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Fun A/C Facts

Before air conditioners were there to keep things nice and comfortable, people would use big blocks of ice to keep cool. In fact, the output ratings of the first air conditioners were measured based on how much ice would’ve been needed to achieve the same cooling power! Children were given summer vacation from school because …

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What is the Difference Between a Water Conditioner and a Water Softener?

WATER CONDITIONER WATER SOFTENER Reduces scaling in pipes Reduces scaling in pipes Reduces white or yellow-ish spots around faucets and drains Reduces white or yellow-ish spots around faucets and drains Does not waste water back-flushing a brine tank Regularly back-flushes the brine tank Retains calcium and magnesium Replaces the calcium and magnesium with twice the …

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Humidity in the Home

Here in San Diego, the ideal indoor humidity level is between 30% and 50%. What happens if your humidity level is too high? Mold growth Peeling paint or wallpaper Decay of wooden floor joists and subflooring Increase in pests Dust mites To avoid having any of these problems, use your air conditioner. If you don’t …

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Preparing For Vacation

Planning a vacation and preparing for it is not only exciting, but can also be overwhelming. Whether you choose to remember everything or create a to-do list, don’t forget to prepare your water heater, air conditioner or furnace for your absence. Plumbing Vacation Mode: If your water heater has vacation mode, you can use this …

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HVAC Maintenance Tips For Pet Owners

Every pet owner knows that their beloved pet has dander. Even breeds that don’t shed will have dander. Below are steps that you can take to help your HVAC system work as efficiently as possible. Steps You Can Take Bathe and Groom Your Pet Often: Pet dander, pollen, dirt, and other small particles accumulate in …

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Preparing For Spring

Spring is here! It’s not too late to ensure that your water heater and HVAC system are ready for spring (and summer). Your Checklist Water Heater: This is a good time to do have your annual maintenance done on either a tanked or tankless water heater. Flush out your tanked water heater. Descale your water …

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Why You Shouldn’t Close Vents

True or false? Closing vents will save you money. The Truth About Closing Vents Maybe you grew up in a home where rarely used rooms were closed off and vents were also closed in those rooms. You may have been told that this would save the money. The truth is that the practice of closing …

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Post-Winter Maintenance for Your Furnace

With winter finally over (and we had quite the winter this year) what should you do to ensure that your furnace will run smoothly next winter? Change the Air Filter: Your furnace and air conditioner (if you have one) share the same ductwork. Changing the air filter after winter and before summer will keep both …

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Is Your Tap Water Safe?

When was the last time that you drank straight from the faucet? If you can’t remember, do you know why you avoid it and if that’s even necessary? Tap water entering your home is perfectly safe to drink and use, but if you are still hesitant, there is a solution. What is the Best Solution …

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What Should First-Time Home Buyers Know About HVAC?

Buying your first home can be exciting as well as overwhelming. From pre-qualifying to house hunting to inspections, it can really add a mountain of stress to an already hectic life. Luckily, 1-800-anytyme has some tips to help you out. Here are a Few Things to Look For Age of the HVAC system: Knowing the age …

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Fun Heating Facts

The Romans were the first to use a heating system. This heating system was called a “hypocaust.” It sent furnace heat through the floors and walls of the homes of rich Romans. Radiators were once built out of cast iron, making them incredibly heavy—around 500 lbs. per square foot. Ford Motor Company was the first to develop …

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Water Heater Safety

You’ve heard before that you should have a licensed plumber handle and maintain your water heater, but do you know why? Water Heaters Are Connected to Gas or Electricity Gas Water Heater: A gas water heater can potentially develop a gas leak and the small ignition flame can ignite the gas, causing a catastrophic explosion. …

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