How To Reduce The Humidity In Your Home This Summer

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Humidity inside your house can cause a lot of discomfort during the heat of summer.

Even worse, serious health hazards can be caused when humidity is inside your home. The increased moisture level in the air might lead to rot and mold on the surfaces that can pose serious health risks.

Humidity levels inside Texas houses can reach up to 60% on steamy and hot summer days. The air conditioner in your home will work hard to reduce the humidity to 30% to 50%, which is a more comfortable level. When humidity is reduced in your house by following the simple steps below, it will reduce your energy bills and you will save money. It will also improve the cooling and circulation in your house.

Keep your entire family comfortable and safe all summer long by following these useful tips below.

Dehumidifier

In the long run, purchasing a dehumidifier will help you save money. When you dehumidify the air, it makes your home feel a lot cooler. That will allow you to increase your AC’s temperature and help you save money. If you want to dehumidify only one room, the average cost of a smaller dehumidifier is about $50. If you want to dehumidify the whole house instead, the price will range from $150 to $300. There are also portable dehumidifiers in various sizes that are available.

Ventilation

Proper ventilation will also help to lower the humidity level. A great deal of steam is produced when you take long and hot showers and that can increase the humidity. Try to turn on the ventilation fan whenever you are taking a shower or open a window. Also, try to reduce your shower temperature and the time as well.

Another useful tip is to turn on the fan when you are cooking in your kitchen. Humidity can be caused by steam from boiling. While you are cooking, cover up all of the boiling pans and pots. That can help to prevent your home from being overpowered by all of the scents as well.

Fans help to increase circulation which can reduce condensation and humidity inside your house. Add portable or standing fans in your home’s most humid areas such as the attic, kitchen, and bathroom.

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Laundry

High amounts of humidity are produced by a washer and dryer. To reduce the humidity level, be sure only to use your washer and dryer when you have enough for a full load. Or you can dry your clothes outside and that will also help to save money on your utility bills. Be sure your dryer also vents outside. If your dry vents indoors, that adds condensation and steam to the indoor air.

Plants

Moisture is released into the air by plants. When plants open up their pores in order to take Carbon Dioxide in, they release water as well, which creates moisture. If you have lots of plants inside your house, you might want to move some of them outdoors. If you over-water your plants that can also increase the moisture in the air. Only water flowers and plants when necessary. That is also true for your plants outdoors. When you over-water that can create puddles close to your foundation, which will increase humidity also.

Outdoors

Make sure the downspouts on your house are diverting water away from your house instead of creating wet areas close to the foundation. Try to redirect the downspouts so water falls away from the house by five feet at least instead of settling near it. You should also plant your garden one foot away at least from your home’s border.

Your downspouts and gutters should always be clear. When you check your downspouts and gutters on a regular basis it will help to ensure that your house is kept free of humidity. When you are performing your outdoor maintenance, also check for any leaking faucets. If you have any leaking faucets that can result in pools of water that may damage your foundation as well as your bills.

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Check Your AC

It might be hard, but increasing your AC’s temperature can help to reduce the humidity level. Instead of blasting your AC, raise the temperature and then turn the fan on instead. Humidity will decrease as the temperature increases.

Your AC drip pans and drain lines, which are the pan and pipe that carries water from the outdoor humidity, is a source of humidity that is often overlooked. Be sure to check them and keep them clear of any buildup of water.

Insulate

There are a number of different areas inside your house where moisture can cause humidity. Your attic, basement, pipes, and windows are all entryways for moisture. That along with steam from cooking and showering can be the equivalent of 18 gallons of water a week for a medium-sized house. Insulating those areas can help to reduce the humidity levels and cut your cooling and heating bills throughout the year.

Some insulating materials that can be used include caulk for filling cracks in the walls and plastic wrap to use on windows. Wall cracks can also be an entryway for moisture to get in that you can fill using caulk.

For greater benefits but more drastic measures, you can waterproof your home’s walls. You can apply some waterproofing materials like Xypex and Drylok to your walls similar to paint. You can also use the products to repair cracks in concrete walls.

Keep All Surfaces Dry

This is the easiest way that you can reduce the humidity in your house. After you wash dishes, be sure to dry the counter and sink. The same is true after you take a shower or brush your teeth.

When left unattended the water puddles that seem so harmless can result in mold (those black brownish colors in your shower corners and in between the tiles). Keep a towel or dish rag in your bathroom and kitchen to dry those areas where water collects instead of letting to dry by itself.

