Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
Did you know that radon causes more deaths from lung cancer every year than both carbon monoxide and house fires combined? The scariest part is that you don’t have to travel far for radon to affect you— it could start in your own home. In fact, recent surveys have shown that 1 in 5 homes in the US have elevated radon levels.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs naturally in soil. It can be released from rock, soil and water, and when it decays, solid particles begin to form and can cling to water molecules, dust, or even directly to lung tissue.
When the interior of a home is warmer than outside (most nights year-round), the home draws soil gas out of the ground to replace lost air that escaped out of the top, thus increasing overall radon levels. While radon detectors have been around for years, the tests can take days to come back from the lab and since daily radon levels tend to fluctuate, the tests aren’t always the most accur ...
Thursday, August 17, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that vacation time is over. Did you know that August is the second most popular month of the year to travel? With 36% of respondents vacationing this month, it’s a good idea to prepare your home to be unoccupied for days or weeks at a time.
There are many precautions you can take to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. Here are a few tips to help reduce the risks:
Only 17% of homes in America have a home security system, and homes without one are three times as likely to be burglarized. While these systems are not cheap, they are a wise investment and can save you a headache and a lot of money later down the road.
Putting a hold on your mail and newspaper for the duration of your time away will make it look as though you are home, or at the very least, that someone is stopping by your house regula ...
Friday, April 28, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
The simplest things can make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. Many homes waste a lot of energy that could have easily been saved—not yours though, because you found this article.
Here’s a few easy ways to save a ton of money on your home energy bills:
#1. Choose the Right Windows
Windows are the biggest source of heat loss/gain in a home.
If you own an old home that still has single-pane windows, replace them with newer, energy-efficient windows and you’ll probably see an immediate difference in your energy bills.
A choice as simple as the type of windows you buy can make all the difference. You should always consider frame materials and designs when buying new windows. Hinged windows are more efficient than sliding windows because they allow less air leakage between seams. As for the materials, avoid metal frames because they conduct heat, and choose insulated fiberglass window frames for the best efficiency.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
It’s that time of the year again! The weather is clearing up and getting warmer, the BBQs are firing up, and Spring cleaning has begun! It’s time to take care of all those dreaded chores that you’ve been putting off all year. But before you start going on a cleaning frenzy, be sure to prioritize the most important areas of your home—areas that you probably didn’t realize was so important.
Here’s a list of some of the most important Spring cleaning tasks that you should be taking care of every year.
Refrigerator coils are a dust magnet, and if left unattended, accumulation of dust can impair energy efficiency. Too much dust will force your refrigerator to work harder and spend more costly energy to keep your precious groceries cold.
Cleaning them is easy. The coils can be found on either on the bottom or back of the machine. Just take a vacuum with an upholstery attachment and suck up all the big chunk ...
Thursday, March 2, 2017 / by Olivia Martin
Water descalers, a salt free water softener system, are relatively new technology used to soften water with a magnetic system. Rather than diluting hard water with salts, descalers transform the molecular structure of mineral deposits to a suspended state with nanotechnology. In this suspended state, minerals that cause hard water (mainly calcium, sulfur, and magnesium) are prevented from sticking to surfaces and causing lime scale buildup.
Problems with Conventional Water Softeners
Conventional water softeners add salts and chemicals that can lead to some complications that descalers avoid.
#1 One health concern from conventional water softeners is that added salts in your drinking water will increase your sodium intake, which is not what you’re looking for if you have high blood pressure or heart ailments.
#2 When added salts and chemicals are heated in your water lines, heavy metals can be leached from copper pipes and any soldered joints, which can lead to seve ...