May not only is Electrical Safety Month, it’s also National Bike Month. When you’re out cycling on rural roads and suburban streets, don’t let the sun go down on you unless you’re sure you can see the road and others can see you. Here are tips from national outdoor specialty retailer REI, the nation’s largest… Continue reading.
Trees add beauty and value to your family’s home. They attract songbirds to your yard and can help save energy by shading your home in summer. Trees use some of the excess carbon dioxide we create. But if you plan to join in Arbor Day celebrations and plant a tree this spring, here are some… Continue reading.
Spring’s renewal traditionally means cleaning time, too: sweeping out the winter dirt from the garage, washing the windows, scrubbing the floors … While you’re spiffing up the house, don’t neglect your appliances: Dust the refrigerator. Refrigerators exchange heat through a system of coils. A buildup of dust and pet hair will make the unit run… Continue reading.
Those shiny balloons and ribbons used to celebrate Valentine’s Day and other special occasions are coated with a thin layer of metal. That makes them an excellent conductor of electricity and a potential danger to anyone holding it if the balloon, for example, is carried outside near equipment like the electrical service connection. Here are… Continue reading.
Furnaces are supposed to have a filter installed in the return air duct to clean the air as it is drawn in from the home and recycles back through the heat exchanger. A clean air filter is a must; don’t let it gather dust! Remember, a dirty filter: reduces the airflow through your system and… Continue reading.