5 Reasons To Keep Up With Your Air Filter Maintenance

shutterstock_105888620There are certain things around the house that are easy to forget about. Things that seem small and unimportant until they’re ignored for too long. The air filters in your house are just one of those things. Like the oil in your car, if you don’t change them on a regular basis they can back up and eventually do more harm than good. Clogged filters can have a nasty effect on the air in your home that can harm you, your family and anyone else who’s breathing it.

Here’s just a few reasons why you should regularly change your air filters.

Dirty or clogged air filters will make your energy bill go up

If you don’t swap out your filter and let it get clogged, your heating and/or air conditioning system has to work twice as hard to do the same amount of work. This means you’re using twice as much energy to run it, which translates into higher energy costs for you.

Dirty filters can make HVAC systems breakdown or malfunction

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. If you let your filters go long enough, you can actually wear out certain components of your energy system, be it heating or air conditioning. These parts are much more expensive to replace than the small cost of a new air filter. You don’t even need to leave the house if you don’t want to. You can grab brand new air filter on a site like http://airfilterbuy.com and have it delivered straight to your door.

Clean air means a healthier family

Anything that pumps air into your house is equipped with a filter. This filter’s sole purpose is to trap dirt, dust, pollen and other allergens in them so that you and your family aren’t breathing them in. By not replacing your air filter on a regular schedule, you are putting your family’s health, especially infants and the elderly, at risk.

Clogged filters cause allergies to flare up

Any allergies that you or a family member may have can flare up when your filter is clogged. If the filter isn’t clean it’s not able to do its job and one of its chief functions is to remove allergens from the air that you breathe. Affected family members will suffer through increased sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and other common allergy symptoms until the filter is replaced.

Replace it…Don’t clean it

You’ll notice that in every point I’ve laid out above, I’ve referred to replacing your air filters; not cleaning them. The difference between the two is very significant. You may think that a filter that has been cleaned is just as good while at the same time saving you a little bit of money, but it’s important to realize that an old filter that has been cleaned is never really clean. Rinsing an air filter with water not only breaks down some of the delicate fibers used to make up the filter but also severely ups the chances of introducing mold into your indoor air. A moist filter surface will serve as en excellent breeding ground for mold. This mold then gets pushed into your air supply and breathed in by you and your family. Replacing instead of cleaning will eliminate this hazard.

An air filter might seem like a tiny little detail in the grand scheme of everything you need to take care of and maintain around the house, but as we’ve seen, not replacing at the interval specified by the manufacturer can have serious detrimental effects on the air quality in your home, and subsequently the health of your family. For a small price now, you will save much more later when you avoid high energy costs and the potential breakdown of expensive HVAC equipment.

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Posted by Admin - August 16, 2013 at 3:34 am

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Don’t Settle for Less: Hire the Best Home Inspectors in New Jersey

home inspector New JerseyIf you are a home seller, buyer or owner looking for home inspection services, you are at the right place. As a home inspector New Jersey company, Checkmark Plus, Inc. is a multi-faced company that conducts commercial place inspection and residential home inspection as well as other inspections suited for client requests. We are certified by the US housing department and urban development to carry out FHA compliance inspection.

If you are a home buyer, we have what you are looking for. Home buying is probably the biggest investment that you’ll ever make. The home that you have selected could turn out to be just what you wanted, but how could you guarantee that there are no conceivable faults/deficiencies? The truth is that there isn’t a perfect house and that all have visible or hidden faults.

Hiring the services of a licensed and certified home inspector will give you the knowledge that you will require to make a good decision before you completely settle on what to buy. The home inspector will inform you of any hidden faults within the property allowing you to call for repairs before you settle on buying or get you a refund if you had already bought the home, making your transaction more open, fault free, confident and easier.

Such services are offered by Home inspector New Jersey. These inspections cover:

  • Heating, plumbing and AC systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Exterior conditions
  • Chimney, roofing and attic
  • Structure monitor of the foundation and framing
  • All interior rooms

The inspection report provided once the work’s done shall give you a brief overview of what needs to be repaired and some of the routine maintenance that need to be performed to keep the house in a good condition.

