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How to Puppy-Proof Your HVAC System

How to Puppy-Proof Your HVAC System

Puppies are just so darned cute. It’s a good thing, because otherwise, given the amount of destruction they’re capable of, no homeowners in their right minds would want to take on these unruly balls of fur, teeth and energy. If you have a puppy or are thinking of getting one, here are some good tips…

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Attic Safety Tips for Winter

Attic Safety Tips for Winter

Climbing up into that unfinished zone on the other side of your ceiling calls for a few attic safety tips. Most people spend as little time as possible in those cramped confines. Indeed, it’s a good idea to leave evaluation of attic insulation and/or checking for roof leakage to qualified professionals. Nevertheless, if you plan…

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Furnace Safety Tips for Families

Furnace Safety Tips for Families

While a furnace is an excellent way to keep warm and comfortable during the short San Antonio winter, it’s critical that you observe certain furnace safety precautions to prevent the system from posing a risk to your family. Newer furnaces come with several safety devices, such as an air pressure switch and mercury flame sensor…

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Safe Decoration Storage

Safe Decoration Storage

If you’re like most San Antonio homeowners, you have treasured decorations that you bring out each year to make the holidays more festive, and then carefully store away when the season is over. You may not realize that the spot you choose for decoration storage is important, because picking a location like the furnace room…

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Fire Hazards During the Holidays

Fire Hazards During the Holidays

Your mind may be a million miles away from thinking of holiday safety at home, but in reality, it’s one of the most dangerous places to be in December. The holiday festivities, the cooking, the candles and the real Christmas trees and decorations set the stage for accidents and fires. Pay close attention to these…

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How Air Fresheners Affect Your IAQ

How Air Fresheners Affect Your IAQ

Watch any TV and you’ll see advertisers show air freshener effects as entirely beneficial with pleasing scents suggesting clean air wafting through the home. In reality, the air is very different, especially with prolonged use of air fresheners. Nearly all of these products pose serious health hazards because of the chemicals they contain. Aerosol, wick,…

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Outdoor Unit Safety During Yard Maintenance

Outdoor Unit Safety During Yard Maintenance

Because some of your air conditioner’s most critical components aren’t installed inside the house, outdoor unit safety is important when working around the outside half of the system. While the A/C evaporator coil and blower are safely sealed inside the indoor air handler, the condenser unit including the system compressor, the coil and condenser fan,…

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Leaves and Your Outdoor AC Unit

Leaves and Your Outdoor AC Unit

Ahhh — autumn leaves. Aren’t they grand? There’s nothing like falling leaves as a harbinger of fall and cooler temperatures. But falling likes, like other outdoor debris, may also be a trigger for you to seek some kind of outdoor HVAC unit protection as fall approaches. Getting Your HVAC System Ready for Fall While fall…

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Home Storage: Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Furnace Room

If your furnace is in a basement, attic or just a general all-purpose non-inhabited mechanical room, you may have figured there’s no harm in using that space to store things. Actually, though, doubling a furnace/HVAC room as a storage facility can be hazardous. Read on for why the storage in mechanical room practice is not…

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Ensuring Crawl Space Safety

According to NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC), about 14 percent of modern homes incorporate a crawl space beneath the structure. However, most people give little thought to what’s going on in that dark, claustrophobic zone and have even less desire to venture there themselves. Nevertheless, on occasion a homeowner may need to…

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