5 Steps to Reduce Dust in Your Home and Be A Healthier You

Dust can act as an irritant to your eyes and lungs. Here are a few ways to fight dust inside your home.

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dustmiteDo you know what dust is?  Dead skin, pet dander, dust mites, dust mite feces and remains, insect parts, and more!  Yuck!  Everyone breathes better in a home that isn’t so dusty, because dust acts as an irritant to your eyes, nose and lungs. Dust also negatively impacts many items in your home, including clogging up vents in electronics such as your computer, or your refrigerator coils.  Dust accumulates in our homes, so we want to reduce the amount of dust on flat surfaces, floors, and in fabrics and fibers. So take these five steps to reduce dust, and save on extra housework, and keep your family healthier.

  1. vacuumVacuum Regularly – Vacuuming regularly is the most efficient way to reduce dust, but make sure your vacuum has a good filter in it. Vacuums suck up the dust so you can physically remove it from your home, but without a good filter, vacuuming ends…

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Getting Your Appliances Prepared For the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is finally upon us. As family and friends gather at our houses we must be sure that everything goes right. This time of year also puts the most stress on our appliances. Whether it’s preparing all of our favorite holiday meals and treats in our ovens, storing them in our refrigerators and freezers and cleaning all of our dishes after the big meal in our dishwashers, we are using our appliances more than usual. So how can we prepare ourselves and our appliances for all of this holiday chaos? Here are a few tips to help us out.

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How To Replace The 3 Most-Repaired Parts On A Dryer

Some range and oven parts are replaced more than others due to use and wear and tear. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a range or oven according to sales from our website.

3 MOST-REPAIRED PARTS ON A DRYER

Thermal Fuse –  The Thermal Fuse is designed to act as a safety switch, disconnecting the flow of current in case of a malfunction that may lead to the appliance overheating or even a fire.  Once the part has been used/activated, it needs to be replaced. If there is no heat in your dryer or your dryer won’t start, you may need to Continue reading

Is Your Refrigerator Winter Ready?

Is your refrigerator ready for winter? This may seem like an odd question, refrigerators keep food cold and winter is freezing so what would you need to do to get your refrigerator ready for winter? Believe it or not, refrigerators get cold to. Refrigeration systems that are kept outdoors or in unheated areas such as garage or basement fridges can be offset by the cold weather and cause your refrigerator to maintain undesired temperatures. However, there is an easy fix a refrigerator garage kit!

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Your dirty humidifier could be making you sick, here’s how to clean it

humidifier spreading steam into airEveryone knows the benefits of running a humidifier during the dry winter months. The humidifier adds much need water moisture to your home’s air which helps your lungs and keeps your nasal passages from drying out; preventing illness. It can even help prevent migraines.

However, if you are not regularly cleaning your humidifier – and we’re talking weekly here – then your humidifier might be brewing up something else – bacteria, mold and mildew.

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Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.

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Samsung Recalls Millions of Top-Load Washing Machines

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Model numbers and serial information can be found on two labels affixed to the back of the machine. Consumers can also contact Samsung to see if their washer is involved in the recall.

Samsung will offer owners of the recalled washers repairs, refunds and replacements after receiving 733 reports that the washer lids detached during operation, causing injury and damage to owner’s homes.

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A Filter is Just A Filter, Right?

“MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think the higher the MERV rating the better, right? Not according to Mike, Mike’s Heating and Cooling generally recommends the highest rating of MERV 8. If you get much higher, the furnace has to work harder to draw air through the filter, which will hinder its efficiency and shorten the life of your furnace.”

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img_0611Unfortunately, all filters are not created equally.  Improper sized filters or even dirty filters are the number one reason for furnace or air conditioner failure.  We are here to take the mystery out of filter shopping and make sure your furnace runs as long and efficiently as possible.

  1. Does Size Matter?
    • Size difference is pretty obvious, as some are rectangle, square, thick, thin, etc.  The most important thing to remember is the thinner filters actually need to be changed or at least checked monthly.  The 1″ filter panels usually don’t seal as well, resulting in air bypassing it, causing a shorter life span of your furnace. The thicker pleated filters (4″-5″ thick) only need to be changed twice a year. Also, the filter will do its job best when it is properly sized for your unit.
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    • MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think…

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How To Replace The 3 Most-Repaired Parts On A Range

Some range and oven parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a range or oven according to sales from our website.Three most commonly replaced parts on a range

Plug-In Surface Unit Also called the  heating element receptacle , surface unit receptacle or terminal block. This is the part that the electrical heating element slides into which provides power to the heating element. It has wires and connections under the cooktop. Sometimes burnt areas  are visible on this part due to overheating.

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How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a washer

Some washer parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a washing machine according to sales from our website.

Three most commonly replaced parts on a washer

Agitator Dogs – Also called agitator directional cogs ( or dog ears), these cogs or dogs are made of hard plastic and can wear out over time. If your top-loading washer will not rotate or agitate your wash, and you can turn the top of the agitator without turning the bottom of the agitator, then you may need to replace this part.

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