If you are selling your home and are wondering why buyers are coming and going away, then this home inspector in New Jersey is the best place for you to consult. We will help you get to know of the unknown/unseen issues and help you fix them for your affordable price and by the contractor of your choice too. Have your home inspected by us and block the chances of the unknown problems ruin the chances of your sale. At the end of the exercise you’ll be knowledgeable enough to make an informed decision before you finally settle for selling.

Current home owners need to follow up on home maintenance thus home inspection is recommended every few years. A keen follow up on on home inspections help to identify damages and problems in your home before they become big, expensive and also a threat to your well being.

A home inspection follow up is visual examination of one’s home systems both mechanic and structural. Home inspector new jersey provides you with an 8-point inspection, this includes; heating and cooling systems, electrical, both exterior and interior, structure, plumbing, insulation, roofing.

Follow up inspection doesn’t keep your property away from further damages but it can help you to identify, note and repair the the existing ones that you probably wouldn’t have known about.

Home inspectors in New Jersey provide thoroughly performed and extensively performed home inspection services in New jersey. Our home inspectors NJ are licensed and certified. This guarantees you of the best service as well as professionalism.

We’re dedicated to providing you with a wide range of information that you’ll require concerning your home. We don’t just thoroughly inspect the major components to expose the hidden defects but also advice you about future maintenance of your home.

What we do is simply perform thoroughly extensive at the same time highly ethical home inspections. Our aim is to surpass our clients expectations and attain an extremely high customer rating and satisfaction as well.

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Posted by Admin - April 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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Asbestos Testing – Easy and Worth the Time

If you think that your home or workplace could potentially contain asbestos, it is a good idea to have those spaces tested. There are a few options you have when deciding to test for asbestos, which will be outlined below, as well as a general idea of what factors go into asbestos testing.

When deciding to test for asbestos, you can either hire a professional to come in, or you can purchase a do-it-yourself kit. Now, because asbestos exposure occurs when the asbestos is disturbed (causing it to distribute itself into the air), it is not recommended that you choose to do it yourself. Professionals will have the right tools to help them avoid coming into contact with the disturbed asbestos, while you may not. Also, many states require you to hire someone that has the certification necessary to perform this task. However, this article is an objective one, so both choices will be outlined.

When it comes to testing for asbestos, basically what needs to happen is a sample of questionable material needs to be tested. When hiring a professional, that person will come out to your home, take the material in question, and quite often perform on-site testing of the material. In the event that asbestos is found in that material, often it is suggested that a full site inspection is conducted, be it immediately or in the near future. The inspection team will then go around your entire house, including attic space, basement, crawlspace, and behind walls, to find any other material that could possibly contain asbestos. Regardless of whether it’s just the first piece that asbestos is found in, or there are many other areas in the house, you will need to participate in asbestos removal, which will be covered in a later section.

If you decide to purchase a DIY kit to test the asbestos, follow the instructions given to you very carefully. It cannot be stressed enough that by actually disturbing the asbestos, you are making it airborne, which is when it is most dangerous. It is recommended that you wear a face mask throughout the entire process of removing the sample, to eliminate the inhalation of the asbestos. Once you have obtained the sample (the kit provided to you will let you know exactly how much of a sample they need), you would then bag it up and ship it to the laboratory provided to you. The result times vary, so keep that in mind when purchasing the kit. Once the results are in, if asbestos is indicated, you would then need to find a professional crew to come in and remove the asbestos from the area.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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Popcorn Ceiling Removal – A Common Hiding Place for Asbestos

If you currently own a home, or are looking to buy a home, that has a popcorn ceiling, you might want to look into getting it tested for asbestos. The popcorn ceiling was very popular from about the 1950’s up to and through the 1970’s, and was typically painted or spray-painted on. While not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, and even if they do, if covered with paint and not damaged, they will typically not emit asbestos, it may just make the most sense for you to have it removed. This article will explain how a popcorn ceiling is removed, and what kind of things you can expect during the process.

