the air, your house or work place still holds microscopic allergens, mold and mildew spores, bacteria, germs, viruses, etc. that your filters can’t trap. You want to rid the air of these impurities, so why not consider UV light treatment? Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this process and how it purifies inside air.

8 Ways to Save Energy with Your Air Conditioner

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Part of the reason you live in Florida is because you want to enjoy the natural wonders around you. You love the greenery that grows naturally in your backyard, and your family enjoys regular trips to the beach. You do everything you can to protect the environment.

But did you know that your AC unit can contribute to your environmental footprint? Studies suggest that 50%of your home’s energy gets consumed by your HVAC appliances. Imagine what a difference you could make to the environment (and to your energy bill) if you could reduce your energy consumption.

Before you toss your AC unit out the window, read the following suggestions. We’ll help you find a way to make your current HVAC system as effective as possible so you can rest assured that you’re doing what’s best for the environment without taking drastic action.

Read on for eight ways you can make your home more energy efficient.