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Switching to LED Lights
If you're like most baby boomers or from earlier generations, when you think of office or overhead lighting, you envision fluorescent bulbs; and when you think of home lighting, you think of the familiar incandescent light bulbs.
But... the next time you purchase light bulbs for your lamps, take a look at the LED lights that are offered for home use.
The main difference between incandescent and LED lamps is the filament versus the electronic chip used to generate the beam of light.
That is, the incandescent bulb uses a filament, and LED lights use a light-emitting diode (thus, the initials L.E.D.).
LED lighting is part of a type of lighting referred to as solid-state lighting (SSL), which incorporates the use of solid-state electro-luminescence, rather than thermal radiation to emit light.
Because it doesn't use thermal radiation to emit light, SSL generates light while creating very little heat.
Here are some points to consider if you're contemplating using LED lighting in and around your home:
1. Hot, but not.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs produce very little heat.
If you've ever changed a hot incandescent bulb, then you know how the bulb can burn your fingers.
If you touch an LED bulb, it will not burn at all since they produce 95% less heat than incandescent bulbs.
2. Long lasting.
LED lights can last up to one hundred times longer than incandescent bulbs and up to ten times longer than fluorescent bulbs.
Since you'll need to change bulbs less frequently, you'll save money in the long run by purchasing LED lighting.
You can useLED lights in and around your home and rest easy in the knowledge that it is safe to use around children and pets.
If they touch the lighting, they won't be burnt. The lights will not shatter, either.
With traditional lighting, you run the risk of shattering a bulb if you drop it or run into it.
With LEDs, the casings are high density plastic, and will not easily shatter upon impact.
Use LEDs if you're concerned about helping the environment, because they are extremely eco-friendly.
LEDs use a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting, and lend themselves well to a variety of uses, including solar lighting and other renewable energy sources.
LEDs use lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, translating into energy and money savings for the consumer.
is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to check your A/C
important to regularly check the system in order to prevent any
breakdowns once things start to heat up.
are a few helpful steps for checking your A/C system.
beginning any kind of A/C repair or inspection, be sure it’s
powered off in order to prevent damages to any of its many parts.
It’s also an important step for ensuring your personal safety,
sometimes be a tricky task.
the area around the condenser for any debristhat
could potentially prevent air from flowing into the system.
help the condenser breathe, make sure there are at least a couple of
feet between the condenser and any shrubbery, fencing, or tree
branches that are in the area.
a regular garden hose to then wash both the inside and outside of the
If you suspect small leaks in your A/C system, you
can usually fix them from the condenser’s end by using
a refrigerant leak repair kit.
simply clips to the condenser’s suction line and sends sealant
throughout the system, sealing any small leaks along the way.
sure to also check the fan belt, which connects the motor and the blower, can weaken or wear down over
time and require readjustment, more lubrication of the bearings, or
even a total replacement.
A/C systems require different fan belts, so make sure you find one
that’s specific to your system before purchasing.
you repair or replace your fan belt, make sure there is at least half
to three quarters of an inch of slack in the line.
belts that are too loose or too tight are more likely to break.
it’s time to start following the A/C system indoors.
you’ll want to search your house for all registers(vents)
and make sure that any rugs, carpeting, or furniture does not block
you have floor registers, make sure to look inside for any foreign
objects; it’s not uncommon for small household objects to fall
through the vents.
you’ll want to inspect the duct work running
through your attic or basement. Make sure that they are properly
insulated and that there are no gaps in the seams.
insulation can cause irregular condensation on the cold metal coils
and lead to leaks that can seep through your ceiling.
the duct work has been properly inspected, go ahead and check
your filters for
recommended that you change filters at least once a month to keep
your system running smoothly.
that protect against common allergens will tend to clog quicker, so
they require more frequent attention.
hiring an air conditioning repair professional to regularly check
your A/C system. There are many parts that can go unnoticed by the
untrained eye, and a professional can help prevent future problems by
providing proper, detailed maintenance.
Have you noticed a sudden upsurge of sneezing, coughing, or other allergy attack symptoms within your home?
If so then you probably need to change the air filter on your HVAC system.
Keep in mind that choosing efficient air filters, which is what you want to do in this situation, requires a bit more effort than simply going to your local home improvement store.
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Know the Size
An important part of choosing efficient air filters is to make sure that you choose one that will work for your particular unit. This means that you need to know the size of air filter you can use for your particular HVAC unit.
Usually all you need to do to find this information is look at the existing air filter and see what size it is.
If the existing air filter does not have a readily seen size, then take a look on the door to the air filter compartment.
On this panel you can usually find some rather important information that will include the filter size for your particular HVAC unit.
Look for Energy Efficiency
Take the size information that you now have, and go to your local home improvement store. There you will find a variety of different air filters, and while many will work, most will not work for what you want.
Take a look at the energy efficient models that are on sale.
These are the ones that you will want to continue looking at since they are designed to be the most energy efficient in how they capture the particulates that are within the air, and purifies it.
Find the ones that have the highest energy ratings before you continue making your choice.
Check the Ratings
Take a look at the filtration ratings that typically come with these types of units.
Make sure that you know what the usable ratings for your particular HVAC model are, and if you don't know, look up the model on line to ensure that you find the correct rating range.
If you are looking for the best filters you will want one that meets the HEPA requirements.
One Time vs. Reusable
You can often find one time usable units, or ones that are reusable. Either one will work just as well, the question is a matter of cost efficiency.
The single use models are typically lower costing initially, though the cost of purchasing a new one every six months can quickly add up.
The reusable ones are initially more expensive, but over the long run are more cost efficient if you clean them regularly.
The choice of which one to use is up to you.
Change It Regularly
Once you have finished choosing efficient air filters that you can use in your home, you need to then change it out regularly.
This is a rather simple operation in most cases, and is something that most homeowners can accomplish.
Usually all you really need to do is remove the old one, and then place the new one in properly.
Most, if not all, HVAC units have instructions on the door to where the filter is located. If not, then take a look at the packaging for the filter to find the instructions. Simply follow those instructions and you will be able to change the filter without too much (if any) problems.