Do I Need a Humidifier or a Dehumidifier?

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers both modify the level of humidity in your home. Which one you need depends on the climate you live in as well as individual preferences. Here are the differences between humidifiers and dehumidifiers so you can decide which would be best in your home. Humidifier A humidifier is useful in regions where the air is too dry. Low humidity levels can cause headaches, nosebleeds, dry skin, and allergy problems. It can also cause wood furniture to dry out and crack. There are two types of humidifiers. A cool-mist humidifier emits cool vapor into the air. A warm
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How to Reduce the Indoor Dust at Home

Dust in your home comes from many sources. A few of these include the great outdoors, your furniture, your bedding, your clothing and even your own dead skin cells. It can be challenging to keep on top of removing indoor dust. While dust can’t be eliminated, there are ways to minimize it in your home. 1. Declutter Your House Clutter is a magnet for dust. You should remove knickknacks and other clutter from surfaces so that dust is minimized. Since clothing sheds lots of fibers, closets should be kept tidy. Clothes should be kept in dressers, boxes and garment bags.
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Why a Spring HVAC Replacement is a Good Idea

A quality HVAC system can last a long time, but its useful lifespan will eventually come to an end. An HVAC unit that has given your home a good 15 years of service might mean the “due date” for a new system is quickly approaching. Maybe 10 years is tops for your particular unit. Check your owner’s manual to be sure. You may want to start thinking about the season in which to replace the system. Here’s why spring could be the best time of the year to do so. Summertime Means Busy Contractors June might not be one the
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Common Plumbing Code Violations To Be Aware of

Building codes are created with the primary purpose of keeping people safe when they are in offices and homes. When it comes to plumbing, there are specific codes that you should follow to ensure that all your plumbing works are safe. Many people don’t realize that they have violations simply because they’re not aware of what constitutes a violation. These are three plumbing code violations you should know about. 1. Improper Bathroom Venting Standards require that bathrooms have fans that remove smells and steam from the bathrooms via a vent. This vent either goes to the roof or the side
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Common Plumbing Issues People Try To Fix But Shouldn’t

Household DIY projects can help you save money and learn valuable skills for around the home. However, when it comes to addressing plumbing issues, there are some problems you shouldn’t try to fix yourself. Even if you’re familiar with the basics of plumbing, attempting to tackle even simple plumbing problems could lead to greater expenses down the road or put you at risk of becoming injured. If you have significant plumbing problems in Newton, KS, Graber’s Plumbing & Heating can help. Here are three plumbing problems that you should consider hiring a professional to fix. 1. Roots in Pipes Over
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How To Light The Pilot Light on Your Hot Water Heater

Whether you have a manual or automatic hot water heater, here are tips on how to light the pilot light on your hot water heater. Is Your Water Heater Manual or Automatic? The first thing you need to do is to identify if your hot water heater is manual or if it’s automatic. For this, look at the box sticking out on the side and see if there is a very small “Ignition” button next to the larger “Pilot/On/Off” button/dial. If there is a small “Ignition” button, then it’s automatic. If there isn’t, it’s manual. If you have trouble locating
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How To Know If Your Gas Line Is Frozen

The natural gas or propane supplying fuel to your home does not freeze. A temperature of negative 296.7 degrees Fahrenheit is necessary to freeze natural gas. However, your gas line can become blocked by frozen water. Your gas supplier takes care to ensure that the gas does not contain moisture that can freeze. Unfortunately, water can enter a line during installation or subsequent repairs. If moisture has infiltrated the line, then that water can freeze and disrupt gas flow. Is It a Frozen Gas Line or Broken Furnace? After heat loss alerts you to a problem, you can easily tell
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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season comes with many festive duties. Planning for parties and visits from friends and relatives can make a schedule complicated. When your mind is focused on shopping for food and presents, you could forget about certain home comfort issues. However, you shouldn’t make the mistake of overlooking furnace-related duties when the holidays roll around. Keep an Eye on the Thermostat Settings Picking a reasonably comfortable temperature in the 60s might be a good idea. Equally wise is keeping an eye on the temperature setting. You never know if a guest decides to play with the thermostat. Periodically check
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3 Tips to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Leaks

Winter brings with it cold temperatures that can damage your home’s plumbing. Frozen pipes, leaks, and breaks are all common problems our plumbing technicians fix during the winter months. Luckily, you can lower the odds of experiencing plumbing leaks by preparing your home for winter. Here at Graber’s Plumbing & Heating, we know all about protecting plumbing systems for homeowners in Newton, KS, with our pipe repair and replacement services. Here are a few helpful tips: 1. Protect Your Pipes From Freezing Most homeowners are familiar with the dreaded phenomenon of pipes bursting during winter, but do you know what
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Reasons Your Hot Water Heater Runs Out of Hot Water in the Winter

Homeowners commonly experience a drop in hot water production from their hot water heaters in the winter. If hot water loss troubles you every time the temperature drops, then one of the following reasons might be why your water heater runs out of hot water in the winter. Cold Basement Location Homes with basements typically place hot water heaters down there. A cold basement environment means that the hot water heater will lose heat more easily than during warm weather. If a cold basement appears to be the issue, then you should check to see if the basement windows are
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