Tips On Purchasing Water Softener For Your Home

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do the appliances in your home suffer from a build up of dissolved minerals in the water, such as calcium or manganese? If your dishes come out looking spotty or your clothes are looking less than clean after they come out of the washer, this could be a sign that you have hard water. Hard water, in addition to being a pain to deal with, can also shorten the life of your appliances. Before you head out to the store to buy some water softeners, you should know that all water softeners are not created equal and that you will need some information about your house to make the right choice. Here are a few tips to follow. Get a Test Done Water softeners come in different strengths, and you don’t want to use one that is too weak or too strong for your own situation. You can actually measure a water’s hardness level with a home test kit. You simply dampen a strip or a tablet which will then change color based on the water’s hardness level. Water hardness is usually measured in grains per gallon, or GPG. Get the Right Size Water softeners are sold according to size and capacity, so determine how much water your family will use. One good rule of thumb is take the number of people in your family and multiple that by 75. 75 is a good average number of gallons that the average person uses per day. Then multiply the total gallons your family will use by the GPG you got from the home test kit and you will have a good idea of what capacity your water softener needs to have. Salt Is Usually the Go-To Choice, But Not the Only Option The most common water softeners work by exchanging those unwanted minerals for salt. But this could actually increase your daily sodium intake if you drink the softened water. There are other options available if you don’t want salt in your water supply. Some water softeners use potassium chloride instead of salt. You could also set up the softener so that it only affects the hot water supply and not your drinking water.  Hard water can shorten the life of your appliances and make daily duties like cleaning dishes and clothes a hassle. Before buying water softener, get a test done on your household’s level of water hardness, and then buy the right softener based on this information. If you don’t want salt in your water supply as a result of the softener, take a look around for other options. For more information, contact a business such as Still...

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A Guide To Buying The Right Fire Extinguisher

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purchasing the right fire extinguisher will have a huge impact on your ability to protect your family, your home, and/or your place of business. Do you know what you should be looking for as you are shopping for a fire extinguisher? Different Fire Extinguisher Classes There are five different fire extinguisher classes. Understanding each one is a huge part of making sure you purchase the right type of fire extinguisher. The five different fire extinguisher classes are: Class A: cloth, paper, wood, plastic Class B: gasoline and other flammable liquids Class C: electrical fires caused by appliances and wiring Class D: flammable metals (commonly found in science labs) Class K: kitchen fires (grease and hot oils) ABC Fire Extinguishers An ABC fire extinguisher is a perfect option for a household or place of business that does not have a lot of flammable metal lying around. Just keep the ABC fire extinguisher out of the kitchen because it is not going to help with grease and oil fires in the kitchen. K Class Fire Extinguisher There should be a “K” class fire extinguisher in every residential and commercial kitchen. This type of fire extinguisher comes equipped with the right chemicals to cool down cooking fats and oils without the risk of them re-igniting. You can use this type of fire extinguisher for class “A” fires as well. Just avoid using this fire extinguisher around electrical wiring. Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is a great option for electrical fires when you want to protect the electrical equipment from the extinguisher while putting out the fire. This fire extinguisher can put out electrical fires without leaving a nasty residue of chemicals behind on the wires. You can also use this type of extinguisher on oil and petrol based fires too. You should never use this type of fire extinguisher on cooking fat fires. The fire extinguisher will cause the fire to spread instead of putting it out. Do Not Forget The Accessories In addition to your fire extinguisher, there are also a number of accessories to think about: Vehicle Mount Mount Cabinet Covers Labels Signs These accessories will make the fire extinguisher safer and easier to use. At some point in time during your life, you will need to purchase a fire extinguisher. You do not want to put yourself in a position where you find out you bought the wrong one because it won’t put out the fire you are standing in front of. Talk to experts, like those from 3D Fire & Safety Ltd, for more...

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3 Tips On Duct Cleaning In Your Home

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to your HVAC system in your home, you will get back what you put into it. Your HVAC system handles all of the heating and cooling in your home, which accounts for the majority of your home’s energy use. Because of this, you should take advantage of some very doable acts of maintenance that will keep your system intact. One of the best ways to make your system more efficient and your home better overall is to clean your ducts.  People who have never gotten their ducts cleaned might not understand the importance or significance. To understand more, read the following bits of information for guidance.  #1: The Quality Of Your Air Will Be Much Improved The next time you go to the gym, grab a 40 pound weight and pick it up. Once you’ve done that, remember how that felt to lift, and imagine that this weight consists entirely of dust. This is quite the disgusting proposition, but it is the reality of a lot of households. According to studies, the average household with six rooms creates 40 pounds of dust every year. This dust will circulate in your air, being breathed by everyone on a regular basis. This can make you sick and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Cleaning out your air ducts will cut down on this dust by preventing it from recirculating.  #2: Know When To Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned Before going out and scheduling an appointment, you should have an idea of how frequently you should have your ducts cleaned. Thankfully, most people only have to worry about this every 3 years or so. However, if you just built a new house, have occupants with serious allergies, own pets or know that the previous owner rarely cleaned the air ducts, you might have to get this done more frequently. A professional duct cleaner will be happy to help you out.  ‚Äč#3: Make Sure That Your Duct Cleaner Inspects For And Eradicates Mold Aside from the dust and debris caught in your HVAC system, the most hazardous thing to worry about is mold. This mold can cause health problems when breathed in by the people in your household, and also breeds odorous mildew smells. Your air duct cleaner can provide an anti-mold solution that will prevent mold from festering in your system.  Keep these tips in mind, so that your HVAC system from a firm like Clean Air Solutions Ltd is operating cleanly and your indoor air quality is...

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