Surge Protectors And HVAC: What You Need To Know

August 20, 2015

Back in the day, you only needed surge protectors for electronic equipment such as televisions and computers. However, as technology advances, more devices being manufactured are using printed circuit boards, making them more vulnerable to power surges. Modern HVAC systems come with printed circuit boards and can easily be damaged by lightning strikes and power grid problems. Power surges can cause irreparable damage to your HVAC system and other electronic devices if proper precautions are not taken. This article provides information on power surge and how you can protect your devices. Earlier HVAC models were more mechanical in nature than the ones we have today. While this fact made them less energy efficient, it also meant that they were less likely to get damaged by power surges. If these models got damaged, it was easier to repair them since they came with less sophisticated parts. Newer models on the other hand are designed differently and it is more difficult to determine how severely they are damaged by power surges. Some power surges will cause immediate failure to the unit while others will slowly destroy it. Even when your unit continues to operate after a power surge, it is likely to...

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Breaking Down Persistent Air Conditioning Myths

July 23, 2015

We may be living in a modern age but myths still exist in different form. These untruths are pervasive because we hear them all the time until we think that they must be right. However, the frequency of tale doesn’t make it come true. This is especially applicable when it comes to technologies and our misconceptions about them. Air conditioning myths continue to plague many households like the ones mentioned below. Let’s see what’s really behind these ideas: Myth 1: Go Lower to Cool Faster? The sun can be harsh in the summer. Once you get home, you just want the comfort of a cool room to make you forget the heat and sweat. The problem is that air conditioners can take a while to lower the temperature to your desired setting. A lot of folks think that you can speed up this cooling process by setting the temperature way down. The reality is that you can make the system work harder by doing this but you will not be able to cool things any faster. The rate is set at a constant pace. Myth 2: Keep It Steady for Efficiency? We are often told to keep the air conditioner...

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Freon Health Risks – What You Need To Know

June 23, 2015

Within our homes most of us, unknowingly, have at least one and possibly two potential sources of exposure to Freon leaks. This can occur from our fridges or our air conditioning systems. The potential risk of exposure to Freon and health issues should be understood by everyone. The term CFCs is one that many people are aware of due to bad press over the years. This stands for chlorofluorocarbons which come in either liquid or gas form, are color less and generally non-flammable. The main risk is for people who work within the refrigeration or air conditioning industries as they are more likely to be exposed to these gases. It is therefore important that they have at least an annual check up to ensure they remain fit and well. This is particularly important if the worker has any heart related problems as Freon can cause arrhythmia’s, irregular heartbeats. More Freon Health Concerns To Know Freon exposure can also cause dizziness, a reduction in concentration and coordination and eventually asphyxia if the exposure continues. All of this could be picked up at a medical check and the problem easily resolved. When caught early, there don’t seem to be any long term...

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What Do UV Lights Really Do For Your Indoor Air Quality?

May 27, 2015

Air quality is a major concern for people living in the U.S. In majority of buildings that are enclosed to counter heat losses, air quality checks are important for sound health of the occupants. When Sun rays do not enter a house, unwanted organisms may develop over a period of time. Heating and ventilation systems in the buildings cause the circulation of fungi and bacteria. For cleaner and micro-organism free air, use of germicidal UV lights can be made. Bacteria and mold can grow in various places across the house where access to cleaning may not be available. This unwanted organisms spread through the house through ventilation and air conditioning systems. The ultraviolet radiation produced by these lights destroys these pollutants and results in a cleaner and fresher air to breath. With studies and research it has been established that indoor air pollution can be higher than the outdoor environment. This indicates that for an asthmatic or allergic patient, difficulties can be tremendous. UV lights are a great tool for preventing allergies by limiting the circulation of allergens through the system. UV lights can be placed directly into the ducts or some part of the room. These lights emit radiations...

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