If you try any or all of the preventative measures to humidity above and you still have a problem, then there might be something wrong with your AC unit. Usually, the AC in your house has features that will eliminate humidity. If you believe those features are broken or not working properly, give JV Industries a call today to get the problem fixed.

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Wi-Fi Thermostats Have Many Advantages

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The last two centuries have witnessed quite a few advancements in thermostats.

What was once someone just calling out to someone else to put another log on the fire evolved into settable devices, followed by programmable ones.

Now we have Wi-Fi-connected devices. It was in 2013, back when the newest generation of Wi-Fi thermostats was still in its infancy, that a Forrester report showed how more than a third of adults were interested even back then in learning more about how they might could remotely manage their heating and cooling systems.

Today, a growing number of homeowners are starting to look into smart thermostats. The following is a look at a few of the advantages that Wi-Fi thermostats can offer.

Lower Energy Costs

Wi-Fi thermostats are perhaps the most well-known for what they can do in reducing energy costs for a homeowner. They offer savings through:

-automatically adjusting temperatures based on when you are sleeping, at home, or away

-looking for opportunities to save energy through analysis of heating and cooling cycles or patterns

-letting you establish temperature zones which can be controlled independently

Per the Energy Star program of the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners might save as much as $180 every year, just because they install a thermostat connected to the Internet. If you assume the EPA math to be right, then this kind of thermostat could easily pay for itself in only one or two years.

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Comfort Without Sacrifice

This kind of energy savings can come without having to sacrifice any comfort. A Wi-Fi thermostat can adapt to your own schedule, either by learning from your own adjustments or just interviewing you about the habits of your family. If you need to override its settings, you can use any online-connected device to make adjustments in real-time.

Soon after you get your thermostat installed, it can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home when folks are around but also reduce the energy usage if no one is home. If your schedule changes and you’re home early, then just log in so you can let your thermostat know. If can have your home at the right temperature even before you set foot through the front door.

Maintenance Reminders

Wi-Fi-connected thermostats can also offer helpful maintenance reminders. A lot of folks know that they need to change the air filter in their home, and yet they often forget to do so. From simple maintenance such as this to more serious issues with heating and cooling, a Wi-Fi thermostat can send you reminders you can use to keep a smoothly running system. These reminders get based on just how long the system has been running for, and that’s honestly the most accurate method of keeping track of maintenance items for heating and air conditioning.

Honest Couples

Finally, one lesser-known yet still crucial benefit of a Wi-Fi thermostat is how they promote honesty. One survey involving residents in the state of Florida discovered that over half of them admitted to making temperature adjustments without their partner knowing. The installation of a Wi-Fi thermostat can keep you as well as your partner honest about who it was that changed temperature settings as well as when they got altered.

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The most recent generation of thermostats, being the Wi-Fi units, have quite a few benefits which previous thermostats simply did not. A Wi-Fi thermostat is something that can help you cut back on your energy costs, maintain comfort, keep up with the maintenance needs of your HVAC systems, and keep things honest with your partner about changing temperature settings.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about these Wi-Fi thermostats and find out if one might be right for your own home.

Any of our representatives will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Broken? Problems And Solutions

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Once summer hits, it is important for your air conditioner to run without problems.

However, what do you do, if it doesn’t do that?

Don’t worry.

We’re here to help and can troubleshoot your air conditioner and quickly get it up and running smoothly once again.

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Use our air conditioning troubleshooting list to identify some of the most common types of air conditioner problems along with potential solutions.

The Air Conditioner Isn’t Blowing Cold Air

If your air conditioning system turns on but isn’t blowing cold air out, make sure the thermostat is set correctly and that all of the vents are open. If those things are fine, then check the air filter. You will not get any airflow if it is clogged with debris and dirt. A clog can cause the system’s evaporator coils to freeze, and then frost and ice will clog up the airflow even more. If this is the problem, clean the air filter with water, a mild soap, and a soft brush. The filter should be changed and cleaned frequently to avoid this problem in the future. There could also be a problem with the fan motor or the fan. It the fan is turning easily, then there could be a problem with the motor getting electrical power or the refrigerant line could have a leak. In those situations, most likely you will need to have your unit inspected by a qualified HVAC technician.

The Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling Enough

The first thing you should do is check the vents to ensure they are all open. Even one closed vent can make it harder to cool your whole house since warm air in the room that has a closed vent with ix with cooled air from the other rooms. You might have a different problem. For example, your refrigerant line might have a leak. If your system was installed improperly or it is old, then it might be the wrong size for your house or be wearing out. Systems that are too big for your house will end up cycling off and on too fast, which reduces their efficiency. When a system is too small for your house, it will have to work harder in order to cool down your house, which can lead it to breakdown prematurely.

The Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water Inside The House

To avoid expensive water damage, if the air conditioner is leaking water inside your house, turn it off. The condensate drain line might be clogged up, which can cause water to back up into your house. If you are a DIYer you can try to use a wet/dry vacuum to get the line unclogged. If that doesn’t work, the condensate pump might be broken or the drain pan could be rusted out. Your HVAC technicians will be able to repair or replace the damaged parts of your AC system.

The Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water Outside

On humid or hot days, you may see a small puddle of water underneath the condenser unit. That is normal in humid, hot weather, as long as it forms only as the unit is working. When the weather is cool – normally, 60 degrees or cooler – an air conditioner may freeze up, and that can cause the AC unit to leak water after it melts. That is normal as well. If it is leaking in other situations, try to replace or clean the air filters. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then call to have it serviced. The condensate pan might be broken, there could be a blockage in the drain pipe, or the unit could need more refrigerant.

The Air Conditioner Leaks Water When It Is Turned Off

The system might freeze up when it is working if the filter is dry or it is low on refrigerant. After you turn the system off, the ice will melt and cause it to leak water. Don’t run the risk of your air conditioner causing water damage by leaking water on the ceiling or floor. If it doesn’t help to clean your filter, don’t turn the AC system back on until the problem has been identified and solved. Like with outside leaks, there could be a broken condensate pan or a blockage.

The Air Conditioner Will Not Stop Running

If the air conditioner stays on longer than it is supposed to, the filter might be dirty. Replace or clean the filter and see if that fixes the problem. If your system is improperly sized or is older, it can result in the system having to work too hard, and cycle too frequently, which can make it hard to shut off. The following are other problems that might cause your AC to constantly run:

Bad thermostat
Short in thermostat cable
Stuck fan relay

The Central Air Conditioning System Will Not Turn On

If the central air system does not come on, it could be as simple as just needing to adjust your thermostat. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then call a technician since the HVAC system might need to be replaced or repaired.

The AC Window Unit Will Not Turn On

The first thing that you should check on a window unit is its temperature setting. Also, be sure the electrical current is flowing into the system. If neither of those solves the problem, then call a professional to assist you with AC window unit repairs.

The AC Fan On The Inside Of The House Is Not Working

If the indoor AC fan is not working, check to be sure that a breaker has not tripped. If that is fine, then check the air filter. If the filter is blocked, you might be able t fix the problem yourself. If the refrigerant lines and evaporator coils have ice on them, then let the ice melt. Then check it again and see if the fan works. If not, then it may have caused the coil to freeze. A service call is required if you have a frozen coil. The technician might need to replace the contacts inside of the motor, the fan felt, or the fan relay.

The AC Fan On The Outside Of The House Is Not Working

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If your air conditioner is not cooling properly, check the outdoor unit. If your outdoor fan is not spinning, check the fuse box or breaker first. If resetting it doesn’t fix the problem, there could be a few different problems.

The start capacitor isn’t working: If the compressor is working still, the fan’s start capacitor or motor might not be working. To troubleshoot, use a wooden stick to push the fan. Don’t do this with your hand, since if the fan ends up starting, it could end up cutting your fingers. It the fan still does not start to spin, call a qualified air conditioning repair technician to handle the job. Turn off the unit until the technician arrives. If you don’t, then you run the risk of burning your compressor, which is a major and expensive repair.

The outdoor fan’s motor is stuck: Rust or dirt might cause the fan to become stuck. If your unit needs more extensive repairs, the outdoor fan motor might need to be repaired or replaced.

After your AC system is repaired be sure to have your local air conditioning professional do a maintenance checkup every year. If your system is serviced regularly, in the long run, it will save on energy bills, work more efficiently, and last longer.

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The Five Times You Should Call A Professional

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Without the knowledge or technical know-how of tackling a specific project, it better you leave it to a professional. Otherwise, the result may be in thousands of dollars in repairs, property damage, or personal injury.

Therefore, if you experience any of the following problems, you should call a plumber.

Lack of Hot Water

There are many reasons or causes for no hot water. However, the problem is usually a failed water heater. It is paramount to note that water heater faults can originate from several issues, ranging from minor component defects to major total breakdown. It does not matter the cause of your water heater failure; it is wise to seek the services of a technician or plumber for the job. It is important to remember that water heaters are either gas or electrically powered. As such, any mistake may lead to damages or injuries.

