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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3 Danger Signs That Indicate Your Home Needs a Wiring Upgrade

Fire is one danger you want to guard against as a homeowner. You can offer protection by installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home, but you can ensure your family’s safety further by upgrading the old wiring in your house. Your wiring could be dangerous and you not know it if you’re used…

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Small But Mighty: A Guide To Keeping Dust Mites Under Control

Too small to be seen by the naked eye, dust mites can cause big symptoms, including itchy and watery eyes, a runny nose, and itchy skin. About 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites, and since these little bugs are found inside the home, it’s hard to find solace from symptoms. To help…

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Why You Need to Clean and Maintain Your Condenser Coil

You can improve the efficiency and functioning of your home’s central air conditioning system by cleaning and maintaining the condenser coil. Below is more information about this important component and how you can maximize its operation. Why Should You Maintain the Condenser Coil?   The purpose of the condenser coil is to transfer heat collected…

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