First, there are two choices you have when deciding how to take on the task of removing your popcorn ceiling. If you find that your ceiling does not contain asbestos after having it professionally tested, then while messy time-consuming, you can definitely take this task on yourself. When removing your popcorn ceiling yourself, you will be generally wetting the ceiling, then using a scraper to scrape it off a little bit at a time. Because of the water you will be using, you will want to take some precautions. First, it is a good idea to shut the electricity off in your house. To be on the safe side, you will also want to tape up any of the electrical outlets in the room you will be working on. Next, to protect from damage and debris, you will want to remove all of the furniture, and any fixtures, such as lights or suspended bookshelves, from the room. Also, because you don’t want any leftover dust left in the room, it would be a good idea to cover both the walls and the floor with plastic sheeting, taping up the ends to seal those places off. Note that before you move on to this next step, it is important that you have the proper protection for your eyes and for your mouth. At this point, you can get to work on your ceiling by wetting a small area at a time. Don’t over-wet the area, and don’t wet more than you can get done before it dries up. While using caution, use a step ladder to reach the ceiling comfortably with a scraper, and scrape away the ceiling. If there is an area that is more difficult to get off than another, feel free to wet that down a bit more to loosen the material. Once completed, clean up the plastic sheeting and debris. At this point, you would then complete the project by finishing the ceiling with the material and color of your choosing.

If you find that your ceiling does contain asbestos, it would be in your best interest to hire a team of professionally trained workers to come in and handle the project. It is certainly legal for you to remove the ceiling yourself if it contains asbestos, it may not be the healthiest choice for you to make. The removal of asbestos causes it to be emitted into the air, and even with a mask over your mouth and nose, you may still be inhaling some of those particles. In a case like this, best to let the professionals do what they were trained to do.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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Old House? Watch Out For Asbestos Tile

The discovery of tiles containing asbestos in your home is not that uncommon, so if you find yourself in this position, don’t panic. Tiles actually contain only a very small percentage of asbestos, and are not dangerous unless the tile you find is crumbling and turning to dust, which means the asbestos contained is actually being emitted into the air you breathe. There are a few different options you have to address this problem, which will be outlined below.

If you were lead to this discovery because you were removing an old carpet to put in a new carpet, don’t necessarily assume you have to now remove the tiles. The most important factor when making this decision is the quality of the tiles underneath the carpet. It the tiles are for the most part intact, with maybe a few of them cracked in certain areas, you might actually be ok. It is actually a better option to just cover up the tiles with a new carpet, with padding. Provided that the tiles underneath are not crumbling and just in awful condition, they are most likely not giving off any asbestos. (However, if you are unsure, it’s best at this point to bring in a professional). It may feel like you are “covering up” the problem, but you really aren’t. The removal of tiles containing asbestos can be a time-consuming, expensive, not to mention dangerous task to complete. The process of removing these tiles will actually cause you to be putting more asbestos in the air than there previously was. Keep in mind though, your responsibility as a homeowner is to disclose this information if you go to sell your home, or put it on the deed somewhere so that someone in the future isn’t surprised by what they find. Also, in the event that the home you find this tile in ever needs to be demolished, without the knowledge that it contains asbestos, those lacking this information will be put in a hazardous position. If a construction/demolition crew knows in advance the containment of asbestos, they can take precautions to protect their health.

If you do choose to remove the tile altogether, it is possible for you to do this yourself, though it is not recommended. When removing asbestos tile, there are a great many precautions that need to be taken, and it’s the trained professional that will know what all of those precautions are. Missing an important step in the process of asbestos removal can mean you’ve made your home hazardous to all that dwell and visit there. Find companies in your area that do this type of work, and get some quotes. The best thing you can do in this case is gather information about the best crews at the least amount of cost, and go from there to get the job done right the first time.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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Asbestos Siding: What Is It And How Do You Fix It?