Low Water Pressure

The leading cause of shower or sink low water pressure is not as easy to locate as people may think. Many factors can cause the problem such as poor pipe design, city supply issues, pipe obstruction, and others. A qualified plumber will easily be able to identify the problem and provide the appropriate solution. DIY projects on low water pressure problems may cause further issues. Furthermore, unclogging chemicals do pollute the environment and do not work effectively or under extreme conditions.

Burst Pipes

This is a problem that mainly occurs during winter when the water in the pipes have frozen and expanded, causing pipe breaks. A broken or cracked pipe can cause flooding to occur, which often leads to water damage either to your household items or your house. Cracked pipes can really be a challenging affear to locate. For example, the crack can be below the foundation or even behind walls. Also, after you have turned off the main water supply, water will continue to seep into all vulnerable parts of your house. However, with the services of a plumber, they will be able to pinpoint the problem efficiently. Furthermore, a plumber will recommend repairs in the case where drywall, flooring, and the foundation have been damaged.

Blocked Pipes

Sewer or drainage backups are a common sign of a blocked pipe. Clogging is often as a result of non-flushable items, sediment buildup, tree roots, or damaged sewer line. Clearing clogged sewer using rodding machines or chemicals may cause further problems which will result in thousands in repairs. A professional will first try to identify the problem and provide the necessary solution. Furthermore, DIY projects will only expose your home to raw sewer.

Major Installations

Installing major appliances or fixtures is a project that needs a professional. Without the help of a professional and experienced plumber, will only lead to further problems, or you may end up creating other issues that you did not need. It is important to seek the services of a plumber during renovations and remodeling; especially when you need to move fixtures and appliances. For example, relocating your dishwater or sink means moving the supply line and all the necessary drains. Attempting to do this job yourself may affect your renovation project or lead to expensive repairs that you do not need.

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How to Hire a Good Plumber

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Top 10 Tips For Choosing A Plumber

When it comes to plumbing work, it is wise to seek the services of an experienced plumber; just as you would a doctor if you are sick. An experienced plumber can identify a problem with ease and provide the best solution. However, there are many plumbers in Ottawa, and choosing the best one can be a challenging affair. Therefore, the million dollar question is; what do you look for when selecting a plumber?

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Well, with the help of the tips below, you will find the process of choosing a plumber easy; – and an affordable plumber.

1. Friends

In most cases, when we get a problem, we first run to a friend. Therefore, when looking for a good plumber, you should ask your friends. Remember, anyone can say that they are good, but friends will redirect you to a professional. They will share their experience with you.

2. Licensed?

Licensing is very important because it is a confirmation that the person is not only trained but also skilled. It also shows that the person is still going to be around in the next few years. There are many people who claim to be plumbers, and they are willing to give their services at the lowest price; but are they really going to come back and stand behind their work if things begin to go wrong?

3. Safety /Work Clothes

It is wise to choose a plumbing company that has uniformed plumbers. This does not only make it easy to identify them but carry the budge of their company. This is one of those things that people often overlook but shows professionalism.

4. Friendly & Professional

You want a plumber is friendly, approachable, and polite. Remember, the moment the plumber arrives, you will have to invite them into your home, which is your personal space.

5. Accurate Work and Price Estimation

The moment a plumber has reviewed the plumbing problem you are experiencing, they should be able to accurately estimate the work needed and give you an accurate cost estimate. Everything should be upfront to avoid surprises later.

6. Insurance

Insurance is vital because it safeguards your property. For example, if the plumber accidentally breaks something in your home, who will pay it? If a plumber is insured, the insurance company will cover the costs.

7. Emergency Service Availability

Pipes break during holiday weekends or in the middle of the night, and this is something that one can explain. You should choose a plumber who offers emergency services.

8. Punctuality and Timely Assistance

The truth is that no one has the time to sit back and wait for a plumber to arrive. Therefore, consider a plumber who is punctual and observes time.

9. Warranty

This is straightforward. The plumber should offer some kind of warranty, and you should not accept anything less.

10. Background check

When it comes to choosing a plumber in Minneapolis, you will need the one who is actually coming to work and not scouting. Consider a plumbing company that has invested in background checks for all their workers and employ trustworthy candidates.

How and When to Hire a Plumber …

Following all the above steps may seem like a challenging task, but it is actually easy.

Remember, to choose an experienced and skilled plumber for your project. They should be honest and professional, and you should not go for anything less.

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