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Friday, May 15, 2015

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality to Protect Your Family from Pollutants

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  If you are a homeowner, you may be shocked to learn that the quality of air circulating in your home is poor than outdoor air. Air pollutants that find their way into the house can cause a wide range of respiratory problems, including: asthma in children and allergies among other types of respiratory health problems. To keep your family healthy and safe, therefore, you may want to consider hiring a certified HVAC contractor to perform indoor air quality testing and make recommendations on how to improve indoor air quality.

Common Air Pollutants

  Almost every home has biological air pollutants from mold, viruses, bacteria, particles from cockroaches and dust mites as well as pollen and animal dander. These biological contaminants can provoke allergies. If there is a tobacco smoker in the house, some of the air pollutants you are likely to find include; carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and 60 other chemicals known to cause different types of cancer. Combustion pollutants from furnaces, heaters and stoves are also major indoor air pollutants. They include; carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Other common air pollutants in a typical home include; radon and asbestos fibers.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

  To protect your family from disease-causing air pollutants, you may want to consider implementing some of the following recommendations:

  •  Indoor Air Quality Testing: By hiring professional HVAC contractors and Needham indoor air quality service to carry out indoor air quality testing, you will be able to learn about the level of pollution in your home. This is the first and most important step. A reliable HVAC contractor will also identify all the air pollutants and their sources. This knowledge will give you a good idea of what you need to do to get rid of the pollutants.
  • Install New Air Filters: The HVAC system in your home comes with several air filters, which can trap the tiniest airborne particles. If your filter is old and clogged, you may want to consider replacing it with a new air filter. - Smoke Tobacco Outdoors: If there is a tobacco smoker in the family, they should be advised to smoke outdoors to keep out secondary smoke, which can be deadly.
  • Asbestos Removal: If part of your house contains damaged asbestos, you need to move out temporarily until the material is removed. Asbestos fibers are known to be deadly when inhaled, so you don't want it in your home. - Install CO Monitors: Combustion gasses such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide can cause serious health problems in a home. CO, for instance, can lead to CO poisoning and eventually death. Therefore, every homeowner needs to install a CO monitor and alarm to alert them when CO levels at home has reached dangerous levels.

  Keeping your family safe should be your top priority as a parent and homeowner. You can start by hiring professional HVAC contractors to carry out some tests to identify the level of pollution. After that, you can implement some of these recommendations.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

AC Maintenance To Keep Your Family Cool This Summer

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  With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take care of important air conditioner maintenance. With a little preventative maintenance now, you can help avoid problems when the temperatures start to rise. Once summer is in full swing, leading HVAC contractors will be busy. Why risk having a problem with your air conditioner and leaving your family stuck in a hot and uncomfortable home? Take steps now to ensure they remain cool and comfortable, even during the hottest summer days.

  Some maintenance items can be easy for any homeowner to handle on their own. For example, a quick look around your outdoor air conditioning unit can help ensure it is free and clear of anything that could affect its performance. Make sure that trees and shrubs are cut back so that the air conditioner has plenty of space to allow air to move freely. Clean and clear debris from under the outside unit. Air conditioners require adequate air flow and twigs, leaves and other debris can impede this air flow, leading to poor cooling or mechanical breakdowns.

It is also important to make sure that your HVAC filter is cleaned on a regular basis. Some filters can be washed, others will simply need to be replaced. However, making sure that these filters are clean is an important part of ongoing air conditioner maintenance. Just like making sure the outside unit is able to move air easily, so is a clean HVAC filter. A dirty HVAC filter will significantly impede air flow that is necessary for your air conditioner to run properly. This can lead to mechanical problems or even your air conditioner freezing. When your air conditioner freezes, your family will be stuck without the comfort of air conditioning for many hours. It's easy to avoid this problem and provide your children with the comfort of a cool escape from the heat of a long summer day.

While there are some basic maintenance procedures a homeowner can handle on their own, this should not replace professional HVAC service. A trained technician will be able to check coolant levels, make necessary adjustments, lubricate moving parts and inspect the air conditioning system for signs of trouble. A HVAC technician can even identify problems before they lead to a complete breakdown. Taking care of problems before they escalate is a great way to keep your family comfortable.
Air conditioner maintenance is an important part of protecting your HVAC system and keeping your home cool and comfortable. Simply clear debris, clean or replace the filters and call in a HVAC technician like Zoiac Calabasas air conditioning service for professional maintenance and your family will be able to relax in the cooling comfort of a dependable air conditioning system.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’m a New Parent. What Kind of Parenting Classes Should I Take?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your newborn baby came with an instruction manual? Unfortunately, though, he or she doesn’t, and you are forced into parenting whether you think you’re ready or not.

The very first thing you have to realize about parenting is that nobody will ever do it perfectly. Parenting is all about learning, making mistakes, and simply doing everything you possibly can to raise your child to be a respectful and knowledgeable individual.

Although you are going to learn from your own parents as well as your own trial and error, there are many parenting resources available to help you along the way. Many community colleges, park districts, and YMCAs offer a variety of parenting classes to help new parents become a little more educated in child rearing. So if you’re a new parent, here are a few classes you should definitely consider participating in before or after your child is born.

Baby CPR

Your child’s safety is extremely important, and it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Babies cannot be treated like a toddler or young child, and if they are ever choking, you cannot administer normal CPR to a baby as you would to someone older. For this reason, it’s a good idea for you to take a baby CPR class. This class will teach you how to notice signs of choking in a new baby as well as teach you the proper way to perform CPR. Knowing this information can help you save your child’s life, and while you hope you will never need to use it, it’s always a good idea to know how to do it just in case.

Post-Baby Relationship Class

Your relationship with your significant other is going to change after your baby is born, whether you want to admit it or not. Many couples often find themselves arguing more often after the baby is born, resulting in custody battles. Some argue about different parenting styles while others argue about not having any alone time anymore.

In order to keep your relationship thriving even after baby, you should consider taking a post-baby relationship class. This class will allow you to not only see your relationship through your significant other’s eyes, but it will also teach you how to effectively communicate and get your relationship back to normal after your baby is born.

Basic Parenting Classes

While some parenting classes focus on specific topics, such as CPR, others are more general in nature. These classes teach you the basics of having a baby, such as how to correctly swaddle a baby, change a diaper, and feed a baby a bottle. These classes will also teach you some basic safety for a baby, such as how a newborn baby should sleep, how to properly use a car seat, and what foods/drinks a baby should avoid until his or her first birthday. While you may already know some of this information from other family members, it’s still a good idea to take one of these classes just to refresh your skills.


Monday, March 16, 2015

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