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Heating Tips For Allergy Sufferers

Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes, for the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies these symptoms can happen at any point during the year. One time of year that can be particularly uncomfortable for those suffering from allergies is when the temperatures drop. Dipping temperatures outside mean that people are turning on their heaters inside. The problem is that many have heating systems that force warm air throughout the interior of the home. This moving air can blow dust and other allergens throughout the home, irritating allergy sufferers. Here are three heating tips for allergy sufferers.

HEPA Filters

During the warm months when heaters are not in use, allergens tend to build up in the air ducts. When the heater is turned on and the air is forced through, these particulates scatter throughout the home. When it comes to removing particulates that can irritate allergy symptoms, HEPA filters are a must for any heating system. HEPA filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. The fine mesh is able to trap allergy inducing particles such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and more. Using these filters with a forced air heating system can help keep allergy symptoms at bay. 

Increase Humidity

Another issue that many allergy sufferers have when the heat comes on are nose bleeds. Heaters dry the air out within the home and in turn dry out nasal passages leading to bleeding. Humidifiers are the best solution to this issue. They range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. A steam humidifier is hardwired into a home’s heating and air conditioning system and regulates humidity throughout the home. This is the best choice for many allergy sufferers. It’s also one of the most expensive options, costing $600 to $1,600 with professional installation.

Radiant Floor Heating

One way to bypass the problems of forced air heating is by getting rid of it altogether. Radiant floor heat allows the home to be heated from below without the use of blowing air. The lack of moving air means that allergens are not stirred up. This type of heating is the best choice for those who suffer from allergies. There are two types of radiant floor heat, electric systems and hydroponic systems. Both options are costly. Electric systems cost $6 to $16 per square foot while hydroponic systems cost $8 to $12 per square foot. 

Creating a warm and comfortable indoor environment when temperatures drop can be challenging for those who suffer from allergies. HEPA filters and humidifiers can make a big difference. However, the best choice for heating for those with allergies is to install radiant floor heating. Contact a business, such as Adams Plumbing & Heating, for more information.   

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Going Up Or Going Out — How To Choose Between A One Story House And Two Stories

Planning to build a new home? There are many decisions to make, but probably the first and most basic one is this: one story or two stories? There are good reasons to choose either style of house and good reasons not to choose it. Here’s a quick guide to the pros and cons of both housing plans.

One Story

Among the most popular reasons for building a ranch style home is the lack of stairs. With so-called “baby boomers” accounting for about 1/4 of the overall U.S. population, this means that a lot of homeowners are older and looking for homes with more accessibility and an easier layout. You may want to consider this point if you’re interested in improving your house’s resale value or if you have aging family members who visit or stay with you.

Single story homes also offer more flexibility in design and layout. Because of their stacked-on-top nature, houses with two levels have certain limitations — among these is ceiling height and variation. You simply can’t have vaulted or cathedral ceilings nor skylights on the main level of a multi-story house. You’re also likely to need less bathrooms in a ranch home because the baths are more easily available rather than running upstairs or downstairs continuously. 

The “cons” of ranch homes tends to lie in their size and cost. Because you have a more sprawling layout, there’s simply more home to build. This means a larger roof and foundation to pay for. It also requires more physical space on the lot or piece of land. 

Two Story

The two-story house has grown in popularity to become the style most likely to be thought of first. One of the main reasons for such popularity is that it takes up less space. With average new homes in the United States encompassing about 2,392 square feet, it’s important to think about how much of your yard will be taken up by the house. Taking up less ground space also translates to cheaper construction costs if your budget is limited. 

Families may find, though, that two story construction is noisier and more cumbersome. With kids and pets running around the home, the sounds can travel between floors pretty significantly. Squeaks in the upper floor, heavy foot traffic and noise going up and down the stairs can all add up to a headache. In addition, rooms placed too closely together — like bedrooms placed on top of the family room, for instance — can add to noise pollution. And the house may be less energy efficient with two levels to keep comfortable. 

By knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both single level and multi level houses, you can make the best choice for your own situation. Work with your contractor to determine which of these factors is most important to you and your home lot. The end result will be a home that you can love for years to come. Contact a contractor that offers ranch style custom homes for more information.   

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Renting A Dumpster For Your Roadway Project

When you work in the roadway repair industry, whether you service parking lots, athletic surfaces or public streets, keeping a dumpster handy is a necessity. This will help you to be a good steward of your environment and avoid creating unnecessary waste while you work. Getting the help of a dumpster rental will help you with any sort of roadway repair that you engage in, so consider these questions below as you reach out to a company that will assist you. 

Why is a dumpster rental advantageous to my roadway repair business?

You owe it to yourself to take out a dumpster rental for a number of reasons. For one, this is an incredibly green-friendly step to take, because this waste removal is excellent for the environment and will also ensure that you don’t get hit with any pollution fines or penalties while working on pavement or roadways. If you separate your dumpsters by materials that can be donated, sorted or recycled accordingly, you may also open the door to tax incentives. These dumpster rentals are also incredibly affordable, making it an inexpensive investment into your business as a whole. 

What should I think about when hiring a dumpster rental company?

If you want to hire the help of a dumpster rental company, the size is one of the most important considerations to keep in mind. The size of the dumpster typically ranges between 20 and 100 feet, so you’ll have options to match the amount of debris created. Consider the size and scope of your roadway repair project for any given day and take into account the amount of broken asphalt and debris that will be created. Once you are ready to rent a dumpster, you should have all policies in writing and ensure that the company will insure the rental, so you don’t have to pay for any potential damages that may occur during the rental period. You need to also get the drop off and delivery agreement in writing so that you have peace of mind.

How much will a dumpster rental cost?

