How Does a Water Softener Work?

Hard water is a common problem in Newton, KS, and the surrounding area. Hard water refers to water that has a high concentration of minerals, including calcium and magnesium. These minerals precipitate out of the water, causing unsightly and damaging buildup in your pipes, fixtures and drains. Hard water can also taste and smell bad. A water softener is the gold standard for treating hard water. Here’s what you need to know about how it works and how installing one could benefit your home. What Water Softeners Do Water softeners extract the minerals present in hard water. “Hard” water gets
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Should You Invest in a Furnace Maintenance Plan?

Furnace service plans are a good investment whether your system is new or getting on in years. Most plans will give you an annual tune-up along with some sort of benefits such as priority scheduling and repair discounts. Besides that, you save time by having experts working on your system. Let’s consider what these plans can do for your furnace and your wallet. The Maximum in Energy Efficiency Assuming that your furnace is perfectly sized for your home, it can run efficiently as long as nothing is hindering air circulation and heat generation. It doesn’t take long, though, for something
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Top Reasons Your Heating Bills Are Too High

If you open a heating bill and your jaw drops, you’re not alone. Many people have winter heating bills that are too high. There are a few common reasons why this is the case. Vampire Appliances and Devices Most modern appliances and electronics consume electricity whether they’re on or off. They have standby modes, which means they never really power down. You can either unplug devices when they’re not in use or use power strips to control when they receive power. Inefficient Furnace Furnaces naturally lose efficiency over time. To prevent this, schedule annual maintenance visits from a heating company.
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An Intro to the iWave Air Purification System From Carrier

You might be shocked to learn that the air in your Newton, KS, home is up to five times more polluted than the air in your backyard. The indoor air pollutants in your home could worsen your breathing, increase your risk of illness, and make you feel unwell. Learn about the iWave air purification system from Carrier and how it could benefit your home. What the iWave Air Purification System Is The iWave air purification system is a unit that’s installed into your home’s air ducts. It purifies all of the air that is cooled by your home’s air conditioner
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How To Avoid Plumbing Clogs

Nothing is worse in your home than having a clogged drain. While a clogged drain may seem inevitable, this inconvenience and frustration can be avoided with proper care. Here are four tips to help you to avoid plumbing clogs. 1. Dispose of Materials in Garbage Instead of the Sink One tip that can help you avoid clogs is to keep as much debris out of your sink as possible. A common mistake that people make is believing their garbage disposal is built to handle all food and debris. While it can help, you should still put all grease and large
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Understanding the AC Installation Process

When you buy an air conditioning system, you will likely wonder what the installation process is like. Once you’ve decided what make and model of air conditioner to get, you’ll schedule an appointment to have technicians come to your home to install it. Here’s what happens when they’re at your home. Set up the Condenser Our technicians will first put the condenser in its place. This is the part of your air conditioning system that goes outdoors. They’ll either place it on the concrete pad you already have or put a new one in place. The concrete pad will be
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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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