Finding out that your home is made of asbestos hiding, while not to be taken likely, is definitely not a reason to panic. The mere sound of the word “asbestos” has many of us scrambling to find the best way to remove it. While this is a possibility, it may not be the best choice, depending on your situation. Below is some information you should take into consideration before deciding to take the plunge and remove all of your asbestos siding.

As strange as it sounds, the best way to handle asbestos in good shape is to do nothing to it. Asbestos is only dangerous when released into the air, and the only way to do that is to damage the material containing the asbestos, which is what would happen upon removal. If you do a thorough check of the siding, and find it is in pretty good condition, it’s best to leave it alone, and just keep an eye on it for possible future damage.

If you do, however, find that there is slight damage, the best way to avoid future problems is to do some minor repairs. While it is not recommended to take on this task yourself, it is possible to do, provided you follow strict guidelines necessary for your health and safety. To repair your asbestos siding typically means either sealing/coating it with a material that will keep the asbestos from being released into the air. You should research the best type of sealer/coater for the job you are intending to do. Another option to repair your asbestos siding is to completely cover the whole thing. By completely encapsulating the siding, you are also preventing the asbestos from becoming airborne. Before starting this task, make sure that you have the necessary safety equipment to help ensure that you don’t breathe in any possible asbestos, or get it into your eyes. Eye goggles that are covered on all sides are best, as well as a nose and mouth mask that fits well and doesn’t slip off.

As stated above, the removal of asbestos is not the best idea, as the further damage done to the siding, the more asbestos gets released into the air. However, there may be some situations where you have no choice, such as following regulations, or if there is damage that is too great to repair. In this case, you should definitely call in a professional to handle the job, as there are state regulations that must be adhered to, or you risk fine, and even worse, serious health issues. They are fully trained and licensed for the job of removing asbestos, and it’s best to let them handle it, rather than take a risk.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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The Basics of Asbestos Removal

Removing asbestos can be a pretty hazardous undertaking, and should only be done as a last resort, or if regulations are forcing you to do so. When left intact, asbestos is a harmless substance. When disturbed, as it would need to be to be removed, is when it is actually the most harmful, as the asbestos is being emitted into the air as it breaks apart. In some cases, though, there is just no better choice, and this article will give you insight and some tips regarding an asbestos removal project.

First of all, unless regulations have stated you must remove asbestos, it is recommended that you get the opinion of a professional regarding the status of the asbestos. While it is legal and ok to make this choice on your own, do not venture into this project without having all of the facts.

While it is not recommended to remove the asbestos on your own, it is not illegal to do so (in some areas and in some cases, check your state regulations first). You must keep in mind though, that the removal of asbestos can be extremely harmful, so unless you have all of the proper equipment before you begin this project, please do not attempt to handle on your own. This is not the kind of DIY project where it is safe to cut corners. The way you would go about removing the asbestos depends on the material that contains the asbestos. Whether you have asbestos tile, siding, ceiling, or another kind of material containing asbestos, there are numerous resources out there to explain to you how to go about doing this yourself – definitely do your homework. Also, check to see what your state’s regulations are for disposing of the asbestos. Again, it cannot be stressed enough, that once the asbestos is disturbed, it is now being put into the air around you, and around others for that matter that may not have the proper equipment to be around this hazardous material. With some materials, it is not at all safe just to dump the discarded material into a dumpster, as that will pollute the air around it with asbestos.

Hiring a professional team to handle the removal can be an expensive process, but it will ensure that the material is being handled safely. These teams are fully trained and certified to handle all types of asbestos removal projects, as well as handle any unforeseen problems that may arise. The money spent in the end is well worth it, when it comes to ensuring you and your family’s health is not jeopardized.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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Asbestos Overhead: Suspended Ceilings

Unlike tile containing asbestos (as discussed in another article), some suspended ceiling tiles can actually contain very large amounts of asbestos. Although it is not always easy to tell if a ceiling tile contains asbestos, it is best to assume that any tile produced before about 1980 does in fact contain asbestos.

