Homeowners Guide to Heating and Cooling

AccuTemp's Heating and Cooling Tips for HVAC

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NASA researchers found that there are certain plants that remove pollutants and chemicals from the air during a Clean Air study back in 1989. They were trying to find the most efficient way to purify the air within the space station. Lucky for us, these plants can purify our homes too!

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If you knew the amount of junk your cleaning products leave in your air, you'd be throwing them out and cleaning with peroxide, baking soda and vinegar from here on out. For example, your laundry detergent probably contains benzene. You do NOT want to breathe this in. Do you write a lot? Most ink contains trichloroethylene. Many brands of paper towels and grocery bags include formaldehyde. Don't believe me? Check out this Public Health Statement by the Center of Disease Control. In their statement they go on to say that, "There is usually more formaldehyde present indoors than outdoors." These chemicals can cause all sorts of health related issues.

In addition to switching to natural cleaning methods and products, it would be smart toplants-for-bathroom_672_761_600 invest in a few house plants. Boston ferns are a great start. They filter out formaldehyde and xylene. They need to be in a cool spot preferably in indirect sunlight. English ivy filters out trichlorothylene, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde. They require low light and enjoy being in high humidity. Have you ever been gifted a peace lily? The person gifting it to you probably didn't realize that it's a great filter for trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, ammonia and formaldehyde. If you aren't the best at remembering to water plants, a Chinese evergreen may be for you. They like to dry out from time to time and they filter out formaldehyde and benzene. Place barberton daisies in front of windows. They love direct sunlight, moist soil and they filter out trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene. As you can see, there are plenty of options for all types of people and chemicals.

Sw6a00d8358081ff69e2017d3c05182a970c-800wiitch to beeswax candles. Traditionally, candles are made with paraffin wax which is petroleum derived. These candles release benzene, toluene and soot into your air. Beeswax candles help to ionize your air and neutralize contaminants.

Invest in an essential oil room diffuser (or 5). Weber State Udownload-1niversity did a study and found that essential oils have a 99.96% airborne bacteria kill rate. Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove and tea tree help to cleanse your air. Mix lemon, pine needle, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus and grapefruit essential oils and you have an air cleansing concoction!air cleani

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Perhaps last year you had a goal of saving money but never followed through. Either way, there's nothing you can do about last years fails so move on to your goals! Sit down and create a realistic goal list. It doesn't have to all be financial, personal gains are helpful for your well being too.

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When you first get your check, go ahead and transfer a reasonable amount into savings. It doesn't have to be anything astronomical, something is more than nothing! Calculate how much you need for bills and living expenses and transfer what you can. Even a $10 a week deposit adds up to $520 in savings per year. It might not be much but if you only saved $0.00 in 2016, $520 is a huge step up. For those who know they won't take the time out of their day to do that, sign up for a Chime bank account! Say you make a purchase of $1.11. They will round it up to $2 and place $0.89 into your savings account. You won't even feel it.

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Create a budget. If you get a $400 check every week, it's easy to just put it in your bank account and spend it. This isn't going to get you anywhere. The best way to do this is on a monthly calendar.  First, fill in all your bills on their due date and the amounts. Next, fill in where you get a paycheck. Write in the amount you're transferring to your savings account on the days when you get your pay check. Deduct all the bills that week from your paycheck and write the number out to the right hand side of your calendar. That's what you have left. Of course you need to bare in mind unexpected expenses and not spend every available dollar. Keep what you can in your bank account. Do you really need that purse? Probably not. Do you really need another pair of shoes? Again, probably not. Be sensible about your spending.

Hide your credit cards! The less debt you have, the better. You are your credit card companies paycheck. The higher balances you carry with interest rates, the more money in their pocket. They love when you only pay the minimum each month. If you've ever calculated how long it will take you to pay off a credit card only paying the minimum, you know that you can be paying off some of your cards for 10 years! That's a lot of interest. That means whatever you bought for $2,000....you may have paid double that by the time you've payed it off with minimum payments + interest. Don't be this person. You will be kicking yourself when you realize that your $2000 couch cost you $4000.

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Follow our blog! We post plenty of money saving tips. By following our guides you will at least save yourself a few hundred per year. Of course these things are easier if you have company so share with your friends! Happy savings!

