With this administration there has been a lot of back and forth between the President and the rest of the Hill. There is a lot of good information in this article, but is it valid? Will the President consider the report? What are your thoughts?
This past week was National Cleaning Week and in honor of spring cleaning we put out some tips. The things that make our life so simple we often forget to give some much needed TLC. Below are some ways to show those items the TLC they need.
- Your beloved washing machine. Can you imagine that little over 100 years ago we just had the washing board. We had to physically scrub clothes and hang them to dry. Can you see a doctor going home from a long day’s work and bending over a wash board to wash all their clothes? There would be no last minute loads, it would be a regular planned out chore. Well thanks to Mr. James King we have that beautiful oscillating machine in the laundry room that we simply shove clothes into and press a button. After time though we never stop to think about the things the washing machine picks up. Did you know that 60% of washing machines contain bacteria! Along with that your whitey tighties could be harboring E. Coli. So to combat all these nasty things wash your washing machine once a month. For the step by step how-to, venture over here.
- Who loves to take your shoes off after a long work day and rub the carpet between your toes? Who lets their sweet babies learn how to roll over and play on the carpet? Well then you should know that your carpet takes a beating. Filth, dirt and pollen gets down in between the fibers and stays there creating bacteria and constant allergies. So to keep your babies healthy and happy you should have your carpets cleaned once a year. You can rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store or have a company who does it all time do it.
- Have you forgotten to change your home air filter this year at all? Don’t lie to me. Most of us forget. Although when we leave it in or forget to change it it gets clogged with dust, debris, pollen and so on. Creating your HVAC system to work extra hard to push air through resulting in lower efficiency. Even if your not even thinking about the system’s efficiency the fact that it is collecting all that is gross. Always check your filter because sometimes it’s not ready to be changed but just in case take a look at the list below to get an idea. Although it is mostly dependent on your environment how often you should change it. Go here to get any size and any filtration level.
- 1 in. every 30 to 90 days
- 2 in. every 90 days
- 3 in. every 90 to 120 days
- 4 in. every 4 to 6 months
- 5 in. every 6 months to a year
- Would you be grossed out if I told you that while your dishwasher is cleaning your dishes it is also growing fungi and black yeast. 😦 I am grossed out just thinking about eating off those plates! Alas it can be fixed. Clean your dishwasher once a month and to get the step by step on how to clean that nasty dishwasher go here, the TODAY show did a special on it. It will give you a piece of mind that your littles are getting sick while eating your cooking.
These are just a few things that give us a better quality of life. But these few things are so important to our time management and the hope that our families are living in a clean healthy environment. So in order to ensure that follow these simple cleaning habits. Something so simple could keep your babies or yourself from contracting something harmful.
Are you looking for a way to save money and considered buying a washable and/or reusable ac or furnace filter? Chances are, if you are like many homeowners, you have considered the use of a reusable ac or furnace filter rather than a disposable. Most often, the motivation is lowered filter cost.
Though the thought of never having to pay filter costs again is appealing, there are some important drawbacks you should consider with using reusable filters.
The first problem with reusable filters is that you have to clean them. And though that may seem simple enough, it is a messy and time-consuming task. Failing to properly clean reusable filters is the biggest reason for not using them!
If you are seriously considering the use of a reusable filter, make absolutely sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, both when installing as well as cleaning and maintaining the filter. The importance of this cannot be underemphasized!
Be sure to use the cleaner the manufacturer specifies due the variety of materials used in the filter. Some cleaning agents do not clean properly or will damage the filter. Equally bad, may leak gaseous chemicals into the air, contaminating the indoor environment.
Once you have obtained the necessary cleaning solution, apply it according to the directions of the manufacturer. Once the filter has been cleaned, it is imperative that you do not reinstall the filter until the filter is thoroughly dry. Again; do not re-install the filter and start the system until the filter is completely dry. Unfortunately, this often necessitates leaving the system off for a day to insure the filter is ready for installation, an inconvenience most families tend to avoid.
Once your filter is properly cleaned and dry, you will want to reinstall the filter, reversing the process you used when removing the filter.
Another significant drawback is the filter material used to make reusable filters. This filter material is very dense in order to hold up to repeated washing. As a consequence, the filter material used in the typical reusable filter does not easily allow air to pass. This creates a significant restriction in air flow. In models we tested, the reduction in air flow was as little as 10% to as much as 70%, thereby increasing the cost of operating your system substantially.
Add up the cost and mess of reusable filters and, no doubt, you will determine the cost does not outweigh the disadvantages of reusable and washable filters:
- Sourcing Filter Manufacturers
- Purchasing the Filter
- Purchasing the Appropriate Cleaning Chemicals
- Installing the Filter
- Cleaning the Filter
- Re-Installing the Filter
Add up all the time and energy expended with reusable filters and we are convinced you are much better off with a disposable filter. At the factory-direct pricing Nordic Pure offers, you can save money, time and improve the quality of your indoor air.
Here in Texas, we’re lucky to have only a few weeks of truly cold weather every winter, but much of the country (and our Canadian customers) are still in the depths of winter. In the cold months everyone wants to be toasty in their home but no one wants to waste energy or money. Regardless of where you live, home insulation and furnace maintenance are essential to keeping costs down and the temperature up.
A well- insulated home is the best way to trap the heat indoors and keep the arctic outside. Here are a few inexpensive and quick fixes to keep the drafts out:
• Line your doors and windows with weather-stripping
• Caulk holes or cracks around doors, windows and floors
• Hang thermal/insulated panels or drapes over your windows
• Install foam gaskets under light/outlet plates
• Inspect the chimney damper
It is recommended that you have your furnace inspected every fall to make sure that everything is in working order. If you’re still noticing that your house is struggling to stay toasty try these efficiency-improving tips:
• Replace air filters to improve air flow
• Patch leaky ductwork and seal the joints between sections
• Install a programmable thermostat
Many power companies offer free or low-cost energy audits of your home. This is a great service to provide a baseline of where energy-efficiency improvements (especially for heating/cooling and insulation) can be made. With this information, you can develop an energy-improvement plan and enjoy a warmer home in future winters.