It is crucial that you shop for the best price on a dumpster rental. There are a great deal of price ranges that you can expect to pay for a dumpster rental depending on the company that you choose. However, fees for junk removal can range anywhere between $50 and $650 depending on the size of the waste load and the type of waste that was collected. These dumpster removal fees are in addition to fees for renting the dumpster itself. 

Consider these points as you seek a dumpster rental for your next roadway repair project.

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Carving Unique Features Into Your Granite Countertops: What These Features Are And Why You Would Request Them

Granite countertops are the most prestigious of countertop surfaces because they are very expensive, and most people consider them quite beautiful too. However, it is difficult to care for them in ways that do not cause them the slightest damage, and it only takes one slip of the knife or one scalding pan set directly on the granite to ruin it. To counteract these incidents from occurring, new features have been developed and designed which carve out special and unique features in your granite countertops. Here are some of those features and why you may want them.

The “Hot Pot Spot”

Setting a hot pan down on a granite counter would make any counter installation expert cringe. Even if you have only done this accidentally or to avoid burning a child who is tugging on your pants leg, it is something you want to avoid as much as possible. That is why the “hot pot spot” was created. It is more or less an area carved out of the granite countertop where it is safe to set your hot pan or pot, a sort of carved out and predesignated countertop trivet, if you will. By having your counter expert carve out this one area in the counter, you have someplace to put the pot/pan down in a hurry and not worry about how it will affect the rest of the counters.

The Raised Carving Surface

Even if you have always used a cutting board to cut up meats and vegetables and you have never used your bare countertops, you will still want to rethink this with granite. That is why some homeowners have a butcher block counter installed in the kitchen just for this very reason. This type of counter is made entirely of a very thick slab of hardwood, so it can take the abuse of cutting food and the occasional slip of the knife. Your granite stays safe, beautiful and scratch-free. A smaller cutting surface may also be installed within a frame of granite countertop close to your stove. These surfaces, regardless of which you choose, are always quite thick and/or rise above the surface of the surrounding granite just enough to avoid the point of a slipping knife.

Personalization

Finally, some homeowners request personalization of their granite countertops. This can be done one of two ways; either an all-over lattice-style carving is made into the granite for pure decoration, or you can actually laser your family’s initials, crest, etc. into the countertops. This makes your countertops very distinct, and items that are both valuable and very distinct are often left alone by thieves because nobody can sell it to someone else without it alerting the buyer or police that such items were for sale. 

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The Benefits Of Replacement Windows For Your Home

While purchasing new windows for your home may not feel like a priority, if your windows have been difficult to open, or you have noticed a draft near closed windows, it’s time to think about the benefits of replacing the windows in your home. With new windows it will be easier to keep the temperature consistent in your home, easier to open and close your windows, and your home will be more secure. The energy savings alone make purchasing replacement windows a great idea for any home that has old, inefficient windows.

Maintaining a Consistent Temperature Saves Money

When your wood replacement windows are properly protecting the interior of your home from the elements, your heating and cooling system will be able to maintain a more even temperature. This is essential to energy efficiency, as a system that has to deal with extremes in temperatures has to run more often to keep the temperature even in the home. When you have drafts coming into your home because of windows that no longer fit correctly, or you have rot in your wooden windows, replacing these windows will save you money on heating and cooling costs.

Make Your Life Easier with New Windows

While opening and closing your windows easily may not seem like a big deal, just try to open a window that is stuck on a warm summer day. You need to be able to open your windows easily for cleaning and to create cross ventilation in your home. If your windows get stuck easily, or they slam shut without any provocation, you can solve this problem by investing in replacement windows for your home. 

When Security is a Concern

Windows that are rotting in the sill no longer provide you with much security. All it will take is a few good hits, and your window can completely fall out of the sash. It’s easier to break into homes that have have old windows, because the locks tend to be broken. With replacement windows, you will have new locks on your windows and most replacement windows have safety latches that only allow the window to open a few inches when they are put into place. If you are worried about security, adding new windows to your home will give your extra protection.

If you want to add value to your home and increase the curb appeal, new windows are a great way to accomplish both of these goals.  

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A World Without Ducts: The Mini-Split Heat Piump

Ducts are a good way to direct heat from a centralized furnace or AC unit to all the rooms of your home, but they do have their drawbacks. For example, ducts will develop leaks over time simply because of the pressure created by the air moving through them, and leaky ducts can decrease your AC efficiency by up to 40%. Dirty ducts can also cause health concerns. You can eliminate these problems by using a ductless system to heat and cool your home if such a system will work for you. 

How a Ductless System Works

A heat pump has two sets of coils. One set of coils will act as an evaporator unit to extract heat from the surrounding air, and the second set of coils will act as a condenser unit to push heat into the surrounding air. If you have an AC unit, you have a dedicated set of evaporator coils on the inside of your home and a dedicated set of condenser coils outside. With a heat pump, you have the ability to reverse the function of the coils, so you can use the same piece of equipment to both heat and cool your home. 

What Does the Term Mini Split Mean?

Most homes have a central-air system, which means you have a furnace and an evaporator unit located in a central location in your home and a set of ducts to direct air from this equipment to where it is needed in your home. A mini split system will have one set of coils located outside your home and up to four smaller sets of coils placed in different rooms inside your home. The coils inside your home will directly heat or cool the rooms in your home without the need for ducts.

Is a Mini-Split System Right for You?

If you have a smaller home, then you might only need four sets of coils to provide cooling and heating for your home. If you have a larger home, you might still be able to make a mini-split system work by placing coils in the rooms that most need heating and/or cooling. For example, if you have a basement, it should stay cool on its own, so you might not need vents or coils downstairs. 

There are advantages to using a mini-split heat pump, but they are not right for every home. If you are considering a mini-split unit for your home, you should talk to an AC installer to see if one is right for you. 

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