To determine if your suspended ceiling tiles contain asbestos, the first thing you can do is see if the manufacturer has marked any of the tiles with a serial number, or any type of marking that can help you determine when and where it was made. If you can find this marking, then you can use any number of resources to trace that number back to discover the source. If you are unable to find any markings, then you should just treat those suspended ceiling tiles as though they contain asbestos. It is possible sometimes to visually tell if they contain asbestos, but not always, so this should not be relied on as a way to determine this.

As with all of the other materials we’ve outlined that contain asbestos, these tiles are not actually harmful to you unless they are damaged. Materials containing asbestos are only harmful if it they are what is known as “friable”, which means they can be ground to dust with little to no effort. It is not recommended however to attempt this, as even if you wear the proper safety equipment while trying this, you have now released asbestos into the air and onto surfaces that may be unseen by you, making it extremely hazardous to continue to breath in this air. If you are unsure about the status of your suspended ceiling, it is in your best interest to call in a professional to sample the material for testing. If, however, you do wish to attempt this on your own, please research the task thoroughly and make sure you have all of the necessary safety equipment before starting the project. There are certain key things to consider, such as using a vacuum instead of sweeping, which you may not even think of, but are extremely important for keeping the asbestos dust contained.

As explained in another article, if you decide not to remove your suspended ceiling in your home, but have discovered that it does in fact contain asbestos; it is your responsibility to record this information, so the future homeowners are not put in a hazardous situation.

It is important, as a homeowner, to make yourself aware of the materials that have gone into the construction of your home, so that you can make the best decision for you and your family, as well as alert any future owners of your residence.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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Pulmonary Fibrosis – What Is It and Should You Be Concerned?

In the most general terms, pulmonary fibrosis means that areas of your lung are scarred. At some point, your lungs have become damaged, leading to the scarring of your lungs. When this happens, it causes some of the tissue to become thickened and stiff, which makes it very difficult to breathe. In some cases, it is very difficult to identify how a patient has developed pulmonary fibrosis, but one of the causes of this disease is the exposure to asbestos.

Typically, a patient will begin to experience shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, and find they are less and less able to exert any physical energy without some discomfort, among a few others. This discomfort during physical activity is due to the fact that the patient is not able to take in as much oxygen as previously able, due to the limits of the lungs with pulmonary fibrosis.

To diagnose pulmonary fibrosis, it is possible sometimes to note abnormalities in the lungs using a CAT scan, but oftentimes to make the best diagnosis, a lung biopsy is necessary. Once a small portion of the lung is removed, a physician can then detect if fibrosis (scarring) is present in the lungs. Because pulmonary fibrosis can continue to develop very slowly, or very quickly, it is difficult to determine the longevity of this disease, as it varies from patient to patient.

Since pulmonary fibrosis is scarring of the lung tissue, there is unfortunately no treatment available to cure it. There are some options to help patients to prevent more scarring, and to give them a chance at a healthier life than they are currently experiencing. Depending on the severity, a doctor will sometimes prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms. These medications are to prevent inflammation, but they oftentimes have very serious side effects associated with them. It is important to note that these medications can sometimes prevent further damage, they do not always work for everyone diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Another option is to prescribe the patient oxygen therapy. This is exactly what it sounds like, giving the patient access to more oxygen, giving them more freedom and comfort for a healthier life. This option is not intended to prevent more damage, however, and has not been found to be responsible for extended a patient’s life expectancy. The last option, and one only used with no other choices, is a full lung transplant. There are variables that a patient has to meet before being recommended for this particular treatment, and as with any type of transplant, there can be serious side effects associated with this as well.

Physicians and scientists alike are working all the time to find other treatment options for patients suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. If you find that you may have any of the symptoms listed above, see your physician to help you diagnose your ailment, and see what treatment options may be available for you.

Posted by Admin - December 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

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