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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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Is It Time to Replace Detectors Throughout Your Home? 

Is It Time to Replace Detectors Throughout Your Home? 

The importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is now so commonly understood that regulations frequently require that new homes be sold with them already installed. But whether your detectors came with your new home or you had them installed later, you should know that they won’t last forever. Each has an expiration date, and…

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Fall Air Quality Concerns and Considerations in San Antonio

Fall Air Quality Concerns and Considerations in San Antonio

Although San Antonio appears to have been spared flooding from Hurricane Harvey’s widespread rain bands, we were watchful as we usually are during these events, since our city is no stranger to floods. Heavy precipitation brings problems in many forms besides water damage, however. Air quality concerns such as mold are among them. As late…

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How Painting Affects Indoor Air Quality

How Painting Affects Indoor Air Quality

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a room, but its effects on air quality aren’t so attractive. In the warm San Antonio area, it’s easy to assume leaving a window open while painting is enough to mitigate any negative health effects, but this isn’t always the case. The Danger in Paint…

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5 Ways to Babyproof Your Home’s HVAC System

5 Ways to Babyproof Your Home's HVAC System

Once your baby becomes mobile, everything in your home is something new and exciting to discover. Before your little one reaches that stage, you’ll no doubt take measures to make your home a safer environment. When you’re doing so, don’t forget to babyproof your HVAC system components by taking these steps: Secure Your Metal Registers…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Garbage Disposal

Do's and Don'ts for Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals offer ease and convenience with cleaning up and getting rid of waste in your kitchen. Some things, however, should not be put down a disposal since they can cause clogs and damage. Here is a brief list of material that can and can’t be sent through the typical home garbage disposal. Do Put…

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Here’s A Fire Hazard You May Never Have Thought About

Here's A Fire Hazard You May Never Have Thought About

Safety is something we take for granted in the appliances we use daily in our homes. That’s why you maybe shocked to learn that clothes dryers are a fire hazard and they’re responsible for 2,900 fires in homes across the country every year, which result in 100 injuries and five deaths. Understanding Why Dryer Fires…

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