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.

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.

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.

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.