 

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Most people clean out their fridge every once in a while. That's not particularly ideal when it comes to maintaining your health. How is the rest of your food suppose to nourish you when it's being contaminated? The amount of perishables your fridge has to cool, the more electricity it uses. These are all losses for you, but you can turn those into WINS!

moldy-strawberriesMoldy food in your fridge isn't only contaminated itself, it's contaminating your good food too. Eating mold can make you incredibly sick or lead to sinusitis, asthma attacks or allergies. It can also lead to headaches or nausea, which isn't life threatening but it'll definitely lead to some discomfort. To avoid this, inspect the food in your fridge weekly. Try to only buy what you will eat that week so that you don't have any food to grow mold and go bad. Make a solution with water and baking soda. Scrub your fridge with the solution at least once per month. If you noticed mold on the seal of your fridge, scrub that area with a water and bleach solution. This mold can spread into your fridge too.

By keeping your fridge clean every week, you will see a savings on your electricity bill. imagesThink about it: if you have 1 apple in your fridge, your fridge doesn't have to work very hard to maintain temperature. Now think about the opposite: it's Thanksgiving and you couldn't fit another stick of butter in the fridge if you wanted to. Your refrigerator has to work a lot harder to maintain temperature for that many items.

When you have a clean fridge, you save more money at the grocery store too! Who hasn't at some point had a packed fridge, went to the grocery store and bought a 2nd of something perishable that you didn't know was already in the fridge due to the massive amount of junk blocking it from view? I know I have! We all know, one of those is going to go bad. I don't want to buy food that just going to end up becoming a mold party. Gross.

Save your health, save your money and eat all the food before it goes bad. Clean out your fridge weekly and have realistic ideas of how much you will eat when you're at the grocery this week. This isn't an unreachable goal, you can do this. Share this with your friends. Help one another by sending fridge clean out reminder texts to one another.

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We can't stress the importance of changing your air filter every month enough. The dirt and debris build up in your HVAC system only causes the system to become less efficient. The less you change your air filter, the less efficient your system will be. If you bought the most efficient system, what would be the point if you didn't maintain it?

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Some people like to lean on yearly maintenance alone for filter changes. While you're headed in the right direction by having your system maintained yearly by a professional, this isn't where the effort should end. You can't expect your system to run at it's fullest efficiency on 2 filter changes per year. If you find that your filter is in a difficult location to get to, you can schedule extra filter changes in addition to the yearly maintenance and our technician will take care of it for you.

Another issue we hear is, "I forgot, it felt like I JUST changed the filter but somehow its already been 3 months!" We understand. Unfortunately, a filter change is put off in the back burner of most minds. We have a solution for that too! Sign up with Filter Easy. You choose what type of filter you want and attach a credit card to the account. They take it from there, sending you your requested filter every 1-3 months depending on what you set up. They come in 3 grades:  LiteAllergen, MicroAllergen, and SuperAllergen. They are manufactured by AAF Flanders, the largest air filter manufacturer in the United States.
Another advantage to changing your air filters every month is that you will SAVE money! You will spend about $240 on filters per year. The average HVAC repair is around $600. By changing your filters, you reduce the risk of needing a repair. On top of that, maintaining clean air filters can save you main-3-ways-to-save-money-in-may5%-15% on your energy bill.

Your air filter is in place to protect your system. It catches pollen, dust, dirt, pet dander and all sorts of other small particles. Once an air filter becomes clogged with all this gunk, the system will eventually become polluted. This includes all parts of your HVAC system. Those who don't change their air filters usually end up with a prematurely failed system. They also need duct cleaning more frequently.

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With all of that information, I have no idea why one would not change their air filter. What do you have to lose? You'll be saving money on your energy bills and breathing easier. What more could one want?

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Urban gardening has gained popularity in the last several years. This isn't surprising as people are becoming more self sustaining. If you're jumping on that train, you should know what to plant in what months.

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Broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, egg plant, kale, leeks, lettuce, okra, onion, peas, peppers, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and tomatoes all need to be planted in March here in Georgia. The Farmers Almanac has a great planting calendar for free download.

If you want a garden but don't think you have the space, worry not! Many plants can be grown and maintained in pots. Tomatoes and basil are just two of these. There is a long list of herbs that can be planted in pots as well. Not sure where to start? Ask google about DIY urban gardening, they will provide you with tons of websites and blogs explaining the process start to finish.

This is a good time to prune holly shrubs. Don't be afraid to take too much but don't cut them down to less than 18". If you plan to have bare root roses, go ahead and plant this in well tilled soil with plenty of organic matter. Repot houseplants that you plan to move outdoors.

Gardening at your house can save you plenty of money. It's also a great way to ensure that you are getting organically grown products. Reduce your trips to the grocery store! Live a healthier lifestyle! #growyourown

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