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Archive for July 2017

Is Your PVC Plumbing Due for Replacement?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is often thought of as a newer material, and relatively speaking, it is. But the material has been in use in home plumbing since the 1960s, which means that many homes that are 40 or 50 years old-not exactly new in housing terms-had these plastic pipes installed decades ago. Given that…

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What’s That Smell? It Could Be Dirty Sock Syndrome

A woman holding a dirty pair of socks

The unmistakable aroma caused by a pile of dirty, sweaty socks can make you regret skipping laundry day. Now imagine getting a good whiff of that aroma every time you turn on your air conditioner. So what’s going on? The problem can be traced back to something known as “dirty sock syndrome,” an actual condition…

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Are VOCs Lowering Your Air Quality and Putting Your Health at Risk?

There are numerous factors that influence indoor air quality, from humidity levels to the presence of dust mites. One class of compounds that can lower your air quality, yet often goes overlooked, is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are a group of chemicals that are released into the air by everything from building materials…

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3 Problematic Noises That Could Mean Distress for Your Air Conditioner

From keeping your family cool and comfortable to removing humidity from the home, your air conditioning system is an imperative part of your everyday life. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough time and energy into understanding and maintaining this important cooling system. Considering heating and cooling uses half of your home’s total energy, ensuring…

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