It feels like a given to say that the fewer chemicals that are used in your home the better. Research and technology have been used to reduce the chemicals in our cleaning supplies, the food we eat, and now, the paint we use to personalize our living spaces.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are solvents that get released into the air and can cause dizziness or headaches to the person using it. The long term health effects from VOCs are still generally unknown.
In a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces.
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When your husband announced that he had purchased some replacement lamps on the internet you simply nodded and smiled. He was always, it seemed, finding some new treasure that he was certain he could not live without. When he asked you to come to the basement and see his installation of the replacement lamps, however, you had to admit that you were impressed. With an unfinished basement, the area has always been a place where you and the girls worked on crafts or enjoyed watching a movie where it was cool in the summer. To be honest, though, the space was always a little dark. Even though it was a walk out basement, there were many times during the day when the space s
Finding the right plumber doesn’t have to be hard, but before you plop “plumbers near me” in your search bar, here are some things to know about plumbers and plumbing services and how to find the right one.
Plumbers Near Me: Questions to AskYou probably already know when to hire a plumber. The question is which one to use for that sewer repair or water heater installation. Here’s some important questions to ask:
- Are you licensed and insured? If a plumber is licensed, it means he or she is registered at the local level at least. This also will tell you their accreditation, and thus what kind of work they’re competent to do. For example, can they work with items that are hooked up to gas lines? If you choose to go with an unlicensed plumber and you fail home inspection at some point, or if something gets damaged and the insurance company finds out, you’re on the hook for it all. Insurance is also important because bad accidents happen. A good plumbe
Water heating systems serve an important function in a home, providing a steady supply of hot water to taps and plumbing fixtures. While hot water may be a commodity that some take for granted, a lack of hot water in a home can be noticed right away.
Water heater repair and replacement is often done by professional plumbing services and if you’re in the market for a water heater, there are several types to choose from:
- A conventional tank is a common type of water heater and stores water until it is needed. The average life expectancy of a conventional water heater is 10-12 years and they should be drained and cleaned out at least twice a year.
- Tankless water heaters use heat flashes against coils filled with water to heat water quickly. They are more energy efficient, but homeowners can expect to
As you probably know, there are dozens of things in the home that generate heat. People, lights, and washers/dryers all play a part in inching up a house’s heating and cooling usage—which is responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption in the average American home. If your energy bill has you fretting, the answer may lie in the air conditioner unit.
Traditional Ductwork: An Energy Vampire
Before you dive into air conditioning repair or upgrades, consider the state of your ductwork. If you have five $20 bills in your pocket, odds are you don’t want to take two of those Jacksons and rip them in half—but if your residential cooling system uses traditional ductwork, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Traditional ductwork can waste as much as 40% of the energy it inputs, which means it wastes just as much of your money.
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Throughout your life, it’s understandable to want to begin painting rooms in your home different colors. In fact, statistics gathered from a 2017 interior design trends survey found that over 33% of those surveyed would rather utilize neutral colors. No matter which type of paint colors you prefer, it’s important to know about VOCs. Here is more information about VOCs and why you should avoid them.
What are Volatile Organic CompoundsVOCs or volatile organic compounds can be found inside and outside of your home. These compounds are known to contain carbon in many forms. In certain situations, a small amount of VOCs won’t be harmful to your health. However, high concentrations of volatile organic compounds can become much more of a hazard. In fact, a recent study by CBC Marketplace found that VOC levels above 500 ppb can cause problems for those with sensiti
Home renovations are not uncommon no matter where you go in the United States. Home renovations can add to the quality (and curb appeal) of a home, raising its overall market value as well as making it an enjoyable place to live. From hiring a window company to replace your windows to adding vinyl siding to your home, there are a number of common home improvements and renovations undergone by the typical American household. Before and during these renovations it is important to consider not only the cost of such renovations, but also the window company (or other such company, depending on the specific renovation) that you will hire, and the benefits of these renovations as well.
Hiring a window company to replace windows in the home is a very popular home renovation and this type of renovation, along with door replacements, make up nearly forty five percent of all home renovations conducted in the span of one year. For the more than half (around two thirds, to be more precise) of
Homeowners choose professional outdoor lighting for a number of reasons: to improve the home’s curb appeal, for greater safety, and for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason for adding exterior lighting, it’s best to get advice and help from lighting professionals, who have experience in pulling it all together with stunning effect. Whether you want to spotlight plants or water features or just want deck and patio lighting for convenience and safety, it’s best to get experienced designers who understand where to place landscape lighting for maximum effect.
Landscape lighting as home improvement
Exterior lighting installation is gaining in popularity among home improvement projects. Half of all homeowners surv
When you are planning to start any kind of business, it is the basics that you would ideally want to get right at the very outset. Having the right business premises to operate out of is essential. This is the place that would provide you with ideal working conditions for years to come and be a solid base for the growth and development of your business. Needless to say, when it comes to your swanky new office, you should definitely look to make things as easy and convenient as possible without going over budget. One of the most important components for any new office is a seamless, reliable electrical supply that takes care of all your equipment and provides you with enough power to install basic things like lighting and air conditioning equipment. Having the right energy solutions is critical if you want your new office to a place for productivity and progress.
When it comes to offices or places of business nowadays, a lot hinges on technology. Having a solid, robust IT infrastru
When it gets really hot, the last thing you want is to have to call for AC repair. However, if your home was built in the 1980s, you could be in the 20% of homes that have air conditioning equipment that’s over 20 years old and it might be time for not just AC repair, but asking an air conditioning contractor to come in and put in a new air conditioning unit. Upgrading to a new model can have a plethora of benefits, including giving you energy savings, improving efficiency, and better safety. So let’s discuss how you can keep your air conditioner in good condition and avoid AC repair (to the best of your ability) but also why considering getting a new AC unit could be in your interests if you have an older unit.
How Can I Avoid AIr Conditioning Repair?
The American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning